When was the last time you pampered yourself? (Or when did you even had 5 minutes to spend relaxing in the bathroom privately?) Chances are it’s been awhile for your BFFs or family members, too. This might be because self-care has taken on a life of its own and seemingly become such a big production, and no one has the time (or energy, TBH) for candle-lit bubble baths or graceful but complicated yoga sequences in perfectly lit rooms. But here’s a newsflash for you: TLC is more than a trending hashtag, and R&R doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. It can just mean taking a few quiet minutes to do something for yourself.
So for the next birthday, holiday, or regular Tuesday — or perhaps you’re searching for that elusive gift for your boyfriend — present your loved ones with self-care gifts that speak to their soul. Remember, the best ones go back to basics: treating them to the little things that make them feel good from the inside out. From face masks to diffusers, read on to see the best self-care gifts to help them enjoy the calm and short-lived relaxation they deserve.
For those of us who love to cuss when we vent, this coloring book is the ultimate gift for yourself. The description for the Fuck Off, Coronavirus Coloring book says it all: “Coronavirus sucks. Self-quarantining sucks. Social distancing sucks. With reasons to stress coming at us from all directions, why not take a break and just tell life to shut the fuck up?”
My wearable blanket from The Comfy happened to arrive before a 3-day-long rain storm, and it was the perfect cozy weather uniform. I seriously didn’t take it off for three days. Made of super soft sherpa, this gigantic sweater is the solution to gloomy, cold weather. It comes with a hood so you can really disappear into the coziness.
A lot of us struggle with dry skin in the fall and winter months, and no matter how many times we (gently) exfoliate and slather moisturizer on our faces, it never seems to be enough. Hey Dewy’s facial humidifier is *just* the thing you need to take your skin from parched to well-hydrated over night. You just add water, plug it in, and set it on your nightstand while you sleep.
Having trouble sleeping lately? *Raises hand* That’s all of us, lately. Medterra’s CBD gummies (which taste extremely delicious, we almost wish these were just plain candy) give you a moment of zen that lets you calm down and feel sleepy — naturally. Just munch on one and you’ll find yourself reaching for a pillow.
(Obligatory disclaimer: As always, it’s safest to consult with your doctor before trying. Note that Medterra products contain full-spectrum CBD, which ontains .03% THC, the legal amount. All CBD products are designed for *adults only.*)
Chances are, you’ve heard how CBD can help with self-care, and your loved one (or you) may be curious to try it. But, how can you tell if a product is quality or junk? Enter Prospect Farms, a CBD line that’s grown and produced on a 400-year-old farm in Prospect, Maine. We love PF’s tinctures because they’re super versatile (mix ’em in smoothies, tea, coffee, or take right under the tongue), plus they don’t have the strong bitter aftertaste that some other formulas have. And if you’re at all familiar with the CBD market, you’ll see this pick is really affordable at $50 a pop, especially given that it’s organic, USA-made, and particularly potent with 750 mg of CBD per bottle.
The Awaken tincture is well-suited for busy parents looking for a moment of calm while staying alert during the day. Are they having trouble sleeping? Suggest they try sipping some hot tea mixed with a dropperful of the Dream tincture to help them drift off.
This lip treatment is like a lip facial in a jar. Apply a layer on at night and get smooth, soft lips in the morning — especially if they’re dry or chapped. This collagen-boosting formula contains ingredients like hyaluronic-acid and extra vitamin E to ensure that your pout is fuller and healthier. Plus, its minty scent is nice and soothing.
For many parents, an adult beverage is an effective way to unwind after a long, stressful day. Try treating the recipient in mind to these CBD-infused drink blends to switch up their typical wine routine (and reduce any risk of a hangover). These sparkling sippers come in tasty flavors like Plum Blush and Peach Jasmine and are packed with 30mg of broad spectrum CBD (aka, no THC) plus adaptogens and calming herbs to promote blissful drowsiness. And, did we mention there’s only 20 calories a pop?
If the giftee would prefer to drink socially, Sweet Reason’s less-potent Sparking Water line has 10mg of CBD to enhance the calm minus the sleepiness.
Not only does it heat water fast, you can also use the tea holder to infuse your tea at the same time.
Weighted blankets have been shown to help relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia, and many swear by the therapeutic pressure as a natural way to find a more calm headspace. This one has over 18,000 5-star reviews, with many customers applauding the purchase. “I never write reviews but thought I should after buying two of these blankets! I haven’t slept through the night for almost 6 years, thanks to a difficult pregnancy and baby. It trained my body to only sleep a couple hours at a time. I tried everything, and am shocked that a weighted blanket worked so magically! From restless legs, insomnia, anxiety, it is an instant fix! I have it draped over me while I write this and it feels amazing!” one reviewer stated.
This is like a nail salon in a single tool. And it’s only 35 bucks. Use it to fix up your poor, quarantine nails, and zen out.
