What do you give a woman who has every menopause symptom? (or so it seems, anyway)

You give her sweet relief. 

If you’re dealing with hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, and all the other gifts of menopause, we have a list for you. Stick it under a loved one’s nose as a not-too-subtle hint or buy ‘em for yourself because you deserve it.*

Self-care for menopause

Teadora

We have two recommendations this year from one of our favorite self-care brands. This is a company that will raise your holiday spirits: woman-led, environmentally aware, super-healthy products that really work.

Wild Acai Canna Cream with CBD: Whether it’s the acai berries or the CBD, we don’t know and we don’t care. It’s totally refreshing and soothing. And it’s CBD, not THC, so it’s legal in all 50 states and non-hallucinogenic.  

Wild Superfood Miracle Shampoo: If your hair is particularly frizzy and temperamental now, this shampoo will tame and calm it. Just a little goes a long way, and it’s gentle enough for daily use.

Gennev founder, CEO, and current Night Sweats Champion Jill Angelo always runs hot (and not just when she’s running). She wears the Birkenstock Arizona sandal pretty much all the time at home. They keep her feet cool and help her be all-over comfortable. 

Exercise is the gift that keeps on giving in menopause: it helps with bone health, retaining muscle, managing weight, and protecting your brain, heart, and emotions. But let’s face it, as the days get shorter, darker, and colder, getting out for a run or to the gym is tough. We love the Excy for exactly all those reasons — you get a full-body workout in the comfort of your own home.  

Menopause symptom relief gifts

Gennev

We are the source for menopause relief, and two of our favorites are Gennev Magnesium Glycinate for sleep and joint pain (and many women report anxiety relief), and our new Black Cohosh for help with hot flashes and night sweats.

   

Hush

We love the Iced Hush weighted blanket. Weighted blankets are great for easing the insomnia and anxiety that can plague women in midlife, but who wants more blankets when they’re having hot flashes? Hush has one designed to keep you cool, despite the extra weight. 

Embr

The Embr Wave is the cutting edge of “FemTech” – a very attractive bracelet that will help you regulate body temperature. Too cool? Hit the button from a warm-up. Feeling a hot flash starting? Nip it in the bud. 

Great reads for women in menopause 

Darcy Steinke’s Flash Count Diary is a fantastic read about one woman’s journey into understanding menopause and her own identity in this second half of life. We dare you not to tear up in the whale section.

She may be a neuroscientist, but she’s also an amazing author. We recommended Dr. Lisa Mosconi’s book Brain Food last year; this year it’s The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. She is making the claim that what we eat has huge effects on our brain health, and it’s an empowering, positive read. 

No, eating sugar won’t give you a yeast infection. Dr. Jen Gunter’s The Vagina Bible clears up so many misconceptions we have about our intimate bits and promotes a truly healthy approach towards women’s bodies and female sexual health.  

Pleasure 

If you’re very close to a woman in midlife and menopause, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, Chief Medical Officer of Gennev, ob/gyn, and expert in women’s sexual health, recommends the Lelo SONA. This sonic clitoral massager may be, quite literally, just what the doctor ordered for a woman struggling with low libido and painful-sex issues. Great for solo play or with a partner, the SONA can help you find new ways of enjoying and expressing sexuality and pleasure.

Nourishment

Food at its finest is a glorious balance of nutrition and pleasure. To help you get the most from your food, we turned to our Director of Health Coaching and Registered Dietitian, Lauren Leedy. 

She suggests the Instant Pot pressure cooker for quick, easy weeknight meals or a subscription to a meal delivery service to take the guesswork out of meal planning and food prep.  

Says Lauren, “My top recommendation is Sun Basket for cooking kits and Thistle for fully prepared meals.”

What are you hoping to find under the tree this holiday season? Share your awesome gift ideas with the Gennev community in our forums

*Note: Gennev has affiliate relationships with some of the retailers on this list and receives compensation at sale.