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Welcome to the fourth and final part in my managing mental health at Christmas series. While this post is part of the series, these gifts for health and wellness are for any occasion, not just Christmas!
Choosing gifts for your loved ones can be a difficult job at the best of times, but what about those who suffer from mental health issues? Does it have to be a big or grand gesture? Will it cost you the Earth? The answer to both of those questions is absolutely not! Here is a list of gifts for health and wellness that are both thoughtful and affordable.
When I receive gifts from people, I always try to show gratitude, even if I’m not sure why they have bought me something! (I was raised with manners ;)) But the gifts that have always touched me the most are the ones that have clearly had thought put into them. The ones that tell me the person really thought about me when they made this purchase.
I always try to make my gifts to others meaningful and useful. Or I make gifts myself. Here are some ideas of gifts for health and wellness you can give to those people in your life who may be struggling, or just to show that you care.
Mental Health Greeting Cards
Here on Miss Serenity, you will find a range of handmade cards that I lovingly put together. I love to craft and create beautiful things, and these cards came from my need to be able to give cards to those who are suffering but couldn’t find anything that said quite the right thing.
Mood candles and aromatherapy
Yankee candles come in a variety of fragrances, ones that soothe the senses or envigorate them. Lavender is great for sleep, calming, and relaxing. Presented in this pretty glass jar, it’s a wonderful gift for candle lovers too. Get your Yankee Candle here.
Aromatherapy roll-on essential oils make great gifts for those on the move. They come in handy sizes perfect for a handbag or pocket and can be used discreetly to help calm the wearer and ease their stress. Get yours here
Aromatherapy diffusers are perfect for those who love to let the scent of essential oils permeate their home. Complete with essential oils, diffuser gifts sets provide up to 15 hours of scent heaven. Some even boast 14 colour changing lights and most have an auto shut off feature so you never need to worry about it running dry. Get your Aromatherapy diffuser here.
Journals and Planners
Journals are a fantastic way for people to keep on top of their mental and physical health. They can keep track of important things like their diet, exercise, mood and more to help identify triggers and see when things are starting to improve. Get a journal your loved one will appreciate here.
The wellbeing journal was created in partnership with the mental health charity Mind. It includes activities, quotes and pages to write thoughts down. Creativity is a great way to calm the mind and focus our thoughts, so this is a great gift for anyone who struggles with mental health issues.
Personal organisers are wonderful gifts for anyone wanting to get more routine in their life. Filled with weekly and monthly diaries, at a glance information and a host of other features, these are the perfect gift ideas for the unorganised! Check out the selection of planners and organisers here.
Weighted blankets are great for anxiety. They use something called ‘Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation’ therapy which offers a sense of release and calm. By using evenly weighted pockets across the blanket that distributes an even pressure across the body; they can ease not only anxiety, but also insomnia, as well as stress among other things. Find the Highams Weighted blanket here.
Amethyst is known for its calming qualities. I often wear amethyst when I’m feeling on edge, and it never fails to make me feel less anxious. There is no magic involved! It’s all about energy. Everything on Earth is made up of energy, and different energy vibrations tap into different emotions. It’s that simple! This natural amethyst pendant and bracelet set are a lovely gift for those who suffer from a lot of nervous energy, as well as those who suffer sleep problems.
Remember when fidget spinners were all the rage? There’s a reason for that. Being able to absent-mindedly play with something can soothe the mind and also relieve anxiety. It helps to channel the fidgety feelings, that often accompany anxiety, away from the body. Spinner rings are a great way to wear something lovely that also serves a practical purpose! This one is a 925 sterling silver spinner ring with moons and stars to decorate it.
My Be Kind collection features a cute little hedgehog holding a flower, designed with mental health in mind. The three different styles of mug each make a beautiful gift for someone who likes their tea or coffee, and also holds an important message. Find them in the gift shop
I also have a range of wall art in the Be Kind range that will surely bring a smile to someone’s face. Set on white backgrounds, they will look great in any space and fit with any colour scheme. They simply remind us to be kind to one another. With a choice of framed wall posters or canvases in varying sizes, these make great gifts. Check them out in the shop.
Adult colouring books have been a bit of a ‘fad’ for a while now, but there’s a very good reason for this. Colouring requires you to be in the moment, which is the very foundation of mindfulness. By immersing yourself in a calm and focused activity like colouring, you not only bring mindfulness into your life but also create something beautiful to look at; so you get two bonuses with this set of two colouring books!
I’ve mentioned this book a few times on my blog and with good reason. I love the way Mark Manson writes so candidly about how to deal with mental illness, not through the ‘let’s be happy’ philosophy, but by facing up to our real emotions and learning how to live with them and be happy anyway. Through some of my darker times, this book has picked me up time and again.
Reasons to stay alive, by Matt Haig is another volume you may come across on other pages of my blog. He talks about his time at rock bottom, as well as how he overcame his depression and anxiety to live a life that he feels is worth living. It’s a book that most of us having suffered the same things, can relate to. I found myself nodding along while reading it several times. Again, it’s an inspirational read that I re-read when I feel the need.
Fearne Cotton’s book, Happy, is designed to help you tap into positivity. It also provides exercises and activities to help you work through life in a positive way. One step in front of the other is the premise of this book, instead of looking for some huge epiphany.
There are a number of subscriptions available through Amazon. Even if the giftee chooses not to continue with a subscription, a 30-day free trial could be just the ticket for a perfect gift.
Prime is the main Amazon subscription service offered. It allows the user to get free next day delivery on millions of products, gives them free streaming of thousands of movies and series through prime video, read as much as they like from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics, Kindle singles and more through any device. They can securely store unlimited photos with anywhere access with Prime Photos, listen to over 2 million songs on Prime Music and get exclusive early access to lightning deals.
Amazon Prime usually costs around £7.99 per month, but the first 30 days are free.
Prime Video can be purchased as it’s own subscription too. Customers get all the benefits of a Prime subscription, but also they can watch anywhere in the UK with no time restrictions and can also download movies and TV series to their mobile or tablet.
A prime video subscription is usually around £7.99 per month, with the first 30 days being free.
Audible, which is part of Amazon, is the publisher and distributor of the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks. Customers can listen anytime and anywhere to professionally narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres, including bestsellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, classics, and more. With an Audible trial, customers get one free audiobook of their choice, and also the ability to choose from 200,000-plus titles, across all genres.
After 30 days, if they choose not to cancel, they will receive one book each month for just £7.99 per month
Kindle Unlimited is a great way for people to explore over 1 million books, thousands of audiobooks, as well as popular magazines on any device. The free trial offers unlimited access to over 1 million eBooks, a rotating selection of popular magazines, thousands of books with audible narration as well as the ability to read anytime, on any device with the free Kindle app.
After the 30-day free trial, the monthly subscription fee is £7.99. Members have the option to cancel their subscription anytime
So as you can see, there is no shortage of affordable and thoughtful gifts for health and wellness; perfect for those people you know who could do with something a little more than generic smelly sets and the obligatory bottle of Prosecco!
Do you have other gifts for health and wellness to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.
Check out the other posts in this series: