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Chances are, you know at least three women in your life right now who are in need of some serious R&R — including yourself. If you’re dreaming of the gift of relaxation this holiday season, but don’t have a spare week (or a couple extra thousand dollars) to jet off to the spa and indulge in soothing massages and feel-good facials, we’ve got you covered. Why not find your own ohm this year with a nice, relaxing holiday staycation?
What is a staycation holiday?
A holiday staycation is exactly what it sounds like — a seasonal retreat from it all that’s doesn’t require you to plan a single minute of holiday travel, which can send stress levels skyrocketing, since you’ll be spending it in the comfort of your very own home.
The difference between a holiday staycation and any other old day lies in how you spend your time. Rather than busying yourself with housework or tending to bills and other worries, a holiday staycation should be spent focusing on yourself and your own self-care.
As with a normal staycation, your options aren’t confined to your own four walls: You can also plan events and activities in your hometown that you might not normally have time to do. Maybe you indulge in a lengthy nature walk or pencil in some time for some holiday light viewing. As long as it relaxes you and lifts your spirits, it’s a worthy holiday staycation endeavor!
Holiday Staycation Essentials
Now that you’ve made your mind up to enjoy the holidays at home, you’ll need a few essentials to maximize your staycation experience. From flameless candles ($14.99, Amazon) that will instantly set a laid-back mood in your family room to microwavable booties ($27.79, Amazon) that will keep your feet nice and toasty no matter the weather, there are endless ways to increase your comfort level as you kick back and relax. We’ve rounded up a slew of fabulous finds that will do just that: Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s guide to the perfect holiday staycation essentials you’ll want to have on hand this season.
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Bring Me Wine Socks
Haute Soiree 'Bring Me Some Wine' Socks
Where to buy: $9.95, Amazon
Sometimes, a woman deserves to be waited on hand and foot, and these unisex knit cotton socks, which fit shoe sizes 6 to 12, get that message across loud and clear. These machine washable finds also make for great stocking stuffers to gift to your favorite ladies.
Chakra Naturals Aromatherapy Necklace
Where to buy: $11.99, Amazon
Bring a little bit of stress relief with you everywhere you go with this pretty essential oil diffuser necklace by Chakra Naturals. It comes with 17 multicolored aromatherapy diffuser pads, which can be placed inside this locket-style piece. It features a tree of life mandala design crafted from surgical stainless steel and comes on a 24-inch chain.
Flameless Led Candles
FRF Flameless LED Candles
Where to buy: $14.99, Amazon
Engulf your home in a romantic, relaxing glow without the worry of any accidental fires courtesy of these remote control flameless LED candles. Each one boasts a whopping 50,000 of glow time and can be timed to turn off every four or eight hours. They won't look plastic or fake, either, since each one is made from real wax.
Bath Bomb Set
Artnaturals Bath Bomb Set
Where to buy: $19.95 (Originally $22.95), Amazon
We all need to kick back in the bath occasionally, and this 12-piece bath bomb gift set ensures you'll have everything you need to do just that. Featuring essential oil scents of coconut, lavender, ocean, seagrass, green tea, grapefruit, orange, rose, lily, geranium, lemon, and aloe vera, these chemical-free bombs are also packed with detoxing antioxidants that will work to "heal and nourish" as you enjoy your soak.
Burts Bees Face Essentials
Burt's Bees Face Essentials Holiday Gift Set
Where to buy: $19.99, Amazon
Who needs to head to the spa for a facial? Burt's Bees' face essentials holiday gift set has just what you need to cleanse, scrub, and hydrate your dry, winter skin, including facial towlettes, a deep cleansing cream, a pore scrub, and a coconut lip balm. Better yet, everything is made with all-natural ingredients that are cruelty-free.
