Every year, as it edges closer to Christmas, it is important to find the right gifts early for your friends, family, and colleagues, so you’re not worrying about leaving everything until the last minute.
Instead, being prepared and looking a month beforehand, or early in December, is your best bet for ensuring that you have given enough time to treat the most important people in your lives.
People have different interests and gifts that they like to receive during Christmas, and one of the most popular is a mindful gift. That’s why, in this article, we’re going to explain what mindful gifts are and our top tips for buying these presents during your festive shopping spree. Carry on reading to learn more!
What is a Mindful Gift?
A mindful, or mindfulness gift for the festive season is seen as a thoughtful gift that encourages relaxation, well-being, and a sense of calm. It reflects an intention to bring joy, tranquillity, and a sense of connection during the holiday season, prioritising the emotional and mental health of those who you’re gifting too.
Mindfulness gifts often aim to improve the quality of the other person’s life by giving them ways to enjoy peace and reflection, contributing to a meaningful and fulfilling celebration. Christmas is seen as a celebratory time, and what better way to treat someone than with a gift that promotes self-improvement?
Not only that, but they should act as a reminder that self-care is important too, and instead of worrying about everyone else in their lives, they should enjoy some time to themselves.
How to Plan When Purchasing a Mindful Gift?
Holidays are a stressful time of year, whether that be buying food for Christmas, trying to buy cards for family members that you don’t see very often, or thinking about gifts for your cousins who have completely different interests from you—it’s all difficult.
However, if you can put a plan of action in place ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about gift ideas and how you’re going to treat people when they deserve it, you’ll be much better off than if you leave everything until the last minute. Therefore, in order to create a plan to buy for these people, you will need to decide:
Understanding the Person You’re Buying For
If you don’t know what the other person likes or what their personality will suit, you’re going to suffer when buying a gift for them this year. You need to know exactly what you want to gift them and why it will suit them when it comes to the day.
Knowing How Much You’re Spending
As you search for gifts, you need to have a rough estimate of how much you’re willing to spend on this person for a well-being gift. This will give you a good indication when you’re refining it down to the presents you’re looking at, and instead of looking at items that fluctuate from £5 – £100, you can instead settle on a £20 budget and buy anything within that price range.
Make Sure it’s a Thoughtful Gift
Although everyone always appreciates anything you gift them with on Christmas, if you can go the extra mile and ensure that it’s personalised and thoughtful – they will appreciate it more on a deeper level.
A great way to do this is by really paying attention to what they do on a daily basis or in their free time. Do they go to concerts often? Do they love going on mountain walks with their friends? However, if you’re close to the person already, you should already know these things; you just have to unlock them and give them some time when thinking about the perfect gift.
Choose a Gift That Can Help With Personal Development
Mindfulness is all about improving and developing your habits to the point where you feel calm and relaxed in many different environments. Therefore, if you choose a gift that may seem out of the ordinary but will help that person develop themselves spiritually, mentally, and/or physically, this could have the potential to change their life.
Whether this is a meditation gift, a well-being gift, or anything within the mindfulness category for Christmas, you always have to trust yourself and your choices. Yet, in the next section, we’re going to give you some examples as inspiration for what to buy.
Mindful Gift Ideas: Inspiration For Your Festive Shopping
Although you have a plan for what you can do to generate ideas now, it is always good to get some inspiration before you go ahead and make the final decision. Below, we’re going to list some examples of what you could either buy for someone or spark an idea of your own for that person.
- Meditation Apps: A great meditation gift that you can get for someone is a subscription to a meditation app for guided mindfulness sessions.
- Scented Candles: You could choose a calming scent like lavender or chamomile to promote relaxation (or even choose a scent that you know they like the smell of).
- Nature Walk Voucher: Provide your family member, friend, or colleague with an experience voucher for a scenic nature walk or hike in a place where you know they like to go in their free time.
- A Comfortable Blanket: A cosy blanket for warmth during moments of relaxation, such as watching Christmas films with your loved ones.
- Mindfulness Journals: You could allow them to reflect on their gratitude with a personalised mindfulness journal (which could have their favourite colour or name on).
- Indoor Plants: You could bring nature indoors with a low-maintenance indoor plant, which not only is aesthetically pleasing but also brings a sense of calm into your desired room location.
- Wellness Workshop Tickets: You could gift your chosen person with entry to a wellness workshop, such as yoga or mindfulness classes, for personal growth.
All of the gifts that we recommend aim to improve well-being and mindfulness during the festive season. All that you have to remember is that these gifts should be bought with intention and personalised to each person’s interests and personality.
Helping others grow and develop as people has to be one of the most mindful gifts that you can give to people. These small changes can make a huge difference in the positivity and well-being of not only the person you’re giving it to, but hopefully it’ll spread throughout our society too—so treat your loved ones today in the right way!
An entrepreneur and former senior oil broker, Ruari gave up drinking after excessive consumption almost cost him his marriage, and worse, his life. Going alcohol-free improved his relationships, career and energy levels, leading to him founding OYNB to provide a support network for others.