What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? You’ve likely been asked this before, and if you’re anything like us, you sit wondering over and over again. I could say a dozen different things—like the All Time Low tickets I got in middle school or the Justin Bieber pillowcase our editor Maddie got me during our first year of being friends—but what I’d be forgetting is that essential “gifts for yourself” category.
After all the shopping you do for others, getting yourself a gift to finish out the year is a form of self-care we never skip out on. It’s a commemoration of finishing another year, and an act of celebrating yourself, your achievements, and a year of ups and downs just feels different when you’re recognizing it yourself. Taking a moment to reflect on what you learned, how far you’ve come, and how proud you feel can be the best gift of your year.
No matter how 2021 went for you, one thing is true: You absolutely deserve to be your own Santa Claus and give yourself the best gifts of all. Whether you’re celebrating a work promotion, a year of being single and happy (me!), finally cleaning out your closet, or just cheers-ing to another year, it’s time to give yourself something special. Have a holly jolly holiday with these gifts for yourself:
If there's one thing we learned over the past two years, it's that high-quality loungewear is worth every cent. This half-zip pullover is chic enough to wear out on casual days with jeans or leggings but cozy enough to pair with your sweats while you're at home too. The best part? it's made out of organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles—yes, you heard that right—which means that your new favorite sweatshirt is also eco-friendly. It's the gift that you'll feel grateful to your past self for buying every time you throw it on.
My friend and I just had a conversation about how Book of the Month is the single best purchase we both made over the past two years. It has propelled me back into reading after quite a slump and actually gets me excited at the beginning of every month to choose my next book. If you’re new to BOTM, here’s the gist: It’s a monthly book subscription service that helps you find a new read. Experts choose five up-and-coming books in all different genres for you to choose from, and your read is shipped right to your home.
A cozy loungewear set is probably one of the best gifts you could give yourself to celebrate the year. This set is a buttery soft terry material that you’ll feel comfortable sitting in at your work desk all day and watching TV on the couch all night.
There’s no better time to snag a new hydration serum than this winter. If your skin is feeling dry and dull from the weather, this serum—filled with vitamins C, B5, and E—is supposed to both instantly and over time help with the surface hydration of your skin, strengthen your moisture barrier, and plump the skin.
Our entire team has been talking about this pan for over a year now. It’s meant to take the place of basically every other pan in your cabinet so you can finally declutter all of the ones you barely use. It’s nonstick, comes with a wooden spoon that rests on the pan, has a steam basket, and comes in six gorgeous colors (What’s your color? I'm leaning toward lilac, but the sage green also calls to me!).
Celebrate the holiday season with a luxe candle like this one from Harlem Candle Company. Its notes include balsam, pine needles, winter spruce, and spicy cedarwood, giving it that cozy, Christmas tree scent we all crave around the holidays. Fun fact: It’s inspired by Billie Holiday’s favorite perfume!
This is a TEG editor beauty product favorite of the last few years. If you haven’t tried this magic do-it-all product, now’s the time. It’s a highlighter, primer, and skin tint in one. I love to apply it to the high points of my face before applying foundation for a little extra glow, and it works flawlessly.
This post contains a sponsored mention of Carve Designs, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.