With the holidays in full swing, I’m here to give you one less thing to worry about with a comprehensive self-care gift guide. From anxiety alleviating stocking stuffers, to gifts for the friend who struggles with getting a good night’s sleep, this list has you covered. You may even see a thing or two worth snagging for yourself.
Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Lover
With the temperature steadily decreasing now’s the time to focus on replenishing the skin’s moisture as the cold air easily dries it out. Share the gift of moisture and comfort this season with a bath incorporating coconut milk, honeysuckle, chamomile and healing herbal extracts.
For the friend who’s always hip to the latest beauty-craze, gift this crystal facial roller. Not only does it help apply products more smoothly, it also alleviates stress and tension. Using the crystal’s healing properties, this roller gives a relaxing facial massage revealing the skins natural glow.
Shea Moisture Multi-Masking Kit ($9.99)
This multi-masking kit works for all skin types to help purify, hydrate and restore radiance to the skin. They can be used separately or mixed and matched for more targeted treatment.
This interactive gift set comes with intention cards that are each paired with a specific scent. Each day you can select one at random, read about your chosen intention and swipe on the specific scent that represents it. Each time you get a whiff you’ll be reminded of your intention for the day.
Books to Inspire the Person Newly Embarking On TheirSelf-Care Journey
To make this journey of self-love a little less daunting, author Drew Canole takes readers on a three-part journey to detox from external expectations, embrace your darkness and reclaim your light, and recognize your limitless potential.
You Are A Badass Everyday ($13.52)
This pocket-sized companion comes as a follow-up to New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero’s “You Are a Bad Ass.” Included are one hundred daily exercises, reflections and cues to help set your intention and stay motivated every day.
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope ($12.84)
Author Anne Lamott pens an insightful narrative on how to bring hope back into our lives. With a humorous and often candid approach she calls for each of us to unearth the pieces of hope and wisdom nestled within us to help enhance our day to day lives.
A Year of Positive Thinking ($16.19)
Help your friend or loved one kickstart the new year with daily inspirations, exercises, mantras and reflections that help shift one’s mindset and promote positivity in our lives.
Gifts That Help Make Falling Asleep a Little Bit Easier
Gentle pressure applied to the body provides a deep calming effect, mirroring that of a hug, which is why weighted blankets are having a moment this holiday. Since those can be a bit pricey, opt for this weighted eye mask as a stocking stuffer instead. With soothing microbeads, and pull-through slits instead of straps, the Nodpod delivers the comfort needed to deep dive into a peaceful night’s sleep.
This Works Sleep Kit ($19)
Utilizing lavender, vetivert and chamomile essential oils, this trio helps its users unwind the body and mind to fall asleep more quickly and more deeply. The kit includes a Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, Sleep Plus PillowSpray and Stress Check Breathe In roller ball to help with relaxation.
Sharper Image Sound Machine ($26.99)
Enhance the sleep therapy game further with restful sound recordings on this omni-directional digital speaker by Sharper Image. This speaker features 12 different sounds including ocean, surf, serenity, white noise, rain, meditate, focus and more.
The Meditator’s Must-Haves
Singing bowls are used to produce sounds that increase levels of relaxation and help one more easily enter into a meditative state. This set provides and at-home sound bath experience as well as a corresponding journal to document your thoughts, prayers and mantras.
Help your loved one focus on staying—well, focused, instead of worrying about any discomfort as they meditate using this cushion. The natural buckwheat hulls adapt to the body to provide better support for your lower back and spine.
For the friend who’s all about “good vibes,” help them clear out any negative energy before ringing in the new year by gifting this eye-catching floral sage bundle from Shop Baus.
Thoughtful Everyday Essentials
Coffee / Tea Mug Warmer ($17.99)
Help your friend or loved one savor every drop of coffee, tea or any warm beverage with this portable mug warmer that they can keep right at their desk.
Tea Drops Gift Set ($34)
For the friend who’s not a big coffee drinker and always on the go, Tea Drops are the answer. These innovative organic pressed drops dissolve in your cup, providing all the benefits of loose-leaf tea without the fuss.
This calendar serves as a fun and cheerful reminder of all the good each day brings. It highlights uplifting and exciting stories of things that happened in 2018, beloved birthdays of public figures like Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres, lighthearted national days like mac n cheese day, as well as historic events such as the first woman on the moon.
Staying hydrated is key, so why not do so in style. This reusable water bottle is perfect for the co-worker who’s constantly back and forth from the water cooler.
Feel Good Gifts to Reduce Stress
Take the act of practicing gratitude up a notch with this guided journal that includes inspirational quotes, space to write 3 things you are thankful for as well as a weekly checkpoint.
The science on it is still TBD, but from what we’ve gathered CBD based products are this season’s ultimate self-care must-have when it comes to relieving stress and pain. As the website suggests “take 1-3 gummies, a couple of deep breaths and within 20-30 minutes you’ll already start to feel the effects of our scientifically formulated anxiety-relief, CBD blend.” Sunday Scaries pairs it’s full-spectrum CBD with B12 and Vitamin D3 to provide a non-habit-formingVegan-friendly option to keep you relaxed and focused. Another plus, these can be delivered to all 50 states.
Mindfulness Cards ($16.95)
Categorized by Rest & Balance, Insight & Awareness,Curiosity & Joy, and Kindness, each card in this deck features an inspiring quote and exercise to promote self-awareness, joy and calm.
Owl Adult Coloring Book ($6.13)
Sometimes, however, we need a moment of mind-less-ness. Gift this beautiful coloring book of quirky owls to help your friend or loved one escape for a moment as they relax in a fun and therapeutic way.
Gifts That Make Moments at Home More Luxurious
Wahl Hot-Cold Therapy Massager ($30.49)
We all can’t book a weekly spa appointment, so why not treat your friend or loved one who’s in need of a little TLC with this handheld massager. It gives the option of cold massage therapy to help with any swelling and inflammation, or with heat to loosen those stiff muscles.
These ultra-soft knit slipper socks are sure to make travel from bedroom to bathroom at 3am much more enjoyable.
Threshold Terry Spa Robe ($27.99)
This cozy terry cloth robe will be a hit with the person in your life who takes their Sunday self-care ritual very seriously.
These fleece slippers are not only extremely cute but work overtime when it comes to keeping you cozy. Plug them into a USB port to heat, detach and enjoy your night at home.
“A reminder of all that’s beautiful in the world, from kindness to Chianti,” according to Uncommon Goods. Not only do these wine stoppers look fabulous, but they are handcrafted with stones that promote intentions such as love, peace, calm, strength, energy and more.
Gifts that Keep On Giving
Still feeling stumped on what exactly you’d like to get for someone?Goodbeing presents the ultimate all-in-one self-care box including an array of healthy beauty products, non-toxic cosmetics, natural wellness products and sustainable living goods.
Research shows that houseplants increase general wellbeing and happiness. How about gifting your friend or loved one who’s still settling into their new place with this subscription from The Sill. Since these are beginner-friendly plants, taking care of them will be stress free.
Not sure if you heard but I also write for a lovely appShine Text, which has been deemed one of 2018’s best apps by Apple! Using Shine’s new gift cards, why not gift a subscription to your friend or loved one so they can enjoy all the benefits of daily affirmation texts, guided meditations and insightful audio content?
This story was originally featured on ShineText.