Christmas is fast approaching and although it’s likely to look rather different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us will still be gift hunting for friends, family and loved ones, but self-gifting is good too! Here are a few suggestions for health, wellbeing and self-care gifts this Christmas.
These have become incredibly popular among adults, with many finding colouring to be a great distraction and form of stress-relief. There are oodles of design options available, from enchanted forests and florals, to cats, mandalas and even novelty swearing colouring books. When it comes to Christmas gifts for posting, these should also be a little lighter and more cost-effective to send.
You can find a range of other adult colouring book suggestions here.
- Wonderland also available @ Book Depository with Free Worldwide Delivery
- Moomin Colouring Also Available @ The Book Depository with Free Worldwide Delivery
- Sit The F*ck Down Also @ Book Depository with Free Worldwide Delivery
Blood Pressure Monitor
A blood pressure monitor may not be a sexy gift, but it’s a thoughtful and useful one. Aim for a reliable brand with an accurate, effective product that gets good reviews. There are cheaper options that just do the basics, or there are pricier contemporary alternatives, such as those with digital arm band screens or app compatibility.
Take a look at a list of 5 of the best blood pressure monitors here.
Hand Cream Gifts
Most people could benefit from hand cream, perhaps all the more so during 2020 as many of us are constantly washing our hands or using abrasive sanitising gels.
For hardcore healing, I’d recommend O’Keeffees, which repairs damaged hands in a way I’ve not found any other cream to live up to. It’s pricer but a fantastic investment, and one I’ve absolutely needed this year. I’d also recommend, for daily use and perfect as a stocking filler, Garnier’s hand cream, which is slightly less hardcore but leaves hands nice and soft.
Check out my top 5 intensive hand creams here.
O’Keeffes Working Hands Cream (hardcore healing) :
Garnier Hand Repair 100ml (hardworking but great for daily use)
These bad boys are fantastic for health and convenience. I bought one for my parents a few years ago and although it’s pricey, it has been a great investment that still gets ample use a few times a week. Plug it in and pop your feet on for a short period, such as for 20 minutes. Carry on with watching the TV, reading, knitting, napping or working, and let the Booster do the hard work for you.
The Revitive Booster is eligible for VAT relief in the UK as it’s classed as a medical device. You can download the form on the Amazon product page and claim back the VAT if you have an eligible health condition.
Whether you or your recipient is a newbie to yoga or a diehard fan, new kit could come in very handy and there are a few options for gifts. A mat is a good place to start, but there are also things like yoga socks, stretching bands, hand weights, blocks & wedges , books, guide DVDs that make great gifts.
Gone are the days that a gift card was a bit of a cop-out gift. Now they’re super convenient, especially if you’re unable to see your friend or loved one because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It also means goodbye to wasted pennies and unwanted gifts, as your recipient can get exactly what they want or need. Amazon is the obvious choice given the flexibility and variety of product choice. There’s also the option of gifting them Amazon Prime for a time, either one month or six months or more, depending on your budget.
Is there anything they’re saving up for or something you know they need? If cash is tight for them, vouchers for the supermarket would be practical and helpful, or maybe a gift card for a store they love so they can treat themselves.
Music & Smart Clocks / Speakers
You could also get a gift card for a music store or subscription service, or get them something that will help them connect with music, which can be very therapeutic and uplifting when we need it the most. There are bluetooth speakers, headphones & ear buds, portable speakers, docking stations with speakers, or smart speakers. The latter can work with voice assistance to improve accessibility and convenience.
There are smart speakers with displays, like the Echo Show 5, 8 and 10 range, where you can do a variety of things (watching clips, video calling, music, photo slide shows etc). They act as a combination of things all rolled into one. Put it on the sideboard in the living room or your bedside table in the bedroom to use it as a clock, doubling up as an entertainment system and music speaker, all handled via the touchscreen or voice activation.
Budget Smart Speaker : Echo Dot 4th Gen – Amazon are currently offering 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free with any purchase of an Amazon Echo Dot 3rd or 4th gen. Non-Prime members can get a 4th gen Echo dot for under £30 (or under £40 for Twilight Blue) but Prime members may be eligible for other special offers on this price.
Amazon’s Echo Show has a smart display & comes in 3 different sizes, working with voice assistant Alexa and suitable for a range of functions. Some come as a package deal to save money with an included indoor camera, smart lightbulbs or a smart plug.
View all Amazon Echo products here.
A little lightness, fun & laughter are all good for the soul. Whether you’re playing alone or with family and friends, games are a great option, especially at Christmas when we look to these things all the more.
If you’re recipient is on their own, there are some games that can be played with one user, as well as pub quiz books, crossword or sudoku books that be great distractions and keep minds nimble.
For a two or more people, there’s an array of games to choose from, from old classics like Scrabble or Pictionary to new novelty games like Obama Llama, Sherlock Holmes and Cards Against Humanity. These family and friends games can bring people together and raise a smile, but don’t fork out your cash until you shop around for the best deals. Amazon often have reduced prices, as do places like The Works and Bargain Max in the UK.
