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Blog > 10 Must-Have Gift Ideas for Living Your Best Life in 2023

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10 Must-Have Gift Ideas for Living Your Best Life in 2023

What do you get the high achievers on your list this year? Tear into our 2023 gift guide to get inspired (and maybe grab a few things for yourself, too).
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If you’re like most of us, you have that one colleague, friend, or family member who’s tough to shop for, so what do you get the person who has everything?

While there’s nothing wrong with gifting them with the latest gadget or a luxe designer item, why not opt for something that will last much longer? An investment in personal growth, self-discovery, education, or wellness is a gift that can benefit them for years.

Our editors have curated this list of 10 great gift ideas we stand behind and plan to give the high achievers in our own lives. Here’s to a successful 2023!

Life Coaching

High achievers are an inspiration to us all, but they often need extra support on their own journeys. Life coaching can help go-getters create a life aligned with their highest priorities.

It sounds simple enough until you’ve experienced it for yourself: High-level coaching, like life coaching, helps successful people set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd. It empowers them to get clear on their most meaningful goals, build a strategy to achieve them, and stay accountable toward building a life they love.

Perfect for: Professionals, entrepreneurs, students, those aspiring to have a greater impact and growth

Health Coaching

Creating healthy habits can transform our physical health and well-being — but if it were that easy, we’d all be living our healthiest lives. The part that trips most of us up in achieving our goals? Accountability.

Health coaching fosters transformation from the inside out and can help us reclaim control over energy, vitality, and health. The key is a combination of pragmatic behavioral changes, expertise in well-being, and accountability strategies to keep yourself on track. At Arootah, our coaches also leverage technology to support you in creating impactful, sustainable habits that impact all areas of your life.

Perfect for: People who want to live a healthier lifestyle, those facing health challenges, anyone who has given up on their health goals in the past

Sleep Coaching

Give the gift of a good night’s rest by enlisting a sleep coach. These seasoned pros teach you how to tap into the body’s natural, powerful source of healing and restoration and can help you address sleep challenges and opportunities.

Adopting healthy, consistent sleep habits makes you more alert, creative, and energetic in work and in life.

Perfect for: Parents, busy professionals, those struggling with sleep or health issues

“Land Your First Job” Gift Package

Entering the workforce is a huge undertaking (and can be super intimidating)! Many newly-minted graduates seek ways to stand out from their competition, especially if they have little to no professional experience in their field.

Career coaching is a great solution to help younger professionals better position themselves within their field, right out of school. From resume revamping to learning how to network to mastering the interview process, enlisting a career coach can build confidence and help younger workers reach their potential right out of the gate.

Perfect for: Recent or upcoming graduates about to enter the workforce

“Find Your Passion” Gift Package

Both new and seasoned professionals may find themselves questioning their career path — and guidance along the way can help ease their transition to a new field.

Career coaching can support individuals who want to explore new career paths, work towards a promotion, or achieve a new level of success in business. You spend one-third of your life at work — make it count!

Perfect for: Career-pivoting professionals, recent graduates, entrepreneurs

Fitness Classes

When in go-go-go mode, busy professionals may need an incentive to relax, engage with their mind and body, or relieve stress and tension. Gifts that inspire movement can give the high achiever in your life a boost to help them embrace work-life harmony and feel stronger, more confident, and more engaged at work.

Yoga, stretching, Pilates, and full-body classes are all great options to give as gifts.

Perfect for: Everyone!

Basket of Personal/Professional Development Books

Books will never go out of style. And as a gift giver, you have an endless number of options available, depending on the recipient’s interests. Still, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t recommend some of our favorite personal and professional development books out there.

Here are some of Arootah founder and CEO Rich Bello’s top picks that have helped him on his journey to success:

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Genny, Al Switzler, Kerry Patterson, and Laura Roppe
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • First Things First by Stephen Covey
  • Energy Guru by Marlene Jennings
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make by Sean Covey
  • The Art of Joyful Living by Swami Rama
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck


Bello has also authored a few books himself. Why not grab those for free right here?

Perfect for: High achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs

Executive Coaching

To adapt and thrive in today’s volatile, unpredictable world, you will need a new paradigm of leadership. In 2023, that means learning how to attract and retain the best talent, improve ESG and diversity and inclusion, and prepare yourself for economic uncertainty, among other issues. Executive coaching can empower leaders to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and lead with a strategic roadmap.

Perfect for: New managers, C-suite execs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists

Massage

If you know someone who has been more stressed than usual lately, a massage is the perfect gift to help them relax. One of our favorite types of massage is Thai yoga massage, which can improve and re-balance energy flow throughout the body. In this healing modality, practitioners combine dynamic-assisted stretching (influenced by yoga practices) with physical pressure they apply along energy lines through Chinese acupuncture and Ayurveda.

Perfect for: Everybody!

Custom Gift Baskets

Putting together a gift basket with wellness or personal development resources can be a personalized way to show support for someone. Based on the person’s needs and interests, you can customize a basket packed with goodies, such as a:

  • Yoga gift basket: Include a yoga mat, yoga blocks, workout clothing, a water bottle, and a gift certificate or subscription to their favorite yoga studio
  • Self-care basket: Tuck in a journal or two, some personal development books (see our list above for inspo!), essential vitamins, herbal tea, and a face mask
  • Sleep encouragement basket: Fill it with nighttime tea, lavender essential oil, an eye mask, and fuzzy socks

Perfect for: Coworkers, friends, business partners

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be taken as professional medical, psychological, legal, investment, financial, accounting, or tax advice. Arootah does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or suitability of its content for a particular purpose. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read in our newsletter, blog or anywhere else on our website.

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