Are you searching for gifts with meaning to give the ones you love this holiday season? Wellness-focused gifts show someone how much you care about their well-being, and these presents can be enjoyable for people of all ages.
Mindfulness gifts promote self-awareness, calm and inner focus. They encourage the recipient to embrace reflection. We’ve compiled a list of six mindfulness gits — some of them tangible, some of them not — that anyone would be thrilled to receive.
1. Buddha Board
Buddha boards are small, reusable canvases that you draw on using a paintbrush dipped in water. As the water evaporates, your artistic design disappears, and gradually the canvas becomes blank again. Many people feel a calm descend on them as they work on their “masterpiece” and then watch it fade away. It’s a reminder that things can change in just a few minutes, and you should treasure what you have in the moment.
2. Desktop Zen Garden Kit
You don’t have to be a home gardener to appreciate a desktop Zen garden kit. These allow you to create and recreate a scene on a small plate using sand, stones, candles and other miniature pieces. A rake lets you move the sand around and until you feel calm. The garden kit stays on the desk until you need to let off some steam or take a moment of reflection. Raking and rearranging provide the perfect counterbalance to a frustrating work phone call or email.
While you can’t meditate for someone else, you can help them find a path to meditation. Buy them a book or give them a subscription to a mindfulness app. Each person finds meditation in their own way, so what’s worked for you may not be as effective for your loved one. Think about their personality and try to match the gift to it.
Lighting incense while you meditate can help you get lost in the moment. Buying a variety pack can aid someone who hasn’t previously used a lot of incense narrow down their favorite scents.
Music is universally adored, and you can introduce a loved one to a new musical influence this holiday season. You could go to a concert or stream one together online. Get outside your comfort zone and select a band you aren’t familiar with or a genre you haven’t explored.
6. Intention Stones
Intention stones have one or two words written on them and act as a physical reminder of your intention for the day. When you carry an intention stone with you, you can return to the message on it over and over as you attempt to maintain focus. Choose stones with lots of different messages so your recipient can select from a wide range of intentions daily.
Cultivate Your Own Mindfulness by Caring for Your Mental Health
Remember to look out for your own mental health during the holidays as well. These can be stressful times, and you may benefit from talking to a professional. Book an appointment at Taylor Counseling Center if you need some help this holiday season.