Relax and Get Better Sleep Gift Guide

By Lindsey O'Connell

Nutritious Life is making holiday shopping effortless this year. We have handpicked (and tested so you can shop stress free) the healthiest, most practical and inspiring items for every area of your life. We have something for everyone on your list. We’ll help you (and your loved ones) get better sleep, relax, cook up healthy and delicious meals, sparkle with self-care, and simply be more joyful! 

Getting quality sleep is essential and impacts every part of your life. Sleep supports your immune system, helps you make smarter food choices, have the energy for all the things you need to do at home, and it will likely boost your mood too. So, why not give a gift that will help your loved one snooze soundly. 

Here’s our favorite things to help get cozy, relax and have sweet dreams.

Binge Watching Pillow (Yes! It’s a Thing!)

We’ve all been doing our share of binge watching Netflix. All that time on the couch isn’t good for our bodies. HoMedics just launched the “Yes, I’m Still Watching” massage pillow that will soothe your muscles while watching Schitt’s Creek for the 10th time. The limited-edition “Yes, I’m Still Watching Pillow” takes care of your body by promoting muscle stimulation while laying or sitting. Use it as a pillow for the neck, back, and shoulders, or place it under your legs for a convenient massage for your thighs, calves, and feet.

Homedics “Yes I’m Still Watching” massage pillow, $80

A Calming Plant

Studies  show that having plants in your home can have a positive effect on your mood, reduce stress and improve  air quality. Plants like lavender, jasmine, and gardenia have been shown to bring calm and help people sleep. Plus, they look so pretty in your room. Bloomscape will send gorgeous fully grown, potted plants delivered right to your loved one—no mess, no hassle.  We love this little lavender pot, but there are countless options to choose from.

Bloomscape Lavender Pot, $35

Create a Bedding Oasis

When it comes to choosing your bedding, it can be really hard to find the right duvet cover. So many colors, fabrics and styles to consider. So when we found Yaya + Co’s reversible, organic, and all natural linen duvet cover, we were hooked! Linen fabric also has an antimicrobial quality and healing properties. This means it suppresses all microbes including bacteria, fungi and pollen. In fact linen helps prevent many allergic disorders, reduces the risk of inflammatory conditions and aids in effective respiration as well. 

Yaya + Co. – Sofia Reversible Organic Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover, $249 

Give a Bedtime Ritual

We all know a wind down routine is a huge help in getting great sleep. This super cute bath gift set will help you get relaxed stat. It includes everything you need for a relaxing bath—and we love the spearmint and eucalyptus ceramic candle. A great gift for your bestie. 

Knack Herbivore Calm Experience Gift Set, $97

Snuggle in the Car

We love to shop small, but this is definitely a big, cozy gift! As we travel to see loved ones this holiday season, we want to keep our littles safe (and warm!). Birdy Boutique’s carseat poncho is crash tested, CPSIA compliant, and so much safer than wearing a bulky coat in the car seat—plus they work as a reversible hooded blanket all year long! They have a ton of designs—lumberjack plaids, sherpa puffer, deer fawn, camouflage, flower mermaids, unicorn, cupcakes and even faux fur!

Stress-Relieving Snuggle Blanket

This blanket will help you sleep better while also helping the earth. Made from upcycled, earth-friendly Eco-velvet, Bearaby Velvet Napper is made of recycled marine plastic that’s turned into a versatile thread that’s soft and sustainable. You can sleep soundly, knowing that each blanket produced is made from 900 plastic bottles that would otherwise pollute our oceans. 

Bearaby Weighted Blanket, $269

The Best Sheets…Ever

Sleep in these sheets and we bet you will agree, they are hands down the softest, most luxurious sheets you’ve slept on. The 100 percent bamboo makes them cooling as they are naturally moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating to help keep you stay cooler in the summer & warmer in the winter. They come in a  four-piece set including one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.

Luxome Bamboo Sheets, $129 (on sale from $189 for holiday)

A Cute Way to Keep The Light Away 

Research has shown that it’s best to sleep in a dark room (with the phone removed of course). So, if your room has unavoidable light creeping in, a silk eye mask is a great sleep accessory. This one from Los Angeles Trading Co. is cute and comfy.

Los Angeles Trading Co. Dreamer Eye Mask,  $24 

The Mattress for Everyone

What’s a better present than the gift of sweet dreams? Spoon Sleep supports all sleep positions ranging from back and stomach sleepers, side sleepers and even couples with different sleep positions. Seriously, this mattress has great support (we tried it!). Plus, they get delivered in a box straight to your door, so you can send it directly to your loved one.

Spoon Sleep Mattress, starting at $1,299.

Get Cozy on the Couch 

Movie night just got cozier. Farm to Home’s chunky throw is super soft and looks great on your couch. Plus, it’s 100 percent organic cotton, and Global Organic Textile certified (OTCO). 

Farm to Home 100% Organic Cotton Chunky Throw $50

A Calming Oasis

A pretty piece of decor and added sleep inducing bonus? Genius! Adding a diffuser to an evening routine will help to set the mood for relaxation. Lavender or chamomile essential oils will help calm you and allow for a more restful night sleep. Plus, the CHI diffuser  doubles as a night light.

CHI Egyptian Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, $25

Quiet the Noise

Set the perfect mood for sleep and relaxation with the patented Wave Sleep Therapy Sound Machine. It has six different high-fidelity sound settings so you can drown out distractions (we’re talking to you noisy neighbors!).   

Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy sound machine, $30

I Wear My Blue Glasses at Night

Night Swannies blue-light glasses are on everyone’s list of coolest blockers from Rolling Stone to Health magazine—and now Nutritious Life! Studies have shown that wearing blue light glasses can not only increase quality of sleep, but also help you be more productive the next day. Now who doesn’t want that? Wear them 2 to 3 hours before bed for deep, relaxing sleep.

Night Swannies blue-light blocking glasses, starting at $109

Your Calm Kit

“When life gets complicated, take time to chill.” That is the tagline from Knack’s Chill Mode kit. Within the gift set, there are four ways to help someone slow down. Soothing eye gels, exfoliating scrub cubes and our fave…the Calm The F*ck Down Journal to help calm your racing mind at the end of the day. 

Knack Chill Mode gift set, $87

Silky Soft Pillow

We spend almost 1/3 of our lives in bed. So we really should have a lovely place to rest our heads. Celestial Silk’s 25 momme pure mulberry silk pillowcase is one of the best we’ve tried. It’s thicker, more durable than other brands and half the price). 

Celestial Silk Pillowcase, $36 (or a giftset with a  silk pillowcase, sleep eye mask and hair scrunchies), $60

At-Home Face Massage  

Just launched this October, the REMI massage roller is embedded with 30 naturally cold germanium stone nodules that stimulate blood circulation under the skin. It’s small, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space and really helps to relieve stress and tension in your face, eyes, chin, and neck.

Fancii Uplift Facial & Body Massage Roller with Rose Quartz, $37

Breathe Easier Humidifier

An all-in-one diffuser and humidifier will help you breathe easier and sleep sounder.  The easy-to-use top fill design allows you to add scents like lavender or eucalyptus as well as humidity to your space while eliminating dry air. You’ll love their synergy blend essential oil.

Guru Nanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier, $80

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About Lindsey O'Connell
Former Editorial Director, Nutritious Life

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