34 Self-Care and Wellness Gift Ideas for Feel-Good Holiday Shopping

These thoughtful, feel-good gift ideas will instantly boost your health and mood. Find a little something for everyone on your nice list including mom, grandpa, friends, and coworkers.

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Self-Care and Wellness Gifts to Shop This Holiday Season
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If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that our health can't be taken for granted — and that includes taking care of our mental and emotional well-being, too. So, what better to gift this year than products that can help improve sleep, bust stress levels, pamper the heck out of your skin, or just smother you in a well-deserved dose of coziness? 

Being a great gift-giver doesn’t have to be stressful — it’s about finding those coveted products that speak to everyone, and indulging the recipient in a dose of self-care they wouldn’t think to splurge on for themselves. That’s why we cut through the clutter of the internet to bring you 34 feel-good products across the self-care and wellness spectrum that will make anyone smile, and serve as a welcome surprise they didn’t know they needed.   

While the definition of self-care will vary from person to person, we guarantee there is something on this wellness wish list for everyone. Whether you’re shopping for fitness fanatics, bath soakers, meditation loyalists, avid journal-ers, or expert snugglers, here are 34 of our favorite wellness-minded gifts that are both thoughtful and practical, and are sure to boost your loved one's mood. Here’s to being named world’s best gift-giver this holiday season. Happy shopping!

UnHide Marshmallow

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UnHide Marshmallow

UnHide

This super-soft blanket is feel-good in more ways than one. For starters, it delivers an all-healing snuggle session that makes you feel instantly calmer and more relaxed — like gifting a big bear hug on demand. It weighs about 10 pounds so you get all the anxiety-reducing benefits without feeling buried, and the faux fur fabric is the kind of silky softness you can’t stop petting. It’s also cruelty-free and made from 90% recycled material, so you can cozy up with a clear conscience.

Price at time of publish: $199

Geometry Yoga Towel

Geometry Yoga Towel

Geometry

This is not your average yoga towel — and that’s precisely what we love about it. The meticulous design is ultra-absorbent, slip-resistant, and fast drying so you can stay cool and comfortable even while sweating through your vinyasa transitions. The towels come in an impressive range of statement patterns that go far beyond the looks of your typical towel. The gorgeous designs are reminiscent of artwork you might hang in your home, and deliver that same calming zen vibes that are sure to add a little something extra to your daily yoga practice.

Price at time of publish: $49

OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs

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OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs

Sephora

Few things epitomize self-care like a warm bath, and these convenient, clever bath bombs only add to the pampering soak experience. The fizzing bath tablet transforms your bathroom into a comforting, aromatic escape that dissolves any stress hanging over your shoulders. The scent is a delicate jasmine rose that is both calming and romantic, and the moisturizing bath tablets leave skin refreshed and soft thanks to a trio of conditioning oils from jojoba, safflower, and hemp seeds.

Price at time of publish: $30

Homecourt Steeped Rose Hand Cream

Homecourt Steeped Rose Hand Cream

Homecourt

When one of our favorite Friends swears by a product, we listen. Courteney Cox’s new Homecourt product lineup combines meticulously clean Monica Geller-approved formulas and chic, calming designs that add a sense of serenity to your home. I never cared about fancy hand creams or fragrances in general until I tried this lotion from Homecourt,” Alexis Gaskin, InStyle Commerce Writer shares. “The scent is so lightweight, so it doesn’t give me a headache when I slather it all over my hands, arms, and legs. However, the rose scent still peaks through, and I can smell the sweet aroma all day.” The formula is also impressively nourishing. “I keep it on my coffee table to keep my hands moisturized, and make everyone who steps into my apartment try it because it's that good," she adds.

Price at time of publish: $45

Eberjey Aloe Cotton Loungewear

Eberjey Aloe Cotton Loungewear

Eberjey

There are tons of soft, breathable fabrics that exist on the market today, but Eberyjey’s new aloe cotton upped the ante on comfortable loungewear. The aloe-infused viscose fabric is a natural plant-based fiber that doesn’t just feel delicious on skin, it’s also sustainable, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable. It’s the type of cotton you dream about — marrying cozy comfort, with a cool, slinky vibe, so you look and feel fabulous even if you don’t leave the house all day. This set keeps you impressively cool at night and maintains its softness wash after wash, which is important for a set that will stake its claim high in your loungewear rotation. 

Price at time of publish: $78 for the top and $88 for the pants

The Happy Notes Gratitude Journal

The Happy Notes Gratitude Journal

The Happy Notes

This pretty notebook simplifies gratitude journaling into a few short form ‘happy notes’ that you’ll actually stick with — and reap the mood-boosting benefits of. The notebook makes prioritizing mental health an easy and digestible daily practice you can look forward to each day. It features plenty of lined pages for free-form writing, note taking, and jotting daily to-dos, alongside short prompts that encourage you to jot down and celebrate the everyday moments that make you smile. It even comes with a stamped envelope and blank note card to encourage you to spread those happy vibes to those around you, which is exactly the kind of pay-it-forward kindness we love.

Price at time of publish: $29

Theragun Elite Massage Gun

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Therabody TheraGun Elite

Amazon

If a deep tissue massage is your go-to spa day splurge, this at-home percussion therapy massager will be your new favorite gadget. “This is an expensive device that I bought for myself as a reward for all the extra work I took on in 2020, and honestly, it was the right choice. There's a ton of research on percussion therapy, which made the price tag feel worth it to me,” says Shannon Bauer, Senior Beauty Commerce Editor at InStyle. The pulsating dampener can be targeted anywhere on the body, relieving points of pressure, and melting away tension and muscle soreness. “I love using it on my neck and shoulders especially after a day hunched over my computer. I also used it a ton on my hips and glutes during marathon training. It can feel intense — like foam rolling — but the release is pretty instantaneous,” she adds. It provides instant relief to areas in need of a good rub down, and is also known to improve muscle recovery, sleep, mobility, and even stress. Score!

Price at time of publish: $373

Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle

Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle

Not all water bottles are created equal and here’s the proof: Every element of the Monos design is made with the purpose to deliver a pure, thirst-quenching sip every time you drink from it. This self-purifying bottle doesn’t have to live on a charger or take up precious counter space; a single charge will last a full month. A swipe of your finger over the logo on the lid activates the powerful purification system, which neutralizes 99.99% of bacteria in three minutes, so you get the purest swig every time you unscrew the top. It also has a double wall insulation that keeps hot drinks hot, and cold drinks cold, and a convenient loop which keeps your hands free, making it easy to transport for hydration on-the-go.

Price at time of publish: $70

Cyber Monday Steal

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

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Dagne Dover Large Hunter Toiletry Bag

Nordstrom

Whether you’re a masterful organizer or still trying to sift through your clutter to become one, the Dagne Dover toiletry bag will deliver beautifully compartmentalized peace of mind that will at least keep you expertly organized when you’re on the go. The genius design includes removable zippered interior pouches, side slip pockets, a detachable mesh insert, and convenient elastic loops within that help keep everything from your toothbrush and contact case to your razor and moisturizer in place. The water-resistant neoprene fabric is impressively durable, holding its form even after being smushed to fit into tight suitcases, and easily washable so you can wipe clean any unexpected spills or schmutz that piles up over time. It’s the toiletry bag that makes packing — and unpacking — a breeze.

Price at time of publish: $65

OnCloud Cloud 5 Sneaker

OnCloud Cloud 5 Sneaker

Nordstrom

You’ve likely seen these cushiony soles flooding your news feed and out in the real world. Shoppers continuously rave about the shoes’ cloud-like comfort. There’s a reason these will be topping wish lists everywhere this season: The hype is most definitely real. This trending sneaker boasts exceptional comfort, a super-sleek design, and convenient no-tie lace system that make for easy slide-on, slide-off maneuvering, without ruining the heel. Each step in these stylish kicks feels weightlessly cushioned thanks to the brand's patented CloudTec system, which uses hollowed tubes to soften every step and cushion your foot in a pillow of comfort every time it hits the ground.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Scrub

Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Scrub

Sephora

There’s something innately cheerful about this bright neon jar, and that’s before you dive into the rejuvenating, skin-polishing contents inside. The gritty paste has a sweet, plum-vanilla scent that diffuses throughout your shower as you scrub, creating a warm and inviting aroma that is every bit indulgent. It uses a combination of glycolic and salicylic acid, along with crushed maracuja seeds, for both a chemical and physical buffing that sloughs away dry, flaky patches and promotes cell turnover. Despite its impressive skin-buffing abilities, it’s impressively gentle because it was designed to target blemish-prone bodies and even treat bumpy skin concerns like keratosis pilaris. 

Price at time of publish: $42

Kitsch Satin Pillowcase

Kitsch Satin Pillowcase

Kitsch

Adding a dash of luxury to your beauty sleep doesn’t have to come with a fancy price tag. The Kitsch satin pillowcase feels as soft and luxurious as any — but at half the cost. It comes in a selection of calming tones and chic marbled prints that complement any bedscape, and delivers all the same hair smoothing benefits as its pricier counterparts. The satin fabric stays cool and refreshing to the touch, so you can rest in comfort and style, night after night.

Price at time of publish: $19

Big Blanket Co. Premier Plush Blanket

Big Blanket Co. Premier Plush Blanket

Big Blanket Co.

There are so many things to love about this blanket — starting with the fact that it’s absolutely humongous. The insanely soft plushness extends 10 feet by 10 feet (for reference, that’s even bigger than a blanket for a king-sized bed), meaning the whole family can comfortably snuggle up without a shoulder or toe to go uncovered. Then there’s the fabric: It’s made of a super-plush microfiber that strikes a perfect balance of delivering cloud-like softness, while still feeling lightweight and breathable. Added bonus: It folds up impressively compact (despite its grandiose wingspan) to fit in a storage ottoman or washing machine.

Price at time of publish: $255

Kenny Flowers Kimono

Kenny Flowers Kimono

Kenny Flowers

These vibrant patterned robes are so vacation-y, they’ll make you want to book a flight just for an excuse to wear them alongside a sun-drenched, ocean blue backdrop. The chic kimono serves as a stylish cover-up and one that will score you endless compliments. The prints are an updated take on traditional resort-wear, with stylish patterns inspired by different dreamy destinations like the juicy lemon orchards of Positano, the tropical florals of Maui, and the vibrant fiesta swirls of Colombia. The ethically sourced fabric is made of recycled Polyester and Spandex, and comes with a cinching waist belt tie and flowy sleeves that make for a flattering, breezy fit that channels vacation vibes every time it's thrown on.

Price at time of publish: $128

StretchIt App Subscription

StretchIt App Subscription

StretchIt App

There’s no denying the benefits that come from remaining nimble, but if stretching tends to fall off your list of daily to-do’s this helpful app can help you re-prioritize. “I've tried just about every type of workout and maintain an active lifestyle, but I lack discipline when it comes to post-workout recovery,” Mary Honkus, InStyle’s Commerce Editor shares. “I went from being a serious dancer who stretched one hour every day growing up, to barely being able to touch my toes. My inflexibility has resulted in ongoing aches and pains in my back and hips, but I refused to stretch — until I came across the Stretchit app. I like to follow guided videos, and since I hadn't stretched in so long this is exactly what I needed,” she says. “Along with daily stretching guides, there are monthly challenges aimed at different areas of the body (think splits, hip mobility, bendy back etc.) to help you reach your goals. On top of becoming more flexible, it has improved my wellbeing by giving me the time to relax and unwind before bed or starting my day on a good note. A subscription is an all-around great gift for mental and physical wellness.” 

Price at time of publish: $20/month or $160/year

Well People Lip Nurture Hydrating Balm

Well People Lip Nurture Hydrating Balm

Ulta

Everyone loves a good lip balm stocking stuffer, and this is one you’ll remember and put to daily use. One swipe is enough to recognize it’s a far cry from your average lip balm. For starters, the color payoff is perfection. It’s tinted just enough that your lips get a healthy — and beautifully even — application of pigment, without scaling too bright or too bold (however you can certainly layer up for more dramatic color, if desired). The formula is silky and conditioning on lips thanks to hydrating shea butter, raspberry seed oil, and coconut oil, which keep lips from cracking or flaking; but it’s not so buttery that the color disappears after a few minutes. It strikes the ideal combination of comfort and color that keeps lips pillow-y and polished.

