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Wellness can be a tricky concept to define, but to me, any item or practice that helps improve your mental, physical, or emotional health falls firmly within the category.
For that reason, wellness-related gifts can be a great way to bring some calm to your friends and family during the chaos of the holiday season. They're also an easy way to take moment of self-care if you're looking to pamper yourself too.
This Christmas, why not mix things up and give your loved ones an added dose of rest and relaxation — however they choose to indulge. Ahead, scroll through to find out top wellness gift picks of the season, with gift ideas that start at just $18.
Best wellness gifts under $50
This journal is filled with writing prompts that make it easy to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine. It's filled with techniques for mindful eating and drinking, handling emotions, dealing with relationships and observing your own thoughts.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $18
It's a well-documented fact that increasing your exposure to indoor plants can help reduce psychological and physiological stress, helping to improve your overall mental health. A houseplant has always been a great gift idea, and with convenient online delivery options, now you can send them to a loved one across the country.
SHOP IT: Fleur & Co., from $21
Use these dice as a fun way to switch up your workout routine. Each die features exercises with a different focus area (lower body, upper body, chest and back, core, cardio, full body), meaning you can get a new full body workout with just one roll of the dice.
SHOP IT: Free People, $24
For anyone who could use an instant mood boost, this gift set of bath essentials is sure to do the trick. It contains four uplifting scented bath products, including two fizzing bath bombs and two bubble bars.
SHOP IT: Lush, $33
This collagen creamer makes a great stocking stuffer idea, and brings a new way to enjoy your brew. Made using a blend of bovine collagen peptides, whey powder and natural flavours, consider this powder a healthier way to amp up your morning coffee.
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $40
Best wellness gifts under $100
This set of bestselling aromatherapy oils brings together five top blends to support your overall health. It includes 6 ml versions of Peppermint Halo, Immune, Eater’s Digest, Stress Release and Pain Release essential oils.
SHOP IT: Saje, $68
For your next weekend getaway, turn to this set of six reusable and magnetic capsules. Each one has room to hold 1-2 weeks’ worth of skincare staples, 2+ weeks’ worth of serum, 2-3 days’ worth of haircare, or your daily supplements in a neat and organized bundle.
SHOP IT: Cadence, $70
This luxe yoga mat features an innovative vegan suede topper, which gets more grippy the more that you sweat. Its thick cushioned base also provides stability and padding for your joints.
SHOP IT: Popflex Active, $77
During the darkest days of winter, this light therapy lamp brings the sunshine to you. It helps simulate natural daylight with up to 10,000 lux of Natural Spectrum Light to cue your body's natural energy enhancers, improving mood and energy levels.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $85
Ideal for beginners and expert meditators alike, this plush cushion brings some extra comfort to your daily practice. Buckwheat filling molds to your shape and provides adjustable support for optimal seated posture.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $90
Best wellness gifts under $500
Valued at more than $400, this gift set includes a range of skincare, haircare and makeup to overhaul any beauty routine. This limited-edition set is always quick to sell out, so be sure to get your hands on it before it's gone.
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $199
This top-rated foot massager has been called "super relaxing" and similar to "a firm reflexology treatment." It features three intensity levels of Shiatsu massage, as well as heat to soothe tired and aching feet at home.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $180 (originally $200)
Fitbit's most advanced tracker features an Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensor for stress management, high/low heart rate notifications, built-in GPS, 20 exercise modes, Active Zone Minutes, and up to seven days of battery life.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $230
Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate this all-in-one kit that comes with all the equipment you'll need for toning and strengthening workouts. It includes one 10lb Power Ring, two 3lb Bala Bars, two 1lb Bala Bangles, one set of floor sliders, five resistance bands, and a bottle of Fresh Gear Spray.
SHOP IT: Bala, $258
For a chic way to kick back and relax, this soft knitted blanket made from organic cotton is an elegant take on traditional weighted blankets. Available in 15, 20, or 25 pound weights, this blanket adds the finishing touch to any bedtime routine.
SHOP IT: Bearaby, from $309