Self-care has never been more important.
In an increasingly connected and frantic world, where stress levels are rising, it’s essential to find time for yourself.
If you’re shopping for someone struggling with stress, need a gift for a loved one who simply deserves a break, or just want to treat yourself, we’ve got you covered.
Take a look at our rundown of the best self-care gifts for 2020:
1. Aku Ball
Wrap up this spiky self-care tool
One amazing tool for self-care is acupressure. It has a range of different benefits for your health, and this clever little ball is a great way to enjoy them all.
If you’re shopping for someone who regularly works from home, this is a great desk gift to help relieve tired hands.
The Aku Ball is covered in 656 small metal spikes made from copper, iron, silver, zinc and nickel.
Roll the Aku Ball around your hands, across your arms or anywhere on your body that needs relief. The tiny spikes increase blood flow and circulation, releasing tense muscles and tight joints.
Love the ball, but want more? Scroll down to the Aku Mat – it has 2,710 satisfying spikes!
2. Haofy Electric Scalp Massager
Relaxation that goes deep in to the scalp
Scalp massage is great self-care, as it’s proven to help you relax and unwind.
This handy little Haofy Electric Scalp Massager has 84 nodes, so you can a get full 360° massage, with the option of two different speed settings.
As it’s electric and really simple to operate, it requires zero effort to get the intense massage that you want.
However despite being electric, it can still be used wet or dry, so perfect for unwinding in the bath or shower.
Users loved how this massager looked to “crawl along on little feet” and were amazed at how it could power through even the thickest hair.
It’s portable too and can be charged via USB, with many reporting great battery life.
3. The Self Care Bucket List Card Deck
Swap a greeting card for a self-care card
Making time for self-care is tough, and knowing exactly what to do with that time is even harder.
Give someone special lots of ways to unwind by treating them to The Self Care Bucket List Card Deck.
The beautifully designed box contains 100 cards with great self-care prompts, such as “Call someone you love and give them undivided attention for the whole call” or “Go for a walk in the rain”.
All the little self-care activities are color coded – choose a yellow card for a challenge, red for loving yourself and others, and green for a reminder to enjoy life’s journey.
You then get a handy little tab system so you can organise the tasks in to things you need to do, those you’ve done and the ones you’re planning on doing right now.
Many gifted the Self Care Card Deck to someone who really needed to unwind, or just bought it as a little treat for themselves!
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4. Modernist X Gravity Weighted Robe
Give them a hug from far away
This Gravity Weighted Robe is the perfect way to send comfort when you’re unable to be there in person.
Using deep touch pressure stimulation, the 3lb weighted collar simulates a hug and helps to soothe the nervous system that works overtime when someone is feeling anxious.
It can also still be used as a normal robe, as the weighted inner can be removed to make it easy to keep it clean.
Made from 100% polyester fleece and available in two colors, it’s a great cosy gift if you’re far apart during the holidays.
5. adagio teas ingenuiTEA set
Pour someone a cup of self-care
Green tea is thought be one of the best teas for self-care due to its ability to ease stress and help with both physical and emotional ailments.
Introduce a newbie to the healing powers of tea, with the ingenuiTEA set.
You get a simple teapot that makes loose tea really easy to prepare without losing any of the flavor.
Arriving packaged in adagio tea’s distinctive branding, the teapot ships with four samples of their best-selling green loose teas to get you started.
Though you’re enjoying the benefits of an ancient practice, the teapot is still dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean.
Shoppers loved how simple and easy it is to use, and described how they’ve started recommending it to all their tea-loving friends.
6. Turejo Foot Spa / Foot Bath Massager
Give the gift of warming bubbles and satisfying shiatsu
At the end of a busy day help someone enjoy a few moments to themselves, by slipping their feet inside the Turejo Foot Bath Massager.
We’ve taken a look at a range of different foot massagers, and this is one of the best, as it combines a massager with a foot spa.
Set the water temperature to the perfect level and this clever device will maintain the temperature for the duration of your treatment.
As your feet are soothed by the bubbles, you can switch on 14 shiatsu massage rollers that will deliver an intense foot massage.
Mini acupressure points are also carefully positioned on the bottom of the massager, so you can enjoy the many benefits of acupressure therapy.
