89 Totally Perfect Wellness Gifts for the Year That Was 2020
Here it is: 89 gift ideas specially curated for the year that was 2020 (and all the feels that came with!). If you need a gift that says 'I miss you,' or know a bored home cook, a winter-weary fitness lover, an essential worker in need of TLC, a grounded travel-enthusiast, someone looking to spruce up their home office or someone who just needs a hot minute alone: This is the list for you!
Gifts for winter fitness enthusiasts
For the people on your list looking for ways keep moving.
Melt away any post-workout muscle tension with a soothing soak in the bath.
Saje Muscle Melt Bath Salt Soak, $20, saje.com
Hit the Pavement
Made from plant-based materials, this shoe is built to breathe, thanks to the eucalyptus bark used to create a breathable mesh upper. It also has cushioning that counts: castor bean oil helps create a highly cushioned foam, while natural rubber adds flexible traction. Bloom algae used in the footbed lets you stride in total comfort. It’s also USDA-Certified, with 59 percent USDA Certified bio-based content).
Reebok Forever Floatride GROW, $150, reebok.ca
Add a bit of resistance to an at-home workout with these comfy-cool weights, which can be worn on wrists or ankles. (Find out how these ankle weights will transform your at-home workout.)
Bala Bangles, $56 for 0.5 pound set, shopbala.com
A Subscription to The Class
For those craving the instruction of a group fitness class, from the socially distant convenience of their own home. (Learn why everyone is obsessed with The Class in Vancouver.)
The Class subscription, $50/month, theclass.com
This Fitbit upgrade, released earlier this year, has earned top marks for sleep tracking and battery life.
Fitbit Sense Watch, $430, fitbit.com
This nylon pouch is water and tear-resistant, and ideal for carrying on-the-go essentials as you get outside, no matter the weather.
Hunter Packable Phone Pouch, $40, hunterboots.com
For the yogi who wants to deepen their pose, this cork and plastic wheel will have them opening their heart, shoulders and chest like never before.
B Yoga Freedom Wheel, $68, byoganow.com
Hiking Boot Upgrade
Lightweight, shock-absorbent, and water-resistant, these boots will keep adventurous hikers dry this winter.
Native pastel hiker boot, $130, nativeshoes.com
Step Towards Warmth
Merino wool and nylon team up in these colourful and comfy shin-high hiking socks to help push your treks to the next level.
Smartwool socks, $27, smartwool.ca
Go the extra distance outside with a well-made toque.
Province of Canada toque, $35, provinceofcanada.com
Made of ragg-wool, which keeps in heat even when wet, these hunting gloves are also perfect for the jogger who dares to brave the wintery elements.
Filson full-finger knit gloves, $35, filson.com
Really Warm Digits
Because icy-cold hands are terrible and everyone knows it.
Rechargeable hand warmer, $26, leevalley.com
Jump Into This
Allbirds, known for its shoes, has made the leap to clothing, and this cozy sweater is the perfect add to your outdoor apparel wardrobe.
Allbirds Wool jumper, $185, allbirds.ca
Gifts for People Who Deserve a Break
For the one who’s maybe had a little too much family time this year.
Vitamin C is a key ingredient for glowing skin. This duo from Dermalogica will not only brighten dark spots and undereye circles, but also protect the skin from environmental damage.
Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet, $156, dermalogica.ca
If you loved the podcast Dolly Parton’s America, you’ll love her new book, too. Similar to the podcast, it explores how her music was impacted by her life, and tells the story behind her lyrics.
Dolly Parton, Songteller, $70, typebooks.ca
Target Those Pearly Whites
This is Colgate’s best whitening toothpaste ever. Featuring 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a professionally-recommended whitening ingredient, Colgate® Optic White Renewal® removes 10 years of yellow stains for a brighter looking smile while being safe for your enamel — all you have to do is brush twice daily for four weeks.
Colgate® Optic White Renewal®, $6.49, available at most major retailers.
Give the gift of ultimate in full-body relaxation: a CBD bath bomb. Available in three soothing blends.
Calyx CBD Bath Bomb, $17, calyxwellness.co
This vibe works for couples but is also perfect for the one who could use some quality alone time, hands free.
Dame Hands-Free Vibrator, $135, dameproducts.com
For the dedicated pandemic puzzler, Canadian photographer Cait Cronenberg offers a doozy of a jigsaw starring Mr. Aubrey Graham. (Did you know a puzzle can be a great antidote to anxiety?)