Price at time of publish: $15

Amazon Kindle (2019)

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Amazon Kindle (2019)

Amazon

While there’s something to be said for a good, old-fashioned page turner in physical book form, there’s a lot more to be said for the convenient, sleek design of a Kindle e-reader that stores a library of literature in the palm of your hand. “I am an avid reader and found I read even more books when I made the plunge to switch to an e-reader. I know, I know, there's something about the feel and smell of pages, but hear me out: E-reader books are often less expensive and it's so easy to download several before a long trip so you're never without your next read,” shares Bauer. “You can get backlit pages for bedtime reading and the type of ink reads like a real book (not like an ipad or phone screen). Plus, it has weeks of battery life. My e-reader might be my most used possession at this point.”

Price at time of publish: $90

Idle Silk Sleep Slip Dress

Idle Silk Sleep Slip Dress

Idle

A short slip dress doesn’t exactly scream comfort when it comes to sleepwear, but let this cute, sexy slip from Idle be proof otherwise. The fabric is made from earth-friendly, plant-based fibers that feel impressively soft and cool to the touch, delivering the same comfort as your boyfriend's oversized t-shirt, but in a more stylish design. The adjustable straps and open back make for a comfortable fit that doesn’t feel the least bit constricting when tossing or turning in bed. It’s available in sizes XS to 3XL and comes in 20 different colors and patterns that make it hard to choose a favorite. The best part: It’s conveniently machine washable and gets softer with every wear.

Price at time of publish: $78

Anisa 3-Piece Skincare Brush Set

Anisa 3-Piece Skincare Brush Set

Anisa

If you’ve never tried applying your skincare regimen with a brush instead of your fingers, you’re in for a treat with this luxurious skincare brush set. There is something unbelievably satisfying and pampering about swirling your moisturizer or serum on with a brush. The brushes are specially designed to help apply skincare formulas (without absorbing or wasting them) with an extra gentle touch that doesn’t tug or aggravate skin. This brush trio includes a fluffy angled brush for all-over skincare application, along with two smaller detail brushes for spot treatments and smaller areas, like under-eyes. The cruelty-free, vegan fibers are so silky soft, you’ll even find yourself stroking your face just for the calming, feel-good nature of it.

Price at time of publish: $25

Sugar Paper Cards for Every Occasion

Sugar Paper Cards for Every Occasion

Sugar Paper

Sharing gratitude with others is proven to boost your well-being, and this adorable boxed set of assorted greeting cards stocks you with a sweet sentiment for all of life’s moments, big and small. The polka dot box includes 12 foil-printed cards in a variety of pretty patterns to match every occasion from birthdays, to thank yous, to congratulations, and even simple hellos. The storage box also comes with category dividers for organizing greeting cards even after you’ve worked your way through the dozen included. Think of it as the unexpected feel-good gift idea that keeps on giving and spreading joy.

Price at time of publish: $32

DeoDoc Intimate DeoWipes

DeoDoc Intimate DeoWipes

DeoDoc

A wipe for your private areas may not be the most traditional gift idea, but it will be a stocking stuffer put to good use — especially for the fitness fanatic or on-the-go mom in your life. These 10 individually wrapped wipes are perfect for throwing in your gym bag, clutch, or beach bag to use when you’re in desperate need of a refresh. The gentle formula was specifically designed by gynecologists to serve your most delicate areas and deliver an instant clean feeling when you need it most.

Price at time of publish: $15

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Bag Set

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Bag Set

Bath & Body Works

There’s a reason Bath and Body Works has maintained its reputation over the decades as a go-to treasure chest for gift-giving: Their delightfully uplifting scents for bath, body, and home are hard not to love. They also do an exceptional job bundling products in the cutest packaging, making them extra giftable — like this stress-relieving aromatherapy set tucked into an adorable translucent bag. The set includes body cream, room mist, hand soap, and hand cream, so you can insert a quick dose of comforting self-care into your day whenever you need it. The rejuvenating herbal blend of calming eucalyptus and soothing spearmint smells every bit spa-like, and transforms any space into a temporary tranquil escape.

