Gift ideas for self care

Christmas is a busy period for most and with it comes Christmas parties, present shopping and socialising which can make finding time to relax and unwind difficult. A self care product can be a thoughtful gift to give this time of year (or any time actually), or to treat yourself with. With that in mind, here are my favourite gift ideas for self care featuring independent sellers on Etsy.

Bath / Shower products

I’ve spoken before about my love of baths, I think they’re perfect to relax in after a long day, and there are plenty of bath products on the market. You really are spoilt for choice.

My favourite brand is Lush but there are other options available. At the moment I’m loving Cherry Bomb Boutique who has released a couple of hanging bauble bath bombs (£4.50), a Christmas tree bath bomb (£5) and novelty Christmas melts (£5). Of course you don’t have to buy Christmas themed!

No bath? No problem.

Showers can be equally relaxing and also very refreshing. How about some shower gel or body lotions? This lovely “pamper hamper” (£12) from Purely Soap Store is available in a range of scents. My go to is lavender, it’s great for making me feel calm and helps me get a good night’s sleep.

Bluetooth Shower Speaker

While we’re talking baths and showers, how about a Bluetooth shower speaker? There’s nothing I like better than listening to a calming play list in the bath or shower, and this way I save my phone from any water damage. It also prevents me from scrolling through social media when I’m trying to relax.

Wheat bag/Hot Water Bottle

Not only do they keep you warm wheat bags and hot water bottles are great for period cramps and help IBS flair ups. I swear by mine, which is a penguin shaped wheat bag (from New Look).

I think the animal designs are great because it also gives you something soft to cuddle. Which can be very comforting. For hot water bottles, I love the rustic charm of knitted hot water bottle covers (£15 by CQ Cushions).

Fuzzy socks

I couldn’t talk about comfort without mentioning fuzzy socks, could I? They’re warming, comforting and come in a wide range of fun designs which can often brighten my mood.

If you’re looking for something a little different or an inventive way to wrap them. How about cupcake socks? These “tea buns” (£5) by Squeaky Angels also include 5 tea bags. Fuzzy socks and tea? What’s not to love?

Cosy Blankets

There’s something about being under a blanket that not only brings comfort, but can make you feel protected.

There are many blanket designs available such as sleeved ones which help keep hands free. Helping you to hold a cup of your favourite drink or a copy of your favourite book.

Scented candles or reed diffusers

Fragrances can have a calming effect and some, like lavender, have been known to aid sleep. There’s also something I find so relaxing about watching a candle burn.

Novel candles are a great idea if you can find something you know they enjoy, like books. I’ve spoken about this old books soy candle (£4.87) before, but I have to include it again. I love the idea – there’s just something about the smell of old book stores I enjoy.

Colouring book and pencils

Colouring books are known to help with stress and are great for relieving anxiety. With so many designs to chose from you’re bound to find something they’ll enjoy. I have a few myself including a penguin one and a couple from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they’re perfrct for a rainy day activity.

Notebook or journals

From plain papered ones to bullet journals and ones tailored to self care or mental health, notebooks and journals are great for getting thoughts or worries down on paper. Which can be very theraputic.

The self care playbook (£20 – pictured above) is full of prompts to help you with self care and self love practices. As well as some lovely affirmations.

Motivational water bottle

It’s important to keep hydrated and these motivational water bottles encourage you to drink every hour. It’s a helpful reminder and a great way of tracking your fluid intake – there have been days at work where I’ve gone the whole morning without a drink!

Your company

Sometimes depression or anxiety can feel very lonely so why not skip gifts and give them your time? Self care doesn’t have to be a solo act – pop on a face mask with your friend, have a movie night at home or bake something together.

Do you have any other gift ideas for self care? Which one here is your favourite? Let me know in the comments. 😊


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  • Jordanne / Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    December 26, 2018 at 22:13

    Totally love these self care gift ideas! It’s always important to take some time out for yourself and these presents would be amazing for anyone, it’s nice to give the gift of self care, my gran got me some bath bombs and candles for my self care routine, very much appreciated.

    Jordanne //

    1. Kim

      March 24, 2019 at 17:05

      Thanks for your comment Jordanne and sorry for the delay replying. It had ended up in spam. 🙁 Self care is so important and I love receiving gifts that will help me with my own self care routine. That’s lovely that your gran got you some bath bombs and candles.

  • Helen C

    December 23, 2018 at 08:36

    Really lovely post Kim, I enjoy these types of posts including advice like a magazine article. Giving presents for self-care is an excellent idea, and all your suggestions are helpful. Shopping with independent sellers is so important, I like going to little craft fairs to pick up bits like that. I’ve never shopped on Etsy, but I used to browse it for inspiration, they really do have some gorgeous things so maybe I’ll revisit. I like lavender scents too, particularly in the winter months. I need to repurchase a wheat bag, my previous one has been over used, but I liked the owl design on it. I love cosy socks, especially a brand new pair, I’m hoping I might get some for Christmas or in the sales. One of the things I like for self-care is fairy lights, they create a calming atmosphere! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Ruth

    December 17, 2018 at 09:11

    This is a wonderful list, and I’d definitely be happy to receive any of these! I’ve been really enjoying baths lately, but it’s not the type of thing I’d spend much money on, so a treat like a bath bomb would probably be great for me. You can never go wrong with fuzzy socks or notebooks, either!

  • Nancy

    December 15, 2018 at 05:11

    I love these self-care gift ideas! Nothing better than being gifted something that you can treat yourself with. On the other hand, I love the pricing of them as well. Oooh, you can NEVER go wrong with notebooks as well.

    Nancy ♥

  • Aimie

    December 13, 2018 at 20:45

    These ideas are so so cute. 💗

    1. Kim

      December 13, 2018 at 20:55

      Thanks Aimie! 😊 I’m glad you like them. x

  • Bexa

    December 11, 2018 at 13:00

    These are lovely ideas Kim! Those knitted hot water bottle covers are so nice, I think I’d choose the pink or the purple. Colouring books are such a great idea for a self-care activity, they are always so relaxing and calming to do. The Bluetooth Shower Speaker sounds perfect, I love listening to music in the bath but always worry my phone will get damaged, this seems like the solution! Thanks for sharing lovely <3 xxx

    Bexa |

    1. Kim

      December 13, 2018 at 20:55

      Thanks Bexa. 🙂 I’m hoping Santa takes the hint and pops a Bluetooth shower speaker under the tree for me. 😉

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