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    40 Little Things To Get Yourself Before You Start Buying Gifts For Everyone Else

    Small things to get *yourself* before the holiday chaos commences.

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    1. A set of "The Golden Girls" shot glasses (yes, Rose and Dorothy are included, too!) — and I can't exactly tell you why you need these, I just know you do.

    Two people cheersing with shot glasses that have Blance and Sofia's face

    Promising review: "Awesome gift for friends. The shot glasses have games depending on which shot glass you use. Like, every time someone mentions ...., take a shot." —DJosh

    Get a set of four from Toynk for $22.99.

    2. A trio of I Dew Care's mini face masks, including their brightening diamond mask, that you deserve to treat yourself to especially if you've been *under a lot of pressure* lately.


    Promising review: "I really, really like this mask. When you apply the mask to your face it looks like shimmering pearls. What I really like about the product is that it is a peel-off mask. Depending on how thickly you put the product on your face it only takes 20-30 minutes to dry. That sounds like a long time but it is worth the wait. When you peel this off your face and then do a final rinse your face feels and looks wonderful. I then follow with a moisturizer (that's just me). I use this product once a week. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants younger- and better-looking skin." —Grandma Fran

    Get it from Amazon for $17.28.

    3. And to continue the theme of self-pampering, a pretty rose quartz roller and gua sha set so you can skip the expensive spa trip and give yourself the ultimate facial at home.

    Reviewer image of the roller and gua sha tools laid out on a vanity

    Promising review: "I have used it consistently for two weeks, and even had my husband use it. It has held up. The roller's most useful benefit imho is the fantastic way it distributes products! My face serum usage is easily halved. Without it absorbing into my skin of my fingers during application, it will be saving me a lot of money. After storing it in the fridge, I noticed how it reduced slight swelling and general puffiness. I liked it so well I bought another in the jade color!" —A. Olsen

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97 (also available in a jade roller).

    4. Legendary Ladies — an empowering book filled with GORGEOUS illustrations of 50 legendary goddesses and a brief description of why they are so extraordinary.


    Promising review: "Ann always smashes it with her illustrations. This book is packed with heart and soul. It's perfect if you are looking for a coffee table book with summarized information on goddesses from different areas of the world. It even gives you tips on channeling each goddess; I think that is my favorite detail. Incredible follow up to Bad Girls. She's a great artist to look up to." —Cherie Adan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.59.

    5. A set of silky-soft satin pillowcases designed to help keep your hair from frizzing, your skin from breaking out, and your dreams sweet.

    two rich aqua colored satin pillowcases styled on a bed

    Promising review: "I love this SOOO MUCH! The hype for silk pillowcases is real! I have a FULL head of hair that is very long, which has also been processed to death. Since my hair is always so dry due to all of the color processes, I like to air-dry it to save it from being damaged further by the heat. Well, my hair would always look like a frizzy mess the morning after, even though I saturated my hair with leave-in treatments and treatment oils. Finally, I decided to try out a silk pillowcase and I'm obsessed! I can now rock my air-dry hair the next morning without looking like I have a rat's nest on my head. The only thing I wish this had is zippers. Since silk is slippery, the cover tends to fall off the pillows often. Other than that, this is perfect. I'm going to bring a pillowcase with me when I travel!" —Rubicant

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in standard, queen, and two king sizes and in 24 colors).

    6. A large sideways initial necklace you can pair with literally any outfit for a dainty but statement-making accent. I don't know how those two things go so well together, but they do.


    Promising review: "This necklace is more pretty in person. I love the large size of the letter pendant, chain length, and how it's attached to the chain to give it a offset angle once you put it on. It looks really trendy and personalized once you match it with a cute outfit." —Erin Delancy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.11+ (available in each letter of the alphabet).

