Joy is in the air and the season of giving is upon us. That’s right, friends—it’s the holiday season. Are you ready?

2020 is different for a lot of reasons—mainly because of the pandemic. We may not be able to gather with loved ones over ginormous plates of turkey and all the fixings. Or gather around the fireplace with frothy hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies. But, we can participate in another holiday tradition: giving gifts to the people you love. 

Gift-giving is a thoughtful way to show the other person that they are cherished. No matter how big or small the gift, it has its benefits. Hello, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine! Or, what I like to call “the happiness cocktail.”

Our mothers, sisters, and BFFs deserve some extra thoughtfulness and TLC this season. They’re the ones who have been balancing working-from-home with being a mom. They’ve been showing up and holding space for so many of their loved ones during a stressful time. 

Let’s show that self-care queen some love with this gift guide from iHerb Beauty.

If you can’t take her to the spa, bring the spa to her

A great idea for the woman who practices self-care is to help her create a soothing environment at home. You can help her create a relaxing experience for herself with just a few goodies that won’t break your budget.

Help her set the mood with aromatherapy. We love our candlessmudge wands, and our incense, but we also love essential oils and diffusers. 

When she may not want the smell of something burning, a diffuser is a great way to lighten up the mood of a room. It’s also a bit safer if there are little ones around.

The Bluetooth Oil Diffuser

At the top of this holiday gift guide for the self-care queen is this multifunctional Bluetooth Oil Diffuser. It fills your home with delightful aromas and has a Bluetooth speaker so you can listen to your meditation playlist straight from your phone. And, if you’re deep in relaxation or Shavasana, this diffuser even has an alarm clock to gently wake you from your slumber. It’s even got LED lights so you can coordinate the color of the room with the colors of your chakras.

Lavender and Eucalyptus Oils

If you’re going to gift a diffuser then you might as well gift essential oils too. A couple of my go-to’s are Lavender Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. Lavender is known for being incredibly calming. Add a drop or two to a diffuser and allow your spirit to drift into relaxation. 

Eucalyptus has become my favorite essential oil to help clear the air. It has cleansing properties making it a fantastic oil for opening up your lungs and clearing congestion. Falling asleep with eucalyptus oil in a diffuser has been known to help me sleep better. 

If you’re having trouble choosing which essential oil could be the best fit for you or your self-care friend, try out a couple! The Peace Oil Blend or Discover Essential Oils Kit comes with eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and tea tree.

Give the gift of the perfect bath

Now that we’ve set the mood, let’s make sure bath time is perfect. These next few items will help any lady feel like she’s getting the royal treatment. You can gift that experience to someone you love for a fraction of the cost in the convenience of her own home. 

Massage brushes and Black African Soap

This massage brush, a dual-sided delight with natural bristles and mini-massage balls is perfect for pre-bath bliss. Combine the massage brush with Black African Soap for a super skin detox. 

Black African Soap clears your skin of blemishes, blackheads, and acne. This particular formula by Nubian Heritage also has aloe, vitamin E, and oats to detox, moisturize, and rejuvenate your skin. Win-win!

Help her soak away the stress

Give the body and the feet the calming soak they deserve with Magnesium Flakes. Magnesium is known to relieve stress, anxiety, and muscle soreness. Add a couple of cups to warm water and soak for up to 20 minutes. After a long day, these magnesium flakes will prepare even the tensest person for a good night of sleep.

The perfect gifts for moisturizing

Almond Oil

After a divinely calming bath, your self-care queen needs to moisturize her body. Sweet Almond Oil is clean, nourishing, and natural. Combine it with lavender oil for the ultimate after bath and pre-sleep massage. And since Almond Oil won’t clog your pores, you can even use a few drops on your face. It goes along perfectly with the next item on the holiday gift guide, the Gua Sha.

Promoting healthy skin

We’ve all heard of jade rollers by now—meet its cousin Gua Sha. This tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to promote healthy skin. Through a gentle massaging of the skin, Gua Sha helps drain the lymphatic system, reduce puffiness, and firm the face. 

When paired with a serum or light oil, using a Gua Sha will feel like a professional aesthetician is caressing your face. Give one in either Jade or Rose Quartz to promote healthy skin and self-love.

Help her get the beauty sleep she needs

We want the special lady in our life to feel lighter as she lays her head down to sleep after a long day. Help her get the rest she deserves with this Satin Sleep Set that includes an eye mask, pillowcase, and scrunchie. I have been swearing by satin pillowcases for years. Satin is gentle on all skin and hair types. Unlike sleeping on cotton, satin won't dry your hair or skin out and helps retain the moisture. 

Want to block out unwanted light, keep your skin hydrated, and avoid bedhead in the morning? This Satin Sleep Set has you covered. Your self-care queen will thank you for introducing her to the most fabulous sleep she’s ever had.

Indulgences we could all use after 2020

After the year we’ve had, every single human being deserves the gift of self-care. That includes you too! You are not exempt from the self-care festivities. 

Just think of the virtual spa day you can share with your girlfriend or mom when you’re both soaking your feet in calming magnesium while breathing in the cleansing vibes of eucalyptus. Close your eyes and breathe it all in. Give gifts. Receive gifts. Express your love and allow the season of joy to spread and seep into your entire being.