By Soji James, CPT, CSCS
Deciding on what gifts to buy during the holiday season can end up being some of the toughest decision makings of the year. Settling on thoughtful, unique, and useful gifts can be a tricky task. But it doesn’t have to be torture if you start with the one thing that everyone could use more of… self-care. And, when it comes to ideas for holiday gifts, this is a great place to look.
It’s a buzzword that has become popular for all the right reasons. You can’t begin to talk about self-care rituals without talking about gratitude. The two go together like avocado and whole-wheat toast. Being more thankful has been shown to have a multitude of benefits. These include improved physical & mental health, enhanced self-esteem, improved sleep quality, and opening the door to new relationships & connections.
Whether you are shopping for your mother, your favorite fitness instructor, or a crush, everyone can benefit from gratitude and giving back to self. There’s something so much more compelling about giving a gift that the special people in your life will love and will also grow happier from. Show that you care by tapping into this guide. Gifting one of these ideas will strengthen feelings of gratitude, generate happiness and enhance overall feelings of wellbeing.
Happiness is an inside job. Discovering this contentment is a journey that requires both patience and self-reflection. Learning from others’ stories is a great way to make our paths less rocky and more enjoyable.
I highly recommend The New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin as a holiday gift. This book ties in the latest science with real-world applicability. It also details the major lessons that Gretchen learned on a year’s journey of chasing happiness. With 2019 coming to an end, this book can be the perfect spark to help that special person in your life embark on their path of greatness.
If you are looking for ways to discover the happiness inside of your own life, I recommend The Five Minute Journal. This simple journal allows you to start each day happier and more in control. Moreover, it helps you with focusing on the things you can do to maximize each day. It’s a holiday gift idea that makes it easy to begin a gratitude practice that will pay dividends all year round.
We live in an age of intensity and instant gratification. Especially when it comes to our training. We want the toughest workouts, and we want results fast. This mindset can take a huge toll on our bodies over time.
That special someone in your life can probably use a little more TLC to soothe their aches and pains. One of the best tools to do this is the Theragun, a percussion therapy device. The new Theragun G3 offers a quieter experience. Yet, it still brings the knot breaking, muscle relaxing intensity that users have come to know and love. It comes with a new/sleeker design, 2 speeds, multiple attachments. Additionally, they offer it at a much more attractive price point than its predecessor. In other words, the G3 is a holiday gift idea. In addition, it will bring a smile to the face of the wellness enthusiast in your life. They will probably think of you as they walk around feeling much better as well.
Would the fitness enthusiast in your life prefer to soak their pain away instead of utilizing percussion therapy? If so, then I would recommend The Muscle Soak: Himalayan Salt by Way of Will. This bath salt scrub will relax tense muscles and moisturize the skin while filling your bathroom with a relaxing aroma. It’s is a must-have holiday gift idea. This body care component for someone who lives an active lifestyle or anyone who wants to give back to their body in a major way.
In sports, they say that when you look good, you play good. According to this study, this statement is more than just a cliché. The clothes we wear influence our psychological processes.
When you wear the best, you feel your best. So why not have that special gift-getter walking around turning heads? The Women’s Performance Tee or The Men’s Performance Tee from the 1AND1 Discover Collection are both made using high-quality 2-End French Terry Cotton on a 95/5 cotton to spandex ratio. These are great gift ideas for the holidays. Whether you are getting after it in the gym or striving to be your best in the real world, the discover collection will allow you to seamlessly transition between both in style.
Wearables and fitness tech are here to stay as people look for more feedback to become their best selves. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your look when you are on the hunt for the best functional item.
The Explorist Fossil is the perfect blend of both. Are you looking for a smartwatch that can keep up with your fitness and look high end? If so, then look no further than this beauty. It’s a great alternative to the Apple Watch Series 4, and right now you can even get a Gen 5 watch for a great price right in time for the holidays.
Arguably one of the best self-care treatments is a day at the spa. But why spend a fortune when you can bring the spa home with you? There are many easy, in-home spa treatments that make great holiday gift ideas.
The Jaxon Lane Bro Mask is the perfect stocking stuffer for the Man Cave having, self-care needing stud in your life. This mask is thicker than your typical mask. In addition, it’s made with 100% hydrogel to deliver active ingredients much better than a cotton alternative. What guy doesn’t love clear, smooth, and glowing skin? The answer to that question is no guy.
Jade stone symbolizes nourishment, beauty, and longevity. The Deciniee Jade Roller is made with 100% natural jade stone and can help improve blood circulation, reduce puffiness, and allow you to rejuvenate your skin with a relaxing experience fit for royalty. If you are looking for a gift filled with love and self-care, then this is it.
Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, or that special someone, you can never go wrong with self-care items. Try these ideas for holiday gifts, Everyone on your list will benefit from a little more gratitude and love this holiday season.