21 Gifts for People Who Need More Self-Care (Yourself Included)

By Elizabeth Villa

Navigating 2017 really sucked for a lot of us. But the silver lining to such a chaotic year is that it can teach us the value of things like simple self-care practices we can count on to help. That’s true for me and many of the friends, family, and colleagues I’ll be buying gifts for this holiday season.

That’s why I think self-care is the perfect gift to give them (and myself… definitely myself). Get in on the self-care gift giving with these 21 gift ideas.

Gifts for Rest and Relaxation

1. Candles

Great for creating cues to rest and relax. We love this set from PF Candle Co

2. Tea Kettle 

Combine their favorite teas with a new, glass teapot that's stovetop safe. Xiazhi High Borosilicate Glass Teapot is a great choice.

3. Face Masks

Make this trendy self-care practice easy to explore with the Yes to Mad for Masks Kit.

4. Sleep Mask

Give the gift of sleep with an eye mask like the Alaska Bear Eye Mask which is $10 and has 8,000 positive reviews.

Gifts for Making Adulting Easier

5. Shower Cap

Make less hair-washing and more bath taking possible with a shower cap. People are raving about the Shhhower Cap that's both fashionable and functional

6. Underwear

Cute and comfy underwear for everyone who has been meaning to buy new underwear with these packs from MeUndies

7. To-Go Mug 

Give morning routines a mission or a message with a to-go coffee cup like this sustainable, reusable cup from KeepCup, the "I Did My Best" mug from Bando, or the "Everything is Gonna Be Okay" mug from Bando.

8. Wool Dryer Balls

Take adulting up a level with reusable wool dryer balls like these ones paired with room spray like this one from PF Candle Co..

9. Coffee Subscription

Personalized coffee bean subscription like this one from MistoBox makes mornings more seamless and enjoyable. 

Gifts for Treating Your Body Better

10. Body Scrub

Give the gift of smooth, exfoliated and hydrated skin with a body scrub like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand and Body Scrub. Make it a duo with SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

11. Lip Balm

Take lip care seriously by giving a soothing, moisturizing, and conditioning lip balm. We love the Balm Dot Com Trio from Glossier

12. Adaptogens

Give the benefits of adaptogens like stress relief and better sleep with powders like Moon Juice's Night Beauty duo. Just add the powders to warm milk 20 minutes before sleep.  

13. Epsom Salts

Give pain relief, softer skin, and relaxation with a gift like the San Francisco Salt Co. Dead Sea Mineral Bath 3 Pack.  

14. Workout Subscription

Make it easier to move more possible with a gift card to a local gym or studio subscription ClassPass

Gifts for Treating Your Mind Better

15. Journal

Give journals like the 5 Minute Journal and the Write Now Sleep Later journal and give the gift of better looking night stands and more sound sleep. Make it an even better gift by adding a cool pen like this moon phase seven year pen.  

16. Coloring Book

Coloring books like "Calm the F*ck Down" and "Moments of Mindfulness" to create moments of mindfulness. 

17. Book Subscription 

Book subscriptions like Book of the Month to make reading breaks more regular.

18. Mindfulness Subscription

Make it easier to finally start that mindfulness practice with a gift subscription to Headspace.  

Gifts for Improving Your Space

19. Pillows

Make home more restful and comfortable with pillows like these ones from PopUpGreens

20. Air Plants

Bring the outdoors in with an air plant and holder like these ones from Goodsmith Shop

21. Essential Oils & Diffuser Combo

Try an essential oils diffuser and starter kit of oils like this one from ArtNaturals.

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Elizabeth Villa is a 29-year-old entrepreneur living and working in Los Angeles. She recently started Do The Good Stuff, changed her marital status, and started a new life on her own. Her experiences and conversations have made her an advocate for pursuing health and wellness on your own terms as one way to claim your space in the world.