Looking after our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing has never been as important as it is right now. With Christmas right around the corner, this could be the best time to remind a loved one to prioritise their own wellness, with a gift that prioritises wellness!
Self-care encourages improved overall health and wellness, which can be much more valuable than a piece of jewellery or a pair of shoes. That being said, self-care looks different to different people, so gifts that promote this kind of personal mindfulness will vary from person to person.
Let’s face it, times are tough right now! The cold, dark nights are here, the cost of living is spiralling, and the pressure of our responsibilities can sometimes feel too overwhelming. So, it’s important we look after ourselves and take control of the things that we can control.
In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and duties, sometimes our wellbeing can take inferiority, and we forget to make time to do the things that instil peace and happiness within us. That’s why, this Christmas, a wellness gift could be extremely well received by a loved one, as it will remind them of the importance of self-care.
If you know your recipient has a specific interest or hobby they use as an escapism or a way to improve their mood, you could purchase a gift directly relating to this. For example, new trainers for a runner, new materials for an arts and crafter, or new headphones for a music listener.
Alternatively, look towards more ‘generic’ gifts that can still promote wellness, but in a way that your giftee might not have yet considered. These could include:
Personalised journal – Keeping a journal and actively writing in it is an underrated self-care technique. Not only can it reduce stress and help you to keep on top of your thoughts and feelings, but it also helps you to organise your world when everything feels a little too chaotic. This year, a personalised journal could be an extremely invaluable gift for somebody you love.
Comfy pyjamas – When we were children, receiving pyjamas as a gift from Santa Claus probably felt a little lacklustre, especially when our list was filled with awesome toys. Now, however, as adults, pyjamas are an incredibly thoughtful gift that can remind us to rest when life feels tiring. A mug of hot chocolate, fresh PJs, and curling up on the sofa to watch our favourite television series; that’s the ultimate self-care evening.
Personalised water bottle – We all know how important it is to drink around 1.2 litres of water per day, but sometimes it feels like we’re just too busy to get it done! A personalised water bottle, perhaps with your giftee’s name or quote from their favourite movie, will remind them to increase their water intake and keep on top of it. Plus, when we have an exciting new water bottle that means something to us, we’re much more likely to want to keep using it. Genius!
Positive thoughts jar – When the day feels a little bleak, and extra stressful, positive thoughts can be few and far between. That’s why we could all do with a jar that’s teeming with optimistic, motivating quotes that help us get through whatever challenges we’re currently faced with. Buy a ready-to-go jar or spend an afternoon creating your very own one with bespoke quotes tailored specifically to your loved one.
Luxurious bath set – Baths are a fantastic way to put our lives on pause and focus on ourselves for an hour. Not only can warm baths reduce muscle tension in our bodies, but the water also helps us to feel weightless, which can do wonders for our mental health. A luxurious bath set featuring all the favourites – such as shower gel, body scrub, and moisturiser – will remind your friend or relative of these powerful benefits.
Self-care bundle – Imagine a basket filled with all the bits and bobs necessary for the ultimate wellness evening. Herbal tea bags, face masks, sweets and treats, cosy socks, bath salts, whatever you think will contribute to your recipient’s relaxing evening at home. You could purchase a ready-made self-care box, or buy each item separately and make your own. How kind!
Personalised pillow – Regular, quality sleep is key to a healthy body and strong mind. If you’d like to gift wellness this year, you could create a personalised pillow that helps your loved one get those crucial eight hours. In terms of pillow fills, you could choose from feathers, down, or memory foam, and the pillowcase could be something sweet and personal to the recipient. Perhaps their favourite motivational quote or a picture of their beloved pet.
It’s lovely that you want to give someone a gift that will enhance their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. The fact that you understand the importance of doing so speaks volumes, but it also means you shouldn’t forget about your own wellness, too! While you’re buying one of these thoughtful gifts for a friend or relative, why not grab one for yourself as well? That’s a form of self-care, too.