Ten creative sleep themed gift ideas for well-rested friends and family.
Finding the perfect present for birthdays and holidays can be stressful enough to keep you up at night, and most people want to give presents that will prove useful for the recipient and be well-received. We all know that figuring out gift ideas for people that have everything isn’t always easy. But, one thing that every single human on this earth has in common is that we all sleep, so who can’t use a product geared towards something we spend ⅓ of our lives doing? From Grandma to your best friend to your teenage niece, here are a few gift ideas sure to have your friends and family dreaming better this holiday.
Top Gifts for Better Sleep
As research continues to show, sleep is absolutely essential to our health, happiness, well-being, relationships and more. How well we rest affects so much of our day, more than many people even realize. From struggling to fall asleep, to managing sleep issues, or simply making sleep more interesting or comfortable, there are numerous gifts that can help people get better rest throughout the year. From kids to adults, we have your list covered this year with useful, practical and fun gifts sure to be the envy of your group.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
For: Parents, Grandma, Stressed Out Friend
A Sunrise Alarm Clock is the perfect alternative to obnoxious alarms, using light to wake sleepers up naturally rather than buzzers. It emulates the rising sun, gradually increasing light intensity to wake you up gently, starting the morning off peacefully rather than with stress. Usually, these products also combine music or sounds from nature along with the light to for those who need a little extra rousing. Some brands even provide the option of adding a diminishing light in the evening to help stimulate the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Here are a couple well-rated options on Amazon:
- Philips HF3470 Wake-up Light, $90. Clinically tested gradual light with custom brightness, nature sounds and FM radio, also functions as a reading lamp.
- Philips HF3500/60 Wake-Up Light, $70. Gradual led light, clock, lamp function, and gentle beeping sound.
- GPX C280 AM/FM Sunrise Clock Radio, $25. Has a gradual wake up light with buzzer and radio options as well as a sundown light and night light function.
Heavy Duty Alarm Clock
For: Tired Teens, Night Owls, College Students
When a regular alarm clock simply won’t wake your loved one, the gift of a heavy duty but fun alarm might do the trick. From mobile alarms to crazy functions, there are a few nifty products out there that are practical but still well designed and interesting enough to gift. Your oversleeping pal or relative will probably get a kick out of this item, and they might even show up on time one of these days.
- Clocky, $45 on NandaHome. This cute wheeled alarm clock takes off and hides if you don’t get up in time, forcing you to get up and get moving.
- Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock, $34 on Amazon. This alarm clock pairs an extra-loud buzzer and lights with a strong separate vibration unit for dual force wake up. The ‘sonic-shaker’ can be placed on or near your bed for maximum impact, and can even be used alone as a silent alarm for people with roommates.
- Flying Alarm Clock, $15 on ThingGeek. Another action based alarm clock, this product shoots its flying helicopter top across the room and is only quieted when the topper is returned to the base.
Sleep Tracking Wristbands
For: Smartphone Owners, Techies, Siblings, Grandkids
Get more from your iPhone or Android device when paired with unique sleep and activity trackers designed to help you monitor daily habits, spot issues, and provide fitness insight. The Lark is an innovative product that not only gently wakes the user with vibrations rather than noise, but also tracks your sleep quality and duration. This information can be saved and analyzed to provide you with an assessment of your sleep patterns, as well as providing you with tips for better sleep. The lark costs $99 and works with most iPads and iPhones. The FitBit tracks sleep functions and daily movement/fitness functions, as does the Jawbone UP.
- Lark, $99 retail price. Wristband with silent alarm and sleep tracking; iPhone compatible.
- FitBit Flex, $99 retail price. Wristband with sleep tracking, silent alarm, daily step tracking, calorie and activity tracking and more. Iphone, Android, and computer compatible.
- Jawbone UP, $129 retail price. Streamlined wristband with sleep tracking and activity tracking; iPhone compatible and additional app compatibility.
Neat Sleep Masks
For: Mom, Aunt, Grandma, Daughter, Frequent Flyers, Night shifters
Sleep masks have long been associated with traveling, beauty naps, and are almost de rigeur for night workers who need to sleep during the day. But they are also a convenient way to block out exterior light, and can also be useful for partners on different schedules. Sleep masks can feel a bit glamourous, and new styles often use luxurious fabrics may even incorporate aromatherapy scents, more comfortable designs and even tech functions. For a complete gift, pair the sleep mask with a calming aromatherapy spray, bath product set, or pajamas. Here are some of the more popular options on Amazon:
- Dream Essence Lavender Sleep Mask $25-30. Includes removable herb sachet with lavender and chamomile in several satin colors.
- Bucky 40 Blinks Mask, $11. Sculpted sunglass-shape with foam cups keeps mask off eyes, and streamlined silhouette with velcro closure minimizes bulk.
- Sleep Master Sleep Mask, $24. Wider design for those who want to totally block light, with satin fabric and velcro closure.
Modern Sound Machines
For: Mom, Grandparents, Friends, Light Sleepers, Travelers
If you have a person on your list who has a hard time getting to bed or wakes up easily during the night, a sound or white noise machine might be their ticket for better sleep. Frequent travelers can also find sound machines helpful for blocking out hotel noises. There are several different types of sound machines from simple small units for traveling to multifunctional alarm clocks depending on your recipient, so you can likely find one for any personality. Here are few of the more popular units according to SleepLikeTheDead.com
- Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner, $45. Produces white noise sound from air with two speeds, original technology.
- Ecotones Sound+Sleep, $129. Makes non-repeating nature and urban sounds with several different setting and streamlined design.
- HoMedics Sound Spa, $16. Nature sounds with timer settings and battery option for travel.
For: Parents, Grandma, Significant Other
Do you know someone who is always complaining about being too hot or too cold, or a couple with vastly different sleep preferences? While electric blankets have fallen out of favor and only heat the bed, there are new products designed to allow users to both heat and cool the surface of their mattress, and some even offer dual side customization.
- The ChiliPad, $399-999 at Amerisleep. Offers heating and cooling, using water for efficient and safe control. It sits over the bed like a mattress pad, and is available with split controls in queen and king size.
- Chillow, $15-30 online and in stores. This as seen on TV product is a gel and water mat that lays over your pillow for cooler sleep and can be refrigerated.
- Sunbeam All Season Dual Heated Mattress Pad, $130-150 at Amazon. Heated mattress pad with hand controls and personalized settings for either side of the bed.
When we are comfortable we tend to sleep better, and almost anyone can appreciate a nice new set of pajamas. This is a present that can work for almost everyone on your list in one way or another. You can get cute character PJs for kids, a fun brand-name or gift card for teens, nice sweats for parents and grandparents, and cute or risque pajamas for a significant other. Just be sure to take into account the recipient’s preferences, and include a gift-receipt just in case.
- Pajama-Gram, $50-80 for adult size sets. Pajama gifts for men, women, kids, pets and families in different styles.
- Goodnighties, $40-50 for separates. Moisture wicking pajamas as seen on Dr. Oz.
- Victoria’s Secret PJ sets, $40-60. Different 2-piece pajama gift sets in wide variety of styles.
Sheets or Throws
Other gifts that can be well-received by almost anyone include luxurious sheets or throws. High-quality sheets can make all the difference in comfort, with silky smooth, breathable fabrics offering better sleep. Organic sheet sets can be a neat present for people who obsess over natural products, while the luxury-minded may appreciate the latest high-tech fibers. Plush or knit throws in a person’s favorite color, a style that matches their decor, or with their favorite team’s logo can also be a hit men and women of all ages, because almost everyone likes to curl up on the couch with blanket after a long winter day. Dress up a gift of sheets or throws with a nice calming linen spray or with some coordinating cozy slippers. These types of products are widely available online and in retail.
- Organic Cotton Sheet Sets, around $100-150.
- Bamboo or Sheex Performance Fabric Sheets, $150+.
- Cozy Throw Blankets, $15+.
Travel Sleep Aids
For: Jet-Setters, College Kids, Business Travellers
For your friends and family that are often on the go, there are several travel-related products designed to improve sleep and reduce jet lag on the road. People that travel frequently for work or pleasure often don’t get enough rest on a regular basis, and international flights can be quite taxing on both sleep and one’s body. College students are also often away from home for periods of time, and may take occasional naps at the library or in commons areas to catch up on Zzz’s. These unique pillows and sleep aids are designed to help people sleep on the go either by blocking out sound or light, or by creating a modicum of privacy.
- Hoodie Pillow, $20. This hood with a built in neck pillows helps offer a little privacy and light blocking for flights, trains and other public places, and sits easily around your neck when you are on the move and deflates for packing.
- Marsona TSC-330 Travel Sound Conditioner, $69 on Amazon. Small and compact white noise machine with three settings for travelling.
- Sleep Phones, $40 on ThinkGeek. If you are shopping for someone who can’t live without their music, Sleep Phones are a fleece headband with built in ear speakers that make sleeping in any position easy at home or on the go without the issues of earbuds or bulky headphones.
For: Yourself, Parents, Really Really Good Friends
The ultimate gift for better sleep is definitely a new mattress. This is the perfect present to give yourself for better sleep during the holidays and to help deal with winter stress. A new bed is also a great family gift for parents or grandparents who haven’t replaced an old mattress for years because they don’t want to spend the money. Picking out a new bed depends a lot on personal preference so it can be wise to research before splurging, but studies show that simply sleeping a new mattress can improve sleep quality and reduce pain. As far as which mattress to buy, consumers tend to rate memory foam and latex mattresses significantly higher than spring beds so that may be worth looking in to. If you want to go all-out, you could also upgrade to an adjustable sleep system with customizable positions, massage and more for a truly luxurious sleep experience. Check out a few of our articles on mattress types to see more about brands and types of beds.
With its immense importance in everyone’s daily lives, sleep is one thing that will always be needed and will never go out of style. The best gifts are those that can be used and appreciated often, and presents designed for better rest can definitely fall in that category. Whether your budget is big or small, there are many items from throw blankets to tech gadgets that can help you give the gift of better sleep year-round for your loved ones and friends this holiday.