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As an insomniac myself, I’m always happy to receive a gift that upgrades my bed or helps improve my sleep in some way. I mean, I love chocolates and the latest gadgets, but I love my sleep even more!
I’m also a big believer in gifts that someone will use and love for a long time to come. The world of sleep accessories and bedding is full of things which can make a real difference to your quality of sleep for years.
Although I’ll be recommending a couple of luxury bedroom products in this list, sometimes it’s the simplest ones that make all the difference.
So no matter what your budget, if you know someone who has trouble sleeping, you should find a gift here that they’ll appreciate.
1. Acoustic Sheep SleepPhones
Comfortable headphones to rock you to sleep
If you enjoy falling asleep while listening to music, radio, or even watching TV, the AcousticSheep headphones are a unique way to make it a more comfortable experience. They are particularly good for side sleepers, who often find normal headphones a little uncomfortable to use in bed.
The speakers are flat, individually padded, and then tucked neatly inside the fabric headband. The flat shape and double padding lets you lie in any position, block out a little outside noise, and not worry about your partner hearing your music.
In the photo below, I’m using the Sleepphones. Note how flat they are, which is what makes them more practical to use in bed than standard headphones.
The speaker quality is more than good enough for music, radio, podcasts, video, or even games. Since they work via Bluetooth, you don’t have a cable in bed connecting to your device. And you can choose between a cooler fabric for hot sleepers or cozy fleece for winter months.
The headband can be machine washed and it’s easy to remove the speakers. With their comfortable design and decent speaker quality, the SleepPhones are a great way for insomniacs to drift off to sleep in their own private little audio cocoon.
They cost just under $100, and if you use my promo code NSNIGHTS you can get a 10% discount on the Sleepphones website.
2. Bearaby Napper Weighted Blanket
A stylish and breathable blanket that hugs you to sleep
Using the concept of deep touch pressure, a weighted blanket applies gentle pressure over your whole body, often described as feeling a little like being hugged.
The idea is that it stimulates serotonin production and reduces cortisol, leading to less stress and more relaxation. My own experience has been that it does feel relaxing to use, and is particularly good in colder months of the year when you’d naturally add layers to your bed anyway.
The Bearaby is unique in the weighted blanket world in that it doesn’t use artificial filler and thousands of microbeads. Instead, it has a giant organic cotton weave to create the weight. It’s a more eco-friendly weighted blanket made by a company that values sustainability.
In the photo below, I’m using my Bearaby Napper weighted blanket. You can see how well it conforms to the shape of my body, creating the hug effect.
The Bearaby really shines in both aesthetic appeal and how breathable it feels. The cotton weave and rich color look beautiful on the bed or the sofa. The weave creates natural air holes, so it’s more breathable than standard weighted blankets. If you want some extra warmth though, you can use it on top of your bedding for an extra winter layer.
As for the price, the Bearaby Napper costs between $199 and $279 depending on the size, which is a typical price for high-quality weighted blankets.
So if you know an insomniac who likes a good hug, and who enjoys a little comfort in life, the Bearaby weighted blanket is a wonderful choice.
3. Spoonk Acupressure Mat
A unique way to relieve muscular tension and sleep better
Based on the ancient Japanese art of acupressure massage, the Spoonk acupressure mat offers a unique way to tackle a range of health problems.
The main benefits lie in its surprising ability to relieve muscular tension and pain, particularly in the back, shoulders, and neck. It can also help with relaxation and stress relief. And if tension and stress is keeping you up at night, it’s great to have another way to unwind in the home.
When you first see the 8000 stimulation points that you lie on, a little skepticism naturally arises. But once you settle, the warm sensation that arises in your back is surprisingly calming and enjoyable.
Below, you can see my Spoonk mat. If you’d like evidence that it’s possible to lie on it comfortably, take a look at my video review.
The Spoonk mat is a personal favorite of mine, helping me unwind after long days working at my computer. So for the insomniac who struggles with back pain and stress, this is a gift I recommend trying.
As with most acupressure mats, the price hovers in the $30 – $40 range. There are lots of different brands of these mats nowadays and I don’t think you need to pay more than that to get a good one.
4. BedJet 3
High-tech wizardry that can cool or heat the bed
Some people find they sweat their way through the sticky summer nights, and then shiver their way into bed in the winter; others just wish that mind control worked on their body’s thermostat.
The BedJet 3 brings a bit of high-tech magic into the bedroom, doubling as an effective bed cooling system in the summer, and a great alternative to heated bedding in the winter. It’s essentially a very advanced fan system, with a lot of control over the way the air flows over you.
Using the advanced remote control or a phone app, you can control everything from the fan speed to the temperature, and even program changing temperatures throughout the night. And for couples who can never agree on the ideal bedroom temperature, you could upgrade to the dual-zone version with separate units and remotes.
In the photo below, I’ve got the BedJet 3 set up at home. You can put the base unit under the bed or next to it. You can also change the position of the tube and nozzle so that the air flows over different parts of your bed and body.
If normal fans or heated bedding have disappointed in the past, the BedJet 3 will rise to the challenge of keeping the insomniac comfortable while they sleep.
Just keep in mind that this is the most expensive gift I’ll be discussing, costing well into triple figures, so it’s one for those who are feeling particularly generous. If you’d like to see it in action, take a look at my BedJet review.
5. Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 wake up light.
Fall asleep and wake up easier with a sunset and sunrise simulator
Do you know someone who struggles to wake up during the winter months? Perhaps they often seem grumpy in the morning, and don’t exactly face the day with a spring in their step?
Not everyone finds it easy to start the day with a smile, especially when it’s still dark outside. That’s where the Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 wake-up light can make all the difference.
