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Life can be so chaotic and stressful that finding time for yourself often feels impossible. Maybe even selfish.
But self care is so important! How can you take care of others without first taking care of yourself? Your needs matter, too.
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or treat someone you care about, this list provides over 50 self care gift ideas for under $50.
These ideas range from every day products you can upgrade to awesome new treats you may not have heard of. They can inspire your creative side and calm those nerves. Some take only a few minutes and others can last a lifetime. All within budget.
Books, Journals and Planners Self Care Gift Ideas
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
I had to start this list with Cait’s story because she has been a major inspiration to me for years. I followed along with her two-year shopping ban through her blog but was still in awe of all of the things she accomplished. Her story will encourage you to live more and hold onto less.
I also had to include this “different kind of planner” right away too. Not just because I credit the author, Kathleen Celmins, with giving me the initial push I needed to start blogging, but also because I’ve been using this planner since the new year and I love it. This undated planner is predominantly made up of weekly pages, but includes sections for monthly reflections. It’s helped motivate me and keep me accountable more than any other product or service I’ve ever tried. Seriously.
If you want to be more present in your every day life, this beautifully illustrated journal offers a creative approach to help you do just that. Use the exercises and quotes found throughout this guided journal to escape the stress and pressure to be perfect, and instead be present and enjoy what matters most to you.
This journal proves that self-care doesn’t have to boring. Full of “cathartic-as-f*ck activities” and gorgeous illustrations, this down-to-earth approach to mindfulness is perfect for those who are interested in self-care – and don’t mind a little profanity.
If guided journals aren’t your thing, a simple notebook with ruled or dotted pages (perfect for bullet journaling) can do wonders for your well-being. Fill the pages with ideas, reflections, to-do’s, doodles, dreams, plans, or whatever your heart desires. This journal is designed to be durable so you can take it with you wherever you go.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Gretchen Rubin is one of the best known authors in the self-help genre, and it’s easy to see why! In this book, she shares what worked (and what didn’t) when she spent a year trying to find more happiness in her life. After reading this, you will want to steal her ideas and start a happiness project of your own.
Self Care Gift Ideas To Eat or Drink
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Tea is a well known stress reliever and this tea blending kit allows you to create up to 100 servings of it. Enjoy the teas on their own or create your own custom blends, including flavours like spearmint, passion flower and lavender buds. Don’t worry, there are recipes included too, to help inspire your unique creations.
You know what else is a well-known stress relieving beverage? Wine, of course! So why not learn to make your own? This kit includes almost everything you need to make up to 15 1-gallon batches of your very own fruit wine. (That’s like, 75 bottles of wine!)
It’s no secret that drinking water is incredibly good for you. From boosting your immune system to preventing cramps and headaches, the benefits of proper hydration go on and on. Which makes this copper insulated water bottle one of the best self care gifts out there – especially because it comes in 8 different sizes, 24 different colours, and has a variety of lid styles. And Simple Modern donates at least 10% of their profits to natural disaster relief. #winwin
Practice self care by caring about something else. Start your own indoor herb garden (or “herb” garden if that’s your thing and you live where it’s legal)! This kit includes everything you need to start growing 10 varieties of your own fresh herbs, including rosemary, lavender, and oregano. Improve your mood, your cooking, and your decor!
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Self Care Gift Ideas To Help You Sleep Better
Sleep is one of my absolute favourite things. Getting even one bad night’s sleep turns me into a grumpy, stress mess. If you have loud neighbours or train-tracks outside your bedroom window like I do, a white noise machine will help block out all that noise so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It also works great to help you focus when working or studying. This model comes with 20 different sound options (10 fans sounds and 10 ambient white noise variations) and volume control, so you can find the perfect level you need.
I suffered from migraines for years (turns out my neck is abnormally straight). I tried everything to get some relief – doctors, medication, better ergonomics – and then I tried this pillow. The tri-core design correctly aligns your spine and supports your neck while you sleep, giving you both a good night’s sleep and relief from neck, shoulder and back pain. I am such a huge fan of this pillow, I could write a whole post about how it changed my life! #gamechanger
Body pillows are often marketed towards pregnant women, but they are awesome at reducing pressure and providing support for anyone looking to get a good night’s sleep. The bamboo cover helps keep you cool while the shredded memory foam stuffing contours to your body. It’s made in the USA and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Weighted blankets can help children and adults that suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or autism. I’ve yet to try one for myself, but people say it’s like being hugged all night long. Studies have shown that grounding your body while you sleep and simulating deep pressure touch therapy can help to reduce stress hormones, increase dopamine and serotonin, and help you sleep better. It’s important to note that weighted blankets are considered medical device and therefore aren’t recommended everyone, particularly those suffering from respiratory or circulatory conditions.
