While the holidays are all about giving to others, the new year is about giving to yourself. For some that means re-upping gym memberships (go, you!) and committing to a healthy lifestyle. But giving to yourself doesn’t have to manifest in workout classes.
Sometimes, the best gift you can give yourself is a super cool item you’ve been lusting over, but have yet to actually purchase. So, we say start 2018 off with a bang by treating yourself to something awesome. Ahead, are some of our favorite ideas for gifts that will totally upgrade your life both functionally and aesthetically. Trust us: You deserve it.
BNC011 Classic Alarm Clock, Braun, $40
A great way to treat yourself this year is by keeping your cell phone out of your bedroom. That way, you can wake up and take a few deep breaths, meditate, or do whatever you need to do to start your day off right before picking up your phone and plugging into your pending emails, texts, and social media notifications. So, help you help yourself with a cool-looking alarm clock that can sit on your bedside table in place of your cell phone.
Whispering Blue Sateen Sheets, Flaneur, $400
There’s nothing quite like a new set of sumptuous sheets. Flaneur’s sheets feel especially luxe because each set is custom dyed. Select a color from one of their collections, or send the company a swatch of your own to color match so you can get exactly what you’re looking for, no questions asked.
Tall Stacking Planter, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, $90
A new plant can literally bring new life to your home. So, before you go plant shopping you might as well hook yourself up with a super cool planter that will add an awesome touch to your decor, too. New life and chic design sounds like a win-win to us.
850 mL Glass French Press, Yield, $85
If your morning ritual includes coffee or tea, this French press is a gift that will keep on giving. Not only will you save money making your own coffee, but you’ll actually want this standout piece sitting out on your counter 24/7. This French press is made with borosilicate glass which is most commonly seen in laboratory glassware as well as high end kitchenware. It looks delicate, but is super durable.
Clip Bath Towel, Dusen Dusen, $38
Sometimes, at the end of a long day all you want is a soothing hot shower or a warm bath. Make this end-of-day treat even sweeter with a new set of cozy bath towels that will look cool and make you feel good, too.
Houses Shag Rugs by Alyson Fox, Hawkins New York, $180
The right throw blanket, pillow, or rug can totally transform a space. That’s why, when it comes to treating ourselves, we’re drawn to items like this moroccan inspired shag rug. Use this rug as a soft reprieve for your feet next to your bed, or hang it on the wall as a textured art piece.
Wallpaper City Guide: Paris, Phaidon, $12
Perhaps you’re already treating yourself to a trip abroad this year. In order to make sure you max it out, you’ll want to hook yourself up with one more treat—an awesome city guide that can give you the low-down on all the top art galleries, cultural spaces, nightlife spots, architecture, and places to shop. This series of city guides is choice because they are perfectly sized for travel and also discrete, so you can bring ‘em with you without looking, or feeling like a tourist.
Graphic Soy Candle, Urban Outfitters, $14
Remind yourself just how much you love you with a candle that says it all. Place this somewhere you’ll see it daily, like your bedroom or meditation space—especially if your daily affirmations include messages of self love.
MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Master & Dynamic, $449
If you don’t have a pair of headphones you absolutely love, now is the time to splurge on some. These Master & Dynamic headphones look cool, sound excellent, and are wireless so you don’t have to worry about any messy, tangled cords. Keep a pair on your desk (we recommend getting the headphone stand to keep ‘em accessible) so you can get in the zone to get your work done when you’re on deadline.
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