An arty puzzle from Cait Cronenberg, $129, shop.caitlincronenberg.com
L’eau de Paris
A splurgy treat for a scent aficionado — the luxury Parisian parfumerie Diptyque offers nine of its signature scents to load into this modern plug-in diffuser.
Electric wall diffuser, $162, holtrenfrew.com
For the Knitting Pro
Fibre artist Arounna Khounnoraj’s fresh, modern take on a traditional craft is the perfect inspo for the die-hard knitter (who needs to stop with the socks).
Punch needling book, $27, bookhou.com
For the One Who Can’t Jet Set
This year’s best beach read, about a widow who takes her grown children on a Mediterranean cruise, is both hilarious and deeply insightful about family dynamics.
The Jetsetters, $37, chapters.indigo.ca
Voir’s Rhythm of the Rain weekly hair treatment is creamy, lightweight and supremely hydrating for stressed tresses. (Learn all about the importance of scalp care.)
Scalp detox and hair mask, $36, voirhaircare.ca
Gifts For People Who Love to Cook (Or Used To!)
Know someone who’s sick of making the same meals on repeat? These gifts will bring some excitement back into the kitchen.
This gift set (the product of a collab between Queer Eye’s Tan France, Etssy and Drizzle Honey) comes with a bamboo drizzler and two flavoured honeys — one chocolate and one cinnamon-spiced. Each can be used to seriously elevate hot bevvies, granola and baked goods.
Tan France x Etsy x Drizzle Honey Gift Set, $55, etsy.com/ca
Step Up Your Eco Game
The latest gadget from Vitamix is a serious splurge, but it’s worth it—it gives kitchens an eco-friendly upgrade by helping to reduce food waste. Toss fruit scraps, vegetable peels and more into the Food Cycler, and voila: nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.
Vitamix Food Cycler, $500, vitamix.com/ca
Fast-drying and super lightweight, this linen cocktail apron is perfect for a quick baking sesh and looks fancy, too.
Flax Sleep cocktail apron, $48, flaxsleep.com
Brew Your Own ‘Booch!
This kit makes it easy to brew kombucha at home, whether the person on your list is learning how to brew for the first time, or deep into a ’booch journey.
Kombucha brewing kit, $45, thekombuchashop.com
Did Someone Say Caesar?
Is there anything better than a holiday brunch Caesar? This upscale mix is made with sage, tarragon and North Atlantic lobster stock.
Walter Craft Caesar Holiday Caesar Mix, $9, waltercaesar.com
Add cheery colour to your kitchen table with these ceramic S&P shakers designed by Canadian company Abbott.
Rainbow salt and pepper shakers, $15, drakegeneralstore.ca
Kids Dishes, Elevated
This reusable set of four kids’ plates are made from sustainably sourced, non-toxic bamboo fibre, and work perfectly for grown-up snacks and desserts.
Appetizer plates, $30, goodeeworld.com
Your favourite home cook can put a razor’s edge on even the dullest knives in their collection with a synthetic whetstone by Naniwa — the Japanese company has been making some of the world’s finest abrasion materials since 1952.
Knife sharpener, $110, knifetoronto.com
A Baker’s Cheat Tool
Unleash your creativity with these tinted white chocolate decorating pens that make piping intricate decorations onto holiday treats an absolute breeze.
Chocolate decorator pens, $52, williams-sonoma.ca
Apartment and condo dwellers can channel winter campfire vibes with this cute cast-iron pan filled with s’mores mixings that bakes in the oven.
S’mores skillet mix, $25, wyrthhome.com
For conscious consumers, these reusable, prettily patterned, super-absorbent cloths, made from biodegradable cellulose and cotton, can dust, wipe and scrub messes.
Swedish dish cloth, $7, vdevmaison.com
Gifts For People You’ve Been Missing This Year
Looking for ways to tell your distanced friends and family you’re thinking about them? Look no further!
No mistaking the sentiment here. The perfect gift for the friend or family member you haven’t seen in ages.
“I miss you” bracelet, $20, cryingoutloud.ca
Art for Your BFF
Toronto artist Quinn Rockliff’s striking line drawing celebrates the intimacy and connectivity we’re all missing this year.
