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With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts for the special men or women in your life. With everyday demands coupled with added holiday stress, a self-care gift is a great holiday gift idea for your loved ones. This can mean anything from a rejuvenating skincare set, or unwinding at the end of the day with a new book on the best e-reader we’ve tested.
If you’re not sure where to start, our gift guide experts at Reviewed can help, with this list of 21 relaxation gifts for every type of person, from your girlfriend who has it all to your dad who needs a bit of TLC. One thing is for certain: each of these self-care gift ideas are something that’ll allow them to take a few minutes each day to take care of themselves.
A weighted blanket is the perfect thing to help unwind after a long day filled with holiday stress, and our best weighted blanket is a fantastic gift pick. The Gravity Blanket evenly distributes the weight, is easy to clean, and feels extremely high quality.
If they’re always buying books, this is one of the best gifts to consider. The Amazon Kindle is our favorite e-reader because it’s easy to use, perfectly sized, and features a bright display that makes it fantastic for reading. It doesn’t hurt that it has access to the Kindle Store, which features access to millions of book titles.
If they love slathering on lotions, serums, and moisturizers before bed, then they’ll adore this Biossance Rapid Radiance Set. It features four of their best-selling skincare products, which are made with all-natural plant-based ingredients. Pair it with our favorite robe for the ultimate self care moment.
For someone who is in need of some beauty sleep, a sleep mask is a necessity. The Mzoo Sleep Mask topped our list of best sleep masks, for how it blocks out light and doesn’t put too much pressure on the eyes.
Journaling is a great way to practice self-care, and is something that’s easy to incorporate into a busy routine. The Five Minute Journal provides daily prompts, affirmations, and wisdom, which makes it a great option for beginners. It lasts for six months of daily journaling, has useful tips throughout, and is made using sustainable materials.
One of our favorite self-care gifts is a set of bath bombs, and the Capri Blue Bath Bombis the best one that uses organic ingredients. Fans of the brand’s iconic Capri Blue Volcano candle will love this vegan formula bath bomb for its wonderful scent and for how it fizzes in the tub.
Whether they’re running late for a meeting or getting the kids out the door, any mom in your life will adore this Ember Mug. It's one of the best coffee mugs and comes in a variety of color options, keeps your drink warm for up to 80 minutes, and can be paired with an app to keep your drink at your favorite temperature—from steaming hot to lukewarm.
When it comes to self care gift ideas, a back and neck massager is one of the first things that comes to mind. This Comfier Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager is one of the best of 2023, with heated, kneading massage rollers and eight rotating nodes to relax sore muscles and ease holiday tension.
A pair of cozy pajamas is a staple and the best overall pajamas for women we tested are the Eberjey Gisele Tencel Modal Long PJ Set. During testing, we concluded that these silky soft pajamas have a classic design, a multitude of color choices, and are made from high-quality materials that held up well after multiple washes.
You may tend to think of a smartwatch as a tech gift, but the Apple Watch Series 9 is a fantastic self-care tool since it can aid in a variety of stress-reducing activities, like tracking workouts, playing music, and navigating directions. It’s this versatility that made it our best smartwatch pick and it’s a great way to ensure you’re carving out time for yourself, whether by incorporating a workout into your routine or listening to your favorite song when you have a few spare minutes.
There’s nothing like slathering on a velvety lip mask before bed, and this Laneige set contains the viral Lip Sleeping Mask alongside the Lip Glowy Balm. Both products are top sellers, but our tester claimed that it kept her lips silky and moisturized. A win for the upcoming cold winter days.
This aromatherapy towel warmer is the ultimate spa luxury you can give them for their own home. A warm shower is an incredible treat after a long, grueling day. This large towel warmer keeps towels, robes, or sheets at the perfect temperature, so they can snuggle up in something warm without having to face the cold air. And we’d be remiss to mention that it also allows you to put in the essential oil of your choice, so their linens can even smell just like their favorite spa.
To up the ante in their skin care routine, invest in a rose quartz gua sha. The ancient beauty technique tool claims to aid in lymphatic drainage, which can release muscle tension, reduce dark circles and puffiness, and help sculpt, lift, and soften wrinkles.
There’s something about spraying on a spritz of deliciously smelling perfume that instantly makes you feel better, and this Haunted Rose Eau de Parfum from Future Society is arguably the best. The brand uses the DNA from extinct flowers, so it has an extra special scent that wouldn’t be possible without biology.
One gift that anyone on your list will appreciate is the Therabody Theragun Elite. The tool can relieve stress and tension anywhere, which is why our testers awarded it the best massage gun. Plus, its ergonomically designed handle and Bluetooth capability with an app make it user-friendly for everyone to use.
An excellent remedy for dry, stressed skin, this skin care set features cruelty free products that’ll give you incredible skin-saving results. Within this Hydrate and Chill Set is the Ultra Repair Cream, which is the best face moisturizer, according to our testers, along with other bestsellers from the brand.
On a chilly winter night (or even when they’re watching a Netflix show on the couch), this super soft, Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket is the perfect addition. Here at Reviewed, our testers tried the popular celebrity-loved throw blanket and claims that it’s one of the softest throws they’ve ever owned.
Whether they’re ultra stressed this holiday season or just in need of some muscle relaxation post workout, this Alo Yoga Magnesium Bath Soak is an incredible remedy. Its antioxidant rich formula is beloved since it melts away stress, restores tired muscles, and leaves skin hydrated and nourished. Use it after a grueling workout or before bed to help unwind.
Applying makeup before heading out can provide an instant confidence boost, and this Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Glow Kit will majorly increase their glow. It features two of the brand’s most popular shades of the TikTok viral Beauty Light Wand, which are always sold out and super easy to use.
Make self care easy at home with this I Dew Care Sheet Mask Pack. The set of 14 face masks each have different formulas that leave skin feeling hydrated, soothed, or nourished, and it’s easy to throw one on at the beginning or end of the day.
Made with thousands of tiny plastic spikes, this Acupressure Mat and Pillow set stimulates pressure points on the body to help relieve pain and reduce stress. Using it 10 minutes daily is said to help provide major stress relief, and it comes in a bunch of different color options.