In a year full of uncertainty, one of the best gifts you can give this year is the gift of self-care. We’ve all been through a lot, and now it’s time to make sure we prioritize our health and well-being (and sanity) in 2022.
Our editors rounded up the best wellness gifts that have made our lives a little bit better and brighter over the last few months. From gifts that mend your immune system to those that lower stress to those that maintain your physical health, we have something on our list for everyone and every stage of their wellness journey. Read on, and for more gift inspiration, check out these 40 Best Foodie Gifts This Year.
Meditation has been shown to manage stress, support focus, sleep better, and even strengthen the immune system—all components of your health and wellness. Headspace is an app that teaches you mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. There is a free version, but if you become a monthly subscriber, you’ll get access to hundreds of guided meditations, expert guidance, and comforting sleep sounds. All you need to do to start is just one minute out of your day.
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Brighten, smooth, strengthen, and tone your skin from the inside out with a hydrolyzed collagen supplement. Collagen, a protein found in animal and fish bones, can help improve skin health and reduce joint pain when taken as a supplement. While most collagen supplements are just that — collagen — Mind Body Green combines their grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen with other potent ingredients that also help your body make its own collagen and soothe inflammation. It’s one of the most powerful (and delicious) collagen supplements we’ve tried.
Proper hydration is essential post-workout, but if your friend just ditched the super sugary stuff, they may not have found an adequate alternative yet. If you want to steer them in the right direction, consider gifting them a box of Cure Electrolyte Mix packets. Based on a formula originally developed by the World Health Organization, Cure has a precise ratio of ingredients that is proven to hydrate up to three times faster and more effectively than water alone!
We’ve tried a lot of CBD tinctures, and we can say that Healist makes some of the most potent products that actually work. This sleep blend combines organically-armed CBD, active levels of botanical essential oils (lavender, chamomile, lemon balm), and a custom sleep terpene blend that we’ve found to help you fall asleep quickly and wake up the next day without any grogginess and feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep.
Have a loved one who constantly brings up how tired they are? Of course, there are many reasons why this may be the case, but if you want to help them get a more restful night’s sleep, one way to support that is with the Hatch Restore alarm clock. This bedside clock serves as a sunrise alarm that allows users to wake to their own gentle sunrise. With the help of an app, users can program the alarm to turn on a light that gradually brightens before their alarm sounds, utilizing the power of lighting to support a healthy circadian rhythm. The Hatch Restore also features a sound library for sleep and alarm sounds and even allows you to customize a wind-down routine (to encourage them to finally start reading in bed!).
Cramps, knots, and tension, begone! Massages are off the table right now, but you can still get the luxe, restorative benefits of deep tissue muscle treatment with Theragun’s pocket-sized massage gun. Melt away your tension at the comfort of your own home (even while you’re watching a movie).
If you want an even more functional nighttime beverage, sip on Four Sigmatic’s mushroom mix. This adaptogen packet blends organic cacao and reishi—a powerful adaptogenic mushroom that has been used for centuries to help your body manage stress, boost “feel-good” feelings, enhance wellbeing, and improve sleep. It’s basically a hot chocolate with stress-busting benefits.
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For your loved one who you see constantly applying drug-store lip balm, replace their stick with Kosterina’s olive oil-based balm. This nourishing balm, made with antioxidant-rich olive oil that has the power to neutralize free radicals before DNA damage in skin cells, gently melts into skin to deliver moisture without oily residue to areas (lips and even under the eyes!) that need an extra boost of nourishment.
One way to support wellness is to have an evening routine that can help signal your body that it’s time to wind down. An evening ritual can support a restful night’s sleep by maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle. Mudwtr’s :rest is a caffeine-free powder blend made with functional, relaxation-promoting ingredients, like valerian root extract and ashwagandha, that can promote feelings of calmness for a more restful night’s sleep.