BFF print, $65, quinnrockliff.myshopify.com
For the optimist who wants her friends and family to hear her voice, even when she can’t be there.
Street sign print pack, $15, okayshoe.com
For Your Blanche
The Golden Girls said it best. Why mess with perfection?
“Thank You For Being a Friend” book, $20, chapters.indigo.ca
Not Your Grandma’s Blooms
A modern arrangement that will remind your BFF or loved one that you’re thinking of them, all year long.
Dried flower bouquet, $50, pictusgoods.com
Zoom Cocktail, Anyone?
A cocktail kit complete with the tools needed to craft two Margaritas, Moscow Mules and Old Fashioneds, just add the hard stuff. Perfect for a virtual happy-hour celebration.
Virtual happy hour cocktail kit, $55USD, wandpdesign.com
Make a Wish
Missed your BFF blowing their birthday cake candles out? Say “I miss you” and “sorry I missed your Zoom birthday party, too” with this sweet gift.
Birthday cake candle, $13, jean-mariecandleco.com
Gifts for People On the Front Line
For the one who’s been busy caring for everyone else: These gifts offer a little extra TLC.
We love these curated care packages for people feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or just plain in need of TLC. It’s wellness in a box!
Care package, Lost + Found, $50, cryingoutloud.ca
Slip into Comfort
For the person who really deserves to take a load off.
Gravid vegan slippers with memory foam, $49, gravid.ca
For the front line worker who deserves to be seriously spoiled. This romper makes you feel festive while binge-watching The Queen’s Gambit.
The S+T Present Romper in plaid, $129, smashtess.ca
A Vitamin C-charged blend of honeybush rooibos, elderberries, ginger, lemon myrtle, cardamom and cloves from Woash.
Immunity tea, $12.50, woashwellness.com
Made in Canada, with three layers of protection from a brand that knows everything there is to know about fabric.
Knix’s FreshFix Air Face Mask $19, knix.ca
Luxe Body Cream
Sade Baron’s moisturizing body souffle has a whipped texture and is fragrance-free, making it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, or for a healthcare worker whose workplace is scent-sensitive.
Fragrance Free Body Souffle, $11USD, sadebaron.com
The essential oils in this all-natural Canadian-made bath salt open up airways and relieve achy muscles and joints after a long day’s work.
Breathe Bath Salt, $34, elliebianca.com
Gifts for the Traveller in Your Life
For the jetsetter who’s had a hard time being homebound: These gifts will help them prep for their first post-pandemic adventure.
The ultimate duffle for staycations and short getaways includes a convenient shoe compartment and backpack straps.
Herschel Weekend bag, $170, herschel.ca
Save for Adventures
A ceramic “adventure fund” bank to put the focus on future escapades.
Coin bank, $21, etsy.com/ca
For the One Who’s Homesick
Fragrance blends that evoke specific locations — Nashville smells like cedar planks and maple-finished whiskey; Brazil is caipirinha, sweet sugar cane and mango — for the stuck-at-home world traveller.
Homesick candles, $34, homesick.com
Keep it Organized
When they can finally travel again, this handy tech case will keep all their cords and gadgets organized for more stress-free travelling,
The Tech Case, $55, away.com
For the Jewellery Lover
To spoil a Francophile, look to this ring by HNDSM — the design references La Pyramide du Louvre and it has Paris’s geographic coordinates etched onto its exterior. (The company makes memento jewellery for other global cities, too.)
Paris ring, $307, hndsm.com
Dreaming Of Hitting the Road?
RV sales spiked in 2020 — this is a more reasonably-priced gift for that person flirting with the open road.
Van Life Diaries, $34, chapters.indigo.ca
Travel Check List
Seasoned travellers can scrape off the gold foil to reveal colour-printed facts about countries and cities they’ve visited; aspirational travellers (wait, that’s all of us right now) can scratch to reveal their bucket list.
Scratch map, $37, chapters.indigo.ca
Gifts for a Home Office Makeover
Here are a few picks that make for a more pleasant workspace. (These WFH products will help too.)
Slip Into Comfort
These faux-fur-collared house shoes can double as boots for a coffee run or a much-needed shuffle around the block to break up the WFH day.
Cozy slippers, $90, sorelfootwear.ca
This handsome die-cast metal power bar with two female ports and dual quick-charging USB ports turns the unsightly desk undercarriage into a legit design feature.
