With Christmas fast approaching, you might be struggling for gift ideas for your loved ones. Thus, I present to you my ultimate mental health Christmas gift guide, containing gift ideas to help improve your mental health and wellbeing.
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I’ve never done a gift guide before, but due to the current coronavirus situation we find ourselves in, Christmas was going to be very different this year. Therefore, I thought gift ideas around supporting someone’s mental health and wellness would be a nicely timed idea. I hope you think it is as well.
Aromatherapy dough is something new that I recently came across, it’s a combination of aromatherapy and playdoh. You can squeeze it, smell it, and mould it into shapes as a way to de-stress. This would make a great gift for someone that likes aromatherapy and/or likes to fiddle with something.
Another aroma-based gift idea is the scented candle. I personally love a caramel-scented candle, because caramel is my favourite taste and smell. I can’t get enough when it comes to caramel. What’s your favourite scent?
Third on the list, which happens to be another fragranced gift item, is wax melts. What are wax melts I hear you ask? Well, in short, they’re like candles but without the wick. They’re small scented pieces of wax that you gently heat, allowing for an evenly distributed fragrance.
Wax Melt Burner
To go with the wax melts you’ll also need a wax melt burner, so here’s a selection to check out so you can find something to match your own style.
The last thing you’ll need to go with the wax melts and the wax melts burner is some tea lights, which are normally really cheap and you can buy them in bulk. So saving you time, here are some links for you.
Keeping a journal is great for practising self-care, you can either do it using a traditional journal or as I said in my article, ‘Journaling: What Makes It The Self-Care Go To?‘, you can do it digitally using an app. But if you like to keep journalling low-tech, then check out this selection of journals as a great gift idea.
Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
During the cold winter months, it can be difficult to wake up in the morning while it’s still dark, especially if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Thus, ditch the bog-standard alarm clock and wake up with a simulated sunrise so you wake up in a more natural and calming way.
This is a gift I’d really like to get myself. I struggle with waking up when it’s dark out. I have the opposite problem in the summer, where I normally wake up when the sun comes up and thus get up really early.
Another staple of the self-care world, relaxing in a bath to let your worries wash away with hot water. And what better way to do that than with a bath bomb.
Weighted blankets are meant to be good for people who suffer from anxiety, although the science is out on if they’re effective or not. These blankets are meant to simulate the feeling of being held tightly like you’re being hugged. If that seems like something that might make you feel relaxed, then check out my links.
Huggable Heat Pads
Speaking of hugging, why not try out a heatable huggable plushie? If it’s cold outside, you can heat it up to keep you warm, but if it’s hot outside, you can freeze it to keep you cool. Either way, you’ll always have the plushie to cuddle up to, to help you keep at a comfortable temperature.
Homemade Gift Ideas
Although Christmas is the traditional time to buy everyone gifts, remember, it’s not worth putting yourself into debt over. Money’s tight due to the coronavirus, so there really is no need to make that hardship worse just because it’s Christmas. Why not make something for your loved ones instead? There are a lot of homemade gift ideas you can find with a quick Google. Even homemade cookies make for a great gift if you like baking: I love a good cookie.
But if you’re looking for an idea for what you could craft as a Christmas gift, then you could try my DIY self-care jar, which you can find here. This crafting idea might not be for everyone, but it’ll certainly get your creative juices flowing.
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