Consider 2021 the year of thoughtful gifts for nurses. For the second year in a row, these superhumans have handled everything from caring for sick patients in a pandemic, to navigating literal life-and-death decisions for themselves and their families, to working through an ongoing staffing crisis that has gripped nearly every hospital in the country.Seasoned nurses saw situations they could have never imagined in their careers and new nurses stepped directly onto the floor from nursing school into decidedly challenging times. And the challenges that face frontline workers don’t just stop when they clock out of their shifts—as a nurse, I know all-too-well what it’s like to get that tentative 10 p.m. text that reads, “Hey, can I ask you a question about this rash I’ve been having?”No one quite deserves a massive “thank you” as much as nurses this holiday season and there’s no time like the present to show your nurse appreciation. So if you’re looking for the best gift ideas for nurses to show these literal lifesavers just how much you appreciate them working through one of the biggest crises of our time, we’ve got you covered.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Cancer can be terrifying, exhausting and isolating—so can chemotherapy treatment. So you might find yourself looking for some genuinely helpful gifts for someone going through chemo and cancer treatment—anything to help them through the process. “When you’re going through this, the support and little gestures from your friends and family really do mean the world to you,” Tatei Montejo, a London-based life coach who has ovarian cancer, tells SELF. Susan Rafte, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer Center, agrees. “There’s so much going on in a patient’s world that it’s nice to let them know you’re thinking of them,” she tells SELF.Of course, everyone is different and you know your loved one best. Simply being there—running errands, holding their hand, providing a distraction from treatment—is often the most thoughtful gift. But if you’re looking for another way to show your support or brighten their day with a chemo care package, we’ve got the best gift ideas for someone going through chemo, according to people who had the treatment, those who’ve supported a loved one through it, and those who work with chemo patients.(For the person who has all the material things to stay as comfortable as possible throughout treatment, consider making a donation to cancer research in their honor in lieu of a chemo gift during this difficult time. If you’re not sure which nonprofit to donate to, search Charity Navigator to find cancer nonprofit organizations that actually donate the bulk of their funds to research and programs that directly benefit cancer patients.)All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
So, you need some white elephant gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a white elephant gift exchange, it’s a holiday game (typically a work team builder) that involves opening and swapping gifts until all the gifts have been opened. The perfect swap, or steal, is all part of the strategy—and hanging on to your gift, if it’s a good one, is tough to do. Narrowing down an amazing white elephant gift to surprise your coworkers with is all part of the delight: The ideal white elephant gift is usually some mixture of humorous and kooky (but not necessarily useful), or a mix of both, and there’s typically a price limit of around $20. We rooted around the web, an obvious goldmine for finding weird, cheap gifts, and pulled together this list of 25 delightful gifts that will likely end up on the “steal” circuit, for $20 and under. So whether your group is back in the office or doing their gift exchange virtually, there are more than enough splendidly strange white elephant gift ideas for everyone on this list.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Creating a fun and fulfilling sex life—and giving the best sexy gifts—requires generosity, thoughtfulness, and a dedication to pleasure. What better way to demonstrate those qualities than by buying a sexy gift for someone you adore? Aside from the obvious nice-to-be-naughty aspect, sexual pleasure is a powerful form of self-care—and we could all use more pleasure in our lives after everything we’ve been through in the past couple years.Whether you’re a vibrator connoisseur or a nervous novice, we’ve got the best sexy gifts primed to light up anyone’s holiday. As an author of sexuality books and a long-time sex toy reviewer with hundreds of toys in my collection, I have strong feelings about sex products, to say the least. Below, I’ve curated the best sexy gifts for what to give a person in your life who deserves to unwind and feel good—whether that person is your partner, your bestie, or even yourself.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
We all have that knowledgeable friend we turn to when we’re seeking any type of skin-care advice. The same friend likely gives the best skin-care gifts, keeps an ear to the ground on beauty trends, has a very impressive top shelfie of products that could rival any vlogger, and doesn’t go a day without reminding you about the importance of daily sunscreen. One benefit of having a friend who’s up on skin-care maintenance (aside from having a personal SPF alarm) is that there’s usually no question about what to get them as a gift for birthdays, holidays, and everything in between.Even if your friend currently has more masks in their bathroom than Sephora, they’ll probably be super excited to receive a new beauty product or tool to add to their growing collection. So if you’re looking for the best skin-care gifts that still feel thoughtful and unique, check out some of our top picks for the friend who practically moonlights as an esthetician. Just remember to shop early—experts are warning of worldwide shipping delays this holiday season. All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
We all know that person who just can’t wait to get their hands on the latest new gadgets. And we don’t blame them: the best tech gifts can be exciting and delightful. At its best, tech makes your life easier or better—or healthier. There’s something techy for every corner of the wellness world aimed at helping you be your healthiest self—from improving your sleep routine, to upping your fitness game, to making vacuuming your home go even smoother.Luckily, there’s a great tech gift out there for everyone on your list who wants to optimize their daily routine. (So basically, everyone you know.) And we’ve got the best picks—from a digital fitness system, to a temperature-controlled coffee mug, to a smart tabletop garden system, and even a Bluetooth-connected selfie-assisting vanity mirror. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of the best tech gifts you can give this year. Just be sure to order sooner rather than later since many retailers have a shipping deadline of December 15 and there are already widespread shipping delays.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
If you don’t cook a lot, it can be hard to know what cooking gifts to get your friends who do. You might think a set of measuring cups would be nice, but the home cook in your life probably already has at least one of those (and maybe even more). Finding out what cookware they want isn’t as easy as walking into a Sur La Table. Sure, everything there looks fun, cute, and potentially useful, but there’s so much that it can feel impossible to tell what they’d appreciate and what they’d probably regift.That’s where I come in. As a home cook who often writes about home cooking, I always have my finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not in the kitchen gadget industry. I know just which products will actually be helpful in the kitchen, and which are simply one-trick ponies that’ll take up your cabinet space.So if you’re wondering what to get your favorite home cook, look no further than these gift ideas, from kitchen gadgets to helpful do-it-all tools. These cooking gifts will solve a lot of problems—whether that’s nonstop grease splatter or never having a lid that’s the right size—and they’ll seriously impress the chef on your list. Just remember to get your holiday shopping done early—experts are forecasting shipping delays, early deadlines, and supply chain issues so don’t leave this year’s gift list to the last minute.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Diving into the world of beauty can certainly feel daunting—but it doesn’t have to. Fortunately, there are plenty of versatile makeup gift sets, complete with tried-and-true fan-favorite products, that are sure to delight any budding beauty maven.With the holidays fast approaching (and forecasters predicting pandemic-induced shipping delays and supply issues), now is the perfect time to get on your makeup gift list for your mom, sister, or friend (or yourself!). Luckily, some of the buzziest and most beloved cosmetic companies have already launched incredible holiday offerings, including value-packed gift sets across a range of price points. The best part? Many top-rated makeup gift sets and stocking stuffers are filled with seasonal, festive-inspired essentials and one-of-a-kind packaging. (Liquid eyeshadows wrapped inside an ornament? I’ll take 12, please and thanks.)Below, you’ll find 29 SELF-loved, editor-approved holiday beauty staples and delightful makeup gifts that are perfect for beginners and minimalists alike. Expect plenty of versatile picks (buildable blushes, multipurpose eye pencils, and lip kits), festive must-haves (think: shimmery shadows and makeup brushes with candy cane-inspired handles), and timeless beauty buys (I’m looking at you, NARS Orgasm blush).Intrigued? Keep reading for the best makeup gift sets and wallet-friendly stocking stuffers for your friend who gets easily overwhelmed by the beauty aisle—and, hey, we won’t tell if you end up buying some for yourself.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.