7. iReliev Percussion Massage Gun
Relieve tension with a deep tissue massage
If you’re looking to treat someone to an at-home massage tool, you need to add a gun massager to your cart.
With a range of health benefits, percussive massage is one of the best ways to simulate the hands of a professional masseuse.
iReliev’s Percussion Massager Gun is a great option for someone new to this style of massage.
It delivers rapid 10mm strokes to penetrate deep in to the muscle tissue, offering pain relief and increasing your range of motion.
Reasonably priced compared to other gun massagers we’ve reviewed, it ships in a custom carry case with four interchangeable heads so you can target all muscle groups and hard to reach areas.
8. Mission Farms Relax CBD Bath Soak
Sink in to a stress-reducing bath
What better self-care gift could there be, than taking this powerful oil and turning it in to a relaxing bath soak?
Combined with luxury goat’s milk, this Mission Farms CBD bath soak is perfect for calming stress while also hydrating the skin.
Mission Farms is the gold standard when it comes to CBD products.
They grow their hemp in Oregon in nutrient-rich, organic soil. Fed daily by the waters of the local river, it’s completely natural with no chemicals or pesticides used.
People who treated themselves to the bath soak described how the tension just melts away when you use it, and also how wonderful it smells.
9. Gaiam Classic Print Yoga Mat
Give someone a place to experience the power of yoga
With so many advantages for both your physical and mental wellbeing, add yoga to someone’s self-care to-do list.
They’ll join the more than 300 million people practicing yoga worldwide.
Every new yogi of course needs the perfect yoga mat, and this mat from Gaiam is a wonderful choice.
It’s lightweight while still being durable, delivering 4mm of cushioning to protect the joints as they get to grips with the practice.
You also get a free downloadable yoga workout with every purchase so they’ll have the guidance they need to get started.
Available in various designs, we’re showcasing the Chakra print, with each symbol representing a different energy center in the body.
10. Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life
Learn to live mindfully every day
Help someone to take better care of themselves by introducing them to the healing qualities of meditation.
Deepak Chopra is a celebrated author who has published a number of bestselling books, focusing on happiness and wellbeing.
His latest release Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life is described as being the definitive book on meditation.
If the person you’re shopping for is a complete beginner, this book will help them understand the principles of the practice.
Deepak Chopra describes how by following the guidance you’ll undergo a transformation and awaken your mind to be more present and open every moment of the day.
You also get 52-weeks of guided meditation and a range of practical exercises, to put in to practice everything you’ve learned.
11. Mighty Bliss Large Electric Heating Pad
Snuggle up with this toasty heating pad
Wrap someone you love in the soothing heat of the Mighty Bliss Electric Heating Pad.
Made from microplush fibers, it’s soft, comfortable and huge compared to other heating pads we’ve reviewed.
You get the choice of low, medium and high heat settings, plus you can use the mat either moist or dry. With moist heat shown to help reduce pain and muscle soreness faster than dry heat.
People who purchased the mat describe how it heats really evenly, so it can be used on so many different areas of your body.
If you’re shopping for a crazy cat person, then this is a great gift, as feline friends were also reported to love the warmth!
12. Mzoo Sleep Mask
Upgrade their sleep mask for a great night’s rest
Getting an early night has so many benefits for your health and wellbeing, so why not treat someone to a fancy sleep mask to help block out the light?
However don’t settle for any ordinary mask. Choose the Mzoo Sleep Mask.
This memory foam mask has been designed so it molds to your eyes, enabling you to enjoy complete blackout from the light.
Eye space has been created really deep, so there is no pressure on your eyes and you’re able to sleep in it comfortably.
Did you know a sleep mask has more benefits than just blocking out the light? Wearing a mask can reduce depression and improve your skin.
13. Bath Haven Luxurious Bath Pillow
Take their relaxing bath to the next level
Bath Haven describe their bath pillow as a “cloud of softness”, making it the perfect self-care gift for someone special.
With a sumptuous quality, it has wave-pattern stitching so it supports the joints around the neck and shoulders when you simply want to unwind in the bath.
With clever ventilation it dries quickly and has six extra-strong suction cups so it doesn’t slip out of place.
Lovers of this bath pillow highlighted how dry the pillow managed to stay during the bath and how easy it was to wash after use if required.
