Give the gift of calm and serenity this year, with our picks of the best products to aid relaxation
It’s been a long, hard year and many of us have had our stress levels tested in 2021. To top it all off, we all know how busy the festive season can be.
This year, give your loved one the gift of serenity with these products that inspire rest and relaxation. From the journals helping us with self-development to sleep products promising to transform what happens between the sheets, fill your stockings with these wellbeing wins.
Wellness journal – Lovendu
Created by a woman inspired by her own mental health experiences, Lovendu offers a range of wellbeing journals, pitched to help you take control of your mental health – including the Anxiety Journal, the Wellbeing Journal, the Overthinking Journal, the Self-Love Journal, the Uplifting Journal, and the Manifestation Planner. Beautifully curated with a mix of reflective prompts and practical exercises, these journals would make a great gift for someone starting out on a self-reflective journey.
Silk eye mask – 20 Seventh Letter
Silk sleep products are all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. Their soft texture is gentle on our skin and hair – not to mention a pleasure to touch. The silk eye masks from independent brand 20 Seventh Letter are designed, printed, and made in the UK, and boost adorable, eye-catching (pardon the pun) prints to help you drift off in style.
Mindful embroidery kit – LoveCrafts
For the crafters out there, both newbies and those with plenty of experience, embroidery kits provide the perfect pocket of creative escapism, and the range from LoveCrafts comes with all the tools you need to get stuck straight in. There are plenty of designs to choose from (our personal favourite is the Beautiful Blooms pattern!) so you can find something to help your loved one express their own style while picking up the stitches of relaxation.
Prices start at £10, lovecrafts.com
End of Day Sleep Pillow Spray – Echor
Blended with science-backed ingredients, and designed to help create a relaxing evening routine that leads to a restful night’s sleep, the pillow spray from Echor has attracted many fans, including Dr Alex George. Vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in a beautiful, eco-friendly glass bottle, it ticks a lot of boxes.
Body candle – Beeutiful
What exactly is a body candle? Well, simply put, you burn the candle, enjoy its flickering light, and then carefully pour the melted wax over your skin for a gentle massage. Using body-safe soy, beeswax, coconut oil combined with a unique blend of essential oils, the body candle from Beeutiful soothes dry skin and encourages you to indulge in some sensual self-care.
Pillow – Levitex
How much thought do you put into the pillow you use to sleep? If the answer is, not much, now may be the time to reconsider. Fill out the questionnaire to find the perfect pillow match for each sleep style, and give the gift of good posture and a rejuvenating night’s sleep, with a personalised pillow from Levitex.
Jigsaw puzzle – Piece & Quiet
There’s nothing quite like settling down and getting stuck into a jigsaw puzzle when you’re in the mood for a mindful activity. But the puzzles from Piece & Quiet take mindful puzzling to the next level with their beautiful artwork – and this Christmas they’ve got some eye-catching wintery scenes to enjoy. Featuring three designs from three artists, take on a challenge with their 750 piece puzzles.
Sleep drinks – WellBeSleep
If you’re looking for something a bit different to pop into a stocking for a friend or loved one, then let us introduce you to the sleep drinks from WellBeSleep. Coming in small, ready to drink 60ml bottles, and a range of flavours, these drinks are designed to be enjoyed 30 minutes before bed, and are made up of nutritious ingredients that are known for their soothing properties – making them a practical tasty treat in the evening.
£1.99, available to order via Ocado
British pink clay mask set – Perl Cosmetics
When it comes to self-care, this kit is a two-in-one. The set comes with the ingredients you need to mix your own British pink clay face mask, so you can indulge in some DIY before settling down to enjoy the soothing properties of your creation. Because you’re making it yourself, you can customise your mask to suit your unique skin type following the guide in the kit, making it a great gift for anyone looking to boost their skincare game.
From £13.50, perlcosmetics.com
Silk PJ set – Soak&Sleep
Know someone who wants to take their nightwear wardrobe to the next level? The silk pyjama sets from Soak&Sleep are the perfect thing to slip into at the end of a long day. They may be an investment price-wise but, made from 19 momme pure silk, these PJs have natural temperature-regulating properties – meaning you can enjoy an undisturbed (and fabulous) night’s sleep.
Bee Sleepy body and bath oil – Neve’s Bees
Created by a mother and daughter team, the Bee Sleepy body and bath oil from Neve’s Bees is the perfect thing to massage into your skin at the end of the day. Infused with lavender, frankincense, vanilla, and rose, not only will you be left feeling soothed and relaxed, but also smelling divine.
From £19, nevesbees.co.uk
With the festive season upon us and the pressure adding up, if you need to speak to someone, you can connect with a counsellor using counselling-directory.org.uk