How to Make a Self-Care Kit Filled with Handmade Gifts—Plus, Why It's Important to Treat Yourself
In the midst of day-to-day life—kids and their schooling, our work life—it's hard to find a moment for ourselves. And yet, our health and wellness relies on our ability to rest, restore, and renew. That's why it's all the more important to prioritize self-care. Treat yourself (or a friend) to a homemade self-care kit. Ours is stocked with DIY bath salts, a silk-satin headband, and gifts for a luxurious spa treatment at home.
What is a self-care kit? It's a curated collection of personal items that we gravitate to when we need to relax and de-stress. We all have trying days, and we all have things that help up cope, feel better, and clear our minds. This self-care kit and its essentials will uplift your mood, bring you peace and a feeling of calm. Reach for one—or all—of these items for a moment of "me" time.
Maximize your self-care ritual with a hydrating mist, a moisturizing facial oil, or any other combination of products. Your choice of kit essentials can help transport a la staycation. For one, Le Paradis' products are inspired by some of founder Stephanie Steinman's favorite vacation spots. For lips, we like her Banana Lip Balm ($24, net-a-porter.com) inspired by a trip to Jamaica.
For a glow-inducing facial treatment, try facial gua sha or jade rolling. Both of these techniques address different types of skin woes whether you want to de-puff and detoxify skin or lift, tone, and contour. The latter is best for those with inflamed skin types who can't tolerate gua sha. For a gentle touch, try this rose quartz face roller from SALT by Hendrix ($32, verishop.com). These beauty tools have been said to decrease puffiness and under-eye circles, and even minimize the look of fine lines.
Treat your hair the only way you should: with a luxury, kind-to-hair accessory. This DIY headband is made from the finest silk-satin fabric that promises to keep hair in tip-top condition without breakage, frizz, or split ends. Why silk or satin? Silk is less absorbent and naturally conditions your hair by evenly distributing natural oils from root to tip. Satin, which is a durable choice, can extend the time between washes—by hand or on the delicate cycle of your washer. Chic and comfortable, this headband can also reduce stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin.
Slip into the bath with some homemade salts: you can customize a jar of them to any scents and colors to your liking. (Download our printable label for a posh touch.) Give yourself an at-home manicure: after clipping and shaping your nails, and treating your cuticles, take your pick of polish. One of our favorite shades is J Hannah Fauna Polish ($19, jhannahjewelry.com), which is inspired by a palette of ginger, Egyptian ochre, and turmeric. To unwind, add some aromatherapy: Brooklyn Candle Studio's Santal Noir Candle fragrance is inspired by earthy cedar, pine, vetiver grass, and sandalwood ($35, verishop.com).
As a gift basket, everything is beautifully presented: this banana-fiber woven basket ($30, containerstore.com) is filled with natural excelsior ($5, worldmarket.com)—both of which are earth-conscious options. And the finishing touch is everything, which is why we've decked ours out with one of these oh-so-pretty ribbons ($44, thefloralsociety.com)—they're woven from pure silk with gently frayed edges. Thoughtfully packaged and put together, it will be waiting for you after a long day.