14. Once Upon a Book Club Subscription
An interactive book box that’s full of surprises
Relaxing with a good book is the perfect way to unwind, with reading shown to have so many different advantages for your health. It can even help you live longer!
Treat someone to this monthly subscription and they’ll receive one new book every month. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Not only that but inside the box they’ll also find between three and five wrapped gifts.
Each gift is meaningful to the book in some way. Read the book and you’ll be prompted to open each gift one by one.
Discussion questions and read-a-long dates for live chats, make it the perfect gift for a book lover that wants to share their passion.
Lucky recipients adored their box of surprises, and said the anticipation of opening each of the gifts was thrilling.
15. Zyllion ZMA13BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat
Turn their favorite seat in to a massage chair
Four deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes change direction every minute to closely mimic the hands of a real masseuse.
With adjustable straps they can ensure it stays in the perfect position, plus there’s a heat function to make it even more soothing.
It needs to be plugged in, however it does come with a car adapter as well as a wall plug so you do get some flexibility.
16. The Mindful Life Journal: Seven Minutes a Day for a Better, More Meaningful Life
All it takes is just seven minutes each day
Journaling is a great way to encourage someone to live more mindfully, and The Mindful Life Journal is the perfect introduction.
It takes just seven minutes each day.
As you follow the activities in this mindfulness journal, you’re encouraged to go against the busy pace of life and embrace a more peaceful way of living.
Prompts encourage you to express gratitude, reflect on how you’re feeling and reassess your priorities.
Fans of this product loved how the journal helped them to track their emotions. The gratitude journaling aspect was also appreciated as it made people feel increasingly positive and compassionate.
17. Aku Mat
Relax and lie back on a bed of metal spikes…
We believe there’s no better acupressure mat, than the Aku Mat.
As we’ve already discussed, this spiky form of self care is the ideal way to make time for yourself each day.
Like the Aku Ball, the mat is covered in metal spikes made from copper, iron, nickel, silver and zinc.
Lay back on the mat and the spikes encourage your body to release endorphins, invoking a sense of deep relaxation.
Worried it looks too painful for self-care?
We tested the Aku Mat and found it could be at first. However you quickly get used to the sensation and the results are more than worth it!
18. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
A book that teaches you how to breathe properly
Breathing might seem like the most basic form of self-care, but author James Nestor says it’s the most important.
In his book, Breath, he examines how humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly.
In his book, Breath, he examines how humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly.
Nestor also demonstrates how by making just the slightest changes to your breathing, you can improve your athletic performance and even impact on health issues such as asthma.
Even considering which nostril you breathe from is important, Nestor explains:
The right nostril is a gas pedal. When you’re inhaling primarily through this channel, circulation speeds up, your body gets hotter, and cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate all increase…The left nostril has the opposite effect: it works as a kind of brake system to the right nostril’s accelerator. The left nostril is more deeply connected to the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest-and-relax side that lowers temperature and blood pressure, cools the body, and reduces anxiety.
After reading this book the author claims you’ll never breathe the same again.
19. Arealer Neck Massager with Heat
Release neck and shoulder tension
The pressures of daily life can cause a build up of tension in your neck and shoulders.
Drape the Arealer Massager around the neck of someone special, and eight shiatsu nodes will work to release that tension.
Combined with a fast heating function, it’s the ultimate in relaxation.
Arealer’s neck massager is a pocket hanging device, so the intensity and movement can be controlled by pulling down on the handles to increase the force.
Using the control pad on the massager, it’s easy to switch between three different speed and intensity settings.
After reviewing the neck massager market, we loved the flexibility of this device and how it can be used not just on the neck, but also on the legs, back and waist.
20. Urpower 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Mist the room with healing essential oils
There are a number of essential oils considered be great for self-care, including peppermint, rosemary and lavender.
Wrap up this Urpower Essential Oil Diffuser and your loved one can mist their room with their favorite scents.
All they need to do is pop their chosen oil inside and millions of vibrations will break the water and essential oil down in to tiny particles to fill the air with a beautiful scent.
It has a large 1000ml capacity so it will last for one whole day before it needs topping up. There’s also a handy timer so you can set your own treatment time.
Combined with a color changing LED light, it creates a relaxing mood in any space, perfect for someone who has recently started working from home.