Ototone pillow design Ryosuke Fukused for Timbre  Photo Ryosuke Fukused

Christmas Gifts for Wellbeing

There are many definitions relating to wellbeing. One of them by the Oxford English Dictionary is that Wellbeing is “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” Upcoming holidays are a great time and opportunity for giving gifts. Choosing the right gift is not often an easy task. You can find some advice here. This year I will try to find the appropriate gifts which can increase our wellbeing.

1.Health

Being healthy is for me a priority dimension of wellbeing. My first proposal represents products that can help to increase personal physical characteristics and condition to take care of your health.

Health and self-care

Tone by Layer design for Panasonic  Photo Layer design
Tone by Layer design for Panasonic
Photo Layer design

The Tone is a fashion-led product that sits comfortably around a person’s neck; improving the complexion and health of their skin and décolletage using steam and LED light treatments. Tone examines the user’s neck complexion and devises a self-care regime for an optimal and personalized experience.

Tone is an ideal gift for all those who take care of themselves.

A healthier way of life

Lift cooking appliance by Layer design for Panasonic Photo Layer design
Lift cooking appliance by Layer design for Panasonic
Photo Layer design

Many people are trying to eat healthily and, in that way, enjoy a healthier way of life. Lift is a smart cooking and food maturing appliance using advanced heat and pressure technology and sensors within the device to quickly transform food to its most optimal nutritional state. Additional quality is that Lift gathers families and include younger generations in cooking, nutrition and healthy food preparation.

This product which combines technology with sophisticated design is an ideal gift for those who take care of their healthy eating.

The daily dose of health through sport

Set A the basic fitness devices designed by kenkō Photo kenkō
Set A the basic fitness devices designed by kenkō
Photo kenkō

The best way to take care of your physical health is to practice sport. Set A lets you achieve a full-body workout without the need for a gym full of bulky equipment. Set A is home set consisting of dumbbell set (of 1kg), expander(double), massage ball. The minimalist design of the sports equipment is the main characteristic of the product with an attractive form and excellent functionality. Selected natural materials as walnut or maple serve as a base for the geometrical shapes of the equipment giving the strength and aesthetic. The beautiful appearance and functionality ensure years of everyday use in diverse fields – from home to office.

The sport and regeneration items are not just pure sports devices, they will fit perfectly into our space and become sculptural objects.

This set with equipment in an attractive box is the good choice for the persons who take care of health through sports activities.

2.Comfort

2.1 Workplace Well-Being

We spend so much time at work and building our workplace well-being has a big impact on our overall well-being.

Desk organization

Val desk organizer by Abovus architects  Photo Abovus architects
Val desk organizer by Abovus architects
Photo Abovus architects

There is a small item that can contribute to our workplace well-being. Abovus architects designed Val desk organizer. They recognized the needs of the contemporary worker to organize their writing desks usually full of different containers, tools or accessories.

Val desk organizer provides the possibility to put together everything that we need for work in one place. This simple item consists of two parts: waved solid metal base and cork vessels which cover a different set of needs.

The user can easily handle the parts and freely rearrange them, play with functional solutions or colour combination. Designed this way, Val desk organizer provides necessary functional solutions for the individual user.

Val desk organizer is multifunctional and not boring thanks to the different colours and the possibility of transformations depending on the needs. Besides, it is sustainable using cork as a renewable, natural material. It serves to organize the workspace, affects the efficiency and comfort of the work and at the same time has a positive impact on the visual appearance of the work environment.

This small, but the functional item is a suitable gift for everyone working at the writing-table, no matter the gender, age, place of work.

A short nap to clear your mind

Ototone pillow design Ryosuke Fukused for Timbre  Photo Ryosuke Fukused
Ototone pillow design Ryosuke Fukused for Timbre
Photo Ryosuke Fukused

Ryosuke Fukused designed an innovative pillow that allows you to rest comfortably on a desk!!! For all hardworking persons, Ototone pillow will enable to take a short nap in the afternoon. It can make you feel more refreshed and clear your mind.

