Burnout has been a constant buzzword this year, and for good reason.
But for many, the holidays will be a chance to decompress, rejuvenate, and gather with loved ones to make collective spirits bright.
If the idea of sourcing gifts for your nearest and dearest is becoming yet another source of stress, let us take a load off. We’ve waded through a sea of sleep-supporting products to help everyone on your list assemble their own little “dream team.”
Our 2021 holiday gift guide includes the makings for a season of relaxation, including spa items and massage guns that soothe tense muscles before bed, hacks to help digital natives keep blue light out of the bedroom, accessories that offer moments of mindfulness in times of stress, and, of course, the gifts your loved ones deserve for those perfect overnight Zzz’s.
1. Lux Living Chunky Chenille Knit Throw
Who doesn’t love a good chenille throw? Especially one that covers as much ground (50 x 60 in.!) — and looks as good — as this one. Your giftee may want to burrow in on a chilly winter night or — with its nostalgic, homemade look — they can leave it out as a statement piece that sets the mood for a cozy staycation.
$71.99 | Find Out More
2. GoodNight Bedside Table Lamp
Though too much light exposure before bed is considered faux pas in expert sleep circles (doctors, researchers, scientists, etc.), we know it’s more realistic to regulate light than avoid it altogether. For your beloveds who still use harsh overhead lights or bluelight screens for their nighttime activities, hook them up with a GoodNight Bedside Table Lamp.
It uses patented spectrum technology developed by NASA that emits a warm glow, rather than bright fluorescent glares. These warm hues support the body’s natural circadian rhythms and give users a jump on a deep, restful sleep.
$39 | Find Out More
3. Artifact Uprising Wood Block & Prints
Stop and savor the memories with this analog art display from Artifact Uprising. For the family member or beloved friend whose aesthetic is a combination of modern and well-loved, this photo and display bundle answers the call of nostalgia. The stunning wooden block is handcrafted from mountain beetle pine, which features a unique gray-blue tone.
Surprise them by choosing up to 12 photos from your favorite memories together. This display block complements the photos, which are printed on textured paper and makes for easy rotation so they can spotlight their favorite photo, like a monthly calendar.
$22 | Find Out More
4. Sheex Pajamas Set
Help set the mood for a good night’s sleep with a pair of these ultra-comfy performance pajamas. The men’s short-sleeve tee, the women’s cutout tee, and the modern joggers are made of the same breathable polyester as SHEEX performance sheets.
The breathability in this fabric helps the body maintain its ideal sleep temperature, which is perfect for bringing better Zzz’s to hot sleepers or loved ones visiting from perennially warm climates. Their athletic design also makes them great for an active holiday morning of gift opening, cookie baking, and classic movie marathons.
5. Luminette Glasses: Light Therapy Glasses for Sleep
The Luminette Glasses can knock out three gifts with one stone. Validated by SleepScore Labs, these portable glasses use light therapy — a process that exposes the retinas to direct light whenever the user needs it — to help deliver the go-get-it energy we all need these days, particularly during short, dark, and cold months. And all it takes is 20 minutes a day (whenever the user sees fit), so they can wake up when they need to.
Grab a pair for the giftee on your list who may be down and out from the winter blues, the traveler who struggles with adjusting to jetlag, or the shift worker whose sleep schedule can be at odds with the sun.
$199 | Find Out More
6. YIELD Meso Incense Holder
Shopping for someone who skews even more retro than mid-century modern? Help them bring one of history’s earliest architectural marvels into the bedroom with this meso incense holder. Inspired by Mesopotamian architecture, it comes in either glass or ceramic, and serves as the perfect little home for a burn session before bed.
$64 | Find Out More
7. Uncommon Goods Wool Monstera Throw Pillow
There are benefits to plant therapy — even when the plant is a pillow. Inspired by the vibrant yet peaceful greenery of nature, these wool monsteras are hand-made in Kyrgyzstan with sheep’s wool — an ecofriendly material that is adept at wicking away moisture. Gift a huggable, decorative version of one of Instagram’s “it” plants as a gentle reminder of the soothing powers of nature before bed.
$34.99 | Find Out More
8. Purl Soho Learn to Knit Kit
The wind-down process before bed is both physical and mental. Help your giftee satisfy both planes with this soothing mental activity that produces something tangible at the same time.
