Best Sleep Gifts for Couples
Surprise your partner with a commitment to sleeping better together
Feb 28th, 2023 •
Getting good sleep is critical for not just your physical health but also for your relationship. After all, sleep quality has a big impact on your mental state and sense of well-being—and research shows lack of it fuels the types of conflicts that can damage a romantic partnership.
That’s why gifts that help your partner sleep better are such an excellent way to show someone you care. Whether you spring for a brand-new mattress and comfy sheet set, or surprise your loved one with pure oxytocin in weighted-blanket form, a gift that enhances sleep is a green flag signaling your commitment. Plus, you’ll benefit, too—assuming they’ll be sharing their new mattress or making room to spoon on that new pillow.
Here are 10 gift ideas to show your partner you want them to sleep a little sounder and cozier with you every night.
A firm, supportive mattress that feels luxurious: Helix Midnight
The Midnight tops our list of best mattresses for couples because it has such a balanced-feeling hybrid construction with excellent motion isolation, so you can toss and turn alongside your partner without worrying you’ll wake them up. It’s a firm mattress, but it has a comfort layer and high-grade polyfoam layer that provide good pressure relief, so it tends to work well for back sleepers and side sleepers alike.
Hundreds of individually wrapped coils provide excellent and consistent support, while one last foam layer at the base adds more structure and durability. This is the brand’s most popular mattress with good reason—it’s a hit with most types of sleepers, except those who prefer a softer sleeping surface.
A side-sleeper’s dream – DreamCloud Premier
If you want to enjoy a peaceful night with your partner, you need a mattress that doesn’t send out a shockwave of motion every time someone changes their sleep position. The DreamCloud Premier hybrid mattress scored a 9/10 in our Mattress Advisor testing for motion transfer, indicating that it excels in this area, which is just one of the reasons why we chose it as one of our best mattresses for couples.
The Premier also provides good pressure relief in the shoulders, hips, and lower back, due to a plush Euro-top and support foam layer designed to cradle your body while supplying plenty of support. A soft cashmere cover adds to the luxury feel of this mattress.
It’s an excellent option for not just couples and people with back pain, but also seniors and plus-size sleepers, no matter the sleep position. It also makes an excellent gift—especially if you opt in for white-glove delivery and have the mattress all set up when your partner gets home.
A more affordable mattress that even commitment-phobes will love – Nectar Original
The Nectar Original is another bed that’s well-suited to couples, but at a more entry-level price. A memory foam mattress, it works best for average-weight or lightweight sleepers due to its all-foam construction, medium firmness, and 12” thickness—though most heavier sleepers should have no problem with it.
In our testing, the mattress scored well in several key categories that benefit couples, including motion transfer, edge support, and durability. This suggests that you can not only spread out easily on the Nectar without disrupting a partner, but it’ll maintain its structure and support for years to come.
But the best perk to this mattress? If you’re on the fence about it, rest easy that you have a lot of time to make up your mind about whether you want to commit: Nectar gives customers a full calendar year to try out the mattress, and a lifetime limited warranty after that.
A budget-friendly sheet set to keep you both cooler – Tuft & Needle Percale Sheet Set
If you want to level up your sleep space, you need sheets that feel soft, cool, and luxurious—so you can look forward to sliding into bed with your partner at the end of every day and letting go of any remaining stress. These percale sheets are amazing at creating a nice crisp sleep experience through their breathable, high-quality weave.
Made from 100-percent long-staple Supima cotton, the sheets are Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified, which means they’ve been proven to be free from harmful chemicals. The sheets are more casual than fancy in appearance—and not the best choice for colder climates, as they sleep cool—but they make up for it by being ultra-durable and long-lasting, and magically softer with every wash.
The ultimate soft, breathable sheets: Brooklyn Bedding Deep Pocket Bamboo Cotton Sheets
Brooklyn Bedding united the best qualities of bamboo and cotton to create this sheet set, which firmly plants itself in the Venn diagram overlap between soft, breathable, and cooling. The sheets stand out for their airy construction, which is lightweight and gentle while also being durable enough to last. If your partner tends to sleep hot, they’ll be delighted to receive them as a gift.
Deep-pocket sheets like these work well with thicker mattresses (up to 17”), and are particularly beneficial if you have an adjustable bed. These have a 300-thread count and come in three different colors to match your room.
Your favorite side sleeper’s next pillow: Eli & Elm Side Sleeper Pillow
Side sleeping is more common than back sleeping or stomach sleeping, yet there are few products designed specifically to improve comfort and alignment for this sleep position. This comfy pillow with a shoulder-shaped cutout for improved side sleeping is the exception—and the ideal gift for your favorite side-sleeping companion.
The pillow is filled with 25-percent polyester fiber and 75-percent natural latex that includes a gel foam to help you or your partner sleep cooler. A zipper on the side of the pillow allows you to remove some of that foam so you can customize the pillow’s firmness. In our testing of the pillow, we found it to be soft and squishy—but with excellent support and little to no sinkage.
A crowd-pleasing pillow that supports all: Saatva Latex Pillow
It’s hard to imagine any sleeper turning down the fantastic Saatva Latex Pillow. Not only does it support all sleep positions—side, stomach, back, and combination—but it also has a removable inner pillow that lets you adjust the pillow’s firmness level.
The pillow is made from organic cotton and microfiber, with Talalay latex to add responsiveness, breathability, and hypoallergenic properties. The sum of those high-quality materials is a stand-out pillow so comfortable that we named it our favorite latex pillow overall.
The coziest form of stress relief: Gravity Weighted Blanket
Giving your favorite person this hefty blanket is the best way to deliver a full-body bear hug from afar. The blanket not only distributes a calming pressure across a sleeper’s body, but in doing so it also relaxes the nervous system and leads to faster, deeper sleep. This pressure therapy is useful for all, but especially beneficial for those who have anxiety, autism, or ADHD.
The Gravity blanket is made from a 300-thread-count cotton cover, which is removable and machine-washable, and a fabric encasement that holds fine-grade glass beads like tiny grains of sand. The blanket weighs 15 pounds, which makes it best suited for sleepers between 145 and 174 pounds, though people outside that range might also find it comfortable (I do!). It’s perfect for one person—or for two to snuggle beneath and share its stress-relieving benefits.
A more natural and peaceful alarm clock: Casper Glowlight
Stirring awake to a warm ray of light is so much more peaceful than being jolted upright by a blaring phone alarm. This schedulable glow light gradually dims at night when it’s time to go to bed and slowly lights up when it’s time to rise. You can touch and twist it to control the brightness, or use the associated app. It’s also wireless, so you can take it off its charger and carry it around the house like a flashlight.
The Glowlight makes an excellent sleep gift for anyone who struggles to shut down at night and roll out of bed in the morning in a good mood. It’s also useful for kids’ bedrooms—not only does it function as a nightlight, but you can also set it to cue early-rising kids to wait until it’s an acceptable hour to get out of bed.
Loungewear with universal sizing and appeal: Brooklinen Waffle Bathrobe
If you think a robe is too boring and practical to make a great gift, this waffle-knit model will prove you wrong—its high-quality, long-staple cotton construction, wide, adjustable sleeves, and generous pockets can make lounging at home feel like a relaxing and luxurious experience.
Warm, thick, and cozy, the robe is excellent to wear when stepping out of the shower but even better for relaxing in bed or on the couch. It also has a unisex fit, and comes in an XS to XL size range that suits most average-sized body types. Just be warned that the robe shrinks a little in the wash, so consider sizing up when ordering.
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