Self-care means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but if one thing was made clear in the past few years, understanding and tending to whatever self-care looks like for you and your loved ones is crucial. So if you’re still stumped on what to get your friends and family as we inch closer and closer to the holidays, gifts that promote putting back into oneself are a good place to start. And, if you find yourself victim to holiday stress, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself to a little self-care indulgence, as well. (To help you keep your chill throughout the season, NYLON has got you covered with suggestions for gifts for all the different kinds of people in your life.)
From soothing skincare to meditation cushions to cozy blankets, the market is full of options for self-care offering whichever way your loved ones prefer to relax.
Ahead, shop 20 perfect gifts for your friend who desperately needs to chill, unwind, and put back into themselves.
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Gua Sha techniques may have been all of your social media feeds this year, but the practice is actually a 4,000-year-old holistic health massage technique that originates from China. This set includes a Tsubo-Oshi massage tool, ceramic Gua Sha, traditional gift Wrapping cloth (Furoshiki), and a daruma— consider it the full introductory package.
Did you know that women's rights activists were inspired by groups such as the Black Panthers when framing their ideas around what self-care means? Donating to organizations like The Loveland Foundation, which gives mental health resources to Black women and girls, shows an understanding of self-care as a radical act of self-preservation for many marginalized communities.
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