Purchasing a gift for a loved one isn’t as easy as many of us are willing to admit. As well as we may know their likes and dislikes, a great deal of pressure comes alongside choosing the right gift – but it doesn’t have to be complicated to be meaningful.
A self-care package is a personalized gift filled with items that foster feelings of joy, relaxation, comfort and self-love. Giving one to friends and family is a great way to let them know you’re thinking of them – whether it’s for a special occasion, in times of need or just because.
In this blog, we’ll show you how to make a self-care kit with 22 ideas that will help your loved one recharge and reset.
A journal is a must-have in any self-care box. Whether it’s a blank journal for braindumps or a guided self-discovery journal with prompts, taking the time to look inward and jot down our feelings is one of the most effective tools for protecting our mental health.
Here are a few journals we love:
Cozy Pajamas or Loungewear
No self-care box is complete without loungewear or pajamas! Cozy clothes are a practical addition to any gift that any loved one will adore.
Not sure exactly what your loved one would want? Try one of these fan favorites:
- Dream Relaxed V-Neck With Capri Lounge Set
- Long Sleeve Henley Ankle PJ Set
- Scoop Neck Tank Shorty PJ Set
A warm cup of herbal tea is the cherry on top of any self-care routine. Journaling, reading a book or taking a bath is great – but doing it with a cup of tea makes it that much better. Plus, who doesn’t like tea?
Toss a couple of roll-on essential oils into your self-care kit! Essential oils have many benefits, from boosting mood to reducing anxiety. Encourage your loved one to apply oil on the bottom of the feet, behind the ears and temples, or on the wrists for best results.
Adding a face mask is a great care package idea for your friends and family members that enjoy spending a little extra time and effort on their skincare! Not only will it replenish the skin, but applying the face mask will encourage them to spend time being kind to themselves and their body.
Here are a few non-toxic face masks that we recommend:
Silk pillowcases are a game changer in any nighttime routine. They have several benefits, from wrinkle prevention to smoother, healthier hair. Add one to your self-care kit – once your loved one tries it, they'll never return to a regular pillowcase!
Anyone can benefit from a good self-help book – whether they're at their highest high or lowest low in life. So encourage your loved one to sit down, read and have some well-deserved quiet time.
Here are some staple self-help books that make a fantastic gift for anyone who enjoys reading:
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
- A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
For the past few years, crystals have been all the rage. Whether you believe in their healing properties or simply love how they look, gifting a crystal is a simple gesture that can help remind your loved one of our planet's beauty.
A delicious, high-quality chocolate bar is a gift that no one can resist! And, when it’s made with natural, organic ingredients, your loved one can eat it almost guilt-free.
Here are some super tasty organic chocolate bar brands:
Affirmations are a fantastic way to show yourself a little extra affection – so why not share the love? If you're feeling creative, write your loved one personalized affirmation cards. Jot down everything you love and admire about them and place them throughout the self-care kit.
If you’re looking to purchase affirmation cards, we recommend one of these sets:
You can never go wrong with a candle! Purchase a candle with soothing, natural scents, like lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, cedar or bergamot. It will add a relaxing, home spa ambiance to your loved one's home, allowing them to feel safe and at peace within their space.
Read More: How to Make Your Home Feel Like A Spa
Baths are a great self-care activity – but tossing in a couple of add-ins like bath bombs, herbs and bath salts takes bathtime to the next level. Not only will they make for the perfect self-care activity, but they’re affordable, too!
A moisturizing body lotion is a must-have in any self-care routine. Not only does it promote soft, hydrated skin, but it’s also a great massage product!
Here are some products that we love:
Who would say no to a brand-new pair of fuzzy socks? No matter the season, fuzzy socks are a fantastic addition to a self-care box that will allow your loved one to feel good around the clock. They’re soft, cute and undeniably cozy. Softies’ Slouchy Marshmallow Socks come in eight colors and are sure to please.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cuddling up in a soft, warm blanket. And when you’re constructing a self-care box, a blanket will help provide some structure and support to the box. Lay the blanket at the bottom of the box and place smaller items, like candles or bath supplies, on top.
A pair of cozy faux fur slippers is a perfect gift idea for colder months (or if your loved one has hardwood floors)! They're cute, cozy and functional.
Not sure exactly what to buy your loved one? No problem! You can’t go wrong with a gift card to their favorite store. Or, if you’ve already filled your self-care box to the brim, toss in a $10 gift card to their favorite coffee shop or bakery.
Not everyone has the time and energy to go to the nail salon. So instead, bring the nail salon home with colorful nail polish or an at-home manicure set.
Coloring isn't just for kids! Coloring has extensive benefits for all ages, from improving motor skills to improving sleep and focus. Plus, there are a ton of coloring books available for adults.
Here are a few that we recommend:
A good coloring book isn’t complete without a set of colorful pens or markers! Choose vibrant colors that will inspire your loved one to channel their inner child and color their heart out.
A Small Succulent
Not everyone has a green thumb – and that's okay! However, not all plants require meticulous care. Try adding a miniature succulent to your self-care box for a pop of green.
Reusable Water Bottle
What better way to encourage hydration than a reusable water bottle? There are plenty of reusable water bottles on the market, so choose one that you think suits your loved one!
For extra creativity, fill the reusable water bottle with small stickers or candies as you construct your self-care box.
Read More: 18 Self-Care Ideas for Moms
Perfect Your Self-Care Package With Softies
No self-care box is complete without a cozy set of PJs or loungewear.
Show your loved ones you care (or give yourself a little extra love) with Softies' luxurious loungewear, sleepwear and robes! Our buttery-soft, high-quality fabrics boost comfort and relaxation and are the perfect addition to any self-care box.
Complete your DIY self-care kit with Softies!