The Best Ways to Give Wellness This Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season for a little TLC.

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One of the best ways to show a loved one how much you care, in our book, comes in the form of wellness—a concept that encapsulates mental and physical health at its very core. Self-care is often something we tend to shove to the bottom of our to-do list, when it actually deserves prime real estate. Remind a close friend, family member, or significant other how much you care for them this holiday season with a gift that says: “sit back, relax, and just breathe.”

Related: International Wellness Rituals to Try at Home

Below, we’ve highlighted ideas for gifts that get to the heart of giving wellness. From plush sleepwear to soft slippers, a meditation app subscription to literature about spiritual practice—and a few more  surprises—we’ve got you covered for that person on your gift list who just needs to kick back and indulge in something special.

Our editor-curated guide to the best wellness gifts, below.

Trip to Dr. Wilkinson’s Mineral Springs and Wellness Resort


Courtesy Dr. Wilkinson’s Mineral Springs and Wellness Resort

Open since 1952, fresh off a renovation, and currently operating under social distancing guidelines, Dr. Wilkinson’s Mineral Springs and Wellness Resort in Calistoga is the epitome of a therapeutic retreat. Give someone in your life access to these iconic healing mineral waters, “The Works” mud bath, a peaceful drift in the secluded spa garden, and more.

To buy: Prices vary, drwilkinson.com 

Vitruvi Move Diffuser


Courtesy Britney Gill

Hello, cordless diffuser. Vitruvi is no stranger to creating chic diffusers that blend seamlessly with any home decor style—and the brand’s new Move diffuser is no exception. The recipient of this diffuser can tote it from the edge of the bathtub to the kitchen, the office to the bedside table, all the while enjoying natural and calming fragrances. 

To buy: $179, vitruvi.com

Filoro Arabella Cashmere Cardigan


Courtesy Filoro

Is anything better than 100% cashmere? We think not. This super-long cardigan was made for layering, and is the ideal work-from-home piece—it really does transfer seamlessly from an afternoon meeting at the dining room table to post-work cocktail hour on the couch. 

To buy: $250, filoro.com 

Belmond Spa on Wheels Gift Card 


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The only thing more relaxing than a luxury massage is one received while being whisked through a lush countryside—think Ireland or Scotland—aboard one of Belmond’s award-winning trains.

To buy: Prices vary, belmond.com 

Yoga Zeal Moon Phase Mat


Courtesy Yoga Zeal

The only thing more soothing than a restorative yoga session? Completing a flow atop this mystical moon phase mat, which is just as much a piece of art as it is high-quality, non-slip mat-towel combo.

To buy: $79, yogazeal.com 

Harlem Candle Co. DREAM Candle


Courtesy Harlem Candle Company

There has never been a better time to encourage wellness endeavors while simultaneously supporting Black-owned businesses. For the candle-lover in your life, DREAM is a stress-relieving fragrance crafted from lavender, pimento berry, and bergamot. 

To buy: $45, harlemcandlecompany.com 

Adjourn Teahouse Kinfolk Tea


Courtesy Adjourn Teahouse

Refreshing and bright, this Kinfolk blend combines black tea with peppermint, spearmint, and ginger—all aromatic ingredients that will rejuvenate the tea drinker in your life, especially as winter approaches.

To buy: $18, adjournteahouse.com 

ChappyWrap Blanket


Courtesy ChappyWrap

For the person on your list who simply cannot have enough cozy blankets, ChappyWrap is a must. Available in dozens of beautiful patterns, these blankets are as soft as can be, thanks to a blend of machine washable and dryable cotton, a sturdy and warm jacquard weave, and an oversized quality perfect for snuggling up on cold nights.

To buy: $135, chappywrap.com

KREWE bBlue Light Glasses


Courtesy KREWE

Based out of New Orleans, the team at KREWE is ready to “outsmart the strain” in style. Using anti-reflective coating and blue light filtering lenses, these glasses (prescription or not) can soothe the aches and pains that result from digital fatigue and too much screen time.

To buy: From $285, krewe.com

Comrad Compression Socks


Courtesy Comrad

For those who have always wondered if compression socks are really worth it—they are. Especially this knee-high pair from Comrad, a brand that crafts socks that ensure an increase in circulation, improved foot and leg comfort, and pain relief. 

