The Beauty of Self-Care

22 Gifts That Promote Self-Care

by Caitlin Kelch


If you’ve been following my column, The Beauty of Self-Care, you’ll recognize the benefits of most of these gifts. When I give presents with self-care in mind, I like to take the time to write a thoughtful note describing what I hope the giftee can look forward to experiencing. Whether it’s a Mom Time Out with the Meditation Studio app and the lavender eye pillow, or a hearty late-night laugh with the You Are A Bad*ss book, the message is the same: take a little time for yourself. The holidays are always a super busy, and sometimes stressful, time. The positive reframe of that truth is that it is also a holiday that affords us some time away from work to connect with friends and family. Use that time to recharge yourself and share that message with those folks on your gift list! –Caitlin

P.S. Most of these gifts are affordable, but please know that you can make a lot of these items yourself! Take a look at our Small Measures column for some ideas and how-tos for crafting your own self-care gift.

Image above, clockwise from top left: 1. Thé des Moines (holding a warm ceramic mug helps you be in the moment) $21 | 2. Tulasara Awakening Ritual Kit  (dry brushing + aromatherapeutic oil) $89 | 3. Ginger & Lavender Body Wash (for long, lingering baths) $20 | 4. Human Body Book (to learn more about the body & how it works) $11.68 | 5. Colorful Matches (for lighting a candle during meditation) $36 | 6. Pick Me Up Book (helpful self-journaling & inspiration) $10.05 | 7. Organic Lavender Eye Pillow (for a quiet break)

Click through for the full guide after the jump!


Image above, clockwise from top left: 1. Fancy Epsom Salts (detoxifies skin) $12.89 | 2. Patchouli Sweetgrass Candle (for aromatherapy) $20 | 3. Smooth Worry Stones (for a soothing tactile experience) $18.50 | 4. Aveda Lip Saver (a nutrient-rich daily ritual) $8.50 | 5. Flameless Candles (for bedtime reading & meditation) $12.99 | 6. You Are A Badass Book  (for humor & self-confidence) $9.60 | 7. Table Fountain (for the calming sound of water) $28.46 | 8. Handmade Crochet Stress Ball (for a delightful way to relieve stress) $26


Image above, clockwise from top left: 1. Healing Crystal Zen Garden (for a mindful activity) $44 | 2. Monstera Mobile (for watching subtle movement) $130 | 3. Incense Paper 3 Pack (for a sensual ritual) $20 | 4. Terracotta Incense Paper Burner $19) | 5. Small Victories Cookbook (for caring for your body & appreciating small triumphs) $21.84 | 6. We Should All Be Feminists book (for embracing womanhood) $7.95 | 7. Meditation Studio App (for mindfulness on-the-go) $3.99

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  • I actually got that sand table for my counseling intern a couple of weeks ago. Not only is it relaxing for her, but it’s great for our students when they need a few minutes to try and re-center themselves.

    • I love these too! This one looks especially beautiful. I made one for my students by buying a secondhand wooden picture frame, gluing in the glass and backing to the frame (so no sand can leak out) and filling it with inexpensive sand from a craft store. We found rocks and used forks as rakes :)

  • Love this idea for a gift guide! I also saw Gemma Correll’s “self care” stickers recently and thought they were hilarious/adorable – would totally fit in here too.

  • Yes! Love seing so many sensorial and minful picks. The more I study the senses (smell, particularly), the more interested I become in having an embodied experience in an increasingly virtual world. Thanks for the fab recommendations (those matches!).

  • These are really good ideas. Some I never thought of. I love the fountain, I think I will purchase that for myself. The incense paper is also very unique. I love incense but I’ve never seen that before.

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