Formulated with non-greasy (yet luxurious) dry oil, you get the benefit of moisture without feeling like you just slathered yourself in olive oil. Formulated with cannabis seed oil, this blend does a superb job at hydrating skin – even in dry winter months (trust us, it’s peak winter and we spritzed some on our legs after showering — our skin has never felt smoother or softer). This is just the thing to purchase to feel ultra pampered.
During times like these, it’s best not to mess around. You need to pull out the big guns and get serious about your candy, especially during times like this. Dylan’s Candy Bar Bucket features all our faves, like Sour Flower Bites, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Truffle Cups, Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans, Fudge Bites, and more.
If you work from home, exercise, or chase kids all day, you need this. It works out those knots in your neck and upper back unlike anything else.
Tea is like a warm, cozy hug in a mug and this Davids Tea’s sampler has 12 different deliciously soothing sips. The selection of popular wellness loose leaf teas and infusions in this set are designed to help boost mood and nurture the body. The teas in this collection include Bed of Roses, Buddha’s Blend, Cold 911, Ginger Crystals, Headache Halo, Just Beet It, Mother’s Little Helper, Peppermint Amour, Pomegrateful, Serenity Now, Sunny C, and Tulsi Tranquility. With this variety, there are options for every taste and mood. They can choose their daily tea depending on if they feel like drinking something minty, floral, or fruity, and/or if they want to digest, relax, feel energized, detox, and more. Each clear-topped tin comes with enough tea leaves to make about 1-2 cups of tea, and the box is made from 100 percent recycled paper. Good feelings straight ahead.
Painting our. nails is one of our favorite ways to decompress. It’s like the ultimate form of coloring and staying in the lines. We especially love this nail polish brand for its non-toxic ingredients, so that when we do take our polish off, our finger nails are still strong and healthy. This formula is super chip-resistant, so it’ll be awhile until you need to re-do your nails. Plus! The colors are absolutely stunning.
Masking makes the skin grow softer and the best part is, it can be done in one step, in a matter of minutes, and almost anywhere. For your beauty guru BFF or family member who loves the look and feel of healthy skin, but not the 12 steps it takes to get there, this set from K-Beauty brand Tony Moly is the best compromise. Each three-layered sheet is loaded with skin-loving, highly nourishing ingredients that transform skin from drab to fab in just 20 minutes. The collection has 10 masks with different types of enriched essences such as red wine, pomegranate, ginseng, lemon, tea tree, rice, and more.
One customer calls them super hydrating, saying “I have super sensitive combination skin (dry patches/oily tzone) and I’ve quickly found out that this is basically the only mask I can handle. No weird burning sensation, no dry tight feeling, no harsh smells or flakiness afterwards..just a super soothing basic mask.”
Especially in the winter, it’s not uncommon for skin to feel dry and look dull. Which is why we’re treating ourselves to this daily exfoliating skin polish which smells fantastic and makes our skin baby soft after using just once. Make this a part of your nightly “me” time, and you’ll get bright, dewy skin in basically no time.
A jade roller is a must-have to add to every skincare routine, and they’ve been eyeing one for months. This roller is handcrafted from real, natural jade, and they can use it on their face, neck, and body to cool, tighten, and depuff the skin. Recommend they keep theirs in the freezer to roll out morning puffiness while eating breakfast. It’ll be their early (or hungover) morning miracle.
One reviewer said, “I’m not sure if this actually draws out the bad energy from your face, but if you use it first thing in the morning, it definitely helps to wake you up! The jade roller is nice and cool and feels great rolling over your face. The quality is very good as well and doesn’t seem like it will fall apart. Even my husband has gotten a lot of use out of it! Definitely a great gift for the beauty savant.”
When you’re already stressed as it is, you don’t need yet *another* problem (i.e., your period) to make you even more miserable. Enter: Rael’s heating patch for cramps and PMS. Designed by women, for women, Rael’s heating patch provides comfort and (quick) pain relief when you’re on your period and curled up in the fetal position. The patch’s therapeutic temperature (149ºF) promotes blood flow and helps muscles relax.
If all you want to swear are fuzzy soft things, you need this cozy hoodie in your life. Perfect for layering over your tank or T-shirt, this fuzzy fleece hoodie is the ultimate give-no-f*cks uniform to cloak yourself with. It comes in a bunch of different colors and is cheap enough to buy several.
I was already addicted to my foam roller for getting those hard to reach knots out — so when I learned a vibrating foam roller existed I was ON BOARD. This did not disappoint. My only wish was that it was a little longer because it’s just that awesome.
Let’s be real. Sometimes, you just want to splurge on skincare because it makes you feel amazing — inside and out. One of those skincare products we’re willing to splurge on is Strange Bird’s Inner Light Moisturizer, which has saved our winter skin from going from dull to dewy overnight. The infusion of rose quartz and olive essence adds a bit of luxe, and the hyaluronic acid gives you all the glowiness in the world.
