Gold and red-wrapped Christmas gifts with text overlay: Wellness Gifts Your Family and Friends Will Love

Wellness Gifts Your Family and Friends Will Love

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I don’t usually do any until after Thanksgiving, but since I’m trying to do most of my shopping online this year, I started early. In case you’re doing some of yours early as well, I thought I’d share a few wellness gift ideas with you. They’re not only fun to receive; they’re useful.

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas to help you find things that your family/friends will love. These are all things I personally own or would like to receive as a gift. I never recommend anything I wouldn’t use myself.

I’ve divided them by price point so it’s easy to find something that fits your gift-giving budget.

Gifts for $0

Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that don’t cost anything. Now, more than ever, the gift of ourselves – as listener, supporter, errand runner, prayer partner, or sounding board, etc. – can make all the difference in someone’s day. You can offer to run errands, cook a healthy meal and deliver it, or spend some time on the phone or a Zoom meeting with them….the possibilities are limitless.

Under $20

Persian Grove Journal. Image from Amazon

Who doesn’t love a beautiful journal? This Persian Grove Journal is from Peter Pauper Press, and is hardcover, with 160 pages. It’s perfect for your family/friends to use for a daily journal, prayer journal, or even to keep track of the “seeds” of their next great literary work!

Beyong Leather Writing Journal. Image from Amazon

If you prefer loose-leaf journals, this may be just what you’re looking for! This Beyong Leather Writing Journal is made of PU Leather and it’s a convenient size – 7.2″ X 5″ – to toss in a bag for on-the-go journalling. The pages are unlined, so they’re perfect for art journalling, mind maps, etc.

Gaiam foam Yoga blocks and strap. Image from Amazon

This set of Yoga props is perfect for the Yogi in your life, but it’s also great to assist your family/friends with their regular stretching. The blocks and strap are lightweight and can be used to provide stability while they’re working to increase flexibility.

Tai Chi for Life DVD. Image from Amazon

I can’t say enough good things about this video! If you want to give your loved ones a way to increase movement that will be gentle, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable, this may be the video you’re looking for. I’m absolutely horrible at being able to follow any kind of video, but Dr. Lam breaks everything down and makes it easy to follow. At $13.97, Tai Chi for Life is a steal! Be warned, though – Dr. Lam speaks slowly, so if you’re looking for something fast-paced, this isn’t it.

Under $30

Sunbeam Heating Pad for Pain Relief. Image from Amazon

This Sunbeam Heating Pad for Pain Relief is perfect for your friends with chronic pain. I often say my heating pad is my best friend, and I’m sure your friends and family would appreciate this as much as I appreciate mine.

Teal Gaiam Yoga mat with decorative design. Image from Amazon

This Yoga mat by Gaiam is indispensable for your family/friends’ Yoga practice and any exercises or stretches they do on the floor. They’re non-slip and thicker than some other mats you can buy. They’re a little pricier than some other brands, but I’ve had one of mine for more than 5 years now. They’re easy to wipe down, or you can throw them in the bathtub to give them a good cleaning, then air-dry.

Tyndale NLT Inspire Bible. Image from Amazon

If you’re looking for a gift Bible, this one is absolutely beautiful! The Tyndale NLT (New Living Translation) Inspire Bible is a journaling and coloring Bible. There’s plenty of room for notes and the beautiful illustrations just beg you to color them. It’s so pretty, I keep mine on my coffee table.

Under $50

Black Huggaroo Microwavable Heating Pad. Image from Amazon

This is another fabulous gift for anyone who needs some relief from chronic pain. The Huggaroo Microwavable Heating Pad is the newest pain-relief tool I have for neck and shoulder pain, and I absolutely love it. Mine is the one pictured here, the unscented one, because I’m sensitive to smell. They do have one that has lavender in it too. Both are weighted, which keeps them in place and helps boost the relaxation provided by the heat. You just microwave it for about a minute and a half and it provides moist heat for 10 – 15 minutes.

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean electric toothbrush. Image from Amazon

Okay, so this would have to be for someone you’re REALLY close to (it IS a toothbrush, after all), but I have to tell you, this Philips Sonicare Protective Clean has been a game-changer for me when it comes to oral health. It removes 7 times more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, and with its 2-minute timer, it makes sure you brush for the recommended two minutes every time.

For That REALLY SPECIAL Person on Your List

Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch (Photo from Amazon)

This is on my Christmas list this year! This is the new Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch. It has built-in GPS, Heart Rate monitoring, and of course, a step counter. It also has Alexa built into it so you can set reminders, etc. on the go. It’s a little pricey, but I figure I’m worth the investment. :o) Maybe your special someone would love one too….

Ring Video Doorbell 3. Image from Amazon

Do you have someone whose safety and security you’re concerned for? This Ring Video Doorbell is a convenient way for your loved ones to see who’s at the door without having to actually go to the door. With the Ring app, they can talk to the person at the door, even if they’re not at home. It’s a great way to discourage would-be burglars.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. They may not be what you find if you search for “wellness” gifts, but each of them support some dimension of our overall wellness. Giving gifts that help our family and friends on their wellness journey lets them know how much we care.

How are you feeling about Christmas shopping this year? Is it going to be “business as usual” or are you doing things differently due to the pandemic? What’s on your wellness gifts “Wish List” this year? Please share!

Just so you know, these suggestions contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you.



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    1. Thanks so much Mel! It’s been weird to start my shopping so early this year. I really don’t want to spend any more time in stores than I have to, and I keep hearing about shipping delays, so I figured I’d better get busy. 😊 Hope you’re doing well and staying safe. I thought about you the other day as I went through the Starbucks drive-thru. I know you like your Starbucks as much as I like mine.😁 Hugs!