The Learn to Knit Kit is perfect for beginners and dabblers who either need or want some hand holding, and for others who might enjoy a low stakes project that won’t require too much brain power before bed. This time next year, they may even gift you with a hand-knitted scarf.
$74 | Find Out More
9. Mattress Firm 600 Adjustable base
This one will be a game changer for almost anyone on your list, simply because it can be adapted to suit almost scenario in bed. The base can be adjusted to help relieve aches, or set you up in the perfect position to watch TV or read. Favorite positions can be saved to the memory settings. The base also has a massage function for added pre-bed relaxation.
From $1,299.99 | Find Out More
10. Lucid 2” Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
This gel memory foam mattress topper aligns the spine during sleep, thanks to a plush surface that conforms to the curves of the body. That creates an individualized experience that works to keep sleepers comfortable through the night. It also comes with a savvy ventilation system that helps with breathability so the body’s temperature remains comfortably controlled.
$71.99 | Find Out More
11. Sage & Sill Halo Metal Hanging Planter
Which one of your friends became a plant parent during the pandemic? This chic metal hanging planter has their name on it. Not only will it help free up surface space (so they can bring even more plants in, duh), it will surround the lush green leaves like a frame around a portrait. With colorways like white, black, pink, yellow, and light slate gray, this planter will fit in with almost any bedroom décor while still managing to stand out.
$54.95 | Find Out More
12. Spoonk Organic Hemp Acupressure Mat Regular
Accupressure is based on a simple, yet fascinatingly complex concept of “life energy,” which continuously ebbs and flows through different points of the body. Though researchers have argued for a distinction between the three, acupressure shares some similarities to traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese shiatsu. By stimulating increased circulation on problematic areas, the process can help relieve muscle tension and pain, as well as deliver head, neck, or back massages before bed.
It can also be stepped on for a reflexology foot massage, just so long as the user is wearing socks. Once the giftee has reached their optimal level of relaxation, they can climb into bed and drift off to dreamland. It’s the perfect gift for the person on your list who isn’t ready to dive completely into the world of alternative medicine, but is willing to dip in a toe.
$59.99 | Find Out More
13. Ikuko Meditation Bench
Those looking to take their peace practice to a new level would be grateful for a dedicated piece of bedroom décor to meditate in. It could be used for yoga, seiza, prayer, and a host of other centering practices that keep the giftee grounded. This could also work as a thoughtful gift for the hard worker in your life who could benefit from switching up their seating positions throughout the day.
Even better? The bench is constructed in a way that properly balances the spine over the pelvis, which could support deeper breathing and better circulation.
$129 | Find Out More
14. Sleepy’s Hybrid Gel Matrix 2.0 & MFRM 50 Series Adjustable Base
Some gifts are more like investments. It’s never too late to ensure the quality of your loved one’s sleep over the long-term. Sleepy’s hybrid gel grid and memory foam mattress provides pressure relief, cooling technology, motion separation, and is eco-friendly to boot.
Pair it with an adjustable base that can be adapted to suit activities like reading, watching TV, sipping holiday hot cocoa in bed, and all of life’s other little moments. Every night they sleep, they’ll be thanking you.
15. Modsy Interior Design Service
This is a great gift for the person in your life who dreams of a Hollywood Regency-style bedroom, but can never decide on the right lamp or area rug. Maybe all they’re missing is a creative collaborator who can help them put their finger on the right piece.
Start them off with a premium package (for those who may or may not have several Pinterest boards worth of inspo at the ready) or spring for a luxe pack for those who need the highest level of hands-on guidance. Though there are a few different e-interior design services on the market, Modsy can be particularly useful for those who like to see a lot of different options before making a final decision.
From $159 | Find Out More
16. Purple Bundle
Here’s the thing about this Purple Bundle — which includes 2 pillows, sheets, and a mattress protector: it’s made with bamboo viscose, which is soft, breathable, and has proven anti-microbial qualities. That combo will make this set a star player on your loved one’s dream team.
17. Sleepy’s Royal Mink Reversible Sherpa Blanket
The name says it all: This ultra-comfy blanket comes with velvety mink on the front and snowy soft Sherpa on the back. The mink will be for their luxurious (or royal!) side, transforming the couch into something like a castle. But when it’s time to get serious about staying warm, they can flip it over and swaddle themselves in the Sherpa, which is thicker (yet lighter weight!) than other types of fleeces. When it comes to comfort, you can’t name a better duo.
$67.49 | Find Out More
18. BlanQuil Basic Weighted Blanket
It’s been a few years since the weighted blanket folded the world into its warm, cozy embrace. Lucky for us, the tech has continued to improve. Upgrade your giftee to the latest and greatest with a BlanQuil Basic weighted blanket, designed to minimize shifting and make washing much easier.
Or maybe you’ll be gifting this one to a newbie in the weighted blanket game. If so, be sure to talk up the benefits of “compression therapy,” which can lower stress and improve relaxation. But they’ll probably be too cocooned in the coziness to hear you.
$79.99 | Find Out More
19. Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Lavender Regimen Gift Set
When it comes to sleep, not all essential oils are created equal. Lavender occupies a special place in our brain’s chemistry, as it’s renowned for its soothing capabilities. Dr. Teal’s lavender infusions have definitely earned their spot on bathtub edges and in self-care routines around the world.
According to writer Iresha Picot, Dr. Teal’s products have “changed the way that I sleep at night.”
$9.99 | Find Out More
20. Terrafuse Deluxe Diffuser and Oil Set
Preparing for bed should be a full sensory experience. If you know someone who needs a little sensory slow down, this Terrafuse diffuser and oil set is set to unlock that desire before bed. Rather than choosing a scent they might not like, this set comes complete with several options of certified organic essential oils.
And the recipient won’t have to be a scent expert to soothe their olfactory system either. They can dabble with the oils until they find one — or a combination of several — that works for them, including eucalyptus globulus, lemon, peppermint, sweet orange, tea tree, and lavender.
$63.96 | Find Out More
21. TRAKK Beast Deep Rugged Massage Gun
Sleep and relaxation are, quite literally, the dream team. But for some, the two may be more of a domino effect. Trigger relaxation mode with the TRAKK massage gun, which helps relieve stress deep in the muscle tissue. As they feel the tension melt away, sleep might not be far behind.
It could be an especially nice gift for the athlete or gamer in your life, but with four differently shaped massage heads, it has something for everyone.
$67.99 | Find Out More
22. Satin Lined Cap by Gace Eleyae
Self-care means different things to different people. Those who include their hair in their self-care routines will appreciate unwrapping one of these satin lined caps this holiday season. The stylish but functional caps help the hair retain moisture while protecting the strands from breakage overnight. It’s also cute enough for them to wear on their early morning coffee run the next day.
From $24 | Find Out More
23. Rhytsing LED Candles with Remote
This is a great gift someone who loves the ambiance of a dimly lit room but may not always remember to extinguish the flame before bed. It’s also a good fit for folks who are picky about scents, or if they’re happy with their essential oil diffuser. These come with both a timer and remote, but you may want to throw a bow on a pack of batteries, too.
$33.00 | Find Out More
24. Comfort Revolution Goodnight + Glow Beauty Bundle
Yes, beauty sleep is real. For the person who has one decked out skincare routine, this 100% pure Mulberry Silk foam contour pillow, silk pillowcase, eye mask will further protect their efforts — and pricey serum investments!
Infused with a special blend of aloe vera, argan oil, and vitamin E, the mask will help protect the delicate skin around the eyes during sleep. That combination of fabrics and antioxidants has moisturizing benefits, while simultaneously keeping the skin soft and smooth. Your gift recipient may still be burned out, but it doesn’t have to show.
$89 | Find Out More
25. Moi Ether Dream Journal
Sometimes our trips to dreamland are so vivid we have to document all the twists and turns we took on the journey. Give the gift of reflection this year with a dream journal that your recipient can keep on the nightstand. It also comes with “A Guide to Dreaming” and inspirational prompts to help writers burst through any blocks.
$35 | Find Out More
26. Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
Sometimes we don’t realize how much noise impacts the quality of our sleep. Even sounds that don’t wake you up can take a toll.
A Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy Sound Machine may be the ticket to creating a sound-safe space that eliminates smaller disturbances. With six different sound settings, your giftee will have plenty of choices to set the mood for good sleep.
$49.99 | Find Out More
27. Sanidika Mobile Phone Jail
A jail for your cell sounds like a novelty gift item... but this one quickly crosses into practical territory. Everyone who has a hard time cutting out cellphone use before bed — yes, even Grandma and Gramps — may find this useful. Help them start their wind-down routine by carting one of their biggest distractors off to the clink.
$11.98 | Find Out More
28. BlanQuil Passport Travel Weighted Blanket
For the one person in your life who you know loves their weighted blanket so much you’re not sure how they’ll sleep without it, this is the gift for them.
Help them take the good vibes on-the-go with the travel version of this popular weighted blanket. It has all the warmth and just as much snuggle factor as the full-size version, but this is one is more portable and packable. The travel lover in your life will be sure to return with a souvenir with your name on it.
$99 | Find Out More
29. Uncommon Goods Mindful Breathing Necklace
Fidget jewelry is emerging as a low-fi (and fashionable!) anti-anxiety tool. Help the giftee in your life shine-up their arsenal with this mindful breathing necklace, inspired by breath techniques of Japanese Komusō monks. The result is a subtle and practical piece that brings a little mindfulness to the day — or night.
From $85 | Find Out More
30. National Park Pass
Don’t sleep on the value of nature for full mind-body restoration! This annual pass is the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life, as it gives them a chance to burn their energy in a beautiful, natural environment — or sneak out into some of the darkest skies in the country — before hitting the hay.
They’ll get access to more than 2,000 recreation areas, with all of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. And it comes with its own plus one (or several). Each annual pass can have up to two “owners,” and children under 16 are always free.
$80 | Find Out More
31. Ember Smart Travel Mug
Tea can be an excellent addition to an evening wind-down routine or a morning gratitude practice. Help them hold on to some of that magic throughout the morning with a tech-infused travel mug that will keep their tea as warm as it was at the first sip.
It also comes with an app that allows them to customize presets for their favorite drinks, notifies users when the desired temperature is reached, and has a 360-degree top so it can be sipped from any side. Your on-the-go giftee won’t know how they lived without this.
$179.95 | Find Out More
32. Sleepy’s Bundle
We can’t think of one person who wouldn’t appreciate a new set of bedding. Materially, it helps make up the foundation of a good night’s rest. Aesthetically, it can be the palate on which we design the sleep sanctuary of our dreams.
Create a bundle with some Sleepy’s basics — including a mattress protector, sheet set, and a comfy pillow — for your mother, your brother, your friend, a cousin, the neighbor... anyone who could use a good night’s rest.
33. Sleepy's REACTEX Pillow
Hosting a loved one this year? Make their bed up with this down alternative pillow — perfect for all styles of sleepers — and wait for them to come down the next morning raving about how cool it kept them through the night. It pulls heat from the surface and self-recharges so they get the full experience throughout their visit. To top it off? Tell them it’s theirs at the end of the stay.
$95.99 | Find Out More
34. Pure Care Luxury Cooling Bundle with Queen Pillows
Make things easy on both yourself and your loved one with this luxury bed in a bag. It’s everything that they need for a refreshing night’s sleep in one, including a sheet set, mattress protector, and two pillows. But in addition to being a comfy luxury option, this bundle has the added benefit of being infused with a fiber that helps the bedding remain cool overnight.
$329.99 | Find Out More
35. tulo 6” Memory Foam Lavender Mattress
Gifting a mattress is a big gift that a loved one can truly sink into at night. This well-priced option by tulo is a lavender-infused memory foam pick that offers support and stress-relief for all the senses. If the loved one you have in mind is a back or stomach sleeper, this is the option for them. Thanks to the mattress’ firmer feel, they’ll go to bed with their spine aligned, joints relaxed, and body comfy.
From $167.99 | Find Out More
36. DIY Linen Spray
Is “acts of service” their love language? If so, they might appreciate your whipping up a gift that gives both an air of luxury and utility.
Check out these easy steps for making a DIY linen spray in your recipient's favorite scent. You can even customize a combination that will go a long way in addressing their specific sleep challenges.
Ingredient Prices Vary | Find Out More
37. Beautyrest Super Lux Sofa Pet Bed
Looking for something to get your best friend? How about something for their best friend? The Super Lux Sofa Bed isn’t just any dog bed: It’s designed to let them sprawl out, with a foam that’s meant to provide comfort and support. The Ultra-Fresh technology will also help keep pet odors out of the bedroom.
$63.99 | Find Out More