As we holiday shop, plan family get-togethers, and wrap up a busy season of work, the holiday time can be stressful. When it comes to giving thoughtful, healthy gifts to your friends (and yourself), we've got you covered. So take a deep breath and let our "favorites list" guide you.
Foster a happy V, have a happy holiday
Surprise the people in your life by thinking outside the box by gifting sexual wellness kits and accessories.
1. Intimate Rose kegel weights help strengthen your pelvic floor
Kegel exercises make your pelvic floor muscles stronger. These muscles control your urine flow and help hold your pelvic organs in place. Doctors often recommend Kegels for stress incontinence, childbirth recovery, embarrassing leaks, or even to "spice up" your sex life. According to the Intimate Rose website, "Industry-leading doctors helped Intimate Rose design and develop the safest, most comfortable and effective pelvic floor weights available for the female body. Our exercisers, also called vaginal cones or Kegel balls, are the only ones used in real American Physical Therapy Association training courses."
2. Play around with the Adult Play Mat
The Adult Play Mat is a small, sexy mat to roll out and use during messy sex, like sex on your period, squirting, or playing with lube. Cleanup is simple and easy, the mat dries in minutes, and is compact enough to take on-the-go. Adult Play Mat creator, Lauren Brim, is a licensed sex therapist who specializes in helping her clients heal their relationship to sexuality. She's even written a post for Kliit's Free Expert Tips: Top 10 Sexual Health Questions Women are Embarrassed to Ask, Answered by a Sex Therapist.
3. LOLA's Sexual Wellness Kit is a nifty hit to stay sexually fit
LOLA’s Sexual Wellness Kit features a selection of products and resources to help lead a healthy and satisfying sex life. Gift the special people in your life a kit filled with an assortment of gynecologist-approved condoms, lubricants, and cleansing wipes along with LOLA’s personal, honest, real-life guide to sexual wellness. Here's what their website has to say: "We partnered with leading medical experts, Dr. Corina Dunlap and Dr. Wendy Hurst, to co-author this 50-page printed guide, included in every Sexual Wellness Kit. Topics include: basic anatomy, how to talk about sex, how to have it, and how to make it a safe and satisfying experience for everyone involved. Whether you're gearing up for your first time, or looking for answers to one-time questions, we've got you covered."
4. Experience breathable comfort with b.WR
These underwear aren't just cute, they're ultra-comfortable for your sensitive parts. The b.WR mission is dedicated to crafting beautiful products, caring for the environment, and promoting sexual wellness: "We wanted to create a product that would not only feel good, but is good for you, good for the environment, and gives back to the community. So, we crafted b.WR: a revolutionary organic, eco-friendly bamboo cotton undergarment line - providing the softest, most breathable, luxurious underwear for some of your most sensitive and favorite body parts."
Prepare to greet Aunt Flo
Your period doesn't plan itself around a holiday schedule. Whether it be for yourself or for a friend, you'll be the hit of the holiday party if you're prepared to stop period pain and inconvenience dead in its tracks.
5. Harness the infinite possibilities of reusable menstrual products with the Ziggy Cup
Do you have a friend who wishes to have sex during periods without the mess? Do you know someone who's adopting a zero-waste or low-waste lifestyle? Surprise that special person in your life with the gift of a sustainable Ziggy Cup that they can continue to reuse each period, even during sex.
6. Livia is a gadget-loving menstruator's dream
While your ancestors have been using hot water bottles for decades to calm period cramps, a modern menstruator has other options! Livia is an FDA-approved and clinically tested gadget that uses electric micro-pulses to tap into the body’s natural pain defenses. Livia clips to your waistband and uses electrode patches to send pain-relieving pulses to the lower abdomen. It looks pretty cute, too.
Get scientific with at-home test kits
An essential part of sexual health and wellness is understanding your body and its needs. Thankfully, there are quick, accessible tests for things like urinary tract infections or sexually transmitted infections. Give the gift of peace of mind with these health test kits.
7. Early detection with a UTI Test Kit is a gift of relief
Scanwell Health is dedicated to making proactive healthcare accessible to everyone. A Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI, is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. People with vaginas are more likely to contract UTIs than are people with penises, especially if they do not empty their bladder following intercourse. Each Scanwell UTI test kit includes a test strip, color card, and easy-to-follow instructions.
8. Bring the lab to you with STI At-Home Test Kits
Did you know that 1 in 2 sexually active people will contract an STI by age 25, yet 80% will have no symptoms? Knowing your status is important, but it can sometimes be inconvenient to schedule a time for an in-person STI test. MyLab offers a 5 Panel at-home STI test that screens for common infections like chlamydia, herpes, and HIV.
Gift self-care: sleep, relaxation, and exercise
Sleep and relaxation are essential for a healthy life (and sex life!). Gift your loved ones exactly what they need to breathe, relax, and focus on themselves this year.
9. Get ahead of those fitness resolutions with Class Pass
Do you have a friend who is a hardcore fitness star or a friend who wants to exercise more? The Class Pass offers exclusive flexible membership rights to work out anytime and join fitness classes at any of the top studios. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, regular exercise provides a great array of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, preventing diabetes, improving mood and cognitive function, and reducing mortality. For women, those benefits expand, thanks to their particular combination of hormones and health risks.
10. Ensure 2020 is calm, cool, and meditative with a Headspace Subscription
Did you know you can gift a Headspace guided meditation subscription to a friend? Headspace's cute and relatable guided meditation sessions help you gradually improve mindfulness. A study out of Brown University found that mindfulness meditation, in which practitioners focus on attending to the present moment without judgment, may have greater benefits for women. Mindfulness can improve your mental health and overall wellbeing, making it a great gift for someone you love.
Happy, Healthy Holidays From the Kliit Team
About the author
Cassy Gibson is the co-founder and director of product design for Kliit Health. She specializes in user experience design and user research for healthcare products.