    7. Crew-style knit socks that'll make you want to IMMEDIATELY curl up with a cup of cocoa and a good book.

    Five of the socks in different colors rolled up on a table

    Promising review: "I wear shoe size 7 and these fit my feet wonderfully. There is plenty of extra room for someone with a bigger foot. These socks don't tighten around your ankle, which is something that really irritates me with other socks I've had. The material is super soft and comfortable. The colors are beautiful. They are well-made. The socks aren't as thick as I thought they would be, but they aren't thin. They keep my feet warm without being too bulky. I'd definitely order from this company again." —Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 for five pairs (available in one size that fits sizes 5-9, and 18 prints/colors)

    8. A gel-to-foam cleanser to softly clean and hydrate your skin. Made with rose water, coconut water, and meadowfoam seed oil to lock in moisture, this heavenly formula is gentle enough to use daily.

    Crabtree & Evelyn

    Promising review: "I love this cleanser and think it's been a perfect introduction to Crabtree & Evelyn. I've been using this for over two weeks now, and I'm really impressed with how it's helped my skin. My skin is noticeably softer and definitely more hydrated." —Kirstylou

    Get it from Crabtree & Evelyn for $15.

    9. Crochet boot socks that sit at the top of the boot so your cutest pair can actually fit around your calves.

    Model wearing boot socks with one boot open to show the placement on leg

    Promising review: "I ordered the gray cuffs and absolutely love them! They're especially handy for the boots I own that can't accommodate thicker socks. I have very skinny calves so they also help to fill out the top of my boots that sometimes don't hug my legs like I want them to. I was worried that these cuffs might not stay in place but they were rock solid through a long day at work. I had some strings here in there but that's common with any crocheted item. I can wear these several times without washing which makes them pretty hard to beat. I plan on ordering more colors now!" —HipShopper

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in five styles and sets).

    10. A set of pyramid tea infusers you may never end up using, they're just that cute.,

    Promising review: "I received a sample gift box of Tea Forte teas at a local function. Within an hour of trying the white ginger pear tea I ordered about 100 tea pyramids for Christmas presents for all of my friends and family. It’s the best and the iced version is spectacular!!!" —Carrie K

    Get a 15-count box from Tea Forte for $19.50 (available in six flavors, plus other gift sets and flavors here).

    11. Or! A tin of festive tea, because you're all about cinnamon and spice and everything nice.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite tea from Harney & Sons. It's not just cinnamon — it has a blend of orange peel and sweet cloves. It has such a natural sweetness to it. You don't need to add anything to sweeten it. It can be served hot or cold. I don't even need to steep it for too long to get that spicy flavor and scent. It's a very nice morning pick me up. I will continue to purchase this one. It's a keeper!" —KarenVC

    Get a tin with 30 sachets from Amazon for $13.74.

    12. An undated planner that'll let you write down important reminders as you go, so if you end up forgetting you have a planner for months on end (guilty as charged), there's no wasted pages.

    FRANK Stationary / Etsy

    Be sure to check out the shop's home page to see all of their other cute journals/planners.

    Get it from FRANK Stationary on Etsy for $20.68.

    13. A skeleton ice cube mold tray to celebrate being juuuuust a little bit (ok, a lot) dead on the inside.

    a skull-shaped ice cube made from the mold resting inside a glass

    Promising review: "The silicone mold is rigid enough to hold its shape but flexible enough to pop out the finished product without damaging either the ice or the mold. The level of detail is pretty impressive." —David M

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    14. A cushy bath pillow that'll make your baths even *more* relaxing, and you DESERVE that! 👏


    Promising review: "I was very happy to find this bathtub pillow. This pillow and a bath bomb are a match made in heaven! It has great support for the head and shoulders! What makes this even more incredible is that it dries quickly, is particularly soft, and feels like lying on the cloud, lol!" —Midboss42

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98 (available in two styles).

    15. A deck of spell cards with remedies and rituals so you can attract good fortunes now *and* in the new year.

    The Spell Deck of cards out of box and spread out on table
    Free People

    Promising review: "I love to collect different spell books and various decks of cards I come across. These are beautiful. They have so many different ideas/topics. There are great ways to gain insight into your life, information, different spells, subjects and tips. I’m so glad I bought these, definitely recommend." —Kateathome

    Get it from Free People or Amazon for $16.95.

