Not to add anxiety or anything but it’s nearly the end of November. If you participate in the gift-giving holidays, you’ve probably already started shopping. And if you haven’t? Well, now is a great time. If you’re like most shoppers, your list is full of things like toys, electronics, and personal luxuries like perfume and jewelry. Now these are all great things but it seems like everyone forgets the option of giving a great night’s sleep. From pillows to toppers to a new mattress, we think holiday gifting should include luxurious items that will give something valuable to the giftee year ’round. For practically every budget, we’d like to suggest a few great gift ideas. Comfort and joy, indeed!
Gift Ideas Under $35
Wrapped with a satin or silk pillowcase, or just gifted by itself, pillows make affordable and appreciated gifts. Unlike a mattress, you really don’t need to know much about the person’s sleep habits to give a pillow. Something like our bed wedge is a great option for friends and family members who love to read, watch television, or surf the web from bed. It’s really even a great gift idea for teens who love computer and video games in their rooms. The pillow styles featured below are ideal for those who sleep in practically any position.
Gift Ideas Under $120
For a larger, even more luxurious gift, consider gifting a comfortable Spa Sensations mattress topper. Much like the pillows mentioned above, you really don’t have to know much about the giftee’s preferred sleep position or comfort level to give this gift of comfort. We’ve picked our most versatile, beloved styles to feature below. You just might win relative or friend of the year after giving something like these!
Gift Ideas Under $450
For your spouse, your children, or just for yourself, a new mattress can be the height of luxury when given as a gift. Of course comfort is subjective when it comes to mattresses, but thousands of positive reviews all point to the quality, support, and comfort of the mattresses we’ve singled out to suggest here. Yes, it’s a bigger purchase but it’s one that will give year after year for at least the next decade.
If Sleeping Beauty had a sister named Waking Beauty, it’s a sure bet there would be some sibling rivalry. It’s all well and good to look lovely while sleeping but it’s something altogether more magical when we awake looking good. Between the hair knots, facial creases and puffy eyes, most of us spend the greater part of our morning routine battling the effects of how we’ve slept. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Truly, a few easy steps before bed can have you looking your best the moment you finally submit to the alarm’s call. Ready to look better tomorrow morning? Read on because we’re here to help.
Bad Breath: Our mothers always told us to brush our teeth before bed, and you have probably heeded that advice throughout your lifetime. As it turns out, it’s probably not enough. A bedtime routine should include a three-pronged approach: flossing, brushing and mouthwash. Not one of the three steps can adequately remove and kill bacteria alone, and this bacteria causes both bad breath and cavities. Take that brushing a step further and you’ll have better breath in the a.m.
Facial Creases: When it comes to the ideal position for sleeping, your back is the best way to go. Between the weight of your head (7 to 9 pounds) and the friction caused by your pillowcase as you move during sleep, creases and wrinkles are bound to happen. Of course the creases go away within a few hours but the cumulative effect can lead to deep wrinkles. Your best bet is to try to train yourself to sleep on your back every single night. If you still find that you’re migrating onto your side or stomach, try a satin pillowcase. The slip factor of satin means less friction.
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Puffy Eyes and/or Face: Like facial creases, puffiness and bloating can be caused by sleep position. A bit of gravity helps fluids drain. Sleeping slightly elevated on your back is the best position. Try doubling your pillows, one on top of the other, for a good angle. A second culprit is diet. Dehydration, salt and carbohydrates can cause whole-body bloating. The MSN Living article “10 Ways to Wake Up Beautiful” explains that a dinner of rice, pasta or potatoes can lead to “carb face,” that pasty, bloated look the next morning. Of course salt causes the body to retain water, while drinking plenty of water helps flush your system for that coveted svelte look.
Breakouts: No matter what time you go to bed, wash your face before you turn in. You may be tempted to skip this step when you’re exhausted but that’s always a bad idea. With or without makeup, dirt, oil and toxins build up on your face throughout the day. Failing to remove this dirt leads to clogged pores. For a deep, relaxing clean, choose a cleansing brush. The Clarisonic is ideal but expensive. An effective but more economical choice is the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. Use your favorite cleanser and brush away the poor-clogging dirt and debris.
Dull Skin: Night is the perfect time to work a skincare treatment into your beauty regimen. If you’re feeling a little lackluster, try a sunless tanning cream. A gradual tanner like Coppertone Sunless Tanning Lotion goes on clear and builds gradually, which means you won’t stain your sheets with the formula and you won’t have to worry about fast-forming splotches. An AHA skin moisturizer like St. Ives Naturally Smooth Fruit AHA Complex Body Lotion also does wonders for uneven skin tone, light sun damage and breakouts.
Knotted, Dull Hair: Our mothers and grandmothers slept in soup cans and curlers to wake up with gorgeous hair. Thankfully hair tool technology has changed a bit; however, it’s still a good idea to take some beautifying steps before bed. Night is a great time to apply a deep moisturizing hair conditioner. You’ll have to wash it out the next morning, but your tresses will look silky and shiny. When you aren’t deep conditioning, make sure your hair is pulled up while you sleep. Buns and high ponytails keep locks knot-free. If you’re hoping for beachy waves, try braiding your hair in three or more plaits. Upon awaking, just shake out the braids and spritz some texturizing spray.
Rough Heels: Especially during warmer months, a nighttime foot treatment will lead to perfect sandal-ready feet the next morning. For a head start, slough dry skin and callouses with pumice stone or foot file immediately after an evening bath or shower. Apply an ultra-moisturizing foot cream like Sally Hansen Intensive Overnight Heel Repair Cream, then slip moisturized feet into lightweight cotton socks. By morning, feet will be soft and smooth.