The Best Self-Care Packages To Send Now
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Post-lockdown, everyone needs some loving care – and what better way to give that love than with a meaningful self-care package? Beauty Daily shares our favourite array of goodies you can give or receive yourself by post.
Self-care may be an overused buzzword; however, when you gift it to someone else? Well, it shows incredible empathy, love and compassion. It says, ‘I’m thinking about you’ whether they are going through a tough time or celebrating an occasion – there’s never a better time to send something in the post.
Restrictions come and go, and just when you plan a trip, gathering, or dinner date, the likelihood that somebody has to cancel seems a surefire thing in our new Covid-present world.
So, what can you do when you can’t be there in person? First, you can spoil with a care package for a friend or loved one – a surprise gift that will bring joy to their day. It doesn’t have to be huge; it’s more about the fact that you want to show them how much you care.
What is a self-care package?
It’s a gift that you put together with lots of thought and plenty of love to show a special person in your life how much they mean to you, to pamper them and make them feel cared for. A self-care package gift is a bit like winning the lottery and not having to share the spoils. It’s a dream hamper or package filled with things that mean a lot to the recipient.
Why would you want to send a self-care package gift?
You know that feeling of anticipation and excitement when you’ve ordered something online and the parcel arrives? That’s a taste of what someone feels when they open a personal care package – but quadruple it – as it’s a surprise!
The emotional benefits of a self-care package
On a podcast, The Takeaway, on New York Public Radio, Tania Luna, co-author of the book Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected, was asked what happens when we are surprised with something positive, like a gift. “Our emotions intensify up to 400 percent,” she said. “If we’re surprised with something positive, we’ll feel more intense feelings of happiness or joy than we normally would have.”
How to find self-care package ideas
A whopping four million people searched on Google for inspiration for self-care packages. So, if you’re stuck – here’s how to find innovative and inspiring ideas – remember they don’t need to be lavish hampers you’ve slaved over. It can be something quick, like an online gift card, a subscription to a brilliant exercise, or a streaming platform. When it comes to the art of giving, there are endless ideas.
Make notes about the person you want to spoil. Ask yourself:
- What do they like?
- What are their hobbies?
- What do they need?
- What would surprise them?
- Think out of the box. What items could you include that would be especially meaningful, things they’d never even consider?
- Whatever you put in that personal care package should make the receiver feel special.
- Candles, bath oils, blowdry, spa vouchers are all excellent choices.
- The more thought you put into the box, the more meaningful and personal it’s likely to be.
- Be innovative. Inexpensive things which delight the receiver are often the most cherished items of all.
Self-care package ideas
Many websites offer services where you can either create your own self-care package, or purchase a ready-made box specially put together for boyfriends, husbands, fathers, new mothers, brides-to-be, yoga fanatics, long-distance runners – the list is endless. Here are some suggestions of what to put into your personal care package:
Online exercise classes
If your self-care package is for someone who loves to exercise but can’t make it to classes, sign them up for online sessions. Movement For Modern Life is a great online community that offers 1,400 yoga classes from the top British teachers; instructing everything from yoga and breathwork to sustainable movement and meditation.
Read more: Lunar New Year Gifts
Beauty by post: from skin-loving scents to fabulous skincare
Skincare and make-up make fabulous gifts year-round:
- Cleansing kits – for normal to dry, dry or sensitive, or combination to oily skin – include a cosmetic bag, cleanser, toner and scrub.
- An iconic treatment fragrance collection – Eau Dynamisante Energising Collection, Eau Ressourçante Revitalising Collection and Eau des Jardins Refreshing Collection all feature a pouch, 100ml fragrance and 10ml refillable spray.
- What about self-care packages for guys? Hydrating skincare essentials for men from ClarinsMen offers a wash bag, Super Moisture Balm, Exfoliating Cleanser, Shampoo & Shower and Shave Ease Oil.
Books: A really good read
The popular Amazon Audible app works on both Android and ioS and offers 200,000 audiobooks. Its 30-day free trial offers a free audiobook, or purchase an annual subscription for 24 audiobooks for the year.
Add a book to delight the recipient. Our choice? Doctor I want to be the fairest of them all by Clarins MD, Dr Olivier Courtin-Clarins. It includes 60 fabulous beauty tips and info on which products to use for various skin conditions. What’s more, the £10 price is donated to foundation-arthritis.org, a leading French fundraising initiative that supports rheumatism research.
Spa treatments: pamper packages to restore & revive
No self-care package would be complete without a pampering spa treatment. Add a spa voucher with a professional skin specialist to try a range of expert-led facials and body treatments to make one feel rejuvenated and refreshed. There are also dedicated pregnancy treatments for those blooming bumps.
At-home craft kits: boosts creativity and occupies a busy mind
Being creative is a great mood lifter. Pick a pottery kit with clay that doesn’t require a kiln or a painting kit – they are great mood boosters. Other crafty delights include paint-by-numbers canvases and mosaic kits.
Something delicious: cake anyone?
Beauty Daily Editor Sarah Joan Ross loves: “Cutter and Squidge an all-natural bakery that creates luxury cakes, macarons, and biscuits from scratch.
In addition, you can order hampers, buns, or brownies and other delectable treats by occasion from its online delivery service.
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