To say the least, this year has been challenging, stressful, and filled with an array of emotions. Anxiety levels are at an all time high with many people losing sleep over the uncertainty of the future. While the pandemic is not nearly over, we’re finally getting to a good part: the holidays! The 2020 holiday gift guide for self-care is curated to help you shop for anyone who’s experienced stress this year. (Hello, entire world population!)
More specifically, the guide is divided into five sections based on the type of sentiment you wish to gift your loved ones. Whether you’re looking to help them stress less, get better sleep, unplug, nourish or to cocoon, this is the ultimate holiday gift guide for self-care.
Take a look at this 2020 holiday gift guide filled with small businesses, female-owned brands and companies striving to create positive change in the world.
Bala’s motto is: Good things come to those who sweat. It’s well known that working out is an amazing way to stress less and naturally boost endorphins (happy hormones!). Make your friend’s sweat session even more special with these Bala Bangles to add a constant but comfortable resistance. At 1 pound each, these weights are made from the highest quality fitness materials – recycled stainless steel wrapped in baby-soft silicone.
Herbivore Botanicals offers truly refreshing skincare products with personal rejuvenation and a little indulgence in mind. This ritual kit, which includes an exfoliating glow serum, a facial roller and a gua sha will help your loved one carve out downtime in her already hectic schedule. Plus, Rose Quartz is a crystal infused with self-love and kindness, the perfect qualities for a stress-free skincare routine.
Deew (weed spelled backwards) brings the anti-inflammatory and calming benefits of cannabis to skincare. Their mantra is “You Deew You”, which is the epitome of self-care in our books. This gift set includes a dreamy night cream, pillow spray and pink sleep mask that will have your recipient feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for beauty sleep. No holiday gift guide for self-care would be complete without mentioning skin-care!
Allow your friend to dance her stress away with this pink mini bluetooth speaker by Kreafunk. They’re a Danish lifestyle brand, so you know they know a thing or two about the hygge life. Their philosophy is sweet: life shouldn’t be an eternal strive for perfection, it should be to celebrate the small things in life with good tunes. With over 25 hours of play time on a single charge and easy portability, she can go from singing in her shower to playing a slow meditative melody before bedtime.
What says “restful sleep” better than a pair of satin pyjamas? Ones made from recycled plastic bottles! So, your eco-conscious bestie can fall asleep knowing her pyjamas are also a part of a sustainable solution. As a small business, that’s Gaia & Dubos’ philosophy. They are a sustainable fashion brand committed to changing the fashion industry, one garment at a time, each carefully and ethically crafted.
It’s been proven that CBD is beneficial for anyone dealing with anxiety or insomnia, so this gift is perfect for your friend dealing with sleep deprivation. With cannabis use for medical, self-care, recreational use on the rise, Laundry Day was born with the mission to provide design-forward smokeware. Each pipe is made with hand blown glass to offer your cannabis-loving companion a uniquely beautiful smoking experience. Like a work of art, she’ll want to display her piece for all to see.
A sweet gift for the yogi in your life, this pink yoga bolster is perfect for meditation and a restorative practice! It gives support for a yin class, spinal stretches, and deep stretching exercises which are all inducive for better sleep. You can feel good knowing that Sugarmat is elevating experiences around the world with their charitable donations to young girls’ education and the #BLM movement.
Use the discount code SUGARLAURA for a sweet 10% off your order.
Meet Blume’s latest bundle with four soothing superfood blends formulated to help your busy-bee friend unwind, destress and shake the day off. Chock-full of Ayurvedic herbs and adaptogens, these lattes are proven to enhance sleep, calm your mind and settle your body down in times of stress. Blume’s mission is to help you live more vibrantly and creatively by leading a healthy and balanced life. So, what’s not to love about this female-owned small business?
Use OHCOCOON10 for 10% off your order, valid until Dec-31-2020.
Offer your entrepreneur tribe a unique way to unplug from screens! The Holstee reflection cards are a fun way to spark meaningful conversations and deepen relationships. Every deck includes 100+ thought-provoking questions centered around mindful themes like adventure, creativity and resilience. Holstee is dedicated to helping individuals focus on moments of intention in an ever-evolving and hyper-connected, overwhelming world.
Ban.do’s business core value is to help you be your best and bring you joy. Just like their Take Care wellness planner, they have your best interests at heart. It’s full of great advice from female experts on topics like nutrition, exercise, and body positivity. Gift this to your gal pal to help her with goal planning, meal planning, activity logging, and lots more self-reflection. (And yes, there are stickers!)
It’s really no surprise that “Untamed” is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Glennon Doyle’s reflections on what it means to be a woman, mother and wife navigating culture shifts in 2020 are extremely thought-provoking. Her intimate memoir is a wake up call for this generation to stop pleasing everyone else in society, and live fully. A heartwarming gift for the women in your life looking to fearlessly rebuild themselves.
This deck of affirmation cards is a lovely gift for anyone who wants to open the door to personal development in their lives, by creating positive change in their mindset and emotions. The set features 31 self-love affirmations inspiring your loved one to be the best version of themselves. On top of that, Amber and Oak Co donates part of their profits to charities supporting womxn. A real win-win!
For the super woman who does it all, gift her this best-selling pan that is also the do-it-all wonder designed to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware. The Always Pan replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula and spoon rest. Our Place believes that sharing a home-cooked meal is the foundation to connection. So not only will this pan braise, steam, fry, boil, it will also aid to nourish her soul around good food and great conversation.
Whether your looking to help your health-conscious friend with fatigue, anxiety, stress, insomnia, brain fog, inflammation, these herbal tea blends are concocted to heal them all. But Autoimmuni-Tea is more than just teas! It’s an organization founded by a naturopathic doctor who uses natural treatments to restore the body to a state of well-being. Their greater purpose is to raise awareness and funds for autoimmune related research, and give back a portion of sales to charity.
Gift your wellness-enthusiast friend with this Golden Glow Up organic, caffeine-free, vegan latte mix. It’s an ultra-healing, delicious blend of high quality turmeric and beauty-boosting adaptogens, medicinal mushrooms and superfoods to help boost gut health, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy, glowing skin. This female-founded business is on the mission to make wellness feel joyful, easy and accessible so she can focus on being her most vibrant self. Beauty really is on the inside!
Send the gift of nourishment with these frozen smoothie cubes delivered straight to your giftee’s door. With 13 delicious flavours to choose from, there is no going wrong when it comes to Evive Smoothie. Each blend is made from organic fruits and veggies, contains superfoods and is completely vegan. The true magic behind Evive is their blender-free method: simply pop in the frozen smoothie cubes in a mason jar, then add the liquid of your choice, and shake. Voilà! Your smoothie is ready to drink; on-the-go, or while you cocoon in bed.
Use the discount code LAURAA10 for $10 off and free shipping.
Parachute is a female-owned business dedicated to making everyday premium essentials that make you feel at home. Since we’re all at home more than ever nowadays, a comfortable robe is a non-negotiable staple in any #WFH wardrobe. The pink cotton robe is soft like a cloud, light and luxurious to make your friend feel cozy. She may never take it off!
You can’t go wrong with gifting a candle! Of course, we’re biased on this one. Hand-poured with love, our Oh Cocoon scented candles with crackling wooden wicks offer the ultimate cocooning experience. Each 10oz candle is made of natural soy wax that allows for a clean burn time of 55+ hours. Treat your friend to our collection of floral and fruity scents and their stresses will just melt away.
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A staple in any holiday gift guide for self-care: a spa gift set. La Marcotterie is a French-inspired minimalist skincare brand with the goal of helping you naturally take care. This bath and body bundle features 100% natural vegan handcrafted products; a truly wonderful surprise for the besties you used to have spa days with! Includes soap made of plant butters, essential oils and botanical extracts, along with a room spray, a bath bomb, a lip balm, and relaxing bath salts.
The final touch for ultimate cocooning – gift your bestie a pair of luxury velvet slippers from Homebodii. Add a touch of personalization with her initials embroidered directly in the slipper and choose from customizable fonts and colours. Their brand exudes feelings of comfort, serenity, and elegance that comes across their entire line of sleepwear and beautiful robes that compliment an idyllic lifestyle.
Looking for more inspiration? You’ll want to check out 20 Gift Ideas for Creative Entrepreneurs to treat your besties in business!
Which if the brands in this holiday gift guide for self-care are you happy to have discovered? Do you have other female-owned businesses that you absolutely love to support? Leave a comment below to share the small business love!
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Includes affirmations, journaling prompts and self-care tools to help you take care in times of overwhelm.