17 Thoughtful Self-Care Gifts to Give (and Get)
Each one is anything but ordinary.
Published Dec 11, 2017 7:55 PM
The gift that keeps giving? Something special that shows your giftee that you’re thinking about her well-being—and also happens to be pretty enough to proudly display on her vanity. From toilet paper that is anything but ordinary, to exceptional skincare that’ll make her glow, these are the 17 extraordinary bathroom gifts that will be treasured year round.
Arc Comb by Eternally in Amber, Poketo, $18
An everyday useful gift with a luxe, elegant twist. Your giftee will enjoy both the durable (thanks to the custom-made cellulose acetate) and handiness of this gorgeous comb, and at $18, it’s a snag (but snag-free on the hair thanks to the tapered comb teeth).
Cool It Glass Water Bottle, Ban.do, $30
Gift a water bottle that shouts “Look, I’m fancy!” This glass bottle (perfect for those health conscious individuals) has a built-in silicone sleeve to keep liquids cool.
Small Concrete Tray by Concrete Cat, Whitney Museum, $90
Inspired by the cast concrete walls in the Whitney Museum’s lobby, these exclusive to the Whitney trays are a must for the design and art fan in your life. And perfect for soaps, displaying jewelry, or whatever your recipients’ heart desires.
Space Mask, $20
The perfect gift for anyone that needs 15 minutes to float away (to what feels like a different galaxy). These feats of beauty engineering slip over your eyes and begin to immediately warm up, mellowing your tired face. Simultaneously, the light smell of jasmine begins to transport you away. Relaxation is just $20, and what feels like a galaxy far, far away…
Glow Drops, Dr. Barbara Sturm, $145
Who doesn’t want to glow? Gift the gift of instant, healthy glowing by a Domino derm favorite, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and her brand new Glow Drops. The drops act similar to a highlighter as they give an instant dewy glow, but they aren’t just for show: Short term, the potent anti-aging compounds in the drops perfect skin health by providing deep hydration and pore refinement; and long term, the drops give a glowing-from-within look with purslane, bistorta root, and sweet almond oil.
Poise Hand Mirror, Ferm Living, $76
This mirror is something your friend would never spring to buy for herself, but once she has it, she’ll keep it forever. This pass-along-for-generations-to-come type of mirror is practical for displaying out on a vanity, or mounted on the wall to shine like a piece of art.
Black Toilet Paper, Renova, $9
Described by Renova as the “sexiest toilet paper on Earth,” this is one of the most unique gifts you could give this year. And beyond just the wow factor, this toilet paper has clout: lightly scented, 3-ply, and colorfast (aka the color won’t rub off).
Crescent Towel, Mayde, $86
Straight from Australia, this towel looks more like a cozy living room throw than a standard bathroom accessory. Designed to be thick and plush, it’s made from 100 percent Buldan cotton, and is 100 percent guaranteed to be loved.
Handmade in Brooklyn with loving care, this bathing trio is a foolproof gift for anyone, from a self care beginner to the expert spa fan. This trio pack includes a salt soak (with jasmine and Himalayan salts), a milk bath (to alleviate dry, sensitive skin), and a facial steam (when mixed with hot water, it opens pores for a healing steam).
The Orient Sun Shower Curtain by Quiet Town, Domino, $62
Quiet Town is bringing care and inspiration back into something as simple and generic as a shower curtain. Shower (get it?) those you love with this thoughtful, cool gift, handsewn by the coolest married couple.
Tumi Incense, Kitchibe, $174
Inspired by recreating organic patterns found on stones in nature, this diffuser is as unique as they come. Handcrafted in Japan by artisans, it’s modeled after the Japanese pastime of piling rocks (both a game for children and an offering to mountain deities). A guaranteed cherished gift for those that appreciate nature and mindfulness.
Lapiz Matte Firming Body Oil, Monastery, $36
The perfect gift for that person that wants something outside the (beauty) box. Scented with ginger and grapefruit, this luxe body oil absorbs quickly, while still nourishing and hydrating skin. And bonus points for gifting one of the newest, under-the-radar brands around.
Agender Oil, Noto, $38
Speaking of anyone in your life, this oil was made for literally everyone and everything. From hair to body to nails, this will leave the body nourished and soft—no matter your age or gender. And 100 percent of profits will go to an impressive organization of Noto’s choosing (from Planned Parenthood to LGBT Youth Center to Woman’s Center DTLA, etc.). Doing good while doing good for your body.
Artist Series Candle x Ben Fiess, Lief Shop, $50
A one-of-a-kind collaboration between Minnesota ceramicist Ben Fiess and Brooklyn-based Leif. The reusable ceramic vessel is perfect for displaying loud and proud once one of the three available complex candle scents finishes.
Glass Tears Eye Shadow Palette, Nars, $49
A must for beauty, fashion, and art fans alike, the Man Ray x NARS collab is wildly creative and special. This eyeshadow palette with six (brand new) richly pigmented colors comes in a highly covetable Man Ray imagery palette; the perfect ode to one of the most inspiring and unique fashion photographers of all time.
Dream Bath Elixir, Follain, $45
As if creating a clean beauty mecca wasn’t enough, Follain collaborated with green beauty brand Farmaesthetics to make the most calming, aromatherapy bathing elixir. Deep relaxation is only two capfuls in a bath away…
Rare Sky Soap, Mote, $20
Give the gift of Korean beauty brilliance in a soap. The marbling look may seem just for show, but it has a greater purpose: The integrity of each ingredient can remain intact when kept in separate layers, a process developed specifically by Mote. Ingredients like Kaolin and French pink clay combine when lathered to detoxify and calm skin.
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