I don't know about you, but when it comes to shopping for gifts for my friends and family, I gravitate toward items that are practical yet unique. Okay, "practical" might sound boring, but before I purchase a gift, I think, How often will they really use this? And if I think they'll get a lot of use out of it, I immediately add it to my cart. While I think novelty gifts can be so fun, I'd rather give someone a gift that they'll use over and over (and over).
It's not all completely selfless, though—let's be real here. If someone is so obsessed with a gift that it becomes their go-to or something they can't live without, well, it looks good on me as a gift giver, right? So I'm always searching for useful gifts that will hopefully make my loved ones' lives a little bit easier, whether it's something they've been needing for a while or something that relieves stress or puts a smile on their face.
And I think the best category of gifts for these criteria are wellness ones. Think activewear or gym gear, self-care items, cozy home décor, and even food and drink. Take a look at some of my favorite picks I've come across this year.
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This holiday set is perfect for unwinding time. It comes with a mini amethyst de-puffing facial roller, an amethyst gua sha facial-lifting tool, a mini plant root remedy facial oil, and a mini calming herbal repair facial massage balm.
This kit checks off the beauty and wellness boxes. It features all of Golde's most-loved essentials: each of the brand's three Superfood Latte Blends (Original Turmeric, Matcha Turmeric, and Cacao Turmeric) and two Superfood Face Masks (Clean Greens and Papaya Bright).
This set is for the people in your life who want to cook more in the New Year. It contains Omsom's best-selling flavors: Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ, Thai Larb, Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki, and Korean Spicy Bulgogi starters. There are 12 starters in each set, which adds up to 24 meals.
I'm absolutely obsessed with Boy Smells' candles and always gift friends and family with them, so I'm definitely getting at least one of these sets this year. The set has five mini candles with scents like cardamom, geranium, pink peppercorn, and rhubarb.
Yogasleep's white noise machine is a multitasking device that doesn't take up that much room. It's also a wireless speaker and nightlight. It features 30 sound options, eight lullaby tracks, and has an auto-off timer.
Come January, there's always a big group of people embarking on a Whole30 journey. If you know someone who's planning on it this year, gift them with this bundle, which will make meal planning so much easier. It comes with four hot sauces, two enchilada sauces, and three seasonings.
If you want to gift someone with a highly curated gift box but don't have time to source everything yourself, let Rare Assembly do the work for you. This collection features items to help the recipient relax and take a break. There's a vegan lotion bar, aromatherapy inhaler, bath soak, shower steamers, herbal tea, and a chocolate bar.
A lot of us need to drink more water throughout the day, and this bottle makes it easy to add to a routine. The bottle holds one liter of water and features daily time trackers on the exterior to help you figure out how much to drink to stay hydrated.
Soap might seem like a "boring" holiday gift, but not when they're soaps from eco-friendly cleaning brand, Blueland. This set includes two glass reusable bottle and six plastic-free refill tablets. The scents are Iris Agave, Perrine Lemon, and Lavender Eucalyptus.
Here's another candle bundle to set the mood at home. This one transports you to Paris with three different candles: Linen (pink pepper, linen, and sandalwood), Rose (rose de mai, white cedar, and musk), and Cassis (crème de cassis, blackcurrant, and tonka bean).