This is the 2nd Gift Guide post, a mid-budget round-up for £15-40 / $20-50. While I put this together for those with chronic illness/chronic pain in mind, most ideas are equally suited to those without chronic conditions. Some products I own and use myself so I personally recommend them, others I’ve not tried. It’s a guide for gifting to others and self-gifting in the name of self-care and small joys.
Home gadgets for health, wellbeing & day to day tasks can help make things a little easier.
- Levoit Water Filter Jug (previously reviewed & recommended here) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Crock-Pot 4.7L Slow Cooker – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Morphy Richards 3.5L Slow Cooker – Amazon UK
- Breville BlendActive Smoothie Maker – Amazon UK / Similar on Amazon US
- Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen (on sale at time of writing) – Amazon UK
- Handheld Vacuum – Amazon UK (ie. the Vax Gator vac) / Amazon US
Brrr! Keep away the chill with an electric blanket for the bed, a heated throw for snuggling on the sofa, and a portable rechargeable hand warmer to keep your paws toasty warm.
- Electric Blanket (ie. Silentnight Comfort Control) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Heated Throw (ie. Schallen Throw) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Ocoopa Rechargeable Hand Warmer – Amazon UK / Amazon US
There are lots of TENS units available on Amazon, designed to help with various types of pain. Prices can vary considerably but there are plenty in the under £40/$50 category.
- Med-fit – the NHS supplier of TENS machines – Amazon UK
- Omron E3 TENS unit – Amazon UK
- TechCare TENS – Amazon UK / Amazon US
For aches and pains, massagers can be wonderful and those with chronic pain may particularly benefit from them. There are different formats depending on the area you want to focus on, like handheld massagers for more versatility, neck and shoulder massagers, and even belts for the lower back.
- HoMedics Handheld Massager – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Shiatsu Neck & Shoulder Massager – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Hangsun Handheld Massager – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- QuickWin Heated Massage Waist/Lower Back Belt – Amazon UK / Amazon US
There’s a fantastic range of aromatherapy diffusers on Amazon, so you can find something that would suit your taste or that of the person you’re buying for. Some are more plastic and contemporary in appearance, others are a little rustic and natural. Most have auto shut-off functions for safety and light settings to help create a relaxing environment, helping with the likes of sleep and anxiety.
- Tenswall Essential Oil Diffuser (wood grain effect with Cool Mist & 7 Colour Changing LED Lights) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Pattern Diffuser (with a cylindrical design, light & pattern for decoration) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- VicTsing Diffuser (small & sleek, with 8 light settings) – Amazon UK / Amazon US
Gift An Experience
Gift experiences can be a great alternative to buying ‘stuff’. It’s more convenient when you can go when best suits you, and there are lots of choices to suit all ages, tastes and interests, even on a budget.
BuyAGift (UK) also have a huge range on offer. For instance, afternoon tea for two at the likes of Cafe Rouge and lots of hotels across the country, with prices starting from just £19. There are also pampering & beauty treatments from £29. For more active things to do on a budget, there are experiences like like vineyard & brewery tours, water zorbing, paintballing, indoor skydiving, river cruises, and my favourite… chocolate tours!
There are some great cheaper fitness band / smart watch style alternatives if the likes of Fitbits are out of your budget. All of these have reasonable reviews and ratings, with a range of features and all come with heart rate monitoring abilities.
- Letsfit Fitness Tracker – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Letscom Fitness Tracker – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Honor Band 5 – Amazon UK / Amazon US
Himalayan Salt Lamp
These bad boys are supposed to have numerous possible benefits to health and overall wellbeing, from breathing, allergies and blood flow, to energy levels, sleep and mood. If nothing else, they’re pretty and relaxing to look at! Just note they can be toxic to pets, so don’t let them lick them.
- Levoit Himalayan salt lamp with steel base – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- The Body Source Himalayan salt lamp with wooden base – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Himalayan salt lamp with a metal basket, forest design – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- Himalayan salt lamp in black metal heart basket – Amazon UK / Amazon US
- HALOViE Himalayan salt crystal cube lamp – Amazon UK / Amazon US
Too pricey? You can also check out my ideas on a budget, for gifting under £15 / $20 here.
I’d love to know if you use any of these, or if there are any suggestions here you’d like to try for yourself or buy for someone else this Christmas. Do you have any ideas to add to the list?