12 Holiday Gifts for Self-Care, Health and Wellness

Let’s face it. 2019 had its ups and downs. During the holiday season, we hope to gather around with family and friends, not only to have amazing meals and some real quality time but also, to de-stress and relax! It’s a time to reflect, unwind, have fun, and just…feel loved. We look forward to a new year, a clean slate, and a chance to start healthy habits. What better way to do so than start thinking about it before the time comes for jotting down our resolutions? As the end of the year is quickly approaching, end it on a calming and comforting note. And, help others start 2020 on that note by being inspired by our list of 10 holiday gifts for health and wellness…all within a click of a button.

[Read Related: 8 Fun and Affordable Holiday Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank]

1. Aavrani

Here’s your one-stop-shop for all things natural skincare. Aavrani takes pride in catering to “embrace deeper beauty” and “centering the mind, body, and spirit” through India’s all-natural skincare ritual. Whether it be glowing skin or under-eye care, Aavrani has got you covered! You can choose the ‘Discovery Ritual Set’ which is $85, the ‘Aavrani Ritual Set’ priced at $200, or choose individual products, such as serums and exfoliators. Don’t know which of the amazing products to choose from? Make it easy for yourself and choose to give a gift card!


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2. Scrumptious Wicks

Holiday gifts almost always include candles. Who doesn’t love sweet/bakery scents right in your living room? Or, how about soothing lavender lighting in your bedroom after a long day at work? What about a candle with a ‘Mango Lassi’ scent? Scrumptious Wicks has the ultimate collection of scents and candles, especially for those who love desi-inspired scents, such as saffron, mango lassi, and even Indian monsoon. They range from $10-$20 per scent. Sniff them out!


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3. Suja

We all know someone who wants to try juicing or incorporate some sort of healthy components into their eating and drinking habits. Suja has organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed juices with plant-powered ingredients. Hear this, they even have energy, digestion, focus, and immunity shots! In addition, be sure to check out their 3-day cleanses and kombuchas. The gift of juices might seem unique, but it is a definite YES. Buy a pack or pack(s) and have it shipped to a dear one. Trust me, they will be making a lifestyle change in 2020. And, maybe try some of their products out for yourself!


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4. Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Everyday Family Meals

Thinking about what to get your parents? Or, someone who loves cooking desi food, but just doesn’t have the time? Make healthy cooking and eating easier for them in the new year. Check out Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Everyday Family Meals…effortlessly good for you. This cookbook was published recently and has great reviews. There are 80 quick, and delicious Indian recipes that you can get right on Amazon!


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5. SodaStream

Okay, you have probably seen this in a YouTube Ad. But, I can vouch for this. I have been cutting out sodas in 2019 and hope to continue to do so in 2020 and beyond. Soda water/sparkling water is a great alternative for me whenever I go out. SodaStream definitely makes it much easier to skip soda at home as well. It’s basically like having filtered water but with bursting flavors!


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6. HUM Nutrition Gummies

One vitamin brand that I have been hearing a lot of lately is HUM. And, I believe, after hearing a lot of reviews from close friends and trying it out myself, the HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow Gummies is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or your family and friends! The quality is amazing and it’s VEGAN! Get them hooked on hydrating their skin this holiday season. Sixty gummies for $20-25, plus there are deals on holiday gifts going on right now!


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7. Live Maiya Yoga Mats

We have mentioned this on our holiday gift list before, but we cannot help it. A Live Maiya yoga mat is the perfect gift you can give to someone to tap his or her way into a healthier lifestyle. Live Maiya provides luxury, Indian-American Yoga Mats that are made to last! Choose from styles, like Padma (Lotus), Mayura (Peacock), and Hamsa (Evil Eye).


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8. Slip for Beauty Sleep Slipsilk Pure Silk Pillowcase

Many won’t typically invest in a pillowcase for $85, but it’s so worth it. That’s why it is such a great gift! What’s so great and unique about mulberry silk? You can hear beauty influencers talking about it and how such silk protects your hair and skin, and even reduces acne and split ends that may be triggered by the traditional pillowcases you might be using. Give the gift of luxurious hair this holiday season and learn more about it!


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9. Vitruvi Quiet Time Diffuser Set

Raise your hand if you had a hectic 2019 and now just need some quiet, downtime in the upcoming year? Me. Me. Me! This one is an investment I will be making for myself because getting some quiet “me” time is essential for one’s mental and physical health. You add 10-20 drops of Quiet blend to your stone diffuser, which is a calming floral essential oil, and just choose a time setting! With reviews, such as, “relaxing, makes a house a home!” I am excited to incorporate it into my life. Definitely a must-have.


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10. Aquis Hair Towels

Like the pillow-case scenario, we have hair towels on this list as well. These are $30 and available online and in-stores, like Ulta. The “Rapid Dry Hair Towels” are well worth it and tested. It’s not only about drying your hair, these towels aid in repairing damaged hair too!


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11. BollyX Gift cards

What’s better than giving someone a gym membership as a gift? Help your friends and family (and yourself!) keep up with the new year’s resolutions right off the bat, in Bollywood style! While physical gift cards are not available, you can print them out and use them in Boston or NYC locations! This one has to be one of my favorite holiday gifts yet!


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12. Weighted Blanket 

Proven to help with anxiety, a weighted blanket is just the right present for the special someone who’s in need of rest and relaxation by the fireplace this holiday season.


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This list of health and wellness holiday gifts can go on and on, but it should get you thinking about what’s most important- health and wellness! And, never forget how important it is to love and care for yourself too! So, be sure to stock up on some of these goodies for yourselves! End the year strong and start the new year even stronger!

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By Shezda Afrin

Shezda Afrin is an aspiring physician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of four, it was quite normal of her … Read more ›