If this year taught us nothing else, it's that our health can't be taken for granted. At the same time, anxiety over the pandemic and the election has highlighted the importance of prioritizing our emotional well-being, too.
So, it makes sense that when it comes to holiday shopping this year, many people are eyeing products that can help improve their sleep, bust stress levels — or just make them feel cozier while spending more time at home.
Although the definition of self-care will vary from person-to-person (contrary to public opinion, you don't have to love bubble baths!), these are a few of our favorite wellness-minded gifts that can help boost your health — and your mood — after this crazy year.
1. Gaiam Mod Meditation Cushion
We're all living with some level of anxiety these days, but meditation can help to control stress, better regulate our emotions, and improve focus. While you certainly don't need a fancy meditation cushion to do it, this chic pillow set (designed to help you meditate comfortably for longer by allowing your hips to soften and relax) will make the process even more enjoyable.
Shop now: $180; gaiam.com
2. Maude Vibrator
Reminder: Masturbating is a form of self-care that can actually help you cope with anxiety. And if you want an aesthetically pleasing vibrator that has a track record of flying off the metaphorical shelves, this is it. After being sold out for months, Maude's 3-speed, minimalist 'vibe' is back just in time for the holidays.
Shop now: $45; getmaude.com
3. UGG Coquette Slipper
Confession: I have worn these slippers every single day over the past six months, both in the privacy of my own home and in public. (Apparently, celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Cara Delevigns are a fan of this same style, too.) They're the perfect warm and cozy WFH slippers, but thanks to their sturdy sole, they can be worn for trips to the grocery store and on sanity coffee — or liquor store — runs, too.
Shop now: $120; nordstrom.com
4. Amazon Halo Tracker
I'd argue the best gift you can give (to yourself or anyone else) this year is sleep. Especially considering the fact that COVID has caused an uptick in insomnia, and now we have sleep issues caused by the end of daylight savings time to contend with, too. This just-launched tracker from Amazon is one of the best sleep trackers out there and can also improve your overall health and mood. Two stand-out features: It analyzes the tone of your voice and provides feedback on how energized — or depressed — you sound to others and uses temperature sensing to track the quality and quantity of sleep.
Shop now: $65 + $4/month subscription; amazon.com
5. Parachute Waffle Robe
I live for a good robe and plan to add this one to my collection next. The soft, lightweight, waffle weave has a spa-like vibe that has garnered it hundreds of five-star reviews. "I wish they made overalls or onesies out of this fabric, I want to live in it all day," one satisfied customer wrote. Sold.
Shop now: $119; parachutehome.com
6. David’s Tea ’24 Days of Matcha’ Advent Calendar
If you've been thinking of getting into matcha, this advent calendar is one way to test out a ton (24 to be specific) types to discover your favorite. Sure, it's more time-consuming than a Keurig for getting your daily dose of caffeine, but I can attest that the ritual of using a little bamboo whisk is quite soothing in these chaotic times.
Shop now: $65; davidstea.com
7. Comma Sherpa Weighted Blanket
No product can replicate the feeling of hugging a friend you haven't seen since before quarantine, but the combination of touch and gently applied pressure can have powerful psychological and physical effects, specifically when it comes to combatting anxiety and insomnia. Since the trend has been around for a while now, it's easier than ever to find one that fits your aesthetic. For a truly luxurious vibe, opt for this faux fur weighted blanket filled with tempered glass beads.
Shop now: $169; commahome.com
8. Lord Jones CBD Bath Salts
These CBD bath salts are handmade in small batches and designed to "help promote a calm sense of well-being" — something we can all use right about now. They also happen to smell amazing thanks to the eucalyptus and lavender oils.
Shop now: $65; sephora.com
9. Philips Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light
I've experimented with wake-up lights before and can say that, as someone who truly hates the mornings, they make the process of waking up a little less painful and jarring. This version allows you to customize your morning alarm with multiple sounds and sunrise options. You can also use the wind-down feature before bed, which guides you through relaxing breathing exercises and helps you fall asleep more peacefully with a sunset stimulation.
Shop now: $170; amazon.com
10. Siblings Forever Candle
I never got into baking bread during quarantine, but I did find making my own candle to be just as therapeutic. For $22, the eco-friendly bags of natural coconut blend wax can turn any vessel you have at home into a DIY candle with just a microwave and a couple of minutes. For the perfect gift for a sustainably-minded homebody, pair with one of the brand's handcrafted ceramic vessels.
Shop now: $66 for vessel and wax; siblings.co
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