Care package ideas: 12 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

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Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day, so this is great 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.

1. Elizabeth Scarlett jungle leaf velvet hot water bottle in Rose Shadow, £30, Amara

Elizabeth Scarlett jungle leaf velvet hot water bottle in Rose Shadow, £30, Amara

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.

2. She Turned Her Can’ts into Cans gin enamel pin badge, £6.99, Of Life & Lemons

She Turned Her Can’ts into Cans’ gin enamel pin badge, £6.99, Of Life & Lemons

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

3. Tea Growbar, £12, Glut.co.uk

Tea Growbar, £12, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

For green-fingered gurus out there who also happen to love a cuppa, then 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!

4. 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.

5. Alphabet eye mask, £5, Marks & Spencer

Alphabet eye mask, £5, Marks & Spencer

Steer your loved ones towards a peaceful night’s sleep with a handy eye mask. You can even pick one with their initial on for an additional personalised, thoughtful touch.

6. Cashmere blend pink knitted sock, £24, Oliver Bonas
Cashmere blend pink knitted sock, £24, Oliver Bonas

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?

7. 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.

8. 365 happiness journal, £6, Paperchase

365 happiness journal, £6, Paperchase

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.

9. Perfect gift candles, £17.50, Heating & Plumbing London

Perfect gift candles, £17.50, Heating & Plumbing London

As the days become shorter and the nights draw in earlier, help your friend or family member set a chilled-out mood for the evening with a cosy candle.

10. Calm hand wash, £5, Marks & Spencer

Calm hand wash, £5, Marks & Spencer

With essential oils such as lavender, cedar wood, sweet orange and clary sage, this hand wash will have your loved one on their way to feeling calm and collected.

11. Bath bombs, from £1, Primark

Bath bombs, from £1, Primark

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 selection of bath bombs in a spectrum of colours from Primark.

12. You Can print, £6, S Prints by Shauna

You Can print, £6, S Prints by Shauna
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