It's been a crazy year (a few years, actually, but that's neither here nor there), and nothing compounds our anxiety quite like the holiday season. Between airport layovers, obligatory family events, dwindling sunshine, and weakening immune systems, we often feel anything but jolly. With so much out of our control, it's important to take a bit of "me-time" to recenter and regroup. So, if you've been nervously wondering how you're going to make it through the next few weeks unscathed, take a deep breath and relax: We're here to alleviate your winter blues (and your friends') with a list of self-care gifts for every budget.
We understand that the act of self-care varies from person to person. For my mom, it looks like a glass of wine or an expensive bakery treat. For my sister, it's splurging on a new workout outfit for her Saturday morning boot camp. For me, it's a long bubble bath and some time spent with a sex toy. Maybe you're more of a morning meditation person. Or you'd rather curate a skin-care routine or indulge in a new lipstick color. Whatever your self-care looks like, we hope we can at least get rid of your shopping stress. Give your brain and your body some extra TLC this holiday season, and keep scrolling to shop the 21 best self-care gift ideas for you or a friend at every price point. Because figuring out how to de-stress shouldn't add to your worries.
Best Self-Care Gifts Under $30
Give your arches a supportive hug with these ultra-popular socks from Bombas. They also come in special patterns for the holidays to make your morning run even more festive.
Your at-home spa day isn't complete without these under-eye cooling patches that de-puff and brighten your skin in only 20 minutes.
This TikTok viral perfume broke the internet with its apparent ability to evoke the smell of whoever your heart is missing. If you need an extra boost of comfort that feels like a warm hug from a loved one, this is the scent for you.
Sink your teeth into this delectable treat from the world-famous Levain Bakery. Its fall cookie assortment is filled with holiday flavors like ginger and pumpkin as well as its renowned chocolate chip. A perfect gift for any sweet tooth.
Best Self-Care Gifts Under $50
I was gifted this insulated Yeti mug by my brother-in-law two holidays ago, and it completely changed my morning routine. It keeps my coffee temperature regulated, so I can sip as slowly as I want without worrying about anything else. This version has a tapered base, so you can treat yourself on the go, too.
Nothing says winter R&R quite like cozying up in front of a crackling fire. But in case you're not willing to commit to gifting someone a whole-ass fireplace (although there are options for that!), this firewood-scented candle from Anthropologie is a great choice. With up to 75 hours of burn time, it'll last longer than a real fire, too.
In a post-Roe v. Wade world, our libidos are fledgling, but there's a self-care gift for that. Formulated to boost your mood and regulate hormones that are related to depression and burnout, these delicious-tasting gummies from wellness brand Dame can help lower your stress levels while increasing desire. Count us in!
Explore the world of regional wine with a monthly subscription to Wine Awesomeness. Or browse its curated gift boxes. Either way, you can't go wrong.
I'm a firm believer that the best self-care gift for anyone is the gift of pleasure. This dual-stimulating vibrator from Tracy's Dog caused me to orgasm so hard that I blacked out from pleasure...twice. Plus, the people over there are giving R29 readers an exclusive sale with code R2915 through Nov. 29, so you can get your intense orgasm at a discounted price.
Best Self-Care Gifts Under $100
Full-body relaxation starts at your feet, and these furry slippers will make you feel like you're walking on a bed of clouds.
Did you know that a weighted blanket can lead to better sleep and actually help improve your mental health? The deep pressure puts your body into "rest mode" — which is why we're obsessed with this ultra-luxurious weighted eye mask from Saatva. Not only does it block out light and feel smooth against our skin, but it helps us wake up more rested.
Self-care can't always be bubble baths and massages. Sometimes it's going to yoga, running, taking a dance class, or lifting weights at the gym. Nothing makes exercising a little more fun than a pair of new leggings, and these buttery soft best-sellers from Lululemon feel like a hug for your thighs.
Best Self-Care Gifts Under $150
Your beauty routine deserves an upgrade. Why not dip your toe into luxury skin care with this kit of best-selling minis from beauty big-shot Sunday Riley> The individual bottles cost upward of $70 (and are all well-reviewed viral faves), so this is a great way to see if they work for you without splurging too hard.
Though Catbird is known for its dainty jewelry, we prefer our hoops thicc. This pair of gold huggies has enough substance to add a real pop to all our holiday outfits that make us feel totally glam (at a super-reasonable price).
Nothing is more luxurious than a super-cozy robe. Made from Turkish cotton, Parachute's best-selling robe comes in nine stylish colors and makes us feel like we're being swaddled with self-care.
Best Self-Care Gifts Under $200
Work out even the tensest knots and muscles with this compact Theragun. It's ultra-portable, has a run time of over two hours, and has a nearly perfect five-star rating. Oh, and did we mention it's on sale right now?
Did you know that orgasms can help reduce your cortisol levels to actively lower stress? And did you know that most women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm? Help a stressed friend out with a clit-specific vibe, like the newest from luxury sex tech brand Lelo. The Dot offers pinpoint and broader stimulation, depending on what you like, and guarantees that it'll get you there.
We know that bedding doesn't really scream gift, but hear us out. Better sleep means less stress, and we promise a new level of comfort when it comes to Brooklinen's best-selling sheets. Don't just take our word for it, though: This set has over 20,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating.
Best Self-Care Gifts Over $200 Worth The Splurge
Higherdose's flagship heated blanket is a mental and physical wellness essential for winter, according to the R29 shopping team's two superfans. "I had been going to the Higherdose SoHo location five or so times and realized immediately I loved how I felt both during and after my sessions, but couldn't justify shelling out $65 per session," Samantha Baker, our VP of Commerce and Partnership says. "Then I saw that they released an at-home blanket version and figured even though the price tag is high, it would quickly pay for itself after 10 at-home sessions. I'm so glad I made the leap, as I've been using it two times a week for the past two years and can absolutely tell a difference in my energy and mood post-use."
After an extensive workout, muscle recovery is a necessary self-care step. Make it as easy as sitting back, relaxing, and letting these pre-set massage booties do all the work.
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