Written by Natalie Glennon
To some people, gift-giving comes easy. The rest of us, however, are all too familiar with the experience of scrambling to find a gift that captures our love and appreciation for the recipient, often with no luck.
That’s why we curated a thoughtful gift guide with all of the best products and ideas — so you can have a stress-free experience choosing the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether you want to take on a creative project or support a woman-owned business, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best mindfulness tools for the new year.
If your loved one is a sucker for nostalgia, then you can’t go wrong with a personalized scrapbook or photo album. Making a scrapbook can help you engage in mindful, creative reflection while capturing your unique connection with the recipient. If that person is artsy as well, you can even provide them with craft supplies that they can use to add on to the scrapbook as you make more memories together throughout the year.
A weighted stuffed animal.
You might be familiar with weighted blankets, but weighted stuffed animals bring comfort (and cuteness) to a whole new level for kids and adults alike. Hugimals World is a women-owned business backed by research on the calming, anxiety-reducing effects of weighted pressure on the body. This is the perfect gift for stuffed animal lovers or for people who could use some extra calm in their lives.
Your favorite book.
If you’ve ever had the enlightening experience of reading a book that changes your life, why not share it with someone you love? For me, that book is Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Amelia and Emily Nagoski. Featuring compelling research, relatable stories, and practical tips, Burnout is for women and feminists who want to prioritize wellness in their lives but might not know how to address the obstacles in their way. With its TL;DR chapter summaries and clear breakdowns of self-help advice, Burnout has something to offer to even the most hesitant readers.
A self-care subscription box.
An insightful game.
Games can provide a great way to turn mindful reflection into a fun activity that will deepen your connections with others. One of the most popular options is We’re Not Really Strangers, a card game based on thought-provoking prompts and questions that can bring anyone closer together, whether you’re complete strangers or lifelong friends. With a variety of themed editions to choose from, We’re Not Really Strangers covers all bases as a thoughtful gift focused on growth and connection.
A mindfulness planner.
If your loved one enjoys journaling, self-reflection, and goal-setting, a mindfulness planner is the ideal gift, hands-down. From detailed schedules to insightful journaling prompts, our Signature Wildflower Company Planner provides all the essentials you need to live a mindful, intentional life. This planner is perfect for people who crave both creative brain-dumps AND structured check-ins on their wellbeing and goals. With everything you need in one place, this planner will set you up for success with your short- and long-term intentions for the new year.
A DIGITAL mindfulness planner.
Want more thoughtful gift ideas? You can access our Gratitude & Gift Planning workshop replay for FREE! Led by Co-Founder Ashley Olafsen, join the Wildflower community in a lively brainstorming session to pinpoint your ideal gifts for your loved ones while finding ways to cultivate gratitude in the holiday season.