Self-care is the gift that truly keeps on giving, so why not support your friends and family this Christmas by delivering some treats that remind them to take extra care of themselves? I’ve included a few tried and tested products for kids too, to ensure they get the opportunity to experience and explore self-care and create their own happiness toolbox.
Why not buy an annual gift subscription for your loved one? With The Happy News, they’ll receive a little piece of sunshine through their letterbox four times a year. A small gift card is included with the recipient’s first order and I’ll let you in on a (not so secret) secret – I’m looking forward to my own little subscription in 2019!
A daily gratitude journal that inspires and supports emotional well-being, this beautiful sunshiny planner has sections dedicated to daily reflections, mood tracking and mindfulness activities, as well as everyday organisational tools such as meal planners and shopping lists. I’ve been the proud owner of three journals so far and found them to be so beneficial.
This company believes that nature and beauty should be within everyone’s heart, mind and home, and I couldn’t agree more. Using carefully selected natural and organic ingredients from plants, flowers, herbs, nuts and seeds, they create protecting and nourishing, skin-loving products. They’re a real treat and I’m a fan of the Harmony Rescue Mask.
These jumbo kids colouring pencils are great quality and come in a rainbow of vibrant colours, each printed with inspirational words such as ‘self-believer’ and ‘problem solver’. My daughter loved the character sticker sheets which accompanied the pencils and I’ve stocked up on their mini boxes for Christmas gifts this year. They’re so lovely for kids to grip, and they’ll put a smile on their faces.
These positive affirmation cards provide comfort and reassurance around meaningful subjects such as depression and anxiety. I Can Cards also sell cards for children and beautiful self-love kits complete with chocolates and a candle. I really like their self-love affirmations, created as a daily reminder of the necessity of self-care to improve our wellbeing.
I found this company a few days ago and love all that they stand for. Not only are they producing 100% natural soy-wax candles, including aromatherapy and personal candles, you can also gift a candle making workshop, which would be a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The workshops are held in the lovely rural village of Temple just 15 miles south of Edinburgh.
This is a journal designed especially for kids, which promotes happiness, develops positive habits and nurtures enquiring minds. My daughter is the proud owner of her own HappySelf Journal and we use it as an opportunity to talk about her day and her feelings. She loves to draw in it with her Stib pencils – they make a winning combo!
Flow are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, as well as the release of their new Book for Paper Lovers. Their magazines are so beautiful and uplifting, and the content is geared towards mindfulness, creativity and (my favourite part) the beauty of imperfection. Illustrators from all over the world contribute to each issue and there’s usually a wee paper gift inside.
Johanna Basford is an illustrator on a mission to ‘Create Happy’. Her inky colouring books give colourists from all over the world the chance to explore Secret Gardens, Enchanted Forests, Lost Oceans and Magical Jungles. She recently launched the World of Flowers (pictured) and a signed copy of Ivy and the Inky Butterfly will be making an appearance in our next giveaway.
There’s no better pick-me-up than a fresh bunch of flowers and Bloom & Wild offer a fantastic flower subscription service. They also have some beautiful mini Christmas trees and bouquets in stock for the festive season, which would be a nice surprise. Come January, you can plant the Christmas tree in your garden.
Create Your Own
Alternatively, you could create your own self-care kit to gift to a loved one this year. Some ideas include placing it in a decorated box or basket, or personalising it then filling it with goodies to promote some calm this Christmas. For a mini combo, you could pair a journal with stylish pencils, affirmation cards with chocolate or a candle with a beauty product. Or you could create a beautiful hamper with a range of products for someone who needs a little extra love this Christmas.
Thanks for reading and let me know what self-care products you have to hand to help you throughout the day. I’m always on the lookout for more opportunities to enjoy a little me time and to occasionally try out something new.