      1. We go every day. When have a trip planned for 2 this afternoon. We take the dogs and try to go by the park and let them walk a few minutes. It clears David’s head and gets me out of the house and from behind the computer.

  1. I’ve not got around to thinking about the C word yet. I need the world to stop for a moment to I can catch my breath and catch up! It’s only around the corner though so it’ll be here before we know it, and I always love getting inspiration and new ideas (even if I do end up finding things that I’d like for myself in the process!)

    I love that Beyong Leather journal, how beautiful is that! I thought it was a typo at first 😂 They’ve got a nice range of colours too. A heating pad is something I’d like as a wellness gift for myself. I don’t have an electric pad, I rely on ones that go in the microwave so this would be wonderful. I’m quite tempted by a video doorbell for my parents, who’ve often spoken about them when they see things in the news about strange things or even burglaries being caught on door cams.

    You’ve got some great suggestions. xx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I usually don’t start thinking about Christmas shopping this early, but I am doing what I can to avoid going into crowded stores. I’m just afraid after next week it’ll be horrible out there, and there are still people around here who refuse to wear masks. So I’m doing most of my shopping online…. That journal really is beautiful, isn’t it? I liked that it was refillable too. We really like our Ring doorbell. On Prime Day, Amazon offered a deal where you could buy the doorbell and then get an Echo Show for $10. That way, we can just say, “Alexa show me the front door” and see what’s going on out there. I’ve been really tempted to get one for my parents, but I’m not sure it’s something they’d want. I hope things slow down soon for you; you’ve been pushing yourself for quite awhile now. I wish I could lighten the load for you somehow. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  2. Christmas time, I am used to buying early because of buying one a month, to help spread my budget, as well as not doing it all at once.

    Last year I didn’t celebrate and this year I’m not either. The only difference is I am building and accepting presents this year, compared to last year. But I have reduced who I am buying for.
    My Christmas shopping, I not long done

    I love those journals, so would buy those, especially the refill one if I needed.

    I have treated myself to a scented candle to light in December and a couple of dvds to watch after Christmas. But I have what I need, which will e hot drinks and fleecy blankets.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Liz! The hot drinks and fleecy blankets sound lovely. Those are two of my favorite things. That’s a wonderful idea to spread out your shopping. It certainly helps the budget, doesn’t it? Like you, I love those journals. I especially like that you can refill the leather one. Wishing you a lovely holiday season. Blessings to you!

  3. The doorbell camera is the best thing ever!!! Caught a would be burglar on mine and scared him off by telling him the police were on their way via the speaker. I love being able to see and communicate with strangers at my door without having to open my door. Should be on everyone’s wish list.

    1. Oh wow, Cynthia! That must have been scary, but it was brilliant thinking on your part to tell him the police were on their way. One thing I especially love (at least with the Ring) is that you can see who is at the door and speak to them via the speaker like you did, even if you’re not home. They don’t even know the house is empty…. Thanks for sharing your story – I’m sure it will help others if they’re in that situation also. Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

      1. Yes, mine notifies me of a visitor at my door whether they ring the doorbell or not, even when not at home. Absolutely love it! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well! Hugs!

  4. I love seeing the different ideas in gift guides—so many great suggestions here! I’m making a note of the Tai Chi video for myself, especially since I haven’t been able to go to physical therapy this year.

    1. Thanks so much Cassie! I love seeing the different gift guides everyone does also. It gifts me some fantastic ideas, both for others and myself. If you get the Tai Chi video I hope you enjoy it. Amazon also offers it for streaming, which is how I got it, but I really wish I’d bought the DVD instead, because it seems to not play everything sometimes. I may still order the DVD for myself. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for commenting. Blessings to you!

  5. Some great suggestions here, Terri! Thank you!! I’m thrilled about the Tai Chi video….learning Tai Chi has been one of the things my new Neuro has suggested and I was looking for a suggestion! Perfect!

    1. Thanks so much Stace! If you get the Tai Chi video I hope you like it as much as I do. I’m a somewhat impatient person – I want to get to it and get it done, and I found myself wanting to just hurry Dr. Lam along, but he has taught me to take my time and be in the moment. It’s not just about doing, it’s about learning. He really does a great job of breaking down the forms so you really learn each one as you go along. Have a fabulous December sweet friend! Hugs!

      1. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Terri!!
        I’m anxious for the video to arrive, although making it off the couch has been an immense challenge of late. But!! Tai Chi is the only thing my new Neuro in Texas said to implement that I haven’t, so I’m grateful to have seen your post! My Husband is a decades long martial artist, too, so it will be so helpful he’s agreed to learn it with me.
        Thanks for the heads up on the slowness! I’ll keep that in mind, LOL, it sounds like I’m a lot like you 😉🤣

      2. The same to you Stace! I’m sorry things are so rough right now. I hope the Tai Chi will help you move some without making things worse. I think that’s one of the benefits of Tai Chi – it’s slow and gentle movement, so (for me at least) it doesn’t result in that Post-Exertional Malaise we’re so familiar with after exercise. And yes, I suspect you and I are a lot alike. 😊 Let me know what you think of the video. Sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

      3. They’ll get better. They always do, right? Well, at least to a livable level LOL
        I’ll let you know about the video. My new Neuro suggested that because of all the dizziness. He said he’s afraid Yoga will cause more spells and he can understand why the Treadmill gives me Vertigo 🙄. So on to Tai Chi. I have to do something for my health!!

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