If you would like to give a gift that keeps on giving, try one of these great, self-care related products. These are all products or brands I have personally tried and love. (I have not been paid to endorse any of them, although I put an asterisk by the ones for which I receive a small affiliate commission, which does not affect the cost to you.)
1. My Go-to Workout Resource
The Balanced Life is an affordable monthly subscription website that offers women Pilates, barre, and stretching classes they can complete in the comfort of their home. The instructor Robin teaches classes from the beach so it’s a relaxing way to start the day. It is also the supportive, positive community you need to stay focused on your goals. I’ve been a member for 2+ years.
Join the free 5-day Pilates challenge
2. Favorite Natural Deodorant (and other skincare)
If you’re looking for a natural deodorant that’s easy to use and works, Mamalani is the one. It lasts awhile and is worth the price for peace of mind. I love these products (including yummy body oils and powders) because they are locally sourced and created by a hardworking Hawaiian mama. Right now you can
Get free shipping when you spend $50 with code “ILOVEKAILUA”
3. Soothing Weighted Blanket (Great for anxiety)
I don’t need blankets often in Hawaii but I do love the feel of a weighted blanket and the calming effects! They can be pricey but this is a lighter weight and lower cost option that you can use year round.
Get free shipping with Amazon prime
4. A Gorgeous Scented Candle (Artisanal)
If you or your friend is a candle lover, here is one from Noonday collection that comes in a beautiful container. It has a bright floral aroma with woodsy notes of cedar and cardamom and is hand poured. I love supporting Noonday because they partner with Artisan Businesses all over the world, empowering them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. This is definitely a feel-good kind of purchase.
Get the Bright Candle (or any other accessories you need)
5. Recipe Organizer & Meal Planner in One (I use this daily!)
Plan to Eat is the other monthly subscription I’m pretty attached to and have been using for years! Plan to Eat allows you to grab recipes you see when browsing the internet and save them for later, easily plan meals, and make grocery shopping lists. I use this weekly to keep myself organized and creating healthy meals for my family.
Get and Gift Easy Meal Planning for 2021 *
6. Beautiful, Uplifting Prints for Your Home
I just ordered my first print from Grafted HI but I love the beautiful, original designs with uplifting messages for your home.
See the prints here
7. Dry Brushing Body Brush (It’s a thing)
If this is new to you, dry brushing is a practice that helps with circulation and moods among other things. I use mine daily before getting in the shower, and this is the brush I use and recommend. It’s one of those things you have to try to understand, but it is like having a mini spa moment in the morning.
Try out dry brushing for yourself or a friend *
8. Noise Cancelling Headphones for all the Noises (Life saver when kids are home!)
Let me start by saying you are not a bad mom if the noises in your house make you crazy sometimes. During the pandemic and all of the togetherness, noise cancelling headphones have been my lifeline to sanity. I use them during the day whenever I start to feel strung out or just need a sound break. They are also great for podcasts and Netflix watching.
This Sony set is great and is on mega sale right now *
Full disclosure: We also have these awesome, pricier Bose headphones *
9. Face Masks (for Covid) that Check All the Boxes
They have the cutest prints, adjustable ear loops, organic cotton, soft and breathable, washable! For adults.
Just go ahead and buy a bunch *
10. Meditation with an App, Yes Please
Soulspace is my go-to Christian meditation app. It’s beautiful, which is a huge bonus when you’re trying to unwind. It has a brief daily meditation you can use with accompanying artwork as part of the free version. There are additional paid features you can unlock as well.
Go get your meditation on
11. A Joyful Devotional for the New Year (I’m a featured writer)
The Joyful Life Magazine is publishing a compilation devotional for which I was a contributor. “The Joyful Life’s hardcover devotion book, will provide you with intentional moments of respite and sweet encouragement for your heart, allowing you to see God’s grace and goodness throughout the day, and drawing you to abide in His presence.”
Order online here
12. Fun Facials at Home (Great for a girls night)
I’m not much of a pampering kind of girl but I do like a pre-made face mask, which I usually buy in sets of 4 to use with my girls. They are easy to use and make you feel special and glowy (or whatever benefits of the particular mask). And I love this company Yes To that includes natural ingredients.
Facial masks make a great gift for friends