To buy: $69, comradsocks.com

Venus et Fleur Candle


Courtesy Venus et Fleur

Make someone on your holiday gift list feel extra special and luxurious with this limited edition Rose Blanche candle from Venus et Fleur, which exudes a warm, rosey aroma into the living space.

To buy: $129, venusetfleur.com

Guinot Paris Eye Cream


Courtesy Dermstore

Anyone who loves a good skincare regime (or maybe needs a new one) will delight upon receiving this Guinot Longue Vie Yeux Eye-Lifting cream, which combats puffiness and fine lines—perfect for the eyes in need of a little TLC. 

To buy: $54, dermstore.com 

Kate’s Real Food Bites


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If you have a snack lover on your holiday gift list, Kate’s Real Food Bites are some of the best organic snacks on the market—especially for those who have a sweet tooth! Made from whole, nutritious foods, they pack a serious punch of clean energy with flavors like peanut butter hemp & flax and dark chocolate cherry & almond.

To buy: $21, amazon.com 

Saje Morning to Night Diffuser Kit


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Just gazing at this marbled aroma diffuser instills a sense of Zen. Add in Saje’s unique essential oil blends (like Unwind or Citrus Dream), and get ready for a wind-down from the day.

To buy: $100, saje.com 

Anti-Anxiety notebook from Therapy Notebooks


Courtesy Therapy Notebooks

This year it feels more important than ever to take care of our mental health. Designed by therapists, the Anti-Anxiety notebook features over 100 journal entries made for working through anxious moments. There are anxiety reduction exercises, check-ins, therapy tools, and more. Consider this the perfect bedside table wellness gift that truly anybody will benefit from.

To buy: $34, therapynotebooks.com

Paige Novick: Exclusive Bespoke Crystal Prescription


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Certified crystal healer Paige Novick walks her clients through an entirely personalized crystal and meditation practice experience, focusing on power, manifestation, transformation, and self love.

To buy: $350 for 90-minute crystal prescription, giftmechic.com

Riley Home Linen Bundle


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A huge element of mental and physical wellness comes in the form of a good night’s sleep. Snuggling into luxury linen sheets (a fabric often reserved for summer) is actually a treat anytime of year. Just as breathable as they are soft and cozy, this seven-piece bundle from Riley Home includes a duvet cover, two pillow shams, one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases—all handcrafted in Portugal from euroflax Belgian linen.

To buy: $543, rileyhome.com 

Headspace Subscription


Courtesy Headspace

Many people consider meditation an intimidating practice. However, Headspace is on a mission to redefine how we approach taking time to allow our mind to have a quiet moment to itself. The easy-to-use program allows users to take anywhere from three minutes to a full hour to unwind, find focus, and work toward happiness.

To buy: $70/year, headspace.com

Juniper Ridge Incense 


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It’s safe to say that most wellness junkies simply cannot resist the temptation of a well-crafted incense. Inspired by mountains, coasts, and deserts, this six-pack from Juniper Ridge features a dynamic range of nature-inspired fragrances like California juniper, white sage, and Douglas fir. 

To buy: $60, juniperridge.com 

Himalayan Salt Oiler Warmer


Courtesy Anthropology

If you’re in search of a unique aromatherapy gift, this oiler warming lamp is the ticket. Made from real Himalayan salt, this small lamp casts a warm glow while heating up the user’s favorite blend of essential oils. It doesn’t get much more zen than this.

To buy: $34, anthropologie.com

Garnet Hill Sheepskin Rug, Cashmere Slides, and Organic Cotton PJs


Courtesy Garnet Hill

This trio packs a serious punch in the comfort department. If there’s someone on your holiday list who delights in being warm and cozy, surprise them with a trio of comfort, featuring Garnet Hill’s impossibly soft sheepskin rug, slip-on cashmere slides, and Asian-inspired organic cotton pajamas. 

To buy: $139, garnethill.com (rug); $129, garnethill.com (slides); $79, garnethill.com (pajamas)

Teema Manolia Blanket


Courtesy Teema

It’s no secret that most wellness lovers delight in a cozy blanket. This beautiful, simple piece from Teema features a chic zigzag pattern. It’s both large and extra soft—the ideal blanket for an afternoon snooze.

To buy: $88, teema.com

A Plant from the Sill


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Being in the presence of lush green plants always seems to have a calming effect—especially if you’re a city-dweller. The Sill ships house plants all over the country, pre-potted and ready to liven up any interior space. Pick one that suits your recipient-in-mind, and they will get a beautiful, healthy plant delivered to their door in a pretty pot, complete with care instructions.

To buy: thesill.com, prices vary

Zafu Zabuton Meditation Cushion Set 


Courtesy Dharma Crafts

For the meditator in your life, this cushion set is a must-have. It features both the zafu (round cushion) and zabuton (flat mat). The pillow exteriors are made from organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes, and the interiors provide comfortable support that molds to the users shape upon first use.

To buy: $139, dharmacrafts.com 

Palo Santo Incense


Courtesy Goop

The packaging isn’t the only beautiful thing about these special incense bricks. The natural mortared, hand-made palo santo incense comes from Peru, and is perfect for smudging or just creating a soothing aroma in a space

To buy: $12, goop.com

Canyon Ranch Retreat


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What better way to give the gift of wellness than via the industry’s epicenter? Anyone in need of some relaxation and mental decompression will thrive during a special retreat at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona—an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, where programs can be tailor-made to fit guests’ wellness wishes.

To buy: prices vary, canyonranch.com

Otherland Kindling Candle


Courtesy Otherland

There is something undeniably relaxing about the smell of an outdoor fire. Otherland’s kindling-scented candle is just as beautiful to look at as it is relaxing to breathe. A light blend of Alaskan cedar and smoky embers, this coconut and soy wax blend candle will be a favorite. 

To buy: $36, otherland.com

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


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Award-winning author Deepak Chopra shares his thoughts on the meaning of—and path toward—a fulfilling and successful life, based in creating a life lived in harmony with natural law.

To buy: $8, amazon.com

Hatch Restore


Courtesy Hatch

For the recipient on your list who needs some TLC in the sleep department, the Hatch Restore is a new tech tool that helps regulate sleep patterns using sleep sounds and smart light. From wind down light to sunrise wakeup, this tool allows users to personalize their bedtime routine and wake up refreshed.

To buy: $130, hatch.co

A Trip to Sensai Lanai


Courtesy Four Seasons Resort & Spa

This stunning wellness resort in Hawaii is perhaps the most idyllic place for a wellness lover to look deeper within and unwind. From the resort’s tailored Guide to Growth to the judgment-free promise (there are very few rules), Sensei Lanai will be the trip of a lifetime for a very lucky recipient. 

To buy: prices vary, fourseasons.com

Silence: In the Age of Noise


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Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge writes about his solo travels in Antarctica. This is a compelling story about the silence that surrounds us, the silence within, and how both are vital to happiness and fulfillment.

To buy: $16, amazon.com

Sakara Life


Courtesy Sakara

There are plenty of options when choosing a program design by Sakara Life, a brand that offers clean, plant-based meals delivered right to your home. The Signature Program (Level 1) is a great place to start as a gift for someone who may be interested in a super-clean eating routine. The best part? The meals are delivered ready to eat.

To buy: from $70/day, sakara.com

Alo Moves Subscription


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Alo Moves provides a wide range of movement, from yoga and meditation to fitness classes and special skill building (like learning how to pull off a handstand). Alo stresses that there is a movement for every mood, time of day, style, and skill level.

To buy: $20/month, alomoves.com

The Mirror 


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“The nearly invisible gym at home,” reads the website for the Mirror, an ultra-sleek and smart at-home fitness program. The actual mirror, which fits seamlessly into any household, offers personalized classes (there are thousands to choose from) with certified trainer guidance and feedback. You can track progress, see workout summaries, personalize playlists, monitor your health, and much, much more.

To buy: $1,495, mirror.co

The Shift by Komuso Design


Courtesy Komuso Design

This medication-free anxiety tool is perfectly designed to be incredibly useful and discrete for those who experience fight or flight breathing. Using the tool, which is attached to a small necklace, the wearer can breath in through the mouthpiece, exhaling through the narrow tube, a process which naturally slows the breath, triggering the nervous system to relax and find a sense of calm.

To buy: $105, komusodesign.com