15 Wellness Gifts Perfect For Any Self-Care Convert
With shorter days and cooler weather comes the impending realization that the holiday season — and with it, holiday stress — is upon us. There's seemingly unavoidable anxiety many of us feel during these months, thanks to added social and work pressure. This stress can stem from trying to meet end-of-year work deadlines or scheduling shopping time to get your loved ones unique, heartfelt gifts in time for the holidays. Throughout these months, it can be difficult to find even an hour of time to stop, breathe, and reflect.
As Latines, it can be even harder to take the needed time to unwind. Hustle culture constantly encourages many of us to work. Add to that the pressure we often feel to provide for our families as first-generation Americans, and the holiday stress can be almost impossible to overcome. Still, it's important to stop. Breathe. Prioritize your rest before burning out. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's celebrations will all still be happening this year, but that doesn't mean you need to spend yet another several months feeling overworked and fatigued.
Whether you have been dealing with exhaustion from your busy work and social calendar or know a close amiga in desperate need of some rest and relaxation, we've got you covered with a gift guide from Latine-owned wellness brands. In this list, you'll find high-quality yet affordable self-care gifts such as candles, affirmation card decks, manifestation journals, and more. Whether you're a self-care veteran shopping for loved ones or a recent self-care convert just starting your wellness journey, you can't go wrong with these products.
Wellness Gifts: Notepad
Sí Se Puede Notepad ($21)
Whether you're shopping for a busy coworker or your closest amiga who wants to better organize her days, this notepad by Hija de Tu Madre is an ideal present. With four sections, this daily organizer helps you track your to-dos, affirmations, and feelings. A handy little graphic within the fourth box allows you to record your stress, hydration, and energy. The notepad has 80 gold-foil-embossed sheets and is a reasonable size to pack with you on the go.
Hija de Tu Madre is a Latine apparel and accessories brand founded by Patty Delgado that provides Latine women with empowering, identity-rooted items.
Wellness Gifts: Body Oil
Give Chillhouse's perfect skin booster to the skin-care fiend in your life. This oil is packed with vitamins A, B, C, and E, thanks to the prickly-pear-, watermelon-, and papaya-seed oils used to formulate the nourishing product. Made for daily use, this product is intended to be applied directly on the body and left momentarily to dry after application. The oil has notes of ylang ylang, patchouli, and Calabrian bergamot and aims to improve the overall appearance of skin by improving elasticity, encouraging cell turnover, and abating irritation.
Chillhouse was founded by Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, a second-generation Colombian American who grew up watching her mother work in cosmetology spas in Queens and Manhattan. Seeking to revolutionize the spa industry, Ramirez established Chillhouse in 2017.
Wellness Gifts: Bath Kit
Tub Kit ($36)
This Maude bath kit can be used alone or with a partner, so it's great for yourself or a significant other. Founded by Éva Goicochea in 2018, Maude aims to provide modern, inclusive intimacy items. This kit comes in three different scents, each featuring bath salts and the brand's coconut-milk bath. The soak is made with hand-harvested salts from the southern Dead Sea, as is the coconut-milk bath. These salts and soaks work together to soften, replenish, and care for your skin. All Maude items are guaranteed paraben- and irritant-free and made with IFRA-approved fragrances.
Wellness Gifts: Shower Steamers
Sana Sana Shower Steamers ($9 for two)
If you're feeling congested or fatigued or you just want to prevent catching the sniffles before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your sinuses this holiday season, these shower steamers by Loquita Bath and Body are great tools to store in your bathroom. Not all of us have tubs or are comfortable idling for hours at a time in bathwater. Inspired by Vicks VapoRub (or "vivaporu," in my home), the Sana Sana Shower Steamers allow you to relax as you shower, providing your body with an invigorating immunity boost. Place these vegan, cruelty-free steamers on the shower floor and they'll activate as the water hits them, lifting the essential oils into the air for you to breathe in.
Yamira Vanegas founded Loquita Bath and Body with a vision of combining elements of self-care with integral, iconic Latine cultural references.
Wellness Gifts: Candles
Extra Lucky Candles ($66 each)
It's hard to care for oneself in a harsh environment. Set the mood for an evening of rest and relaxation with one of these candles from Lucky No. Candles, a company founded by Nina Frazier. Available in 12 scents — from yuzu and sea salt to lime and Mexican vanilla — these candles are sure to soothe and help you unwind after a long day. The candles use crystals and scents that correspond to numerology. They are made with a coconut-soy wax that is body-safe, FDA-approved, and vegan, and the wax can be used as a moisturizer once melted. The wicks are made of wood that is grown by farmers in the US and is FSC-certified, meaning the wood was sourced sustainably to maintain biodiversity.
Wellness Gifts: Bar Soap
Detox Bar Soap ($7)
As you can cleanse your physical space, be sure to do the same with your skin to leave yourself feeling good inside and out. This bar soap from Switch2Pure makes for a great gift for someone who wants to simplify their skin-care routine with natural products. This bar soap is an everyday exfoliator that will gently rid the skin of any impurities. It's made with bentonite clay formed from volcanic ash; shea butter rich in vitamins A, E, and F; kelp; avocado oil; and spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary extracts. The soap is sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and nontoxic.
Founded by Estela Cockrell as a means to address health concerns caused to her by exposure to toxins, Switch2Pure provides natural, botanical-based luxury skin-care products.
