Everyone deserve to be treated at Christmas time but selecting the perfect gift for someone special can often feel daunting. Not only is Christmas gift giving an excellent way to treat a loved one. According to the Association for Psychological Science, the joy we feel from giving lasts far longer than the joy of receiving.
Whether you are shopping for your wife, girlfriend, mother or daughter, there is an unlimited number of items to choose from. So how do pick the perfect present? The easiest way to give a gift she’ll love is to consider her hobbies, tastes, and needs. Are her regular running shoes looking a little worn? Does she love to spend time cooking but would appreciate some inspiration? Or does she simply deserve to take a break?
If you’re still stumped, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve put together our top five Christmas gift ideas for her. Each scientifically linked to mental health benefits and self-care so you can brighten up her day even if it seems like she already has everything.
TOP FIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR HER
* Monthly book subscription
According to the South African College of Applied Psychology, reading regularly is linked to a whole host of mental and emotional benefits. Readers tend to have higher self-esteem and lower rates of depression and reading can also enhance brain connectivity and function. Even more amazingly, these neurological changes last even once we’ve finished a book. To help keep her in the right frame of mind, a monthly book subscription is an excellent Christmas gift idea. The Book Case creates themed monthly boxes which include a newly released book alongside exclusive stationery and quirky mini gifts for ongoing inspiration. Not only will your loved one have something new to read each month. Furthermore, she will get the opportunity to try out new genres and expand her reading horizons.
* Weighted blanket
Originally designed to help people with autism, anxiety and depression. Weighted blankets are now favoured by many to help improve sleep quality. A 2020 randomized study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, showed that participants who used a weighted blanket had a better night’s sleep. Moreover, it reported a higher daytime activity level. They look like regular blankets, but they’re filled with little pellets or beads to make them a lot heavier. When using the blanket to go to sleep, the weight applies pressure to the body. Similar to a therapy technique called deep pressure stimulation. As the body is under pressure, more serotonin can be released in the brain. This provokes a feeling of calm, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Reported to feel like a hug, a weighted blanket is a great Christmas gift idea for her, helping to improve sleep and general wellbeing.
* Aromatherapy candles
Candles aren’t just a nice item to have in your home. Fragrance is actually scientifically proven to have an effect on your mood and stress levels. As fragrance molecules attach to receptors in the nose. These are sent to various parts of the brain including the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex which control memory and emotion. Malée’s Polyanthes Soy Scented Candle contains soft floral tuberose, gardenia, and lotus flower, complimented with blonde woods and warm vanilla for an alluring yet gentle fragrance.
According to a 2005 study published in Chemical Senses scientific journal, the smell of citrus can make us feel happy and stimulated whilst vanilla creates a sense of relaxation. Our Polyanthes aromatherapy candle is brilliant for her to light during evening relaxation. Helping to create a calm and tranquil space to unwind. As well as emitting a sensual fragrance, producing low lighting can help to set us up for sleep. Helping the brain to understand it is night-time and keeping our circadian rhythm regulated. Made from 100% natural soybean oil. The soy candle is amongst the excellent Christmas gift ideas for vegans. In addition, it can give the lucky lady in your life the opportunity to create an enhanced atmosphere for relaxation.
* Spa day
A spa day is a brilliant Christmas gift idea for her, allowing for rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul. Offering the chance to take a break from the stresses of everyday life. Importantly, spa days can be a great time to clear your mind, relax or spend time with a loved one. Opting for a specific treatment such as a facial or a massage can also improve physical and mental health. Research in the International Journal of Neuroscience showing that massage significantly decreases levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. There are hundreds of great luxury spas across the country, allowing you to select and purchase a day package or treatment that best suits her.
* Malée skincare
Unlike a spa day, the gift of luxury skincare can produce results which last far longer. Not only will you be giving her the opportunity to enhance her skincare routine with gorgeous fragrances and products which are light and enjoyable to use, she may be able to improve the overall health and feel of her skin. If you don’t know much about her regular skincare regime, we recommend Malée’s Verdure Moisturising Body Oil. It contains a unique blend of naturally sourced essential oils and nutrients, which work to provide an intense moisture boost. The oil replenishes the skin and creates a light, silky seal which locks in moisture and helps to keep the skin in healthy condition. A versatile product, it can be also be applied directly to hair, nails or added into a bath for a luxurious treat with several benefits.
If you are searching for Christmas gift ideas for her but don’t know what she needs, a product or experience to enhance wellness and self-care is a brilliant option. This can be based around her preferences, with reading, aromatherapy and skincare products being our top choices. You’ll be giving a practical but indulgent gift which she may not consider buying herself, but that could help to improve her physical, mental or emotional wellbeing with results that last far longer than a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.