The right fragrance can turn your entire mood around, and a good candle can sustain that mood for hours. This Otherland candle is hand-poured and has a soy/coconut wax blend, with a 55-hour burn time. All Otherland scents are developed with master perfumers (ooh la la), and the Canopy candle has notes of California fig, ivy greens, and summer dew, which will make their home smell fresh, bright, and relaxing. It’s basically like having spring in a candle form, without having to deal with all those annoying allergies. The ingredients are all non-toxic, so there are no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic dyes, and it’s cruelty free. The candle jar is pretty enough to be decor on its own, and once they’re done burning the candle, they can reuse and repurpose the candle jar to hold small, miscellaneous items (hint: just put the jar in the freezer for a few hours and the extra wax will be easy to remove).
This genius pillow is like 2020’s version of a hot water bottle. But more comfy, soft, and less messy. All you do, is heat up the insert in the microwave (you can also freeze it) and use it when you have cramps, muscle aches (perfect for your poor, hunched over back) and more. It’s the ultimate soothing accessory.
Bullet journals are trendy again, but in addition to the fact that posting photos of page designs could definitely rack up a serious Insta following (seriously, search #bullletjournal for some true inspiration), research has shown that journaling could benefit mental health, too. This is the perfect self-care gift for anyone who could use a deep brain dump every once in a while. This hardcover journal has 64 sheets of thick, dotted grid paper that are great for jotting down notes, organizing to-do lists or tasks, scheduling out the family’s event calendar, or simply doodling for fun. There’s a bookmark to hold their place and an inner pocket to stash cards or extra reminders. And it’s 5 ”x 8.25”, a convenient size to carry around wherever they go. Add a pack of these markers to the mix, and you’ll set them up for success (not to mention reduce their stress levels).
Did you know that Jessica Simpson makes the comfiest slippers known to humankind? These memory foam slip-ons are similar to Ugg slippers (but WAY cheaper) and you feel like you’re walking on a cloud when wearing them.
Candles set the mood, essential oils set your being. Dramatic as that may sound, essential oils are popular for a reason, friends, and that reason is that they hold the power to make you feel all the things — happy, relaxed, energized, focused. You name it, there’s an essential oil for it. So if a loved one on your list hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, URPOWER’s diffuser will be a game changer for them. It has seven color-changing lamps, programmable on/off cycles, and a feature where it will automatically shut off when the water runs out. It runs quietly and for six hours, so by adding water and a few drops of essential oils, they’ll be able to feel their stress diffuse away. It can also be used as a humidifier in dry or cold climates.
The diffuser has over 42,000 Amazon reviews, and one customer said, “This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first timer like myself. It’s small and simple and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30 second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about 6 hours so I keep it on while I’m sleeping.”
Treat yourself to some luxe loungewear that feels like you’ve been draped in a cloud. Perfect for sleeping or hanging around the house, Jambys aren’t exactly joggers and they’re not exactly sweatpants. They’re, well, Jambys!
Baths are a luxury, and so when anyone can find time in their busy schedule for one, they should truly indulge in it. This bamboo bath caddy is adjustable to fit most bathtubs and with two side-trays, it can even accommodate two people (if they want to share their bathtime). It has a waterproof book or tablet holder, removable trays for accessories or candles, and most importantly, wine glass holders. The caddy can instantly turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa, as this one reviewer can attest to: “My baths, which I have always loved, are now a true spa time complete with: facial, full body skin care, music or audio book, a magazine or book, and refreshments (fresh cherries & a favorite drink). I appreciate the security of the tray to hold my I-phone/electronics, eye glasses, and hand mirror. The caddy is the bomb: relaxing, fulfilling, and joyful. I look forward daily to a long soak.”
Fun fact: Self-care doesn’t *always* mean taking hours out of your busy day to indulge (although, once in awhile, it should). Self-care can also be found in the small moments that were once mundane. For instance, you can make your 20-times-a-day hand sanitizer routine a little more pleasant with JR Watkins’ liquid hand sanitizer. Each spritz emits a pleasant fragrance as it kills germs and moisturizes hands (P.S. we love the fresh and unexpectedly musky scent of the peppermint). It’s a subtle reminder to stop for a moment and breathe, turning a chore into your own little ritual.
Health care is self-care, amiright? You take DNA tests to research your genealogy and potential health risks, which is a fun, even smart thing to do — but what about taking a closer look at your metabolic health (aka, the system that controls just about everything)? SoWell Health is an at-home test kit that can detect certain markers including risk factors for diabetes and insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction, heart disease, and more. According to the site, “88% of the country displays at least one biomarker of metabolic dysfunction, and the majority are unaware of any abnormalities.” Yikes. And while only 0.26% of physicians in the U.S. have specialty training in metabolic health (which includes weight loss, but of course, the focus is health, here), you can have access to founder Dr. Sowa’s expertise, thanks to this easy-to-use kit.
Find more ways to treat the people in your life (or yourself) with more wellness gift ideas here.