Wellness Gifts: Bath Bombs
Concha Bath Bombs ($9 each)
The phrase "sweet as pie" takes on a more literal meaning with these delightful bath bombs by Loquita Bath and Body. They'll leave you smelling like fresh concha and pan dulce. Though they look good enough to eat, they are intended strictly for a relaxing soak. Made with organic sunflower oil, kaolin clay, tapioca powder, cream of tartar, and skin-safe colorants, these bath bombs are vegan and cruelty-free. Though the brand has several bath bombs to offer, these make for a fun, wholesome gift for any Latine in your life who's a fan of both sweets and self-care.
Wellness Gifts: Calming Drops
Calm + Clarity Drops ($68)
Marketed as one of the strongest formulas on Xula's site, these drops contain a powerful formula of herbs and cannabinoids that help reduce stress and increase productivity by honing your focus. The ideal gift for those whose minds tend to wander during moments when concentration is necessary, these drops contain MCT oil to help with cognition and memory, as well as CBD to alleviate anxiety. The drops are also made using damiana, mugwort, rose, blue vervain, and passionflower. The drops are suggested for daily use and are intended to be ingested.
Founded by Karina Urdaneta, Xula provides herb- and cannabis-based products to target bodily pains and ailments.
Wellness Gifts: Facial Kit
Any skin-care lover needs to consider the application and storage tools they're using. For a perfect gift, consider this kit by Prados Beauty. It comes with all the tools for a relaxing spa day at home: two wristbands prevent water from dripping down your arms as you wash your face, two puffy face pads are ideal for cleansing, one soft facial towel helps dry your skin off after a facial, and everything comes packed into one easy-to-transport wash bag. Made with recyclable materials, this kit is a handy, sustainable solution that replaces the endless trash buildup of cleaning wipes, pads, and puffs on the days you need a little extra R&R.
Founded by Cece Meadows, a proud Xicana and Indigena (Yoeme), Prados Beauty focuses on inclusivity and empowerment through an Indigenous perspective.
Wellness Gifts: Journal
When you manifest, you're harnessing the power of the universe by shooting for the stars. What better way to manifest than with a notebook designed by an actual star? This journal created by Dominican American actress, producer, and writer Julissa Calderon is the second drop from her Dream and Manifest journal series. This 220-page journal is designed to help you "dig deeper into your current self, your childhood self, and reflect on what it is you're really made of." Complete with silver accents and a handy pen, this hard-cover spiral notebook is the perfect on-the-go size to fit in your tote, backpack, or even midsize purse. It's available for preorder, and all orders submitted by Nov. 30, 2023, will be shipped by Dec. 8, 2023 — just in time for Christmas.
Wellness Gifts: Personal Massager
Vibe Personal Massager ($49)
Self-care should involve making time for personal pleasure. As part of its mission to make intimacy more accessible and inclusive to all, Maude has a line of sexual wellness products, and the personal massager is a great gift to help you or a partner explore self-care through a more physical lens. Made using 100 percent platinum-grade silicone, this phthalate- and latex-free vibrator comes with three speeds. With a pointed design created for optimal pleasure, this discreet, easy-to-use tool has a runtime of up to 2.5 hours and can be charged using a USB. It's also water-resistant, which adds to its versatility.
Wellness Gifts: Affirmation Card Deck
In need of a physical reminder of how awesome you are? Look no further than this affirmation card deck by Almade. This deck comes with 30 beautiful cards that have empowering phrases such as "I am whole" and "I am worthy of financial abundance." The deck also comes with detailed instructions on how to get the most from your cards, as well as a "create your own affirmation" card, which gives users the chance to reflect on their immediate desires for manifestation purposes. The deck aims to shape an individual's inner dialogue to create more productive, positive thoughts.
Almade specializes in wellness con cultura. Founded by Jennifer Velasquez, the company sells digital, print, and herbal products to help individuals on their healing journey.
Wellness Gifts: Spiritual Candle
Self Love Magic Candle ($22)
If you're looking for a way to inspire self-love from within and you hope to take guidance from external sources to do so, this might be a good gift to help you jump-start that journey. Designed by House of Intuition, this handmade candle is lightly scented and comes with crystals inside. The product is made with 100 percent all-natural palm wax, and its new design uses locally produced recyclable glass. After the candle burns out, you'll find a stone that will be charged with your intention, serving as a permanent reminder of your hopes, manifestations, and goals.
Life and business partners Alex Naranjo and Marlene Vargas founded House of Intuition in 2010 as a way to empower others through spirituality.
Wellness Gifts: Diffuser Blend
Salud Immune Boost ($35)
An important part of self-care is staying in tune with your body and its needs as the weather changes. With flu season upon us, this diffuser blend by Abatey makes for a great gift for your health-conscious friend or to give to yourself for a necessary immunity boost. Made to alleviate cold symptoms and sinus issues and encourage overall health, this item is made with 100 percent pure, undiluted essential oils, including sweet orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree, and clove.
All of Abatey's products are handmade by founder Mariel Muñiz and her team of artisans. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Muñiz grew up using home remedies, such as eucalyptus oil, for bronchitis. She named her brand after the goddess Atabey. Worshipped by the Taíno — an indigenous people of the Caribbean — Atabey is the goddess of fertility and water.
Wellness Gifts: Cleansing Kit
Ritual Cleansing Kit ($25)
Whether you know someone who just moved into a questionable new apartment or you desperately need to cleanse your own space of your ex's toxicity, these kits by House of Intuition will help you clear any bad vibes from your immediate vicinity. These kits are sold in five different varieties depending on your wellness goals: Cleanse and Purify; Strength and Victory; Love and Heart; Money and Abundance; and Healing. Each ritual kit comes with everything needed for a cleansing ceremony: sea salt, an abalone shell, sage, charcoal, incense, and a candle. If you're new to this, no worries — the brand's site has detailed instructions on how to use each item correctly.