Happy holidays – all of them! Whether you’re celebrating Chanukah this week, Christmas or Kwanzaa later in the month, or planning a New Year’s get together in your home, this time of year that can be filled with stress, crowds, icy cold weather, and some pocketbook pain. But it can also be a time of great love and togetherness. If you’re looking for gifts that will make your home cozier, healthier and more functional for entertaining fun, as well as ideas for the folks on your holiday gift list, this guide can help.
I’ve organized it into the Five Facets of Wellness Design. Since wellness design is such a vast topic, it’s helpful to think of it in terms of specific benefits, which I note in each category below. It’s worth noting though there are products that fit into more than one facet — like the shower head in the Accessibility Facet. (Multi-facet gifts tend to have an even higher wellness potential.)
Choose the ones that work for your gift-giving this season and your own home.
Health & Fitness
The health and fitness facet of wellness design includes features that support healthy eating, better sleep, exercise and recovery, ergonomics and hygiene.
An air fryer will help you create healthier favorites with less fat. Here are some insights on selecting a model, as well as alternatives for adding this feature to your cooking gear.
Safety & Security
This second facet of wellness design encompasses features that protect life, health, privacy and property.
An air quality monitor is a great gift year round, but especially during the winter months when our homes tend to be sealed tight against the cold and guests gather more indoors than outside. Air quality monitors, depending on the model you choose, can detect radon, (the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke), carbon monoxide and toxic fumes from unhealthy furniture, paint or building materials.
Accessibility may bring to mind a frail or mobility-challenged friend or family member, but accessibility-enhancing gifts can help people of all ages and abilities be safer and more functional at home.
A great gift to enhance accessibility – along with all of the other facets – is a handheld massaging shower head. On the accessibility front, it lets someone who needs to remain seated, rather than standing, during their shower handle their hygiene needs efficiently (and safely). As anyone who enjoys a massage can share, it helps enhance both health and joy. And its hand-held feature makes it a functionality enhancer for cleaning your tub or shower after bathing.
Functionality is about making a home more user-friendly. It also encompasses durability and resilience.
While you’re unlikely to reorganize someone else’s home, an adjustable drawer organizer can work for a home chef, small business owner, hobbyist or pet parent. Adjustability is key when you’re buying a drawer organizer as a gift, but it’s also helpful for someone who rents their home, as it allows you to bring it to another residence later. (It also lets you move it around to other rooms in your home, based on future needs.)
Comfort & Joy
This is probably everyone’s favorite facet! And why not, right? Comfort facet gifts can make a space cozier. Joy facets can make it more beautiful and personal.
Since this is a winter holiday gift guide, I’m suggesting a fire bowl for extending your outdoor entertaining season. A related (or alternative) gift idea would be an outdoor throw/blanket to snuggle under.