Shopping lists run a mile long this time of year. But on our list, the gift of relaxation is always in the number-one spot. In such a busy season, it can be hard to hit the yoga studio regularly — or, let's face it, to even find a few minutes to wind down with that meditation app you installed. But, if we could take a spa day without leaving our own home, we may be able to carve out an extra hour for that.
Whether you need your own sanctuary for escaping family members who are taking over your guest bedrooms, or are looking for gifts for the most overworked friend on your list, here are products to spring for stat this holiday season. If you fill your bathroom with these goodies and squint really hard, you'll swear you're in an exclusive day spa. We can already smell the eucalyptus ...
Battery-Powered Oil Diffuser
Set the mood with a diffuser, which lets lovely, soothing fragrances fill your home. This model is battery-operated, which means it has no clumsy cords to plug in to the socket that's normally reserved for your hairdryer.
Aura Cacia Essential Discovery Kit
You'll need some therapeutic scents to fill up that diffuser. Start with this handy kit, which has classic spa hits like lavender and eucalyptus. Plus, there's some tea tree oil in there, which is very Meghan Markle.
Lunabase Amber Battery Operated LED Votive Candles
Overhead lights do not fit into this spa-themed reverie. Put these totally safe, drip-free candles on the side of your tub, and then take a soak in the dim amber glow.
Pretika White Massaging Bath Pillow With Remote
Who needs an on-staff masseuse when you have a remote-controlled pillow that's almost as good? (We said almost.) B.Y.O. flute and reed-based soundtrack, and let the soothing begin. You won't even have to tip!
Lollia Relax Bubble Bath
A stressful gift wrapping marathon calls for complete submersion into a tub filled with bubbles that smell like lavender, white orchids, vanilla, and bee-blossom honey. Say it with us, now: Ahh.
Drunk Elephant Volume 1 Hot Date
Drunk Elephant's kit has all the makings of a D.I.Y. facial for right before bedtime. The box set includes the brand's best-selling glycolic night serum, and the Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer that guards against winter dryness. Plus, could the cute packaging be any more gift-worthy?
Josie Maran Juicy Mango Whipped Argan Mask and Body Duo
Treat yourself from head-to-toe with a mud mask for your face, and mango-scented body butter for the rest of you.
Natori Brushed Spa Terry Robe
Leave this cozy spa robe hanging on the back of your bathroom door to remind you: this is no ordinary bathroom. This is a den of tranquility and soft terry cloth. (Plus, you'll need something to wear while you let that mud mask set and catch up on Vanderpump Rules.)
Kate Spade New York Parfett Slipper
Every good spa provides plush slippers for padding from the changing rooms to the treatment rooms. (You wouldn't want your freshly pedicured feet to get cold!) Round out the spa-day experience with these plush fur slip-ons, which have the open-toe silhouette of a typical spa slipper.
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