I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m just not feeling very materialistic this year.
Maybe it’s part of growing up. Or accumulating massive quantities of toys and too-small baby clothes. Or just feeling like we’re outgrowing our home and wishing to declutter and start fresh.
Whatever it is, I don’t have a traditional gift guide for you. But I do have some suggestions on, wait for it, my favorite topic of the year: self-care.
Whether you’re buying for a new mom, an overworked spouse, a loved one healing from an injury, or somebody who has experienced profound loss, these mostly inexpensive, yet thoughtful, gifts will (hopefully) bring comfort and encouragement to those who need it.
Self-Care: A Holiday Gift Guide
Essential oil starter set + diffuser
I personally love this doTerra starter kit as well as any of the kits from Eden’s Garden (you can order from Amazon or their website). This diffuser is inexpensive and has held up well for us. Essential oils can be so calming—I have relied on them during stressful situations as well as “unwinding” at bedtime.
When you’re sick, stressed, grieving, or just tired, sometimes you just want to curl up on the couch with a warm, fuzzy blanket (this one looks extra cozy) and a good book…
An encouraging book
To use with your fuzzy blanket, above. One of my favorite reads from this year was Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is also a life-changing, uplifting read that was recommended by my therapist.
A soothing candle
Candles can be expensive, but I’ve found some lovely, affordable ones at Homegoods and Target. I also love these that are locally-made in Fairhope, AL.
A mindfulness journal
My husband bought us both copies of this book a while back. I haven’t really dived into it yet, but I love the soothing watercolor-esque illustrations and various mindfulness activities. Plain journals are nice, too.
Massage oil + an offer for a massage
If cost isn’t prohibitive, spring for a massage gift card or treatment at a local spa. Or, if your buying for your significant other, pick some special oil and give your own massage.
Whimsical paintings, print-outs, and photos always cheer me up. Whether you create your own or buy something locally or from Etsy, art is a fantastic gift (I love the simplicity of this piece). And, if your loved one is an artist herself, gift her with some new supplies and set up her own little creative space.
Bath bombs or a luxurious body scrub
I’m not a huge bath person, but every so often, I find them incredibly relaxing if I’m worn down or just need to “escape” for a while. These bath bombs look so pretty.
If all else fails, give your time. Offer to babysit for a new mother who just needs to treat herself to some alone time. Clean the home of a loved one who’s experienced loss or injury and is too overwhelmed to fuss over housekeeping. Treat an old friend to coffee and deep conversation. Or write a heart-felt note to somebody who needs some encouragement.
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So tell me…
- Anything else you’d add to this list?
- What’s your favorite self-care/relaxation ritual?
- What’s the most heart-warming gift you’ve received?