Gifts to Thrive By: Cozy Presents That Bring You Joy

This season is all about getting comfy.

Few things feel better than getting cozy and comfy — especially during the holiday season. So this year, get your loved ones gifts they’ll really use, love, and snuggle up with. Read on for a list of our favorite cozy presents for everyone on your list this year.

A pillow that makes your couch even comfier

A simple way to make a room more cozy is to update it with some accent pillows. Nothing says “cozy” quite like comfortable pillows, especially ones with pretty designs. Woven Nook has affordable yet high quality textiles that transform your home into a calm and cozy space. Your gift recipient can swap these pillow covers out whenever they want a new look.

Woven Nook pillows, from $16.95

Plants that reduce stress

Research shows that having plants in your home or office has a multitude of benefits, from boosting your immune system to reducing stress to increasing productivity and creativity. Plant startup Léon & George makes getting a plant easier than ever, delivering pre-potted, swoon-worthy house plants directly to your gift recipient’s door. Made for design-lovers, these beautiful greens are pruned and styled by interior design pros, come in custom ceramic pots, and, best of all, a tree is planted every time a plant is sold! These plants cozy up any space, and give back to the environment, too.

LeonAndGeorge Plants, from $69-$599 

A gift box that gives back

Giving back is good for your mental well-being, which is good reason to select a gift that gives back, too. GlobeIn has a curated box for everyone on your list this year, with unique and ethically-made products handmade by remote artisans around the world. Every dollar you spend at GlobeIn goes towards fighting poverty through job creation and advocating for fair wages. And it really works: In the last three years alone, GlobeIn has invested over $3.5 million in artisans across the globe. We love the Cozy Box, which is the best-selling box. You’ll find a 100 percent cotton scarf straight from the mountains of Thailand, and a hand-painted mug from Morocco. 

GlobeIn, $60 

A very cute stress reliever

If you or someone you know is prone to feeling stressed at work — which is likely, since work is reported to be the cause of 83 percent of Americans’ stress — a Squeezmeez is a stress-relief dream come true. These soft, squishy, and quirky characters are each filled with six ounces of kinetic sand, and you can squeeze each character into a new shape, then back into its original form, helping to calm nerves and relax throughout the day. Think of it as a super cute, and significantly more entertaining, stress ball! 

Squeezmeez. $5.99

Warm socks for cozier feet

According to the National Sleep Foundation, warming your feet before you go to bed helps give your brain a clear signal that it’s bedtime. Not to mention, warm socks are the sole of cozy culture (see what I did there?), so they’re kind of a necessity. What’s cozier than a pair — or entire drawer — of fuzzy socks? Old Navy offers adorable, cozy, sherpa-lined socks, decorated with unique designs ranging from dachshunds in sweaters to snowmen — so there’s something for everyone on your list. What’s more, these socks are slip-free, featuring textured gripper-dots on the bottom — so they’re safe for children, too! 

Old Navy Sherpa Slipper Socks, $9.99

An adorable cooling and heating pad

This delightful little llama serves an abundance of cozy functions: It doubles as a heating and cooling pad depending on your pain-relief needs, and it’s filled with lavender, which provides calming, stress and anxiety relieving aromatherapy. 

Huggable Llama Cooling + Heating Pad, $29

A beautiful pair of pajamas 

These PJ’s are seriously stylish, and each design is available in matching sets for the whole family — even the family pet! Plus, designating specific clothing for bed helps you sleep better, as it sends a sleep-friendly message to your body. 

Bedhead Pajama Sets, from $114

An anxiety-reducing candle

Candle-lit downtime is deeply relaxing. This candle not only allows your gift recipients to enjoy the cozy comfort of a glowing flame, but it provides aromatherapy too. Each one is infused with the relaxing scents of specially blended lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, both of which help soothe anxiety, creating the optimal unwinding atmosphere for anyone who needs it. 

Lavender Spa Woodwick Candle, $3 to $29.50

A cozy beanie to keep warm

Love Your Melon has every cozy accessory you could dream of, from blankets to pillows to beanies to mugs. The best part of the brand, though, is that it’s for an exceptional cause. Started as a college project in 2012 with one mission in mind — putting a hat on every child battling cancer in the country — it’s exceeded that goal, having given over $6.2 million to the fight against pediatric cancer by donating 50 percent of profits to nonprofit partners, and providing over 170,000 hats to children battling cancer. And when studies show that giving back makes you happier, these hats are a very compelling gift. Their holiday beanies make especially good gifts, as does their Frozen 2 collaboration for any little ones on your list. 

New Love Your Melon Pom Beanies, $45

A happiness-boosting activity

Puzzles provide easy fun, and make for a refreshing change from the stress of holiday outings. A form of creative meditation, completing puzzles encourages the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that increases learning and memory. These Jiggy Puzzles are a gift that provides inner calm, a sense of accomplishment — and a frame-worthy end result.

Jiggy Puzzles, from $40

A blanket to make your bed a sleep sanctuary

For many of us, our beds become a comforting place to escape the chill during the winter months. But our bed is also a leading factor in our sleep schedule. According to sleep researchers, the bedroom environment can have a significant influence on sleep quality and quantity. What better than a new blanket to make your bed as comforting and warm as possible this season? Help your loved ones create a dreamy sleep sanctuary of their own by gifting them this unbelievably fluffy blanket.

Martha Stewart Collection Sweater Knit Fur Throw, $160


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