We all have that one friend (or maybe it's you!), who knew about acai bowls, celery juice, matcha, and boutique fitness classes before they were trending in the wellness space. They live and breathe wellness. So what's better than gifting them something that they're truly passionate about during the holidays? It might seem like a tall order, especially since they're always two steps ahead when it comes to what's "in," but that's why we're here to help.
We've selected some of the best wellness gift ideas out there, maybe some of these they've never even heard about. So go ahead and shop. Oh, and these aren't just for advanced or intermediate wellness devotees; these items make great gifts for pretty much anyone looking to better their lives in 2021—aka all of us.
Self-Care and Beauty
A bath can do wonders for stress. Upgrade your friend's self-care routine with luxurious bath salts. This one is formulated with epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, and natural plant essential oils.
Much like its relative, the jade roller, the gua sha facial tool is used to soothe and de-puff skin. But, its added benefits include lymph drainage and increased blood flow. It leaves skin glowing. Gift this to the person on your list with a 20-step nighttime routine, they'll be obsessed.
There's no turning back once a silk pillowcase is in your life. Treat your friend to a restful night's sleep with the help of the OG of silk pillowcase brands, Slip. This one is gentle on the skin and hair.
A candle is the perfect accompaniment for any self-care session—a bath, meditation, face mask-ing, you name it. This trio has warm and spicy holiday-inspired scents.
This set has everything your friend needs to de-stress and get a good night's sleep. It has a pillow spray to help lull them to sleep and a stress roll-on to calm the mind.
A bunch of kale or a whole bag of fruit might not be the most stylish gift, so these healthy food options below are the next best thing.
By emphasizing top-notch quality and gorgeous aesthetics, the folks behind Brightland have managed to convert a no-frills cooking staple into something downright covetable.
In the realm of crowd-pleasing gifts, can we agree that chocolate is a no-brainer? Hu Kitchen's bars are beloved for being Paleo, vegan, and unbelievably delicious.
We can't get enough of Matchabar here at THE/THIRTY. If you have a matcha enthusiast in your life, but they don't live near a cafe, they can enjoy a cup at home.
Our editors are big fans of Sakara's offerings, from its new metabolism powder to its ever-popular meal kit. Unsure which one your friend will want? Get them a gift card so they can choose and customize on their own. Prices start at $50
For the hot sauce lover in your life, this gift box will be their dream come true. It has 10 different hot sauces of varying degrees of spiciness, from mellow to evil.
Whether the person on your list is a gym rat or a novice, they'll appreciate some gear if they're looking to amp up their workouts.
Take your friend's strength training to the next level. This home system comes with the new TRX Home2 Suspension Trainer, a free one-year subscription to the TRX app, door and suspension anchors, and a carry bag.
The yogi in your life will appreciate this luxe quilted yoga bag. There's enough storage for your phone, keys, and a slim wallet—it has three exterior zip pockets and one interior pocket.
For the loved one who's going to be spending more time at the gym or fitness studio, the Fitbit Versa 2 will help them keep track of their activity. And it's not just for workouts—it tracks your sleep, has an Amazon Alexa built-in, connects with your smartphone to show notifications, and enables you to control Spotify and Pandora.
A yoga mat is essential, whether they practice often or occasionally. It can also be used for other mat exercises, too. This natural rubber mat has an antimicrobial additive to repel mold or mildew.
Cozy sherpa jackets are still as popular as ever. This soft and warm one has side zip pockets and drawcords at the waist.
These chic ankle and wrist weights will add an extra challenge to workouts. They also come in six different colors.
You can say that wellness starts at home—it's where you eat, sleep, relax, and for some, even work out. Help your friend or family member upgrade their living space this holiday season with some wellness-inspired home gifts.
A set of brand-new, ultra-comfortable sheets is the key to being the best gift-giver. Who doesn't want luxurious sheets to make sleepy time so much better? And when they're from Parachute, well, that's the cherry on top.
This set is a great desk accessory and will remind your friend to stay hydrated throughout the day.
For the friend who never skips out on a matcha latte, might we suggest gifting them with a DIY starter set? This traditional bamboo whisk is designed to thoroughly blend matcha powder into hot water, giving it a luxuriously frothy finish—no barista necessary.
There's not a lot of scientific studies out there about the effectiveness of weighted blankets, but many people believe it helps with sleep quality and provides some extra comfort for anxious or stressed-out people. Why not give it a try?
We have a feeling that Vitruvi's gorgeous porcelain diffuser will be topping more than a few wish lists this year.
This air purifier also doubles as an essential oil diffuser so it's a two-for-one gift. It has a HEPA filter to trap particles and clear the air of any irritants.
A book is a good go-to gift if you're unsure of what to give someone. And there are so many great wellness books out there, from editions about healthy eating to self-care manuals, so there's definitely a title out there for everyone.
Some fans of astrology do believe it's a self-care and wellness tool, helping guide them and prompting them to be more introspective. The Astro Poets gained a huge following on Twitter through their thoughtful, unique, and humorous horoscopes. Their book is a must-read for astrology enthusiasts.
Journaling is one of the best mindfulness practices. This one doesn't take itself too seriously, so it's great for both the daily writer and someone who's on the fence. Each page is filled with positive and thought-provoking exercises aimed to leave the journaler more confident and centered.
Save this book for the self-described wellness nerd in your life. By the founder of the beloved mushroom coffee brand Four Sigmatic, it details all the fascinating benefits of medicinal mushrooms and how to incorporate the healing powerhouses into your life.
Your friend can add this journal to their daily self-care ritual. It has reflection prompts to start and end the day.
Our friends over at cult-beloved wellness destination CAP Beauty know a thing or two about finding a natural glow with the help of superfoods and herbs. Their latest tome extends that knowledge to the masses.
The adult coloring book craze is still going strong, and with good reason—it's a total stress-buster for some people. Gift this one with a set of nice colored pencils.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.