If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that everybody loves sleep. Not to mention, everybody needs it. So, if you’re stuck on what to get your secret Santa this year, why not opt for something that’ll help them rest and relax this Christmas?
From the insomniacs to the daily dozers, here are some of the best Christmas presents that are bound to improve everybody’s sleep. Simply grab a basket, some shredded paper and stock up on the following to create your very own hamper of sleep gifts.
1. Eye masks
One of the most obvious sleep-related gifts is of course an eye mask. Masks can help improve sleep pattern by reducing your exposure to light and therefore increasing levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) throughout the body. Opt for a personalised eye mask or show their style through their favourite prints and colours.
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2. Pillow spray
Another perfect gift for the sleep lovers in your life, pillow spray helps you add sleep-inducing scents to your pillow before you hit the hay. According to the National Sleep Foundation, lavender, vanilla and valerian are all good options to help enhance slumber.
3. Hot water bottle
A hot water bottle is a great Christmas gift idea for the constantly cold person, and it creates a cosy warm environment to aid sleep throughout winter. Opt for a fluffy case to add extra snugness or a Christmas themed cover for further festivity, such as a reindeer or Fair Isle print.
4. Slippers or socks
A list of sleep gifts wouldn’t be complete without slippers or socks. Keeping the feet cosy can help improve circulation and thermoregulation, helping your recipient drift off to sleep. Again, opt for fun festive prints or novelty designs to make your hamper stand out. If you’re on a tight budget, fluffy socks will do the trick and are likely to be cheaper than slippers.
5. Bath and body gifts
Aid relaxation by adding a few bath and body gifts to your sleep gift set. Firm favourites include body lotion, bath bombs, face masks, hand or foot lotion, and lip balms. For the self-care savvy, a few of these touches will be greatly appreciated and help them achieve maximum Zzzs.
A candle is perfect for both Christmas and sleep gifts. Go for scented candles such as lavender or jasmine for maximum relaxation. If you want to add Christmas cheer, why not try festive scents such as fir tree, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, or cinnamon? Yankee Candle offer a Christmas collection for full inspiration.
7. Sleep light
If your gift recipient often struggles to get to sleep, why not dabble in some sleep tech to help them get their recommended 8 hours? A sleep light can create an ambience to help them drift off, as well as gently waking them up without a loud alarm. The Dreams Sleeprise provides light and sound to help your secret Santa fall asleep easily and wake up naturally.
8. Sleep tracker
Another bit of sleep tech that anybody’s bound to love, a sleep tracker can help analyse your sleep schedule and let you know where to improve. The Dreams Sleeppal+ Sleep Tracker monitors using an unobtrusive sensor band that rests between your mattress and sheet and sends a thorough sleep analysis to your smart phone. Perfect for the insomniacs and the health-conscious.
9. Essential oils
Essentials oils are a perfect gift for winter, they can be used in diffusers to create a cosy room, added to a bath for full relaxation or even applied to the skin when a pamper is needed. According to Healthline, essential oils have also been shown to promote healthy sleep, relieve headaches, and alleviate pain.
A hamper couldn’t be complete without food. Festive favourites include chocolates, sweets or shortbread. However, if you want to include sleep-inducing foods, avoid high sugar and instead opt for the low-carb, high-protein options. This includes wholewheat crackers, kiwis, nuts, or tart cherries.
Finally, add some drinks to your hamper. Options like mulled wine and hot chocolate are bound to go down well. However, if you’d like to further the sleep gifts, go for a range of herbal teas such as chamomile or decaffeinated green tea, which can help induce sleep.
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Can you think of any sleep gifts we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!