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! 

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72 9
A Long Nap

2
55 8
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

3
57 9
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

4
49 9
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

5
57 11
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

6
54 10
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

7
51 11
Permission To Make Mistakes

8
46 11
Ordering Take Out

9
42 9
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

10
40 8
Disengaging From Family Drama

11
38 7
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

12
48 15
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

13
50 19
A Long, Hot Bath

14
41 13
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

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15
34 10
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

16
35 11
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

17
35 12
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

18
29 8
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

19
29 8
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

20
29 11
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

21
31 14
A Back Massager

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

22
33 16
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

23
25 11
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

24
29 15
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

25
23 10
A New Pair of Shoes

26
23 11
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

27
26 14
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

28
21 11
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

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29
22 12
Stress Relief Tea

30
23 14
Turning Off The News For A Day

31
18 13
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

32
19 14
A Set of Silk Sheets

33
17 14
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

34
21 19
A New Journal

35
14 16
A Gym Membership

36
12 17
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

37
11 17
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

38
12 20
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

39
6 21
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube