Ever heard the expression, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”?
You can’t care for others before you’ve cared for yourself. That’s where self-care comes in. This act is all about taking time to nurture yourself right here, right now. And anyone who has mastered the art of self-care knows it’s essential. Without caring for yourself first, you’re running on empty, with zero energy, focus, and strength to care for others.
Self-care isn’t just a holiday thing. But with the season in full swing, it’s an ideal time to gift a loved one something that will help them enjoy a little self-care.
Here, we’ve assembled a collection of our favorite self-care essentials for everyone on your list.
Self-care is often mistaken for self-improvement. But instead of working to fix something about yourself, self-care is about nurturing yourself just as you are.
The idea of indulging yourself is often considered self-care, but this practice isn’t supposed to be an excuse for bad behavior. In other words, anything excessive — too many cocktails, hours upon hours of scrolling social media, or eating way too many desserts — doesn’t fall into the realm of self-care.
There’s one other thing to remember about self-care. You don’t need lots of time or money to do it. It can be as simple — and as restoring — as a walk in a park, a few minutes of mindful breathing, or a quiet, calming bath.
We based our self-care gift ideas on products designed for pampering. And to cover everyone on your list, we also aimed for options that work with all budgets.
- $ = under $30
- $$ = $30–$70
- $$$ = over $70
Best gift for tired feet
This trio from Naturally London is designed to soak, exfoliate, and moisturize hard-working feet. It includes three nourishing products for a soothing experience:
- detoxifying foot soak to soften and cleanse
- moisturizing foot polish to smooth dry, rough skin
- healing foot balm to hydrate and protect
The female-, veteran-, and Black-owned company focuses on botanical foot and hand care. This means their products have no synthetic colors, artificial fragrances, parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, petroleum, waxes, or micas.
Best gift for great skin
This three-piece kit is great for a pampered night in. Think of it as an awesome sweatpants/hair back/no makeup moment. The collaboration includes:
- a 100 percent silk satin Silk Labs silk scrunchie in Evio blue
- the Evio Skin rejuvenating mask and moisturizer
- the Evio Skin lip serum
This kit is a quick way to get fresh, recharged skin and a moment of self-care.
Best gift for the outdoors lover
Your outdoorsy friend will love this set of three soaps inspired by America’s most iconic national parks. The Zion, Acadia, and Redwood bar soaps are vegan and all-natural. They’re made with clean ingredients and no petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, silicones, or polyethylene glycols.
The grounding, energizing scents help turn shower time into a self-care ritual. And as a bonus, 5 percent of every purchase supports the work being done by the National Parks Conservation Association.
Best gift for lounging
What you wear at home, after hours, can be an important part of your self-care routine. Slipping into this cozy fleece jogger set can help your gift recipient mentally shift gears after a long, busy day. It’s a great upgrade from old sweats and worn T-shirts.
The casual and comfy two-piece outfit is made for relaxing. With its retro stripes, it’s a comfortable option for lounging at home or dashing out to run errands.
This stylish set is a versatile gift option, too. Your gift recipient can mix and match the top or bottom as the mood strikes. The set is only available in navy, but it comes in sizes ranging from extra small to extra large.
Best gift for better sleep
In our busy lives, a restorative night’s sleep can be a form of self-care. This pillow mist is blended with bergamot, chamomile, lavender, vetiver, geranium, clary sage, and marjoram. The calming botanicals are designed to be subtle yet soothing.
Your gift recipient can spritz this mist onto their pillow to help create a tranquil sleep environment. And bonus — this pillow mist is free from parabens and synthetic fragrances, with packaging made from recycled materials.
Best gift for the tub
There’s a reason bath time is considered a form of self-care. This restorative kit from Esker can be a great addition to that ritual. It has items designed to give your gift recipient a tranquil bath, including:
- a hand poured candle in a custom terrazzo vessel
- Esker body oil
- Esker body wash
All items are packaged in a plastic-free box, and the set is designed for all skin types. Esker uses organic ingredients that are Leaping Bunny certified. You can pair this bath set with the Esker body plane, a tool inspired by Greek and Roman bathhouses, for a gift that will soothe and smooth.
Best aromatherapy gift
For the loved one who can’t get enough of fab fragrance, look at this candle and perfume set from Ouai. Both the travel-size eau de parfum and the candle share the same floral and citrus scent, inspired by Bondi Beach in Sydney. The candle uses a coconut and soy wax blend that’s long lasting and comes in a concrete vessel.
Whether your gift recipient is burning the candle for a relaxing evening in or spritzing on the fragrance before running out the door, both count as a meaningful form of self-care.
Best gift for loved ones with beards
This self-care gift is for the bearded folks in your life. The gift pail includes three bestselling manKIND products in the brand’s cedarwood-citrus fragrance. The products help turn routine beard grooming into a nurturing ritual.
The gift pail includes:
- a shower, shampoo, and shave bar formulated for head-to-toe care
- an all-natural beard and face oil designed to smooth and condition beards and mustaches
- an all-purpose stick that can be used as a solid cologne, deodorant, lotion bar, and hairstyling product
Coziest self-care gift
Feeling snug and cozy in a favorite blanket is a wonderful way to nurture yourself. These knit throws from Seek & Swoon can be part of that experience. Each throw is made with cotton-poly blends or recycled yarn. The materials come from a second-generation, family-owned knitting mill.
The designs are influenced by scenic places and come in three sizes, including baby, standard, and jumbo. Whichever you choose, your gift recipient will be cozy.
Yummiest self-care gift
Is hot chocolate a self-care strategy? We’re thinking yes. The Beekman 1802 Cup of Cheer Goat Poop Hot Chocolate Bomb might make your gift recipient laugh out loud, but it’s also a real treat.
Belgian chocolate is designed to melt as soon as it’s mixed with warm milk. The combination can make for a creamy cup of cocoa. Each box comes with two chocolate bombs, enough for them to enjoy and indulge without going overboard.
Best gift for meditation
These body stones are solid lotion bars that soften on contact with skin. Cocoa butter and nourishing oils help leave the body soft and fragrant, but the self-care component is in the application. Body stones are designed to be warmed in the hands and then glided along the body before being massaged into the skin. These waterless moisturizers are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
Each body stone starter kit comes with the stone and a reusable bamboo container, making it a great gift. Plus, it’s available in a mini size if you’d like to gift a few different scents.
Best gift for pampered hands
Taking time to pamper the hands is another form of self-care. It’s a chance to relax and practice a little mindfulness. Bare Hands developed the “no makeup” look for the hands, and this set can help your gift recipient have a relaxing, DIY dry gloss manicure at home:
- the Polisher
- a cuticle oil pen, which can be scented or unscented
- a chamois cloth
- two orange wood cuticle pushers
All of these tools come packed in a cozy flannel pouch.
Best gift for head-to-toe pampering
This botanical bath and body gift set is made for giving. It comes with a moisturizing shea butter soap, shea butter hand and body creme, and a sparkling bath tablet, all tucked into a botanical print box. Sets are available in six scents, but we’re partial to the clean, zesty fragrance of the Aloe Leaf & Mint option.
Whatever you choose, this can be a thoughtful way to encourage your gift recipient to thoroughly pamper themselves from head to toe.
Best gift for a beauty lover
A good hair mask is a common way to self-care. This set from amika includes three options for all hair types:
- the Soulfood nourishing mask for deep conditioning
- the Flash instant shine mask for quick shine
- the Kure multitasker for intense repair
All three masks are color safe and free of sulfates, parabens, and mineral oil. Plus, all amika products are vegan and cruelty-free.