Published Dec 1, 2023

Dr. B’s health and wellness gift guide for 2023

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Published Dec 1, 2023

Our main mission at Dr. B is to make sure that everyone can access affordable + convenient online health care without plaguing their schedule or finances. But we know that health isn’t just about treating conditions after they’ve happened.

In the spirit of offering the gift of health, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite health and wellness gift ideas from Dr. B team members around the globe. There are no affiliate links or ambassador codes, here. Just products that have made our lives safer, healthier and happier. We hope they’ll bring a little extra love to your holiday season and new year, too.

To prevent slips + falls

Dr. Sudip Bose, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr. Sudip Bose, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Emergency Medicine Physician

Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of ER visits for older adults—and 90% of those injuries come from falls. Stair rails, shower handles, non-slip slippers and non-slip rug mats help—but they don’t always make the best gifts. Exercise and physical therapy can help build the strength and balance that prevents falls in the first place. So a gym membership, personal training or physical therapy sessions make excellent gifts to support those you love long-term.

Fun with friends + family

Marcia Duprat, Strategic Partnerships Manager

Marcia Duprat, Strategic Partnerships Manager

To me, wellness is built off of many pillars. My favorite—hands down—is community. From running Dr. B’s partnerships to hosting endless amounts of friends at home, I thrive on people! Rummikub is one of my favorite games because it’s easy, creative and competitive but allows for rules to be bent and take a backseat to good company. Bring everyone together this season by gifting the joy of play!

For healthy skin

Dr. Alison Gruen, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Alison Gruen, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Board-Certified Dermatologist

A product that I’ve used daily for years is Replenix Redness Reducing Triple AOX Cream. Antioxidants are essential to skin health—they minimize skin cancer risk as well as wrinkles. This cream is safe for sensitive skin types and is better tolerated than vitamin C or stronger antioxidant creams. And you can use it with an SPF moisturizer in the morning, or even at night with a retinoid cream.

To promote productivity + rest

Michael Hopkins, Head of Operations

Michael Hopkins, Head of Operations

WHOOP is a (ring) fitness tracker that provides detailed insights into physical performance, recovery and sleep patterns. I find that adequate sleep enhances my productivity and cognitive function which is crucial for daily tasks and overall performance.

Dental care made easy

Cyrus Massoumi, Founder and CEO

Cyrus Massoumi, Founder and CEO

After our son was born, someone gave us a Philips One electric toothbrush, made by Sonicare. For an electric toothbrush, it doesn’t take up much space, and it’s only $29.99. It was made in 2020 so it’s not new, but it’s new to me. I love it.

To lift the spirits

Dr. Lila Massoumi, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Board-Certified Integrative Psychiatrist

Dr. Lila Massoumi, Dr. B Medical Advisor and Board-Certified Integrative Psychiatrist

As the days get shorter and our eyes are exposed to less bright light, our bodies can go into hibernation mode where we feel sluggish, have low motivation or (at worst) develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The Carex Day-Light is a great value for the price, as it offers at least 10,000 lux of light brightness up to 14” away. Use it for 15-60 minutes every morning, and most people feel much better within two weeks. (The lightbox used in medical studies costs $370. Less expensive, smaller units are useless because they offer light only within 6".)

Everyday safety devices

Elizabeth Morril, Dr. B Health Writer and Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Morrill, Dr. B Health Writer and Registered Nurse

If someone in your home starts choking, there may not be time for emergency help to arrive. I keep one LifeVac Anti-Choking Device in my pantry and another in my car, and I've trained my babysitter on how to use it. (It's super easy to use!) KeepGoing First Aid Kits are super-cute and come in different sizes for your home, diaper bag, car or purse. I’ve used the supplies to treat a split lip at a carnival, stop bleeding when a tooth suddenly falls out during a school assembly, and soothe a burn when s'more making got out of control!

For healthy night owls

Sheila Pineda, Head of Service Operations

Sheila Pineda, Head of Service Operations

On weekends, I live a regular daytime life in the Philippines. But come Monday, I'm back to the night shift grind. The Lose It app is perfect for night workers like me with irregular eating patterns. It helps me keep tabs on my food intake, personalized calorie goals, nutrition tracking, and exercise tracking. It’s my go-to for planning and timing meals—especially when transitioning from day to night shifts every Monday and weekends.

For recovery + restoration

Jacqueline Raposo, Dr. B Health Writer

Jacqueline Raposo, Dr. B Health Writer

As a disabled writer, I covet tools that block out stimulation or help my parasympathetic nervous system kick in so I can restore after a long day—and I’ve reviewed many that make amazing wellness gifts! Loop are my favorite earplugs for comfortably calming overwhelming sounds. My pink TheraSpecs migraine glasses tame glaring light from computers + gray skies. (They look pretty rock n’ roll, too.) And when the chips are down, I climb on my Moonpod and crawl under my weighted blanket to fall asleep until the world feels right again.

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