Gifts The Best Gifts to Give Yourself  

Ashley Reign
3.2k votes 256 voters 7.7k views 39 items

List Rules Vote 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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A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

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116 25
A Long Nap

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95 20
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

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89 17
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

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82 15
Disengaging From Family Drama

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92 21
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

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80 16
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

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93 24
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

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72 16
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

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75 18
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

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77 20
Ordering Take Out

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82 24
Permission To Make Mistakes

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85 26
A Long, Hot Bath

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69 19
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

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64 16
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

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78 25
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

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67 19
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

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56 15
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

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67 26
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

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59 22
A Back Massager

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57 21
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

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60 24
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

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51 21
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

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49 23
A New Pair of Shoes

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45 24
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

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45 26
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

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40 25
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

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40 26
Turning Off The News For A Day

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38 27
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

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38 27
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

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35 30
Stress Relief Tea

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32 28
A Gym Membership

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36 36
A New Journal

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32 32
A Set of Silk Sheets

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29 32
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

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21 33
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

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23 37
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

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21 38
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

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13 43
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube