Homemade gifts are always so special. It’s nice to know that someone created a gift with just you in mind! I mean, how sweet is that? I love receiving and creating homemade gifts. Last year, I made Alejandro a little self care gift basket as part of his Christmas present. I spent so much time thinking about what little mementos and treats to put inside the basket.
To tie everything together, I added a hand written note explaining all of the items that made up his gift basket. It was adorable watching him dig through everything!
Back in November, I wrote a post detailing how to create your own self care kit! Here’s a follow-up self care gift basket guide. I’ve also listed some thoughtful gift ideas to put inside your care package.
This lovely present would be perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or holiday!
Making the Basket
First, you want to find the perfect basket for your care package. I recommend a woven basket, because they’re lightweight, simplistic, and super adorable. Retailers like Target have tons of affordable options!
While researching for this post, I actually found this decorative open weave basket on their site. The basket is $18.99 and 12.2″ x 12″! To find a comparable basket, you can also check out craft shops like Michaels!
For example, maybe you’re making this basket for your mom and her favorite color is green. You might want to decorate the basket with green crinkle paper or even find a green gift basket!
For your supplies, here are a few recommended shops and online retailers:
Adorable & Thoughtful Self Care Gift Ideas
Finally, you can decide what exactly to put inside the self care basket! Here are 24 gift ideas that reflect four types of self care—mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional.
Physical Self Care
This single cup brewing system is perfect for tea lovers. You can even add a few tea packets, with various flavors! 🍵
The 12 piece nail set features a nail clipper, cuticle trimmer, nail file, multi purpose scissors, and much more. I love that it comes in a portable holographic case!
3. Muscle Oil
Can’t forget about essential oils! Little Moon Magical Muscle Oil relieves cramps, aches, and sore muscles. I picked this up recently at Francesca’s and the packaging is super pretty! Their site also states that it’s handmade, cruelty free, planet friendly, and 100% natural.
4. Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated. This bottle is great because you can easily track your water intake as the day goes on. It’d be a fantastic addition to a self care gift basket!
5. Sleep Mask
I mean how cute is this sleep mask? It’s only $9.99 and comes in a variety of colors!
A good face mist is always nice to have in your collection, especially since summer is coming up! This calming facial spray by Eau Thermale Avène hydrates and soothes sensitive skin.
7. Fuzzy SocksWho doesn’t love a pair of fuzzy socks? They’re just so cozy and warm! (I’ve bought way too many online hehe!)
Emotional Self Care
This is such a sweet gift. Louise Hay’s deck of affirmation cards features beautiful imagery and powerful messages about self-love.
This little interactive journal by Pretty Simple Press is a wonderful gift for practicing gratitude daily.
Good Days Start With Gratitude is a 52 week guide to cultivate an attitude of gratitude! It is a self exploration journal designed to focus on being thankful for what we have, the big things in life, as well as the simple joys.
I’m so obsessed with these pin buttons from Etsy! They come with the most darling designs and positive sayings like “you are enough” and “you are loved.” You can also order them as magnets instead of pin buttons!
4. Dream Diary
Analyzing your dreams can be very cathartic. This gorgeous dream diary has different sections so you can better organize your thoughts. I like that you’re able to title your dream! You can also notate little details like the time you went to bed and what your mood was when you fell asleep.
This sloth necklace will definitely make your loved one smile! 💓 When you place your order, you’re prompted to add their birthstone and name! It’s such a lovely personalized gift!
Spiritual Self Care
2. Yoga Dice
A great way to switch up your yoga routine!
Astrology for Wellness: Star Sign Guides for Body, Mind & Spirit Vitality is a unique gift and any astrology lover would appreciate this book! Authors Monte Farber and Amy Zerner map out a detailed wellness plan for your personal star sign. Very cool!
I ordered this book about a month ago and it’s so uplifting and encouraging! Plus, the illustrations are amazing!
You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in this hectic modern world.
These wooden coins are another awesome gift for your self care package! They feature printed patterns on one side and positive words like “joy,” “love,” and “song” on the opposite side.
Mental Self Care
Having a wall calendar in your home is such great way to get organized and clear your mind.
It’s also a Pusheen the Cat calendar. Need I say more?
Colorful magnets will definitely brighten up your space! If your loved one is a gardener, they’d definitely adore these cute little magnets!
Journaling helps so much with self reflection and discovery. I’d definitely recommend adding this helpful workbook to your self care package!
Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.
According to researchers, coloring and art in general is thought to reduce stress. The illustrations in Thaneeya McArdle’s coloring book are also so interesting and fun!
5. Knitting Set
This high quality knitting set is super affordable and comes with a cute pouch! It’s also a wonderful gift for beginners!
6. Mini Candle
Francesca’s always has the loveliest candles! My fave is their “relax” candle because of its lavender and chamomile fragrance. 💜
With this little book, your loved one can track things like their daily habits, moods, and goals! Such a handy gift for a self care basket!
I hope that you enjoyed this post, lovelies! Have a great rest of your day and week! x
Have you ever heard of, received, or made a self care gift basket? What items would you put in your self care package?