Wellness presents for loved ones: the best health and wellbeing-inspired gifts, from zen-inducing stocking fillers to the items at the top of every wellness expert's Christmas wishlist. We present the GTG wellness gift guide for 2022
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If you're deep in Christmas shopping (who isn't?) we've put together plenty of gift-spo, such as our favourite beauty and skincare presents between £5 and £50 and our ultimate Christmas gift guide for 2022.
What to gift the wellness warrior in your life? Below, we've rounded up some of the most covetable health and wellbeing buys, from the must-have beauty subscription to the most luxurious dressing gown money can buy, the home fragrance accessory on every wellness expert's wish list and the gadget that will teach you how to sleep better.
The sleep setter: Feather & Down Sleep Spray Trio, £15*
Give the gift of good sleep this Christmas and your loved one will be eternally grateful. This nifty trio features a pillow spray infused with an aromatherapy blend of slumber-inducing essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, to promote deep relaxation; there's also a calming sleep mist packed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the face and body before bed; and a second sinus-clearing pillow spray with eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree to clear the airways and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep. Ideal for sleep-deprived parents or anyone who spends too much time counting sheep.
The self-pleasure treat: Hot Octopuss- Kurve, £99.95*
Self-love is the ultimate form of self-care, and sex toys don’t come much more giving than this. Kurve is a luxury g-spot vibrator that features the brand’s patented dual-motor ‘treble and bass technology’ - with which you can have fun finding the perfect frequency to suit your needs. There's a smooth, soft gel tip with and ergonomic contours that allow you to ensure you're getting the right kind of pressure just where you want it and the toy can also be used for clitoral stimulation for extra pleasure points. Whether for a partner, friend or yourself, this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
The ultimate home-fragrance gift: Neom Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser, £95
Ask any wellness expert what’s on their Christmas wish list and a Neom Wellbeing Pod will rank high up. This isn’t just any old room diffuser, with a touchscreen, guided breathing mode and a mist time of four hours, this high-tech gadget will fill your home with zen-inducing soothing scent, while a calming dimmer doubles as a mood-enhancing lamp. Perfect for cosy nights in or an atmospheric accompaniment to your home yoga practice.
The chic fit kit: Bala Bangles Ankle and Wrist Weights 1lb, £49.99
Surely the chicest fitness accessory (plus they're giving us retro 80s vibes) on every home workout fanatic's wish list this year. These weighted resistance bangles from California-born brand Bala are perfect for adding extra burn to low-impact workouts such as yoga, Pilates and barre, or simply adding to wrists and ankles on your daily walk or while you run errands. The pastel pink is super cute, although they come in seven different shades, and Victoria Beckham is said to be a fan.
The genius sleep gadget: Sensate Relaxation Device, £299.99 use code GETTHEGLOSS for £20 off
In keeping with the sleep theme, we’re not exaggerating when we say that this gadget can tackle some of the most chronic insomnia symptoms. To quote GTG’s editorial director Victoria Woodhall: “This 'power nap' pebble taught me to sleep again” - read her full review here. Put simply, the wearable uses low sound vibration to encourage your nervous system into deep rest. Yes, it’s an investment, but you use code GETTHEGLOSS for £20 off.
The celebs' favourite bamboo PJs: Boody Goodnight Sleep Cami, £29.95 and Goodnight Sleep Short, £29.95
Anyone who suffers from pesky hot flushes during the night will be grateful for this sleepwear set from sustainable brand Boody which makes affordable eco-friendly undies, activewear and everyday staples using bamboo (they’re loved by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner, too). These PJs have garnered rave reviews from happy customers who say they keep them cool and calm while they snooze.
The self-care obsessive subscription: Beauty Pie Subscription, £10 a month or £59 for a year
We think it's pretty clear by now how amazing a Beauty Pie subscription is for skincare and makeup products giving you access to luxury products at factory prices, but it's also a genius buy for the wellness warrior in your life thanks to the growing range of well-being products it also offers. There are nutitionist-formulated supplements on offer (we highly recommend For Jugglers £22 for members £60 for non-members, that helps reduce fatigue and boost mental health) as well as gorgeously scented candles for and satin sleep accessories such as eye masks and pillowcases.
