What better way to spread joy by giving the gift of well-being. The act of giving a gift of health becomes a way to actively contribute to someone’s wellness journey showing that you are invested in their mind, body and spiritual vitality. If you know someone who may have trouble selecting self-care remedies for themselves, this is the list for you.
Check out our 2023 picks for health-promoting gifts:
1. A Mindfulness Journal
There are hundreds of well-regarded self-help and guided journals that focus on emotional wellness and mental health. It’s been shown that having a journaling practice or using a daily planner allows for effective time management, increased productivity and a reduction in stress and anxiety. Help a loved one explore topics such as mindfulness, resilience, and self-compassion with a guided journal. Here are a few of our favourites:
Papier Wellness Journals – a collection of journals that include 12-weeks worth of pages to fill with intentions, goals, daily and weekly logs; not to mention a wellness map designed to encourage daily habits.
The Positive Planner – a daily planner that encourages you to make journaling and mindfulness an everyday practice, including positive affirmations, mood trackers and other tools designed to enhance positivity and wellbeing.
Nightly Notes Journal – know someone who’s not a morning person but could still benefit from daily journaling? This journal offers a great place to meditate, reflect and unwind each day.
2. Clean Makeup and Skincare Sets
Gifting clean makeup and skincare products is a thoughtful and health-conscious gesture that aligns with the principles of holistic well-being. Clean beauty products are crafted with a focus on natural, non-toxic ingredients, avoiding harmful chemicals commonly found in traditional cosmetics. It can be hard to stray away from mainstream beauty and skincare products, this is a great way to get someone (or yourself!) started on a clean beauty journey.
We love The Detox Market – it’s our go to place for all things clean makeup and skincare. Don’t know where to start? Check out their gift guide or their 2023 Best of Green Beauty Box Set. The Detox Market also offers a subscription based beauty box, where your loved one will discover new “holy grail” beauty products each month – it’s a gift that keeps on giving!
3. Sleep-Promoting Gifts
Gifting items that contribute to a restful night’s sleep is a considerate way to support overall well-being. A set of organic cotton sheets can elevate the sleep experience. Aromatherapy diffusers paired with calming essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, create a soothing bedtime ambiance, promoting relaxation. Weighted blankets, known for their therapeutic benefits, offer a sense of security and help alleviate anxiety, leading to more restorative sleep – if someone you know already loves their weighted blanket, check out this weighted eye mask! How about a cozy pair of slippers to kick off their night time routine and make getting out of bed just a little more pleasant? These thoughtful gifts not only prioritize the importance of quality rest but emphasizes the important role that sleep plays in overall well-being.
4. A Wellness Workshop or Retreat
Presenting the gift of a wellness workshop or retreat is a great way to encourage personal growth and rejuvenation. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a nearby workshop, these experiences provide a unique opportunity for individuals to invest in their well-being. Gifting a wellness workshop or retreat is not merely a break from routine but a chance for self-reflection and renewal. It’s a thoughtful gesture that supports the recipient on their journey towards greater balance and wellbeing.
Vetta Spa – located just outside of Toronto, Vetta Nordic Spa is an amazing getaway that isn’t too far from home! Gift cards can be applied to entry passes, massage bookings and their onsite bistro and cafe.
Dried Flower Arrangement Workshop – not sure if your loved one is into the whole meditation or spa scene? How about giving a workshop that isn’t necessarily focused on health, but gives you a chance to breathe, relax and focus on something fun!
Othership – with ice baths, saunas and a range of guided (or self-guided!) classes to choose from, this is a great gift for someone looking for a full experience.
5. Kitchen Tools That Make Eating Healthy Easy
Have a foodie in your life? These kitchen tools not only make cooking more accessible and enjoyable but also inspire a commitment to healthier choices, fostering a lifestyle centered around nutrition and wellness. Check out these tools that help make cooking and healthy eating a breeze:
6. Gifts for Game Night and Connections
Game night anyone? How about changing it up from the usual cards, scrabble or monopoly and gift someone a conversation card game they can bring to the next game night. Games such as We’re Not Really Strangers and Where Should We Begin are fun ways to encourage meaningful connections and promote mental well-being. These games feature thought-provoking questions and prompts designed to spark engaging discussions on a variety of topics.
Where Should We Begin by Esther Perel
We’re Not Really Strangers
7. Fitness Trackers
Fitness devices such as the Oura Ring and Whoop Band go beyond merely counting steps; they provide comprehensive insights into one’s sleep patterns, activity levels, and overall health. The Oura Ring and Whoop Band are discreet and user-friendly, and with a wide variety of styles and colors you’re sure to find one that matches anyone’s style!
8. Gifts for Yogis
How about a new yoga mat or meditation bolster for that yogi in your life? Or, if they already have a mat they love, an organic yoga mat cleaner can be a valuable addition to their gym bag – helping them maintain a clean and hygienic practice space.
Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner
9. Sex Positive Gifts
It’s time to move past the stigma around talking about our sexual health and wellness! Consider gifting these items to your partner (or bestie!), as they’re a wonderful way to promote sexual wellness and foster positive relationships. There are tons of books that encourage open communication about healthy relationships and sexual well-being, such Come As You Are and Mating in Captivity. Massage candles, designed to enhance sensory experiences, can create a soothing atmosphere for shared moments of relaxation and connection. We’re all about women’s health at Soma and Soul, and we’ve been loving the Feel Amazing! Vaginal Moisturizer, full of natural ingredients that can help those experiencing vaginal dryness due to menopause.
Great Reads: Come As You Are, Mating in Captivity
Maude – Massage Candle
Feel Amazing! Vaginal Moisturizer
10. Soma and Soul Gift Card
Have a friend who you know would love to see one of our amazing practitioners at Soma and Soul Wellness? Or need a quick last minute gift? Why not give your loved one the gift of health and wellness and grab a gift card that they can use on supplements, consultations, massage therapy bookings, and more! Stop by during clinic hours to pick up yours today.