We’re almost at the end of 2020, and I think I speak for everyone when I say we have all earned some quality R&R. That’s why this year, I’m suggesting you put yourself on the nice list, and that we treat ourselves to gifts that enhance the ritual of self-care. Whether you’re looking to overhaul your nightly skincare routine or you’re in search of new ways to carve out time for yourself, I’ve curated the ultimate list of presents to elevate those tiny moments we live for. Ahead, a few of my favorite things to self-gift this holiday season.
With this full PM skincare routine in my medicine cabinet, every day feels like self-care Sunday. I indulge my skin with every step, from the Ceramic Slip Cleanser to the Luna Night Sleeping Oil. And after the year we’ve been through, my nighttime Sunday Riley skincare routine is the one thing I can count on every day — time that I dedicate to myself no matter what. So this holiday season, give yourself the gift of glow with the Go to Bed With Me set. Santa said you deserve it!
This jacket has gone crazy viral on Amazon, with over 72 percent of reviewers awarding it a five-star rating. Users claim it’s one of the warmest jackets they’ve ever worn, with one reviewer writing that they can comfortably wear just a t-shirt and leggings under their Orolay coat in 27-degree weather. That’s good enough for me — so this one’s definitely at the top of my wish list (and should be on yours too). So Santa, if you’re reading, please send this one down the chimney for me.
This holiday season, I’m giving myself the gift of self-love (in the form of muscle relief). My hamstrings are constantly tight — either from my workouts or from spending the majority of the day working from my cramped couch — so I’m really looking forward to dedicating a few minutes to myself each day to roll out my muscles. Me time + a deep massage = the gift that keeps on giving.
Tea is a staple in my evening routine, so an electric kettle is something I truly can’t live without. Every night like clockwork, I go through my skincare routine, put on clean pajamas, and then cozy up with a cup of peppermint tea as a nightcap. I’m proud of myself for carving out this time dedicated purely to relaxation (no emails, no news updates, no stress), so this holiday season I’m treating myself to a brand new kettle that I’ll actually want to leave out on my countertop. This one makes me think of a white Christmas, and I know you’ll love it too.
If your skin is feeling a bit stressed, you’re not alone. The weight of the world has definitely been showing on my skin, but Good Genes is my secret weapon — it’s clinically proven to clarify, diminish unwanted texture, and plump fine lines and wrinkles. I never go a night without it, and can happily share that it’s worth the hype. Consider it your perfect pre-holiday facial in a bottle.
There’s something about chic kitchen tools that just makes cooking all the more enjoyable. This year, I’m hoping Santa’s elves are tinkering away on a crisp, white Le Creuset Utensils Set to leave under my tree (otherwise I’ll have to scoop one up for myself). I always enjoy the ritual of cooking myself something delicious and nutritious, and it’s all the more enjoyable when I have gorgeous, effective tools to get the job done.
2020 has been a year, to say the least. In the current climate, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost some control, and I’m here to remind you that your feelings are more than justified. When I’m feeling helpless, I take back control by turning off the news and wrapping myself in this Barefoot Dreams blanket. The material is soft, plush, and comforting — it makes me feel grateful to have a warm, safe place to ride out the pandemic. It’s a favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Khloe Kardashian, and non-celebs like my boyfriend (who has decided to adopt my Barefoot Dreams as his own). So this holiday, I’m giving myself a brand new blanket so we can both wrap ourselves in the buttery fabric together.
I am a proud towel snob. I can’t stand the feeling material that feels rough or pills after it goes through the wash. So you can trust me when I say The White Company’s Rib Hydrocotton collection is the softest, most high-quality towel fabric I’ve been able to find. Whether you go for the towels or the robe, you can’t go wrong here. This material makes you feel like you’re wrapped up in a cloud, and I’ll be living in it until further notice.
If you haven’t watched The Queen’s Gambit yet, it’s a must. If you’ve already watched the limited series, then you understand why I’m adding this frosted glass chess set to my list this year. I have big plans to spend the rest of this year next to a fireplace learning how to master the game, and highly recommend you do the same. You’re never too old for a new toy!
You’re probably noticing a trend by now — this year I’m recommending the best of the best to step up your self-care game, and these cashmere joggers are an important piece of the puzzle. Made of 100 percent cashmere, these relaxed-fit joggers look and feel luxurious — the perfect work-from-home-wear to make you feel comfortable and put together.
Santa told me you could use some good sleep in the coming year, and every elf knows that good sleep starts with the perfect pillow. This plush pick from Buffy is hypoallergenic, made of cooling eucalyptus, and is the closest thing you can get to rest your head on an actual cloud.
Fewer things are as comforting as a warm beverage — and one that actually stays warm. This Yeti tumbler will keep your cocoa hot (or you iced coffee colder than the North Pole) for a full day, so you can savor each sip for as long as you please. This season, ditch the single-use plastic cups and invest in your little morning moments of happiness with a tumbler that will keep things hot and last a lifetime.
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