2021 Gift Guide: Wellness Books We Love

By Elizabeth Kendig | December 16, 2021 10:25:44 AM PST

In the spirit of stress-free, mindful giving, we scoured our personal shelves to bring you a curated list of titles that inspired or taught us something this year. These are the books we will return to again and again—and the ones we'll be giving to the people on our list who want to live with greater wellbeing. Happy reading and gifting!
Team WellSet


Clarity & Connection by Yung Pueblo
Open to any page of this New York Times bestseller and to find breathtaking, tear-jerking wisdom for loving yourself and healing your relationships. I dare anyone not to dog-ear the entire thing! –Elizabeth, Head of Content

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
Van der Kolk has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, making this required reading for understanding how to heal from them in mind, body and spirit. –Rosa, Director of Community & Events

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
This book helped upgrade my outlook on life. It's a great introduction to cultivating self compassion and letting go of expectations. Imperfectly perfect for the recovering perfectionist in your life.
–Katie, Director of Marketing 

The Overstory by Richard Powers
When it feels like the whole world is burning, find solace in the everlasting wisdom of trees and our connection to them by picking up one of my favorite books of the past few years, and a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize winner. –Tegan, CEO

How to Do the Work by Dr Nicole LePera
LaPera, aka The Holistic Therapist, emphasizes the impacts of our early experiences, the mind-body connection, and offers practical exercises to 'workshop' these themes in real time. I always recommend this audiobook (paired with a walk around the block) to anyone in my life who is going through a hard time." –Katie

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Yotam Ottolenghi
This book will inspire any food lover to reduce food waste and shop their pantry to create accessible, successful and nutritious meals. It's delicious reading—no kitchens required! –Tim, Director of Product Management

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
A fascinating and impressively researched exploration of how habits form and function in the brain, why they exist, and how to shape yours with purpose. A must-read for starting the new year on an empowered note.  –David, Chief Technology Officer


This article mentions: Wellness, Books, Gift Guide

About the Author:

Elizabeth Kendig

Elizabeth Kendig is the Head of Content at WellSet. An award-winning beauty and wellness writer, amateur Tarot card reader, and hippie disguised in J.Crew, she lives in the Bay Area to a steady soundtrack of Fleetwood Mac.

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