If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know how often I tend to write about the importance of self-care and making it a priority to nurture your mind, body and soul.

Self-care is about putting physical and mental health as a top priority in order to live a more fulfilling life. And since its popularity has increased in the past few years, more and more people are making self-care a buzz word. Despite the “trend”, self-care is critical to our well-being.

Instead of makeup or jewellery, why not treat your loved one with some gifts to promote self-care? Here are some great self-care gift ideas for your loved one this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Guide For Self-Care Love

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1. CBD Oil

There are many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the ones you’ll most commonly hear about are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis that makes you feel “high” while CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has been found to help reduce inflammation and act as a natural treatment for many ailments including depression, anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

The Feel CBD Full Spectrum CBD Drops contain hemp CBD oil and infused with lemon and lime essential oils to help improve mental clarity and block out distractions. Each bottle contains 300mg of CBD, with each full dropper measuring out to 10mg of CBD. You’ll have to start with one dropper and increase to find the right dosage for you. The CBD drops seem to help with feelings of anxiety, helping to calm the mind and body.

$49.99 at Birch + Fog

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2. CBD Topical Cream

As someone who suffers from arthritis and muscle pain, the Herb Angel Heat topical cream helps relieve join pain, inflammation and muscle soreness. It combines the deep painkilling properties of cannabinoids with the tingling, soothing sensation of heat, for intense localized pain. After using this cream for a few weeks now, I’ve noticed it does hep to reduce the pain in my neck and upper back!  Contains 150mg Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil.

$34 Birch + Fog.

Holiday Gift Guide For Self-Care Love - Herb Angels Heat Topical Cream

3. Vitamix Venturist V1200

A key to good self-care is also nourishing your body with a healthy diet. I love to cook and always looking for appliances that can help me prepare my recipes more efficiently. For many years, I’d heard people rave about the Vitamix and wondered, what’s all the hype? It wasn’t until I received one myself that I realized how awesome this blender is. It’s not just for smoothies, guys! So far, I’ve made pie crust, pizza dough, salsas, and pureed soups in my Vitamix. And right now, Vitamix is having a sale on their units – you don’t even need to spend a ton to purchase brand-new; Vitamix also sells reconditioned blenders for half the cost!


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4. Gravid Weighted blanket

If you have restless or light sleep, feel anxious and can’t relax in bed, then a weighted blanket from Gravid might be your answer to a good night’s sleep! According to studies, people who used a weighted blanket “had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning” and “had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning”.

The Gravid 3.0 weight blanket is heavy enough to make you feel calm and cozy but not constricted. I usually wake up several times a night but with the blanket, I seem to get into a much deeper sleep and haven’t been waking up! I definitely have been sleeping through the night without waking (unless to visit the bathroom). My 12-year-old has trouble settling down to sleep, often tossing and turning for almost an hour before falling asleep. I had him try sleeping with the blanket, and found comfort much quicker and hardly tossed and turned during the night.

Starting at $129, Gravid.ca.  Use MARIA10 for 10% off!


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5. Bright Eyes Set (AluminEye Eye Cream + Retinol Eye Gel)

Let’s face it – we want our skin to look its best especially as we age. The AlumierMD skincare line is one of my favourite skincare brands because their science-based formulations use the best medical-grade ingredients The Bright Eyes Set is a must-have product duo, specially packaged together as a set, contains our Award-winning AluminEye® eye cream which hydrates and illuminates and Retinol Eye Gel which firms, rejuvenates and refines the look of the delicate eye area.

Special $160.00, AlumierMD.ca.

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6. A Yogic Path Oracle Deck and Guidebook

Author Sahara Rose and illustrator Danielle Noel created this beautiful deck and full-colour guide to help access your yogic intuition. Meditate on a single card or select several cards for a reading and uncover sacred meanings and receive cosmic intuition from the universe.

$45 at various retailers, DK Canada.

