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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85 13
A Long Nap

2
61 9
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

3
67 11
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

4
69 12
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

5
66 12
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

6
65 15
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

7
53 9
Disengaging From Family Drama

8
59 15
Permission To Make Mistakes

9
51 11
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

10
55 14
Ordering Take Out

11
48 10
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

12
48 11
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

13
61 20
A Long, Hot Bath

14
51 16
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

15
38 8
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

16
54 20
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

17
39 10
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

18
41 12
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

19
43 14
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

20
41 16
A Back Massager

21
36 14
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

How to Get a Girl to Like You

22
40 18
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

23
37 17
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

24
32 13
A New Pair of Shoes

25
30 12
Busting Out An Adult Coloring Book

26
32 16
Bubble Bath Or Bath Salts

27
30 15
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu

28
28 14
An At Home Facial Mask Or Other Spa Treatment

19 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber

29
29 16
Turning Off The News For A Day

30
26 14
Ordering Something Special At Your Local Coffee Shop

31
27 16
Stress Relief Tea

32
22 19
A Set of Silk Sheets

33
21 18
A Subscription To Your Favorite Magazine

34
25 23
A New Journal

35
19 18
A Gym Membership

36
16 19
Checking Out Groupon For Random Adventure Ideas

37
16 24
Relaxing To a Guided Meditation On YouTube

38
15 23
Signing Yourself Up For Music Lessons

39
9 26
Chilling Out To An ASMR Video On YouTube