Gift something that makes a difference this year, with our round-up of wellness-boosting presents
‘Tis the season of giving, of watching with anticipation as your loved ones unwrap gifts you picked out, especially for them. That said, with so much out there, sometimes, choosing the perfect gift to reach that magical moment can feel like an overwhelming task. But that’s where we come in.
We’ve gathered together 10 gifts picked specifically for their ability to support our wellbeing and our happiness. From items that’ll prompt cosy moments of reflection, to others that will support a confident and self-assured mindset, unwrap our recommendations for the best presents under the tree.
1. Jigsaw puzzle – Rejig
For the puzzle lover (or soon-to-be puzzle lover) in your life, the beautiful jigsaws from Rejig are the perfect gift for those who crave digital detoxes, and quiet evenings spent focusing on a mindful activity. With several contemporary designs to choose from – including designs created by Rejigs founder as well as a series by artists Marylou Faure, Jose Mendez and Sofie Birkin – each 1,000 piece puzzle also comes with an A3 poster and a draw-string bag to keep everything neat and tidy.
(rejig.uk, from £30)
2. ‘In my feelings’ aromatherapy gift set – ede
Aromatherapy rollers are the perfect way to indulge in the power of your senses throughout the day, and the ‘in my feelings’ gift set from ede offers all your loved one needs to get started with aromatherapy. Vegan and made in small batches, this set comes with three blends: ‘morning brew’, ‘best day ever’, and ‘burnout’, each one specially formulated to address a different need.
3. Bread baking classes – The Epsom Bakehouse
If you want to gift something that will last a lifetime, it may be time to consider gifting a course. The baking courses from The Epsom Bakehouse are suitable for beginners onwards, and are carried out remotely, so you can get stuck in from the comfort of your own home. Your baker can choose from classes focusing on a wide selection of bakes, including baguettes, sourdough, ciabatta, and sweet breads.
(theepsombakehouse.co.uk, £19.99 per person)
4. Wearable long hot water bottle – Joiful Designs
Now, this one tops our list as the most expensive gift, but we think it’s worth it. Wearable hot water bottles are a winter staple right now, and those from independent business Joiful designs tick all the boxes. Whether it's for comfort or pain relief, this is the ultimate cosy gift. Made from 100% natural and biodegradable material, with fabrics either designed in-house or sourced from independent designers, you can be confident that this gift is not only unique, but good for the planet, too.
5. ‘Women Holding Things’ by Maira Kalman
For a gift with a message, and a coffee table book with purpose, Women Holding Things by the artist and designer Maira Kalman is a beautiful hardback book of a thought-provoking collection of paintings and writing that explores the complex lives of women. Can the things that these women are holding reveal something about their lives? And perhaps about our own lives, too? Well, you’ll have to find out…
(Harper Collins, £25)
6. A Happiful gift subscription
Well, we couldn’t put together a Christmas gift guide without including a shout-out to the Happiful gift subscription, could we? By buying your loved one a Happiful gift subscription, you’re signing them up for a regular delivery of mood-boosting stories, expert advice, and life-changing tips for supporting mental health. What’s more, all subscriptions will also come with a free 68-page anti-anxiety journal, so your loved one can start their year as they mean to go on.
(shop.happiful.com, from £29.95)
7. JOY atmosphere mist – Spritz Wellness
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just bottle up the Christmas spirit, so you could transform any space into a cosy, festive grotto at the press of a finger? With the scents of cinnamon, sweet orange, nutmeg, and clove bud, the JOY atmosphere mist from sustainable aromatherapy brand Spritz Wellness means you can do just that.
8. Specialist tea – Babingtons
For tea-lovers, you can’t go wrong with a new flavour to add to their collection. The teas from Babingtons come in gorgeous, reusable caddies, and you can find loose as well as bagged teas. Go for a classic breakfast blend, a soothing herbal option, or embrace the season with their special Christmas tea – a blend of black tea and traditional Christmas spices.
(babingtonsblends.com, from £11.99)
9. Today is your day: positive affirmation cards – Handbook for Today
Affirmations can have the power to transform our mindset, and with this set of 25 double-sided cards, you’ll be gifting 50 prompts to help your loved one feel confident and joyful. We particularly like that this deck comes with an acacia wood stand, making the set perfect for desk workers.
10. A surprise magazine subscription – Stack
It goes without saying that we’re big supporters of independent magazines, and a subscription with Stack means that each month a different, surprise magazine is delivered straight to you. So, if your loved one is constantly on the hunt for new, thought-provoking, and original reads, this could be the perfect match for them.
(stackmagazines.com, from £24)