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Say what you will about Valentine's Day, but who doesn't love a sweet, thoughtful gift? Sure, receiving them is great, but we also believe in doing nice things for yourself—whether that's baking your favorite treat or finally splurging on the necklace you can't get out of your head. Doing so makes us happier, and it also encourages those around us to practice some retail therapy self-care, too. That's why we put together a guide of pampering gifts to buy yourself ahead of February 14.
It may be a word we hear plenty, but self-care truly is more relevant now than ever. There's also so much more to the idea of taking the time to focus on yourself than all the hype might suggest. In fact, research says that carving out "me time"—like curling up with a good book, signing up for a yoga class, or indulging in a face mask—is the key to being happier and healthier.
This Valentine's Day, stock up on a few essentials that will help you try some new-to-you healing rituals. From relaxing bubble bath formulas to a meditation candle, these presents will keep you feeling, well, present, rejuvenated, and centered.
Block Shop Hand Block Printed Linen Robe
Hopie Stockman, the founder of Block Shop, designs punchy, statement robes using 100 percent Belgian linen sourced from fifth-generation master printers in Jaipur. With each purchase, Block Shop contributes five percent of profits towards their biannual Community Health Camps in Jaipur—which makes this a self-care gift that also cares for others.
Ceremonia Microfiber Hair Towel
Make wash day easier with this hair towel, which absorbs water and prevents frizz or breakage. A convenient tie holds the towel in place, so you can wear it as you cycle through other parts of your self-care routine—whether that's tidying up your room or reading a good book.
Lollia In Love, Dream and This Moment Bubble Bath Trio
There's nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub after a long day. Elevate the already-great experience with this bubble bath set, which brings soothing, skin-nourishing avocado and olive fruit oils to this ritual. It doesn't hurt that the bottles are beautiful—so go ahead and display them on your vanity even if you don't have a bath planned for tonight.
Naked Cashmere Love Socks
Soft to the touch, these cashmere socks are a luxurious Valentine's Day gift (we love the embroidered hearts!). Go ahead and treat yourself to their cozy warmth and comfort. Naked Cashmere will also be donating $25 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) for each pair of socks sold.
Martha Stewart CBD Sleep, De-Stress, and Recover Collection
Give yourself the gift of sleep, stress relief, and recovery all in one convenient kit, courtesy of Martha's topical CBD creams. You can use them in place of your daily body moisturizer.
Grace Eleyae Silk Pillowcases
We consider this silk pillowcase the last step of your nighttime beauty routine. The smooth fabric prevents hair snags, tangles, and friction—and silk isn't as absorbent as cotton, so hair and skin care products stay right where they belong.
Martha's Strawberry Ombre Cake
Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you will love Martha's famous Ombre Strawberry Cake, which you can buy on Goldbelly. The vanilla sponge cake has layers of strawberry Swiss buttercream and a pink ombré hue—talk about the perfect Valentine's Day color palette.
Inside Then Out Better Everyday Journal
With the Better Every Day Journal, you can jot down your thoughts with 365 guided prompts that are meant to promote self-love, reflection, and growth.
Valerie Valentine's Day Gift Set
If you love chocolate, you'll want to gift yourself this set on February 14. It is filled with truffles, hot chocolate, and two chocolate bars.
Trudon Cire "Josephine" Candle
Burn this candle and feel transported to a faraway garden filled with heady, intoxicating scents of bergamot, jasmine, sandalwood, and white musk.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Neck and Decollete Cream
You probably have your complexion covered, which is what makes this neck and décolleté cream such a wonderful self-care gift. It's that extra step you probably wouldn't invest in at any other point in the year—but it makes a major difference, so go ahead and splurge.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum
This sophisticated fragrance will become your signature scent, thanks to radiant notes of jasmine, saffron, cedarwood, and ambergris.
3rd Ritual Meditation Candle
Have you recently picked up meditation? This candle set will help you stay present during each session; the pin drops when the wax melts down, signaling the end of the ritual.
Sania's Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil
Thanks to these expert-grade tools (send yourself all three!), you can tweeze, shape, and fill in your brows with ease. The pencil—an editor favorite—will help you define your arches.
Nuface Mini Facial Toning Device
Give yourself the gift of sculpted cheekbones and a firmer jawline with this microcurrent device, which is an esthetician and celebrity favorite.
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Depuffing Eye Serum
This serum's caffeine complex reduces dark circles and puffiness, so you can meet each morning with your best face forward.
Wolf & Badger Sheepskin Curly Hot Water Bottle
A shearling cover slips over unsightly rubber water bottles and makes using one (to soothe aches and pains) more comfortable.