I love reading and wish I had more time in the day to do it. It’s a wonderful escape and distraction, and it can keep your mind active, too. There are self-help style books for inspiration and motivation, non-fiction to educate and fiction to escape and nourish.
The Works is again a fantastic option for books, as is Amazon. If you can, try to support local bookshops in this time, but for many online is the safest option during the pandemic. Books are also easier to post if you’re not able to see your recipient for Christmas.
- This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay @ Amazon / This Is Going To Hurt @ The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)
- Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay @ Amazon / Nightshift Before Christmas @ The Book Depository
Kindle e-Reader or Tablet
A tablet doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to be decent. An Amazon Fire tablet can be bought for around the £40 mark and allows you to surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos, check out various apps, read Kindle books, watch TV streaming, keep up with the news, video chat, email and more. It’s a world of opportunities and multi-purpose uses all in one small device.
Give your recipient the gift of cleaner air with a purifier, which is a thoughtful option if they struggle with allergies, chronic illnesses or breathing issues. I’ve previously reviewed & recommended the Levoit Air Purifier, but there are other options available at different price points. Just check the size of the product, the reviews, what levels of filtration it offers, and how big a space the purifier covers to make sure it suits what you’re looking for.
Cold Packs & Head Pads
Packs and wraps that can be used hot and cold are versatile and incredible useful for chronic pain or muscle aches. There are various styles and sizes, so have a think about what area they could be used on and the intended purpose when choosing.
Keep away the chills at night or during the day with an electric blanket. Check you’re getting one that suits their bed size, ie. single, double or kingsize, and that it has a safety auto switch off.
Socks Needn’t Be Boring
Socks and slippers become the laughing stock of Christmas as those go-to gifts. But they needn’t be boring, and practical can be far more useful than something your recipient will never use. There’s a huge range of socks available, from Gentle Grip and diabetic socks, to novelty socks and socks for wellies or boots.
Reusable Water Bottles
BPA-free reusable water bottles are good for both your health and the environment. I’ve reviewed Super Sparrow’s BPA-free water bottle range recently and I’d absolutely recommend their products. There are different types and sizes for all preferences and situations, so you’re sure to find something for you or your recipient. These also come boxed so they’re presentable as gifts.
If you or your recipient spends a lot of time in bed, a lap tray is a game changer. I use one for my laptop, as it overheats far more quickly if it’s just on the laptop sleeve on my legs in bed. You could use the tray for work or leisure, for hobbies, crafting or eating. It depends on the purpose as to which style you go for. I have large painted wood top with soft thick padding underneath, but there are also wooden trays with legs that well-suited to dining and hobbies.
Snuggly Goodness Gifts
I personally love getting snuggly stuff and these sorts of items get a lot of use year round because I’m perpetually cold. Keep yourself, your friend or loved one warm with something they’ll love and find very practical. Gloves, mittens, hats, thermal tops, socks and blankets are all perfect for the colder weather.
I’ve also got a fantastically funky pair of OddSocks arm warmers that I was gifted previously that I love wearing at home in the colder weather and which would make a great alternative to the usual snuggly goodies.
Check out my review for Heat Holders, including their gorgeous thermal blankets, gloves & other snuggly goodies in their range.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils & Bath Salts
For calming & wellbeing properties, essential oils can be a fantastic option. There are a few different options here, including the actual oils for diffusing, essential oil roll-ons which you could buy individually or gift set, and oil diffusers.
Bath salts are another great gift option to encourage the recipient to take some time out for self-care, even if that recipient is you! Epsom salts are great for muscles, as are magnesium flakes.
Facial Sauna & Steam Inhaler
These aren’t just for a teenage girl’s Christmas list. Facial saunas are often used for the skin to clear impurities and provide a deep cleanse, leaving you with clean, dewy skin. They’re also great for steam inhalation, and you can get products with a separate attachment specifically for this purpose (though it’s not vital). Steam inhalation can help with congestion and sinus issues, helping to open up the lungs and sinuses to aid your breathing.
Whether you’re a fitness fan or chronically ill, fitness trackers can be a fantastic insight and monitoring tool, helping you see how many steps you’re taking, what your heart rate is doing and how well you’re sleeping.
I have an Honor Band (sub £40) that does all of these things, but there are mid-range price options for greater functionality, and above those the much pricer but superior smart watches for combining a multitude of features.
Perhaps you recipient has a favourite food or certain dietary needs, or maybe they would find some kind of meal kit or subscription service useful as cooking with disability or fatigue can be exhausting. There are also foodie gifts with more of a novelty factor, because treats can still fit in with a healthy, balanced diet. For example, the Manly Man Co offer a range of gift sets for meat-lovers as well as everything from meat cards to beef jerky roses, which will guarantee your recipient gets a tasty surprise like no other.
I’ve personally found an electric toothbrush to be convenient and so much more efficient when it comes to cleaning teeth, in part thanks to the small round brush head. I’d recommend Oral B as they do cheaper alternatives around the £30 mark that are fantastic, as well as the pricier options.
