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If there’s someone in your life who’s constantly super stressed out (You know you can think of at least one person—even if it’s yourself.) and you’re hoping to give them a little pick-me-up, you’ve come to the right place. Believe me, anyone who surrounds themselves with celebrity news knows something about stress. (Have you seen our coverage of Cardi B’s drama? Or the never-ending feuds between Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez?). So, yeah, I’d say we have a pretty firm grasp on how to handle stress and, subsequently, what self-care gifts would be best for that one particularly tense person in your life.
After all, no matter how perfect someone’s life on Instagram looks, everyone has a rough day now and again. Maybe your best friend is a badass who’s always having to work late on projects—and all they really want is a night alone with a fancy candle and a glass of wine. Or perhaps there’s someone in your life who keeps hitting one obstacle after another, and you’re looking for a way to make their day just a little bit brighter. Self-care gifts can be more meaningful than you might think—and the difference between a friend or family member having a tough day or a relaxing one.
Sure, you could gift your loved ones a trip to the spa or a nice massage, but if you’re looking for something that they could use time and time again, then we’ve got you covered. Sometimes taking a moment for ourselves can be difficult, and a friend pushing you toward a little self-care makes all the difference. Just by giving someone a self-care gift, you’re showing them that you care about them (and their wellbeing). The little things in life add up, so go ahead and treat your loved ones to something that will brighten their day.
From aromatherapy tools to oracle decks to enlightening books about mindfulness, scroll through for our picks of top-shelf self-care gifts you can give to that special someone—or just yourself.
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1. Cactus Flower + Matcha Candle
There’s nothing quite so soothing as a candle that smells good and looks good. This Cactus Flower + Matcha Candle from Paddywax is as much a home decor item as it is a de-stressor.
2. The Moon Deck Oracle
This is the perfect gift for anyone in need of trusting their own intuition more. The Moon Deck Oracle cards will help them listen to their inner self and pull wisdom from within. And the best part is you don’t have to be an experienced reader to read these oracle cards. It comes with a handy booklet with explanations for each card.
3. Five Minute Journal
Gratitude can go along way, and the best-selling Five Minute Journal can do wonders for the heart and mind. Encourage your loved one to actually use it daily—and then see if it’s made a difference after a few weeks!
4. Flawless Vibrating Facial Roller
Up your BFF’s face mask sessions with the Finishing Touch Flawless Vibrating Facial Roller. Also, might I add how super Instagram-able it is? You’re welcome!
5. No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
Not only has Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh been honored with the 2019 Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Inner Peace, he was also nominated by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 (NBD). So it’s safe to say that this spiritual teacher knows what he’s talking about. No Mud, No Lotus is perfect for anyone facing adversity and looking to better their situation—whatever it may be.
6. Slip Silk King Pillowcase
A good night’s sleep and a good hair day are some of the best gifts you can give someone—and the benefits of a Slip Silk Pillowcase are unmatched. I like this pretty pink option, but there are several other colors from which you can choose.
7. Dream Decoder
Dreams can give us insight into what’s really going on in those mysterious brains of ours. This pack of illustrated Dream Decoder cards can help interpret 60 of the most common ones, and it’s cute, too.
8. “Calm the F*ck Down” Coloring Book
Calm the F down with this fun coloring book made for adults. Perfect for de-stressing after a long day when a glass of wine isn’t quite doing the trick. And for under $5, it’s a great little gift.
9. Unicorn Cloud Slime
Listen. There’s a reason why slime videos have been so popular this year. Now your loved one can go all ASMR IRL with this Unicorn Cloud Slime—which is, perhaps, the greatest gift of them all.
10. Mystic Mondays Tarot: A Deck for the Modern Mystic
A beautiful deck that’s perfect for anyone looking to explore their spiritual side, this Mystic Mondays Tarot makes a great option for a stressed out loved one—or yourself!
11. Huggable Sloth Cooling + Heating Pad
This Sloth Cooling and Heating Pad is so cute, you’ll actually want to snuggle it. It’s a great option for that friend who always has a sore muscle—or just loves a good cuddle sesh.
12. Pink Marble Pure Silk Sleep Mask
A good night’s sleep is really the best gift you could give to a partner who has trouble sleeping. This stylish pink marble mask from Slip is made from 100% pure silk and will block out all surrounding light so your love can snooze comfortably and undisturbed.
13. NEST Cedar Leaf & Lavender Candle
The scent of lavender is known to be instantly stress-relieving and this Cedar Leaf & Lavender candle from NEST, which also contains cedar leaves, and notes of rosemary and sage, will make you feel like you transported right into a spa.
14. Personal Power Pocket Crystals
Whether your or your loved one believes in the healing power of crystals or not, they make a surprisingly good (and pretty!) gift. These Kitsch Personal Power Pocket Crystals would look great sitting on any dresser.
15. Peace Is Every Step
Time and time again, mindfulness has proven itself to be a great healer. Peace Is Every Step shows how to practice mindfulness from the great zen teacher himself, Thich Nhat Hanh.
16. Woodgrain Oil Diffuser
There’s just something about an oil diffuser that’s instantly soothing. Give your favorite loved ones the gift of essential oils filling their home and watch as the stress melts away.
17. Inspirational Quotes Planner
This inspirational and chic planner is a great gift for someone who’s constantly on the go—and just needs a little bit of organization to help them get through it all without stress.
18. Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle
This candle says it right on the label: stress relief. A stressed-out friend or coworker can keep this Bath & Body Works candle lit while they work so they can close their eyes and pretend that they’re somewhere far, far away.
19. Kiss & Make Up Yoga Mat
If your BFF is obsessed with yoga—or you just think it’d be good for them, LOL—then snag this seriously cute Sugarmat x Kendra Dandy yoga mat. It’s the luxe gift they deserve.
20. Pine & Pink Colorblock Notebook
Nothing is quite as relaxing as a good journal sesh, so give your loved one the perfect notebook in which to jot down all their thoughts. They’ll thank you later.
A version of this article was originally published on November 26, 2019.