It’s gift guide season! This one – Gift Guide for the Homebody – is the only one I’ll publish this year, so I hope you enjoy it. As much as I genuinely enjoy gift giving, I’ve started to view the art in terms of practicality. Maybe it has to do with growing up, or maybe it’s because many people I know – myself included – live in small, limited space apartments. It could also be because most of us can buy what we need throughout the year, so we’re not necessarily of need, but of want.
Anyway, I put together the following list with the concepts of relaxation and unwinding in mind. The gifts below are luxurious while still being thoughtful, useful and a treat for the recipient. Lounging after hours, in cozy clothing with hot drinks, candles and a mild activity will make long, cold winter nights feel less chilly. So cozy up and let’s get shopping!
Matching PJs – Just because you’re in your home doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob! Gifting a pajama set is always appreciated because it isn’t something many people buy themselves. I love Lake Pajamas – they’re cute and made with the softest cotton.
Candles – A candle like this one brings the naturally calming scents of botanics and herbs into your space. Plus, the floral design won’t disturb your environment, but adds a little personality.
Rose Quartz Roller – These have been the hype for a while. I find the rollers to be quite relaxing. Use it after you moisturize, and it’s almost a hypnotic feeling of bliss. A perfect gift for the girl who has (mostly) everything!
Love and Other Words – I feel like I hype this book up so much, but honestly, it’s the best book I’ve read in quite some time. It’s fiction and takes you through a range of emotions. I literally laughed, cried, smiled, got goosebumps, and truly just felt while reading this book. It’s a lovely one to gift, even if you’re unsure of someone’s reading taste.
Bath Salts – A bath is way better when it’s more than just water. Bath salts are a great gift because they look beautiful (most are pretty colors and come in jars) and because you’re giving the gift of indulgence. They take relaxation to the next level and inspire “me time” for whomever you’re gifting.
Journal – Think about who you’re gifting before you go out and buy a journal. I know four people off the top of my head would be so appreciative, and another four who would never use it. I recently bought this journal on Etsy, and it’s quickly become my favorite. It’s slightly smaller than a normal notebook, with blank lined pages and a spiral spine. The beautiful message right on the cover may possibly inspire the type of journaling the book will hold.
Relax Tea – Lots of brands make teas with similar names, but this one is my favorite. It’s aesthetically pleasing as a gift and it tastes good, too. If you gift someone loose tea, consider adding this to their present.
Great Mug – I am a firm believer in the premise that you can never have too many mugs. Sometimes, you crave a certain shape to hold warm in your hands. For a night by the fire, or cozied up with a book or movie, I love how big this mug is. Filled with hot chocolate or relax tea, whoever you gift will be lucky!
Cozy Throw – And naturally, what’s a relaxing evening at home without a soft blanket? You can find beautiful throw blankets in practically any color or pattern, so consider the house the blanket will live in. When a throw isn’t in use, it’s often displayed over a couch or chair, and should match it’s environment.