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Ideas For Health, Wellbeing & Self-Care Gifts This Christmas

by InvisiblyMe
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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.

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Colouring Books 

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.

Browse all adult colouring books on Amazon UK  &  colouring books on Amazon US.

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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.

Recommended :

UK : Omron Basic M2 Blood Pressure Monitor @ Amazon UK

US: Similar versions available – browse all Omron monitors

A photo of the classic Omron Blood pressure monitor with digital screen and grey inflatable cuff.

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.

Recommended :

O’Keeffes Working Hands Cream (hardcore healing) :

O’Keefes @ Amazon UK || O’Keefes @ Amazon US || O’Keefes @ Boots || O’Keefes @ Superdrug

Close-up photo against a white background of the Working Hands hand cream by O'Keeffe's. It's a green round tub with a lighter green rubberised rim around the top of the lid.

Garnier Hand Repair 100ml (hardworking but great for daily use)


Circulation Booster

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.

Recommended :

Revitive Advanced Circulation Booster at Amazon UK and Revitive at Amazon US

A stock photo of the Revitive Circulation Boost against a white background. It's a white circular device, with green detailing in the centre and on the back. There are two large black 'footprints' on the device where you put your feet, with white spaces to separate the parts of the feet receiving the current. In the middle is a digital screen.

Yoga Goodies

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. 


Gift Card

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.

Suggested :

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.

Search all Echo Dot products at Amazon UK & Echo Dot at Amazon US.

An Amazon promotional image. There's a photo of a desk with a pair of glasses, books and a plant, with an Echo Dot 4th Gen in Twilight Blue sat on the wooden desk. Underneath are logos for the different systems the smart speaker works with on Alexa, such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Audible. These are popular as Christmas gifts.

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.

UK : Amazon UK Echo Show 5 || Amazon Echo Show 8

US : Amazon US Echo Show 8 || Amazon US Echo Show 8

The Amazon stock photo of the sandstone (white to beige) version of the Echo Show 8, with a larger face. It's displaying a blue background with the date and weather information.

Games Galore

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.

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Books

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.

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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.

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Air Purifier 

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. 

Recommended :

Levoit Air Purifier @ Amazon UK & Levoit Air Purifiers @ Amazon US

A photo of the Levoit Air Purifier against a white background. It's a large cylindrical shape in white, with black detailing and a blue light on the top.

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.


Electric Blanket 

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.

Check out my Heat Holders Socks Review & the IOMI Socks Review.

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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.

Recommended : 

Super Sparrow Bottles on Amazon UK  &  Super Sparrow on Amazon US.

A photo of the three Super Sparrow BPA free bottles I've been gifted to review. These come boxed to make them suitable as gifts.

Lap Tray 

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.

A photo of the grey blanket still in the ribbon wrap.
A photo of the two lounge and bed socks lying on a beige blanket.

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.

Recommended :

Check out my review for Heat Holders, including their gorgeous thermal blankets, gloves & other snuggly goodies in their range.

A birds-eye photo of the OddSocks arm warmers against a white background. We see just the socks and person's hands. They go to the elbow and are fingerless, covering the hands and thumbs. they're black and one has colourful stripes while the other has colourful large polka dots.

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.

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Photo of the Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Wellbeing Wonders gift box set with 4 essential oil gifts included.

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.

Recommended :

The Rio website & My review of the Rio Facial Sauna

UK : Rio Facial Sauna & Steam Inhaler @ Amazon UK

US : Rio Facial Sauna & Steam Inhaler @ Amazon US

A photo against a white background of the Rio Facial Sauna. The face part is clear plastic on top of a white and silver base with a single dial to turn it on at the front. To the side is the steam inhalation attachment.

Fitness Tracker

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.


Foodie Gifts

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.


Electric Toothbrush

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.

Recommended :

Oral B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush @ Amazon UK (around £33) | Oral B Electric Toothbrush @ Amazon US

The promotional image of the Oral B Pro 2 2500 Black Edition Electric Toothbrush. The box image is to the left and the product is to the right. The tall toothbrush has white sides and a black body, and sits on a white recharging base. It comes with a black travel case.

Bathroom Scales

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.

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The Camry digital bathroom scales in white. Slimline scales with a black digital screen at the top, a decorative line in the centre, and the branding at the bottom.

Pill Box 

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. 

