The Best Wellness And Self-Care Gifts For Travelers

While it’s always been a necessary part of a balanced and healthy life, wellness and self-care proved has proven to be even more important in times of acutely high stress – just like this year.

So ahead, ten ways (listed in alphabetical order) to give the gift of wellness this holiday season. Not only is everything in this guide suitable for all genders and lifestyles, when the time is right again – will make perfect travel companions as well.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Cream Kit, $230

While CBD is wonderfully versatile and healing on its own, Montreal-based chiropracter Dr. Andrew Kerklaan realized how much more potent it is when paired with other proven ingredients. The Natural CBD Sleep Cream in this holiday bundle, for example, is formulated with melatonin and lavender, in addition to full-spectrum CBD, for a calming sensation.

Equilibria Peace of Mind Gift Set, $79

From the groundbreaking, women-owned CBD company comes this limited-edition set. Elegantly packaged in a limited-edition pouch by artist Patricia Vargas, it holds a bottle of delicious Cranberry Elderflower-flavored Daily Drops (with 300mg of CBD), and a duo of functional, naturally-scented CBD roller oils (Calming and Energizing).

Happy Dance Bath Bomb, $15

Founded by actress Kristen Bell, Happy Dance is a CBD-focused line that’s affordable and uplifting in ways more than one. And the company’s bath bomb – which contains four break-apart cubes infused with hydrating coconut oil and zesty ginger extract for four soaks – makes an especially thoughtful stocking stuffer.

Hello Products 12 Days of Awesomeness, $19.99

Unlike skincare and haircare – where new products are constantly popping up – dental care has been limited and dull. But Hello Products, founded by Craig Dubitsky, is poised to change all that with its with natural and wallet-friendly toothpastes, flosses, and rinses. This bundle is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the brand.

Knesko Skin Luxe Face Mask Kit, $99

While precious gems and stones have long been admired for their beauty, turns out: they can do wonders for your complexion as well. Knesko enlists a proprietary GEMCLINICAL® technology that locks in the skin-healthy properties of diamonds, gold, rose quartz, and black pearl with other proven ingredients, and this sleek kit lets you indulge in all of the brand’s cult collagen face masks.

Kush Queen Flight of Gummies, $149.99

There’s no shortage of CBD companies out there, but Kush Queen by Olivia Alexander was among the first to destigmatize the natural workhorse ingredient by offering approachable and of course, effective products in 2015. Gummies are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD, and this trio of gummies (Gummies Rx, Gummies Rx Bliss, Gummies Rx Sleep) not only tastes great, but offers targeted relief.

Lunair Wellness LA Mask in Paradise, $10

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The best wellness and self-care gifts of 2020

2020 has been… a challenge—for us, for you, for literally everyone you know and then some. Google Trends reported an all-time high in searches for “self-care” in May, and over the past year, we’ve made it our mission to find wellness services, tools, and products that actually do something. (Reader: We’ve found a lot.)

Self-care is more than just carving out time, it’s finding the things that work for you in the way you need them to. Everyone is bound to have a unique definition of wellness, but for the sake of one less thing to stress over, we’ve rounded up our favorite self-care gifts that should satisfy most names on your holiday checklist.

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Theragun Mini
Fast Company named Theragun one of the Most Innovative Wellness Companies of 2020—which proved appropriate, because this year, we’ve needed the company’s products more than ever. This Theragun is mini, but mighty: it delivers 20 lbs of force and can be tucked into your gym bag, purse, or home office desk drawer for whenever you need relief. With 150 minutes of battery life and whisper soft QuietForceTechnology, this science-backed massager is a steal for $199. You might even pick one up for yourself. 

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Vitruvi Stay Diffuser & Essential Oil Kits
Vitruvi introduced two new diffusers to its family this year: Stay, a long-lasting, large-space diffuser, and Move, the first wireless version. Both designs were inspired by the modern cylindrical candle and provide the same zen-like experience as the original. This holiday season, we love the Stay, a sleek 18-hour diffuser that fragrances up to 700-square-feet. It pairs nicely with the company’s new essential oil kits—Uplift, Unwind, and Reset—each made up of four distinct blends. Fast Co. editor Lara Sorokanich says, “Their blends are indulgent and geared toward times of day. I use Dusk to wind down at night and Grove to get a refreshing pine boost in the morning.”