Holiday Gift Guide for Self-Care Love - Yogic Path Cards

7. Hurom Juicer

I try to make a point of getting enough Vitamin C especially through our long winters, and one way is by squeezing fresh oranges. But every juicer I’ve used has been a bit of a pain, either leaving too much juice behind, or making a mess, or not preventing seeds from being added to my juice. The new Hurom Citrus Juicer is perfect for your simpler juicing needs, whether it’s juicing large oranges for a breakfast OJ or small limes for your seltzer water. The 1-size-fits-all finned juicing cone will help you single-handedly squeeze any citrus fruit and yield the maximum amount of juice, leaving the rind completely empty.

$209 Hurom.ca.

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8. Scentuals Holiday Essential Oil Set

An effortless way to create a comforting atmosphere – and to ease some stress and anxiety – is to diffuse essential oils. I can’t live without my go-to scents like lavender, lemongrass and rosemary. But it’s also nice to add a few holiday scents to your stash, and scentuals has three new expertly blended essential oils to fill your home, mind and body with the aromas of the festive season and the holiday spirit. Each set includes 10mL each of Poinsettia Bouquet, Vanilla Mint, and Winter Wonderland.

$35 Scentuals.ca.

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9. Instant Hydrating Mask

Treat your skin with the Instant Hydrating Mask by Beauté Pacifique, a Danish skincare line that just launched in Canada. This mask features moisture-retaining ingredients to hold hydration and includes Vitamin A to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

$62 Beauté Pacifique

Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide Beaute Pacifique Mask


10. Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel

Hot yoga can be a bit of a sweaty mess! A regular yoga mat won’t do, and a yoga towel doesn’t stay put. So what’s a yogi gotta do?

Try the Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel from Aurorae! As a special hot yoga mat, Synergy combines the best of both worlds all wrapped in one unique yoga mat. This unique super deluxe non-slip hot yoga mat-towel bonds our 5mm PER yoga mat with our lush, ultra-absorbent non-slip microfiber towel to create a 72” long by 24” wide mat specifically designed with hot yoga in mind. With this hot yoga mat, the more you perspire on your hands and feet, the better grip you will have on your mat.

From $59 AuroraeYoga.com.

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11. Moccasin Slippers

During the winter months especially, a good pair of cozy slippers are a must. These moccasin-style suede slippers from Denver Hayes are lined in plaid fabric for softness and warmth and have tough outsoles that will hold up well, even when you need to step outside.

$29.99 Marks.

Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide Slippers

12. OctoVie FACE Mini

The OctoVie FACE Mini skincare brush delivers an at-home spa experience with 3-in-1 beauty benefits for clean, baby soft skin that leaves you “feeling good in your skin”. Use it wet with your cleanser, or brush dry before showering. Use as a beauty tool to apply moisturizer, makeup, masks and foundations.

$16 OctoVie.

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13. Breville Smart Tea Infuser

Nothing is more comforting than sitting by the fire with a warm cup of tea. The Breville Smart Tea Infuser Compact knows the right temperature and steep time to bring out the best in your favourite teas. Set the timer to tell you when steeping is complete then it automatically keeps warm until you are ready to drink. Makes your perfect cup for you or your guests.

$199 Breville.Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide Breville Tea Infuser

14. Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

As the years pass, I’m convinced that I’ve inherited my mom’s love of gardening. Spending time outdoors surrounded by flowers and plants is calming and peaceful. The Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers is an updated edition of the best-selling highly illustrated garden plant reference, featuring more than 8000 plants and 4000 photographs. Find all the inspiration and help you need with this gorgeous, full-colour photographed monster book that will have undoubtedly be a permanent fixture on your coffee table.

$97 at various retailers, DK Canada.

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For New Moms – “Oh Baby!”

Last but not least, I have to include my own book, “Oh Baby!  A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year! My book keeps the focus on moms because you can’t draw water (or breastmilk, for that matter) from an empty well. My straight-talking, no-nonsense approach will give new moms everything they need to survive as they embark on the journey of motherhood. $21.99 Available at Indigo.


Enter below to win a Breville Smart Tea Infuser, an AlumierMD Bright Eyes Set and a copy of Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers! Combined prize valued at $460!

Fill in the Rafflecopter below to enter. Canada only. Ends December 31, 2019.

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Happy Shopping and remember to be gentle to yourself and others this holiday season.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I book a massage and if I can’t do it, I just lounge on my couch and watch tv with a glass of wine 🙂

  2. Erica Seaman Reply

    I always find a little time everyday to just sit with a cup of tea and relax quietly. I would love to win these lovely prizes as they look so useful.

  3. I like to make a schedule so I know I will have time for “me time”

  4. We regularly take time to sit and relax as a family without needing to go anywhere or do anything.

  5. I normally make time by using my free time, at night for myself. When there is no one around and everyone is getting settled down. I like to end the night relaxing to an at-home manicure, pedicure and foot bath.

  6. Lisa bolduc Reply

    As a mom to tap young kids me time is hard to come by. What I do make time to do is to relax and check my emails or play some games on my phone just before go to bed. In the morning I always onsite that the kids have to wait before the day starts so I can enjoy my tea while it’s hot. I would love the breville tea brewer

  7. I take baths for self care but sometimes i forget the importance of it.

  8. I make time each day to walk and read. I would like to win as these products would be great for me time.

  9. A soothing massage helps me relax whenever I can schedule one.Your prizes look amazing.

  10. Theresa C. Reply

    It’s tricky with a busy family, but I try to get in at least half an hour each day of quiet time for me.

  11. I always make a schedule so I know I will have time for “me time

  12. Sarah Coates Reply

    I always have time for self care! I would absolutely love to win this because It would be incredibly relaxing!

  13. I try to make time at least once a month and get a facial at my local spa. It just give me alone time which is what I need to charge my battery!

  14. After loosing my only child 4 years ago, I try to live everyday to it’s fullest in his honour, because he can’t. Thanks for this wonderful chance and merry Christmas everyone ??

  15. Linda Richter Reply

    I am the care-giver for my wonderful husband who is recovering from a stroke. I am learning about the importance of self-care and intend to make that a priority in the New Year!

  16. I schedule visits with friends,because that is important self-care time for me. I’d like to win this prize because tea, an interesting book, and special skin care are a great combination for self-care.

  17. I try to get everything done early,then I can relax 🙂 Thanks!

  18. Our kettle just died. So I’d love to win a new one. What’s really important is that I need to spend more time on self-care. So any chance to do that is a good chance. Thanks!

  19. I try to find the time but often only do it when I am wiped out already.

  20. I make sure that a couple times per week, i have a bath after the kids are in bed. I want to win because I love tea and I’d like to see how the Breville Smart Tea Infuser works with the types I enjoy. I also have shadowy bags under my eyes so the AlumierMD Bright Eyes Set would help wake them up.

  21. I love to soak in a hot bath and read a good book. I would love to win this because more self care is at the top of my list of goals for 2020.

  22. Michelle Policelli Reply

    I love doing face masks a few times a week along with hot baths. I would love to win because I have started drinking tea this year so the Breville tea infuser would be fun to try!

  23. I put my feet up and watch a movie with a hot drink and wrap myself up in a blanket to relax and rewind.

    • I would like to win, as these prizes would all help me relax and take care of myself so I am at my best to help take care of others.

  24. Eat healthy and exercise everyday. The Breville Tea Infuser is my fave love a good cup of tea at night to relax.

  25. I get a pedicure every 2 weeks and on Sunday mornings I wake up earlier than everyone and watch my shows while it’s quiet and there is no one to bother me.

  26. Since I had my baby a year ago I honestly haven’t made time for self care. I know I’ve been feeling pretty run down and it needs to change in the New Year. Winning this could help me take a step in the right direction.

  27. Wendy McBride Reply

    I like a nice, hot bath to relax for self care. I also love to take naps from time to time and just relax. My favorite is the Breville Tea maker because it has ways to make it perfect each time. I also love the Bright eyes set because they sound like products I would use.

  28. Kimberley Capp Reply

    I take at least half an hour out of my day to read a book. I love reading and its always a nice way to wind down!

  29. Rosanne Robinson Reply

    Love the wide variety of excellent choices in this gift guide!
    I enjoy reading blogs, entering contests, & long hot showers for my daily “me time”.

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