Firstly, I’d urge a little caution when buying bathroom scales; ensure your recipient is going to appreciate these and not find them triggering if they have, for instance, eating disorder issues.
I bought my folks new scales last year to replace the rather bulky ones that were no longer registering correct results. It’s a bit confusing being 6lbs heavier or lighter within a mere 5 minutes. I opted for a brand I’d never heard of before (Camry) because the reviews for the well-known alternatives weren’t very reassuring. I’ve been super impressed by the scales I got in black, being very reliable, sleek, easy to use and accurate.
I purchased a 7 day rainbow colour pill box that I’ve found to be fab, but you can get different styles for more or less meds and/or supplements. These are practical, easier to post if you won’t be seeing your recipient in person and usually under £10 if you’re on a budget.
Disposable hand warmers make a cheap stocking filler, but you can also get rechargeable devices that can be used over and over again to keep your paws warm.
I use an OCOOPA hand warmer, which I’ve found to be fab for convenience and it charges by USB, so it can be charged via a USB plug (such as if you use one for an iPhone) or your computer.
Journalling or creative writing can be therapeutic and there are some beautiful notebook designs, from contemporary to cute to classic.
The Gift Of Creativity
You needn’t be the next Da Vinci to enjoy art and many people find it to be rewarding, an excellent way to expressive themselves and unlock their creativity, as well as being a good distraction for stress or chronic pain. There are so many mediums that there will more than likely be something that you or your loved one could enjoy, and this also means there’s ample choice when it comes to gifting within the arts and crafts niche.
Pens, calligraphy sets, all-purpose markers, chalk pens, watercolour paints, acrylics, colour pencils, charcoals, sketch pads, easels, canvasses, frames for artwork, paint brushes, storage boxes, watercolour pens. The list is endless.
Check out a few recommendations for pens, pencils & watercolour pens here.
I like to think that jewellery is a treat gift, and treats are a part of self-care to make you or your recipient smile. I’m a sucker for jewellery, big time. It’s a bit of an obsession but I never spend much on each piece, so I have a lot of tat that I love. I also have a few more special pieces, and those mean a lot to me. I’d be over the moon to receive jewellery and it’s a lovely gift to give, probably in part because It’s not needed, so it’s that bit more special. There are also personalised options, medical jewellery, anxiety jewellery, healing chakra pieces, and so on.
It’s unsurprising that more people are turning to media streaming during the pandemic as people turn to at home entertainment. TV and/or movie streaming gifts will be something you or your recipient could potentially get a lot of use of and joy from. Magazine subscriptions to their favourite reads is an alternative option.
Massagers can be great for easing tight, knotted muscles or working on areas of pain. There are different types available to suit different needs, such as pillow-shaped shiatsu massagers for the lower back, chair insert massages for the full back, or handheld devices for the shoulders and for reaching various pars of the body.
DNA Health Kits
Curious about your history and your genetic make-up? DNA kits aim to give you insights into your DNA and any potential health pre-dispositions. There are a few available on the market, but AncestryDNA and 23andme are both popular brands. They’re pricey but the insights could be priceless.
- 23andme : Ancestry & Health @ Amazon UK (incl Health Predispositions, Carrier Status, Wellness, Trait Reports) & 23andme @ Amazon US
There are lots of great reviews from people who’ve found warmth and anxiety benefits from weighted blankets. You can check out a few extra weighted blanket suggestions here.
I now have a Remy weighted blanket and wouldn’t be without it. I have the lightest adult version and it’s super comforting.
If you or your recipient has used CBD before, or gets the go-ahead from the doctor to try it, then there are some great products out there to gift. CBDiablo and Reakiro are both fantastic brands within the UK and Europe.
- Reakiro CBD – Use this link and the code invisme15 for 15% off your order (see my full Reakiro CBD review here).
- Orange County CBD – Use this link and the code CAZHOMER for 10% off your order (check out my review here)
Home Helpers & Kitchen Wellbeing Gifts
I’ve personally found the Shark cordless vac I bought a few years ago to be one of the best household investments I’ve made. You know you’re getting old & boring when a vacuum causes so much excitement! It was becoming too difficult for me, or my elderly folks, to lug around the bulky vacuum downstairs let alone to take it to the first floor. This stick model with no cable is so much lighter and more convenient that I’d never go back to a conventional vac again.
Are there any ways you could help make home life a little easier for yourself or your recipient? It doesn’t have to be a big purchase either because even an anti-slip mat for the bath or a no-touch soap dispenser could be much appreciated this Christmas.
When it comes to the kitchen, there are various budget-friendly options, from cooking utensils, oven mitts and silicone pads, to ergonomic can openers and novelty mugs. There are also mid-range buys to encourage or support healthier eating, or just to make the process more enjoyable. Smoothie makers, coffee makers & pod machines, woks, juicers, food mixers, and slow cookers are all popular possibilities.
Any of these things take your a friend or loved one, or even yourself? Got any great health or wellbeing gifts you’d recommend?