Recommended : 

Auvon 7 Day Pill Box on Amazon UK  &  Similar Pill Box on Amazon US.

An Amazon stock image of the Auvon rainbow 7 day pill box. It's a long rectangular plastic box, essentially with Sunday through to Monday as separate compartments, each with a different coloured lid. There are three letters for each day written on top of the lids in black. At the front of each lid is a lip, which you press down to pop up the lid.

Hand Warmers

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’ve never tried them myself but I’d personally advice against Ocoopa if you think you’ll ever need their customer service. I had a question that I asked a few times, and they read the messages but never respond, so personally I’d avoid, unless you’re okay to risk any issues with the product and the potential for awful customer service.

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Disposable HotHands Hand Warmers @ Amazon UK  | Hand Warmers @ Amazon US 

Rechargeable Hand Warmers @ Amazon UK | Rechargeable Hand Warmers @ Amazon US


Journal Gifts

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.


Jewellery Gifts

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.

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Entertainment Subscription

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 

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.

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An Amazon stock image of the 23 and Me Health & Ancestry kit, showing the box, some information on the product and a phone with the app.

Weighted Blanket

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.

Weighted Blankets @ Amazon UK  &  Weighted Blankets @ Amazon US 


CBD 

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. 

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Home Helpers & Kitchen Wellbeing Gifts

I’ve personally found the Shark cordless vac I bought two 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.

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Any of these things take your a friend or loved one, or even yourself? Got any great health or wellbeing gifts you’d recommend?

Caz  ♥

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56 comments

chattykerry December 4, 2020 - 4:08 pm

There are some great suggestions in your post. I sent my aunt in Scotland a white poinsettia to brighten up the dark days of midwinter and she loved it.

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 10:50 pm

Thanks, Kerry, I’m glad you liked the suggestions. What a wonderful thing to do for your aunt – I’m sure that made her so happy to receive it, and she’ll smile every time she looks at it ???? xx

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Nisha December 4, 2020 - 4:32 pm

They are all wonderful and thoughtful gifts Caz. Circulation booster is something new to me but sounds great. Thanks for sharing !

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 10:56 pm

Circulation boosters were new to me up until a couple of years ago. Such a good idea, and really helpful for my folks with circulation problems. Sitting all day isn’t ideal either during lockdown so I like to think this does something good behind the scenes for their health. Really glad you liked the suggestions, Nisha. Thanks lovely ???? xx

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johnrieber December 4, 2020 - 4:33 pm

This is a terrific, comprehensive gift guide! For anyone who still doesn’t have an Echo, I sit with a cup of coffee and ask Alexa to play virtually ANY music and it’s on instantaneously! Pop, rock, classical, you name it they have it!

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 10:58 pm

That’s so awesome, John. I’ve bought my parents the Echo Show 8 for this Christmas. I figured I’d set it up to Spotify free and probably Amazon music if I get a freebie trial in the New Year (or the free service, as I think they offer it free now with ads too?) It was your comment on the Echo before that made me consider it so thank you! ????

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Sandee December 4, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Lots of wonderful gift ideas for young and old. Books are always a treasure for me. You should see all the books we have.

Have a fabulous day and weekend, Caz. Big hug. ♥

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 11:00 pm

I’d love to see your mini library, Sandee – I love books too! If I could, I’d have a library like the one in Beauty & The Beast. xx

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ashleyleia December 4, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Awesome suggestions! I think I originally learned about O’Keeffe’s Working Hands from you – it’s fabulous!

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 11:22 pm

It really is a hardworking hand cream, isn’t it? While there are a few I really like, only the O’Keeffe’s can really repair damage when your hands are incredibly dry and the skin’s split. Glad you like it too for looking after your paws ???? x

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Despite Pain December 4, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Fantastic suggestions, Caz, with a nice mix of practical and luxury items. Gift vouchers are brilliants gifts too. They let the recipient get something they’d really like, but for people like us with health problems, they make gift buying so much easier.
I loved this line – “You know you’re getting old & boring when a vacuum causes so much excitement!” It’s so true. Whether it’s a new vacuum, an air-fryer or a new silicone spatula, I get excited lol.

