Self care gifts are a wonderful way to show your support and care for your friends, family, community, and especially, yourself. I’ve compiled some of my favorite self-care items for this gift guide. Get inspired to give rejuvenating presents your friends will love.
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I love this microwaveable heating pad! It’s perfect for warming my neck, back, stomach, or anywhere that needs some TLC. The removable cover is machine washable and durable. This heat wrap makes a great gift for a friend, relative, or anyone who needs to sit down for some self care.
My hands and fingers get cold easily. It’s not a problem when I have these rainbow fingerless gloves! These are my essential gloves throughout the cold season. A not-so subtle reminder that I am part of the LGBTQ community. These rainbow fingerless gloves are the perfect present for yourself or an LGBTQ friend.
When fingerless gloves aren’t enough, enter the rechargeable hand warmers for keeping hands warm in the winter months. These heat up almost instantly and keep a charge for hours. Taking care of your hands (and yourself) is important so please consider getting rechargeable hand warmers this winter.
This hot chocolate bar is amazing! If you like hot chocolate, you simply break off a piece of the bar and microwave it in a cup of (plant-based) milk for a rich, creamy hot drink. It’s dairy-free but still thick and delicious. Makes a great gift.
Massages can be expensive. A massage gun is one way to get therapeutic relief at home. This rechargeable device vibrates into your deep tissue to release painful tension. Makes a quality gift for athletes or anyone with a lot of muscle tension (that’s all of us, right?)
I’ve been brushing my hair with a bamboo brush for years and I like it much more than plastic or boar bristle brushes. The smooth wooden pins massage the scalp and detangle long hair effectively. Bamboo is an eco-friendly material and reduces waste. These bamboo hair brushes are an excellent self-care gift for yourself or a friend.
Lotion and soap are classic self-care gifts. These Alaffia shea butter products are moisturizing, clean, and sustainable. I love the natural lavender scent but they also offer an unscented version.
I use this scrubby towel in the shower with soap to exfoliate skin. It’s long enough to hold in both hands to scrub my shoulders and back. It’s scrubby but not too abrasive. You will feel a little mini spa moment in the shower while taking good care of your skin. This inexpensive towel is well worth it!
We spend hours every day sleeping, so why not sleep on a surface we love? This satin pillowcase will protect your hair and skin while you are resting and recovering.
Maybe your kitchen doesn’t have room for a full-sized dishwasher, or yours isn’t working right now. This countertop dishwasher was a game-changer for me when I purchased one for a shared household. You can buy an adapter to temporarily attach it to your kitchen sink. It fits on most standard countertops and holds a few place settings of dishes.
It’s such a relief not to have to wash all the dishes by hand. I highly recommend getting the appliances you need to make your daily life easier, or as a well-deserved gift for a partner who does more dishes than you… 🙂
This book changed how I think about being “lazy” vs. needing to recover from a world that is not easy for us. I highly recommend this read to anyone struggling with motivation, experiencing burnout, or feeling guilty about needing to rest. We all need to rest sometimes, and it’s better if we feel good about it. This would make a great gift for that family member who just can’t seem to stop working.
Complex PTSD is (at least in my experience) common within the trans and nonbinary community, triggered by many traumatizing or abusive incidents over time instead of one severe event. This is the best book I’ve read about cPTSD so far (I admit, I tried to read The Body Keeps the Score but couldn’t make it past the first chapter). Foo describes her healing journey in great detail and I felt I learned tactics for my own life while reading her compelling story.
We could all use some self care gifts in these stressful times. I hope you take care of yourself and get some rest.
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