Ototone pillow saves your time and helps you to have needed rest in your work environment.

Stay connected

Global Game Set Layer design for Nolii Photo Layer design
Global Game Set Layer design for Nolii
Photo Layer design

All those who travel a lot are familiar with the problem of power supply in different countries and troubles to stay connected. Effective Communication impact our work and personal life.

Layer design invents Global Game which solves this problem. The all-in-one power solution for phones and tablets combines a set of folding plugs, for use around the world. The battery pack, reducing the number of chargers, batteries, and adaptors you need to stay connected. The set gives you the freedom to travel light. Using the mains plug you can charge from a fixed location, such as home, office or café. Using the battery pack, you can charge while on the move.

The small items like Global Game Set can contribute that we enjoy our everyday work activities wherever we are.

2.2 Comfort at home

Home is a place that gives us love, happiness, and comfort. Any place can be home as long as you are comfortable and secure there.

Feel comfortable

Slippers, Mahabis  Photos Mahabis
Slippers, Mahabis
Photos Mahabis

What else would be more suitable for a gift than a nice-looking pair of slippers? Thanks to the detachable sole the slippers by Mahabis can be worn inside, outside, wherever you like. They are made of a variety of materials. The upper part is soft felt with wool lining which wicks moisture and regulates temperature. Some materials used are unusual for footwear. One of them is neoprene cradle which takes care of your safety and stops your heel slipping out. The bottom part consists of an adaptable foam for the footbed and durable hybrid sole. You can choose from a variety of types, colours and colour combinations. Mahabis slippers are nice-looking,modern, designed for maximum comfort for you, your children, family, friends…

Cheerful atmosphere

Cityscapes, Bitmap knitted blanket, Zuzunaga Photo Zuzunaga
Cityscapes, Bitmap knitted blanket, Zuzunaga
Photo Zuzunaga Instagram post

Something that also will keep you warm is Cityscapes, Bitmap knitted blanket. Made in Spain using almost 2kg of Italian Merino wool. They confirm Zuzunaga approach to the design that colour is at the heart of everything they do.

They use high quality, organic, traceable materials, traditional manufacturing techniques, sustainable processes and work with local craftsmen wherever possible. All their products are designed and made in Europe, the majority of which is within 50km of Barcelona.

These colourful blankets will not only warm you but bring a cheerful atmosphere in your home.

Multifunctionality - two in one

Umbravase design by Luca Nichetto for Bosa Photo Bosa
Umbravase design by Luca Nichetto for Bosa
Photo Bosa

Witty, multifunctional products will mark your living space. One of them is Umbravase. Any flowers will fit perfectly in this vase designed by Luca Nichetto. Its shape is emphasized with the glossy surfaces. As the name said, this vase is not only the vase but an elegant umbrella stand. This multifunctionality is an additional quality of the product in a functional and aesthetic sense. With or without flowers this product will make your home truly beautiful.

Small objects that contribute to the quality in living space are certainly for the recommendation as a gift.

Build a healthy home

Vase Acorn by Estrid Ericson for Svenskt Tenn Photo Svenskt Tenn
Vase Acorn by Estrid Ericson for Svenskt Tenn
Photo Svenskt Tenn

Designer Estrid Ericson came up with the idea of letting acorns sprout in a single small glass vase. The form was inspired by the classic acorn shape. The neck of the vase is slightly broadened so that the acorn could fit into place easily and take root.

With Acorn vase and acorn, you can enjoy the plant growing in front of your eyes.

Green approach

The green approach might be one of the key elements in building your comfortable home.

Perception Collection of cups designed by Nōme (Valeria Sergienko) Photo Nōme
Perception Collection of cups designed by Nōme (Valeria Sergienko)
Photo Nōme

One of the products which is often in our everyday use are cups. They are necessary for home, in the office...

Cups from Perception Collection are specific as made of recycled materials. Common waste materials, such as denim, leather, paper, plastic, rubber, styrofoam and glass were found and collected from different waste sources. These waste materials were recycled and treated as raw materials. Through craftsmanship and experimentation, original textures and structures became the base for new products. Perception cups are with sustainable, skilful and sensitive design.

