Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Best Wellness And Self-Care Essentials For Travel

“During the holidays when there are extra pressures on us, self-care is one of the most important relationships we can have,” says skincare formulator and founder of her eponymous brand Mary Allan. “Taking care of ourselves enables us to take better care of the other important relationships we have. So think of self-care as ‘daily reset’ moments, when we mindfully pause to do something positive for ourselves.” 

With that in mind, below are 15 thoughtful ways to give the gift of self-care this holiday season. Even better? Everything in this guide is travel-friendly, so prioritizing your wellbeing on the road – no matter where your trips take you – will always be at your fingertips.

Mary Allan Infused Beauty Water, $79

“I love this product as a treat to myself, and often gift this to others because it is so uplifting and cheerful,” says Allan of one of her best-selling items. The fine mist is delicately scented with Rose and Neroli, and infused with a multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid complex for deep hydration and antioxidant-rich Blueberry Stem Cells. Simply spritz on when your complexion needs a pick-me-up, and incorporate into your daily skincare regimen after cleansing and before serums, creams, and oils.

Four Seasons At Home Resort Robe, $699

Slipping into a robe is one of the easiest ways to alert your mind and body it’s time to wind down. The issue? How bulky and cumbersome many are. To remedy that, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts unveiled a new Resort Robe this fall. Crafted in Italy with lightweight wool and a sleek sleeveless, knee-length silhouette, this version flatters all body types. In fact, it’s so stylish you’ll find ways to wear it while you’re out and about.

Retrouvé Quartet, $650

Though third-generation Kiehl’s heir Jami Morse Heidegger sold her iconic company to L’Oréal Paris in 2010, she continues her mission of quality skincare without compromise with Retrouvé. The collection is highly edited and researched, and formulated with ingredients (like sustainably-grown avocados) sourced from her family’s Malibu permaculture farm. This chicly-packaged quartet, available just in time for the holidays, lets you indulge in Retrouvé’s best sellers.

Noble Panacea The Responsible Beauty Set – Restoring Eye Cream, $418

Because the skin around the eyes is delicate, it’s the first place to show signs of fatigue. So let this limited-edition duo from the brand founded by Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart come to the rescue. Rooted in science – the brand incorporates proprietary Organic Super Molecular VesselsTM for maximum potency – and sustainability – all of the packaging is recyclable – each single-dose packet delivers highly active ingredients (think Argireline, CoQ10, and Horse Chestnut) to not just moisturize, but promote deep cellular regeneration.

Addison Bay Bainbridge Pullover, $198

Founded by Marguerite Adzick in 2018, the goal of Addison Bay is simple: to provide women with stylish and versatile activewear that can be worn everywhere. And this pullover, a cross between a sweatshirt and fleece, will quickly become a go-to piece. It’s supremely snuggly with oversized pockets, complements just about anything you’ll wear, and the ivory color will look crisp all winter long.

TribeTokes Delta 8 Vape Disposable – Northern Lights (Indica), $50

Are you a fan of CBD, but seeking more relief? Try Delta 8 THC. Deemed by many as “weed light,” the substance made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill has many of the benefits of Delta 9 THC (what most of us call weed) but with less psychoactive effects (head high). And this dispoable vape from the popular woman-owned company makes dosing easy. Even a single pull will help slip you into a chill state of mind.

Reprise Activewear Aspen Leggings in Black, $120

While leggings are wardrobe essentials, there’s a dark side to them. The majority are manufactured with plastic microfibers, which are harmful to our planet. So to be part of the solution and not the problem, invest in a pair of Reprise’s Aspen Leggings. They’re super-stretchy and breathable like a second skin, opaque, and most importantly, made with TENCEL™, a sustainably-produced, plant-based fiber.

Rukske Candle in Willow, $60

When Los Angeles-based stylist Brooke Dulien founded Rukske in 2017, she set out to create the ultimate must-have candle – and succeeded. The minimalist design is timeless, and looks sharp in any room. And because the candles are hand-poured with a soy wax blend, they’ll burn cleanly for a full 50 hours. But really, it’s the scent that makes Willow such a knockout. The complex blend of green and woody notes ushers the outdoors in, no matter the time of year.

Naked Cashmere Mule Slipper in Mink, $95

Are you looking to keep your feet toasty without sacrificing style? Then reach for these house slippers from Naked Cashmere. The Mink shade is subdued and pretty, and the shape is simple and streamlined – so you can wear them for years to come. Since the company expressly uses fair trade, sustainable, and cruelty-free cashmere, you’ll have even more peace of mind wearing them.

D.S. & Durga Roadtrip Hits Auto Fragrance Set, $60

Since we’re taking more roadtrips than ever, why not make the journey as pleasant as possible with this fun set by Brooklyn-based fragrance house D.S. & Durga? In it, you’ll discover five fragrance cards (including Portable Fireplace, which evokes sitting by a crackling fire) that’ll imbue any small space (think cars, closets, bathrooms) with a well-crafted scent.

Mustela Bebe On The Go Skincare Travel Set, $15

If you’re one of millions of people who struggle with eczema, dry and itchy skin, or sensitivity to fragrance, pack this trio from the beloved French-owned baby brand on your next trip. Because if it’s gentle enough for children, it’ll be gentle enough for you as well. The cleansing gel is suitable for the hair, face, and body, while the body lotion delivers comfortable, long-lasting moisture head to toe. The wipes come in handy when you need to freshen up on-the-go.

ManiMe Stick On Gel Nails in Scarlet, $15

Treating yourself to eye-catching manicures wherever and whenever is now a breeze with ManiMe. The groundbreaking company founded by Korean Jooyeon Song specializes in 3D printed gel stickers customized to fit your unique nail shape. To get started: submit photos of your nails, select the designs you want – which range from classic to limited-edition patterns from top nail artists – then check out. Once you receive your gels, refer to the easy-to-follow online tutorial.

The NOW Massage Copper Dry Brush, $42

Though dry brushing has been widely adopted in ancient cultures all over the world, the practice has never been hotter stateside than now. In addition to promoting lymphatic drainage, circulation, and exfoliation, the copper in this particular version reportedly helps neutralize free radicals in the skin. For the best results: enlist long, gentle, and sweeping strokes towards your heart on dry skin for several minutes before showering or bathing.

Patchology Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels, $35

No matter how fatigued, dry, or dull your under-eyes are, a quick 10-minute session with these award-winning eye gels will perk them right up. Made with a powerful trio of proven ingredients (antioxidant-rich Resveratrol, vitamin C-packed Strawberry Extract, and moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid), they’re like a happy hour for your skin. Don’t forget to store them in the fridge for an extra-refreshing effect.

Lilash Commitment Set, $99

Lash extensions may enhance your appearance, but can also cause damage down the line. So let them flourish to their full potential with this set, available for just the holidays. Powered by special ingredients that target your lashes’ growth cycle, the concentrated serum – each tube lasts three months – noticeably increases length in as little as four weeks, while the holder reminds you to not miss an application.


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