    16. A bash cake because there's not a combo quite like cathartically smashing chocolate in *and* sweets. It's the treat you deserve before the holiday chaos arrives.

    A giant cupcake made out of hollowed chocolate that's broken apart to reveal it's filled with chocolate pretzels

    It's a like a completely edible piñata! Each bash cake is 7.5 inches tall and contains 8 ounces of pretzels inside.

    Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $50.

    17. A brightening solution that — surprise! — brightens skin thanks to its four-acid formula like kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, and bearberry extract. This sunny bottle of magic targets dark spots, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone.

    Bottle of the Brightening Solution with a press-down pump

    Promising review: "I purchased this a couple of weeks ago and swear I can already see results. I'm not a skincare junkie – I generally have a hard time sticking with any skincare regimen because it feels over-complicated and not worth it. I genuinely feel like this is brightening my skin a bit and I enjoy using it. Really enjoy the push pump feature instead of having to turn the bottle upside down, too." —Moxmoxmox

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    18. A hand lettering 101 book featuring detailed instructions for nine lettering styles that'll teach you all the basics you need for some flawless penmanship. *Slowly chants*, bring back snail mail.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this book. So easy to follow along and practice. Love that there's a sample for you to trace and space to practice right after. Someone mentioned half the book is blank pages but in reality, it's space to practice and I actually like it. I like to compare my handwriting side by side with the example." —Lourdes

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99, and don't forget to grab a calligraphy brush pen for $5.35.

    19. Rainbow stainless steel straws — they're not only environmentally-friendly, but simply darling. What more could you want in $7 product?!?

    Reviewer image of straws half in bag, showing the straight and bent straws

    Each set comes with a mix of bent and straight straws, plus a cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "Got them to eliminate the use of plastic straws for environmental purposes, and they’re great, I love them! They’re beautiful and feel very durable and honestly make my cold beverage taste crisper." —STINAXOXO

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A pack of crisscross headbands for the days when you just don't feel like washing your hair (me on most days, TBH).

    two different reviewers wearing the headbands, one with their hair up and one with it down
    Michelle / / Garnette Mills /

    Promising review: "Love these headbands! Awesome deal and perfect for keeping my huge frizzy hair out of my face! Color choices are vibrant and the four different bands allow for them to work with any outfit. I get so many compliments when I wear them!" —Sarah

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.89 (available in six color/print options).

    21. A sloth mug to fill with looooots of coffee on the mornings when your body feels extra ~slow~.

    Urban Outfitters

    It's so cute. The face. I'm screaming.

    Promising review: "This little sloth brought so much joy to me in the mornings, just perfect for your morning cup of joe! Would recommend, makes a great gift!" —nataliep1225

    Get it on pre-order from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    22. Wrapping paper featuring *your* beautiful face, because let's be honest here, you're the real gift.


    This will end up being the best present you could ever get yourself when you see the look on your gift recipient's face after you hand them a present wrapped in this.

    Get it from Firebox for $18+ (available in three sizes).

    23. A modern jewelry box that's compact but mighty. It features multiple compartments lined with a soft linen fabric for all your small pieces, plus a ring roll for ultimate organization.

    The jewelry organizer styled on a counter with different jewelry stored in it

    Promising review: "This looks great on top of my dresser! It was a little pricier than I intended to spend on a jewelry box but it does seem very sturdy and good quality and I absolutely love the simplicity and elegance of it. I also think the side drawer is pretty cool!" —Anna T

    Get it from Amazon for $32+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    24. A Luke's Diner shirt you must wear every time you feel like you need coffee in an IV — it's the law.

    Custom Gift Shirt / Etsy

    Get it from Custom Gift Shirt on Etsy for $14.31+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and four colors).

