The holiday season can be a wee bit stressful in general, much less during the apocalyptic-feeling year that is 2020. But! A little self-care can go a long way. Whether the person you are gifting is a long-time self-care lover, or that person doesn’t do much for themselves often but you know they need to be, I have the perfect list of gifts to get them fully relaxed at the end of a bonkers year.
CBD Bath & Body Set
Nothing says “I care about you” more than the Soothe & Unwind spa set full of relaxation! This incredible limited edition release includes three CBD-infused body products: the Unwind Body Wash, the Calm Body Lotion, and the Overnight Lip Salve. Plus! There is an eight-piece spa set featuring a face brush, bath glove, massage brush, bath sponge, massage towel, pumice stone, wooden comb, and a hemp bag! This set retails for $200, and is available for a limited time for only $40 with any $60 order as a VIP Customer or Market Partner! I highly suggest pairing it with the Night Haven Age Control Night Cream for the full luxury experience! As a VIP Customer, you can get $300 in products for about $125! Amazing deal!
Mini Facial Roller Set
As an esthetician in training, I absolutely love facial rollers! Not only is this set of three from Sephora totally budget-friendly, but it comes in that super cute holiday packaging! And honestly, who doesn’t love to get spoiled by anything from Sephora!?
These mini facial-message rollers are made with rose quartz, howlite, and blue aventurine. Rose Quartz is known for its skin-nourishing properties and “love” energy. Howlite is known for its “relaxing” energy. Blue aventurine is known for its “calming” energy.
I have this Aria Facial Steamer from Vanity Planet and it’s AMAZING. I used to regularly get facials pre-pandemic, so when that wasn’t an option anymore, I had to start bringing the facials home to me!
Detoxify and cleanse your face like the professionals, no matter your skin type, with Aira, the facial steamer designed to clear pores and stimulate circulation.
Therapeutic steam made of nano-sized water molecules instantly goes to work hydrating and softening the skin’s surface, detoxifying your pores of impurities and dead skin cells. And, to enhance the pore-cleansing session, Aira uses an ion generator that enriches the water molecules, helping the steam penetrate and clean even deeper (and helps you say goodbye to breakouts!).
- Detoxifies skin, releasing impurities and dead skin cells
- Clarifies skin’s complexion
- Promotes better blood circulation
- Makes your skin more receptive to skincare treatments
- Moisturizes and softens skin
- Great for all skin types
- Can be used with essential oils for a therapeutic and relaxing experience
Ohhh the joy that is a weighted blanket!! There are a lot of options out there, but I am obsessed with Bearaby! This company sees sleep as the simplest form of self-care. Their weighted blankets promote a deeper sleep and stimulate joy-inducing hormones. Prioritizing organic cotton and ethical sourcing, Bearaby is here to help you sleep at night in more ways than one. Weighted blankets have grown considerably in popularity in just a short time. Many people find that the heavier and more evenly distributed weight encourages them to relax and helps them enjoy a deeper, more satisfying sleep.
Silk pillowcases are one of those ultimate luxury self-care items that can be hard to justify spending money on for yourself. But why invest in a silk pillowcase? Traditional pillowcases don’t slip and, over time, this causes damage to delicate facial skin as well as hair. Cotton scratches and tugs on skin and grabs and twists hair, resulting in visible premature stretching, sleep creases, damaged hair, and bed-head by morning. Eeek! Slip silk is so gentle, it allows skin and hair to glide across the surface—protecting and hydrating skin, reducing split ends, and ensuring a longer-lasting blow out. Made using a trade secret production method developed over 10 years, Slip Silk pillowcases provide the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness, and durability.
Self-Care in a Book
Right now we all need a little more help being calm. Use 52 Lists for Calm, a pretty and inspiring book, to help you keep calm in a world that is constantly telling you not to be.
