‘Tis the season for figuring out what to buy your loved ones for the holidays! As you shop for friends and family, self-care gifts are the quintessential present to show you care.
They’re things that can help them, whether they need to relieve stress and anxiety, recharge or feel a boost. Basically, you can’t go wrong with gifts that help your loved one as you shop early and stock up on holiday gifts.
According to the Stress in America: January 2021 Stress Snapshot, adults are experiencing stress at levels of 5.6 out of 10, which is actually pretty high. Factor in holiday chaos into the mix and chances are that level will go through the roof. We also found in our holiday survey that many are stressed about inflation.
Any type of gift that focuses on self-care will be money well spent. Here are some of our favorite recommendations to bring your loved ones peace on earth.
Lavender Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion
What It Is: This deluxe hand and body lotion from Kiehl’s infused with lavender, aloe vera oatmeal is ideal for your skin to feel soft and smooth. (It’s also available in grapefruit, but we prefer the spa-like lavender scent.)
Apply after the bath or shower to damp skin or any time that your skin needs a little extra moisture
Why It’s A Great Choice: This lightweight product is known to moisturize your skin for soothing abilities. This calming formula is among our favorites of self-care gifts
Price: $23 at Kiehls.com.
Dream Zone Sleep Mask
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What It Is: This Dream Zone plush, luxurious sleep mask from Bed Bath & Beyond is made of 100% cotton and silk so it’s delicate on your eyes and skin. It blocks out light so you can get proper shuteye whether you’re traveling or in the comfort of your own bedroom.
Why It’s A Great Choice: This is essential for blocking out distracting light to optimize your Zzzs. It’s comfortable, lightweight and portable. It also has an adjustable velcro head strap so it will fit whoever you’re gifting.
What It Is: This hardcover journal from Target is made of high quality faux leather and includes 256 ivory tinted acid-free quality lined pages along with a ribbon marker.
Why It’s A Great Choice: Like a coffee-table book, what could be better than a self-care journal for self-care? You can track your mood and energy levels. The journal is well made thanks to the sewn binding — this allows the journal to lay flat while pages stay intact. Plus, for the person who has everything, not only is this an ideal present, the price is right.
Price: $12 at Target.com.
Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones
What It Is: Seek and you shall find — silence, that is. The Beats Studio3 high performance noise-canceling headphones (available at Amazon), compatible with iOS and Android devices, have technology that adapts to surroundings to block external noise.
Why It’s A Great Choice: Peace of mind, anyone? When you’re looking to splurge for that special someone, these headphones are a gamechanger to help the listener stay focused on your thoughts or favorite tunes. Plus, there’s up to 22 hours of battery life. A simple 10-minute charge will give you three hours of play when the rechargeable lithium ion battery runs low.
Price: $229.99 to $349.95 at Amazon.com.
HoMedics Shower Bliss Foot Spa with Heat Boost Power
What It Is: This heated foot bath from HoMedics is made with built-in massage jets along with vibrating nodes. The bath comes with a massage roller as well as a pumice attachment and cleansing brush.
Why It’s A Great Choice: You would almost think this is a real foot rub — it’s that powerful and soothing. The combination of gentle bubbles, comforting heat and shower massage jets is oh-so-effective. As if that’s not enough, the acunode floor provides additional massage to tired soles.
Price: $68.99 at BedBathBeyond.com.
EMU Australia Mayberry Slippers
What It Is: These EMU Australia sheepskin slippers with a light, flexible rubber sole are available in 13 colors. The beauty of sheepskin is that it breathes; it keeps your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Why It’s A Great Choice: When it comes to self-care gifts, you can never go wrong with plush cozy slippers. Mayberry slippers are soft, comfortable and perfect for lounging around the house. We think it’s a great choice especially considering its made of 100% natural Australian sheepskin uppers and footbeds with a TPR rubber outsole.
Price: $69.95 at Amazon.com.
Godiva Limited Edition Holiday Truffles
What It Is: This Godiva gift box includes 12 pieces of best-selling milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate truffles.
Why It’s A Great Choice: A luxe box of chocolate often goes beyond what’s in it. Pampering may include lighting a candle, sitting down to enjoy a scrumptious truffle and then putting the box away for next time. We love the variety ranging from tiramisu to salted caramel to roasted almond.
Price: $34 at Godiva.com
Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks for Men and Women
What It Is: Compression socks help apply pressure to your lower legs and in turn, maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling. This model from Physix Gear is made of 70% nylon and 30% spandex. Available in 13 colors — the splash of color is in the heel and toe.
Why It’s A Great Choice: The material’s comfortable, the design’s ideal and the quality is top notch. These compression socks wash well without losing compression and are great to gear you up for long hours on your feet. Think of them as stamina socks whether they’re for long runs, extreme races, long hours waiting tables and more.
Price: $9.76 to $21.58 at Amazon.com.
Waffle Terry Robe
What It Is: Available in navy, dark gray and white, this Waffle Terry long sleeve robe is made of 100% Turkish cotton with a herringbone weave. There’s a front patch pocket and front tie.
Why It’s A Great Choice: When we think of pampering, we think of a spa and naturally, a robe is top of mind. The satin trim on the collar, cuffs and pockets adds a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s upscale and sleek, simple and purposeful.
Price: $46.49 to $75.99 at Target.com.
Fortnum & Mason Black Tea with Fruit Assortment
What It Is: This gift box tea assortment includes 60 tea bags (10 of each flavor): royal blend, breakfast blend, afternoon blend, Queen Anne blend, Earl Grey classic and smoky Earl Grey. They’re blended with premium tea leaves, aromatic fruit essences and pieces of fruit.
Why It’s A Great Choice: There’s something special about nice tea. Tranquility reigns supreme — you have no choice but to slow down and sip it. Quintessentially, it’s self-care in a gift box.
Price: $44.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com.
Vobaga Coffee Mug Warmer
What It Is: This coffee mug warmer has three temperature settings to warm up liquid. There’s an automatic shut off after four hours. You can use it with tableware, stainless steel cups, mugs, milk boxes, glass cups and more. Plus. it’s heat resistant and fire resistant.
Why It’s A Great Choice: For the person who literally has everything, this is one self-care gift that keeps on giving on a daily basis. The compact design is available in eight colors. We’re also fans of its spill proof design.
Price: $27.99 to $30.99 at Amazon.com.
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