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
355 65
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

2
313 52
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

3
301 55
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

4
286 54
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

5
284 61
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

6
242 45
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

7
240 46
Permission To Make Mistakes

8
253 53
Disengaging From Family Drama

9
266 67
A Long Nap

10
235 54
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

11
201 38
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

12
202 43
Ordering Take Out

13
206 52
A Long, Hot Bath

14
168 49
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

15
152 42
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

16
175 56
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

17
148 41
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

18
143 38
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

19
148 42
A Back Massager

20
151 57
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

21
122 40
A New Pair of Shoes

22
125 46
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

23
134 54
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

24
124 48
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

25
101 48
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

26
98 46
Turning Off The News For A Day

27
104 53
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

28
94 49
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

29
93 49
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

30
87 53
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

31
79 62
A Set of Silk Sheets

32
76 64
Stress Relief Tea

33
71 65
A Gym Membership

34
71 76
A New Journal

35
54 67
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

36
50 76
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

37
48 79
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

38
44 79
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

39
36 83
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube