The Perfect Self Care Inspired Gifts To Give At Christmas

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*this post contains gifted products

I honestly can’t believe that today is the 1st of December; that means Christmas is only 25 days away!

In all honesty, it’s a time of year that I both love and loathe. 

On the one hand, I love how happy and festive people become; it makes people nicer towards others and gives you something to look forward to. 

Plus it gives me a socially acceptable excuse for eating chocolate in the morning! 

But there also a lot of stress involved for me, especially when trying to buy presents for people. 

Not only can it drain your bank account (mainly because I feel compelled to buy everyone and their dog a present), but finding something to buy them in the first place can be extremely difficult. 

And yes, I do actually get something for my best friends dog – he’s the easiest to buy for in all honesty! 

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So this year I decided to have a theme for my presents.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (or, you know, you’ve read the title of this post) then you’ve probably guessed what it is; self care. 

Chris’s mum is a nurse and both his brothers have just had babies, so taking some time for themselves to actually relax and recharge is really important – and something I wanted to encourage with the presents I bought them. 

[Related: 5 Things I Do To Help Me Feel More Festive]

I’m not going to say exactly what I’ve bought them, as I’m pretty sure one or two members of his family read my blog; which is slightly awkward since I’ve spoken pretty openly about our sex life in a post before… 

Instead, I’ve put together a bit of a guide, full of gifts that you could buy someone to help and encourage them to start practising self care more in the new year. 

Sleepy Body Lotion and The Comforter Bubble Bar from Lush

Bath/Shower Products

One of my favourite places to have some self care time (and the place where I actually came up with this post idea) is in the shower. 

Bath bombs and bubble bars have become a staple Christmas present over the years, and the one I find myself reaching for most often has to be The Comforter Bubble Bar.

It has a really fruity smell to it and, best of all, its so big that you only need to use a small amount of the bar per bath. 

Even though I only have a shower at my house, Chris has a bath the size of a swimming pool; which I steal as often as possible! 

Sleepy Body Lotion and The Comforter Bubble Bar from Lush

On top of bath bombs, Lush also have a huge selection of shower gels. The one I love giving as a gift is Sleepy.

It’s so relaxing because of the lavender in it and can be a great way to help you relax and unwind after a busy/stressful day. 

Plus they have it as a gift set, which comes pre-wrapped in a cute little box; which is a bonus for me as I’m rubbish at wrapping presents!


Books can make brilliant Christmas presents, as there’s something for just about any interest a person might have. 

I’ve found a few mental health/self-help books recently which I’ve really enjoyed reading; How To Be Human by Ruby Wax and Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva.

I’m not usually the biggest fan of self-help books, but these don’t come across as too preachy or like the author is talking down to you. 

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They’re like having a conversation with a friend, which is a format I really enjoy. 

Happier Thinking Self Help Book by Lana Grace Riva

If it’s fiction you’re after then I can’t recommend the Twisted Tales series enough! 

They take the traditional Disney stories and flip them on their head. What if the bad guy won for once? What if the princess had to save herself? 

As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review

They are brilliantly written and I personally prefer these versions to the originals most times; I finished two of them in less than a day – I just couldn’t put them down! 

Wheat bag/Hot Water Bottle 

I actually don’t think I could survive without my wheat bags and hot water bottles, especially now my IBS is becoming even more unpredictable. 

You can even get them as cuddly animals now, which not only look cute AF but also are comforting to cuddle when you’re ill. 

Lavender Scented Lamb Wheat Bag and Self Care Mug

I bought mine from Boots last year (a treat to myself with my leftover Boots points) and I know that other shops like New Look also sell them. 

Something else that would make a great present, or even stocking fillers, are mini hot water bottles.

I was sent one from CareCo and I’ve been using is pretty much every day since it arrived.

I started spotting not long after it turned up so I thought it would be the perfect time to give it a try, and it really helped reduce the cramps.

Lavender Scented Lamb Wheat Bag and Self Care Mug

Best of all, it’s so small that it actually fits in the front pocket of my mustard hoodie!

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Hot water bottles are perfect for period cramps, IBS flair-ups or even just keeping you warm if your invoices still haven’t been paid and you can’t afford to put the heating on.

If you want something a little more personal, then Matalan has some gorgeous initialled hot water bottles that would make great stocking fillers.

CareCo Mini Blue Hot Water Bottle And A Cup Of Tea

I’m planning on getting one for my mum (as she has IBS too) but every time I go in they’ve sold out of K’s.

I really should just do the smart thing and order one online…

Stationery Sets

I actually think I have an addiction to new stationery; I’m forever buying new notebooks, coloured pens and washi tape. 

Stationery sets can actually make really good self care presents though. 

One of the best things I can do when I’m stressed, anxious or depressed is to write things down. It could be to-do lists, things I’ve achieved that month, goals, or even mini diary entries. 

Wilko Stationery Set Pastel Highlighters and Organisation Stickers

Just getting things out of your head and onto paper can be a huge relief sometimes. 

Paperchase has some gorgeous notebooks, workbooks and stationery, but they can be a bit pricey if you’re on a budget.

If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, Wilko actually has a decent collection of stationery – most of which average at £3-£5. 

Wilko Stationery Set Pastel Highlighters and Organisation Stickers

Skincare Products

Taking some time out of your day to pamper yourself is a great way to relax and unwind. 

I love doing my evening skincare routine as a way to wind down for the evening and signify that the workday is over; something that’s especially important when you’re self-employed. 

Sleepy Shower Bomb Sleepy Body Lotion Charity Pot Body Cream from Lush

The four main products I use are No7’s Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum PumpYouthful Replenishing Facial Oil and Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream; as well as Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm to remove any makeup of dirty that might be on my face.

They’re really soothing on my skin and leaves my face feeling smooth and looking really clear. 

Lush Charity Pot and Sleepy Body Lotion

For the rest of my body, I use Charity Pot from Lush.

It’s brilliant at getting rid of persistent dry skin, and even helps with psoriasis and eczema; Chris buys it in batch as it’s the only thing that helps with his. 

No7's Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum Pump, Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil and Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream & Clinique's Take The Day Off Balm

Not only is it good for your skin, but you’re also helping out small grassroots causes every time you buy some.

All the money from each purchase (minus VAT) goes straight to the charities involved, which is something I really love about it!

What products would you buy for someone to help them practice self care? 

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  • Amy says:

    Great list, I feel more relaxed just reading it. I’m completely hooked on lush and need to check out those twisted fairy tales now, to read in the bath 😃

  • Beka says:

    Reading this reminded me that I put my wheat bag in the microwave half an hour ago and forgot about it 😂 I’m so bad for getting distracted and leaving things in the microwave, or cups of tea stewing on the bunker and forgetting about it 🤦‍♀️

    I love the idea of setting a theme for Christmas gifts! I’ve never thought of that before, and if I hadn’t already bought most of my gifts I’d be stealing that idea for sure! This is one I’ll have to remember for next year 🥰 everybody needs to take time out for self care every so often, and getting cute skincare gifts or anything from Lush really pushes them to do that! Personally, I can’t wait to have a relaxing bath and shut off my brain for awhile whenever I get a new bath product!

    An amazing post, as always ❤️ such a joy to read, and your photos are beautiful!

    Beka |

  • Your list is really amazing! I would be happy to receive every single thing from it. But those Twisted Tales do seem really interesting.

  • All great suggestions! Christmas can be difficult for a lot of people and sometimes we don’t need or want big extravagant gifts. Sometimes the little things that we KNOW will make us feel better are much more useful 🙂 I’ve asked my Mum for a new planner and honestly, it’s one of the gifts I’m most excited about getting even though it’s so normal and nothing special! xxx

  • Lydia Knox says:

    I like your list. I think stationary gift sets are a great idea. I never would have thought of that. I’ve found with that feeling of stress around the holidays people really love something that can help them relax or unwind. Writing things down and planning things out I only recently learned is a great way to relieve stress. It makes me feel a little less overwhelmed.

  • Bee says:

    These are some very useful and cosy choices for self care.

  • Bexa says:

    Firstly, wow girl, your photography is absolutely gorgeous! Secondly, these are fab suggestions and I reaaally want to have a bath right now with a Lush bath bomb! Yay for stationery too! I love Paperchase! I actually went to Wilko at the weekend and checked out their range, they do have some really pretty things at affordable prices. I’ve already read Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva which was enjoyable, the Ruby Wax book sounds great too, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendations, lovely post Jade! <3 xxx

    Bexa |

  • Great list of gifts here! I adore them all, would definitely help anyone to feel a bit more relax. This time of year is perfect for that! Your photography is to die for, it’s soo gorgeous. You should be proud. Thank-you for sharing this list! I’ve got a couple of ideas from this.

    Gemma |

  • Taiwo says:

    I love your list so much! My greatest self-care gift to myself is always sleep. Lots and lots of sleep 😂😂 I love that teddy bear-shaped hot water bottle! It’s so so cute. The No7 products are also amazing! Skincare products are great gifts all the time. I also really like that you included books in your gift guide. I’ll check them out. Thanks for the recommendations! ❤

    Taiwo |

  • I love bathing products. Having a soak in the bath is the best place for me time. The wheat bags and hot water bottles are a no for me as a menopausal woman! Love the books too.

  • brianatrev says:

    Self-care is such a huge trend right now, these gifts would be even more perfect!


  • I love the Lush Snowfairy range it only comes out from October to Christmas and it is my absolute favourite! Books are such a good idea for a gift if you know the person is a reader like I am! I’m also a big fan of stationery and yes Wilko have definitely upped their game as of late.

  • I love Lush’s Sleepy Lotion! So relaxing.
    Can’t beat bath time treats for self care 🙂
    Cora |

  • This is the kind of gift guide I can get behind! Any of these things I’d be happy to receive for Christmas 🙂
    Sarah x

  • I must admit that I’m not usually the biggest fan of gift guides, but you’ve put such a unique twist on it and I loved reading your post. As you probably know already, I’ve become obsessed with self care in recent months, but I’d never thought of reflecting that in the presents I provide them with. My friends are all university students, too, so buying them things they can use to destress after a long day of coursework is ideal, and this list has given me so many ideas. As someone who has barely even started her Christmas shopping yet, thank you for saving my skin, haha!

  • I love self care and hot water bottles. Best gift ever xx

  • I would love to get those books as presents.

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! ☺️ and they’re some of the best books I’ve ever read! And you can read them while using a lush bath bomb if you really wanted a self care hour….or three 😄

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha well I’m glad I reminded you about it! 😂 I’ve had to boil a kettle three times in the past because each time I’ve forgot about it, when I’ve wanted to fill my hot water bottle up 🤦🏻‍♀️ you’re not the only one at least 😂

    And definitely steal it for next year, it makes gift buying soooo much easier! 🙌🏼🥰 I must admit that’s the one think I miss about having a bath, being able to curl up and read in it for a few hours (and topping the hot water up constantly so I don’t get cold 😂). It’s why I try and steal Chris’s when I can 🙊

    And thank you so much lovely! 💛 these are some of the best photos I’ve taken, so I’m glad you like them too 😌

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ and they’re honestly some of the best books I’ve ever read 🙌🏼

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thanks Jenny! ☺️ exactly, plus some people can’t afford big gifts 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’d always prefer something small and meaningful to an expensive preset that I wouldn’t really use much – plus I feel guilty when people spend a lot of money on me 😂 the planner present sounds perfect though! 😍 xxx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Yeah it’s definitely a stressful time of year, so a gift that helps someone relax would usually be greatly appreciated ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you, I’m glad you think so ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Bexa! 🙊 these are some of my favourite photos that I’ve taken so far!
    And haha do it! You can never have too much self care 😏
    I’d definitely recommend he Ruby Wax one if you liked Happier Thinking – it’s a long one but if you take it in stages it can be a really insightful read ☺️💛 xxx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Gemma! I’m so glad you like the list and my photography too 😄

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha I can agree with you on that one! I love using sleep for self care 😂😂
    I always include books in a post when I can; I’m a huge bookworm and love encouraging other people to read 😌💛

  • Jade Marie says:

    Baths can be so relaxing, especially with a good book! ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Yeah it does seem to have taken off recently, which is good as it’s one of the best things we can do for your physical and mental health ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’ve never got round to trying Snow Fairy, I need to put it on my list this year! Books are definitely a staple present for me too – one year my parents got me all 13 series of unfortunate events books and I was over the moon! 🥰 and they have! It’s the main place I get my stationery from these days 🙌🏼

  • Jade Marie says:

    It’s one of my favourite products, like you say it’s so relaxing! ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ it’s my first ever gift guide so I’m glad it’s been so well received ☺️ x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Rebekah! ☺️ this is the first time I’ve ever done a gift guide, they’re not usually my thing but I thought this style might be helpful to people ☺️
    I’m so glad it’s helped you out, and as a uni student myself I know I’d always love self care based gifts as I’m super stressed out most days! Glad to save your skin too! 🙊

  • Jade Marie says:

    They’re so versatile, especially mini ones that you can take out and about with you!xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I hope someone gets you them, they’re some of the best books I’ve ever read 😌

  • Definitely try it x

  • Jade Marie says:

    I will!x

  • Then they are definitely going on top of my reading list. 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    I hope you enjoy them as much as I did ☺️

  • what a great post! I love gifting lush! all of their products are amazing! i especially love the wheat bag idea, though. i actually think my mom would get a lot of use out of one. heck i’d love one for myself, as well lol i have chronic pelvic/stomach/back pain due to scoliosis so that would be really helpful!

  • It was definitely really helpful! I’m glad you like the idea of it; I’m definitely going to go ahead with it! 😊

  • Lush Cosmetics products really make the best presents for Christmas! 💜✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

  • Books are definitely the best thing to gift someone. They are lovely to receive and they are great self care tools!

  • I love this list! I’ve tried to get people gifts like this goo this year as usually I buy useless crap that I never see them use stuff 😂 happy holidays x

    Katie |

  • Karalee says:

    This gift guide reminded me that I need to visit Lush soon! I love their products especially their shower gels & masks!

  • I loved reading this, and I love your theme of self care. It’s so important to look after ourselves and when you receive gifts like this it can really help us out. I have also bought my cat and my hamster a christmas present hehe. I love buying things like hot water bottles, just because I absolutely love them myself and they make me feel so cosy that I’d love for anyone else to feel the same!

    Chloe xx

  • Aah this is such a good idea, and something I wish I thought of sooner before buying everyone presents! I love the sound of Twisted Tales, and will be adding that to my reading list next year!

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