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The Best Gifts to Give Yourself

List RulesVote 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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    Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

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    A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

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    A Freakishly Soft Blanket

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    Permission To Make Mistakes

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    Disengaging From Family Drama

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    A Long Nap

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    An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

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    A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

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    Ordering Take Out

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    A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

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    A Long, Hot Bath

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    A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

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    Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

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    Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

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    Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

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    An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

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    A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

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

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    A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

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    A New Pair of Shoes

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    A New Book To Read Just For Fun

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    A Back Massager

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    A Great New Decoration For Your Place

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    Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

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    Turning Off The News For A Day

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List Rules: Vote up the gifts we should all be giving ourselves a little more often.