Fall in love with your home again! Whether it’s a gift for your significant other’s spa bathroom or your own garage workshop, there are ways to add wellness design benefits to your living space. And Valentine’s Day is as good an excuse as any – home improvements outlast roses and chocolates!
1. For the Valentine who loves to cook, bake or just meal prep for workout days, an anti-fatigue mat will give your beloved more pain-free hours on his or her feet. (I got one for myself after my body ached from Thanksgiving preparations and it has been a wellness game changer!)
2. A wellness-oriented countertop appliance like a multi-cooker, air fryer or slow cooker can create foods that love your body (and look great in your kitchen at the same time.)
3. A great gift for healthy sleeping is an air purifier. This will be beneficial for all, but especially for loved ones with respiratory allergies and conditions.
4. Give your beloved (and yourself) soft organic bedding to cocoon in every night. It will feel delicious against your skin, and be healthier for your (and their) sleep.
5. Pamper your Valentine with a towel heater. There are various options, depending on your space and budget. Forbes.com’s November shopping guide can be helpful in choosing one.
6. A fantastic gift for your athletic self or partner is a hand-held massaging showerhead. It can issue a pulsing jet of water that hits aching muscles. It can also reach grit in hard to hit spots, both on the body and in the shower stall. For those who need to shower seated, whether because of injury or illness, a hand-held head and shower seat make hygiene possible.
7. Does your partner work from home? If so, giving him or her a desk riser is a way to increase your loved one’s well-being. Some wellness pros say that sitting is the new smoking. This gives a full-time or part-time alternative without replacing a desk.
8. For the music lover on your V Day list, consider a high quality Bluetooth speaker! The built-in versions on computers, phones and tablets tend to be tinny and somewhat abrasive. A stand-alone speaker from a quality manufacturer can give any office delicious ear candy that will easily upgrade any work from home space.
9. Plants create welcoming spaces, but can be challenging for some people with hectic work, family or travel schedules. A beautiful, self-watering planter can be a great gift for the plant lover in your life. And it will foster the many benefits of biophilia.
10. A digital frame can provide a place for art and family to be displayed and rotated as the heart desires. Looking at images of nature can improve one’s mood and lower stress. Images of loved ones – especially those no longer with us – can provide sentimental joy. Snapshots from vacations can evoke happy memories and mentally take us away.
11. Garages can be clutter magnets. This makes them both unattractive and potentially unsafe. Consider garage organizers as gifts of love. They can hold household chemicals, sports gear, tools, old files and other items that shouldn’t be rolling around the floor.
12. Garages tend to get short shrift in the design department. Considering how many of us suburbanites enter our home through that entrance, it’s worth considering how you want that experience to feel for you or your significant other! Make it an artful – and more hygienic – entrance with a fun doormat, (maybe something sly that you wouldn’t set out at your front door). Choose a theme that will make you smile whenever you or your partner drives in.
13. Having a patio, deck, yard or other outdoor living area is a tremendous wellness benefit on its own. Sometimes, though, keeping it comfortable year-round can be a challenge. A fire bowl can be a warmth-giving Valentine this year. When shopping for one, it’s important to consider the rules of your community, fire safety and the space you have available. Forbes.com’s November shopping guide can be helpful in choosing one. (Bonus idea: a cozy blanket you can keep in a safe, dry trunk for use outdoors.)
14. When it comes to making your outdoor space heat-friendly, you’ve got a couple of gift options to consider. One is an umbrella that will shield your romantic brunches. Another is a stand fan. Maybe you and your partner agree to each get one of these for a doubly cool Valentine’s Day! Spring and summer aren’t that far off.
There are millions of single adults around the country; I count myself as one. Let’s treat ourselves to wellness gifts that will enhance our homes, hearts and well-being all year long!