If gift-giving is your love language, you probably already know that nothing says “I love you” like a mindfully selected gift. The following wellness gift ideas are thoughtful, locally inspired, and will show the wellness lovers in your life that you support their wellbeing. Here are eight very Vancouver wellness gift ideas that will not disappoint. —Monica Krake
Perfect for anyone who wants to start a meditation practice, or make their existing one more comfy, we love these natural linen Non Synthetic Meditation Cushions by Vancouver-run Halfmoon. Our faves: this Crescent Shaped Cushion and this Linen Round Meditation Cushion.
Offering self-care-infused facials for those who want to look as relaxed as they feel, Danielle at Bellavance Skin Therapy does facial massage, gua Sha, non-injection peels and infusions. She’s known for getting clinical-level results.
For any spa lover, a gift card for Scandinave Spa in Whistler is always worth a day trip. For about $100, you’ll get access to the saunas, steam rooms and cold baths, and can easily spend four hours cycling through the baths. And, just yonder in Squamish, is the brand-new Aika Spa, which offers the Scandinavian sauna and cold bath experience and can be booked for private spa days. It’s lovely.
One of Vancouver’s best-kept secrets, the lovely Robyn Rainey in North Vancouver is known for her two-hour Reiki-infused massage treatment and sound bath meditations. This restorative experience also includes a breath translation, so you’ll go home knowing where in your body you can invite more breath and bring more flow into your life.
Squamish-based Skwalwen is an Indigenous skin-care brand that honours cultural knowledge, Indigenous plant science and self-care. Their teas, rose oils and candles are all ethically sourced and made, and perfect for anyone who wants to feel more connected with the natural world via their product choices.
One of the most illuminating things we did in 2021 was an astrology reading with Susan Horning. Sue is very down-to-earth, and multi-talented (she also runs a tea shop, and is one of Vancouver’s most popular yoga teachers). Sue’s unique astrology sessions included i-Ching, Tarot and a reading, which shares big life patterns and predictions.
The best gift is wisdom, and that’s what you’ll find in this list of transformative spiritual books, which includes classics like The Untethered Soul and Women Who Run with the Wolves. Breathe by James Nestor is another great gift idea.
Whether it’s live or virtual, book tickets to a breathwork meditation, moon ceremony or take a 30 day mindfulness study with a loved one. Explore upcoming wellness workshops on Head + Heart, along with many free options for anyone on a budget.