13 self-care gifts that can help lift a friend’s spirits


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It’s no secret that spending time in self-isolation can be mentally challenging. However, this time alone can also be used to really take care of yourself: You can work on your fitness, improve your skincare routine, organize your home or just take time to relax and treat yourself to whatever feels good.

If you know someone who is struggling in quarantine, help lift their spirits with one (or several!) of these self-care gifts. Not only will a small gift show how much you care, but it could also provide a nice distraction.

Self-care can be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s mental or physical, and these items tackle both areas. From products that promote sleep to activities for beating boredom, shop some of our favorite self-care gifts below.

Shop: OUAI Chill Pills, $30

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These bath bombs are made with jojoba seed oil, safflower seed oil and hemp seed oil with a jasmine and rose scent for a moisturizing and relaxing bath.

Shop: Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw, $39.50

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This soft and plush throw is perfect for curling up in to read a book, do a face mask, play a game, watch TV — you name it. Over 1,300 Nordstrom reviewers give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Shop: Prose Haircare, $50+

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Prose creates customized cruelty-free haircare based on one’s needs, including shampoo, conditioner, masks, oil, leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo. Give the gift of perfect hair!

Shop: DIY Ravioli Kit, $39.95

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Cooking can be fun and de-stressing — and when you’re done, it provides a sense of accomplishment. This kit makes 35 pasta pockets filled with mushrooms, cheese and truffle oil.

Shop: Simply Vera Vera Wang Supima Cotton 600 Thread Count Sheet Set, $63.99 – $87.99 (Orig. $119.99 – $149.99)

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A great pair of sheets is key to a good night’s sleep. This set from Kohl’s feels super luxurious and is on sale for nearly 50 percent off when you use the code TAKE20 at checkout.

Shop: Olive & June The Studio Box, $50

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This is the ultimate at-home manicure kit! It comes with a nail polish remover pot, a clean-up brush, a flat-edge nail clipper, a nail file, a buffer cube, a top coat, a nail polish color of your choice, a hydrating cuticle serum and a universally sized polish bottle handle for easier painting.

Shop: Peach & Lilly Glass Skin Discovery Kit, $39

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Glass skin — which refers to skin that looks smooth, poreless and illuminated like glass — is a Korean beauty trend. This kit cleans and moisturizes skin to help achieve the look.

Shop: DIY Monogram Jewelry Kit, $30

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There’s nothing like a little arts and crafts project to keep boredom at bay. This DIY jewelry kit includes metal chains, elastic cord and all the beads one could need to make a few pieces of jewelry.

Shop: Kitsch Leopard Microfiber Towel Scrunchies, $14

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These scrunchies are like mini towels, and they help speed up the process of drying hair with zero heat. They can be used after a shower or a swim, or even while walking around the house with a hair mask in.

Shop: Slip Sleep Mist, $32

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This mist is made with chamomile and lavender, providing a calming scent to help one relax so they can fall asleep faster. To use, spritz into the air over your bed, pillow or anywhere in the room, then take a deep breath and rest.

Shop: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $32

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Fatigue and stress can cause dark, puffy eyes. These patches are made with “peptides and botanicals [to] improve blood flow and reduce puffiness while advanced antioxidants help prevent future damage,” according to the product description. Plus, they’re cooling for an extra sense of relaxation.

Shop: Swivel Bath Tray, $50

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This bath tray attaches to the side of the tub with an extra strong suction cup and swivels. Use it to keep a book dry, hold a glass of wine and more while taking a bath.

Shop: Kin Euphorics Dream Light, $39

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Kin creates non-alcoholic mixed drinks (or euphorics), which, according to the brand’s website, can “turn us up or calm us down depending on what we need to rebalance and enjoy our surroundings.” The Dream Light beverage is made to be a nighttime ritual for combatting stress and supporting a deep sleep.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy reading about nine self-care essentials from Nordstrom’s sale section.

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