The Best Self Care Gifts for the New Year

It’s been a stressful year. Encourage your loved ones to treat themselves kindly with these self care ideas.
Gauraa at SmartGift
December 29th 2021Dec 29, 2021

It’s been a grueling past couple of years. Now, in addition to the pressure of work and holiday obligations, it’s time to prepare ourselves for a new year ahead. While it’s impossible to avoid the post-holiday whirlwind of crushing chores and responsibilities, it’s vital to slow down and remind each other to take care of ourselves.

Self care looks different for everyone — for some, it’s a tall glass of wine and a bath bomb. For others, it’s going to therapy or sipping a cup of calming tea before bed. Whatever one’s self care routine looks like, taking a few minutes (or an entire self care day — hey, we’re not judging!) to focus on their well-being is very much necessary. Remember, stress isn’t just a state of mind; it can take a toll on your body in surprising ways.

Perhaps your partner is having a tough time at their new job, or your friend is dealing with a tough case of holiday blues. Help them hit pause and indulge in some much-needed TLC before the new year. From green tea eye masks to lightweight, cooling bed sheets, we’ve rounded up the best self care products to help you celebrate and empower your loved ones.

We’re all guilty of spending way too many hours staring at the screen. Help them revive tired eyes with bareMinerals’ Green Tea Herbal Eye Mask. With soothing willow herb extract, these vegan masks visibly depuff the under eye area, leaving them feeling refreshed. (For an extra cooling effect, pop these in the refrigerator for a few minutes!)

Help them scrub away the stresses of years past with this Poreless Clay Cleanser. Specially designed for oily skin, this exfoliating cleanser is rich with superfruit acids and prebiotics that help refine skin by keeping pores clear. They’ll love waking up to a fresh and healthy glow.

To complete their self care package, pair the Poreless Clay Cleanser with a Poreless Oil-Free Face Moisturizer. It features chia seed extract specifically crafted to keep those oil levels at bay.

It’s necessary to replenish skin moisture, especially during these harsh months of winter. Indulge them with this clean, nourishing formula that’ll leave their skin soft, supple, and smooth.

Give them the gift of a fresh start with a self care kit (or two!). These sets from bareMinerals include all the essentials for stronger, calmer skin. Formulated for daily use, these gentle cleansers and moisturizers will keep them hydrated all season long.

Sun protection is crucial all year-round, not just during the summer! Free of harsh chemicals, the mineral-based Skinlongevity Vital Power broad spectrum SPF is designed to keep radiant while preventing premature signs of aging. Plus, with green coffee bean and peony extract, it’ll visibly brighten tired and dull skin, making it ideal for regular morning application.

We all have someone in our lives completely obsessed with Self Care Sundays and anti-aging creams. Send your person bareMinerals’ line of game-changing, Phyto-Retinol products. Formulated with a plant-based retinol alternative, this clean and gentle anti-aging miracle dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and uneven texture within just one week.

Surprise your favorite skincare enthusiast with this after-holiday gift set — featuring a duo of Long Life herb serums, it’s the perfect gift for someone who keeps a cosmetic bag on-the-go. To make you feel even better about gifting, this kit comes in a handsome, fully recyclable, plastic-free box!

Perhaps their ideal way to unwind is a long, luxurious nap (hey, we’re not here to tell anyone how to practice self care). Send them a set of super-soft Lavender Mist sheets from PeachSkinSheets, which comes complete with a deep-pocket fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillow cases.

Did someone say affordable luxury sleep linens? Carefully designed with hot sleepers in mind, these sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases are made from athletic-grade, breathable fabric that wicks away moisture while they sleep. Better yet: they’re anti-snag, anti-slip, and they don’t pill.

If lavender isn’t the color for your giftee, try these sets in a warm, creamy shade of almond, or any of the other twenty-three colors available to choose from.

There are many types of self care one can practice, and self care clothing is one of them. Gift them a cozy flannel PJ set from Hanna Andersson or so they can lounge around their home on New Year’s Day.

Perhaps your mom is feeling exhausted and a little low after the holiday season — why not send her a selection of fine tea to uplift her spirits? This assortment features six of the most popular blends, each flavor wrapped in elegant foil envelope tea bags, ready to soothe souls and nourish taste buds.

If she has a preference for organic treats, delight her with a tin of English wellness tea. Once the bags are gone, she’ll be able to reuse the tin to refill more!

Self care for moms is more than essential. Send her a spa self care gift basket to thank her for hosting holiday events for the whole family. Complete with bath salts, body lotion, body wash, an exfoliating towel and bath mitt, it’ll offer her a fine opportunity to relax and unwind after a full week of entertaining.

Elevate olfactory senses with an oil diffuser — these little gems will fill their space with relaxing fragrances that’ll melt the tension at the end of a stressful day, week, or year.

Find inspiration for more self care gift ideas here.