Gift guide: Relax and sleep better

We all know at least one person who could do with a little extra pampering over the festive season, so here’s a gift guide for something nice for your stressed out friends and relatives. There are plenty of ideas here to help them relax more, sleep better and generally lift their spirits.

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Morris & Co Lavender Eye Mask | £11.99. Beautiful and useful, this silky eye mask with a William Morris print is filled with lavender for a fragrant, relaxing treat. Comes in a gorgeous gift box too. Buy here.

Scentered I Want to be Happy Gift Set | £27.50. This attractively presented set contains a high quality travel candle and an essential oils fragrance balm in an uplifting, citrussy scent. Perfect for anyone who could do with a pick-me-up. Buy here.

Muji Portable Aroma Diffuser | £31.95. Fill their day with soothing scents with this clever little aromatherapy oil diffuser. It runs on a rechargable battery or you can power it via USB, and unlike scented candles this has an automatic safety shut-off so it can’t overheat.  Buy here.

Sanctuary Spa Sleep Range | £8 + £11 + £12  (£23 in the 3-for-2 at Superdrug). Make a soak in the bath even more relaxing with these treats from Sanctuary Spa, including bubble bath, body balm, pillow spray and recovery face mask. Buy here.

REN Dream Gift Set | £16.00 on offer. Contains travel size calming cleanser and face balm, plus a full sized 75ml pillow spray with a beautiful relaxing aromatherapy blend for sweet dreams. All packaged in a lovely gift box designed by Kikki K. Buy here.

Don’t Panic: How to Calm Your Anxiety and Stay Chilled When Life Gets Stressful | £9.99. A handy, supportive book for anyone who’s going through a period of being stressed and anxious. Buy here.

Grey Velvety Electric Heated Throw | £49.99. Let them snuggle up and get cosy with this super soft and stylish throw. It has a full 3-year guarantee and the manufacturers say it only costs 1p in electricity for seven hours of heat. Buy here.

This Works Dream Team Gift Set | £8.60 (contents worth over £20). The perfect little stocking filler to get someone through the festive season! Contains a Stress Check roll-on fragrance, and a Deep Sleep pillow spray. Buy here.


That should give you plenty of ideas for little ways to show that you’re thinking about them. If you’re completely flat broke, you could offer to help them out with time and support, such as babysitting, gardening or decorating, maybe creating a homemade voucher to hand over.

For friends who are having sleep problems, consider a practical gift such as a silent or ‘sweeper’ alarm clock that doesn’t tick or put out lots of bright light into their bedroom. It’s better than relying on a smartphone, which can then be turned off earlier in the evening for better relaxation. If they have trouble waking up on dark mornings, they might prefer a Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-up Light Alarm Clock, which wakes you up gently with an increasingly strong light. These have an RRP of £59.95, but you can find them cheaper if you shop around – currently the best deal is £39.99 at I Want One of Those.

Consider getting them a spa experience for a change of environment and some pampering. There’s up to to 60% off treatments, spa days and short breaks at Lastminute at the moment, with something to suit most budgets. Check out deals near you.


Do you know anybody who’d like some of these lovely things? Happy gifting!


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