Develop peace of mind and serenity through the calming practice of list-making. Create 52 lists, one for each week of the year, in this lovely undated hardback journal, and along the way, develop a personalized tool kit at the back of the book as a quick reference with strategies to turn to for relief. Includes 52 listing prompts divided into 4 sections: Be Present, Look Back, Move Forward, and Release, plus tips and strategies for mindfulness and relaxation, thought-provoking quotes, short inspiring essays, soothing photography and illustrations, metallic-foil accents, and a ribbon. Those suffering from anxiety, tension, and burnout will find the journal particularly helpful, although anyone can benefit.
I know, I know. Candles can seem like an easy-out, not so personal choice of a gift for someone. But! These are different. These are special. I discovered Element Tree Essentials when I was browsing shops in Black Mountain, North Carolina. I fell so in love, I included them in my first gift guide a few weeks back! So why are they so different and worth taking a closer look at, especially as it relates to self-care?
Element Tree Essentials offer lotion candles that not only create enchanting ambiance, but they also turn into a warm, rich, body lotion. Yes! Candles that become lotion! Essential oils and cosmetic-grade soy wax work to hydrate, calm, and heal your skin.
Element Tree lotion candles combine the ambiance and aroma of a candle with a nourishing moisturizer for the whole body. Their lotion candles are individually hand poured in the mountains of Asheville, NC. And their proprietary blends are made with ingredients including coconut oil, shea butter, rosehip oil, and vitamin E.
Ok… but… how do they work!? It’s simple! After burning your candle, blow it out and simply dip your fingers into the melted wax and massage into your skin. You will be amazed at the results and healing qualities found by infusing dry skin with moisture and warmth.
Element Tree Essentials currently have individual candles for sale, as well as that gorgeous holiday gift set where you can choose your own scents!
Haircare as Self-Care
Haircare as self-care might sound like a stretch, but hear me out? When I actually found products that worked for me almost 3 years ago, not only were they healthy and “clean” and non-toxic, but they actually worked. I had been struggling with my hair for years upon years. And then finally, my hair started improving which brought me so much self-confidence. And then that started bringing on other ways of taking care of myself. And it all started with my hair and these products specifically. And it all came down to liquid gold called Rejuveniqe Oil:
- Helps to rejuvenate the hair and scalp
- Provides nourishment, anti-aging benefits, and long-lasting shine
- Helps to deliver longer-term age-prevention results on hair and skin
Then, if the haircare lover in your life at all uses a blow dryer (or a diffuser for their curls, as in my case!), you gotta get the Cadillac of hair dryers, made by none other than Dyson! Yes, the vacuum cleaner people! The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage, with the fastest drying and controlled styling to help increase smoothness and shine, and decrease frizz and flyaways!
Ok this gift might be more for yourself than for someone else in your life, because we don’t want to run the risk of offending someone and telling them they need to workout ha! I love love love Beachbody for a huge variety of at-home exercises and regimens, especially as getting to gyms in 2020 is hit and miss. I adore my Beachbody coach, India Allen, and when you enroll as her link you get access to her as a coach as well!
The Annual Beachbody® On Demand Shakeology® Challenge Pack is such a great way to start, because it includes:
- 30-day supply of Shakeology, a science-backed superfood nutrition shake
- Annual Beachbody On Demand access with 1,500+ workouts
- Ultimate Portion Fix® and 2B Mindset® digital nutrition programs
- First 30 days of Nutrition+™ membership
- Shakeology Shaker Cup
- Quick Start Nutrition Guide
- Ultimate Portion Fix Portion-Control Containers
- 2B Mindset Tracker
- Free access to your personal Coach
A subscription to Audible is such an awesome gift that keeps on giving. There are a huge selection of audiobooks from self-help to science fiction. And the best part about gifting Audible is that the recipient can choose which books they want to indulge in, taking the pressure off of you to pick the perfect read.
Want to be an extra amazing gift giver? Pair the subscription with a pair of AirPods and you’ll be their new best friend (or favorite parent/aunt/sibling) forever.
What am I missing?!
I’d love for you to chime in below in the comments on what your favorite self-care indulgences are. I know they differ so much from person to person, so let’s keep gathering ideas!