I’ll admit that holiday gifts for myself don’t usually make it onto my shopping list. In ordinary times, I set my sights on finding the perfect presents for family and friends. But this year, after months of pandemic parenting, remote schooling, and surging anxiety, I’m ready to treat myself to something guaranteed to make me smile.
Of course, I’m finding that turning my gift-giving powers on myself requires some creative thought. The first step? Tossing away any notion of what you need (no batteries or shower curtains, please!) and instead focus on what is sure to charm, soothe, and delight you. In preparation for the gift-giving season ahead, I hit the virtual shops to find 11 beautiful gifts to add a much-needed dose of comfort and ease into each day.
Read on for 11 truly special gifts to give yourself this year.
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Feeding my toddler is fast becoming the most stressful part of motherhood, which is why I love the idea of gifting myself organic, nutritious, and readymade meals she will actually eat. Little Spoon offers two subscription delivery plans for beginning eaters and growing kids—both of which promise clean, healthy, and flavorful foods to fill even a picky eater's plate. This year, when life has been so hectic, setting up a meal delivery plan I can feel good about is a gift in the truest sense of the word.
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2020 may as well be called The Year of Stress-Induced Insomnia. As we head into the holidays, I'm eager to bring in a few simple rituals that will help me roll out of bed actually feeling well-rested the next day. That's why I'm tucking these Sleep Capsules from Rae Wellness into my own stocking. When it comes to supplements, consider me picky: I look for clean, pure ingredients without any artificial fillers or harmful preservatives. Rae's Sleep Capsules fit the bill—and I love that a portion of every purchase helps fund a non-profit aimed at inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Looking to give your hair a little TLC? This organic tea rinse looks as lovely as it is useful: use weekly to strengthen locks and soothe a dry or irritated scalp. Rinse it out in the shower, or use it as a leave-in conditioner to nourish your hair throughout the day.
This facial stone is meant to inspire a self-care ritual to relax tension, and smooth and plump skin. Gua sha is a simple, safe practice based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and while I can't speak to its supposed Botox-like effects, I do find it supremely soothing.