The 17 best self-care gifts for anyone who needs a visit from the TLC fairy
Self-care isn’t selfish — and everyone needs to remember that! Luckily, the holiday season is the best time to think about the best self-care gifts you can give as a helpful reminder. After all, everybody loves a gift that’s all about pampering and relaxation.
It’s important to note that there are many different ways to practice self-care. Self-care can look like anything and everything — not just Instagram’s aesthetic version of self-care with face masks and spa days. Sometimes self-care is simply setting boundaries or opening a window!
TL; DR: Self-care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and it’s not always easy.
However, for some people, that’s a cozy robe, and for others, that’s taking a moment for skin care with a pair of eye masks. Maybe you just want to let your bestie know that you’re thinking of them, wherever they are, with a friendship lamp or flower subscription. The best way to choose the right self-care gift is to think about what could be causing their stress and how you can help alleviate it with a gift.
To take the gift shopping off of your shoulders (that’s not self-care!), we rounded up a ton of editor-approved self-care gifts for both you and your loved ones. Yes, you too!
A great way to practice self-care is to take back your time. For example, sending your laundry out to be washed, getting a cleaning service for your apartment and taking advantage of pre-prepared meal kits. A Blue Apron meal kit gives them a recipe with everything they need for a restaurant-worthy meal.
Yes, satin and silk pillowcases have a ton of beauty benefits, but they also just look and feel fancy. The fabric is luxuriously smooth and feels cool against the face. This is such a thoughtful gift for anyone to receive because quality beauty sleep is important.
You know that unreal feeling when you put a fresh bouquet in your home? The fun thing is that you can also literally gift that feeling. With an Urban Stems flower subscription, they'll receive fresh bouquets at their door weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Choose between three different subscription plans: Classic ($55 per delivery), Seasonal ($75 per delivery) and Luxe ($105 per delivery). UrbanStems also has a wide variety of single bouquets if that's more your vibe!
Yes, gifting a robe is basic. However, it's basic for a reason. Everybody — and I mean everybody — loves to snuggle up with a good robe. This one from Nordstrom Rack is currently 27% off and comes in a variety of colors, including the above pink, gray, black, ivory and more.
While beauty products are usually a win when it comes to self-care gifts, you never really know how someone’s skin will react to the formula. Enter the Forever Eye Mask. The user will pair these reusable eye masks with the serum, gels, and moisturizers they already know and love.
The idea of a friendship lamp is simple: No matter where you are, you and your friend, loved one, relative, or whomever can stay connected with this set of interactive lamps. Just turn the light on, and it will immediately connect with the other lamp, no matter how far away. By gifting them this, you're basically saying that your love is just a touch away.
This best-selling vibrator has three versatile and simple-to-use settings, making it the perfect gift. The 100% platinum-grade silicone device comes with a cute canvas travel pouch and lock. Also, it's kind of chic.
"I have had this a few months and let me tell you this a game changer and a great toy to have in your collection," wrote one 5-star review from a Sephora shopper. "The battery life is good, I have only charged it twice since I have had it."
As annoying as the saying is, "look good, feel good" is accurate. Even a single swipe of neutral lipstick on a bad day can make anyone feel more alive. This one from MERIT is great because it's both long-lasting and pigmented while still hydrating and weightless.
Yes, this is a children's plush toy, but hear me out. There's really nothing like tightly hugging a cozy and soft stuffed animal and letting out a deep breath for those anxious and overwhelming days. And this bunny rabbit is so huggable.
STORY: Maria Andreeva’s husband has been fighting in Ukraine for more than a year.But she’s waging her own battle in Moscow: to get him home.And she is not alone.An increasing number of Russian women are demanding the return of their husbands, sons and brothers from the front line. They were mobilized following a decree by President Vladimir Putin in September last year.Hundreds of thousands of young men rushed to leave Russia. Millions did not - and some of them were called up to fight."We want our men to be demobilized. To bring them back home to us. Because we believe that in a year they have done all they could for the front, and even more than was required of them. They are civilians. First of all, they are losing their skills, they are losing their health - both physical and psychological."Since Andreeva's husband was mobilized, he’s only been back for two short breaks to see his wife and young daughter. Andreeva says this is insufficient for a soldier fighting in a conflict."Just as my daughter understands that you can play with dad, that dad is nearby, that dad rocks her in the evening - you see, our dad is very involved, and has been so right from the beginning - and it's very hard for her without dad... And then boom, here we go again."As part of their demonstrations, they’re aiming right at the top. "We are trying to get through to the Direct Line with the president, then we will think further. Solitary protests. Something like putting stickers on cars, so that they don't forget about us. We will put prints on clothing, do everything possible to attract attention to the problem. We will also try to interact with the media, many girls already want to, are ready, are trying."Tackling the movement is a delicate matter for the Kremlin.Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine in February 2022.In previous wars, it has tolerated higher death tolls than would be politically palatable in Western countries.But the growing movement of Russian women emphasizes the complexity and inequality of keeping so many men at war for so long. Especially while many more of fighting age remain at home.Women in Ukraine have also demanded their men be allowed back from the front.Andreeva says Russia's defense ministry has barely engaged with the women.The ministry did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.Andreeva told Reuters the second her husband is snoring next to her in bed, she will end her protests. Reuters did not seek or receive any military or other potentially sensitive information from Andreeva.
A couple found out that the wedding cake they ordered for their nuptials was the wrong flavour when they finally tried it a year later. In a viral TikTok video, Andrea Estefania and her husband filmed their reactions as they discovered that the wedding cake they originally ordered wasn’t served at their wedding. The pair initially chose amapola, an orange and poppy seed cake, but after both took bites of the cake, to celebrate their one-year anniversary, they realised it was actually carrot cake.
A man accused of killing his former girlfriend, Amie Harwick, by throwing her over a balcony in February 2020 was found guilty by a jury Thursday in Los Angeles. Gareth Pursehouse, 45, was found guilty of one count of murder in the death of Harwick, a former sex therapist who was once engaged to comedian Drew Carey, and first-degree residential burglary with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced.
An adorable 2-year-old girl in Gresham, Oregon, stepped out of her comfort zone by attempting to befriend her neighbors’ cat.Video recorded by Kristin Zimmerman shows her daughter, Dawsy, build up the courage to approach the cat and say hi.Getting no response, Dawsy then tries out a more relatable “meow”, which prompts the cat to turn towards her. Caught off gaurd by the attenton, Dawsy then decides she’s actually more of a dog person and runs away.This amused Zimmerman, who shared the video to Instagram with the caption: “When deep down you’re more of a dog person but mama taught you to be nice to your neighbors.” Credit: Kristin Zimmerman via Storyful