It’s hard to believe the year is coming to a close!
Around this time of year, many people feel worn out and are ready for the holiday season to begin to relax and rejuvenate.
Sounds like it’s time for self-care?
Lucky for you, I’m here to share with you the best self-care products for every budget. These are perfect for yourself or as holiday gifts for your loved ones.
Budget-Friendly Self-Care Products
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Sometimes, after a long day, I just want to sit in a tub filled with warm water and feel my stress melting away. To help with that, I like to add some Epsom salt, which is a powerful yet affordable secret to help improve blood circulation, reduce stress, and even promote better sleep. Dr. Teal’s Epsom salt has a variety of scents and sizes that’s bound to suit your preferences.
I love investing in a high-quality journal. They’re so aesthetically pleasing to look at, and the more you write in them, the more they become your very best friends. Plus, as you get older, it’s quite fun to read through your older journal and reflect on how much you’ve grown over the years, so definitely get a good-quality journal that will hold up that will stand the test of time. Here is the one I usually get – I love that the pages are blank – no rules, no gridlines – just a blank slate for wherever my mind and pen take me.
Picture a rainy and gloomy day; you’re all cozy under a blanket, sitting on a couch. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some warmth to the room by lighting up a candle and playing some music in the background? You can’t go wrong with the Yankee Candle Clean Cotton scent. It’s perfect for any season of the year.
Squeezing a stress ball can provide an outlet for your stress, helping to calm your nerves and lower stress levels. Plus, when you can pick stress balls like these, they can be great motivational or calming reminders!
The body part we see the most is our hands and nails! While there is no research to back this up, I will personally attest that when my nails are done, it lifts my mood! For those who like to have polished nails but don’t have the time to consistently go to a nail salon or want to pay for the premium price, Essie nail polish is perfect for you! It has over 40+ color options that deliver salon results.
Moderate Budget Self-Care Products
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If you’re looking to add some challenge and style to your daily walks, yoga practice, or workouts, then the Bala Bangles are perfect for you! Each bangle is 1lb, so they are perfect when you want to up the challenge just a bit without skipping to the next 2.5-5 lb increments. Plus, they come in various colors, so you’re bound to find one that suits your style.
A yoga mat is such a versatile self-care product, whether it’s for yoga (as originally intended), stretching, or some simple workouts (e.g., crunches). Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to store. Gaiam makes quality yoga mats; I personally have one and use it every day!
There are times you just can’t make it to a massage appointment because life gets hectic. That’s why I have multiple massagers at home. It’s a great way to wind down a busy day or when you just need a good rub on that extra sore spot in your back. This Zyllion back massager is perfect for the whole body or targeted areas.
Hydration is so important not only to our essential health but also to keep your skin looking plump and healthy, which boosts self-confidence. I never leave the house without a water bottle.
Consider getting a YETI water bottle, which is perfect for keeping your beverage at the temperature you like.
If you’re trying to get better at drinking water or prefer flavored water, consider this Live Infinitely water infuser bottle. It has a timeline feature that helps you know how much water you should drink by the time of day, and you can add fruits to it! Plus, they have a supportive community that makes drinking water fun.
Whether it’s a lazy evening on the couch, a chilly night’s sleep, or a solo Netflix binge, my weighted blanket is there! Trust me, it’s like a warm, reassuring hug you can enjoy anytime you want – the ultimate self-care treat. Check out the soft Luna weighted blankets made of cotton. Be sure to read the size and weight guidelines first to find the one that works best for you before ordering.
We talked about the importance of sleep in this article, and bedding plays a critical role in helping you stay comfortable during your sleep – no itchy sheets or less breathable materials that makes you sweat easily. That’s why I love high-quality 100% cotton sheets. I own a couple of Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger sheet sets each; they’re both great quality!
Audible/Book Summary Apps
Self-care is about taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. And what better way to relax and recharge than by immersing yourself in a good book or listening to a soothing audiobook?
You can incorporate book summary apps, Audible, and sleep tracks or meditation programs into your self-care routine by starting your day with a positive audiobook or meditation session, using a book summary app to catch up on your reading list, or listening to a calming sleep track before bed.
Premium Self-Care Products
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Under-Desk Walking Pad
If you work from home a lot and would like to add some movement and exercise while you’re working, consider getting an under-desk walking pad. This walking pad is a Best Seller on Amazon, with over 7,000+ reviews, with reviews sharing that it’s quiet, ready to use, and easy to move around.
Adjustable Standing Desk
If you work from home and like to switch between sitting and standing, invest in an adjustable standing desk. When the pandemic hit in 2020, my husband and I bought two of the SHW adjustable desks (while the one I own is out of stock, this one is almost identical) for our home offices, and they both are still working well. We use them every day!
A stationary bike is a great way to get a solid workout and flush out all those toxins without having to leave the house. Lack of motivation? Consider getting the best of the best – a Peloton bike to join their ultimate workout community! I’ve had my Peloton bike since 2020 and still use it on a weekly basis.
Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, there are self-care products that fit every pocket.
The key is to prioritize your well-being and take time for yourself, especially if you’re a busy mom, regardless of the price tag.
So, no matter what your budget is, remember that you’re worth the investment. Happy self-caring!
Jen runs the jenmcgann.com blog, with the goal of helping moms embrace motherhood while celebrating the birth of new beautiful lives. When Jen is not blogging, you can find her brunching with family and friends, practicing meditation, or reading self-improvement books!