You can buy them for yourself or as a present. These unique Cups will connect people, encourage them to create mood and emotional ties.

3.Happiness

Family relationships

How can we better improve our wellbeing and happiness than with bestow to our children or family members? The toys are always the right gift that will bring happiness for children. More about how to choose the best gifts for children you can find here. I choose educational toys that contribute to children’ development, especially of their creativity.

Archipattern wood and archiBOX by  archi PLAY Photo archi PLAY
Archipattern wood and archiBOX by archi PLAY
Photo archi PLAY

Archipattern wood is an educational toy which consists of a drawing set of plates with architectural and geometric shapes. Set contains 3 wooden ruler templates. The use of stencils is simple – a child draws using standard tools (pens, crayons, pencils…) following the outline of shapes. The aim is to multiply the shapes, combine them and finally cultivate free-handedly. Set offers endless possibilities of creative research by combining basic given elements into complex shapes and in that way stimulate creativity. This kind of play develops a child`s motor and graphic skills, inventiveness and abstract thinking for children over the age of four.

You can also decide to by cardboard house which is used for the free play of “little architects”. It offers children an opportunity to explore different ways of changing the house’s shape and it’s visual and spatial identity.

The other solution is to buy something for the children’ room.

Toy Moschino by Jeremy Scott for Kartell Photo Kartell
Toy Moschino by Jeremy Scott for Kartell
Photo Kartell

The interesting table lamp might be a suitable solution as a gift for children. Lamp Toy Moschino is a combination of the toy and lamp. Designer Jeremy Scott revived the iconic bear of Moschino which becomes a table lamp. This lamp interprets the playful, irreverent and colourful style in the space.

A personal sense of security

The feeling of security is particularly important for personal well-being, especially nowadays.

Trove device by Layer design  Photo Layer design
Trove device by Layer design
Photo Layer design

Trove is a wearable device which provides a way to store and manage digital currency for daily spending and trading. The system stores cryptocurrency offline on the hardware (rather than online) meaning it is less susceptible to hackers.

Trove uses a biometric authentication system (ECG signature) to send and receive cryptocurrency, making it effectively impossible to lose access.

Unlike other cryptocurrency wallets, which rely on complex password systems, it is impossible to lose or forget the authentication for Trove. Trove comprises an interchangeable, fashion-driven wearable, a simple and intuitive app, and an induction charging stand. This device is attractive, made from terrazzo, acrylic, or foamed ceramic. You can wear it as a necklace, brooch or watch. Whatever fashion accessory you choose, this interchangeable device will take care of your safety.

Christmas at Home

It is impossible to imagine a Christmas home atmosphere without the Christmas tree.

Bauble Fruits of Eden by Sam Wilde, Vespertine for Svenskt Tenn Photo Vespertine
Bauble Fruits of Eden by Sam Wilde, Vespertine for Svenskt Tenn
Photo Vespertine

Sam Wilde created eight Christmas baubles as part of the Fruits of Eden collection which include also the colourful textile print Hubris Tree and Christmas star inspired by Hawaiian flowers.

The four baubles are as re-imagined versions of Josef Frank's motifs, and the other four based of signature fruits from Vespertine, Sam’s creative practice.

The four tomatoes, lemon, gooseberry and orange baubles are reimagined versions of fruits from Josef Frank's original patterns. With the remaining four watermelon, muskmelon, pineapple, durian baubles based-off signature fruits from the Vespertine Lunar System.

Each bauble has been hand-blown and painted by a team of talented glass artisans. And like the actual fruits of Eden, they're meant to be irresistibly enticing, bold in colour and bursting with flavour.

With the bauble fruits, your Christmas tree will be transformed in special one while your home will take real Christmas look.

I presented you my ideas about gifts for the coming holidays. They are with attractive design concepts, sometimes combined with technologies. I recommended them in the hope that they can improve your everyday life. Even the process of selecting the gifts will build your mental health and wellbeing.

I hope these ideas may help you to choose the right gift.