The practice of self-care is so much more than just a trend; it has the ability to completely change your outlook on life . It means something different to everyone, but whether you're treating yourself or someone else to a gift, these picks — including some selected by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute — are here to promote wellness and relaxation.
This gorgeous salt lamp is one of Amazon's most popular, and at this price it's a steal. Add it to your home or office for instant mood lighting that you can control with a dimmable switch. I've used mine as a night light for almost a year, and I look forward to the warm, amber light every evening.
The weighted blanket trend is taking over the internet, but when it comes to squashing anxiety and insomnia, they can be pretty effective. The extra pressure increases serotonin, a.k.a. a neurotransmitter that helps regulate your mood and sleep cycle. This one is available on Amazon and comes in a standard 12-pound size (so, not too heavy, if you're worried about that).
Our editors love this journal by Erin Condren — the fun prompts (like "moments that made me laugh today" and "things I learned today") will get you thinking about what you're grateful for throughout the day. You can fill in the dates yourself (six months' worth!), so you don't have to worry about wasting a section if you skip a day.
This minimalistic diffuser is recommended by our lab experts to help you relax. Just put a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (peppermint can help you focus while lavender can de-stress) in water to diffuse the scent throughout your room. In addition to a classic matte black finish, this model has an optional light and two different timer settings.
Making something can be a creative form of self-care, which is one reason why crocheting is so popular. You don't have to be an expert at the craft to get the benefits — just channel your inner artist no matter what the outcome is. This particular set includes everything a beginner needs to make her own snood, but the company also has blanket and tote bag kits.
Everyone knows chapped lips can turn any normal day into an uncomfortable one. This gift set includes four different shades of Meghan Markle’s favorite lip balm. Each contains a mixture of nourishing oils (like grapeseed and blackcurrant seed oils), and provides a buildable, sheer tint of color. She once told Beauty Banter that this lip balm gives her "soft, kissable, buttery lips."
This affordable sleep mask is lightweight, durable, and oh-so soft. It’s made of high-quality silk and has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, so you know it’s the real deal. Our Associate Editor Blake Bakkila tried it for a week and now she’s hooked — she falls asleep much easier and notices an improvement in her sleep quality.
Flowers have the ability to instantly transform any room, so leave it to Bouqs to send a gorgeous arrangement from you as a gift. Shopping for yourself? The company also offers a subscription service so you never have to be without flowers. You can order your favorite blooms on your schedule — whether that's weekly or monthly.
Your crystal-obsessed friend obviously needs this reusable bottle to help reach her water intake goals. Whether the crystals actually do anything or not, it's so pretty that she'll want to carry it around everywhere — not to mention all the likes it'll get on Instagram.
This adorable little pin can be attached to a denim jacket or backpack to serve as a reminder to practice mindfulness, a.k.a. focusing your attention on the present moment. Even though it only measures an inch, its meaning packs a punch. There's even a set that includes the pin with a vinyl sticker — perfect for the college student who covers their laptop in stickers.
Get the benefits of aromatherapy and pain relief with this herb-filled pack. You can either microwave or freeze it, depending on what your body needs. Plus, it's available in a few other fun prints (the celestial indigo is our favorite).
This multi-cooker lets you whip up your favorite meal quicker and easier — whether it be comfort food or your meal prep for the week. Our Kitchen Lab experts recommend this one specifically because it works as a pressure cooker AND an air fryer. PS: Good Housekeeping's Air Fryer Cookbook has 70+ recipes to make with this appliance.
Jade rollers are a hot new beauty tool that your face will thank you for. They act as mini facial massagers, and this one features smooth and textured sides to invigorate your skin. Try using it with oils and serums for an even (and relaxing!) skincare application.
Splurging on a fancy candle is always a good idea — especially when it smells of roses and black currant leaves. Diptyque's candles, which are made in France, are known for being extremely luxurious. This 10.2 ounce size will burn for 90 hours, so their home will smell great for a good amount of time.
Smart watches are popping up everywhere, but the Good Housekeeping Institute pros tested the Fitbit Versa and say it's a solid pick for tracking your health and fitness. Whether you want to keep track of your exercise or sleep, you'll get four days worth of battery life in one charge. Oh, and it's less than half the price of the latest Apple Watch.
This tiny little box contains all you need for a relaxing spa night at home: bath flowers to make any tub look colorful, an herbal face steam to open up pores, and your choice of a lavender lip balm or calendula-infused face oil (or both!).
They might not be able to tell what this quirky gift is for when they first open it, but upon explanation they'll be forever grateful for it. It's a finger labyrinth that can be used for relaxation, concentration, and meditation — making it the perfect little gift for your friend who sits at a desk all day.
Not only are face masks a great way to chill out, but they're also a treat for your skin. When tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute's experts, this Dr. Jart+ sheet mask calmed complexions and increased hydration by 23%. It's a self-care stocking stuffer that anyone will make good use of.
Upgrade your bed with these expert-approved sheets. The set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases are all made of 100% cotton sateen. The fabric is strong, washes well, and, according to consumer testers, "smooth." Plus, the fitted sheet has "short side" and "long side" labels to make it easy to make the bed. They'll be on their way to a luxurious sleep — no hotel room required.
Sometimes a relaxing bath is all they need to feel rejuvenated, so a luxurious body care set will do the trick. Our Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral loves the Rituals of Hammam Body Mud, and this three-piece trial set offers some more of the brand's best-selling products: a body cream, foaming shower gel, and hot scrub.
This waterproof caddy is about be your new bath essential. With designated slots for wine glasses, a book or tablet holder, a candle stand, and space for bath products and more, you'll be on your way to relaxation in no time.
Subscription boxes are a favorite for a reason — who doesn't love getting a box of new presents every month?! This one is curated by therapists, so each shipment includes an activity to make you feel happier and 5-7 products (think: aromatherapy, skincare, and other wellness goodies) valued at more than $100.
Nope, these aren't the funky hair scrunchies that are coming back in style. They're stainless steel rings that you slide up and down your fingers to massage them and relieve tension. Perfect for anyone with tired fingers, like those who type or write all day.
$45 for 3 months
Everyone has that friend who always talks about wanting to read more books but never gets around to it. Do them a huge favor and let Book of the Month take out the guesswork. Their team picks five books every month, then the recipient gets to pick their favorite to get in hardcover. When the book arrives on their doorstep, they can finally start reading.