As Christmas approaches, many of us start to think about the perfect gift for our loved ones. This year, why not choose gifts that promote health and wellbeing? In this guide, we've curated a list of 10 gifts for every style and budget, that prioritise self-care, and contribute to a happier, healthier 2023.
As we gear up for the Christmas holidays, it's easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle of shopping, festive decorations, and the search for the perfect gifts. But this year, let's press pause on the typical gift-giving frenzy and consider a shift in perspective. In a world that often moves at lightning speed, where stress and busyness have become the norm, there's something profoundly beautiful about choosing gifts that prioritise health and wellbeing.
Gift-giving is more than just exchanging physical items; it's a powerful way to express love, appreciation, and thoughtfulness. By opting for presents that contribute to the recipient's health and happiness, we not only celebrate the joy of the season but also send a heartfelt message: "I care about your well-being, and I want you to thrive."
In this blog post, we'll explore gift ideas focused on health and wellbeing. Whether it's encouraging mindfulness, supporting fitness goals, or promoting relaxation, these gifts go beyond the material to make a positive impact on the recipient's daily life. So, join us in embracing a Christmas season centred around the well-being of our loved ones, because there's no better gift than the gift of good health and happiness.
The Gift List
1) Aromatherapy Diffuser - MADE BY ZEN
Transform any space into a tranquil oasis with an aromatherapy diffuser. Pair it with essential oils known for their calming properties, such as lavender or eucalyptus, to promote relaxation and stress relief. Research shows lavender has anti-anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties due to an antagonism on the NMDA-receptor and inhibition of SERT (serotonin transporter) - exactly what we need to stave-off the January blues! MADE BY ZEN have a range of products to suit every style and budget.
2) Mindfulness App Subscription - Insight Timer
A subscription to Insight Timer offers a plethora of benefits for mental well-being. With a diverse library of guided meditations, it provides users with a toolkit for stress reduction, improved focus, and better sleep. The app also fosters a sense of community through group meditations, connecting users worldwide in a shared journey towards inner peace. In a fast-paced world, a mindfulness membership could be a valuable gift to help your loved one invest in their mental health, offering a convenient and accessible way to cultivate mindfulness and find moments of tranquility amid life's daily challenges.
3) Herbal Tea Discovery Chest - Pukka
Keep warm and well over the coming winter months with a selection of herbal teas known for their health benefits. Whether it's calming chamomile or energising peppermint, this herbal tea discovery chest by Pukka is a delightful gift for the tea-lovers in our lives! The chest it comes with also makes for a great storage box for tea in the future, so it's almost like two-gives-in-one!
4. Water Bottle Bag - Chilly's x RAEBURN
By now I'm sure your loved one has at least one reusable water bottle, but something they might be missing is a water bottle bag! This handy bag is a game-changer for those who prioritise hydration on the go. By securely holding your water bottle, it frees up your hands, plus, the insulation properties of some water bottle bags also help keep beverages at the desired temperature, ensuring a refreshing sip whenever needed. Moreover, many of these bags come with additional pockets for keys, phone, or small essentials, adding a touch of practicality to your daily routine.
5. Mental Wellness Journal - The Positive Planner
Encourage self-reflection and mindfulness with a mental wellness journal. The Positive Wellness Journal is split into 3 sections – Mind:Body:Soul – and each one takes a deeper look at how you can bring more positivity into your life in each area. They have combined weekly quotes, daily writing and activities such as breathing, stretching, meal planning and art therapy to help you nourish not just your mind, but your body and soul as one.
6. Flower Subscription - Freddie's Flowers
A flower subscription is a beautiful gift - not only a feast for the eyes, but a boost for the mood too! Being in the presence of flowers has been found to trigger happy emotion and heightens feelings of life satisfaction. In a study done by a team of researchers at Rutgers, it was proven that flowers have a positive effect on people's moods. Freddie's focus on seasonal flowers and with your first subscription delivery, you receive a complimentary vase!
7. Portable Sauna - Firzone
These compact and convenient saunas promote a deep, detoxifying sweat that can contribute to improved circulation, muscle recovery, and skin health. The Far Infrared Ray technology penetrates the body, promoting a sense of well-being by aiding stress reduction. With the ease of setup and storage, Firzone portable saunas offer a versatile and accessible way to experience the therapeutic effects of sauna therapy, making relaxation and self-care accessible from home.
8. Alcohol-Free Spirit - Everleaf
There is now an array of delicious alcohol-free tipples to choose from, and who doesn't love a bottle of something nice for Christmas? Everleaf is crafted with botanicals and natural flavours, providing a complex and nuanced taste experience reminiscent of traditional spirits, minus the alcohol. This allows individuals to enjoy the ritual of a well-crafted drink without the alcohol.
9. Mindful Eating & Healthy Cooking Class - Borough Kitchen
Inspire culinary creativity and healthy eating habits with a gift certificate for a healthy cooking class or workshop. This Mindful Eating & Healthy Cooking Class by Borough Kitchen focuses on nutritious and delicious recipes. This hands-on experience not only imparts valuable cooking skills but also encourages individuals to explore the world of wholesome ingredients. It's a fantastic way for your loved ones to learn new recipes, cooking techniques, and nutritional tips, fostering a passion for preparing and enjoying healthy meals.
10. Luxury Skincare Set - Tata Harper
This taster set is a wonderful introduction to the Tata Harper range of natural skincare. Tata’s Daily Essentials features trial sizes of six facial skin care products. The daily step-by-step regimen is designed to deliver your skin the maximum nutritional, restorative and anti-ageing benefits over ten to twelve days of use. A beautiful and luxurious gift for the health conscious beauty-lover in your life.
This Christmas, prioritise the gift of health and wellbeing; these thoughtful presents are sure to make a positive impact on the physical and mental wellness of your friends and family. Embrace the spirit of giving by choosing gifts that contribute to a happier, healthier, and more balanced life in the coming year.
I hope this list has provided you with some helpful inspiration! Let me know if you gift anything from this list, I'd love to hear from you.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday Season x
Hi I'm Molly, I'm a UK-based Nutritional Therapist (DipION, mBANT, CNHC) and Self-Compassion Coach (MSc) serving my community in Harpenden and online. Here in my little online home, you'll discover the benefits of nutritional therapy and complementary therapies for women's health.
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