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Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
We test-drove this comforter—which cushions glass microbeads between Brooklinen’s signature soft cotton for evenly distributed pressure—and it proved to be life-changing. Co. Design senior writer Elizabeth Segran reports: “Since I’ve used this blanket I have slept much longer every night—usually more than eight hours. And I’ve woken up feeling more refreshed and productive. It has been a game-changer for me.”

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Gravity Blanket
We also tested Gravity Blanket’s micro-fleece weighted blanket, which is designed to be spread out across a queen- or king-sized bed, but also works well on the couch. Chris Allen, Fast Company’s director of editorial video, found the blanket a super relaxing way to unwind after a stressful day.

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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
Parachute’s Cloud Cotton Robe is oh-so-very-soft, is made from stylishly slouchy Turkish cotton, and comes in gorgeous muted earth tones, as well as, a crisp classic white. Consider this your gift solution to the “but they already have everything” problem. Sure, they might already have a robe, but this one is better.

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24 Black Friday Self-Care, Beauty, and Sex Toy Deals (2020)

I love the Colgate Hum. It’s a smart brush that’s actually done right—you don’t need to stare at your phone every time you brush your teeth in order to map your progress and get feedback—and it’s cheaper than most smart brushes out there. The Hum is also for sale on Amazon, but it’s more expensive at $60.

Kinsa QuickCare Smart Thermometer for $20 ($5 off)

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Use coupon code THANX2020 at checkout. We don’t love that this product requires an app, but if you’re okay with pairing it to your phone and sharing your temperature data, the price is good. The app allows you to track your data over time, so you can see if your temperature is trending higher or lower.

BackEmbrace Posture Corrector for $55 ($5 off)


This is the second-best deal we’ve seen on one of the Best Posture Correctors. If you have a tendency to roll your shoulders forward, this corrector can help you sit up straighter (and relieve some upper back pain in the process).

Olika Hand Sanitizer Multipacks for $34 ($8 off)

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If you don’t want to make your own hand sanitizer, and you’re tired of cheap mass-produced sanitizer that smells like rail vodka, this deal might be up your alley. Each refillable bottle has approximately 500 sprays.

Emme Smart Birth Control Case for $75 ($24 off)

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I love using this birth control case. Not only is it just prettier than the plastic sleeve that birth control comes with, but it will gently remind you to take your pill so you don’t forget, and you can log your period symptoms and moods. Use the code FriYAY75 at checkout to get this discount.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging for $40 ($27 off)

Girlfriend Collective

Do you need a good pair of workout leggings? These are it. I was sternly anti-leggings that cost more than $10 or so, but then I tried these. They’re actually high-waisted (I have a long torso and most “high-waist” pants barely reach my belly button), they aren’t see-through like a lot of cheap ones, and they don’t need too much pulling up and readjusting as you run, squat, or downward dog. They’re also made of 25 plastic bottles and 79 percent recycled polyester, with recycled packaging. Once you’ve outgrown or have thoroughly worn them out, you can send them back to Girlfriend Collective for them to be recycled again (and you’ll get a gift card).

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Selena Gomez’s Daily Beauty and Self-Care Routine

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Welcome to Beauty Around the Clock, Marie Claire‘s weekly peek into the daily lives of some of the most game-changing women in their industries. Ever wonder how they get it all done in a day? Here’s your answer.

There’s really no arguing the influence of Selena Gomez, the 28-year-old multihyphenate from Grand Prairie, Texas, with 195 million Instagram followers (outnumbering KKW and Beyoncé by millions). So, when she announced her latest project—Rare Beauty, a brand that she says puts “the emphasis on the community and being there for each other and not trying to be perfect”—on Instagram back in February, it was hardly surprising that the brand racked up more than a million followers ahead of its September launch (and now has 2.1 million-plus). Here, Gomez shares a day in her life.

Rise & Shine

When I’m doing a movie, sometimes call times can be really early. When I’m writing and recording music, I usually don’t even start until the evening, so I can sleep in later. The first thing I always do is drink a giant glass of water.

Morning Maintenance

I’ve never been the person to spend too much time getting ready unless it’s for work or if a makeup artist is helping me get ready. I am notorious for driving my makeup artist crazy because he always wants more time than I give him. For skincare, I keep it pretty simple with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

A.M. Hair Situation

Big and messy. I am kind of into it, though.

Power Start

Usually some version of an iced coffee or green tea.

Zoom Beauty Hack

I don’t care too much; I just get on [Zoom calls] and try not to overthink it. If anything, I’ll throw on one of the Rare Beauty With Gratitude dewy tinted lip balms or dot the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush on my cheeks to wake them up a bit. Takes me 30 seconds to do both.

Signature Face

These days, I love a strong brow. The Rare Beauty Brow Harmony Pencil & Gel is great because it’s dual ended, so I can control how bold I want it to be. I usually use our Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer to make myself look more awake. And I’ve been practicing my liquid liner and have gotten so much better with our Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner. It glides so easily—no dragging or tugging on your eyelids. Also, a bright lip.


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Happy Dance’s 2020 Black Friday Deals Will Glow Up Your Self-Care Routine

In case you hadn’t heard, actor Kristen Bell teamed up with the CBD experts over at Lord Jones to launch her own line of CBD-infused skin care called Happy Dance. The collection is meant to bring affordable and accessible self-care essentials to customers’ daily routines. Hot on the trails of its successful launch, the Happy Dance Black Friday offerings are bringing shoppers even more savings.

From Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, shoppers can get 30% off sitewide at Happy Dance in a dual Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. To shop, head to the brand’s website, fill your cart with however many products your heart desires, and use the code HAPPY2020 at checkout to redeem your savings. There are no minimum purchase restrictions or limitations on gift sets. The brand is also offering a new Bath Bomb Bundle — featuring three Stress Away CBD Bath Bombs — for 40% off.

Bell, who launched Happy Dance back in October, sees the brand as a new approach to self-care. It was created to make integrating self-love practices in your everyday life easier, especially for busy moms. All three of her current products — the bath bomb, coconut melt, and body butter — are formulated without synthetic ingredients, and are made with high-quality, USA-grown hemp, which make the body-care collection skin-friendly…without breaking the bank. And that’s something any busy mom — or beauty lover — can get behind.

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This Oakland Beauty Salon Elevates the Rituals Around Self-Care

For San Francisco–based architectural design firm Homework—led by married partners Susan and Ben Work—this construction project located in the heart of downtown Oakland started with the demolition of a cluster of dated office spaces. The objective consisted of transforming the shell of the space into a state-of-the-art beauty salon for GoodBody, which specializes in textured hair.

“We think of the salon as a communal ‘third place’ for people, different from home or work, where people can be together,” Susan says. “Drawing from our experience in luxury hospitality design, we wanted this space to be comfortable and inviting but feel like you were someplace uplifting. In some ways the giant windows, 25-foot ceiling height, and axial layout give a subliminal cathedral vibe, the quintessential ‘third place.’”

A velvet curtain and banquette add softness to this reception area that evokes an inviting hotel lobby.

The horizontal and vertical curves define the salon’s main moneymaking functions: the hairstyling and retail components.

To complement the raw and rectilinear space and add some bold softness and flow, the designers developed millwork curves to squeeze in and define the different areas: reception, retail, hair washing, and beauty services (including hairstyling and a separate facial services area). “The millwork on the south wall was very fun to design,” Ben confesses. “It is completely custom, it stretches over 40 feet, and it is a continuous sinuous shape that transforms to suit various functions. It starts by the entrance as a 34-inch-tall reception desk before dropping down and curving into a half-circle 25-foot upholstered bench that defines the reception area, evoking a hotel lobby. This was key to create a subtle barrier upon entry to promote a sense of privacy for the customer. The bench then reorients the customer to pass by the retail area, which picks up the same geometry of the bench.”

The row of custom styling stations is accentuated by diffuse lighting that floats on 25-foot steel posts from floor to ceiling.

But what makes this space—enveloped in muted salmon-tone walls—so special is the beautiful mirrors with LED lights. Each station, with the glowing mirrors, also features swivel chairs in golden tobacco.