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InvisiblyMe December 4, 2020 - 11:36 pm

I totally agree on the gift vouchers one. My view on those has changed a lot in the last few years too, and as you get a bit older you start to see the value in the practical gifts far more as one. And hey, I get it – the last time I bought a new spatula it was on offer and it turned out to be really good, so that made me happy for at least two weeks! ???? xx

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tidalscribe December 4, 2020 - 6:48 pm

I use Garnier hand repair all the time. Anything cosy from throws to wheat bags are always welcome.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 11:37 am

It’s good stuff, isn’t it? It’s my favourite daily use one, but for repairing damage like I’ve had this year from all the hand gels & obsessive washing, only O’Keeffe’s quite does the trick. Glad to see you’re a fellow cosy-presents fan too. xx

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Blogging_with_Bojana December 4, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Great suggestions here.

And you know what -every time I color animals and vehicles in coloring books with my boy, I feel incredibly calm. I suggest all grown-ups do some coloring at least once per week.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 11:49 am

It’s great you find colouring so calming, B. It’s an excellent option that’s cheaper and doesn’t require someone to be an artist to enjoy it. x

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Raw Writings (Thor and Tamara) December 4, 2020 - 8:08 pm

Wow, great list! I bought the blood pressure monitor, and electric toothbrush.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 12:25 pm

That’s fab, TamTam! I’m glad you like the suggestions. Personally, the BP monitor has been a great buy as my dad has high blood pressure, and the electric toothbrush for me is so much more effective than the manual brush. Enjoy the goodies! xx

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Michele Anderson December 5, 2020 - 12:03 am

Gosh, Caz, those are all great ideas. I think I’ll look into the Levoit air purifier for me, lol.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 12:27 pm

I tend to look at Christmas gift guides & just find things for myself too ???? Glad you liked the suggestions. Thanks, Michele – have a great weekend xx

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terrepruitt December 5, 2020 - 12:41 am

Very extensive list! WOW! Some great ideas!

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 12:41 pm

Thanks lovely, I’m glad you like the Christmassy ideas! xx

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Liz December 5, 2020 - 8:56 am

Brilliant suggestions Caz.

I have a blood pressure machine, which I have had some years now.

The O’Keeffes’s Working Hands handcream I still use and totally recommend. My hands remain at their best, compared to last year. No sore and painful hands this year.

I have used the Tisserand Sleep Better roll and sptay version they have and it can help.
But I have added an extra blanket on my bed last night, so a bit more weight there and slept solidly.
I still reckon a bit of weight helps, but time will tell over the next coming months, just to see.

I use a pill box too and I don’t have many meds.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 10:47 pm

O’Keeffe’s really is a little miracle worker, isn’t it? There are other creams that are lovely to use, but nothing comes close when you need hardcore healing. I’m glad it’s been so good for your paws too, and that the essential oil roll-on has been nice to use. I wouldn’t mind trying that Tisserand one out. As for blankets, I use one all year round on top of my duvet and find it helps with the comfort factor. Have you ever thought of a weighted blanket? I’d love to try one of those too, but the price always puts me off. xx

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Nick December 5, 2020 - 11:32 am

Wow. That’s an impressive list! I agree about the Amazon Echo. I use mine every day and wouldn’t be without it now.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 11:20 pm

Glad you liked the list ???? It’s great you’re so pleased with the Echo. Which version do you have? I’ve bought my folks the Echo Show 8 for Christmas in the hopes it can double as a clock and be a bit of a novelty for them to be able to listen to music and such with the voice controls. Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend, Nick!

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Svet Pavlovsky December 5, 2020 - 3:47 pm

Those are all great ideas! So many things to choose from. Thank you for putting it all together.

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 11:29 pm

You’re very welcome. I love finding ideas that others may find interesting or helpful, so I hope they can provide a little inspiration for those that need it. Thanks, Svet! I hope you’re keeping well lovely ???? xx

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Christy B December 5, 2020 - 5:44 pm

I like the variety of suggestions here, Caz! A weighted blanket is such a treat, and now I’m wanting a lap tray 😀

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InvisiblyMe December 5, 2020 - 11:31 pm

I’d love to try a weighted blanket one day, it’s just the cost that puts me off. As for the lap tray, I never thought I’d use mine… been using it for hours every day for ages now, couldn’t be without it! Glad you like the ideas, Christy. I hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

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D. Wallace Peach December 5, 2020 - 9:55 pm

I love those arm warmers. What a great idea!

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InvisiblyMe December 6, 2020 - 11:25 am

They’re funky, aren’t they? I wear them around the house a lot in the winter because my arms always seem to be cold, even with the heating on. Such a brilliant idea! x

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Ann Coleman December 6, 2020 - 3:15 am

Great suggestions, Caz! I’ve never tried a weighted blanket, but I’m thinking about trying one.

