50 Cheap Self-care Gifts for Yourself Because You Deserve it

Self-care is being kind to yourself and being accountable for maintaining your well-being as we’ve talked about in my previous blog post about self-care ideas. I know some of us forgot to celebrate and credit ourselves for the challenges we have overcome during these tough times.

It might sound selfish but giving yourself a gift is a lovely way to recognize yourself and to express self-care. That’s why in this blog, I’ve come up with 50 cheap self-care gift ideas to give to yourself because you definitely deserve it!

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25 Self-care Gifts Under $25

I decided to split this gift guide into two different lists depending on your budget to make it easier for you! Here’s the list of cheap self-care gifts under $25! These are simple items you can find anywhere but very meaningful and useful!

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1. Self-help Books

Self-help books are great gift ideas for yourself or anyone! Reading books will help you open your mind to new things. 

One of the eye-opening self-help books I’ve read was the Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. This book will help you discover true peace and serenity. It has pretty deep and powerful meanings!

2. Scented Candle

Scented candles are always a go-to cheap self-care gift! Candles will help you calm your mind and even improve your quality of sleep. Plus, you can find an affordable one!

3. Guided Journal

Guided journals are very useful especially if you’re just starting to incorporate journaling into your daily routine! Journaling has many benefits and it’s a great way to check in with yourself. I’m such a fan of journaling and for me, journals are the best gifts to give and get!

4. Gratitude Journal

This is a little bit similar to any guided journals but gratitude journals will only focus on helping you find gratitude in your everyday life. Being grateful is such a powerful habit to develop, and that’s why I think gratitude journals are great!

5. Planner

If you want to be more organized, a planner is a perfect gift for you! Planning your day and knowing your priorities are forms of self-care too. In these times that we’re getting more distracted with all the things around, it’s so essential that we know what to focus on.

6. Coffee Mug

A new coffee mug for coffee lovers like me! Sometimes, it’s a great idea to treat yourself to a new coffee mug especially those pretty mugs with motivational quotes! Make your cup of coffee more exciting and inspiring!

7. Water Bottle

Next on the list of cheap self-care gift ideas for yourself is a water bottle because hydration is essential! If you’re the type of person who always tends to forget to drink enough water, maybe buying yourself a water bottle will remind you to drink your water every day! 

I recommend getting your next water bottle at Tervis! They’re creating a double-walled, insulated tumbler which is great most importantly because it’s cold and heat resistant. The fun part is you can customize your own water bottle design from scratch or with a template! It’s really a great gift for yourself or loved ones!

8. Meaningful Bracelet

These are my personal picks as a sentimental person! A meaningful bracelet is a wonderful way to remind yourself of some affirmations or little things you want to always tell yourself.

9. Self-care Kit

Of course, a self-care kit will always be on every cheap self-care gift ideas list! Some self-care kits include skincare products because skincare is self-care too! 

10. Yoga mat

Doing yoga is very soothing and calming, especially when you have comfy equipment to support your every practice! Investing in a yoga mat won’t break your bank! I bought my first yoga mat at the beginning of the year and it’s seriously worth it as a self-care gift for myself!

11. Meditation Cushions

Meditating can be a little bit uncomfortable at first. That’s why having a comfortable seat will help you achieve more relaxation and mental clarity. 

12. Essential Oils

Like scented candles, essential oils are also used in aromatherapy. There are so many benefits of using essential oils, such as relieving stress and anxiety, and headaches.

13. Fleece Blanket

To add more coziness, I just think that fluffy blankets are such a wonderful self-care gift! It will help you be super relaxed and comfortable!

15. Smoothie Mixes

If you have read my blog post about self-care Sunday ideas, you know one of my suggestions is to make a healthy smoothie! Smoothie mixes will save much of your time especially if you’re a busy person like me!

16. Smoothie Maker

Smoothie makers are a nice gift for yourself! If you want to extract fresh fruits, vegetables, or nuts for your healthy smoothies, definitely invest in a smoothie maker!

17. Walking Shoes

Taking a step outside and getting some sunlight will help you improve or maintain overall health. So put on your shoes or go get a pair of walking shoes and take a walk in your free time!

18. Sleeping Masks

Having a good night’s sleep is essential for your health! As we all know, our mind and body need rest. Sleeping masks are helpful if you want to rest and sleep faster.

19. Night light

To help you rest well at night, night lights are perfect! Night lights can aid relaxation before bed and help you fall asleep better.

20. Sleepwear/Pajama Set

This cheap self-care gift is helpful too if you want to improve your quality of sleep. Wearing a comfy pajama also contributes to relaxation and a good night’s sleep!

21. Anti Radiation Eyeglasses

Nowadays, we are all using our gadgets almost 24/7, it’s necessary to take care of your eyes too. Wearing eyeglasses that block blue light is a great way to protect your eyes from digital eye strain. That kind of stain makes our eyes feel tired and irritated after looking at a digital screen for too long.

22. Laptop Stand

Laptop stands are also a very useful yet cheap self-care gift for yourself. If you’re a laptop user, laptop stands are helpful to improve your posture and avoid text neck.

23. Neck Pillow

Neck pillows are also helpful gifts as well! This will also help you improve posture while you sleep and relieve tense muscles in your neck and shoulders.

24. Streaming Services Subscription

The next two cheap self-care gift ideas I have for you are some subscription-based products to help you unwind and release your stress like streaming services. There are a lot of streaming services, and one of my favorites is Discovery Plus!

Discovery Plus is a video streaming platform that offers non-fiction programs and documentaries of actual events and people. I love that you can learn while enjoying and unwinding! 

25. Subscription-based Mindfulness Experience

Another self-care gift idea for yourself is a subscription to a meditation app that will teach you and guide you to achieve full relaxation and mental clarity. I’m using Headspace when I need to relax my mind, improve focus, and when I’m struggling to sleep.

In case you don’t know, Headspace provides unique tools and resources for mindfulness through their mobile app. They are offering you their best deal of the year, up to 60% off for a limited time only!

25 Self-care Gifts Under $10

If you want some lower budget self-care gift ideas, I got you! This list has also useful items for yourself or loved ones, especially for this holiday season! So now, I present to you cheap self-care gifts under $10!

1. Notepad

Notepads are very useful to write down your to-do list, some reminders, or daily affirmations! If you keep forgetting things you need to do, writing them down will most likely help you remember them!

2. Reusable Drinking Straws

Do you know that disposable plastic straws have a variety of potentially toxic chemicals which may have harmful health effects? It’s better to be safe than sorry. Using reusable drinking straw is environmentally-friendly and less harmful.

3. Crystals

Crystals can be also used as a form of self-care. They are also believed to have a different effect on the mind and body. There are affordable crystals you can get if you’re just starting and exploring the power of crystals.

4. Affirmation Card Decks

Affirmation decks are statements that promote positive thinking, calmness, and confidence. This is a powerful tool to help you connect with your inner self and remind yourself of some impactful self-affirmation throughout the day

5. Hair Scalp Massager

Okay, this one’s my favorite! Scalp massager really feels so relaxing and this particular product has comfortable bristles. I’d say it’s a must-have!

6. Watering Can

Hey, plant care can also be self-care! Watering can is a great gift if you already own a plant. This is useful especially if you want to be more controlled in pouring water on your little plants.

7. Socks

A pair of socks is also a lovely gift for yourself! Keep your feet warm especially during this cold season!

8. Stress Balls

Stress balls are so helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Squeezing a stress ball has many scientifically-proven benefits, try it and see for yourself!

9. Makeup Removing Cloth

Skincare is part of self-care! I have a sensitive skin so I use makeup-removing cloth. But if you want to lessen your waste, definitely try using makeup-removing cloth. I really think it’s a useful cheap self-care gift! Tossing cotton pads no more!

10. Lip Balm

Next on the “skincare is self-care” part is a lip balm! This will help you avoid chapped and peeling lips. You know how gross and embarrassing it is!

11. Letter Writing Kit

I personally love writing letters for myself and my loved ones. Writing a letter could be so effortless yet sentimental. I also love that you can take your time to think about the things you really want to say to yourself or other people. It’s a fab and cheap self-care gift for yourself or everyone!

12. Hair Ties

I cannot count how many hair ties I’ve lost this year! I know I’m not the only one! So this could be a perfect time for you to buy yourself new hair ties!

13. Nail Polish

Getting your nails done at home is a great way to spend your me-time! Choosing your nail polish and actually painting your nails is just so much fun and relaxing.

14. Nail Polish Holder

I just discovered this wearable nail polish holder and I’m so happy that I found it! It’s perfect when you’re painting your nails because we know how messy it could be without them.

15. Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are always the go-to cheap self-care gifts for anyone.  Aside from the fact that it is simple and affordable, it also reminds you to take care of your skin!

16. Face Wash Headband

Face wash headbands are becoming popular nowadays, especially the cute ones! This is helpful if you’re doing your skincare routine and you want to keep your hair away from your face.

17. Bath Bombs

Another go-to cheap self-care gift are bath bombs. Bath bombs are great to give a positive effect on your mood and detox your skin. Plus, it’s a fun addition to your bath!

18. Inspirational Keychain

Keychains are also wonderful cheap self-care gifts for yourself or anyone! I just think that simple gifts with some thoughtful words is a great way you remind yourself of some self-affirmations, just like the meaningful bracelet I talked about earlier!

19. Self-care Stickers

Another cute but cheap self-care gift for yourself is self-care stickers! I’m so obsessed with stickers! These kinds of stickers are so lovely and impactful too!

20. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

A clean space is a clean mind. I love buying new microfiber cleaning cloth and just the act of wiping down my study table is so refreshing and therapeutic (seriously). That’s why I think getting a microfiber cleaning cloth is a great self-care gift!

21. Cleaning Gel

I’m so happy this kind of product was invented! It literally makes cleaning out cars and keyboards easier! I also want to add this item to this gift guide because it is so useful and I know you’ll love it too!

22. Cute face mask

Since it’s still pandemic, protecting yourself from the virus is always a priority. We still need to wear our face masks or get a cute one to spice it up a little bit!

23. Hand Sanitizer Holder

Another COVID-19 essential, a hand sanitizer! I see a lot of sanitizer holders with cute designs and I think that’s pretty cool! So why not include it as a self-care gift to remind yourself to sanitize?

24. Cookbooks

Cookbooks are very helpful and cheap self-care gift ideas. If you want to learn to cook or you want to explore more in cooking, having a cookbook is so handy!

25. Jigsaw Puzzle

Playing jigsaw puzzles is great to help you unwind and relax. It’s entertaining and also a great brain-exercise.

Wrap up!

Alrighty! That’s it for these cheap self-care gift ideas! I hope this helped spark some gift ideas for yourself or loved ones.

What self-care gift you’ll get for yourself? Do you have other ideas in mind? Comment them down below! 

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