“The styling stations are obviously where most of the magic happens in a salon, so we wanted them to be special,” Susan says. “Compositionally, we wanted to engage the full height of the space, so we mounted the stations on steel posts that extend all the way to the ceiling, which lightens the space by allowing them to float off the ground. Casting the right kind of light on the customer is also critical. Our custom design tucks the dimmable LED behind the mirror and bounces the light off the painted wood, making the light more even, diffuse, and flattering.”

Custom-built and modern, as well as refined and cozy, this beauty salon was designed to give the ritual of self-care the importance it deserves, especially during these uncertain, challenging times.

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The Gift of Self-Care to Yourself and Others

Holly Oxhandler, used with permission

Source: Holly Oxhandler, used with permission

Amidst the busyness of life, it can be hard to take time for yourself, let alone get the care you need. In this interview, Holly Oxhandler provides insight on the importance of self-care and the best ways to cultivate it for yourself and others during any season.

Holly Oxhandler, PhD, LMSW is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Associate Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Dr. Oxhandler has studied the intersection of faith and mental health over the last decade and is particularly interested in the degree to which mental health care providers discuss and integrate clients’ religion/spirituality in mental health treatment. She’s also the co-host of CXMH, a weekly podcast on the intersection of faith and mental health, and is currently writing her first book to translate her research on this intersection for everyday helpers.

Jamie Aten: How would you personally define self-care? 

Holly Oxhandler: Self-care is a phrase often used with very different meanings. Some consider self-care as a trip to the spa or a Saturday TV series marathon, but I think self-care is a much more intentional practice that requires a deeper level of discernment of what we really need to care for our whole selves well.

In social work, we talk about holistically caring for our clients, including their biological, psychological, social, and spiritual makeup. In the same way, I consider self-care as holistically caring for ourselves, including our physical health, mental health, social supports, and spiritual health. The phrase “we cannot draw water from an empty well” is crucial in this understanding of self-care, recognizing that if we are not taking care of ourselves, it’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) to care for others well. Even worse, if we’re not caring for ourselves well, what impact does that have on our engagement with others?

Therefore, I define self-care as an intentional, preventative, continual effort of recognizing that in order to care for others well, we must reflect upon, identify, and tend to our own bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs and that we are worth caring for ourselves

JA: What are some ways self-care can help us live more resiliently?

HO: It’s important to see self-care as a practice, similar to practicing an instrument or sport. For those who don’t typically practice self-care, especially among those who identify as caregivers and helpers, it can take time to become comfortable with and regularly practice these strategies that tend to our physical health, mental health, social support, and spiritual health.

Self-care strategies aren’t one-size-fits-all across individuals or situations. Instead, we must draw on a mixture of short-term and long-term self-care strategies that uniquely support each of us. The short-term strategies can help when we’re suddenly under high levels of stress and may include deep breathing exercises, a grounding practice (e.g., asking yourself what you see, hear, taste, feel, and smell), drinking cold water, or taking a few minutes to meditate. On

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Need some self-care? These cult-fave beauty tools are up to 50 percent off today only at Amazon

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When it comes to choosing beauty tools, it’s not as simple as you might expect — opting for a budget hair straightener can leave you with singed strands, the wrong hair dryer can leave you dealing with a frizzy mess and skincare tools that don’t measure up will waste your time and do more harm than good in the long run. So where do you begin when you’re looking for new hot tools and skincare saviors? We turn to the tried and true cult favorites. And luckily, Amazon has a massive sale on some of the best luxury beauty tools out there—today only.

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If you want to get a perfect curl every time, this nifty little hot tool is for you. It uses steam and nanotechnology to create long lasting, defined curls that hold up to 24 hours.

“Perfect ringlets in six seconds! Beachy waves even faster!,” raves a reviewer. “I’ve had it for five months and it has stood up to frequent use and several six-foot drops (I’m on the clumsy side of very clumsy).”

Shop it: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Professional Curl Machine, $65 (was $130),

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Beloved by aestheticians and the beauty-obsessed, this cleansing brush is made from soft antibacterial silicone and uses pulsations to cleanse below the skin’s surface. It has eight intensity levels and three zones of varying touch point to make it suitable for all skin types, gently dislodging dirt and oil, dead skin cells, unclogging pores and removing makeup residue. Plus, it has a 4.6-star rating from over 3,700 reviewers.

