2016 has arguably been a tough one on so many people for so many reasons, and the perfect gift for someone in your life might be one that offers a bit of self-care. Maybe even a gift for yourself. So we hope you love these gifts that pamper, uplift, comfort, refresh, and shower with love. Because who doesn’t need more of that to start the new year?
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All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. Discount codes expire 12/31/16.
If you’re thinking about taking care from head to toe. Starting with the toes.
$75+, Johnstons of Elgin
Sometimes self-care is about looking to those we most admire, and seeing just how they were able to dance it out, stand in the see, and be their own person. Then, we follow suit.
$14 (hardcover), Amazon
Whether you want to reward someone for ignoring the haters, kicking cancer’s ass, getting sober, or choosing hope over fear, we bet you’ll find one of Emily McDowell’s wonderful enamel merit bages for everyone on your list. | 15% off with code COOLMOM2016
$10 Emily McDowell
Gift Card to Local Yoga Classes
Whether a friend needs a nudge to get started, or the encouragement to keep up the routine, this is one self-care gift that’s sure to be appreciated.
A facial, a body wrap, a hot stone massage — whatever he or she needs, deliver it with a gift card to a favorite local spa like the Peninsula Chicago, shown here. Bliss.
Giving back to others in need is one of the most effective ways to feel good when you’re down. A gift card to Donors Choose lets your recipient pick the kind of classroom program they’d most ilke to find. There are so many US children in need, just browsing the options may feel overwhelming. We suggest sorting by location or high-poverty schools most in need; and you can also make your money go further by picking projects with matching funds from generous donors like the Boone Family Foundation supporting Texas school projects, or Best Buy, who’s specifically supporting Native American students.