It's finally December, which means it's basically Christmas. At last, the Christmas lights we've had on since October make sense! But together with festive cosiness comes frantic gift shopping, which can be less nice if you want to stick to healthy gifts. And really, there's no better way to show your friends you love them than to take care of their wellbeing.
That's what we're here for! We've collected a comprehensive list of the best wellbeing gift ideas in different price points for your health-obsessed friend and cynical family alike. Gifts that people will actually enjoy and get them one step closer to their new year resolutions at the same time!
1. Yoga equipment
Whether it's a yoga mat, wheel or block, yoga equipment is a great gift for an exercise enthusiast or even to get a beginner started.
2. Wireless earphones
What better motivation is there to hit the gym or go for a run than nice, loud music in your ears? Wireless earphones are the perfect way to listen to music when you're working out - and they're a great motivator too.
3. Reusable water bottle
Drinking from plastic bottles is a drag on the environment, but it's also expensive and not healthy for us. Spoil your friend with a quality water bottle to help them get their game on!
Wearables are booming right now, and they can be a great gift for someone who wants to track their improvement.
5. Diffuser set
Essential oils can be great at making your bedroom (or living room. Or any part of your house really) the best smelling room around, but you can also mix and match different oils to relax (lavender and chamomile), energise (peppermint and lemon), or boost your mood (bergamot and orange). A nice diffuser with a couple of your favourite essential oils can be an amazing gift!
6. Pillow spray
Pillow sprays are a great gift for someone who struggles to fall asleep or simply likes to sleep in style.
7. Aromatherapy roll-on
The market is full of amazing oil roll-ons that are built to help you relax - just roll onto pulse points and feel the difference. They're a great idea for a student (exam panic be gone!) or for a friend that struggles with stress.
8. Scented candles
There's nothing that can get you into the Christmas spirit more than a few deliciously scented candles. Help your friends unwind with this soothing gift!
9. Meditation cushion
The best part about Christmas gifts is buying something your loved ones want but will never get for themselves. Unless they're a meditation pro, a meditation cushion is probably one of these gifts. A meditation cushion can help with posture while meditating, and can take your friends' mindfulness to the next level!
10. Onesie or pyjamas
Being cosy is the first step to fight stress, and nothing says "cosy" more than a soft onesie or pyjama set.
11. Crystal or diffuser jewellery
Some people believe that crystals can improve people's energy, and diffuser jewellery allows you to pour some essential oils into it to absorb into your body. Either way, there are some beautiful pieces of jewellery out there that will make amazing gifts!
12. Cosy socks or slippers
Winter time requires nice slippers and fluffy socks, or else, how would we fight the cold and relax?
13. Sleep mask
With so many screens around us, sometimes falling asleep is a struggle. A sleep mask can be a great way to block out that blue light and sleep more comfortably. And even better - there are so many beautiful ones out there to gift your loved ones.
14. Natural body cream
It's so dry out, and a body cream can make anyone feel as luxurious as can be.
15. Natural face mask
Help your friends take care of their skin even when it's literally freezing outside and all they want to do is hide under a mountain of blankets.
16. Spa or bath set
There's nothing like a good pampering set for Christmas. Just get a bath shelf, bath salts or bath bombs and in soothing, natural scents.
Going for a massage is a treat, but with a massager, your friend would be able to get a foot rub, head massage or back rub every day!
Food and drink gifts
18. Food subscription
Encourage your friends to eat better and cook more with a food box subscription that will inspire them.
19. Tea set
Every tea lover will appreciate a nice infusion and some tea accessories.
Getting food out every day for lunch can be very expensive - and less healthy than making your own food. A great way to inspire your friends to cook more is to get them a chic lunchbox to replace their plastic Tupperware.
21. Cast iron dish or slow cooker
Speaking of cooking more, a nice cast iron pot or slow cooker is a great high-end gift (even though you can settle for a non-branded version rather than a hefty Le Creuset pot that will set you back a few hundred pounds) for a cooking enthusiast or someone who wants to start their healthy cooking journey.
22. Meditation guidebook
It's a lot more than just breathe-in, breathe-out. Get a stressed friend a meditation guidebook (or a meditation app subscription) to help them get calmer.
23. Self-help book
All of us have something they want to improve on, and although your friends are perfect in your eyes, they're no different. Just pick up a self-help book that'll help your friends be their best selves!
24. Wellbeing journal
Tracking your health - mental and physical - can really help your wellbeing. There are some great wellbeing journals on the market and they can be a really thoughtful gift to someone who wants to keep up with their body and mind.
25. Colouring book set
If your friend needs some mindfulness in their life but isn't too much into meditation, get them a nice colouring book and pens or pencils and see how they relax.
26. Healthy cookbook
Encouraging your friends to eat healthily AND diversify their recipe collection? Sign me up!