Fleece Lounging Cardigan
Sleepyheads Long-Sleeve Wrap Robe Cardigan
Where to buy: From $25.99, Amazon
It's cozy, it's comfy, and it's oh-so warm: Say hello to your holiday staycation uniform of Sleepyheads' wrap cardigan. Comfortable to lounge in and stylish enough to pair with jeans or leggings and your favorite tee, this robe-like top works for practically all occasions and can be easily machine-washed for repeated use.
Green Tea Spa Basket
Giftsational Green Tea Spa Basket
Where to buy: $17.99, Amazon
For the ultimate spa day at home, pick up this green tea spa basket from Giftsational. It comes complete with a shower gel, a bubble bath, bath crystals, bath fizzers, body spray, and an exfoliating sponge, all of which are cruelty-free.
Amazon customers say it "smells wonderful" and is just what the doctor ordered on the relaxation front: "Great for a little R&R," one buyer wrote.
Lavender Eye Pillow
Eye Pillow Vacation Lavender Eye Pillow
Where to buy: $17.95, Amazon
Take a deep breath, calm your tired eyes, and relax as you take in the calming scent of lavender found within this satin eye pillow. In addition to its soothing smell, these pillows, which are also available in organic cotton and come in 10 different colors, are filled with organic flax seed for a light acupressure feeling around your tired eye area.
TheraFlow Wooden Foot Massager
Where to buy: $16.95, Amazon
You deserve a foot massage every day of the week, and you can have one with TheraFlow's wooden foot massager. It's lightweight (1.5 pounds) and portable, so you can easily take it into any room of the house, and it features 10 moving rollers that will stimulate the bottom of your tired dogs like none other.
Take it from this Amazon purchaser, who wrote, "WOW! My feet feel so relaxed where before they always felt tight. Nerve endings are soothed. More than this, there have been all-body reaching effects. ... I carry stress in my shoulders and neck. After a session with the massager, that area feels relaxed. When I use it briefly after a meal, my digestion seems greatly improved. I experience overall relaxation throughout my body. Thank you for this great product!"
Bath Caddy Wine Glass Holder
SipCaddy Bath Tub Wine Caddy
Where to buy: $13.95, Amazon
A little bubble bath, a glass of wine, and you've got yourself all the makings of the perfect evening! This patented device is billed as "the only cupholder in the world that also holds wine glasses," and has a suction cup rating for at least 7 pounds — plenty sturdy enough for even your finest glassware. Aah!
Warmies Microwavable Boot Slippers
Where to buy: From $27.79, Amazon
Keep your toes cozy and warm this season with these fuzzy boot slippers from Warmies, which can be popped into your microwave for added heat that will last up to an hour. The secret lies in the warming beads that are packed into the top of the shoe. These boots are one size fits all (5 to 9) and also come in black.
I Wine Coloring Book
Maad Wine Coloring Book
Where to buy: $12.95, Amazon
There's not a lot that's more soothing than turning off your brain and just coloring: A 2005 study showed that adults who colored a mandala for 20 minutes experienced decreased anxiety. This book features 32 pages of wine-themed illustrations that will set your mind at ease in a hurry.
Himalayan Body Scrub
Majestic Pure Himalayan Scrub
Where to buy: $13.98, Amazon
Majestic Pure's Himalayan body scrub doesn't just make for a pretty jar in your bathroom — it has the ability to transform your skin. Himalayan salt acts as a powerful detoxer, extracting toxins from your epidermis and tissue. It also boosts metabolism, promotes hydration, and relaxes cramped muscles, to name a few. This scrub also has lychee oil, which gives off a delicate scent as it acts as an antioxidant.
Neck And Shoulder Wrap
SoftHeat Neck and Shoulder Wrap
Where to buy: $20.99 (Originally $24.99), Amazon
Double duty alert! You can use this oh-so-soothing wrap for heat relief or as a cold ice pack — the choice is yours! It's filled with therapeutic microbeads to simulate a soft "hug" as you drape it across your neck or shoulder, and is both microwave and freezer-safe to best suit your therapy needs.