I've decided to stick to a new rule this holiday season: I'm only buying friends and family self-care products. Why? Well, have you met 2020? It's been an intense, highly stressful year. While the prospect of 2021 and a fresh start seems so promising, we're still going to have to deal with the fallout from this spectacularly crazy year (COVID-19 included).
I'm thinking that all of my loved ones just need a break to themselves, some quiet time, and some good old-fashioned TLC, especially at this time of year and going into the next. Since self-care is sort of my "journalism beat" so to speak, I'm getting ready to shower my friends and family with everything I've learned about it.
Here are a couple of things I have on my gifts list this year—feel free to steal these ideas. And guess what? Most of them are on sale right now thanks to Cyber Monday deals. A win-win, I think. Happy shopping and gift giving!
Journaling during quarantine has helped me sort out my thoughts and has allowed me to be honest with myself. So maybe it will help those around me, too. This journal has reflection prompts, so it's easier to get started.
This CBD bath bomb was created in collaboration with wellness queen Hannah Bronfman. It will calm the mind and body, soothe inflammation, and nourish the skin.
A puzzle can be a soothing activity for your brain. Plus, it really distracts from doomscrolling or going into a social media black hole.
The Nue Co.'s new fragrance is all about releasing stress. It brings the healing effects and scents of nature for a really calming feeling. Notes include vetiver, cedarwood, benzoin, pine, patchouli, and bergamot.
This set is so easy because it has everything your friend needs to wind down.
Lord Jones makes some of the most calming CBD products out there. These wild strawberry and lemon gummies are made with natural fruit flavors and promote relaxation. Each gummy contains 20mg of CBD.
Your candle-loving friend will appreciate this set, which contains some of Le Labo's greatest hits: Figue 15, Palo Santo 14, and Petit Grain 21.
While there's not a ton of scientific evidence out there yet, many people use weighted blankets for sleep, comfort, and stress relief. Gift your friend the luxury of a restful night's sleep.
For the friend who keeps saying they want to spend less time on their phone, this activity book will help them do just that. It has hilarious and fun tasks and prompts that will get them off their devices.
A sleep mask is a luxurious addition to a nighttime routine. This one is made of pure silk and will feel so heavenly on the eyes and face.
For the friend who is serious about bath time, this set of bath oils is a no-brainer. It comes with 10 different therapeutic essential oil blends. There's one for sleep, destressing, energy, and more.
This small portable humidifier is great for combating dry skin. It can run for 10 hours and has a soft LED night-light feature.
This supplement promotes calmness, brain health, and regularity—plus, it tastes good. It has ingredients such as a magnesium chelate blend and L-theanine for relaxation and mental clarity.
Knitting can be another way to unwind and get your hands doing something other than scrolling. This kit has everything needed to make a snood: wool, knitting needles, and instructions.
Formulated with Himalayan pink salt and rose and ylang scents, this bath soak will soothe muscles and calm the mind.
With all the time we've been spending at home, cozy slippers can be a little luxury. This fuzzy pair is so soft and plush—like walking on a cloud!
This rollerball will target any restlessness. It has soothing essential oils like eucalyptus, frankincense, and lavender.
This aromatic and restorative body oil contains CBD, maritime pine bark extract, and essential oils. The formula is vegan and cruelty-free.
A diffuser makes it easy to take advantage of the benefits of aromatherapy. This sleek one can run for three hours straight and has ultrasonic technology.