Christmas gift guide: for wellbeing

Small things can make a big difference to our overall wellbeing, so this year, give the gift of health, fitness and ‘me time’ to that someone special

Travel and Wellbeing 9 Dec 2020

All in one
We’ve all had to rethink our wardrobes this year in order to find the sweet spot between comfort and work appropriate style (at least from the waist up). Cucumber is a sustainable London-based clothing brand that specialises in high-tech, breathable fabrics. We adore this elegant jumpsuit, made from a moisture-wicking 37.5® smart fabric with an elasticated waistband for when you’ve had one too many mince pies. £125;


Soak it up
With its exotic notes of pomegranate, pink pepper, Casablanca lily and patchouli, the Pomegranate Noir collection has reached near-iconic status since it joined the Jo Malone London family in 2005. Give your loved one the gift of indulgent bath-time this year and they’ll love you forever. £48 for 250ml;

Forty winks
At the end of a stressful year, a good night’s sleep is the greatest gift of all. Sleephub from Cambridge Sleep Sciences is a device that uses the power of sound to help even the most unquiet mind drift off. Choose from a selection of the most relaxing noises – include babbling streams, the pitter patter of rain or even white, brown, or pink sound – that are scientifically proven to help you drift off naturally and, perhaps most crucially, stay asleep. The Sleephub has four different modes depending on whether you’re looking for a deep sleep or power nap and it looks good on your nightstand too.
Sleephub, £599,


Inner calm
Everyone has their own coping mechanisms when it comes to dealing with the stresses of day-to-day life, let alone a global pandemic. Apothem Labs are specialists in premium CBD products, extracted from hemp plants and blended with organic MCT oil. These signature drops help ‘restore your centre’ and find a sense of inner calm. What could be a better gift than that? £230;


Boxing clever
These days, boxing isn’t just for burly east Londoners. A fun and intense workout that burns off oodles of calories while relieving stress, it’s easy to see why so many people of all ages and backgrounds are turning to boxing to stay in shape and learn new skills. Invest in some high-quality kit with these 14oz training gloves from London’s premier luxury boxing gym, BXR. £60;


Block party
Comfort has taken precedence over style in the days of remote working, but who says you can’t have both? These colour-block leggings from DKNY fit beautifully in all the right places, and look cool and flattering from all angles — ideal for your next Zoom workout. £50.96;


Rest and relaxation
Let’s face it, we all need a little cheering up this year. And as much as a new pair of slippers or piece of jewellery is thoughtful, true self-indulgence should be on the agenda this Christmas. London’s plush five-star Bvlgari Hotel has teamed up with Workshop Gymnasium to offer an indulgent two-night ‘staycation’ to start your 2021 in style. The B-Active Staycation includes — among other things — a 90-minute spa treatment, 60-minute bespoke Workshop training session, breakfast, poolside lunch and a two-course dinner. You and your loved one will be so refreshed and rejuvenated afterwards that the events of 2020 will seem like a bizarre distant dream… Available from December 3, 2020 to May 31, 202; from £1,700;


Getting crafty
Wellbeing is not just about finding time for a run or a spa treatment, but also concerns challenging the mind and learning new skills. We all got a bit crafty this year (or at least aspired to), so keep up the good work with a festive wreath making masterclass from Wardian. Devised in partnership with Botanical Boys, this one-off digital class will show you how to make a verdant decorative wreath for your front door and includes all of the crafty bits and bobs and festive blooms. Why not invite your friends and family (digitally) and make an evening of it. Class takes place on Tuesday 15 December. Please book a minimum of 5 days beforehand. £77.50; click here to book. 


Hit the bottle
The eco-warrior in your life will be delighted to receive the world’s first self-cleaning, reusable water bottle. Suitable for both hot and cold drinks, LARQ neutralises up to 99.9 per cent of harmful bacteria using powerful UV-C LED technology, which can be activated at the touch of a button. It’s surprisingly lightweight, comes in five stylish colours and ensures your drinks stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. £95;


Soft touch 
Since 1767, family-run clothier Joshua Ellis has produced the finest textiles and this super soft three colour block stole is one of the best ways to take a break and enjoy the silky soft swathes of cashmere crafted in the brand’s Yorkshire mill. Made from the finest cashmere fibres it’s the perfect antidote to the ever decreasing temperatures. £325,