Self-care gifts are the gifts that keep on giving, long after the holiday season is over. And this year, they're needed more than ever, because we could ALL use a little nurturing right now.
Your definition of self-care might be donning a sheet mask or taking a long hot soak in the tub (or ideally, both at the same time). Or it could mean getting more sleep, releasing stress or just having the chance to lounge around.
Whatever "me time" looks like for you or your loved ones, here are the best gifts to inspire self-care.
The Best Self-Care Gifts of 2021
Patchology Night-In Self Care Skin Kit
Patchology Night-In Self Care Skin Kit is for when your weekend plans involve Netflix and sheet masks. This set gives you one for every body part: a brightening face mask, an exfoliating foot mask, a warming hand mask, hydrating lip gels, and two pairs of eye gels (one for illuminating and one infused with relaxing CBD).
The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance
The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance is an anti-stress supplement in the form of a unisex fragrance. After studying data on the connection between scent and emotion, the company created this woody, smoky, spicy scent—which is scientifically proven to calm and reduce stress.
Herbivore Exfoliate + Glow Head-to-Toe Self Care Trio
Herbivore Exfoliate + Glow Head-to-Toe Self Care Trio is all you need for soft, smooth skin from head to toe. It includes two of my favourite body scrubs (both reviewed here), plus an exfoliating face mask, made with natural ingredients.
Theragun Mini Percussive Therapy Device
Theragun Mini Percussive Therapy Device is a portable massage gun that eases tight and sore muscles. It uses high-powered vibrations to mimic the kneading motions of a deep-tissue massage—but instead of an hour, it only takes a few minutes. So it's ideal to use both post-workout and for reducing general tension.
Slip Ultimate Beauty Sleep Collection
Slip Ultimate Beauty Sleep Collection gets you ready for some serious beauty sleep. This set includes a pillowcase, sleep mask and three scrunchies (one large, two small). They're all made from real silk, so it's pure luxury.
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts are a blend of Epsom and Dead Sea salts, spiked with hemp-derived CBD to soothe muscle aches and soreness. This soak is also scented with natural lavender, lemon and sage for additional aromatherapy benefits.
Quay Australia Hardwire Mini Blue Light Glasses
Quay Australia Hardwire Mini Blue Light Glasses are the stylish way to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emitted by your phone and computer screen. I have this exact pair, and they honestly make your eyes feel so much more relaxed!
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is the ultimate self-care guide by Anna Borges, senior health editor at Self magazine. It's filled with more than 200 tips, activities and stories from experts and everyday people, all to help you navigate self-care in our chaotic world.
Ban.do Self Care Pullover Hoodie
Ban.do Self Care Pullover Hoodie is the literal interpretation of self-care. Throw on this cozy, comfy hoodie made from extra-soft, pre-shrunk fleece.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 5-Piece Kit
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 5-Piece Kit includes a mask for every skin concern. There's a pumpkin enzyme mask for exfoliating, a cucumber gel mask for hydrating, an Irish Moor mud mask for purifying, and pure gold mask for firming mask. You also get a set of gel eye patches to hydrate and de-puff.
Shhhowercap Shower Cap
Shhhowercap Shower Cap is the stylish way to protect your hair from water and humidity. Available in a range of prints, this cap is 100% waterproof and stays in place thanks to its sturdy rubber grip. It's also antibacterial and machine-washable.
Gravity The Original Gravity Weighted Blanket
Gravity The Original Gravity Weighted Blanket is a snuggly blanket that's weighted by an interior grid of glass beads. Weighted blankets provide soft pressure when draped over your body, and are said to help encourage sleep and reduce anxiety.
REN Clean Skincare Scent to Sleep
REN Clean Skincare Scent to Sleep brings calming aromatherapy to your bedtime routine for a deep and restful sleep. The delicately-scented natural moisturizer restores hydration and suppleness overnight. Meanwhile, the pillow spray infuses your bed linens with relaxing notes of lavender and frankincense.
Briogeo Detox + Restore Kit
Briogeo Detox + Restore Kit features two full-sized hair products for maintaining the health of your scalp and hair. One is a scalp scrub and shampoo that lifts away the oil, product residue and dead skin that can clog hair follicles. The other is a silicone-free deep-conditioning mask to smooth the hair cuticle and lock in moisture.
Kypris Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer
Kypris Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer is a way to show your skin some love, with a blend of botanical ingredients. This lightweight but nourishing moisturizer is whipped up from shea butter, baobab seed oil, bacillus (a fermented ocean extract) and glutathione (an antioxidant). The packaging is unbelievably pretty, too.
Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Set
Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Set helps to relax facial tension while it gives your skin a glow. This kit includes a double-sided roller and a Gua Sha tool, both made from rose quartz—the crystal traditionally associated with love and beauty.
Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush
Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush is the ultimate hair brush, as any hairstylist will agree. It's crafted from a mix of nylon and real boar bristle tufts, can be used wet or dry, and like all the brushes from this brand, will last forever. Everyone needs one of these!
Nécessaire The Hand Cream
Nécessaire The Hand Cream restores moisture to dry, chapped hands. With its blend of squalane, shea butter, niacinamide and marula oil, it acts like an invisible glove to nourish and protect on contact. It's also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser lets you enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils throughout your home. It's handcrafted from matte ceramic, and uses ultrasonic technology to give you three hours of non-stop diffusion (or seven hours of 30-second intervals). I have one and use it all the time!
UGG Miranda Robe
UGG Miranda Robe is a plush and warm bathrobe that's perfect for lounging around. It's made of super-soft fleece (which is machine-washable), and has a hood for extra-cold days. Choose from five sold colours or this fun star pattern.
Pinch Provisions Work From Home Survival Kit
Pinch Provisions Work From Home Survival Kit has eight essentials to help you navigate working at home (a.k.a. our "new normal"). The items include everything from earplugs to a desk yoga guide to a "Do Not Disturb" sign to help you stay on task.
Simple Self The Self-Care Planner
Simple Self The Self-Care Planner is a six-month daily planner that helps you meet your health and wellness goals. Along with quotes from inspiring women, it has sections for you to track your meals, water and exercise, plus monthly reflection pages for motivation and encouragement.
TULA Self-Care Sunday Nourishing Face Mask
TULA Self-Care Sunday Nourishing Face Mask is an intensive moisturizing mask that gives your skin some TLC. It contains ceramides, probiotics and various skin "superfoods" (like apple extract) to boost hydration and reduce inflammation.
Kosas The Kosasport Set
Kosas The Kosasport Set is a duo of clean bodycare products for both home and your gym bag. One is the brand's new serum deodorant, which is free of both baking soda and aluminum (it uses AHAs to fight odour instead). The other is a clear lip balm that hydrates with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
Shoppe Geo Self-Care Toolkit
Shoppe Geo Self-Care Toolkit is a 12-day advent calendar that helps you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, using the power of crystals. There's a different crystal for each day—including rose quartz, citrine and amethyst—along with an inspirational message.
Red Light Man Red-Infrared Combo Mini
Red Light Man Red-Infrared Combo Mini is a powerful light for at-home red light therapy sessions, giving you the best of the red and infrared spectrum. This is actually Red Light Man's bestselling light, and the one he recommends if you're just getting started. You can use it to treat your skin, hair, muscles and so much more! Get the lowdown on red light therapy (and why I love it) in my series here and here.
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