    25. A midi long sleeve dress covered in sequins — and, um, hello. THIS is your New Year's Eve look, I just decided.

    Model wearing green sequin dress and sitting on a table

    Get it on sale from Boohoo for $25 (originally $60; available in sizes S-L).

    26. An herbal scrub that'll gently exfoliate away impurities, while being soft enough to use on your face. Formulated with high antioxidant oils, primrose oil, and calendula petals, this exfoliant works delicately on sensitive skin.

    Person pouring out the scrub into their hands
    Three Region Photography / Good Juju

    Good Juju is a woman-owned company on a mission to provide actually natural skincare products free of compounds and unnecessary chemicals, so be sure to check out the rest of its heavenly products.

    Promising review: "Skin feels amazing after using this! I’ve tried a few different exfoliating scrubs over the years and this by far is above them all. Can’t wait to be 100 years old looking 30 because of this!" —Kayla Bynum

    Get it from Good Juju for $22.

    27. A Glossier Brow Flick pen — aka your new favorite way to fill in your brows with total ease. Just flick, flick, flick and your feathery, natural look is D-O-N-E.


    Promising review: "I’ve been using brow pens rather than pencils/wax-based products for a couple of years now. My eyebrows naturally have a couple of patchy spots so I knew I needed a brow product. But unlike other brow products, pens aren’t hard in my brow hairs during application and don’t seem to clog up my pores as much. This brow pen is the most waterproof of the ones I’ve tried by far. I work out a lot and this did not bleed or fade at all when I sweat. Highly recommend if you’re into this type of brow product!" —Molly

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

    28. A 2-in-1 sheet mask that offers double the benefits thanks to its honey, lavender, and hyaluronic acid formula. This'll help your skin lock in moisture, upkeep your complexion, and treat acne.

    The Creme Shop honey lavender sheet mask

    Promising review: "Very gentle on my sensitive skin. It made my face so soft. I stocked up on them since it's very hard to find fragrance-free sheet masks that are affordable." —Denise

    Get it from CVS for $3.19.

    29. Suuuuper plush faux-fur slides so you can kick off your shoes at the end of a long day and slip into these warm cocoons. If you ask me, that is fanciness at its finest!,

    Promising review: "These slippers feel like a hug on my feet. They have a hard bottom so you can wear them out. The top part is so incredibly soft!!! I love these!" —Cyndi Lundeberg

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes 5-10 and nine colors).

    30. A fuzzy fleece jacket that'll upgrade the leggings you've been wearing to your most successful OOTD post yet.

    Model wearing the blush pink teddy coat with button up design and large lapels

    Promising review: "This jacket is soooo cute. It is exactly what I expected since the other reviews say the sizes run a bit small and recommend ordering a size up. That's what I did and I love it. It's so soft and cuddly like you're inside a teddy bear." —Ciera

    Get it from Amazon for $33.69+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 19 styles/colors).

    31. A dough press for making delicious dumplings, ravioli, empanadas, and pierogis allllll in the comfort of your kitchen so you never have a reason to leave. You're welcome.


    Promising review: "Great tools in the kitchen. I’ve now become the empanada chef in our house. Next attempt will be making potstickers/won-tons. Also, will be making some hand-held fruit pies. Implements are super easy to clean and I really like the fact that the bottoms cut the right sized cut-outs." —Sherman D. Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $7.28.

    32. An adorable soy candle with notes of butter, apple, cinnamon, and clove to recreate your childhood's favorite fall smells no matter where you are.

    Homesick Candles

    Promising review: "This candle is everything! All the love of your grandma in this candle. A mix of all the best Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter dinner all in one candle. Do not think twice, buy it. 100% worth it." —Kelli H.

    Get it from Homesick Candles for $34.

    33. A pair of chic, delicate earrings you 100% need if you're one to never take your earrings off (me) but still want to look polished and on-trend every day.


    Promising review: "I love these tiny little earrings. I received them about a week ago and I never take them out and sleep in them. Honestly I forget they are even in until someone compliments me! My holes are a little stretched out after so many years of heavy earrings, but I haven't had any issues with these sinking into the holes like sometimes happens with smaller studs. I appreciate that the posts aren't so long and that I don't get stabbed by them." —Julie N.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

    34. A neck pillow in the shape of a FREAKIN' SHRIMP. Why use a plain neck pillow when you could be sleeping on a shrimp one?!? This isn't up for debate, this pillow rocks.

    Person resting on the shrimp pillow on a table

    Promising review: "This pillow changed my life. Birthday for someone you're in love with? Wanna show your teacher you appreciate them? Does your hairdresser give you solid looks for solid prices and you need a Christmas gift for them? Does your neck need support late at night when you're playing scary video games in the dark at 2 a.m. when you should be studying for finals? This shrimp neck pillow was the answer to all those questions. It's so comfortable. It's so fashionable. It's so iconic. No one will ever disrespect you with this on your neck. If you have doubts, take my word for it. This pillow is where it's at." —McHoot

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    35. A cute letter board to leave yourself funny messages, welcome your guests, or (if you're a responsible adult) remind yourself of important dates.

    Reviewer's letter board set up on kitchen counter with letters that read "home is where the pants aren't"

    The letter board comes with 150 letters. You can get more letters, symbols, and numbers for $15.99.

    Promising review: "I have wanted a felt letter board for a long time now but most brands were just so expensive! The board is very well made and stands out from all the other boards out there with the pink felt! It was also so much more affordable than the rest and offers the letters in different colors on their site." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors).

    36. A modern clock that'll add some instant decor to your empty walls. And let's face it, walls are ALWAYS the hardest thing to decorate.

    Clock hung up on wall. It has rose gold numbers that are large

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

    37. A strike on jar with colored tip matches because your finest of candles deserve to be lit with the finest of matches. Just admit it, these are fabulous!

    Five tall jars of matches, all with different color tips. The jar is closed by a small cork.
    The Found / Etsy

    Comes with 25 3.5-inch matches, and the jar has a convenient match-striker pad for easy lighting.

    And! Be sure to check out the rest of this Etsy shop — they have the cutest jar matches, all in different lengths and jar sizes.

    Get the tall matches from Mae'd in MKE on Etsy for $9 each (available in six colors).

    38. A deep conditioning mask that'll revive dry hair with its Argan oil, collagen, B vitamin, and rosehip oil formula. It's like a hydrating drink of water but for your head. *Ahhh.*

    Bottles of the Briogeo mask

    Promising review: "This product changed my hair routine! It's an absolute must for me! My hair is coarse / thick and by the end of the week the ends get brittle and dry. I use this in the shower every Sunday and it adds moisture, softness, and shine back into my locks. It's totally changed the way my hair feels throughout the week! LOVEEEE!" —Caybabe

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    39. An oversized, 25-ounce prosecco glass because bath rule number one is: BYOB (bring your own bubbles).


    Just to break this down: 25 ounces = four standard-size glasses of bubbly.

    Promising review: "I was shocked! At first look, I didn't think one flute glass would hold the entire champagne bottle. IT DOES!" —Vaygar-Ingvald Elmersson

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    40. Speaking of baths, a hypoallergenic bubble bath made with calming lavender and naturally-derived botanicals to comfortably soak in all while knowing you're not marinating in a tub of chemicals.

    Bottle of Honest bubble bath in "dreamy lavender"

    Use it for your kiddos or yourself — whoever needs a calming bath more.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this bubble bath. We’ve been buying it for a while now and it's probably the best, most soothing lavender bubble bath on the market. We use it every night for my son’s bath. Not only does it smell amazing (perfect to calm baby at night) but it creates bubbles pretty well. My son loves to play in it! Highly recommend for babies, and adults too!" —Aggie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Holiday season can get hectic so before you go and start spoilin' everyone else, take some time to:


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