A decadent box of chocolate truffles or a homemade fruit cake is always appreciated for the holidays, but you’ll need to think outside the box when shopping for a wellness junkie. After all, they’re not about to ditch a year’s worth of exotic nut-snacking and disciplined meditation classes for some Christmas debauchery.
Quite ironically, shopping for a wellness fanatic can be a stressful affair for you, which is why we’ve put together a list of chic Christmas wellness gifts they would surely appreciate. The same goes for friends you think could use a little extra TLC in the wellness department — we’re looking you, party regulars.
In this list, you’ll find Christmas wellness gifts that cover most spectrums of wellness, and in packaging that’s undeniably chic, to save you time (and money) from gift wrapping lest you’re running out of time. Most make for good fun, especially the DIY essential oils set and Kombucha home brewing kit, while others make the holidays a little easier, such as the revolutionary bird’s nest set. For the wellness guru, gifts such as the dry body brush and Como Shambhala would be useful in recreating the spa experience at home.
Here are the seven Christmas wellness gifts the health junkie in your life will love.
Essential oils can be as personal an affair as perfumes, so instead of gifting a single scent, Banyan Tree has created a set to cater to different moods and personalities. Following a bout of reformulation, all of Banyan Tree’s products are composed of 95 percent natural ingredients, and are sustainably sourced too. The mix of peppermint essential oil and the RISE experiential essential oil set — consisting of lavender, orange, grapefruit, and rosemary — can be mixed to create a medley of evocative scents that uplift the senses instantly. The gift set also includes an oil burner and glass stones.
One of the most expensive foods on the planet, bird’s nest is a prized commodity because it’s notoriously dangerous to harvest, and an even bigger challenge to prepare right. NestBloom solves half of that conundrum by revolutionising the preparation process — and it’s as simple as a five-minute wait after adding hot water. Beautifully packaged in single-serve portions, the bird’s nest is freeze-dried with lush almond cream to make for a comforting treat at night. A pair of specially-made cups and spoons, an hourglass and two servings of NestBloom are provided in the Double Ritual Kit.
Diptyque’s trio of holiday candles are back again this year to reignite the magic of the season, this time decorated by artist Philippe Baudelocque and inspired by the constellations. The scents are — as always — divine, and are beautifully decorated with gilded renderings of a dragon, phoenix and unicorn. Frosted Forest (green glass) invigorates with scents of fir needles, Hinoki wood and mint; Incense Tears (blue glass) is a comforting mix of incense, Myrrh and warm cinnamon; and Fiery Orange (red glass) features a dazzling burst of Italian blood orange, smoky wood, and cloves.
Como Shambhala is all about creating zen, even when you’re not at one of their award-winning spas, and their range of products are known for recreating that tranquility in the comfort of your own home. Aptly named the Little Box of Calm, this gift set consists of a Calm body oil and balm. The balancing fragrances are designed to relax and relieve anxiety with notes of calming marjoram, lavender and geranium. You probably know a few people who could use this nifty set right now.
If Miranda Kerr is anything to go by, maybe dry body brushing can effectively put the glow back into your skin after all. The regime not only does the obvious buffing of dead skin, but supposedly aids in the elimination of toxins, banishes cellulite and boosts cell renewal. The daily affair should begin at the soles of your feet before working up the rest of the body in strokes towards the heart. Using a natural-bristled brush is vital for best results.
Nestled within the hypnotic seasonal gift kit — inspired by noted social psychology experiments from the ‘50s to ‘70s — Aesop’s Perception set is designed to leave your body rejuvenated. The Geranium Leaf body cleanser is known to invigorate with Mandarin and Bergamot oils, while the Redemption body scrub is a gentle blend of finely milled Pumice, Bamboo stem and pine needle oil to slough away tired cells, especially after a workout. The regime ends with the limited edition Redemption Body Balm, which contains extracts of aloe leaf and sweet almond to restore moisture to the skin.
The fermented probiotic drink is known to do wonders for your guts, but purchasing ready-made ones might be a bit of a challenge. This kit includes the whole works you’d need to get started on your own mini factory: one gallon of Kombucha brewing kit, swing top bottles, a bendable bottle brush, a steel funnel and strainer.