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The Best Gifts to Give Yourself

Updated June 14, 2019 13.7k votes 894 voters 16.2k views40 items

List RulesVote up the gifts we should all be giving ourselves a little more often.

Ever get so busy trying to keep everyone in your life happy that you totally forget yourself? If so, fear not! Here, you'll find a list of good self care ideas for the days when you just need a break from adulting. The best gifts to give yourself, many of which are either free or incredibly inexpensive, are essentially a way to give yourself permission to disengage for a few hours and slip into the serene world of escapism. 

Some of the best kinds of self care are abstract. They revolve around remembering to include yourself in the list of people in your life to keep happy. Maybe it's un-following a difficult person on social media, giving yourself permission to take a break from the news, or simply accepting it's okay to say "No." Other gifts you give yourself can be more concrete, small things to lift your mood. Whether it's a long nap, a long walk, or a special treat (takeout, new clothes, a hot bath), there's nothing wrong with a little indulgence if you're in need of a pick-me-up.  

It's easy to feel like it's selfish to keep the nice gifts for yourself coming, but nothing could be further from the truth. Smart self care is going to leave you feeling happier, more rested, and make you vastly more pleasant company for the other people in your life. If you want to take care of others, you need to remember to care for yourself as well. 

The next time life starts to feel like a little too much, kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and let the good self care tips roll. Vote up the best gifts to give yourself below and add anything you feel is missing! 

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    Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

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    572
    88

    A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

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    481
    86

    A Freakishly Soft Blanket

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    412
    74

    Disengaging From Family Drama

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    397
    75

    Permission To Make Mistakes

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    431
    87

    A Long Nap

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    388
    75

    An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

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    357
    65

    Ordering Take Out

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    427
    91

    A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

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    419
    102

    A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

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    354
    79

    A Long, Hot Bath

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    333
    71

    Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

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    355
    84

    A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

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    305
    72

    Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

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    285
    68

    Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

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    298
    82

    An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

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    248
    63

    A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

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    267
    76

    Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

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    240
    77

    A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

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    213
    67

    A New Pair of Shoes

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    234
    81

    A Back Massager

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    231
    84

    A New Book To Read Just For Fun

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    208
    80

    A Great New Decoration For Your Place

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    202
    84

    Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

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    181
    89

    Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts