Gifts The Best Gifts to Give Yourself  

Ashley Reign
8.3k votes 661 voters 13k 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! 

list ordered by

1
360 67
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

2
316 54
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

3
304 56
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

4
289 57
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

5
289 62
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

6
247 45
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

7
243 47
Permission To Make Mistakes

8
256 54
Disengaging From Family Drama

9
240 54
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

10
205 38
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

11
269 69
A Long Nap

12
206 44
Ordering Take Out

13
211 53
A Long, Hot Bath

14
172 50
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

15
147 38
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

16
155 43
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

17
178 57
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

18
150 43
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

19
150 44
A Back Massager

20
155 57
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

21
123 42
A New Pair of Shoes

22
136 55
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

23
126 48
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

24
126 49
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

25
100 47
Turning Off The News For A Day

26
103 50
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

27
105 55
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

28
95 51
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

29
94 51
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

30
89 55
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

31
79 64
A Set of Silk Sheets

32
77 66
Stress Relief Tea

33
73 66
A Gym Membership

34
74 78
A New Journal

35
55 69
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

36
52 78
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

37
49 81
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

38
45 81
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

39
37 85
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube