12 Gifts of Comfort and Joy

After the past few years we’ve had, we could all use a little comfort and joy in our lives. If you know someone who really needs a break right about now, show them you care by gifting them with peace, love, and maybe a chance to step back from the whirlwind for a little while. Here are a dozen gift ideas from the Local Wishlist that may go a long way toward making spirits bright.

Eye of the Ocean: Stories of Love, Hope and Empathy

Award-winning author and journalist Janice Landry knows that people need stories of love, hope, and empathy more than ever these days. Her latest book, published by Pottersfield Press, is a collection of inspiring stories focused on Canadians reaching out to help and lift up others. A whole lot of positive energy in this one.

Relief Roller

A blend of essential oils intended to ease tension and melt away stress. From Olga Naturals, the roll-on applicator delivers relief when and where it’s needed. You might want to buy a few and keep a couple for yourself.

Wooden Wick Holiday Collection

A little too on-the-nose for us to choose this? Ah, but Noël & Co really will conjure up comfort and joy with their gorgeously scented coconut soy wax candles. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but this holiday collection also includes Merry & Bright, Holly & Ivy, and Naughty & Nice.

Bon Bon Hat

Cheerful hand-knit hats with a colourful pom pom on top definitely fit into that joyful category. Not to mention they’ll keep them cozy and warm, no matter how cold and long the winter is. These beauties are made by Lemon Drop Knits.

Fierce & Fabulous: A Self-Love Journal

We could all use some reminding to send a little love our own way more often.  Author and life coach Karen Dean offers up a step-by-step guide to using this journal to enhance self-love, with daily practices and practical advice.

Floatation Therapy

Serenity now? A gift of sessions at The Floatation Centre could be the way to send a whole lot of relief and relaxation their way in the new year. Not to mention a long list of other therapeutic benefits.

Herbal First Aid Kit

Natural wellness solutions from THERApotions, with herbal remedies for everything from congestion to headaches. That Under The Weather chest rub will be especially useful during flu season. And they all fit neatly into a pocket.

Canvas Bucket Style Project Bags

If you really want to help ease someone’s work stress, encourage their hobbies. A cheerful little project bag like this one from Yellow Petal Handmade is a great start. You might also want to take a look at some of the embroidery and felting kits on the list this year.

Luxurious Organic Pima Cotton Pyjama Set

Pima cotton pyjamas that look and feel good enough to wear all day, every possible day. These are from Ana + Zac, who understand everything about comfort. And as a bonus, they’re offering 20% off for Local Wishlist readers through December 24th, so check out the discount code in their listing.

Colombian Coffee

It’s in the name: Sunday Silence. A really good cup of coffee, with carefully roasted beans and the perfect balance of flavour, can do wonders to make you slow down and savour the moment. This particular blend even has hints of cherry and caramel. Let us linger.

Living Full Circle Planner

Living with balance and intention is the goal of this planner from Nimbus Publishing, with a focus on teachings of the medicine wheel, used for generations for health and healing, and as author Jenene Wooldridge explains, living with purpose.

Luxury Vineyard Vacation with Cheese & Wine

Sometimes the ideal way to leave stress behind is to just plan a weekend escape. One that involves plenty of wine and cheese, like this getaway at Planters Ridge Winery in the Annapolis Valley, is pretty clearly going to be a big hit. And the best part of gifting someone with this is being able to tag along for the fun.

These are just a handful of the hundreds of local gift ideas available in this year’s Local Wishlist. Head to the full list and start browsing!

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About the author

Kate Kirkpatrick

A Nova Scotia native, Kate chased the bright lights of other cities for a while, but eventually found her way home. She's the minder of all things Halifax Bloggers. And has big love for local.