Beauty and Wellbeing Gifts to Help Busy People Take a Break
Do you have that one friend or family member who just nails life, day in, day out, but doesn’t take a break for themselves? It’s all very well to say, “you work so hard! Take a break!” (they won’t listen). Sometimes people need a little extra encouragement and some “relaxation tools” to help them switch off and unwind.
Here are a few gift ideas for those hard-working, kickass people in our lives!
A chill-out kit
Get a basket or box (one they can reuse! Try to minimize plastic or wastage). Start by adding a magazine you know they’ll love to pore over. For example: If they’re an interiors or architecture lover, find a magazine full of drool-worthy home editorials. If they love food, go with a baking or cooking mag. You get the picture! Add a box of herbal tea, their favorite chocolate, a face mask, a scented candle, nourishing bath or shower creme, and a note from you to let them know why you love them and why they deserve to take a break.
A soft throw and a book
Past a certain age, soft home furnishings just become so incredibly enticing. Fine sheets, bedspreads, duvet covers, soft towels, fluffy blankets…heavenly. If your super- busy friend is a lover of tactile things, they’ll appreciate a soft, cuddly, cozy throw blanket in a rich color. What’s more, it’s a practical gift they’ll get use out of for years to come.
Wrap it up with a good book (if they’re a reader) and an instruction note:
- Take a bath
- Put pajamas on
- Make a cup of tea
- Wrap up in new blanket
- Snuggle up on the couch or in bed
- Read book
- Feel happy, loved, relaxed
- Repeat whenever needed
A journal or paint set
Some people truly relax when they are being creative, letting out their thoughts and feelings through words or colors. For the writer (or writer to-be) in your life, wrap up a beautiful journal and a luxury pen, and even a little book of poetry to get their inspiration flowing.
For the artist, wrap up a set of paints, a book of heavy painting paper, and a brush or two. Even if it takes them a little while to actually get round to doing it, they will have it in the back of their minds as something to look forward to.
I think there’s something special, thoughtful, and encouraging about receiving the gift of creativity. It tells the recipient that you value their wonderful mind, and that they should value it too.
A night out
And lastly…organize a good old fashioned night out. It could be dinner, drinks, and dancing, or it could be a movie night with champagne and pizza (you’re NEVER too old for a movie night-meets-sleepover).
Either way, it gives you and your friends time to dress up, get glammed, get together, talk about life, laugh, cry, be silly, and wind down. Provide a range of dates to choose from, lock one in, and tell them to clear their schedule and get a babysitter for the night!