Twenty-twenty has been a year with more downs than ups, for most of us. From health concerns to loss of lives and livelihoods, it's a year that has forced us all to stop, introspect, reconsider options and look inwards for self-growth and satisfaction. Those who never had time to stop and smell the roses, had an entire lockdown to find more meaning in their life, perhaps even find their real calling. Others took to meditation and other spiritual means to find calm within the chaos. People started living more wholesome lives, eating home-cooked meals and going back to basics in many ways. Well-being and holistic living has become a part of the 'new normal', as we call it, and there's no better time than now to invest in yourself. Here's a practical and helpful gift guide on products that will help you on this path…
Crystals and gemstones aren't just gorgeous to look at, but have their unique healing and beneficial properties as well. It's perfect to keep them dotted around the house for display, or in your scared alter if your prefer. But if you want to connect with your crystals more deeply, then wearing them in the form of jewellery is a great alternative.
These Power Bracelets in Rose Quartz and Golden Tiger's Eye from Holistic Shop have become my everyday wear staples, adding some glam to my school-runs and other errands. But more importantly, I feel energised knowing that the crystals are working their magic while I'm going about my day.
Rose quartz, one of the most popular crystals, has a calming, soothing energy that promotes love, self-love and peace and harmony in relationships.
Tiger’s Eye, with it's glorious shades of golden and brown, is a protective and healing crystal that emits negativity and helps the mind and body re-balance. An over-all feel-good crystal to add to your everyday jewellery collection.
Besides jewellery, Holistic Shop also has a range of other spiritual and divination products.
Deep Soul also makes some lovely everyday-wear soulful jewellery. Their round/ oval crystal rings are so lightweight yet make a bold statement, adding colour and meaning to your outfit. I chose one in white jade (instills a sense of calm, peace, love and abundance) but there are more options available.
The handmade silver-plated crystal earrings (also available in a variety of crystals) are dainty and delicate, making them ideal for daily wear. And are just £3.99 a pair! Shown below are the ones in Rose Quartz and Hematite and the Tiger's Eye.
Besides jewellery, you will also find a stunning range of spiritual homewares, home fragrances and spiritual services on the website.
The Feel-Good Factor
Candles, reed-diffusers, home fragrances all lend a feel-good factor, whether you use them during your meditation practice, to de-stress and wind down towards the end of the day or just to add a sense of calm and serenity to your home.
Here are some of my personal favourites…
This Orange Rose Candle and Diffuser Set from Beautify fills the room with subtle notes of orange, rose and amber. The pack contains a 50g candle, a 30ml room diffuser and a room spray. A great all-in-one set to gift yourself or a loved one.
Prezzy Box's Sandalwood and Cedar Therapy Reed Diffuser and Candle Set has the added benefit of essential oils, and is ideal if you are into aromatherapy. Made with natural ingredients, the rejuvenating blend of sandalwood and cedar essential oils aids the body, mind and soul.
iMantara reinvents ancient Thai botanical traditions in their products for body and home. Inspired by Thailand's Arabian Aromatherapy influences, this room spray will infuse your space with the exotic and vibrant scents of Rosewood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Myrhh and Cardamom. Invigorating and stimulating, (with anti-inflammatory benefits too), it provides a spa-like ambience for when you want to unwind and de-stress.
Candles always brighten up my mood and make me feel more positive. And if it's a scented candle, it also adds a sense of calm and well-being.
This bergamot-scented one by Lumieres by The Little Dove Company is absolutely lovely – do check out their site for a range of beautiful-smelling candles and reed diffusers.
And what could instill instant feelings of happiness than a candle that doesn't just smell great but also looks bright and colourful? This cute pine cone-shaped candle by Apidae is made from natural beeswax and always manages to brighten up my day with it's happy yellow colour!
Virginia O Studio's handcrafted home decor products are designed with the purpose of advocating mental health with messages of love, hope and support. Her products include coasters, jewellery/ trinket trays, personalised keyrings, paper weights, wall art, eco candles and Christmas decorations – all adorned with positive messages and affirmations.
Moreover, proceeds from the sale of her products go towards supporting charities like The Jordan Legacy (that works towards preventing suicide by improving mental well-being), so not only will you feel good but also do good when adorning your home with these lovely items.
Sensory Retreats’ new Divine Eyes self-heating eye mask is like a soothing massage to the eyes. Not only does it warm up upon contact but it also emits a gorgeous relaxing lavender scent to help alleviate a range of health and beauty conditions including dry, puffy and tired eyes, fine lines, headaches, insomnia and stress. Perfect for an early night in or a quick fix ‘spa at home’ experience.
These aromatherapy solid perfumes by Neve's Bees – created using a blend of Neve's Bees beeswax, organic plant oils and pure essential oils – are perfect to find your "happy place" or "calm place". Swipe your finger over them and apply to pulse points for feel-good vibes all day long. These little tins come in three options: The Bee Happy with a cheerful citrus floral scent; the Bee Focused that helps you remain alert with its vibrant citrus and woody notes and the Bee Sleepy that helps you relax and drift off to sleep at the end of the day.
How can we talk of holistic care and not mention Ayurveda? Tri-Dosha's products are based on this age-old Indian system of holistic health and healing. Two products that I have been regularly using and absolutely love are the nourishing body and massage oil and exfoliating face scrub.
Massage is an integral part of Ayurveda, and the Danwantari nourishing and moisturising body oil is perfect to regenerate tired, dull skin and rejuvenate the entire body. Enriched with orange essential oil, cinnamon leaf and forty-three replenishing herbs, it helps you relax and refresh at the same time.
The Ayurvedic exfoliating facial scrub instantly makes you look and feel more energised, with purified, fresh, soft skin.
The health (and beauty) benefits of pure organic Argan oil is known to all – it provides natural nourishment for skin, nails and hair. Containing natural vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it is an excellent moisturiser and anti-ageing cosmetic. The Skin Revivals Organic Argan Oil available through Beauty Naturals makes for the perfect all-in-one beauty self-care solution.
Food & Drink
It's always good to take vitamin supplements to boost your immunity and health, but more so now when we need to remain in the best of health for our best chance of resisting or combatting the coronavirus. Better You's Complete Wellness Pack is perfect as it contains Vitamin B12, Vitamin D as well as multi-vitamins, all in a convenient oral spray form. This bundle provides everything you need to boost immunity, increase energy levels and promote overall well-being.
Disclosure: I was gifted some of the items listed in the gift guide to review; however, all opinions are my own.
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