I won't evade the obvious—the holidays are going to look very different this year. The safety of my loved ones is my number one priority, so instead of getting glammed up for holiday parties or packing into pews, I'll be spending the holidays at home with just my immediate household members. That means I'm rethinking—well, everything—but also what I'll be gifting (and adding to my own personal wishlist). This year, I'm looking forward to cutting out some of the fluff and social obligations that can come along with the holiday season, and instead just spending the holidays at home feeling cozy, merry, and bright. If you're in the same boat, then look no further for the best cozy beauty and wellness offerings to give and get this year. Ahead—my 12 picks for savoring an intimate holiday season at home.
Cashe Maria Cashmere Joggers
On a normal Christmas Eve, my family and I would go out to a nice dinner in our fanciest cashmere sweaters and take a family photo in front of the town Christmas tree. This year, we're scaling things back and spending the night at home—but that doesn't mean we have to forgo our cashmere tradition. Instead, I'm adapting to the current climate by gifting these cozy cashmere joggers for us to all wear together while we spend the evening watching our favorite movies (and eating our favorite home-cooked foods) of the season.
The White Company Hydrocotton Robe
To me, nothing feels homier than a giant, fluffy bathrobe, and this ribbed style by The White Company is truly the softest one I've found. Made of a "hydrocotton" towel material, it's incredibly absorbent (perfect for post-shower), but cozy enough for 24/7 wear. I recommend sizing down—I'm 5' 1" and usually wear a medium, but the small fits perfectly (and is still slightly oversized).
We're all coping differently during these times. Some of us are moving our bodies a lot more than usual, and some of us are spending significantly more time on the couch. One is not better than the other (these are stressful times, and everyone's response is warranted). But either side you take, the Theragun is the perfect way to give your body some T.L.C. Whether you're feeling sore from your home workouts or experiencing muscle tightness from living in close quarters, owning a Theragun gives you the excuse to spend a few minutes connecting with your body each day.
Ritual Vitamins Membership
By now you probably know that you're supposed to take a multivitamin everyday, but chances are the idea doesn't exactly bring excitement to mind. This was me until I discovered Ritual. Before I discovered these little gold beauties, the vitamins I tried made me nauseous, left an Earthy (in a bad way) aftertaste, and felt like sandpaper going down my throat. Ritual vitamins are precisely the opposite—they're smooth, don't leave my stomach feeling uneasy, and leave a delightful minty aftertaste. Trust me and go for the membership so you or your gift recipient will get a new 30-day supply each month.
Capri Blue Jumbo Candle
It's the biggest candle I've ever seen—need I say more? Lighting a luxe candle is my favorite way to make an evening at home feel special, and the holidays are certainly no exception. If you need me, I'll be treating this candle like an advent calendar and lighting it every night until Christmas.
Lush Winter Wonderland Gift Set
A long bath is one of my favorite ways to shut the world out and self-care (and where I often have some of my best ideas). So this year, I'm gifting myself this Winter Wonderland set from Lush—featuring the brand's best-selling Rose Jam Shower Gel, a bath bomb, a body scrub, and more—to accompany me on the many baths I plan to take over the next month.
NuFace Trinity Complete Facial Toning Kit
Facials are probably the indulgence I miss the most. Every year around the holidays, I'd usually head into my esthetician's office for a little lifting microcurrent facial. Instead, this year I'm rediscovering my love for NuFace, an at-home microcurrent facial toning device. With regular use, the results are just as noticeable as my favorite professional microcurrent facial (but for the cost of two in-office facials, I can give myself a microcurrent treatment whenever I want).
Necessaire The Body Ritual Set in Eucalyptus
I'm not exactly inventing fire with this pick—every beauty editor I know has waxed poetic about Necessaire's body washes and scrubs—but believe me when I say the praise is warranted. This combo (available together as a set for the holidays) transforms my shower into a eucalyptus-infused spa experience, and polishes my skin to its softest form (just be sure to finish off your ritual with a body lotion).
Hatch Cashmere Sock Bundle
To me, there are few things that feel more luxurious than finishing off an at-home pedicure with a pair of cashmere socks. Even though the holidays look a bit different this year, this is one way I'm looking forward to making a night-in feel all the more special.
Briogeo Detox + Restore Kit
Since discovering Briogeo, my hair has never looked healthier. The scalp scrub-shampoo hybrid and classic deep conditioner are two of my favorite products from the brand, and this holiday they're available together (with a savings of $18).
Gilded Body Brush
Ideal for the wellness fiend in your life, Gilded's Marble Body Brush fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for an elevated, effective dry brushing session. Each brush is hand-made, from the marble paddle to the dense bristles, so to have one is to truly own a work of art.
Friendship Night Lights (Set of 2)
There are a lot of people I won't get to see around the holidays this year because it just isn't safe. So this year, instead of an obligatory holiday phone call, I'm gifting the loved ones I won't get to see with one of these "Friendship Lamps." Originally created for long-distance relationships, each set of lamps is linked so that when you touch your lamp, the other person's lamp lights up. I gave one to my Grandmother and it's been such an unexpected blessing. She lights up my lamp every morning when she wakes up and I turn hers off when I go to sleep. It's a beautiful way to stay connected through socially distant holidays.