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12 Thoughtful Self-Care Gift Ideas

Self-care is essential for our wellbeing. It can be defined quite simply as any activity you do with the intention to take care of your mental and physical health.

While self-care looks different for everyone, one way to show someone you care is by giving them a thoughtful self-care gift that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation. Or maybe you’re the one in need of some self-care? Either way, here are 12 self-care gift ideas to inspire you.

1. Spa Day

Treat yourself or a loved one to a day of pampering and relaxation with a spa day gift certificate. Indulging in massages, facials, and other luxurious treatments can help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

2. Hair Care Gifts

thermal brush


We’re all familiar with the little mood boost that comes from having a good hair day. Give the gift of a high-quality hair care product or tool, such as a nourishing hair mask or thermal brush, to help someone feel pampered.   

3. Skincare Gifts

skincare mask

A top-rated skincare product can also help someone feel pampered. Consider a nourishing face mask, facial roller, or a set of skincare products to help someone feel their best.

A facial is another option. There are several types of facials available, each with specific benefits and targeted towards different skin concerns. Some of the most common types of facials include:

  • A classic facial is a basic facial that involves cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extraction, and a face mask. This facial is suitable for most skin types and can help to improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • An acne facial is designed to treat and prevent acne breakouts. This facial typically includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and the use of products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to target acne-causing bacteria.
  • A hydrating facial is designed to restore moisture to dry and dehydrated skin. This facial typically includes the use of products that contain hyaluronic acid or other humectants, as well as techniques like facial massage to improve circulation.
  • An anti-aging facial is designed to reduce the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. This facial typically includes the use of products that contain antioxidants and peptides, as well as techniques like facial massage to stimulate circulation and promote collagen production.
  • A brightening facial is designed to improve the overall tone and brightness of the skin. This facial typically includes the use of products that contain vitamin C or other brightening agents, as well as techniques like facial massage to promote circulation.

4. Aromatherapy Candle

aromatherapy candle

An aromatherapy candle can create a calming and relaxing atmosphere, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Each candle scent has its unique purpose and benefits, for example:

  • Lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties. It can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, making it an excellent choice for bedtime or meditation.
  • Vanilla has a warm and comforting scent that can help to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
  • Citrus scents, such as lemon and orange, are energizing and refreshing. They can help to promote focus, making them a great choice for workspaces and study areas.
  • Peppermint has a cool and refreshing scent that can help to improve mental clarity. It's also said to have digestive and headache-relieving properties.
  • Cinnamon has a warm and spicy scent that can help to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. It's also said to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

5. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is another aromatherapy gift known for its calming and relaxing properties, making it an excellent choice for promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving sleep.

Consider a diffuser or roll-on for easy use.

6. Foot Spa

foot spa

Some foot spas also incorporate aromatherapy. They have a compartment for essential oils which are filtered into the water. As the heat warms the oils, they release their scent into the air, providing a pleasant and soothing aroma.

A foot spa can be used to provide comfort and relaxation, to improve circulation, and to reduce pain and stiffness in the feet.

7. Learning Materials

Learning something new can be an excellent form of self-care, and giving the gift of a learning resource can inspire growth and development. Popular things to learn about include:

  • Cooking: Learn how to make delicious, healthy meals.
  • Photography: Learn how to take stunning photos and edit them using software like Adobe Lightroom.
  • Coding: Learn how to program websites, apps, and software using programming languages like Python, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS.
  • Foreign language: Learn a new language like Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese.
  • Meditation and mindfulness: Learn how to meditate and practice mindfulness to reduce stress and improve focus.
  • Drawing and painting: Learn how to draw and paint using different mediums like pencils, watercolors, or oils.

8. Lumie Alarm Clock

lumie alarm clock

An investment that helps us improve our sleep quality is an excellent investment in self-care, given how important sleep is for our mental and physical health.

A Lumie alarm clock is one such investment. This tool mimics the sunrise, gradually increasing light to simulate a natural wake-up experience. This can help regulate sleep cycles and promote a more natural and peaceful wake-up routine.

9. Massage Gun

lumie alarm clock

Stress can cause muscle tension and pain through the "fight, flight or freeze" response. Chronic stress can lead to long-term muscle tension and pain due to inflammation and disrupted sleep patterns.

If you or a loved one deals with this, a massage gun may be helpful. They’re designed to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation through deep tissue massage. This would also make a great gift for someone who enjoys fitness and the gym.

10. Epsom Salt

Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, are another option for helping relieve muscle pain.

The magnesium in Epsom salts is thought to help ease inflammation and tension in the muscles, making it a popular choice for athletes and people with chronic pain conditions. Add them to a warm bath, relax and unwind.

11. The Mental Wellbeing Toolkit

the mental wellbeing toolkit

The Mental Wellbeing Toolkit is a self-guided program for improving mental health and wellbeing which combines valuable insights from:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Positive psychology

This can be an excellent resource for someone looking to prioritize their mental health.

To send as a gift, purchase the toolkit and email hello@thewellnesssociety.org with “Toolkit Gift” in the title. In the email, include your order number, the email address of the recipient, and the date and time (including your time zone) you would like the toolkit sent to them.

12. Tea Sampler

tea sampler

Tea is known for its calming and soothing properties, and a tea sampler can provide a variety of flavours and benefits.

Here are some popular tea flavours and their potential benefits:

  • Green tea: Rich in antioxidants and may help boost metabolism and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Chamomile tea: Known for its calming properties and may help promote relaxation and better sleep.
  • Peppermint tea: May help with digestion and reduce symptoms such as bloating and nausea.
  • Ginger tea: May help alleviate inflammation, reduce muscle pain, and aid digestion.
  • Rooibos tea: Contains antioxidants and may help improve bone health and reduce inflammation.
  • Lemon tea: Contains vitamin C and may help boost the immune system and improve digestion.
  • Lavender tea: Known for its calming properties and may help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Summary

Self-care is a vital component of our wellbeing, and giving the gift of self-care is a meaningful way to show someone you care about their health and happiness.

With these self-care gift ideas, you can inspire positive mental wellbeing in yourself or your loved ones. If gift-giving, remember to choose gifts that align with your loved one's preferences and needs for optimal impact.

Want more self-care inspiration? Check out this article on how to build an effective self-care routine.


 

About Rebecca

Rebecca is the founder of The Wellness Society and author of two fluff-free books, The Framework and Understanding and Healing Trauma.

She's passionate about creating concise and compassionate mental health and wellbeing tools that address the root causes of distress.

Read more about her views on our About page.