We truly can’t stress this enough, mama, but self-care is SO important. After a long week, nobody deserves a luxurious bubble bath or 30 minutes of quiet time more than you. You owe it to yourself and your kiddos. We don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s okay to take a break or ask for five extra minutes of sleep (*gasps*) on a Sunday morning. To help you regain a bit of sanity when the going gets tough, may we suggest treating yourself to a skin-nourishing sheet mask or a nice pair of socks for a little R&R? Cozy up to a good book on your favorite couch or give yourself a mani/pedi for the first time in practically forever.
Here are 8 relaxing self-care gifts that will let you actually take a minute and enjoy a little quality “me time.” At the end of the day, remember that you’re not the Energizer Bunny. While you may be SuperMom (#DamnStraight), you still owe it to yourself to push refresh every now and then—hence where these best self-care gifts come in.
A sheet mask a day keeps the worries away… isn’t that how the saying goes? No need to wait for your next at-home spa night with your girlfriends—treat yo’ self to FaceTory’s Best of Seven Facial Masks Collection. Aimed to hydrate, soothe, revitalize, nourish, and purify, all your skin’s needs will be taken care of. Plus, the packaging is SO cute. Jam-packed with a slew of ingredients like aloe vera (calming and hydrating) and royal jelly (anti-inflammatory and skin-repairing), half of the fun is just trying something new. Sure, we all have that one HG mask—anything from Dr. Jart+—that we’ll buy time and time again, but sometimes it’s fun to see what else the K-Beauty market has to offer.
Says this beauty babe, “I’ve wondered about the Facetory monthly subscription boxes from seeing them on Instagram. So, I was very intrigued to see that the masks were in here for me to try before taking the plunge. So, let me be real, I am SUUUUUUPER picky when it comes to sheet masks. The sheet has to be flexible, and thin for the product to really soak into your skin. These are just that and more. They are submerged in whatever serum you decide and i love that! The packaging is stunning. The product is amazing. I’m just blown away! Will be buying plenty more!” Well said—you glow girl!
Save yourself the hassle of meal planning and a trip to the grocery store by getting someone else to do it for you. Introducing Purple Carrot, a plant-based meal delivery service that saves you time and energy. Never again will you have to resort to ordering takeout after being stuck in traffic on a weeknight. Clean eating FTW! If it’s just for you and the hubs, a 2-serving plan is perfect for one week’s worth of meals. If you have some littles to keep nourished, then a 4-serving plan may be the way to go (assuming your kids aren’t picky eaters… they have to at least like carrots, right?!). And that’s not all: Purple Carrot will also supply you with plant-based recipes and pre-portioned ingredients for one less worry when it comes time to whip up something scrumptious in the kitchen.
Keep calm and spritz away your problems with Herbivore’s Natural Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals, moisture-enhancing Bulgarian Rose, and organic coconut water, it’ll work wonders for your skin, too. It’s plant-based so it’s safe enough to use on all skin types, whether you’re just looking for hydration or want to soften your skin. Oh yeah—it also happens to smell ah-mazing. Raves this Amazon customer, “I can’t imagine my daily health and beauty routine without my Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. I use it each morning to “set” my make-up, and I spritz a fine layer on my face, neck, and arms before bed. I have always used high-priced moisturizers, but I am finding that I can skip that step and that the mist will provide a bit of protection that is perfect for Virginia’s humid summer nights… I love the light rose scent; it is airy with a fresh rose scent that is not heavy.”
Before you call a friend to spill some tea, sip on some. Enjoy a monthly tea subscription box from Sips By that’s personalized just for you. Create your online tea profile, and every month, you’ll receive four premium teas from brands all around the world. If you’re the type of person who always gravitates toward Earl Grey or Chamomile (guilty as charged), this subscription box will push you to step outside your comfort zone. Who knows, you may come to realize you enjoy the zen nature of green tea?! It could happen. Have a tea-party-for-one (or get your BFF on a Zoom call for a joint tea party), complete with your favorite vintage mismatched teacups. Each box makes 15+ cups of tea or 45+ re-steeped cups. Cute little disposable tea bags are also included for any loose leaf teas. Pinkies up!
Sleep may be rare these days, so when you do get a chance to close your eyes, make it the most luxurious 40 winks possible. This breathable, 100 percent silk mask will help you feel like you’re getting the beauty rest you deserve. Our inner teen loves the millennial pink sleep mask, but you can also snag one in a playful watermelon print, or solid black. Complete the look with your favorite silk jammies to feel like a queen. Says this Amazon customer, “Soft, comfortable, and maintains a cool breathability even when the temperature is hovering around 85 degrees. Couldn’t ask for a better sleep mask. A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality.”
A little meditation can go a long way. If squeezing in a few minutes of daily mindfulness is already stressing you out, this headband will make it easier than ever. It helps guide your practice and focus your mind on being calm and present. It also gives you real-time feedback on your brain activity, breathing, heart rate, and body movement, and has a sleep aid feature. Even holistic doctors recommend it, “I’ve been a fan of Muse for nearly 5 years and have loved it from the first moment I was introduced to it. What an amazing concept to be able to get real-time feedback in how one is doing in their engagement of practicing mindfulness and meditation. As a holistic doctor (functional medicine physician), it quickly became the best tool to recommend to our patients in response to their frequently echoed assertion that they have tried to meditate, ‘but aren’t very good at it.'”
Tired of waking up with dark circles under your eyes or mysterious fine lines? Two words, mama: beauty sleep. You need more if it. Simply spritz your pillow and drift off to dreamland with the calming scents of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile. It doesn’t ward off children, so we can’t promise the sleep will be a long one but any extra ZZZZZs are appreciated, amirite? Says this sleepyhead, “THIS WORKS!!!! I’m not just saying that either—I have insomnia and this is the only pillow spray I’ve used that has actually worked. The lavender is really calming too, and I’d recommend to download the ‘Calm’ app and listen to their lavender field sleep story as you drift off – the two combined means I’ve had weeks of undisrupted sleep!”
Sometimes a long day (cough, week, cough) calls for something a bit stronger than a tall glass of sparkling water. But if you don’t feel like opening an entire bottle of wine—but need “mommy” juice ASAP—Vinebox is a good solution. This gift set comes with a sampling of red wines, including but not limited to vintages from Bordeaux and Barolo. Feeling fancy yet? Says this vino lover, “We drink fine wines, a lot! Sometimes we just want one glass of wine for the evening and we hate to open a whole bottle. These are perfect! We have not yet had a wine from VINEBOX that we didn’t enjoy! We have been pleasantly surprised, every time!”
Find more great self-care gift ideas for your loved ones (or yourself) in one of our gift guides.