The holidays can be stressful. You’ve got numerous parties to attend, family to visit, and gifts to buy. And if you’re hosting an event this season, it can be even more hectic. So why not give the gift of self-care to your loved ones (and yourself) this year? Nothing says “I care about you” more than giving the gift of relaxation.
So if you know someone in your life who rarely takes the time to slow down and care for themselves, check out some of our favorite self-care gifts to wind-down this holiday season.
Self-Care Gift Box
If you like the idea of putting together a gift box with a few different self-care goodies by don’t feel creative enough to get it all together, leave the job to Etsy! This self-care gift box includes a bath soak, a clay face mask, lip balm, a soy candle, and matches.
Bullet Journal Set
One of the most therapeutic things we can do is write down our plans and reflect on the day. A bullet journal is a great way to track goals, reflect on the past, and plan for the present. If this is up your alley, check out DraftSparks for journal writing prompts, writing prompts about gratitude, and other fun Bullet Journal ideas.
Gather Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser
I have this diffuser and LOVE it. Not only does it feature a beautiful design aesthetic, but the water reservoir is large enough for oils to be diffused all night. This diffuser is color changing and features a variety of different relaxing sounds. I personally fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves every night, and I sleep like a baby!
15lb Weighted Blanket
Who doesn’t love the relaxing feeling of being all bundled up under some heavy blankets? Take that feeling to the next level with a weighted blanket! Weighted blankets provide you with the comfort of being swaddled up like a baby. Needless to say, I definitely have one of these on my Christmas wish list this year.
Acure Face Mask
There are few things that feel as relaxing as applying a face mask and sitting still for 15 minutes while it does its thing. Slapping on a couple of cucumbers over those tired eyes is always a good idea too. This Acure mask has an incredible peppermint scent and leaves your skin feeling tingly and clean in the best way. Check out our article about natural face masks for more options.
Bath Salt Spa Gift Set Collection
This bath salt set from Etsy is a great gift for the person in your life who doesn’t get to take nearly as many baths are they deserve to! This set includes a Himalayan pink salt soak, a french green clay soak, and a black lava salt soak. 100% vegan and handmade using dead sea salt and organic essential oils, this set comes in a holiday gift box with an included wooden scoop.
Why wait for January 1st to commit to daily meditation? This meditation cushion provides a comfy place for you to get your Om on while supporting your spine and back. Available in 6 different colors, this cushion is filled with buckwheat hull and the cotton cover can be removed for easy cleaning.
Self Care Checklist
If you’re not into bullet journaling but like the idea of holding yourself accountable on your self care journey, consider these simple checklists! Each notepad comes with 50 easy to peel pages that track your basic, physical, and mental/emotional needs. This is also a great gift for that person in your life who is always on the go and might appreciate the intention of slowing down.
Plant Therapy Essential Oils Starter Kit
This USDA organic certified essential oil set from Plant Therapy includes all the basic scents to get started with aromatherapy. I use these oils at home and have found them to be my favorite brand because they’re affordable and are one of the few brands I’ve found that are certified organic by the USDA. And of course, they smell absolutely amazing!
Home Wine Delivery Service
What’s a better way to wind down at the end of the day than with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a glass of wine? And what’s even better than a glass of wine is one that’s delivered right to your door. Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving (or delivering, rather) or gift someone individual bottles of wine for the holidays.
When you join, you’ll fill out the Firstleaf quiz and they’ll tailor your deliveries to fit your personal wine preferences. Afterward, you’ll rate your wines and your next box will be adjusted to reflect those ratings.
Each shipment comes with tasting cards for each bottle and helpful notes on how to pair the wine with meals.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Skincare Set
One of my favorite self-care routines is my nighttime skincare regimen. I start with a clean face, then I spray on some toner, apply my moisturizer, and finish it all up with some nighttime face oil. This is a great starter set for those that don’t have a current skincare routine, and the formula is cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Another self-care habit I’ve taken up lately is enjoying a hot cup of relaxing tea at the end of a long day, or after a challenging yoga class. The one bad habit I do have, though, is letting my tea get cold. This Ember mug keeps your drink hot and toasty, anywhere from 120-145 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your preference. It’s controlled with your smartphone and has a battery life of up to 1.5 hours. Don’t buy that coffee lover another ceramic mug when you can treat them to something even more special, and high-tech for that matter!
The Republic of Tea Turmeric Gift Set
And while we’re on the subject of tea, check out this set of turmeric tea from The Republic of Tea! Turmeric, ginger, and green tea are said to support the body’s response to inflammation, allowing your joints, ligaments, and muscles to stretch more fully: perfect for the yogi in your life!
Deck Of 64 Affirmation Cards
Affirmations are beneficial in yoga and meditation, but they’re a great way to stay positive throughout the day, too! I find that once I find an affirmation for the day that works for me, it’s a lot easier for me to relax when I get stressed or overwhelmed. But sometimes the most difficult part is finding a few words to use as an affirmation! These power thought cards from Louise Hay offer 64 different affirmations to use in yoga, meditation, or just everyday life!
Self-care means lots of different things to lots of different people, and to some, self-care means getting a good workout in. But if you’re feeling burnt out on your current routine, consider these dice that make a fun game out of working out!
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World
Maybe your loved one finds inspiration from self-help books. This book from Retired Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven offers the simple idea of how making your bed can lead to even more tasks accomplished throughout the day, and how those tasks can change your life. I’ve had many friends recommend this book to me, and it’s even on my bookshelf right now, just waiting to be read!
Heated Neck Wrap
After a hard workout, or maybe just a hard day, nothing feels as relaxing as a heated neck wrap. This wrap from Etsy is available in 5 colors and comes with your choice of scent spritzer to apply after heating the pack.
Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace
If you like to utilize essential oils in your meditation or yoga practice, this aromatherapy necklace is just what you need! Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the felt insert, close the locket and you’re set.
Amika The Kure Hair Mask
And if your loved one is enjoying their face mask, why not have them apply a hair mask while they’re at it? This hair mask from amika is reviewed highly on Amazon and is especially beneficial for those with dry, brittle, or color-treated hair.
52-Week Gratitude Guide
Help your loved one start 2020 off on a good foot with this 52-week gratitude guide! Sometimes self-care takes the form of resetting your mindset, and recognizing what you have to be thankful for in your life can make a big difference, especially when day to day stress makes you forget the little things!
Unwind Lavender Gift Set
Lavender is an essential oil that’s well known for being used to decompress, destress, and relax. This gift set is full of all the lavender goodies: pillow spray, a lavender candle, an eye mask, and even a real lavender plant!
Mandala Coloring Book
And finally, nothing says self-care quite like breaking out your kids’ coloring pencils and giving yourself a little time to decompress with an adult coloring book.