Papier x Mother of Pearl "Yellow Buttercups" Journal
If journaling is a key part of your self-care routine, you'll appreciate this cheerful notebook, which offers sections for weekly, monthly, and yearly overviews. Plus, there's extra room for goal-setting and dreaming.
Ouai "Melrose Place" Body Cleanser
This gently-scented body wash leads to smoother, more hydrated skin. It is made complete with nourishing jojoba seed oil and rosehip oil.
Beast Blender in Cloud White
With this innovative blender—which looks sleek on a countertop—you can whip up all of your favorite wellness recipes, from soups to smoothies.
Bread Beauty Hair Oil
Sans silicones and residue, this hair gloss softens and moisturizes strands. This Bread Beauty Supply product is also great to use after a hair-mask rinse-out or between washes for added shine.
Maison Storage Bath Caddy
Upgrade bath time with this caddy, which holds a glass of wine, book, soaking salts, and small speaker with ease.
Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm
Amino acids and high-grade vitamins combine in this nourishing lip balm that feels more like a mask.
Fridays From the Garden Cookbook
Martha penned the forward in this cookbook, which spotlights farm-to-table recipes of the lauded Flamingo Estate.
Martha Stewart Wine Co. Subscription
A series of award-winning wines—curated by Martha herself—that arrive month after month? You'll thank yourself later.
Fur Bath Drops
These vegan bath beads are encased in seaweed and offer a nourishing blend of oils once they melt in warm water.
Shandell Fireplace Matches
Making a fire in a hearth warms the body and the spirit. Get yourself through cold winter nights with these chic matches, housed in a marble paper cup sealed by glass (the striker is on the bottom!).
REFY Gloss Highlighter
This subtle highlighter will help you look (and feel) your best. It's luminous, not sparkly.
Tenoverten The Manicure Kit
This clean, comprehensive kit, which includes every manicure essential in the book, will help you craft a natural look at home.
Liberty Puzzle "Palisade Peach Basket"
Put the screens down and enjoy some peaceful time with a puzzle. Liberty Puzzles mounts exquisite images, from botanical illustrations to vintage European travel posters, onto Oregon-sourced plywood, then laser-cuts them into unique, intricate patterns that are good for the mind and soul.
Martha Stewart Puffy Vest
This vest, from Martha's personal collection, feels like a hug. Is there really a better self-care gift than that?
Margaux "The Crew" Sock in Poppy
These whimsical socks keep your feet warm and will look adorable peeking out of the top of your favorite boots.
Klur Supreme Seed Delicate Purification Mask
If you have sensitive skin, but still crave a deep, purifying clean, gift yourself this antioxidant-rich mask.
May Cabas Bicycle Picnic Basket
If you are looking forward to spring—and more picnics with friends—you'll appreciate this bike basket, which is large enough to store snacks, a bottle of wine, and more.
Olio E Osso Lip & Cheek Tinted Balm
A swipe or two across your lips and cheeks, and you have pulled together your beauty look. This formula is compatible with dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination, and normal skin.
Baaba Cardigan No. 19
As far as cardigans go, Baaba's are the gold standard. This one's shade is non-dyed, and made with the fleece from the brand's local sheep.
Kindred Black Apothecary Revive Facial Oil
Each and every product from Kindred Black's apothecary is gift-worthy—formulas come in one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass vessels, sealed with wax—but we're partial to this face oil, featuring vitamin-rich prickly pear seed oil, cell-stimulating cucumber seed oil, and anti-inflammatory green coffee bean oil.
Wwake Short Pearl Shower Earrings
A pair of dainty pearl earrings is a surefire way to make yourself feel special. These freshwater pearls are attached to a sparkling gold chain for a chic, modern look.
Sheldon Ceramics Terra Cotta Round Bottle Vase
This barely-blush terra-cotta vase from Sheldon Ceramics will brighten up your vanity, desk, or nightstand.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask
This mask's four-electrolyte blend replenishes your complexion's moisture barrier and plumps your skin overnight.
Saban Glass Ribbon Carafe
Made with care—and entirely by hand—in Los Angeles, Cheryl Saban's handblown glassware will make your every day that much brighter (the maker is known for her colorful objects). You'll turn to this blue-wrapped piece over and again, whether you're reaching for more water or wine.
Baloo Weighted Blanket
This weighted blanket goes beyond most models on the market—it can be incorporated directly into your bed set (it has loops, which coordinate with your duvet cover).
Bella Notte "Ines" Duvet Cover
Created in California, Bella Notte's linens are dyed in small batches and made to order, resulting in the most beautiful colorways, and, of course, unparalleled softness.