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InvisiblyMe December 6, 2020 - 11:28 am

A lot of people find them to be really beneficial. I’d love to try one too, but the price always puts me off. I always add a blanket on top of my duvet, then if I’m watching TV or reading a book and need more comfort, I add the dressing gown for another layer of weight. Not quite the same thing but a cheap compromise! I hope you get to try a weighted blanket in the not-too-distance future, Ann. I’d be interested to know how you find it. xx

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James Viscosi December 6, 2020 - 4:00 pm

I’m not allowed to shop for jewelry for my wife, but she does have a blood pressure monitor that I ordered for her. However, I’m the one who uses it a couple of times a week. I’m also the one who uses the rowing machine we got for her. I sense a trend!

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:00 pm

So this year you’ll just buy her something you want to use? That would be the smart idea! ????

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Rachael Tomlinson December 6, 2020 - 4:16 pm

What a brilliant list of gifts, I am mostly intrigued by the circulation booster I must say though xx

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Glad you liked the suggestions! The circulation booster has been so useful for my folks. I’ve got to admit I found it way too much for me, but I’m going to try it again on a teeny tiny level. My folks have it up high and they get on with it perfectly. That’s what’s fantastic about it too, that you can adjust the strength to suit your needs and preferences. xx

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Cynthia Covert December 6, 2020 - 9:42 pm

Love this list! After reading about the Echo, I plan to tell Santa that I want one!

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:13 pm

I’m tempted to tell him too! I must admit I was never really interested at first, then I started learning more about them… I prefer them to Google for some reason. I’ve got my folks an Echo Show 8 for Christmas. I’m looking forward to seeing them shouting across the room “Alexa!” every few minutes with not a clue what they’re doing. x

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Masha December 7, 2020 - 4:06 am

Ohhh what wonderful suggestions. I hadn’t thought of coloring books, great idea. Can’t go wrong with hand cream thanks for the recommendation. I love fun socks and so do my granddaughters so these are perfect, I really like the sock snob. This is really a great gift guide, thank you for putting this together xoxo

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:15 pm

Aw thank you, Masha, I’m really glad you like the ideas! I hope your granddaughters have a wonderful Christmas, maybe with some funky socks from Santa. I thought this year it might be an idea to look at post-friendly options as many people will likely have to wrap, pack and post their gifts if they can’t see family and friends in person, so smaller things like colouring books and hand cream work well. xx

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Masha December 9, 2020 - 5:44 pm

Yes, you have the perfect idea here. Happy Holiday!!!!!

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ckennedy December 7, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Wow! What a fantastic list! I want them all:) Cheers!

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:17 pm

Hahah me too! I hope Santa has a big bag this year ????

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chronicmom December 7, 2020 - 5:51 pm

Great list! I’ve never heard of that thing for circulation before, I think I have a relative who needs that!

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 4:28 pm

Thanks lovely! I’ve been surprised by the circulation booster at just how effective it is. This one can be adjusted quite a lot in terms of strength which I think is great as people respond differently. For instance my folks use it on quite a high strength setting which I can’t handle at all! I’ve seen cheaper alternatives but personally I’m glad to have gone for this one as it’s been effective and reliable, so a worthwhile investment. xx

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Holly December 8, 2020 - 3:45 pm

I love your gift ideas, Caz! You always come up with the best ones that suit every budget, need, or taste. You know how it is – if we are giving out gifts – every personality we’re buying for is often very different! Plus, keeping the gifts within a reasonable budget range makes it all the more challenging. I don’t know about you but being knee high in debt after Christmas is not my idea of the Christmas spirit!

I love the idea of a lap tray. You’re right, laptops do tend to overheat rather quickly when they’re just lying on your lap. I had a MacBook Pro years ago that would literally burn your skin. I think they’ve since improved their design, thank goodness. I do love the idea that you don’t have to be tied to a desk either. Sometimes we just need a little comfy space somewhere to create something! Then there’s always the issue of chronic illness or even just temporary illness. Having the option is great!

I agree with you about the electric toothbrush too. Everyone should have one in my humble opinion. They do a far better job of cleaning, getting between teeth, and are so simple to use! It’s a win all the way around really.

