Still searching for the perfect gifts and aren’t sure where to turn? We’ve all got someone on our list who is challenging to shop for, and the truth is how much stuff do people really need? The best gifts are useful, and from the heart. How about a gift-giving strategy aimed at reducing stress, both for the gift-giver and the giftee? Yes, it’s really possible! To reduce your own gift-giving stress, we’ve compiled a list of gifts and experiences designed to soothe, pamper, and encourage proper self-care for everyone on your list from your kid’s teacher to your mother-in-law.
Meditative gifts are so hot because meditation is finally breaking into mainstream practice. There are books galore on meditation: look for ones that provide step-by-step instruction if you’re passing them to a beginner, and always choose an author whose methods and mindfulness inspire you. Look up the top books on meditation and mindfulness then search the authors out online to see whether their mantras suit the personality of the giftee.
We’ve got to highlight this phenomenal product, handcrafted meditation pillows by Mindful Cushions made locally in Kitchener. These gorgeous cushions are designed for every age and personality with a vibrant variety of patterns. Family members can even use them to crowd around the TV on movie nights! Isn’t that peacock fabric stunning? Bhupi can personally vouch that these cushions are a must for every meditation practitioner.
Got a yoga enthusiast on your list? You can go the regular route of supplying a yoga mat and looking up some DIY recipes for yoga cleaning products, but what about asking your giftee where they practice and calling the studio to pay for their January membership fee? What a thoughtful surprise!
Arts and craft-related gifts really go far in treating one’s mind, body, and soul. Look up art classes locally to your giftee and treat them to something new, or ask them if they’d like to take a class with you! You can find classes for drawing, painting, pottery, beading, knitting, papermaking, 3D printing, guitar, piano, ukulele, drumming, and dance of all kinds! Can we interest you in a Mandalas4You workshop? Contact us to learn more about the mindfulness provided by the art of mandalas. If a class isn’t just the thing, think about an art kit, or take into account any crafting hobbies your friends and family have, like scrapbooking, and pick up some fun supplies to add to their collection.
Really stuck for a thoughtful, relaxing gift? Aromatherapy is an ancient tradition that is so popular now that you can pick up an essential oil diffuser just about anywhere. You can go electric or use a simple reed diffuser. Popular essential oils to start with are peppermint, lavender, and any citrus, particularly orange or lemon.
And of course, we would be remiss if we missed fan-favourites like the gift of massage therapy, manicures and pedicures (even for men!), and hair care. You don’t have to pre-plan too hard here, just pick up a gift certificate and then be a little bit naughty and wrap it up in a big gift box!
Did you notice that all of these gifts are suitable for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and all sorts of celebrations besides Christmas? Go ahead and bookmark this page, and follow Henna4You on social media - Instagram & Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post. From our family to yours, we wish you all a safe, stress-free holiday season and the very best in 2018!