If there's ever been a year to bring tidings of comfort and joy to those you love, it’s 2020. And while you’re at it, remember to be kind to yourself, as well—everybody makes the “nice list” this holiday.
We’ve culled a gift guide for mind, body and spirit, from an ultra-soft wrap that truly feels like a hug to scents to transport your mind to a place where the temps read a few digits cooler. Consider this permission to buy two: one to give, one to keep.
Barefoot Dreams Wrap
Everyone should have this buttery soft Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Weekend Wrap ($106, pictured above). This luxurious layer feels like a comfy hug, and we all could use one of those right now. Nice, too, that it’s one size; no need to worry about the perfect fit or gift returns. This one is a keeper: it’s wonderful for curling up with a book, sitting down for meditation, or wearing out in the cool evening air, which the weather-watchers promise is on the way. Molly's! A Chic & Unique Boutique, 1874 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota (941) 921-1221.
Tea Forté Pumpkin Spice Blend
Few things ring in the holiday season like pumpkin-flavored anything. Tea Forté hit the mark with this limited-edition pumpkin pie spice blend ($22) in a petite presentation box. This warming cuppa black tea will soothe the soul, especially when cradled between both hands so you can breathe in the spicy pumpkin, ginger, clove, and cinnamon aroma. Elysian Fields, 1273 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 361-3006
Whale Day by Billy Collins
Sometimes a bit of poetry is all you need to disconnect from the world. Known for his wit and wisdom, fellow Floridian and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins recently released his latest book, Whale Day and Other Poems ($26). Named “America’s favorite poet” by The Wall Street Journal, Collins remains true to his playful nature in this—his 13th—collection. It’s whimsical yet grounding. Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 365-7900.
Tata Harper Aromatherapy Kit
This is your tool kit for well-being—an aromatherapy collection ($240) by Tata Harper crafted from highly concentrated essential oil blends formulated to help recharge mind and spirit. These treatments aim to inspire feelings of peace and serenity to curb the effects of stress and irritability, and provide a much-needed energy boost—or the opposite: a good night’s sleep. tataharper.com
Molton Brown Holiday Scent Set
If you’re diligently washing hands, then fill those important 20 seconds with Molton Brown's limited-edition holiday scent set of Fabled Juniper Berries and Lapp Pine hand wash paired with matching lotion ($65). The woody aromas crafted of crisp juniper berries, pine and earthy oakmoss will transport your mind to a wintry wonderland in those moments, and the lotion will keep the feeling lingering long after. Saks Fifth Avenue, 120 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota (941) 364-5300.