Accessible, realistic self-care is free. It’s a point I strive to emphasize in my presentations. There’s no singular product that can create work-life balance nor ensure we put ourselves first every day. However…sometimes a present is the perfect way to encourage yourself or a loved one to put their well-being first. If you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas or want to treat yourself, check out this guide.
For your work bestie
The Art of Extreme Self-Care: 12 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Love Yourself More by Cheryl Richardson – Paperback $14.99, Audiobook $9.99
My all-time favorite book on self-care is from former teacher Cheryl Richardson. Chapters focus on one element of self-care per month and speak to those of us who are lifelong givers. It’s filled with practical insights on addressing our behavioral patterns. Perfect for the folks already diving into their 2023 reading lists and those who can only get to a few pages nightly.
For the kiddo who doesn’t need *just* another doll
Barbie Breathe with Me Meditation Doll – $25.99-$29.99
Self-care starts young! Model healthy behaviors through play with the super-bendable Breathe with Me Barbie, which guides kids through mindful meditations. Barbie’s adorable pup comes with expressive cloud emojis to learn and understand emotions. A social worker, educator, or clinician in your life might love this, too!
For your loved one who digs the latest tech
Oura Ring – $249.00-$449.00, depending on style and finish with discount
Looking for a splurge-worthy gift for a parent, sibling, or partner? Check out Oura Rings, which tracks sleep, activity, and recovery from the palm of your finger. I wear mine daily and especially love seeing my Sleep Score, which breaks down your quality and heart rate during slumber. Oh yeah, it’s also lightweight, water-resistant, stylish, and compatible with most health and workout apps.
For the on-the-go friend who needs some calm.
Soothing Skin Balm with Neem & Vetiver – $21.99
Ayurveda is a holistic healing practice centered on the body’s natural imbalances. This 4 oz. organic balm from Banyan Botanicals works as a calming moisturizer and is stash-ready for a purse or car. As a bonus, it contains neem leaves and the vetiver plant, linked to stress relief and immune support. Solid idea for a hostess gift or stocking stuffer.
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