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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368 68
A Night's Sleep With No Alarm

323 54
A Freakishly Soft Blanket

309 58
Permission To Say "No" When You Want To

293 59
A New Piece Of Clothing That Goes With Everything

251 47
An Afternoon At the Beach/Lake/River

291 66
A Shameless Cuddle Session With Your Dog or Cat

248 49
Permission To Make Mistakes

260 57
Disengaging From Family Drama

275 70
A Long Nap

244 55
A Long Walk In Your Favorite Outdoor Location

207 40
Making Yourself Your Favorite Dessert

208 46
Ordering Take Out

214 53
A Long, Hot Bath

175 50
Doing Something Nice For Someone Else

150 38
A Day Trip To Your Favorite Nearby Town

158 43
Unfollowing Toxic People On Social Media

181 58
An Vow To Do Absolutely Nothing For an Afternoon

154 44
A Back Massager

154 44
A New CD/Playlist With All Your Favorite Songs

158 58
Taking a Class On Something You've Always Be Curious About

125 42
A New Pair of Shoes

138 56
A New Book To Read Just For Fun

127 49
Essential Oil/Candles Featuring Your Favorite Scent

127 50
A Great New Decoration For Your Place

105 50
Rewatching Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon On Hulu