Looking for Gifts That Give Back

17November-003At the end of the day, we want to sink into sleep mode with a soak in soothing lavender. With almond oil to moisturise, this 100 per cent natural bath essence is irresistible.
Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence £16 victoriahealth.com
17November-009Send your friends zinging into the day with legendary aromatherapist Geraldine Howard’s grapefruit, rosemary and juniper essential oil blend.
Aromatherapy Associates Little Bell Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil £10 victoriahealth.com
17November-002This delicious balm protects and conditions lips with shea butter, pure grade lanolin, vitamin E and natural banana extract, plus gives a gorgeous subtle shimmer. We’re giving them to all our girlfriends.
Lanolips Banana Balm £8.99 victoriahealth.com

For children and teens (or older), these adorable hotties, with knitted front and fleecy backs, have a calico insert that you pop in a microwave to release the scent of lavender.
Knitted Animal Hottie £19.99 from Boots stores and uk.aromahome.com


Heel genius we call these: ‘shoe jewellery’ on the outside with a cushioned heel pad inside to prevent rubbing and/or blisters. In a fabulous range of styles.
Blingbacks, from £9.95, from Debenhams, blingbacks.co.uk and amazon.co.uk

17November-010This sausage-shaped pillow, filled with lavender-scented natural wheat grains, can be microwaved to relieve aches and pains or chilled to reduce swelling or bruising.
Simply Warm All Over Body Pillow £10 victoriahealth.com

The ‘best present’ a colleague gave her elderly father and octogenarian mother-in-law was a Kindle Fire HD. Despite never having logged on before, he now surfs, Skypes and emails.
Kindle Fire HD from £119 amazon.co.uk


With a trillion ‘must-dos’ whizzing through our brains, peeking at a page of this engaging pocket-sized tome helps calm us down and pep us up.
The Little Book of Mindfulness £4.99 Quadrille Publishing


A good backpack saves neck, shoulders and back from being skewed and painful. These go the distance for us…
Cath Kidston 13in Laptop Backpack £42 johnlewis.com and Tumi Voyageur Calais Backpack £295 uk.tumi.com


Water ovens – which cook food in vacuum-sealed (BPA-free) plastic pouches in a little tank at a precisely controlled temperature – give you Heston Blumenthal technology in your own kitchen.
SousVide Supreme Demi from £249.99 lakeland.co.uk


With no chemical nasties, these tangerine-scented foaming cleansers were voted tops by young testers.
Childs Farm Bubble Bath £4.69 each childsfarm.com and ocado.com


As well as flavouring food, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels among other health benefits. Try it instead of sugar grated on coffee or in bedtime drinks.
Cinnamon Hill Starter Set with grater cup and sample sticks £35 cinnamonhill.com


From first purées to ‘big kid’ recipes for 12 months plus, this gorgeously produced book lends a soupçon of French chic to prepping children’s food. We would happily make the recipes for any age.
Bébé Gourmet by Jenny Carenco £14.99 Vermilion


Dyed in the sole FitFlop fans will love these deep pink take-you-everywhere lace-ups. They also come in black, nude, black/white and rose pink/ cream colourways.
Uno Oxford FitFlops in Framboise £135 fitflop.co.uk


Soft and stretchy Popbands are cute colourful hair bands which ‘cuddle’ hair, holding it tight but not damaging it or creating kinks.
Popbands £6 for a multipack of five thepopband.com

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