Shopping for self-care advocates and those in need of a little love and light doesn’t have to be difficult at all. My intention with these self-care gift ideas is to make the process of gift giving a lot more enjoyable—for everyone. On that note, enjoy yourself and give the gift of joy to someone else!
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” — Winnie the Pooh
I spent a decent amount of time and energy creating this list because I believe that self-care is the foundation we build and stand on in order to better help others; it’s one way to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Since I’m an advocate of all things peaceful and loving, here are some of my favorite self-care gift ideas for the people in your life (even if that’s you). I hope you find something you’re excited to give this year.
My Favorite Self-Care Gift Ideas for the People We Love
Books are a notoriously perfect choice for someone who is at all into self-help. Personally, I’m usually flipping through a couple books at any given time. Whether your person is into personal development, fiction, memoirs, natural health, spiritual text, or happiness, there’s surely a book out there that’d be perfect for them.
Here are just some of my personal favorite reads that’d make great gifts:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
- How Can I Help? by Ram Dass & Paul Gorman
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
- A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
- Go With Your Gut by Robyn Youkilis
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
I haven’t gotten to these yet, but I’ve heard good things and they’re on my list:
- High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
- The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
- Judgment Detox by Gabby Bernstein
- Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini
For more ideas, I share my full reading list here.
Consider audiobook versions of any of these, or any other, books for your loved one if they spend a lot of time driving, cooking, or moving about. Audiobooks (and podcasts) make it possible for me to listen to a book when I just can’t seem to “find the time” to sit down and read.“Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.” – Pam Allyn Click To Tweet
2. Classes and Courses
For anyone interested in living their best life, learning is a never-ending adventure and growth is a priority. For this reason, self-care enthusiasts tend to love nourishing their soul by taking a lot of courses and classes.
If you’d like to give the gift of growth and nourishment, here are a few ideas from my own bucket list:
- Brendon Burchard is one of the top performance coaches and speakers in the world; browse his courses for the person who is focused on growth.
- Gabby Bernstein is one of my favorite spiritual teachers and she has several courses.
- Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a world-renowned nonprofit committed to educating. They offer schools for yoga, integrative yoga therapy, and Ayurveda. From cooking to mindfulness to creative expression, there’s something for everyone. Explore their long list of programs by date, days, and theme to find the perfect getaway for your loved one (or, for both of you).
- Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company with a ton of resources, courses, and inspirational content. They offer audio programs, guided meditations, guides to living well, instructional CDs and DVDs, and more. (I loved their Self-Acceptance Summit.)
- Hay House is publishing company focusing on self-help, spirituality, personal development, and the like. Their live lectures, live events, and online courses are perfect for anyone interested in happiness, health, growth, and mindfulness.
If they’re into yoga, meditation, or exercise, consider purchasing a gift certificate to their favorite studio or gym.Learning is good for the mind, body, and soul. It's what we're here for. Click To Tweet
3. Journal + Pens
A good self-care routine probably incorporates self-reflection and writing exercises for clarity, appreciation, healing, and inspiration.
Personally, I think you can find a decent journal pretty much anywhere nowadays. For an all-around quality journal, I do love and recommend Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks for their excellent paper quality, dual ribbon bookmarks, index, numbered pages, and range of colors and sizes.
Currently, I use a Leuchtturm 1917 medium size hardcover dotted journal in lemon as my bullet journal (where I keep track of basically everything). Without it, my mind might collapse into itself.
Other than my Leuchtturm, I just use whatever journals I have lying around for brainstorming, journal prompts, making lists, planning, and anything else.
Like I said with books, when it comes to the best self-care gift ideas, I don’t think you can go wrong with a journal. People who appreciate downtime and healthy introspection tend to welcome new additions to their journal collection.
If you’d like to support your person’s love for healing and growth, here’s a little more inspiration:
- Gratitude: A Journal by Catherine Price (a gift that I’m still using and loving)
- Art journals; I don’t use any, but I’m sure you can find some good ideas on Amazon.com, Etsy, or your local arts and crafts store. Search for “art journal kits” and you’ll find some nice bundled ideas.
- I’ve heard these fountain pens are really nice (and there are colorful versions, too)
- Tombow dual brush pen art markers
- Micron drawing pens
I can’t imagine life without a planner.
As mentioned above, I’m currently using my Leuchtturm notebook as my bullet journal, which is also my planner, but I’m going to be making a switch for 2018. I love the bullet journal system, and I’m going to be sticking with that, but I don’t particularly enjoy the whole design bit that comes with it.
Plain or dotted notebooks are perfect for people who are either artistically inclined or appreciate the blank space to set up each month’s calendar, habit and expense (or any other kind of) tracker, and weekly/daily layouts—that might be exactly what your loved one wants.
For me, I’d like to spend less time drawing out grids and such, and more time doing what I love.
The brings me to one reason why I’m looking forward to January 1st: My new Joyful Heart Planner!
This is Deb’s second year making her cheerful planners, and I think they’re perfect for anyone looking for a little more self-care in their busy schedule. I love the coloring page at the beginning of each month, budget page, tabbed notes, and the weekly view which includes a section for gratitude, doodles, and tracking habits. I love it!
