My top 11 self-care and mental health support gift ideas

Are you looking for some holiday gift ideas to support yourself or loved one’s mental health or self-care routine? I bet we all need a whole lot more of that in our lives. Take a look here at my top 11 self-care and mental health support gift ideas. I have crafted a personal list of unique ideas. It was important to me when I created this post to promote as many small businesses, women owned operations and BIPOC business owners.  To be transparent this post does contain affiliate links which I do not make commission from. I simple want to highlight some incredible business that I have a personal relationship with and deeply support. There may be some inspiration in this list derived from my holiday wish list. Just trying to make it public so my husband can confirm I provided one to him… hahah.

What is your self-care plan for the holidays?

I suggest you brainstorm your ideas for a self-care action plan before the holidays begin. It is definitely a joyful time of year (for some) and usually jam packed. But it can also be very exhausting, draining, overstimulating and overscheduled. This year (depending on where in the world you are) I hope it will be a bit more “normal” compared to the previous year. A bit more traditional, allow you to engage in festive activities, and spend time without capacity limits. To help make up for an entire year of festive celebrations we had to forego.

Remember self-care does not need to be time consuming and elaborate. Many of these ideas are beyond your basic self-care needs of eating, sleeping, taking your medications, hygiene, personal connection etc. These are the next level of self-care. In this era we could all do a better job at slowing down, resting and creating more balance in our lives.

My top 11 self-care and mental health support gift ideas

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Ma’s x-mas eve clam down set by Harlowe Green

Please buy this for yourself and book a solid hour in the afternoon or evening on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve to ease out of the hustle-bustle stress + all that you’ve done to make the magic happen. It’s a recipe for a calm home to bring on the holiday joy, surely!

Includes: 

1 x The Willow’s Bark XL botanical bath bomb*

1 x Fair trade, Canadian made milk chocolate*

1 x The Willow’s Bark clay facial mask (30 uses)*

1 x Bamboo + Silicone facial mask applicator

1 x The Willow’s Bark natural oil lip balm tin*

1 x The Willow’s Bark facial steam*

* May swap for a different scent/colour

Offering email subscribers 15% off. Get your calm on mama’s and support this Ontario business here!

 

 

PoppyWildCo –  Rachel Davidson- Evans

Who can have enough earrings!?

My name is Rachel and I am the owner and artist behind PoppyWildCo! All of my earrings are handmade with love in Toronto, Canada by yours truly. These earrings are lightweight, made with sensitive ears in mind (hypo-allergenic backings and closures), and make perfect gifts for you or a loved one!

Stop by my Etsy shop today and get 15% off your order. Get your shop on here!

 

 

 

Your Body is Not an Apology Workbook by Sonya Renee Taylor

Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook is the action guide that gives you tools and structured frameworks which can be used immediately to deepen your radical self-love journey–such as Taylor’s four pillars of practice, which help readers dismantle body shame and give them access to a lifestyle rooted in love. Taylor guides readers to move beyond theory and into doing and being radical self-love change agents in the world.

“In this book, you will be asked to draw, color, doodle, talk to friends, take risks, and perhaps step outside of what feels like your natural gifts and talents,” Taylor writes. “I encourage you to release the need to be ‘good’ at what you are doing and instead strive to be authentic. Perfection is the enemy of radical self-love because it is an impossible illusion. When the voice of perfectionism chimes in, take a deep breath, remember that the work is about the process, not about the product, and give yourself permission to be fabulously unapologetically imperfect.

Please inquiry with your local bookstore to order. Also available on major book retail platforms.

 

Wooden Bath Tray by King & Tupper

Sometimes self-care means turning off the rest of the world, surrounding yourself with bubbles, and diving into your favourite book. Create a spa-like oasis in your own home with this beautiful wooden bath tray. Built from a solid piece of Western Red Cedar finished with natural oil to highlight the grain, each bath tray is one-of-a-kind and features handles, a wine glass holder, and a device slot for your tablet or e-reader.
King & Tupper is a labour of love for wife and husband, Amy and Dean, and provides them with a creative outlet and connection to the community. As young parents, their passion is for child-focused products – from toys inspired by the Montessori and Waldorf methods of education to nursery, bedroom, and playroom décor – that are functional, timeless, and built from durable and sustainable materials. They also create handcrafted decor and gifts – like their bath tray – for your home and for the special people and occasions in your life.
This family owned business is offering 10% off their bath trays. Shop here!

Journals with Indigenous Artwork  by Kanata Trade Co

Journals with Indigenous Artwork designed by Canadian Indigenous artists who receive royalties for each item sold.  Proceeds from the sale assist Indigenous students attending colleges and universities.

A bit about Kanata Trade Co. We are twin Inuit sisters both attending Queen’s University.  Our journey has been made possible thanks to the help of Indspire. Like many indigenous students,  Indspire supported us through their bursary program and also through their mentorship.  We were able to have a much fulfilled college experience as a result of their assistance. Now that we are nearing the end of our studies, we would like to give back to Indspire so that more indigenous students can also have the opportunity to attend colleges and universities.

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Kanata Trade Co is offering 15% off to email subscribers. Shop their beautiful journals and full store here. 

 

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Sleep Support Set by Sweet Flowering Wellness

“This Sleep Support Set is curated to help you unwind from stress and to release tension so you can drift off into a peaceful night of sleep.

Set includes:

Sweet Slumber Pillow Spray
Lavender & Rose Bath Crystals
Lavender Eye Pillow (colours vary)
Grounding Massage Oil
FREE Soothing Sips Tea Sampler

Our nervous systems are constantly stimulated and sleep troubles, anxiety and other health concerns are on the rise as a result. We know sleep is essential. Lean on these products for support in getting you the rest you need.”

Get this bundle and 15% off when you shop before the holiday’s. Connect with the maker here!

Body Inclusive Yoga with Julie

Find a safe place to experience Yoga for Round Bodies with Julie.*All Bodies are Welcome*.
Classes will focus on how to work with various barriers those in round bodies may experience when practicing yoga. No experience necessary – various modifications available!!
Held viz Zoom on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings for 30 minutes. Learn more about her teaching style, classes and offerings in her Facebook community here.

 

 

Holly Day candle by Rhicreations

The Holly Day candle is an 8oz, hand crafted, clean burning, soy wax candle. It is a blend of holly, spruce trees, magnolia, eucalyptus.

Rhicreations is a women run business located in Kingston, ON, rooted in sustainability.  Every candle is hand crafted and a reflection of the owner’s life and experiences.

Offering 15% off. Shop this small business online here!

 

 

 

 

 

Meredith Shaw X JHC Affirmation Cards- Joyful Hearts

Be bold, be brave, be CONFIDENT with the Meredith Shaw x Joyful Hearts Co. Limited Edition Confident & Crushing It Affirmation Cards – because when you #WERK your confidence muscle everyday, you’re able to show up in your life whole heartedly with passion and purpose.
Includes 20 affirmation & action cards with a bonus feature card in partnership with Maybelline New York in honour of their global initiative, Brave Together.
Get ready for 2021 with new affirmations here!

 

 

You Glow Girl Face Scrub by Old Country Bath and Body

Our top seller handsdown is the “you glow girl” face scrub. It’s a gentle product to scrub off the negative vibes, dirt, dead cells, and leaving your face feeling fabulous, hydrated and ready to slay the day.

Old country bath and body started out as a little hobby while being on maternity leave. Five years later, this is now a booming business.  Creating gentle, fun and small batch items for the entire family.  Sourcing ingredients from other local business to keep these products as locally made as possible. Making cold process soaps has been my therapy and enjoy how creative it can be.

Generously offering 10% off products to email subscribers. Shop the entire store here!

 

 

Body Kindness book by Rebecca Scritchfield

A must have book I recommend to my clients!

This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself—and that includes your mind as well as your body.

Body Kindness is based on four principles.
WHAT YOU DO: the choices you make about food, exercise, sleep, and more
HOW YOU FEEL: befriending your emotions and standing up to the unhelpful voice in your head
WHO YOU ARE: goal-setting based on your personal values
WHERE YOU BELONG: body-loving support from people and communities that help you create a meaningful life

With mind and body exercises to keep your energy spiraling up and prompts to help you identify what YOU really want and care about, Body Kindness helps you let go of things you can’t control and embrace the things you can by finding the workable, daily steps that fit you best. It’s the anti-diet book that leads to a more joyful and meaningful life.

Please inquiry with your local bookstore to order. Also available on major book retail platforms.

 

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I hope you enjoyed my top 11 self-care and mental health support gift ideas. Please share with anyone you think needs some ideas this year. Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday!

 
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