Designer power bar, $145, shinola.com
The couch, the bed, the closet floor: at this point we know any spot around the house can be a last-resort WFH command centre. This lap desk will elevate the situation considerably.
Lap desk, $30, chapters.indigo.ca
A sleek, comfortable and inexpensive desk chair that brings a pop of colour to any work space.
Swivel chair, $35, ikea.com
Corral desk debris in this pretty pastel container with sliding fin dividers.
A sweet desk organizer, $29, staples.ca
Light It Up
An LED lightning bolt sends a clear message — you’re brilliant.
Wall light, $25, thebay.com
For Your Top Bun
This microfibre scrunchie doubles as a phone/laptop cleaner, perfect for the person who signals work time with an upswept ponytail.
Scruncheroo, $32, scruncheroo.com
Gifts to Get in Touch With Your Spiritual Side
These picks are perfect for people on your list looking to find their zen.
Get Your Creative Juices Going
Most of us could use a mood, energy, and creativity boost. This Himalayan salt lamp by PureGlow also offers aromatherapy to help maintain calm.
Himalayan Salt Rock Lamp & Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser, $60, pureenrichment.com
Hand-hammered in Nepal, this singing bowl for meditation will help encourage stillness within.
Halfmoon Brass Singing Bowl, $78, shophalfmoon.ca
Zen Out (Comfortably)
For the one who needs to get their Zen on, this meditation cushion will encourage a daily practice.
The Calm Meditation Cushion, $106, byoganow.com
For the CBD Lover
Give the gift of serenity with these convenient CBD drops, which can be added to a beverage of choice to get into the chill zone.
Veryvell Exhale Drops, $65, ocs.ca
Dig Deep in 2021
With a monthly format and mindfulness reminders, the journal is designed to prompt reflections about life, goals and wellbeing. (Did you know journal writing can make you healthier?)
The Human Being Journal, $48, maharamindfulness.com
What’s with that dream where all your teeth fall out? This stack of 60 cards will provide sought-after meaning to the unconscious.
Dream Decoder, $25, iheartscout.com
Personal anecdotes, scientific research and quotes from religious texts come together to create a powerful read for someone experiencing what the author calls a “crisis of disconnection.”
This One Wild and Precious Life, $34, chapters.indigo.ca
In Canada? Support a small business and order from anotherstory.ca.
Life Your Spirits
This tincture made from lion’s mane (a large shaggy mushroom with purported brain health benefits) is made to improve mood, memory and focus, and also claims to protect against age-related cognitive decline.
Rainbo Mushrooms Lion’s Mane elixir, $40, rainbo.com
Pun lovers will appreciate the relatable sentiment on this phone charger.
KaseMe Wireless Charger, $70, kasemedesign.ca
A Weighted Blanket for the Eyes
For when you need to shut out the world: This eye mask is filled with wheat berry and lavender, offering a comfortable amount of pressure and relaxing scent.
The Silk Eye Pillow, $34, byoganow.com
A customizable notebook
A blank slate for your funniest, most-expletive-filled view on 2020.
Customizable notebook, USD$27, papier.com
Celebrate the small stuff
If there was ever a year in which we should be toasting small victories, this is it.
“Little Victory” CBD infused sparkling grapefruit spritzer, $6, trussbeverages.com
Pay Tribute to the Great
RBG. Nothing more to be said.
RBG mug $12, society6.com
A Drink that Matches Everyone’s 2020 Mood
This bevvy, distilled in Niagara, ON, is Canada’s first mineral infused premixed black vodka sodas.
Hounds Black Vodka Soda, $60 for 24, houndsvodka.com
For when drinking lattes just isn’t enough! This mask can help minimize redness and energize the skin.
Pure caffeine masks, $9, thedetoxmarket.ca
A Fitting Book for 2020
The third collection of poetry from the author of milk and honey is a vibe this year.
Rupi Kaur’s Home Body, $22, chapters.indigo.ca
In Toronto? Support a small business and order from adifferentbooklist.com.
For the Eternal Optimist
Plan (and hope) for the best in the new year.
A 2021 planner, $23, iheartscout.com
Because there’s more than just one 2020 mood
A chic redesign of the childhood classic.
Crescent Moon Mood Ring in Brass, USD$40, notmagicshop.com