Practice self-care by making movement a daily ritual. Alo Moves is an on-demand yoga, fitness, and mindfulness platform that you can take anywhere. With over 3,000 classes, you’ll have more than enough options to mix it up and find the right class for your level. You get unlimited access for $20 per month or one year of unlimited access for $199. Want to test it out first? They also launched free full-length classes on their YouTube channel!
Cut down on all the ingredients you need to hope on the oat milk latte train, and pick up a bag of Clevr. This is more than an instant oat milk latte, though. Clevr adds adaptogens, probiotics, and superfoods for an epic drink that makes wellness effortless. Choose between four flavors: Matcha SuperLatte, Chai SuperLatte, Coffee SuperLatte, and Golden Turmeric SuperLatte.
If your loved one already has blue light glasses, they may also be interested in trying a supplement that can protect your eye health. Blue light blocking glasses can help reduce eye strain from staring at a computer all day, and this supplement, EyePromise’s Screen Shield Pro, can complement blue light glasses. True health starts from within, and when you take the glasses off (if they even work), you aren’t protecting your eyes. By having the amount of dietary Zeaxanthin and Lutein that you need, Screen Shield truly is a gift of eye health.
One-third of adults and half of the population aging more than 55 years report taking at least one supplement per day. But because supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, you rarely know if what you’re taking is safe or actually contains what it says it does. You don’t have to have those fears with Ritual. This vitamin subscription company is reinventing the multivitamin for women, men, and children with only clean, research-backed, and essential nutrients. Each bottle comes with a “Made Traceable” promise, with a visible supply chain so you know what you’re putting in your body.
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Mind racing at night? Need somewhere to jot down your recipe ideas? Looking for a gratitude notebook? While any pad will do, we’ve fallen for A Good Company Stone Paper Journal. The world’s first climate-positive notebook is made from recycled stone rather than traditional wood pulp paper. (This may sound crazy, but we love how super smoothe it is to write on.)
We can’t stop raving about the 7 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Green Tea (like improving cognitive performance and boost metabolism). So it’s probably time for you to add this antioxidant-rich beverage to your daily routine. We’re fans of Your Super’s Power Matcha Mix, which is a blend of organic matcha and functional greens like moringa and wheatgrass. Use it in lattes or blend into smoothies.
Starting to see a trend? Sleep is an essential part of maintaining a health body, but 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, according to the CDC. Sometimes, a sleep mask will help block any light that disrupts your deep sleep. While we’ve found that some sleep masks are thin and let light seep through, Coyuchi organic masks are completely blackout—and incredibly comfortable.
There are so many factors that play into having a good night’s sleep, and one that we may overlook is having the right sheets. When your sheets aren’t right for you, you may experience night sweats or even itchiness that can wake you up in the night. Gift your loved one something they may not realize they need with these MOLECULE sheets that features advanced TENCEL™ materials and is optimized to provide cleaner, cooler, and more recovery-focused sleep.
Weighted blankets are all the rage these days because they may help ease symptoms and improve sleep for people with insomnia and anxiety. The Baloo weighted blankets stand out from the crowd because they don’t trap heat, and are machine washable and dryer safe. Perhaps the best feature: they are available in multiple different weights, from 12 pounds to 25 pounds.
Founded by actor Chris Hemsworth, this app does it all. You get access to over 230 workouts—including boxing and yoga—led by world-renowned trainers, a daily meal plan with recipes developed by dietitians and chefs, and meditations. You get to choose your fitness level for the workouts and the app has recipes that cater to all dietary preferences. There are also multi-week challenges if you want to commit yourself to a daily routine. We can’t recommend this app enough—it got us through the stressful first couple months of the pandemic, and has helped to establish healthy, sustainable habits.
For your plant-based friend who prefers to get nutrients from whole foods, GEM is a perfect gift. This chewable bite of daily nutrition is made from real food ingredients, like superfoods and adaptogens, and nothing else.
Perfect for the cocktail lovers in your life!
Perfect for your favorite home chef!
Yes, all of these gifts will fit into a stocking!
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