How to give the gift of r e l a x a t i o n

Twenty great Christmas present ideas

Are your finding it stressful trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year?

Here’s twenty ways you can give the gift of relaxation

Many of these suggestions are budget friendly, and some are completely FREE!

Most of these ideas are plastic free too

What better way to help and support others, a present to help improve their mental health not only for Christmas, but gifts that will sustain them in the coming months and perhaps years

Allow me to help you give the gift of relaxation this year – watch this video now!

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s a list of all my suggestions –

1 Craft kit – could be Christmas themed or a general kit

2 Gift of your time – offer to help with childcare, cleaning, caring responsibilities – while they have some time off, time to relax and do something they enjoy

3 Subscription to the Calm app or Headspace – to help improve mind and happiness, meditation and sleep made simple

4 Soft toy – rabbit, teddy bear, dog, cat

5 Bird food or bird feeder – then listen to the sound of the birds

6 Body cream – hand cream, foot cream, facial oil

7 Donation to a mental health charity – for those who “have everything” and would like to improve the mental health of others (if this is what someone ask asked for!)

8 Gratitude journal – bullet journal, luxury notebook, pens, colouring pencils, colouring books

9 Vitamin G – not a real vitamin – G for green – connect with nature – membership to the National Trust, Kew Gardens, plan a walk together in a local park, house plant, tree for the garden

10 We relax when we chat to others – plan to get together – remember to listen as well as talk!

11 Physical book or subscription to a magazine – alternative to scrolling on a mobile, and also good for those who look at screens all day at work

12 Adult education class – mindfulness course, Tai Chi, yoga, learn to paint or draw

13 Voucher for a massage – facial, spa, manicure, pedicure

14 Soft cosy scarf – warm gloves or hat

15 Introduce someone to Action for Happiness – a movement of people taking action to create a happier and kinder world, together

16 Musical gift – record, CD, voucher to down load some music, music lesson/s, musical instrument, singing lessons

17 New bedding – cosy bed socks, lavender oil, pillow spray, new PJs, hot water bottle, wheat bag, comfortable slippers

18 For the Cook in your life – recipe book, kitchen gadget – cooking can be a great way to de-stress after work!

19 Cushions – V shaped cushion – textured/fluffy cushions

20 Invite people round for a home cooked meal, or offer to make a meal or cake and deliver it for them

21 Foaming bath – bath salts, oils or foams

I hope that there is something on this list that has inspired you

It is important to remember to also give ourselves the gift of r e l a x a t i o n

Written by

Lisa French

The Relaxation Coach