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Home Therapist-Approved Gifts: Elevate Your Well-Being and Transform Your Space

December 19, 2023

‘Tis the season to transform your space into a sanctuary of joy and well-being! As an interior designer therapist, I’ve carefully curated the ultimate holiday gift guide to not only enhance the aesthetics of your home but also nurture your soul. Dive into the season of giving with these carefully selected gems.  Ember Heated Coffee […]

‘Tis the season to transform your space into a sanctuary of joy and well-being! As an interior designer therapist, I’ve carefully curated the ultimate holiday gift guide to not only enhance the aesthetics of your home but also nurture your soul. Dive into the season of giving with these carefully selected gems. 

Ember Heated Coffee Mug in Rose Gold: Sip in Style, Stay Cozy

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Keep your spirits high and your coffee warm with this stylish heated mug. I have gifted several of these to clients, friends, and family. Now it is my turn to have one! The rose gold Ember mug touch adds elegance to every sip, making it a delightful addition to your daily routine. The rose gold Ember mug touch adds elegance to every sip, making it a delightful addition to your daily routine. 

Weighted Blanket with 300 thread count: Cocoon of Safe Feelings and Texture

This item is a go to for anyone who wants deep restorative sleep. Embrace comfort and relaxation with a weighted blanket that combines faux mink and bed sheet sides. This Luna blanket is the perfect cocoon for winding down after a long day. Natalie actually stole my Bearaby blanket. I love the knitted Bearaby blankets! However for my own bed I wanted to try a non knitted version that was aesthetic and more like a comforter. I’ve rounded up both brands for you to consider. 

Theragun Mini Massage Gun: Compact Relaxation

Say goodbye to muscle tension with the Theragun Mini Massage Gun. Compact and powerful, it provides targeted relief, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate at your convenience. I have this by my desk or wherever I am working. I tend to keep my stress tension in my neck and shoulders. So I even give myself a quick massage in the car if I feel like I am tense.

Boucle Swivel Chair by Drew Barrymore: Chic Lounging

Have you seen this viral chair on Tik Tok? I am a huge fan of swivel chairs to promote communication at home. The fact that you can rotate 360 degrees to converse and connect in any space makes me happy as a designer and therapist. Elevate your lounging experience with Drew Barrymore’s boucle swivel chair. Affordable and comfortable, it’s a chic addition to any space.

Light Therapy Lamp: Mood-Boosting Illumination

If you or whomever you are gifting suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder like me, light therapy lamps are essential for the winter months. You can even turn them on while working, reading, or even cooking! Getting enough Vitamin D is crucial for those happy hormones like serotonin. Chase away the winter blues with a stunning light therapy lamp. Brighten up your space while uplifting your mood with this aesthetically pleasing accessory. Oh! And I found a Verilux in Gold! It’s truly possible to have a Home Therapy haven with so many aesthetically pleasing wellness items these days. They elevate our minds and moods.

Mushroom Visual Cues Socks: Playful Grounding

This season, my latest obsession centers around themed socks that effortlessly elevate the aesthetic game. Last year, I picked up a pair of Birkenstock Bostons, and they’ve become my go-to winter footwear. However, despite my love for these open-back shoes, it’s essential to acknowledge the necessity of socks. With heels exposed, the struggle against dry heels is real – and let’s face it, not only is it unappealing, but it’s also far from enjoyable. Ground yourself with mushroom-themed visual cue socks – a playful and motivating way to stay connected with your surroundings, adding a touch of whimsy to your day.

Why mushrooms? Choosing a mushroom theme isn’t just about cute designs – it’s like bringing a slice of nature into your daily vibe. Mushrooms are these down-to-earth, organic wonders that grow right from the soil. So, having them in your socks or around your space kind of grounds you, makes you feel connected to the earthy, real stuff. I just love that, don’t you?

Double Frame for Artwork: Nostalgic Elegance

Now, let’s talk about framing those beautiful memories. Picture this: a double frame that’s not just a holder for your photos but a storyteller in itself. This frame is like a magical portal, striking the perfect balance between soothing and stimulating vibes.

In one frame, you could capture the soothing moments – perhaps a serene sunset, a quiet family gathering, or a tranquil nature scene. These images bring a sense of calm, like a visual retreat within your space. On the flip side, the second frame can hold the stimulating snapshots – lively family events, adventures, or even vibrant cityscapes. These images infuse energy and vibrancy, creating a dynamic atmosphere.

As you arrange these frames, you’re not just decorating your walls; you’re recreating the nostalgia of family photos. It’s like flipping through the pages of your life, telling a story that’s uniquely yours. The result? Your space becomes a sanctuary of memories, each frame evoking a sense of self and contributing to the overall atmosphere of comfort and joy in your Home Therapy haven. 

Aesthetic Hair Wand: Glamorous Confidence

Are you searching for a easier way to get those beachy waves? I found a  better way with a chic and efficient hair wand! This little beauty not only adds glamour to your daily routine but also simplifies styling with its nifty rotating arm. Dare I say never will be good at using a curling iron. The wand? I think I am getting to be a pro at it! 

More importantly, think of it as your personal confidence booster. When you look good, you feel good, right? It’s not just about the outward appearance; it’s about the vibe you carry with you. Styling your hair with a tool that effortlessly creates those perfect curls or waves isn’t just a beauty routine; it’s a confidence ritual.

As that hair wand works its magic, you’re not just transforming your locks; you’re elevating your entire demeanor. There’s a certain empowerment that comes from feeling put together, from knowing you’ve got that extra touch of glam. It’s like having your own secret weapon for confidence – because, let’s be real, confidence is built on feeling good, and looking good is a fabulous bonus. 

 Saje Aromatherapy Sculptural Diffuser: Artistic Serenity

Next up, romatherapy and why it’s a game-changer for your well-being. Upgrade your aromatherapy experience with a sculptural diffuser from Saje – because it’s not just about making your space smell good; it’s about enhancing your entire atmosphere.

Aromatherapy isn’t just a trend; it’s a practice deeply rooted in the idea that scents can influence our mood and overall mental state. The right fragrance can transport you, calm your nerves, or invigorate your senses. Now, imagine infusing these aromatic benefits into your space with a diffuser that’s not just functional but a true work of art.

Enter the sculptural diffuser – it’s not just a device; it’s a statement piece for your space. Its artistic design doesn’t just blend into the background; it becomes a focal point, adding a touch of elegance and tranquility to any room. Place it on your nightstand, your coffee table, or even on a shelf – the versatility of aromatherapy means you can literally put it anywhere.

Whether you’re unwinding after a long day, creating a serene ambiance for a cozy night in, or simply looking to enhance your surroundings, the sculptural diffuser becomes your aromatic ally. It transforms your space into a haven of soothing scents, making every breath a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation. So, go ahead, place it literally anywhere, and let the transformative power of aromatherapy elevate your daily experience. 

Versatile Drink Table: Functional Elegance

These versatile tables go beyond merely holding your drinks – they create inviting spaces for moments of pause and tranquility throughout your home. Picture this: a cup of steaming tea, a journal, and a pen placed strategically on this portable table, transforming any corner into a serene retreat.

Imagine savoring a calming chamomile tea in the nook by the window or jotting down your thoughts in a journal while cozied up on the sofa. With these tables, you’re not just adding a functional piece of furniture; you’re creating little sanctuaries for mindfulness and reflection. It’s about the simple joy of taking a moment for yourself, wherever you are.

This holiday season, gift comfort, style, and well-being with these interior designer therapist-approved gems. May your home be filled with joy, and your heart with gratitude!



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