While it’s often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. There’s pressure around planning, finances, and potential family conflict. For this reason, it’s especially important to indulge in some self-care in the coming weeks. And whether you’re looking to finishing off some last-minute holiday shopping, or in the mood to treat yourself (which we highly encourage), you can’t go wrong with a self-care-themed gift. They’re a thoughtful way promote wellness for someone, and are often the types of items that people are hesitant to buy for themselves—so they’re extra appreciated.
To help inspire you, we’ve compiled 12 of our favorite self-care-related gifts that we’re planning to give (and hoping to get) this year.
Know someone with a daily journaling practice, or someone who wants to start? Gift them this Five-Minute Journal. The whole premise is to start and end your day in an intentional way. Each day starts out with an inspirational quote and prompts you to list 3 things you’re grateful for, an affirmation, and 3 things that would make the day great. Then at the end of the day, you’re prompted to come back to the journal and list three amazing things that happened throughout the day, and explain how you could have made the day even better. And the best part? It should only take five minutes a day, so there are no excuses.
I recently invested in one of these, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life for the better. If you’re unfamiliar, a jade roller is a facial roller that is typically used in the morning and at night to reduce puffiness and promote lymphatic drainage. There’s something extremely luxurious about rolling the cold stone roller over your face after a long day. It feels like an indulgent massage, yet it only takes a few minutes.
While vitamins might not be a go-to holiday gift, Care/of vitamins and supplements are special. When you buy someone a Care/of gift card, you can personalize their daily supplement packet with their name, and set a personal message for each one if you’d like. Then, they’ll be prompted to take the online quiz about which benefits they’re hoping to experience. Based on their answers, Care/of will create a custom batch of vitamins for them to take every day.
Any bath lover will be psyched to receive this gift. If you’re feeling creative, create your own bundle of bath bombs, soaps, candles, and body oils. But if not, let someone else do it for you! The Etsy store Gratia Box Co offers a “You are Loved Mindfulness Gift Box” which contains handmade bath salts, a candle, and calming loose leaf tea for a relaxing night in.
I personally received these affirmation cards for Christmas last year, and they still get almost daily use. The pack contains 50 unique affirmation cards to provide you with inspiration and motivation but in a fun and witty way. For example, the self-love card reads “I openly embrace a feeling of self-love (the PG kind). I love myself because I understand myself. I love myself as the most committed partner that I will ever have. I show myself love in any way that I can, and when I screw up I remember to be sweet and gentle with myself. If not, I’m gonna make myself sleep on the couch. Got that, Self?”
Plants are aesthetically appealing, but did you know they’re also good for your health? According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having plants in your office space makes you happier and more productive. That means the same ought to apply for having them around the house. Succulents are especially great because they’re low maintenance—most only need to be watered once every few weeks.
Water bottles have become almost an accessory, but they can get pricey. For this reason, some people shy away from purchasing a high-quality reusable model. Brands like bkr, Swell, and Hydro Flask make great bottles that keep your water cold while being sleek and stylish at the same time. We all know that drinking enough water is key to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s hard to remember to drink throughout the day. By gifting someone a nice reusable bottle, you’ll be encouraging them to live a healthier life.
Getting enough sleep is essential to self-care. When we don’t all areas of our lives start to decline, including our health. For some individuals who are sensitive to light, having an eye mask can make all the difference in achieving that coveted 8 hours of sleep. And a silk sleep mask is extra soothing. This one from slip is made with high-quality silk and delivers anti-aging benefits while you sleep.
A weighted blanket is something we could all benefit from in our lives, yet most of us are reluctant to invest in. They’re generally weighed down with glass beads and polyester to create 10-15 pounds of pressure when in use. The pressure is said to decrease anxiety and help with insomnia. “It feels like someone is hugging you,” one Target buyer explains.
Massages are so nourishing, yet we rarely make time to schedule them for ourselves. They have been shown to relax the muscles, relieve stress, and promote energy. Treating someone to some time with healing hands will leave them feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, which is one of the best possible gifts. Simply check out Google or Yelp to find a massage therapist in your area and inquire about getting a gift certificate. It’s an easy process and a gift that will definitely be appreciated.
Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned yogi or a newbie, a new yoga mat is a perfect, yet often overlooked gift. Having your own mat signals graduating out of that limbo phase of borrowing or renting a mat, and allows you to really feel like a yoga practitioner. Sometimes, it can be the step someone needs to really commit to a regular practice. Or if they’re already committed, a new mat is a luxury that people tend to put off buying, since a worn-out one might still do the job.
Feeling stressed with all of your last-minute shopping? Check out our 7 ways to beat holiday stress.
Written By: Kara Cuzzone