Give the gift of calm this Christmas with a self-care present which will help a loved one relax and unwind as we head into 2021.
So, after a year of heightened stress levels, bucketloads of anxiety and growing feelings of loneliness, there’s never been a better time to give someone a gift which will help them look after their emotional and physical wellbeing.
While there are many different kinds of meaningful presents on the market, there’s something particularly special about presenting a friend or loved one with a gift which shows you care about their wellbeing and has the potential to improve their quality of life – especially at a time when so many of us are struggling with our mental health.
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So, whether they’re struggling with their sleep, looking for a way to unwind, want to take better care of their body and mind or are simply in need of a mood booster, here’s our guide to the best self-care gifts to share with friends and family this Christmas.
Instant Happy Notes 2021 Box Calendar
Give an instant dose of happiness everyday throughout 2021 with this inspirational box calendar, perfect for displaying on a WFH desk.
Filled with inspirational quotes, colourful illustrations and powerful affirmations, each day comes with its own unique message to spread a little joy.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Not only are silk pillowcases great for your skin and hair, but they also feel super luxurious and make for a restful and calming sleep experience.
This simple white silk pillowcase from Slip may seem a little boring, but it’s soothing texture and indulgent feel make it the perfect gift for someone who struggles to relax or wants to create a better sleeping environment.
Aysha Bell Wellness Meditation Gift Box
If your friend or family member is yet to discover the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, this gift box from yoga and wellness expert Aysha Bell is the ultimate beginner’s resource.
Each box includes a scented candle, three guided meditations to download (one for the morning, one for the evening and one for any time), a box of hand-blended linden flower and lemon balm tea bags and an affirmation card, among other things.
The Art Of Rest: How To Find Respite In The Modern Age by Claudia Hammond
Give the gift of a restful 2021 with Claudia Hammond’s eye-opening guide to the power and art of rest – and why, in the modern age, we don’t do enough of it.
Shortlisted for the British Psychological Society Book Award for Popular Science, The Art Of Rest: How To Find Respite In The Modern Age is based on the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, and provides a roadmap to a more restful, balanced life.
Tom Lane Cashmere Socks
These cashmere socks from Tom Lane may seem like a pretty simplistic gift, but just because they aren’t flashy, doesn’t mean they’re not worth it.
Made in Scotland from the finest quality yarn, these soft, cosy socks are great for relaxing around the house and would make the perfect gift for that friend who needs struggles to treat themselves on the regular.
Martha Brook Inspirational Wall Calendar
For the gift that keeps on giving throughout 2021, opt for this inspirational A3 wall calendar from independent stationery brand Martha Brook London.
Not only is it beautiful to look at, but each month has its own motivational quote to inspire the owner throughout the year ahead. Making plans has never looked so good!
Calming Blankets Weighted Blanket
Said to help calm anxiety and promote sleep among other benefits, a weighted blanket makes a brilliant gift for the friend who struggles to switch off.
Encased in a soft velvety cover which makes it perfect for snuggling under after a stressful day’s work, this luxury blanket from Calming Blankets feels like a real treat to use. Plus, they even have a straightforward guide to help you work out which weight your loved one will benefit from.
The School Of Life Who Am I? Guide
With sections covering everything from sex and relationships to sorrow and compassion, Who Am I? is a guided journal packed with exercises to help them get to know themselves in 2021.
This incredible book from The School Of Life is the perfect gift for someone who wants to understand themselves better. Not only can getting to know our inner selves help us to feel more confident about who we are, but it also equips us with the tools we need to deal with any emotional problems or flawed belief systems.
Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription
Give them the gift that keeps on giving with a flower subscription from online florist Bloom & Wild.
With options ranging from three months to a year-long subscription, and a choice of seasonal and regular bouquets, there really is something to suit every flower-lover in your life – what better way to boost their mood in 2021?
Neom Organics The Gift Of Dreamy Nights
If the coronavirus pandemic has been messing with their sleep, this gorgeous ‘dreamy nights’ gift set from Neom Organics could be the perfect gift for them.
Each gift box includes a 30ml bottle of Neom Organics’ Perfect Night’s Sleep Mist – a blend made up of 14 essential oils including English lavender, chamomile and patchouli – designed to help them relax and unwind for a restful night’s sleep.
Sighh By Polly What If It All Goes Right? Mirror Decal
This adorable mirror decal from independent stationery brand Sighh By Polly is the perfect gift for any friend who struggles to keep their worries under control.
Designed to stick to any smooth surface, including mirrors, tiles, glass and walls, let this positive quote serve as a reminder that things do go right – even when you’re not around to give a rousing pep talk.
Rise & Fall Crisp & Cool Luxury Duvet Set
Bed linen might seem like an odd gift, but think about it: who wouldn’t love some beautiful crisp new sheets? No one, that’s who – and they’ll go down especially well with people who haven’t been sleeping well.
This 400 thread count luxury duvet set (it comes with a duvet cover, fitted sheet and two pillow cases) is woven from organic, ethically sourced cotton, and – as the name suggests – is specially designed to feel crisp and cool. What a treat.
Mynd Map MY Journal
Designed to help the user feel more inspired, motivated and “excited about life,” the MY Journal is a 12-week mindfulness journal filled with reflective prompts, space to plan and colouring pages to help them get back on track for 2021.
Focused around six key themes – family and relationships, body and health, business and profession, money and finance, personal and spiritual and celebration and contribution – this journal is the perfect gift for anyone who is new to journaling and wants to learn more about practising gratitude and organising their life.
Casper Glow Light
The Casper Glow is a portable, wireless light designed to aid sleep. It looks adorable, and feels genuinely thrilling to use: simply flip it over, and it starts emitting a soft, golden light not dissimilar to the glow given off by candles or a crackling fire.
Turn it anticlockwise, and it gently dims; rotate it clockwise, and it gets brighter (seriously, the lack of cords or switches is incredible). You can also set it to gently wake you up in the morning. A great gift for anyone who needs lulling to sleep, but also for people who just love cool stuff.
Selfmade Boutique Soy Wax Candle
If there’s one gift that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their face, it’s a scented candle – and this one from independent candle brand Selfmade ticks all the boxes.
Not only is it made out of soy wax (meaning it’s good for the environment), but because it’s scented with geranium and cedarwood essential oils, the aroma it releases is super relaxing. Plus, the label is made out of seeded paper, so it can be planted after use. What more could you want?
Canopy Plants Chinese Money Plant
Whether they’re a fully-fledged plant parent or have never owned a plant before, this Chinese money plant is the perfect gift for someone who struggles to relax.
Not only have studies shown that simply looking at and being around the plants has the potential to boost our wellbeing, but the act of looking after plants – and watching something grow – can be seriously rewarding. Plus, this easy-care plant is pretty hard to kill, so it won’t add to their stress levels.
Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses
Whether it’s your mum, your sister or your best mate, we all know someone who’s constantly running around after other people. Bath oil might seem a bit of an impersonal gift, but trust us: someone in need of five minutes’ peace will appreciate it deeply.
Containing lavender, ylang ylang and patchouli, this is a genuinely beautiful option.
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As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.