Price at time of publish: $35

Ona New York Radiant Glow Gel Face Mask

Ona New York Radiant Glow Gel Face Mask

Ona New York

Everything about this glowy face mask gets us excited, from the cool jelly texture, to the pretty holographic sheen, and the radiant complexion that results. Unlike other sheet masks, which are slimy, drippy, and slippery, this one is mess-free, sitting comfortably on your face and remaining in place until you decide to peel it off. The hydrogel texture feels cool and calming the second it touches your skin, and blankets you in a cocktail of skin smoothing and brightening ingredients like niacinamide, willow bark extract, and tea tree oil. The powerful ingredients effectively soothe skin, evening out skin tone to reveal a natural, glowing radiance that will make you smile.

Price at time of publish: $40

Beachwaver Cassidy Collection Boho Babe

Beachwaver Cassidy Collection Boho Babe

Beachwaver

A great hair day can jump start your whole morning on a positive note, so we’re all about the quick and easy styles and tools that make that happen. This fully stocked collection of hair goodness is decorated in cheerful daisy print to boost your mood, and delivers a handful of ways to achieve fast and simple hairstyles. The collectable set includes the brand’s coveted rotating one-inch barrel curling wand to create beachy, tousled waves in minutes, along with adorable boho-themed accessories including a head scarf, scrunchies, and daisy-shaped clips.

Price at time of publish: $130 (originally $145)

Flamingo Razor

Flamingo Razor

Flamingo

A new razor doesn’t exactly scream coveted wish list item, however, this thoughtful and functional stocking stuffer will be a welcome addition to anyone’s skincare routine — and that my friends, is what makes it the perfect gift. The five-blade razor delivers an impressively close shave and features a weighted metal handle, flexible hinge, and no-slip grip that gives you careful control for navigating in crooks and crannies without nicking yourself. The customized three-letter engraving adds that personal touch that makes it feel extra special and giftable.

Price at time of publish: $11 ($26 when engraving)

Keys Soulcare Rich Nourishing Body Cream

Keys Soulcare Rich Nourishing Body Cream

Ulta

“I keep this body butter right next to my shower so I can slather my skin in it post toweling off,” Gaskin tells InStyle. “It contains shea and cocoa butters that nourish my skin, and gives it the soft scent that'll carry with me all day. I've noticed my skin repairing after several uses, especially on ashy elbows and cracked heels. Winter is harsh, and this body butter will be with me every step of the way.”

Price at time of publish: $36

NEST New York Holiday Candle

 Nest Holiday Candle

Amazon

There’s lots to get excited about heading into the fall and winter months, and the launch of Nest’s new holiday collection is one reason that always tops our list each year. The limited edition fragrances embody the holiday spirit unlike any other scents in the game, and the stunning glass and gold votives add the most elegant, festive touch to your home. Our two favorites from the new holiday lineup include Crystalized Ginger & Vanilla Bean to inject a deliciously balanced cozy sweetness into your home, and the crisp Blue Cypress & Snow, which smells cool and refreshing — like the air of an untouched snow-covered forest. The large three-wick candle will last you all season long (up to 100 hours of burn) with the stunning votive to repurpose for holiday décor year after year.

Price at time of publish: $78

Shokz Open Run Headphones

Shokz Open Run Headphones

Shokz

Yes, these headphones come at a price, but it’s one that’s matched in quality and comfort. “I owned my first pair of these headphones for four years before they finally gave out, and I swiftly reordered the exact same pair,” Bauer shares. “I use them almost daily on outdoor walks and runs. These sit outside your ear so you can listen to music but still hear cars, bikes, or people around you — it makes me feel safer running alone after sundown. I ran a marathon in these suckers thanks to the eight-hour battery life and could still hear the excitement of the crowds,” she adds.

Price at time of publish: $130

Old Navy Sunday Sleep

Old Navy Sunday Sleep

Old Navy

If you’re looking to upgrade your pajama game on a budget, this cute and comfy sleepwear collection delivers. “I traded my college tees and Nike shorts for matching pajama sets a few years ago and never looked back,” Bauer says. “I feel bed ready and so cute when I put on my ‘nice’ pjs, and love the look of matching sets. The fabric on this set is so soft, stretchy, and comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price. I've had one of my sets for almost a year and it still looks great (and I am not precious with the washing or drying). There's tons of great colors and prints — you really can't go wrong with a top and bottom or sleep shirt for an easy gift,” she adds.

Price at time of publish: $35

Vitruvi Sleep Essential Oil Blend

Vitruvi Sleep Essential Oil Blend

Vitruvi

“I was never a diffuser fan until I received a Vitruvi as a brand gift last winter,” Bauer admits. “Their essential oil blends are my favorite part of the whole set-up. They fill my room with a nice, relaxing scent before bed and it's an unnecessary, but really peaceful ritual for me. The best scent IMO is golden, a blend of peppermint, lavender, ginger, and grapefruit. It's unique but still fresh and relaxing. It sets the mood for sleep.”

Price at time of publish: $28

Proof Everyday Bra

https://shopproof.com/products/everyday-seamless-comfortable-bra?variant=37788325347497

Proof

Shopping for bras is a chore, which makes this insanely comfortable, easy-to-size bra a welcome surprise to anyone on your nice list. The buttery soft fabric feels lovely on skin, and lays seamlessly flat to your body without any bunching, crunching, or creasing. The meticulous design prioritizes comfort with a wireless no-clasp band that still manages to provide impressive support, no-dig straps that lay smooth over shoulders, and small padded inserts that add flattering shape and lift to your bust. The fabric holds up impressively well in the wash, and lays smooth under any outfit for a seamless wear that is exceptionally comfortable.

Price at time of publish: $49

Ameliorate Exfoliating Body Mitt

Ameliorate Exfoliating Body Mitt

Ameliorate

While this might seem like an unnecessary extra step in your skincare routine, the buffed, buttery skin that results after a quick polishing sesh is enough to turn you into a believer. “I was skeptical to use an exfoliating mitt like this on my dry skin at first, but I was amazed at how gentle it was and how much dead skin flaked off,” Gaskin tells InStyle. “I use this on days where my skin feels extra dry and needs a little love. Taking the time to gently exfoliate before using a lotion gives me the time to appreciate my body and care for it.” Rubbing gently in a circular motion all over the body, this mitt uncovers smoother, brighter skin, without irritating it.

Price at time of publish: $14

Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light

Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light

Amazon

I've experimented with wake-up lights before and can say that, as someone who truly hates the mornings, they make the process of waking up a little less painful and jarring. This version allows you to customize your morning alarm with multiple sounds and sunrise options. You can also use the wind-down feature before bed, which guides you through relaxing breathing exercises and helps you fall asleep more peacefully with a sunset stimulation.

Price at time of publish: $200

Amazon Halo

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Amazon Halo

Lifewire / Yoona Wagener

I'd argue the best gift you can give (to yourself or anyone else) this year is sleep. Especially considering the fact that insomnia is on the rise — and now we have sleep issues caused by the end of daylight savings time to contend with, too. This tracker from Amazon is one of the best sleep trackers out there if your sleep hygiene and mood could use some improvement. Two stand-out features: It analyzes the tone of your voice and provides feedback on how energized — or depressed — you sound to others and uses temperature sensing to track the quality and quantity of sleep.

Price at time of publish: $70

Why Shop With Us

Lindsay Colameo has over 10 years’ experience as a writer, editor, and beauty industry expert for leading beauty publications including InStyle, Allure, and Byrdie. She has tested and expertly reviewed thousands of beauty products, sifting through an ever-multiplying assortment of products, to bring readers the tried, true, and vetted, best-of-the-best across beauty, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle. For this feature, we rounded up a mega list of favorite wellness and self-care products, and consulted fellow InStyle commerce editors for their wish list product pick, to bring you a curated selection of feel-good gift ideas that will make anyone on your nice list smile.

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