28 Self-Care Gifts For the Person Who Needs Some Quality Me Time
The gift that truly keeps on giving: self-care. This holiday season, why not give something that’ll help your friends and loved ones take some much-needed me-time? Or, you know, gift yourself a little self-love.
Here, we rounded up 28 gifts that’ll encourage anyone on your list to treat themselves and take extra care. The best part: most items are under $50, because most of our wallets could use some care as well.
1. A Subscription to Shine Premium, $4.50/month
The Shine app—available for iOS and Android—makes daily self-care easy.
The free version of the app sends you a weekday motivational message—but treat yo' self to an annual premium subscription and gain access to Shine's full library of 500+ meditations—which include challenges to help you beat burnout, get productive, fall asleep, and more.
Plus: You'll score an invite to the Shine Squad, a private digital community where you can get real-time support from other people working to treat themselves better. See for yourself why 1 in 3 reviews call the Shine app "life-changing."
For the bookworm on your list: Here’s a pick that’s full of five- to 10-minute mindfulness practices to try out. It's a great start for a meditation newbie.
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4. Colorful Fineline Pens, $15
These pens write like a dream and are perfect for upping your planner and journaling game.
5. Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe, $98
The official uniform of self-care: A super-soft robe. This soft-as-butter Brooklinen robe will keep you warm and comfortable from cozy morning to cozy night. Bonus: It's currently on sale for 20% off.
6. Tea Forte Loose Tea Starter Set, $28
Consider this starter set the ultimate upgrade for the tea lover in your life. It comes with 10 different loose leaf blends to try—including mint and lemon lavender—and a nifty tea infuser and ceramic cup.
7. A 2020 Passion Planner, $35
Upgrade your to-do list and self-care game in the new year with a Passion Planner. It includes a road map to help you plan your big goals, weekly layouts to organize your daily tasks, and an end-of-month reflection exercise. It’s a great gift for the goal-getter in your life, too.
Shine Perk: Use the promo code SHINE10 at checkout for 10% off your order. Offer valid until the clock strikes 2020.
8. Chores Coupons, Free
If you have a friend or loved one who might need extra help with chores or daily tasks, giving a coupon to help with meal prep or cleaning around their home is a great inexpensive gift that’ll be appreciated. Get creative and create your own coupons, or find some printable templates online.
For that friend who's all about clean eating: Help them smell good and feel good about what they swipe on their underarms with Native deodorant. It's made with things like coconut oil and shea butter, and it's free of aluminum, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, talc. It's a perfect stocking stuffer (or self-care gift).
Shine Perk: Use the code "shine" at checkout to get a free mini deodorant with your purchase.
10. Bath Bombs, $26
These little beauties make wonderful stocking stuffers or an inexpensive secret santa gift—and they’re sure to fizz into a beautiful display that’s just begging to be Instagrammed.
11. A Daily Harvest Plan, as low as $6.99/cup
For the person who views healthy eating—butttttt not cooking—as self-care: Treat them to a Daily Harvest plan. Everything is frozen, pre-portioned, and ready in a speedy five minutes or less.
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12. A Cozy Arm-Knit Wool Blanket, $50+
Get your hygge on (the Danish concept of coziness) with this cozy blanket. It pairs well with a Netflix marathon and/or wine.
13. A "Go Big And Go Home" Keychain, $9
One of our core values at Shine HQ: Go Big and Go Home. It means showing up, hustling on our to-dos and goals—but then giving ourselves permission to go home and rest. Use this keychain as your friendly reminder to Go Big and Go Home!
14. Bright Ideas Journal, $11
This journal is divided into sections with 10 different colors, each with its own creative prompt. It’s perfect for someone who might want to start journaling, but needs a prompt to help inspire them.
15. Essential Oil Diffuser, $49
Essential oils are pretty powerful—they use your sense of smell to do things like calm you down, help you sleep and relax, and more. This diffuser helps spread the beneficial scents in your home.
16. Animal-Printed Sheet Masks, $14
Sheet masks are an easy way to give yourself a special beauty treatment without paying spa prices. I’m a big fan of these animal-printed masks, because they’re hilarious as much as they are hydrating.
17. Sun Lamp, $54
When wintertime darkness sets in, our mood can be seriously affected by the lack of sunlight. Thankfully, you can put this lamp on your desk to help you absorb some extra light even in the darkest of months.
18. A Lavender Eye Pillow, $14 or Homemade
Amazon has a great selection of scented eye pillows, like this one for $14. If you’re the DIY type, you can make your friends an eye pillow that’ll help calm them down (plus, they smell ah-mazing). Instructions on how to make your own are here.
19. Himalayan Salt Lamp, $29
Not only do salt lamps give off a warm orangey glow that’s calming, they also supposedly improve air quality and reduce allergens. Bonus: They're pretttty.
20. A Calming Mug, $12
While there’s a world of options out there for mugs with clever sayings on them, this one is a great reminder of your always-at-the-ready self-care tool: a deep breath.
21. Cozy PJs, $32
Everybody needs some fresh PJs to lounge in on our days off (ripped sweats from your High School days aren’t cutting it anymore). Score a matching set for the entire family—or, you know, your squad of VIPs.
22. A Portable Meditation Cushion, $54
This pretty cushion will make your next meditation session (or Netflix session...) that much more comfortable. Bonus: It's washable and folds up neatly into a compact pouch.
23. S’Well Water Bottle, $31+
Hydration is key, folks.
Anybody with WiFi can make a playlist on Spotify full of their favorite self-love tunes—and then share it with the people they love. (May I recommend mine, “Holy” by Jamila Woods?) There’s something to be said about hand-picked tunes from a best friend that’ll always be timeless.
25. ClassPass Membership, $19+/month
For your gym junkie friend who is constantly talking about the latest studio fitness trend: ClassPass will give them access to workouts around town without the commitment to one gym or studio.
26. Mermaid Coloring Book, $14
Color yourself happy by filling in these mermaids.
27. A Personal Zen Garden, $30
Your friend can keep this on their desk at work or coffee table at home for easy access when things get stressful.
28. A Self-Care Sticker, $3.50
A friendly reminder that it's OK to set boundaries.
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