Thoughtful and meaningful holiday gifts are a great way to show your friends and family that you care about them, but what if you’re looking for a gift that will prompt them to care for themselves a little bit more? The holidays are such a busy and stressful time of year, and if you have a loved one that you think could use a little inspiration to do something nice for themselves, there are some great options out there for gifts that will encourage self care! Whether you’re getting these for someone else or maybe even putting them on your own wishlist, these gift ideas will help provide an incentive for anyone to make a little time for themselves.

Weighted Blanket

Although you might second-guess yourself while trying to wrap a present like this, a weighted blanket makes an excellent gift this time of year. Providing all the benefits of a comfy, cozy blanket, they also help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and promote relaxation overall. Some studies even suggest that they can be helpful in alleviating chronic pain. Make sure you do your research on the correct weight and size to buy for the person in question so that the blanket is safe to use, and wish your loved one some wonderful, relaxing winter’s naps!


Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper is a very healthy habit to get into, but a lot of people find it challenging. Journaling can seem like a big time sink because of the expectation that you’ll write pages and pages each time you sit down. Some also struggle with a lack of ideas for things to write about, or simply find it hard to keep on top of journaling every day. A solution to this problem that makes a great gift is a journal with daily prompts for things to write about. It encourages reflection, is a great self care tool, and is easy to keep up with every day!

Spa Gift Card

If there’s one way to really take a moment for yourself and unwind, it’s a day at the spa indulging in things like massages, and the best incentive to take a spa day is a gift card. After all, if you don’t use it, it’ll go to waste, and no one wants that. A gift card or certificate to a local spa will give your loved ones the perfect excuse to spend a few hours prioritizing themselves and their own relaxation. 

Oil Diffuser

Essential oils have many different properties that can be beneficial for a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, such as lavender for relaxation or or citrus for a mood boost and some energy. One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is in a diffuser, which can make your loved one’s home smell fantastic as well as being an act of self care. You can get diffusers for a range of different prices, so order one along with a few bottles of popular oils to make a wonderful holiday present. If the person has pets, however, just be careful which oils you choose. Some can be harmful to dogs, cats, or other animals!

Yoga Mat

Sometimes self care isn’t just about facials and bubble baths, but about more literal ways of taking care of yourself, such as ensuring you get enough sleep and eat nutritious foods. Exercise is another very important part of self care, and getting in the habit of doing some kind of physical movement at least a few times a week will have great benefits for your health and mental wellbeing. A yoga mat makes a great gift for anyone in your life who is looking to become more active in the new year, and there are many stylish ones out there to choose from. 


Everyone could use an excuse to engage in a little more self care as this year winds to a close, so whether you’re shopping for family, friends, or even yourself, these gift options will all be fantastic ideas that will encourage more self care and better mental health. Make sure to keep them in mind as you finish up your last minute holiday shopping!

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