A short while before your chosen alarm time, it will turn on with a warm red glow and slowly increase in brightness over 15-90 minutes. It gently fades through deep reds, oranges, yellows, and finishes on a brightness of your choice.
Below, I’m using the Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 as a reading light. When I’m ready for sleep, I just hit the sunset button and it will slowly fade out.
With nature sounds or
It costs around $150, which is at the more expensive end of wake-up lights. You can find cheaper models, but the color transition tends to be less smooth.
6. Alaska Bear Silk Sleep Mask
The perfect way to rest your eyes and sleep in complete darkness
If you’re a sensitive sleeper, the tiniest slither of light through the curtains or the glow of electronic devices is enough to keep you awake. And if you’re fond of daytime naps, it’s even more likely the room will be too bright to completely switch off.
The Alaska Bear was my favorite sleep mask when I tested a wide range of different shapes, sizes and materials. The natural silk feels pleasant against the skin, the straps hold it in place without being too tight, and most importantly, it does an excellent job of shutting out the light.
In the photo below, I’m using the Alaska Bear during the daytime, and managed to completely block out all light.
The sleep mask is breathable, easy to clean, and can be used time and time again. For those that need complete darkness to fall into a deep sleep, this is a sleep mask that will draw the curtains on the world for a short while.
At just under $10, this is the most budget-friendly gift on the list, while still being one that many people will appreciate.
7. LectroFan Evo White Noise Machine
A great way to mask external noise and fall asleep
Many insomniacs struggle to sleep if there’s even the slightest noise in the house. A good set of earplugs is the most common way to block out noise at night, but there’s an alternative that can work well for some people.
White noise is a simple and effective way to mask sound coming from outside the bedroom. Some people also find it helps them concentrate when studying or working if the outside world is full of distracting noises.
The LectroFan Evo is an excellent machine, known for its minimalist design and high-quality white noise production. With a choice of fan sounds, white noise or ocean surf, you can block out whatever noise the outside world is throwing at you.
In the photos below, you can see the simple buttons and the headphone jack.
It might not be everyone’s idea of peace and quiet, but many insomniacs find it provides relief from the sound of passing cars, music, dogs, television, or even that creaking pipe somewhere under the floorboards.
For under $50, the price is good for a white noise machine too. You can find cheaper ones, and also more expensive. In my experience though, $30 – $50 tends to be the sweet spot to ensure a good sound machine. If you’d like to listen to the sounds it has before buying it, take a look at my LectroFan review.
8. Fitbit Versa 3
An activity and sleep tracking smartwatch for those who like to know how much they sleep
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a stylish smartwatch and a great motivator to improve both your fitness and sleep. It has Alexa included at the touch of a button, so you can send messages, check the news and weather, set alarms, and much more.
Where sleep is concerned, you’ll get a fascinating breakdown of your sleep stages, with a detailed app that even compares your sleep to other people your age and your last 30 days.
With a constant heart rate monitor, it does a wide range of activity tracking, such as steps, floors climbed, calories burned, and how much exercise you squeezed into your day. It has inbuilt GPS which runners will love, and swimmers can use it to track endless lengths in the pool.
Below, I’m wearing my Fitbit Versa 3. I like being able to see my stats on the watch itself rather than always having to open up the app.
The idea is that the Versa 3 will encourage insomniacs to be more active during the day, and more attentive to their sleep patterns at night. If nothing else, they’ll have a futuristic new gadget to keep them entertained.
You’re probably looking at around $200 for the Fitbit Versa 3, which is a relatively normal price for a good quality activity tracker. If you’ve been tempted to pick up a cheaper brand for under $50 online, just be aware that the accuracy for sleep tracking drops significantly if they don’t have heart rate monitoring as well as motion tracking.
9. Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser
A funky diffuser to experiment with aromatherapy and sleep
If the insomniac in your life is the kind of person who enjoys aromatherapy, an upgrade from simple sticks in a bottle to a diffuser and humidifier combo could be just the ticket to sweet-smelling dreams.
The Pure Daily Care ultrasonic diffuser looks great, with a gentle wood style finish. It comes with 20 essential oils, from lavender to orange and mint. So you can alternate between the different scents and maybe surprise yourself with a new scent you hadn’t realized was so relaxing.
It has multiple timers to choose from. So you can either have a subtle scent in the bedroom or after many hours of diffusion, close your eyes and imagine you’re sleeping in a eucalyptus forest.
The diffuser has its own little light show included too, with 14 light combinations to choose from. So this is one for people who love to jazz up their bedroom with some funky touches. This one costs around $45 – $50, but you can also find cheaper diffusers that are simpler and have fewer features.
10. Himalayan Glow Salt Lamp
A relaxing glow if you need some visual warmth in the bedroom
No Christmas market is complete without a glowing stall selling Himalayan salt lamps. When you have dozens of them together in the dark, they are hard to resist.
If you don’t fancy carrying one around with you while shopping in person, you can find many online – such as the Himalayan Glow here. They are reported to have various health benefits, though the evidence seems to be mostly anecdotal really.
However, I’m a big believer in the power of lighting to temporarily change your mood. Turning off the main lights in a living room or bedroom and just having one or two soft lamps always puts me in a more relaxed mood. And soft lighting is also a key ingredient if you’re aiming for a romantic atmosphere.
So even though I can’t promise a salt lamp will help improve your sleep, it’s hard to imagine the warm glow having no effect once you dim the normal room lights, put on some relaxing music, and switch off from the outside world.
The price is good too, at under $20. If you do see one in a market stall though and can carry the weight around, shopping local is always a good thing.