This is a #1 best seller on Amazon. I mean, just look how ridiculously soft this blanket looks! It’s reversible design includes a flannel side (available in various colours) and a plush, lightweight sherpa side to keep you warm at night or while cuddling on the couch.
My bamboo bed-sheets are by far my favourite. They are soft, light and just feel so much more fresh and crisp than other sheets I’ve tried. They are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and moisture wicking, meaning they are more breathable than other cotton sheets. The set comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and four pillow cases in various colours.
Blackout curtains help to block out lights and sounds, which makes them perfect for the bedroom. Plus they help protect your floors and furniture from sun damage, and saves you money on heating and cooling costs. They come in various sizes and colours to match your needs. We have this exact set in our living room and it does an amazing job!
Sleep masks aren’t just for airplanes. They can provide total darkness without putting pressure on your eyes or face, which makes them perfect for sleeping and for coping with migraine headaches. Designed with comfort in mind, the soft, adjustable head-band fits different head sizes and can be tightened or loosened to fit your needs and improve your quality of sleep.
Ugh, that dreaded alarm clock buzzer. What a terrible way to start your day. Why not wake up naturally and feeling more refreshed with a light therapy lamp alarm instead? By mimicking a sunrise, you will wake up gradually instead of being jolted awake. And don’t worry, this one includes a back-up alarm, just in case.
Lavender aromatherapy products are well known for helping you relax and get a good night’s sleep. Which is why you should add a reed diffuser to your bedroom. It will gently and continuously diffuse the fragrance oil for up to 120 days, without the use of batteries or electricity.
Spa-Like Self Care Gift Ideas To Help You Relax
Nothing says self care more than taking a long, hot bath. Throw in a bath bomb to make it even better. Your skin will feel moisturized and will smell amazing! This kit includes 12 different scents to choose from.
Bath sets make the perfect self care gift because they include everything you need to have a mini spa-day at home. I choose a vanilla scented one because vanilla is my favourite. But there are so many different ones available, so find the scent that’s right for you.
Elevate your bath with a book, glass of wine or cup of coffee. Without worrying about dropping anything in the tub.
If you’re more of a shower person, why not upgrade that boring old shower head of yours? A 3-way rain shower with 6 different settings makes it easy to customize to your liking.
A 12 pack of face masks gives you 3 different options (camomile, hyacinth and jasmine). They each provide their own unique benefits, but leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and radiant.
Treat your tired feet with these foot peels made of all-natural ingredients and botanical extracts. No scrubbing needed. Simply slip your foot into the peel, sit back for an hour and your feet will be restored and smooth.
I really need to buy this! It’s a foot soaker and massage in one so you can treat your feet while you watch “just one more episode”. This is especially useful for those of us with ticklish feet or who don’t like having their feet touched, but still want to relax.
I received some oversized towels as a gift (thanks, mom!) and I’ll never go back to boring old regular towels. This set includes 8 pieces, making it perfect for couples or so you’ll always have a clean back-up. What better way to end a relaxing bath or shower then by wrapping yourself up in a plush, oversized towel?
We have a head massager, and omg it’s amazing. Like when you get your hair shampooed by your stylist. And this one comes with a backscratcher, too. So relaxing!
But why settle for just a head massager, when you can get a deep tissue massage at home for a fraction of the cost of one visit to a massage therapist, instead? With 6 different massage heads specifically designed fit right where you need it, you can relieve pain all over your body.
Self Care Gift Ideas For Your Health and Well-Being
I got an electric toothbrush for Christmas a few years ago, and it’s easily one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. The simple, short habit of brushing your teeth is both good for overall health and for improving your mood. (Poor oral hygiene has been linked to depression.) And there’s just something so refreshing about having minty-fresh breath.
Perfect for the bedroom, living room or your office, a cool mist humidifier can help improve the air quality, help combat any discomfort caused by dry air, and can hydrate your skin. You can also add a few drop of your favorite essential oil, too.
Skin care products really are a great way to pamper yourself from head to toe. The natural ingredients found in this Burt’s Bees gift set will leave you with smooth, hydrated skin.
A good hot or cold therapy wrap is a fast and drug-free alternative to relieve all sorts of pains, from headaches to injuries to chronic conditions. Use heat for deeper muscle relief or cold to reduce painful inflammation or swelling.
