I spend a lot of time (to the point where I lose sleep) thinking, searching, and sourcing modern lifestyle objects that elevate everyday moments, whether it be cooking, meditating, drawing a bath – or even just washing your hands. Ultimately, I believe that the repetitive frequency of these routines signify their importance to us. How many times do you wash your hands in a year? How will the accumulation of a year’s worth of meditation impact your well-being? These little wellness routines are vital components of our everyday lives, so when you upgrade these experiences, you’re transforming your life with the sum of these seemingly trivial moments. Today I rounded up my favorite gift ideas – some that I’ve been using years – in hopes that you’ll be inspired to enhance the little moments in you and your loved ones’ lives.
Essential Serum Set by Circumference NYC
If you had to choose one item in your skincare routine to splurge on, serums are where you should put your top dollars. They contain the most active ingredients and therefore are the most effective in all of your skincare steps to treat and nourish your skin. Circumference, who has been doing innovative work in the beauty + wellness space, created a perfect set that includes one serum for everyday use and the other for when your skin needs the extra help.
Apron by Skall Studio
I’m a big fan of Skall Studio, a Danish fashion who yesterday announced their expansion into home accessories with Skall Home. Not only do they use natural, sustainable materials like recycled cashmere or organic cottons, they also ensure their manufacturing partners are environmentally conscious and provide fair wages and working conditions. Like their garments designed to be passed down from generations, their home accessories, while simple in nature, also have an heirloom quality to them that makes them so special.
Clay Meditation Cushion Set by Walden
There are numerous benefits to meditation, including reducing stress, increasing awareness, and restoring focus and peace in one’s life. I think most of us who want to improve our overall mental wellbeing want to incorporate it in our lives and I love the idea of helping a loved one carve out space to dedicate themselves to the beneficial practice. This gel-infused memory foam cushion set, designed specifically for meditation, includes a round cushion for sitting and a color-matching mat for extra support.
Classic Jar + Salve by Lauren’s All Purpose
Lauren’s All Purpose is a medicine-cabinet staple. Lauren, who previously worked as a line cook, created this simple burn cream to heal her hands and forearms. It was the only product she sold for years as she grew her business. This multi-purpose product works wonders on hands, cuticles, scars, dry patches – anywhere where your skin needs healing or protecting.
Salve Soap by Lauren’s All Purpose
Lauren also created a salve soap, which contains all the nourishing oils from her All Purpose Salve, so that you can condition your skin as you cleanse it. I would pair the soap and the salve together as a stocking stuffer duo!
Refillable Rainbow Glass Mind + Body Wash by Bathing Culture
On the topic of cleansing, I can’t leave out Bathing Culture which has garnered a cult-following for their body wash. You might not believe the hype behind this one product but one whiff of its Cathedral Grove scent will make a believer out of you. It’s incredibly intoxicating, like you’re bathing in a natural hot spring surrounded by Northern California Redwood trees, the inspiration behind the aroma. You can completely transform someone’s ho-hum ritual of washing their body into a spa-like experience.
Big Dipper Mineral Bath by Bathing Culture
While you’re at it, toss in this Big Dipper Mineral Bath which they can use for more special occasions. Even if they’re not regularly a bath person, the natural blend of mineral-rich salts, green clay, jojoba and other essential oils will entice them to take one and dedicate some time for R&R.
Move Diffuser by Vitruvi
Vitruvi, another cult-favorite brand known for their diffusers, launched limited edition colors of their newest Move diffuser, which allows you to move the cordless diffuser around to where you most need it. I love that this isn’t tied to one spot (only the rechargeable base is plugged in) so you can take it from kitchen to living room, bedroom to bathroom, anywhere you need the air to be refreshed.
Holiday Kit by Vitruvi
Add in Vitruvi’s holiday kit, which contains four different holiday-appropriate scents like Fireside and Grove, and you’ll create an ambience that’s definitely “cozy and bright.”
Capsule Bundles by Cadence
Earlier this month I discovered a new-to-me brand called Cadence, which creates this innovative little jars designed for travel, jewelry, or just your everyday supplements. The jars, including the lids, are magnetic so they form a honeycomb-like structure. The labels are customizable, so whether you’re gifting to a jet-setter who likes to take their own travel-sized products on the go or a wellness guru who can’t live without their daily supplements, Cadence is one of those tried-it-now-can’t-live-without-it products that they’ll be excited to discover. This nifty gift card comes in the form of a flip book, so they can customize their own set.
$75 – 250
Blok Rosewood Scarf by Studio Variously
I love gifting scarves, but especially ones that feel luxurious and well-made so that someone will reach for them continuously versus merely adding them to their accessories collection. This one is made of silk and cashmere – a winning combo, in my opinion –and supports the artisan communities that made them. It’s a beautiful gift for the extra special people in your life.
Mini Soaps by UME Studio
If you need to give a gift to multiple people (like your coworkers or your children’s teachers), UME Studio’s luscious mini soaps is a fun gift. The soaps come in a unique shape that’s hand-poured for a truly artisan touch and the uplifting scents like sandalwood, grapefruit, and lavender make them so lovely for everyday use.
Skincare Gift Sets by OSEA
While skincare can be a tricky product to gift, most people I know love trying out new-to-them products. Such was the case for me personally, who already had a skincare routine down but has since fallen in love and revamped my routine to include OSEA, a clean skincare brand based in Southern California that’s inspired – and created with – the ocean and its healing ingredients. Their milk cleanser? Life-changing, from someone who purposely avoided them. Their body oil? Smells like a citrus grove, an all-around crowd-pleasing scent. Gift a family or friend (or yourself!) one of OSEA’s gift sets and they might be pleasantly surprised, just like I was.
$16 – 698