Gifts The Best Gifts to Give Yourself  

Ashley Reign
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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
339 64
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

2
300 51
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

3
286 55
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

4
273 54
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

5
273 61
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

6
233 45
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

7
232 46
Permission To Make Mistakes

8
242 53
Disengaging From Family Drama

9
257 67
A Long Nap

10
192 37
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

11
225 54
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

12
194 43
Ordering Take Out

13
198 51
A Long, Hot Bath

14
161 48
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

15
167 54
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

16
142 39
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

17
143 40
A Back Massager

18
136 37
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

19
141 42
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

20
143 55
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

21
116 39
A New Pair of Shoes

22
117 44
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

23
120 47
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

24
126 54
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

25
98 45
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

26
90 45
Turning Off The News For A Day

27
97 51
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

28
88 48
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

29
85 48
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

30
81 51
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

31
74 58
A Set of Silk Sheets

32
70 61
Stress Relief Tea

33
67 63
A Gym Membership

34
68 72
A New Journal

35
50 65
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

36
47 73
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

37
45 75
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

38
40 77
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

39
33 80
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube