Stumped about what gifts to give to important people in your life this holiday season? That’s totally understandable. Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is much easier said than done. 

As you’ve probably learned through experience, it can be particularly difficult to gift clothes and shoes as guessing someone’s size is a dangerous game to play. Even seemingly “safe” gifts like accessories can be tricky to shop for. After all, everyone’s taste in jewelry, hats, and scarves is totally different.

But when it comes to holiday shopping there’s one gifting category that will never steer you wrong: self-care. Regardless of the giftee’s occupation, personality, or even zodiac type, they’re sure to go crazy for any self-care related gift. Because at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a gift that allows others to give themselves a relaxing treat.

You can never go wrong with giving somebody a self-care item. Whether it helps destress them from their hectic holiday work schedule or as an end-of-year decompression package, showing somebody you care about their well-being goes great distances.


This may sound like too simple a gift to really “wow” the people in your life, but there’s nothing more useful than having a quality lotion around when you need it. Barr Co, Kiel’s, and Lush all make some fabulous options for around the very affordable $30 mark. 

Pro-tip: Stick to a lightly scented option, as many people are turned off by overbearing scents. 

Salon Gift Card

There are few things people love more than getting pampered. For this reason, a salon gift card might be the perfect gift for somebody in your life this Christmas. Many salons now offer blow-out services in the $40-$50 range, and some salons, like DryBar, even specialize in blowouts. Plus, with numerous styles to choose from, she’ll leave with hair styled exactly how they like it. 

Pro-tip: Many salons offer scalp massage upgrades for as little as $10-$20.

Mani / Pedi Gift Card 

Not everybody enjoys having their nails done, but for those who do, there’s no better gift. 

Manicures typically run between $25-$40 as do pedicures. So, we’d recommend giving between $35 and $100 on a gift card depending on your budget. $100 is a sufficient amount for a higher-end mani and pedi with tip. And at most nail salons, $35 would be plenty to cover a basic manicure or pedicure with tip. 

Pro-tip: If you have a closer relationship to the giftee (like if it’s your wife) and have access to their schedule, it might not be a bad idea to call ahead and schedule an appointment on their behalf after the holidays. That way, they don’t forget to take advantage of the pampering they’ve been gifted. 

A Luxurious Robe

While most people would benefit from owning a nice robe, not many have made a point to purchase one for themselves.

That’s why a cozy robe might be the perfect gift for somebody on your list this Christmas. Depending on the material, you can spend between $30 and $100+ on a nice robe. This black Anthropologie robe ($48), as well as this plush white one from Nordstrom ($79), are both fantastic options. 

Pro tip: You can’t go wrong with a basic satin robe like this one.

Now that you have four fresh self-care gift ideas for the people in your life, get to it! These types of gifts are always well received. Don’t forget to pick up a couple of items for yourself too – it’s important to take care of yourself as well as others. Happy Holidays!