The 21 Best Gifts for a Relaxing, Zen Home

Don't Go to The Spa- Transform your Home into a Retreat!

by Lisa Ledoux
A wooden bed in a room with layered beige and wood tones and white curtains with lots of green plants

If you’re looking for a way to instantly soften your space, then gift yourself, and your loved ones, these Zen and calming home items.

From beautiful décor pieces to food and drink, these items will help you create a relaxing ambiance in every room of your home.

So, whether you want to treat yourself to something uplifting, or make others feel great, you’ve come to the right place!!

Here are the 21 Best Gifts for a Relaxing, Zen Home

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1.) Incorporate beautiful rainbowed hues with Feng Shui crystals

Feng shui crystals are said to bring positive energy into your home and help create a zen and calming atmosphere.

The Petrichor Fengshui Clear Crystal Hanging Ball can be hung in a sunny window to disperse rainbow-colored light and energize the space. It can also be hung in a dark corner to bring light and uplift the energy.

Placing a crystal over a doorway can purify the energy that enters your home and serve as a protective talisman.

2.) For warmth and coziness, light some delicious-smelling candles

Candles are a classic way to instantly soothe and uplift any space. Choose scents like lavender or jasmine to help you calm down and relax.

An even better option is to use non-toxic, chemical-free candles made from beeswax, coconut wax, or soy wax, and scented with essential oils that feature bleach-free cotton wicks.

These whimsical ESNA HOME Luxury Scented Candle Set candles come in MidnightMelody, SunsetReverie, ButterflyKiss, and Cashmere.

3.) Get swept away in your dreams… with some calming paintings or prints

Choose calming paintings or prints to add to your walls.

Natural landscapes such as oceans (seen in this White Clouds print), forests (seen in this Startonight Canvas), mountains, or peaceful scenes such as outdoor cafes, can help you achieve a zen state of mind.

Other images that reduce stress and anxiety include images of adorable animals and infinite patterns (fractals).

Colors also influence our moods. Gravitate to blues, violets, greens, pinks, and shades of yellows and creams for blissful, calming effects.

4.) Have a few minutes of mindful movements with your friend, the yoga mat

A Yoga mat is a perfect item to keep on hand since Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and tension, and can be done anywhere!

Seeing some tasteful, beautifully patterned Gaiam yoga mats situated in your everyday space can inspire exercise, which will ultimately trigger emotions that make you happy.

5.) Close your eyes, inhale, and smile… with an aromatherapy diffuser

An aromatherapy diffuser is a great way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in your home.

The most popular aromatherapy essential oil diffusers are reed diffusers and ultrasonic diffusers, like this stunning Jack and Rose Diffuser.

Reed diffusers use reeds placed in vessels such as small jars to soak up the scented oils within the vessels and emit the fragrance in the air around them, such as COCODOR’s Real Flower Diffuser.

Ultrasonic diffusers disperse the fragrance of essential oils into the air through a process that also uses vibrations, water, and ultrasonic waves.

Choose scents like lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint to help you relax and de-stress.

6.) Melt your troubles away with some hot and steamy herbal teas

Herbal teas are a great way to take time for yourself, relax, and unwind. They are especially lovely to enjoy when the leaves turn yellow and a chill is in the crisp, autumn air.

Choose calming flavors like chamomile, lemon, and orange spice to enhance the warm and cozy ambiance that tea offers. You can find those flavors, along with 5 others, in the Bigelow Herbal Tea Variety Pack of 64 Tea Bags.

7.) Bask in nature’s beauty with a green gifted Bamboo Plant:

A bamboo plant is perfect for adding some Zen to your space. Not only are they beautiful and simple to care for, but they also symbolize strength and prosperity.

Place one in your bathroom, on your desk, or on your bedside table for the perfect placement!

8.) Cuddle up and grab a good book with your warm and cozy weighted blanket

A weighted blanket for adults and teenagers can help you get nice and comfy on the couch or ease into sleep.

The weight of the blanket helps to provide a sense of security and warmth which is perfect for those who suffer from anxiety or stress.

They come in a variety of textures such as knitted blankets, bamboo, flannel, and cotton or this pretty and comfy faux fur style from Lofus. Simply choose the colors that make you feel the most joy.

9.) Breath in “country fresh air” every day inside your home with an air purifier

An air purifier helps to remove toxins, allergens, and pollutants from the air and can improve your overall health.

Not all air purifiers are created equally. When choosing an air purifier consider noise levels, the ACH and CADR ratings, potential ozone emissions, and whether it uses a HEPA filter.

Dyson’s Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan Tower can provide peace of mind knowing your and your loved one’s households are breathing clean, fresh air.

10.) Feel your blood pressure drop with a fun and relaxing adult coloring book

Adult coloring books are a quick, fun, and inexpensive way to relax and de-stress and they also make great gifts, like this quaint 100 Countryside Scenes Adult Coloring Book.

Choose a coloring book with your favorite designs, buy some excellent markers for adult coloring, and get ready to relax.

The best part is you can take them wherever you please!

11.) Awaken your senses and bask in your water fantasies with an indoor water fountain

The sound of trickling water is very peaceful and a surefire way to instill a feeling of Zen from the moment you walk into your home. This sweet Bits and Pieces Butterfly Fountain will instantly uplift your space and relax your mood.

See my 11 Best Water Features For A Calming Space for more inspired water features.

12.) Travel to the ancient East in your mind’s eye with a tabletop Zen garden

These are small trays filled with rocks, sand, a small rake, and sometimes plants. The act of raking the sand can be very therapeutic and calming.

Zen Gardens are Japanese in origin and outdoor zen gardens have been around for centuries.

Tabletop or mini zen gardens like BangBangDa’s are great for offices, living areas, and small spaces.

13.) Delight in the decadent, dark, delectable, mouth-watering magic of chocolate

Did you know that chocolate can help to lower stress levels? It does this by increasing the production of endorphins and is even said to reduce water retention in women.

Keeping some decadent Lindt SWISS CLASSIC Milk Chocolate Bars on hand in different parts of your home, like your nightstand drawer, your coffee table, or your pantry, is a delicious and gratifying treat for you and your guests alike!

14.) Your blissful bath retreat will never be the same with these bath bombs

These are great for a relaxing bath and luckily for us, there are many natural, toxin-free bath bombs available today, like these Beautifier Life Moisturizer Bath Bombs, for an even better bath experience.

Add some candles and aromatherapy for the ultimate spa experience right at home.

15.) Ease into an aromatic daydream with these pure and evocative essential oils

Essential oil drops are multi-purpose- they can be used in diffusers, sprinkled onto an oscillating fan, used in homemade cleaning products, or added to your bath water for a relaxing experience- and more!

Different oil fragrances evoke differing responses. Choose scents like lavender or chamomile to help you relax and de-stress.

This high-quality SPRUSE Canadian 100% Natural Essential Oils set includes Mandarin, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. 

16.) Dream the dreams of queens with a soft and luxurious eye pillow

A Barmy Eye Pillow is a great way to relax and unwind. Eye pillows are filled with flax seeds, herbs, or beads and come in a variety of fabrics.

The weight of the pillow helps to calm and soothe tired eyes and essential oil drops or dried herbs like lavender add an aromatic experience.

top down view of a woman journaling on an armchair in front of a woodstove. Cozy with blankets, pet and area rug

17.) Pour your deepest thoughts into a woman’s best friend, her trusty journal

Keeping a journal is a great way to de-stress.

Write down your thoughts and feelings to help you process them and let go of any negativity.

You can also draw, set goals, and make other lists such as things in your life you are grateful for.

One of the best parts of journaling is choosing a visually stunning journal that inspires you, and is perfectly suited to your personality! I love this Peter Pauper Press journal and the stunning artwork by Sakagami Nansei.

18.) Escape to worlds afar when seated comfortably on your meditation cushion

A Florensi meditation cushion is a great way to make meditation more comfortable and relaxing. The cushion helps to support the back and spine, allowing you to relax more fully into the experience.

Meditation cushions are especially helpful if you have a dedicated corner, nook, or quiet space in your home to place your cushion.

This space can be painted, and filled with plants, aromatherapy products, water feature products, mats, incense, or other calming and meditative items.

19.) Lush, tropical, feminine blooms, florals, and other plants

Plants are a great way to add some life to your space.

In addition to being relatively inexpensive and attractive, they can also help purify the air and provide a sense of calm.

Choose plants like lavender or peace lilies for the ultimate zen experience.

Fresh-cut flowers also elevate spaces with their fragrance and beauty!

20.) Ponder the darkening evening with a friendly pink light, your Himalayan salt lamp

A Himalayan Glow salt lamp is a great way to add some dramatic ambiance to your space.

The soft light and natural Himalayan salt help to create a calming atmosphere and are great for rooms where the soft, low light will aid the sleeping process.

21.) Close your eyes and float away to your heart’s desire with a sensual sound machine

A Dreamegg Sound Machine can be a great way to relax and fall asleep. Choose from sounds like rain, ocean waves, or white noise to help you drift off into a peaceful slumber.

And because they block out other sounds, sound machines can also be useful if you are studying, relaxing in the bathtub, working, or reading.

The Importance of a Clean, Well-Organized Home

A clean, well-organized home is important for many reasons.

First, it creates a calm and relaxing environment. This is especially important if you have a busy lifestyle or suffer from anxiety and stress.

In addition, a clean home is more inviting and enjoyable to be in. It can make entertaining guests or simply spending time at home more enjoyable.

Finally, a clean and well-organized home can help improve your overall health. Dust and dirt can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems, so it’s important to keep your home clean if you want to stay healthy.

top down view of an organized beige closet and some drawers pulled open with items neatly put away

Key Steps When Organizing Your Home

First, declutter your space. Get rid of anything you don’t need or use.

This may be a task that takes a few hours, a few days, or even several months of slow and consistent purging.

Second, clean the house slowly and focus on one drawer, one closet, one area, or if you’re up to it, one room at a time.

Third, don’t rush, and don’t stress. I’m in the middle of spring cleaning and I’ve calendar-ed one task for every day of the month- one day it’s cleaning the kitchen junk drawer, the next day the upstairs light fixtures, the next the pantry, and so on.

It helps. Especially since I’m no longer a 20-something with the energy to do an entire house in 4 days! And if I miss a day, no worries.

Fourth, after a full house clean you may have gathered more stuff to donate or throw out, but do not bring in new storage containers, shelving, and other organizers until you are 100% finished cleaning and purging- you may find you won’t even need them!

Finally, make sure to clean your home regularly. This will help keep it organized and looking its best.

Pro-Tip

If you’re feeling tired, busy, overwhelmed, or down, or whatever the reason, then this tip will instantly make you feel so much better.

A good friend (Hi Pat!) once told me that her very wise grandmother told her – as long as you have your floors cleaned, and your dishes washed- then that will do, for the moment- it’s so simple, and she was SO right!

In Closing

We can best help and take care of others when we help and take care of ourselves first, and that starts in the home.

While a calm home essentially starts with a clean, well-organized home, it’s also nice to treat yourself and incorporate nurturing items into your home that boost your overall sense of well-being.

This is why these items are great ideas for you, for housewarming gifts, birthdays, Christmas or just to say “I’m thinking of you.”

Drop me a line and tell me if you have any special “calming” items or activities that are helpful to you- or any thoughts, issues, or concerns as a woman in her 40s onward, that you’d like to read about.

Namaste!

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