Allow us to say what we’re all thinking: Holiday shopping can be seriously stressful. Sure, we love seeing the looks on our friends’ and family’s faces as they open our carefully curated gifts, and we love giving back to others during the most charitable time of year. What we don’t love? Scrolling online until our eyes glaze over trying to find something for a great aunt we haven’t seen in 365 days. Braving crowded department stores and long lines at checkout. Spending more money than we budgeted for. Which is why this year we’re scaling down the stress levels and gifting these affordable self-care products that’ll infuse a little chill into everyone’s holiday season. Namaste.
12 Cost-Effective Self-Care Products to Give to Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List
1. Rejuvenating Bath Salts & Oils
Give your loved ones a spa experience with luxe bath products—minus the luxe price tag. Our favorites come from Kneipp®, an accessible wellness brand that sources their naturally occurring mineral salts from one of the oldest salt deposits in Europe. (Not like Epsom salts, which are made in a lab and require more product to get the same effect.) The Pampering Mineral Bath Salt Soak Gift Set combines four of their best-selling salts to help relax, refresh, ease sore muscles and support better sleep, including relaxing lavender and refreshing eucalyptus scents. Pair it with their Bathe in Happiness Herbal Bath Oil Gift Set to give your friends and family an even more potent aromatherapy experience. These travel-ready bottles contain six different amazing-smelling essential oils in a highly concentrated formula, sans any parabens, phthalates or silicones. You can shop them at Ulta Beauty and get free shipping over $35.
2. Adult Coloring Book
This adorable coloring book features whimsical drawings of nature, animals and gardens for their inner child to color, helping to relieve stress, calm the mind and focus attention on a low-stakes task. The illustrations are both super cute and intricate enough to keep everyone entertained. Just make sure to throw in some colored pencils to complete the package.
3. Cooling Face Mask Trio
Any boring Tuesday night can feel a little fancier by adding a face mask. This South Korean-made set features three different versions to treat common skin problems from redness to wrinkles. They’re all equally cooling, hydrating and soothing for the skin—aka the perfect pick-me-up. Cucumbers for the eyes not included.
4. Meditation Subscription
Taking a few short minutes away from the hustle and bustle to meditate can help reduce everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, heart disease and high blood pressure. Mindfulness training can also lessen stress, improve sleep and increase focus—so basically it’s really good for you. Help friends and family jump-start a meditation practice by gifting them a month of Headspace. It teaches the basics and has tons of guided practices on various themes. The always-busy holiday season is a great time to find your inner calm.
5. Yoga Mat
The mental and physical benefits of yoga are too numerous to list, plus a mat pairs perfectly with that meditation subscription. Gaiam makes a durable, affordable one that’s lightweight and has a nonslip texture. Each purchase includes a free bonus downloadable yoga workout to help get them started.
6. Plush Slippers
The crisscross strap, fuzzy style has been trending all year. But aside from the fact they’re this year’s “it” slipper, they’re also cozy, beyond soft, and will make whomever you gift them to feel like they’re walking on colorful little clouds. Plus, the fabric doesn't shed and the soles won’t wear down after repeated use like other versions.
7. Essential Oil Diffuser
Not only do diffusers look cool and smell really good, essential oils can actually help treat seasonal affective disorder, which, if they’re anything like us, tends to hit right after the holidays. This model features seven color-changing lights and converts essential oils and water into vapor that fills their room with any soothing scent they like. Pro tip: Add some relaxing lavender to it right before bedtime to dreamily drift off to sleep.
8. Water Tracking Bottle
This chic, minimalist bottle holds one liter and has time prompts on the side to encourage them to drink more water. (Because we don’t have to tell you how important being hydrated is.) Made from nontoxic BPA-free plastic, this version is durable but lightweight, so they can carry it everywhere from meetings to school pickup and drop-off.
9. Spa-ready Robe
There’s nothing that gets you into “relaxation mode” quite like donning a comfortable robe. This soft, waffle-weave cotton blend has two front pockets, a tie belt at the waist and comes in five chic colors. Buy one for all your friends and then throw a post-holiday spa party featuring your new uniform.
11. Foot Care Kit
Our feet take a beating getting from point A to point B every day. Show them some love with this cute kit featuring a flower-shaped pumice stone to smooth rough skin, a moisturizing soap bar scented with Indonesian flowers and a nail brush—all packed in a pretty floral box and handmade in Bali.
12. Soft Throw Blanket
What’s better than curling up on the couch with a super-soft blanket? This one is extra large, velvety to the touch and machine washable. Choose from multiple shades to add a nice pop of color to their room. Because our favorite version of self-care involves snuggling.