If hearing talk of the holidays starts up your stress meter, you’re not alone. The marathon from Thanksgiving to New Year’s can be exhausting, filled with shopping, social obligations, and entertaining. While there’s plenty of joy to be found during the winter season, it can also be incredibly draining, especially when you’re thinking about everyone else and not stopping to take care of yourself. This year it’s time to do things differently — by thinking through your own self-care now, you can face the holidays recharged and prepared with self-care rituals to bring you into 2023 feeling energized. Here are some of the best self-care items to help make this fall and winter a time for reflection, pause, and health. With any luck, this intentional focus on yourself should also make the 2022 holiday season better than ever.
Child’s Pose Herbal Adaptogen Tea for Sleep and Restful Calm by Magic Hour, $47
When you unbox this Child’s Pose Herbal Adaptogen Tea for Sleep and Restful Calm by Magic Hour, you will feel like you’ve given yourself a heavenly gift — and likely also find yourself thinking you should order more for friends now to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way. The violet glass apothecary jar is gorgeous and comes boxed in recyclable packaging that feels magical. Even better, the tea is delicious and calming, which is perfect for this seasonal shift into more hours of darkness. Formulated with Tulsi, roses, peppermint, lavender, tangerine, and vanilla, the all-organic blend helps stop the body’s cortisol stress response and encourages restful sleep. Best of all, Magic Hour teas are meant to be ceremonial and invite you to create a ritual of self-care.
Opalite Moon Tea Strainer by Magic Hour, $19
While you’re buying yourself tea from Magic Hour, add an Opalite Moon Tea Strainer to your cart. The delicate chain holds an opalite stone that has been blessed with “Reiki-light-infused life-force healing energy” to support your tea ritual and encourage meditation. Whether you’re into all of that or not, it’s beautiful and a lovely reminder to slow down, drink tea, and clear your mind. And, for those who do appreciate the touch of spirituality, the stone brings an extra level of self-care. Magic Hour is a women-owned company committed to sustainable and ethical practices.
Knit Weighted Blanket by Nuzzie, $169
Whether you own a weighted blanket already or are new to the scene, this Knit Weighted Blanket by Nuzzie will make a welcome addition to your self-care tool kit. It’s lighter than many weighted blankets but still heavy enough to feel comforting — which can be nice for curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and not feeling like you have to lug a heavier blanket around. The twin size is perfect for using as an easy-to-reach throw blanket and/or providing comfort at night on your side of the bed. The breathable woven design allows for good air flow in any climate and the fabric filling makes for even weight distribution and easy washing. Made from 500+ recycled water bottles, the blanket is eco-friendly yet still incredibly soft to the touch.
The Routine Set by Kate McLeod, $66
Self-care is all about creating rituals, which is exactly what this Routine Set by Kate McLeod encourages you to do. The beautifully-crafted dry brush is perfect for exfoliating and promoting lymphatic drainage. Use it before showering and then follow up post-shower with the daily stone starter kit — a solid lotion naturally scented with rose, frankincense, and neroli. By starting and finishing your shower with these self-care touches, you’ll transform your routine into a ritual.
Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy by Sola Wave, $149
Red light therapy has garnered a lot of attention in the past few years as an effective means of skincare treatment for everything from signs of aging to acne. The Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy by Sola Wave provides an easy way to bring this therapy home and is more cost effective than monthly trips to the dermatologist. The wand combines four skincare technologies — microcurrent, therapeutic warmth, red light treatment, and facial massage — to help rejuvenate skin and encourage healing from the inside out. With regular use at least three times a week for five minutes or more, 93% of users have reported improvements to their skin after just two weeks — and the site even includes many encouraging before and after pictures. And, even after a single use, skin will feel noticeably firmer.
Acupressure Mat Set by wthn, $78
Whether you’re an acupressure aficionado or simply curious about the benefits, this Acupressure Mat Set by wthn would make a great addition to your self-care routine. The lightweight mat and pillow are lightweight and easy to pack up for travel. Made from coconut fiber and linen, the mat and pillow both feature stimulators that apply pressure to anywhere desired on the body — from more passive rest positions to yoga poses, the mat and pillow can provide acupressure wherever needed to release tension, encourage circulation, and even promote better sleep. Once the body is fully relaxed on the mat and pillow, the set feels soothing and helps to create a sense of deep relaxation throughout the body.
Earseed Kit by wthn, $45
While you’re exploring acupressure, you should add this Ear Seed Kit by wthn to your cart. Rooted in Chinese medicine, ear seeds apply pressure to specific points in the ear to support everything from back pain to hormone balance and the immune system. This kit features 20 seeds made from Swaroski crystals and 20 seeds made stainless steel plated with 24k gold. The seeds adhere to the ear with latex-free medical grade adhesive and the effect is both therapeutic and beautiful to the eye. Simply apply the seeds with the included tweezers (there may be a learning curve with the first one but it becomes easier thereafter) and wear for 3-5 days, applying pressure to the seeds as desired.
AURORA Rosemary Olive Oil by Brightland, $40
Truly good olive oil is an art form. This AURORA Rosemary Olive Oil by Brightland is infused with rosemary for a delicious yet subtle taste profile. Made from Arbosana olives grown by small farms on the Central Coast of California, the oil is cold-pressed within 90 minutes of harvest to preserve freshness and flavor. In addition to the amazing health benefits and culinary versatility of this olive oil, it also comes bottled with a gorgeous label designed by Shawna Xiayun Huang that adds color and interest to any fall or winter table setting. As Shawna X described, “The notes of the oil is smooth, with a gentle kick and pop of flavor. I wanted to recreate this sensation in the artwork with a nod to the rosemary plant itself. The blended, blurring quality recreates the taste profile, with some fun graphic elements to allude to the subtle kick of flavor.” This description embodies the oil perfectly — it’s a self-care gift you’ll want to buy yourself again and again.