Use code GTGSENTME to get £10 off Beauty Pie annual membership when you sign up.
The wellness scent: Nue Co.Water Therapy, £85
Functional fragrance is where science meets perfume - wellness scents are designed to hack your mood by activating certain parts of the brain. The Nue Co has made this niche its own with fine fragrance developed with neuroscientific research. This is the fourth in its range of functional fragrances and is a stress-relieving spritz is perfect for the water baby in your life or anyone who takes solace from being near water. Notes of sandalwood, seaweed, clary sage, marine salt and amber accords are said to create new pathways in the brain that connect you to blue spaces, mimicking the feeling of being in a marine environment.
The body saviour: Hayo’u Bian Stone Body Massager Self Acupressure Tool, £49
This acupressure body massage tool is designed to teach you to self-heal, by relieving deep tissue and muscle tension and releasing trapped energy (all at the fraction of the cost of an acupuncture treatment with a practitioner). The angular tool is designed to be used from neck-to-toe, the nimble shape allows you to get in there with stubborn lumps, bumps and specific areas of pain. And relax.
The CBD bath salts: Westlab Mindful Epsom Bath Salts with CBD Oil, £6.79
The perfect stocking filler for the busy wellness warrior in your life. Soak weary limbs in the tub with a few handfuls of these CBD bath salts infused with frankincense, fragrant bergamot and Epsom, Himalayan and mineral salts to soothe - then sleep like a baby afterwards.
The decadent dressing gown: House Of Rituals Cotton Bathrobe Women, £83
If there were an award for the cosiest, most luxurious winter dressing gown, this would win by a country mile. Made with thick yet super soft sustainably-sourced cotton, with a hood, pockets and belt cord it’s perfect in every way for duvet days and padding around the house - the slightly darker colour makes this super practical, too. Make it extra special by getting it personalised with initials in gold stitch.
The funky feet warmers: Birkenstock Boston Mink Shearling Clogs, was £160 now £136
Introducing the chicest shoe of the season, seriously, these are selling like hot cakes so snap them up fast while they're still in stock. The lambswool-lined clogs will keep feet toasty throughout the colder months and are perfect both for pottering around the house and popping to the shops - who said fashion can't be practical?
The wellness journal: The Calm & Mindful Notebook, £18.95
Encourage a loved one to set good intentions ahead of the new year with this wellness journal which includes goal-setting exercises and prompts for making gratitude lists and factoring meditation and mindfulness into a busy lifestyle. Use it to plan, journal and make self-care a priority.
The cocooning hug for a loved one: Espa Cotton Weighted Blanket, was £90 now £72
A weighted blanket is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give, think of it as gifting a big hug to a loved one even when you're not there. This one’s filled with small glass beads that create gentle pressure to cocoon you and fill you with a sense of calm as you sleep. Purported benefits include better sleep, mood and enhanced relaxation, some also say it can help address feelings of anxiety.
The must-have yogi accessory: Alo Yoga Uplifting Yoga Block, £30
The dusky pink hue of this block is enough alone to coax you back on the mat. Made from recycled plastic waste, it’s lightweight enough to pop in your gym bag yet firm and durable enough to keep you steady - the perfect accessory for levelling up your practice, you’ll be doing scorpion by the spring!
The scented candle that's good for your skin: Oskia Love Massage Candle, £85
Now you can, quite literally, spread some love with this genius and gorgeous massage candle. It's been designed so that once it's been burning for at least 15 minutes you can then blow out the flame, pour the wax into the palm of your hand (don't worry, it doesn't burn) and then either massage the scented oil on yourself or a partner. Ten per cent of the retail price gets donated to the charity, Women for Women International which helps female survivors of war around the world.