Give good health this Christmas: the festive gifts that show you care

For a better night’s sleep

Bose Sleepbuds II

£219, amazon.co.uk

These earplugs deliver sounds to help you get to sleep, while also blocking out distracting sounds, such as a partner snoring or the road outside, that can disturb you at night.

They work with an app with 50 sounds designed to relax or provide “just the right mix of frequencies to make unwanted noise less perceptible to your brain.” They come with three different sizes of tips for the tops to ensure a snug fit.

Bose Sleepbuds II

Silentnight Weighted Eye Mask

£16.99, sleepypeople.com

An eye mask with a twist — it’s weighted and provides ‘deep touch pressure stimulation’, which is said to induce a feeling of calm and relaxation. The mask can also be placed in the freezer to provide cooling, for example to relieve tension headaches.

Silentnight Weighted Eye Mask

Silentnight Weighted Eye Mask

Wellness aids

Gemstone Water Bottle

Gemstone Water Bottle

Gemstone Water Bottle

Peeps Glasses Cleaner

Peeps Glasses Cleaner

£29.95, bewater.com

Staying hydrated is crucial for everything from concentration to kidney health, so keep a water bottle handy. These bottles come with a range of crystals from rose quartz and citrine to amethyst and aventurine, with each gemstone having its own health benefits.

Scientific evidence for this is lacking, but this bottle is an attractive way to drink more water.

Peeps Glasses Cleaner

£21.95, amazon.co.uk

Apparently based on NASA technology used to keep glass clean in space, this tool is designed to remove smudges from eyeglasses without scratching them.

The carbon microfiber pad sweeps away grease and other particles and reduces static electricity, so other airborne particles are less likely to settle on the lenses.

At the other end of this gadget is a brush to dust off particles on the bridge of the nose.

Personalized Face Cover

£19.25 for 29 masks, vistaprint.co.uk

Add a unique touch to your face mask by creating your own design. These from Vistaprint can be personalized with an image or color of your choice, or you can have them designed for you.

Custom masks are made from a soft, breathable fabric with adjustable ear loops and integrated filters.

Personalized Face Cover

Personalized Face Cover

Cold feet

De Beurer FW 20 foot warmer

€ 40.99, argos.com

This ‘footmuff’ has a fleece-lined heater with three heat settings and switches off automatically after 90 minutes for safety. The inside of fleece can be removed and machine washed.

De Beurer FW 20 foot warmer

De Beurer FW 20 foot warmer

Bamboo Socks

£18.50 for a pack of four, bambooclothing.nl

A step up from the standard socks often given at Christmas, these are made from bamboo, which keeps feet fresher ‘even after a long walk’.

Each pair has a different festive design.

Navy Blue Faux Fur Extra Long Hot Water Bottle

Navy Blue Faux Fur Extra Long Hot Water Bottle

Pains and ailments

Navy Blue Faux Fur Extra Long Hot Water Bottle

£22.99, lakeland.co.uk

For those who struggle to get a ‘normal’ hot water bottle into position, the sausage shape of this one is designed to make it easier to wrap around your back or stomach to ‘sooth aches and pains’.

Stretching+Heating

£299.99, homedics.co.uk

When you lie on this mat, seven adjustable air chambers inflate and deflate, guiding you through a series of “carefully choreographed treatments” that are said to mimic yoga-like movements that target the back and shoulders or hips and lower back. The maker claims it helps to “release tension and improve flexibility.”

Food and drink

Organic Goodness Healthy Natural Basket Gift Box

£39.95, yumbles.com

The products in this basket are all gluten-free and suitable for vegans, but also organic. They range from falafel mix to flapjacks.

Organic Goodness Healthy Natural Basket Gift Box

Organic Goodness Healthy Natural Basket Gift Box

Healthy Drink Bundle — Adrift & Seaward & Tonic

£53.60, pentiredrinks.com,

A healthier alternative for those who prefer a gin and tonic. The package contains two 70cl bottles of non-alcoholic plant-based spirits and eight 150ml cans of Fevertree Tonic (choose from Light, Original or Mediterranean).

Healthy Drink Bundle — Adrift & Seaward & Tonic

Healthy Drink Bundle — Adrift & Seaward & Tonic

Training package

Junyobee Grips Amplifier

£13.99, amazon.co.uk

Designed to improve flexibility of fingers, wrists and forearms, the flexible silicone and rubber finger stretchers, handles and stress balls in this pack would be helpful for those recovering from injury or living with joint pain.

They can also help if you play tennis or golf, or if you just want to improve your general hand strength. Each of the products is available in three sizes to provide different resistance levels: easy, medium and heavy.

Junyobee Grips Amplifier

Junyobee Grips Amplifier

Fitness Yoga & Exercise Dice

£24.99, amazon.co.uk

When it comes to staying fit, the key is to vary your routine, not least to stay interested — and a roll of these dice will help you vary your workout by determining which option you’re doing that day.

One dice offers cardio options, another circuit training (with an element of resistance training, such as pushups), and the third suggests yoga poses.

The dice gives you 36 different training options, and an exercise guide (with illustrations) and a portable mesh gym bag are also included.

Fitness Yoga & Exercise Dice

Fitness Yoga & Exercise Dice

Glowing skin

Silk Pillowcase

£47.99, thisissilk.com

The texture of this luxurious silk pillowcase is suitable for people with dry and sensitive skin.

In a 2019 study, researchers at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan found that silk helps soothe skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema by reducing abrasive contact that can occur with less soft fabrics.

Bao Dry Skin Rescuer Minis

Bao Dry Skin Rescuer Minis

Bao Dry Skin Rescuer Minis

£19, baoskincare.co.uk

This pack contains a 30ml jar of nourishing balm and a 30ml moisturizing rose mist that ‘softens and nourishes’ dry skin.

Suitable for use during pregnancy, the ingredients are organic, vegan and contain cruelty-free ingredients. The package comes in an organic cotton bag.

Mental health

Nanoleaf Elements Hexagon Starter

£199.99, nanoleaf.me

These geometric light panels in wood look (photo above right) can be placed in any desired pattern.

They may look like a work of art, but they also produce light and can be programmed based on your location to simulate the natural light changes of the day, including sunrise, which doubles as a gentle alarm clock (our bodies are wired to to be alert when the sun rises).

The panels have an adhesive backing for easy installation and can be plugged into a nearby power outlet. You can adjust the light with your voice, by linking it to Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit.

Mindshine App: Happiness Therapy

Mindshine App: Happiness Therapy

Mindshine App: Happiness Therapy

From £59 for an annual subscription, mindshine.app

This provides daily coaching to help improve your happiness. It is developed by experts, including psychologists, and the basic scheme is free.

But the annual paid subscription gives you access to 250 ‘scientific’ training sessions and audio clips designed to improve your mental well-being – from practical suggestions for starting the day with the right attitude, to developing life goals and managing stressful situations. .

Day of Gratitude Diary

£23, malpaper.com

Day of Gratitude Diary

Day of Gratitude Diary

Its purpose is to make you think about the good things in your life to boost your feelings of accomplishment, with space each day to list three things you are grateful for and other practices that promise a “positive and profound influence on your life.

The diary is undated, so you don’t have to worry about missing a day. A 2017 study from the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling found that “gratitude journaling” — the habit of regularly thinking about and recording things you’re grateful for — encourages feelings of positivity.

When money is no object

S9+: anti-allergenic vacuum cleaner

£1,199, irobot.co.uk

S9+: anti-allergenic vacuum cleaner

S9+: anti-allergenic vacuum cleaner

Dust mites, pollen and stray pet hair can make life miserable for allergy sufferers.

This robotic vacuum cleaner has a filter system that is said to trap 99 percent of pollen and mold allergens.

Specially angled corner brushes can reach into the edges of rooms.

The robot has a built-in navigation system that ‘maps’ your home so you can determine where it’s cleaning – with sensors to detect dirtier areas that need more attention.

Curated by Cherilyn Panganiban

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