Care package ideas: 14 ideas to include in a self-care box

A thoughtful gift box shows your nearest and dearest you care - so here are some ideas for how to fill yours with self-care treats

Sass & Belle grey glazed effect mug, £12, Missguided

The start to 2021 has been a difficult one, so there’s never been a better time to think about ways to boost emotional wellbeing – whether its your own or that of a friend or relative who could use a pick-me-up.

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Care packages are an increasingly popular surprise gift to brighten up a loved’s one day. A hand-picked assortment of little presents lets your lucky recipient spoil themselves with a surprise self-care box, and its also a wonderful way to them know much they mean to you.

Working out where to start with a care package can be tricky – what should you include? Perhaps you’ll already have some personalised ideas, but if you want to include some general self-care treats we’ve collated 12 thoughtful present ideas which your loved ones are bound to appreciate.

Care package ideas 

Turtle Blue Hot Water Bottle, £24, Oliver Bonas

Turtle Blue Hot Water Bottle, £24, Oliver Bonas
Turtle Blue Hot Water Bottle, £24, Oliver Bonas

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Who doesn’t love a hot water bottle? Especially when it’s wet and windy outside. Keep your loved ones warm and cosy with this simple gift.

You Do You Enamel Pin, £7.50, Etsy

You Do You Enamel Pin, £7.50, Etsy
You Do You Enamel Pin, £7.50, Etsy

This motivational pin badge might be small, but it’s sure to bring a beaming smile to someone’s face and brighten their day.

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Tea Growbar, £12, Glut.co.uk

Tea Growbar, £12, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

If you know a green-fingered guru who also happens to love a cuppa, this is definitely one to include in their self-care box. Inside the Growbar is a collection of seeds which they can nurture until the plants produce some tasty tea leaves. Plus, the natural calming effect of herbal teas are an instant mood booster!

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Maharaja’s breakfast tea, £30, Selfridges

Maharaja’s breakfast tea, £30, Newby

Alternatively, if the person you’re sending the gift box to isn’t keen on getting their hands dirty in the garden, then bring the brew to them with this special, high-quality tea from Newby.

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Pure Silk Eye Mask, £50, Amara

Pure Silk Eye Mask, £50, Amara
Pure Silk Eye Mask, £50, Amara

Steer your loved ones towards a peaceful night’s sleep with a handy eye mask. These beautiful silk ones reduce stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin and won’t absorb your skin products.

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Rosie Sugden Cashmere Bed Socks in Cream, £35, Fortnum and Mason

Rosie Sugden Cashmere Bed Socks in Cream, £35, Fortnum and Mason
Rosie Sugden Cashmere Bed Socks in Cream, £35, Fortnum and Mason

The warm and toasty feel of knitted socks on your feet is one of life’s simple luxuries – and what better way to appreciate this than with these ultra-soft, cashmere-blend essentials?

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Cashmere lavender bags, £15, Ava Innes

Cashmere lavender bags, £15, Ava Innes
Cashmere lavender bags, £15, Ava Innes

Lavender has been scientifically proven to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, so get your friend or relative to pop one of these under their pillow to induce a restful night’s sleep or add it to their clothes drawer to keep the scent alive all day long.

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The Calm & Mindful Notebook, £16.95, Amazon

The Calm & Mindful Notebook
The Calm & Mindful Notebook

Get your loved one to keep track of their year by recording all of the events that have brought them joy – it will be a wonderful way to remember all of the best bits.

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Calm candle, £20, The White Company

Calm candle, £20, The White Company
Calm candle, £20, The White Company

A candle can completely transform a space, making it feel cosy and relaxing in an instant. This beautiful ‘Calm’ candle from The White Company combines therapeutic essential oils and will help your friend or family member set a chilled-out mood for the evening.

Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold Fine Liquid Hand Wash, £22, Molton Brown

Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold Fine Liquid Hand Wash, £22, Molton Brown
Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold Fine Liquid Hand Wash, £22, Molton Brown

With decadent notes of cinnamon leaf, nutmeg and bergamot and real 23.5-carat golden flakes, this hand wash will have your loved one on their way to feeling pampered and relaxed.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Seaweed and Arnica foaming Bath, £15.50, John Lewis

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Seaweed and Arnica foaming Bath, £15.50, John Lewis
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Seaweed and Arnica foaming Bath, £15.50, John Lewis

What better way to promote a sense of calm than a long, hot bubble bath? You can make their relaxation time a little more exciting too with this restorative and mineral-rich foaming bath – it’s perfect for use after exercise.

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You Can print, £6, S Prints by Shauna

You Can print, £6, S Prints by Shauna

An inspirational wall quote is a wonderful way to give an instance confidence – and we think this is a message we all need to hear from time to time!

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Sass & Belle grey glazed effect mug, £12, Missguided

Sass & Belle grey glazed effect mug, £12, Missguided
Sass & Belle grey glazed effect mug, £12, Missguided

When it comes to gifts, you really can’t go wrong with a new mug. This glazed one from Missguided’s new homeware collection has a beautiful rustic texture and will look amazing in a package with some speciality teas.

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Neom Organics London Tranquility Perfect Night’s Sleep Reed Diffuser, £38, John Lewis

Neom Organics London Tranquility Perfect Night's Sleep Reed Diffuser, £38, John Lewis
Neom Organics London Tranquility Perfect Night’s Sleep Reed Diffuser, £38, John Lewis
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This Neom reed diffuser has a blend of 19 different essential oils – including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine – especially designed to promote sleep.