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
361 67
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

2
317 54
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

3
305 56
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

4
289 58
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

5
290 62
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

6
248 45
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

7
257 54
Disengaging From Family Drama

8
243 48
Permission To Make Mistakes

9
206 38
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

10
270 69
A Long Nap

11
240 55
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

12
207 44
Ordering Take Out

13
212 53
A Long, Hot Bath

14
173 50
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

15
148 38
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

16
156 43
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

17
179 57
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

18
151 44
A Back Massager

19
150 44
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

20
156 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