“Best skincare item I’ve purchased in years,” says a happy shopper. “Well worth the money! I have noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin, it is so much smoother. The pores along my nose are also smaller and I have less blackheads.”

Shop it: FOREO LUNA mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush, $71 (was $119),

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With a 4.6-star rating from nearly 6,000 reviewers, this Amazon’s Choice hair dryer is one of those holy grail products that you’ll have forever. “Three years later, best investment I made for my hair,” says a five-star reviewer. “If I had known how good my hair would have looked after using this hair dryer, and how fast the drying goes…I would have bought this years ago!!! Seriously! Three years after buying this hair dryer, the novelty hasn’t worn off and I haven’t discovered any problems. The dryer is still going strong and works like a champ!”

Shop it: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer, $60 (was $80),

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Lady Gaga | Lady Gaga: Self-care routines are the best beauty tip of all

Lady GaGa uses make-up and perfume to “transform” how she feels.

The 34-year-old star – who has her own Haus Laboratories line – says self-care comes in many different ways and she approaches her beauty routine “holistically”.

Gaga explained to the Sunday Independent’s Life Magazine: “I believe self-care routines, in and of themselves, are the best beauty tip of all. If you care for your mind, body, skin, heart, and healing, you approach beauty holistically. For me, using makeup as well as perfume to transform how I feel at any moment is valuable as well. Even though working on ourselves from the inside is the most crucial, I also cherish the power of visual transformation to affect how we feel inside.”

Gaga – who is the face of Valentino’s latest fragrance, Voce Viva – also believes kindness can heal the “mind, body and soul”.

She explained: “I believe it is more important than ever to motivate an agenda of kindness. Kindness that leads to the healing of the mind, body, and soul. Kindness that invigorates initiatives that are fearless in their effort to help humanity learn the importance of self-care.

“Whenever someone told me I wasn’t good enough throughout my career and life, I never let it break me. I promised myself that every time I heard ‘no,’ it would motivate me to work harder. The most daring thing I did was believe in myself.”

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I Started Following More Women Who Look Like Me on Instagram, and It’s an Act of Self-Care

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Whether it happens subconsciously or not, the images we see every day affect how we view ourselves. Seeing ourselves in the media is what makes things relatable. It’s what makes us love our favorite song, favorite show, and favorite celebrities. But in the age of social media, the new normal is getting our inspiration and sense of belonging from the people and influencers we follow. As a Black woman, especially as a dark-skinned Black woman, it can become daunting to see the “accepted” idea of beauty, hair, and bodies be the exact opposite of who you are.

Accounts that only embrace the traditional standard of beauty and have an absence of diversity created a lack of representation as I scrolled, and it was something I, unfortunately, hadn’t noticed before this year. I followed my close friends, brands, and influencers I liked who happened to cross my path on Instagram. However, when shelter-in-place orders hit, like millions of others, I found myself staying at home and on social media double (maybe even triple) the usual amount while simply trying to stay connected. It was then that I noticed something a little odd about my timeline. Where were all the dark-skinned Black women? I already followed a few inspirational Black women in my field of journalism and my favorite Black musicians, but other than people I knew personally, there were very few dark-skinned Black women I was seeing every day, and that was hurting my self-image. Without even realizing it, the insecurities about my hair and my body were amplified because I wasn’t seeing women who looked like me, even though I spent so much time on the app. In a way, Instagram began adding more stress to my life – on top of everything else that was going on in the world – and that should never be the case.

Being a Black woman is brilliant, empowering, and hard, and through this experiment with Instagram, I’ve found many resources to help me through it.

So, I decided to change that. I followed fashion, travel, and wellness influencers, as well as artists, activists, and writers – all Black creatives and all Black women. After following these amazing women for a few months now, I can say that it’s changed my perspective of social media and has had the most positive impact on my self-image and self-confidence. Black women are beautiful! Although in the back of my mind I already knew this, having a daily reminder of women like me thriving is an inspiration.

I’ve had inspiration for natural hairstyles to try (which hasn’t happened in years), I know more makeup brands that include and work for my skin tone, and I know the Black-owned brands to buy from to replace brands that I can no longer support due to their views (or loud silence) on important topics such as Black Lives Matter. Being a Black woman is brilliant, empowering, and hard, and through this experiment with

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