Of course, there are several planners and systems out there, but these are just two that I’m familiar with personally. It might help to ask the person if they have any favorites already to get an idea of what could work best for them.Giving from the heart feels like love. Click To Tweet
5. Positive Messages
Make an offering of positivity this year—you have options.
- Create a happiness jar. Fill any container of your choosing with positive affirmations, love notes, inspiring quotes, mantras, happy memories, and hopeful reminders. It’s a beautiful, personal, and extremely thoughtful gift.
- Inspirational mugs. “One day at a time.” “Blessed.” “You got this.” “You are loved.” The options are endless and, once again, Etsy is my preferred place to shop for handmade gems of all kind.
- Inspirational prints. Adorn your loved one’s walls with good vibes only. “You are capable of amazing things.” “Start each day with a grateful heart.” “Inhale. Exhale.” There are just so many options—Etsy is a great place to shop.
- Positive temporary tattoos. Give the gift of wearable positivity in the form of a temporary tattoo. “Today will be awesome.” “Live fearlessly.” “Stay strong.” I did another Etsy search, and there’s a lot to inspire.
- Jewelry that inspires. Inspire their best self with positive mantras on bracelets and necklaces (Mantra Band is a good company). You can do a search on Etsy for handmade and customizable options.
- Positive pins. Perfect for mental health awareness, cheer someone on with an enamel pin that fits their style. Here’s a “rooting for you” pin from Blurt.
Blurt is a wonderful company for prints, stationery, books and cards, pins, patches and posters, and their monthly BuddyBox subscriptions (or one-time purchases) filled with self-care goodies. Every product raises awareness and understanding of depression, which means I’m a fan.The time to have the map is before you enter the woods. @BrendonBurchard Click To Tweet
6. Thrive Market Membership
Thrive’s mission is simple: make healthy living and organic food accessible to everyone—regardless of where they live or how much they make. This online shopping club offers organic, wholesome foods and non-toxic home and body care products for less than what you’ll find in traditional retail stores—all delivered straight to your door.
Though you can’t purchase a gift membership for someone else (yet), there are a couple ways you can go about giving the gift of easy shopping.
- Sign up for a membership for yourself (which is $60/year, and pays for itself fairly quickly through awesome member savings and free goodies, plus you’ll get an additional 20% off your first three orders). Then, you can purchase an eGift card and send it to someone else to put towards their first purchase with Thrive.
- Sign up for a membership in their name, if you have access to an email address of theirs.
- Help them sign up for a membership and place their first order using your credit card. :)
One reason I mention Thrive as a gift option is because they have such a vast selection of personal care products. Here are a handful of self-care gift ideas that I wouldn’t mind receiving, inspired by Thrive’s catalog:
- Himalayan crystal bath salts, lavender
- Natural Himalayan crystal salt lamp (I just bought 3 as gifts for about $12 each; I also wrote about my love for Himalayan salt lamps here)
- Moss Botanicals Relax Aroma Mist
- Gaia Herbs golden milk (a powdered turmeric supplement)
- Earth Therapeutics anti-stress silk eye pillow
- Manduka eKO SuperLite travel mat
7. Make Your Own Self-Care Gift Box
There’s an abundance of handmade and homemade self-care gift ideas out there, but here are a few recipes and other simple offerings that are easy enough to make yourself and delightful enough to give to someone you love.
If you’d like, purchase or make a box or vessel of some sort to hold all of your creations. This way, whenever your person needs a little pick-me-up, they can consult their self-care box for inspiration.
If you’d like to DIY:
- Hand sugar scrub and cream. Here’s a great collection of handmade sugar scrubs. This is an incredibly simple hand cream recipe using just coconut oil (and vitamin E and essential oils, if desired).
- Homemade bath bombs
- Positive notes/love notes, a handwritten message, card, or a mini recipe box with your favorite healthy/comforting recipes
- Make an uplifting playlist or podcast compilation
Other items (some handmade) available for purchase that’d be perfect in a self-care box:
- Fidget spinner rings for mindfulness, meditation, and anxiety
- Non-toxic nail polishes in favorite colors
- Teas with chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and rose are soothing
- Stress-relief candles
- Dead Sea mineral bath salts in pleasing aromas
- Slime stress ball (or this lavender aromatherapy slime)
- Coloring books
- Aromatherapy inhalers (I haven’t tried one yet, but I would try one like this)
- Essential oil starter kit (Annmarie Gianni Skin Care’s pure essential oil blends are heavenly)
Therapy Threads is an awesome company advocating mental health awareness; a portion of all proceeds are donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Their aromatherapy scarves and jewelry, essential oils, and t-shirts have self-care written all over them and would make a thoughtful addition to any gift box.
Please share your favorite self-care gift ideas from this or your own collection, what gifts you love to give and receive, and anything else inspiring with me in the comments.
Share these gift ideas with someone you care about, as inspiration or a hint.
Take care of yourself today. Give yourself what you need to go out into the world and make a positive difference.