There’s nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling you get from gifting somebody something that they really appreciate.
And whilst I wish that Christmas wasn’t quite so much of a capitalist shopping-fest, there is something I love about sharing a gift that shows someone how much you appreciate them.
It’s my hope that, given the growing awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and plastic waste, more people will be making more conscious choices with their gift buying this year. And if you are one of them, this list is designed for you.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for friends, family, or even yourself, here are some gift ideas that won’t compromise your conscious and sustainable values, and will also help boost mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Gifts for the Mind
If you are looking to give someone the gift of better mental health, here are some excellent gift suggestions.
This is a well-designed productivity system that can help someone prioritise more effectively by focusing on fewer, but higher quality tasks. Use it to stay on track with what’s important.
There are few things in the world better for boosting our mental capacity, knowledge and health than books. Rather than buying tonnes of tree-killing books, opting for a Kindle is a great way to help your gift recipient read anything, anywhere. There is plenty of room for lots of books on a Kindle, as well as audio books, making this a great gift that they will get a lot of use out of.
Meditation apps are great, but limited in what they can do. This multi-sensor meditation device provides real-time feedback on your mental activity, breathing, heart rate, and body movements, helping to optimise your meditation for maximum benefits.
The key to being able to meditate for a long time is comfortable seating. This classical-styled meditation cushion provides ample support for great posture, which can make all the difference between having an extraordinary meditation and one where discomfort becomes a major distraction.
Adult colouring books have become a popular way to release stress and encourage creative expression. This colouring book promotes mindfulness and can even be a meditative experience, putting the colourer into a flow state. Nature scenes, mandalas, and geometric patterns adorn its pages.
Sound is a powerful healer. A Tibetan singing bowl, when struck or made to ‘sing’ a tone, promotes inner peace, mindfulness, and mental healing. This bowl is made in the Himalayan mountains and is etched by hand, making each one unique.
Mini zen gardens are really helpful to relieve the stresses of the day and provide a visual reminder to check in with yourself and make sure you are being mindful of the present moment. A zen garden kit can be used at home or work and includes everything to cultivate a state of inner calm.
Releasing stress becomes easier with these Stress Less cards. This is a set of 50 exercises that will cultivate and increase mindfulness. There is an exercise on every card designed to relieve anxiety and dissolve stress.
Gifts for the Body
If it’s gifts for physical health you’re after, look no further.
Wheatgrass is a safe and natural alternative to coffee. With this kit one can grow your own wheatgrass and make morning energy shots regularly. Since it’s a form of grass, it grows quickly, meaning it continues replenishing itself.
Instead of a full-grain leather wallet made from animal hide, opt for a wallet made of leaf leather. This is a durable plant-based material that is an animal-friendly alternative to leather. These are also hand-crafted, making every wallet unique.
This yoga mat is made from sustainable organic natural hemp and jute fibers that repel sweat stains and provides a non-slip texture. This is a biodegradable mat that also features a natural rubber underside.
This kit has everything needed to start making kombucha at home: A fresh kombucha scoby, a durable gallon glass jar, temperature strip, pH strips, funnel, organic tea, and a breathable cloth.
With the Aerogarden it’s possible to grow anything that will fit in its sleek and futuristic design. This kit comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint. The Aerograden does not need any soil and uses a full-spectrum 20W LED bulb.
Aromatherapy can help relieve stress, ensure more restful sleep, and moisturise the air, among other benefits. This ultrasonic essential oil diffuser comes in a beautiful wood-grain design that runs for 10 hours.
This vitamin vape pen is a unique nicotine and tobacco-free personal aromatherapy device, pre-filled with vitamin-enhanced liquids and natural essential oils. Instead of toxic chemicals, the user gets vitamins, organic plant extracts, and essential oils.
This indoor wall planter allows anyone to create a vertical garden in any home or apartment. It can also act as an air purifier, lower blood pressure, improve productivity, and boost mood. This can transform any living space into a green oasis.
The Ninja is a powerful blender and smoothie maker to help the user get their daily dose of nutrients and vitamins from their favourite fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. There will be no more excuses for not nurturing the body.
Gifts for the Spirit
Or if you’re looking for gifts to boost the spirit, try these:
Give the gift of transformation with the Power Up Your Life Workbook.
Within its pages I share the simple-to-follow exercises that helped me reconnect with my purpose, gain confidence, focus and renewed energy, giving me a much greater sense of contentment, freedom & direction.
You can download it for FREE or share the link with a friend who might be looking to start afresh in 2020.
This motion-detecting digital box plays bird songs that will immerse the listener in an auditory peaceful forest, soothing the mind. Listening to bird songs for a few minutes each day has the power to lower blood pressure, instill a sense of calm, and improve mental health for several hours.
This drawing board has a very simple design and use, but it creates a meaningful shift in how someone perceives the nature of impermanence. Water is used with the ‘ink’ appearing as black zen-like strokes on the surface. This board can be used to write down the day’s worries and anxieties, and then be watched as they fade away. It’s also great for creative drawing while refocusing the mind.
Incense has been used in meditation for ages. With this incense gift set the meditator will enhance their meditation experience thanks to the non-toxic hand-rolled incense. Beyond meditation, this incense creates feelings of peace and serenity.
Gaia has been called the ‘Netflix of consciousness’ for good reason. It has an extensive collection of videos and documentaries that will nourish your spiritual health and expand your consciousness. Be it on yoga, meditation, consciousness, spirituality, or a whole host of other topics, there is sure to be something to spark profound shifts within.
Creating a ritual when practicing meditation helps make the practice feel more profound. A desktop meditation gong can be used to begin and end a meditation, while providing a soothing way to initiate and complete meditation sessions.