I love what you said about gift cards too and I 100% agree with you! So many people see them as a cop-out gift still. I’m with you, I totally disagree about that. To me, it’s far more personable to give someone something you know they’ll use and love. Each of us know what we need, whereas someone else may not. Years ago someone had given me a $10 Best Buy gift card. I had forgotten about it until recently when I needed a new surge protector. That was $10 I didn’t have to spend AND the surge protector was on sale which means it was an even better savings. We should never feel like our gift is “too small.” I appreciated that gift card very much. Anyone else would have too!

Sending my love to you at Christmas time, Caz. Thanks for another great post! ????

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 5:11 pm

Aww thank you, Holly! You always provide such amazing encouragement. I’m really glad you like the suggestions. I think looking at different budgets is so important, and this year I wanted to include some post-friendly options as there’ll be more people having to pack and post their gifts to friends and family they can’t see in person because of the pandemic.

I’d like to get a new lap tray actually as mine’s looking a bit tatty now. It’s been so, so useful though. Yikes, sounds like you definitely would have benefited from one for your Mac years ago! They have improved their fans and the heating issues since, though if I do anything graphics-intensive, like streaming a TV program, mine heats up very quickly. It’s on the way out really & I need to get a new one, it’s just parting with the money that’s holding me back..!

Absolutely, electric toothbrushes with the smaller round heads are game changers. So, so much.

Finding a gift card you forgot you had is the best! I think we can appreciate these much more when we get older and can really value the practicality and money saving aspects all the more. Rather than buying for the sake of buying something, a gift card can be appreciated so much and used wisely. Thank you for the amazing comment my friend. Sending lots of hugs your way ???? xx

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Lindsay December 8, 2020 - 11:59 pm

Brilliant list! My hands are just destroyed from all of this hand washing/sanitizing. I bought my husband some O’Keeffes a couple years ago, but have never tried it. I’m going to give it a try – thanks for the recommendation!

Happy holidays, Caz!

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InvisiblyMe December 9, 2020 - 5:14 pm

Oh absolutely give the O’Keeffe’s a try, Linds. My hands have been destroyed by the rather obsessive hand washing and the more damaging sanitizer gels too. I’ve had countless splits in the skin as well, they just look awful. Normally I’d overlook something like O’Keeffe’s because of the cost but ‘hands down’ it’s the best I’ve ever used. There are a few lovely daily use handcreams I use, but nothing repairs hands like O’Keeffe’s. Hope it helps your paws too! xx

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Terri, Reclaiming Hope December 10, 2020 - 4:48 pm

What a fabulous, comprehensive list Caz! I happen to own quite a few of the things you recommend, and I find them indispensable. The lap tray is the one I use the most – I do almost all my blogging work by using my MacBook on my lap. I have a nice lap desk that I got quite a few years ago (I think they’ve since discontinued it) that is tilted so it’s at the perfect level and viewing angle. Also, I don’t know what I’d do without my Echo. I use it to play music all the time as well as setting reminders and keeping up with my grocery list. I’m curious about the circulation improver; I may have to try that out. Thanks for sharing some great suggestions!

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forresting365 December 10, 2020 - 10:40 pm

AH! These are WONDERFUL suggestions, Caz! I smiled at a few of them and You got the wheels spinning! YAY and Thank You from those of us who haven’t started shopping yet!!! ???? Truly. ???? HUGE hugs and Cheers!!! ????❤️????

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Gemma - Wheelescapades December 12, 2020 - 4:41 pm

Great list. That swearing cats colouring is going on my list!
I have a heated throw that I’ve been using everyday recently, and then my weighted blanket at night. I’m all about the keeping cosy!
I recently got a couple of echo dots during Black Friday, really useful for me to communicate with people in another room, but she tells awful jokes!

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Bette A. Stevens December 23, 2020 - 1:12 am

Great gift ideas! ???? Wishing you A Very Merry Christmas! ????

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englishwithkirsty December 31, 2020 - 3:22 pm

So many good ideas! I got a weighted blanket a couple of years ago and I love it! I agree re the hand creams – there are so many lovely ones out there for every preference or budget. The good thing I’ve found about blood pressure monitors is that my one connects to my phone, so as long as the app stays accessible, I can read it with the screenreader. No more digital displays that I can’t read!
Hope you had a lovely, warm Christmas snuggled up in a big fluffy blanket with lots of icecream or other good things, and people you love!

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