Purifying the air in your house can do wonders for your health and well-being. This set of 12 versatile plants will help filter and clean the air – and looks good doing so. These plants can live without soil, so arrange them in whatever creative ways you’d like.
Self Care Gift Ideas That You Can Wear
Slippers are the best, aren’t they?! They are perfect for getting comfortable at home at the end of a long day, or for keeping warm in the winter months (without cranking up the thermostat). Available in 4 colours, and various sizes for men and women.
You know what else are the best? Fuzzy slipper socks! This 5 pack also comes in different colours and patterns (including bows and paw-prints) to match your style.
Channel your inner superhero with these caped Wonder Women socks. Yes, the socks have capes! (How fun is that?)
Made with extra soft microfiber fleece, these pajama pants are perfect for relaxing and lounging around the house, as well for getting a good night’s sleep. With a draw-string waste and pockets, they make a great self-care gift for both men and women.
Lounge around your house in comfort with a soft, cozy robe. Featuring a hood for those cold days, large pockets for your phone or a good book, and a belt to get that perfect fit.
Pajamas are a great go-to gift idea, especially when looking for something to promote some “me-time”. Great for getting a good night’s sleep, lounging on your day off, and for vacations.
Self Care Activities and Hobbies Gift Ideas
Take some time to nourish your creative side with this art set. Whether you’re brand new or an experienced artist, the various mediums included in this kit will keep you inspired – with a wood case to keep your supplies organized, too.
Spend a year developing your creativity, one day at a time with the guidance of this journal. The prompts are easy to follow and encourage you to include a little art into every day. Great on its own, or as the perfect companion to the art set mentioned above.
I couldn’t put together a self care gift idea list without including adult colouring books. They may be a little cliche, but they work. Colouring is relaxing. It’s a creative way to take a few minutes for yourself and expand your imagination.
There are so many health benefits related to solving puzzles, no matter your age. Improve your mood with every piece you get right (thanks to the release of dopamine), improve your memory, and unwind – all while challenging your brain, improving your self-confidence and learning a little geography.
I’ve always wanted to learn to play chess. Not to mention how classy a chess set would look on my coffee table. And this one sure is nice with the amount of detail on these pieces. Playing chess will sharpen your intelligence and help you get your mind off of whatever negative is in your life.
Yoga is the perfect self care activity. It’s great for both your mental and physical health. And it’s totally affordable, especially with the free apps and videos available. Or sign up for a class and foster your social side as well.
Spend some time outdoors relaxing in your very own soft but durable hammock. Promising an easy and adjustable set-up, this made in the US hammock is perfect for camping, hiking or enjoying your own yard.
Self Care Gift Ideas for Your Office or Workspace
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can often cause people to feel depressed, especially in the winter months. Light therapy is a scientifically proven way to help counteract these negative effects. Using light therapy can improve your sleep and your mood, give you more energy, and help you concentrate better.
They say that sitting is the new smoking, and that sitting all day at your desk could be killing you. (Yikes!) Having a proper ergonomic set-up can help to counteract these negative effects. A set of cushions for your office chair, vehicle, or wherever you sit can do just the trick to provide you support where you need it, reduce pain, and improve productivity.
Science has found that listening to happy music while you work can help enhance your creative thinking. Science also says that trying to work in a noisy environment can increase your stress levels. So pop on these comfy, noise isolating headphones and pump up those tunes – without worrying about stressing out your colleagues.
Add a little greenery to your desk or office space with succulents. They are easy to care for and provide a bit of fresh air and style indoors.
The hypnotic motion of the sand in this art picture is another great stress reliever for your desk. Use the included guide to create specific scenes, or sit back, relax and watch as it forms it’s own mesmerizing patterns.
This desktop version of a traditional Japanese meditative garden provides a little escape for when you can’t escape the 9-5 grind. If you’re feeling nervous or anxious or simply need a mental break, creating meditative patterns in the sand gives you something to focus on and something to do with your hands.
Being freezing cold at work is no fun. A portable space heater is a great way to keep your workspace at a comfortable temperature. This model includes safety features like overheating protection, is very quiet, and can heat up your space in no time.
So there it is! 50 totally affordable gift ideas that can easily add a little self care to your life or the lives of your loved ones.
What’s the best self care gift you’ve ever received (or bought for yourself)? What’s your favourite idea from the list above?
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This post was originally published August 20, 2018.
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