Updated: Dec 20, 2022
After the past few years that we’ve had, everyone deserves great wellness gifts, especially as we head into another blustery winter. Whether you're shopping for a best friend, loved one, or even yourself, there are centering, calming gifts even for people already well-versed in meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, and fitness—because giving someone a gift that helps prioritize their well-being lets them know that you care too.
Wellness practices are actually more accessible than you may think, and they can be helpful ways of coping with anxiety. And since wellness takes so many forms, there’s no shortage of gifts out there to speak to the person who loves (or needs) to invest in self-care, big or small. Maybe you’re trying to nudge your friend to start a journaling practice, improve their sleep quality, or carve some space for “me” time in their day. Or perhaps you'd like to treat them to a DIY spa day at home.
Whatever direction you take, the holiday season marks the perfect opportunity to send someone a soothing something. To make your shopping easier, I have assembled some wellness gifts ideas from relaxing gifts to meditation apps to silk sleep masks, that will ensure that everyone on your list relaxes and puts their health and happiness first.
These colorful cards that contain brief mindfulness exercises might be just the pick-me-up someone needs.
Washable Silk Sleep Mask or Nodpod Microbead Weighted Sleep Mask
Here’s some weighted sleep therapy—for their eyes. The heavy microbeads are designed to ease tension and headaches, while the contours block out light.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Basic wellness involves a good night’s sleep, and a luxe silk pillowcase might just help them achieve it. Not only does silk create a cool surface for hot sleepers, but it also might lend itself to a great hair day the next morning
Weighted Blanket (20-lb.)
A weighted blanket can help get a better, more restful sleep, and can ease the physical symptoms of anxiety
Lululemon The Reversible (Un) Mat
This soft, two-toned yoga mat from Lululemon is ideal for advanced and aspiring yoga lovers alike, as it's lightweight, packable, and combines a grippy top layer with a cushioned natural rubber base. It also makes a great mat for acupressure sessions, meditations, or a midday work break.
Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager
This neck massager has a great price point, ease of use, and the fact that the massaging can be described as being kneaded “like a slab of dough.” How's that for a ringing endorsement?
These grippy slipper socks are a happy medium between slippers and…you guessed it, socks. They have a fuzzy sherpa lining.
I am a huge fan of Therabody’s therapeutic percussive technology. This handheld massager is excellent for travel and comes at a lower price point too.
Lululemon Double Roller Mini
This miniature marbled foam roller for your arms and legs is the prettiest we’ve I have ever laid eyes on. It contains an additional interior roller for your back, so it’s like two foam rollers in one, and easily tucks into a bag—perfect for the fitness enthusiast in your life.
UGG Scuffette II Slipper
Here's a cozy, shearling-lined pair of slippers coated in water-resistant suede that they'll slip on right out of bed (and never take off).
ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat
If they've got a tense back, shoulders, and neck, they may appreciate this easily-storable acupressure mat, which relaxes muscles and increases circulation after they've laid on it for 10 to 30 minutes.
Yogasleep Dohm The Original White Noise Machine
Lots of troubled sleepers turn to this best-selling white noise machine to tune out before bed, and we’d suggest it as the perfect gift for anyone your list who could use some quiet and calm.
Ban.do Feeling Feelings Card Deck
Not only is this deck of cards fun to look at, but it’s an excellent gift idea for emotional regulation and helping folks navigate their feelings. The prompts on the cards make good conversation starters or journal exercises too. Plus, 50% of net proceeds go to The Loveland Foundation, an organization that supports the mental health of communities of color, especially Black women and girls.
Happy shopping! 🎄💃✨🦴