29 Things For People Who Almost Never Take Time For Themselves

29 Things For People Who Almost Never Take Time For Themselves

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A 12-pack of under-eye gel masks fit for a pampering sesh that’ll perk up their dark circles — even if it’s when they’re chugging coffee and packing kids’ lunches in the wee morning hours.


Promising review: “These work like a dream. I use them in the morning while having my cup of coffee and they instantly make me appear more wide awake and less puffy. They’re comfortable to wear on the face, don’t slip and slide everywhere, and stay where you place them. I can hardly even tell I have them on — they’re lightweight and very soothing on the skin. They have this great cooling effect to them as well, which I love feeling first thing in the morning.” —Macy Ikerd

Get them from Amazon for $21.


An overnight lip mask they can just apply like lip balm and then reap the moisturizing benefits come morn! They could even keep it by their bed so they can do the nightly ritual after they’ve tucked themselves under their toasty covers! (That’s what I do with my night lip mask.)


Promising review: “I am s.h.o.c.k.e.d. at how well this little lip mask works! I’m currently taking Accutane — which dries out your entire body, especially the lips — and I used this last night right after I scrubbed the dead skin off in the shower and it’s still on this morning and my lips are buttery soft! It has a beautiful citrus-y scent. THIS IS A HOLY GRAIL.” —Robin Maahs

Get it from Amazon for $7.30.


A gorgeous line-a-day journal they’ll feel inspired to fill, unlike the four regular empty (but beautiful!) journals they have decaying on their bookshelf.


Get it from Amazon for $13.81.


A faux-fur throw that’ll feel luxurious (without the matching price tag) so they can nuzzle into this while they watch the game, read a book, or just rest their eyes for a moment. OK, like two hours.


Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in five sizes and 19 colors).


An argan oil hair mask as a beauty bandage for the babe who keeps having to skip salon appointments because life happens.


I’ve used this and a little goes a long way! Also, if your recipient washes their hair once or twice a week tops they can get away with using this in lieu of regular ol’ conditioner. That’s what I do! (And now that I’m looking at my split ends, I should probably reorder….)

Get it from Amazon for $11.95.


A super comfy seat cushion in case they log lots of hours sitting in a subpar desk chair, driving, or they just experience back pain.


Promising review: “I just drove 1,300 miles from New York to Florida and your cushion made all the difference. My anticipated pain was reduced by 80%; no sciatica or excessive lower back pain. Great product!!” —Sondra’s Dad

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.


Or a memory foam pillow to lure them into actually sitting down on the couch for a spell.


I bought one for each of my parents for Christmas after reading my coworker’s story about stuff for people who never leave the couch. It is squishy but supportive and wide enough to fit across the full width of a recliner chair. I gave them a test run while home for the holidays and they’re delightful!

Get it from Amazon for $23.87.


And a foot massager they can use once you’ve lured them to the couch. Or while they pay bills. Or while they’re working! So many great sitting possibilities.


This uses infrared heat and six rotating massage heads for delivering some serious relaxation.

Promising review: “I just received this and I LOVE it. It adequately relieved the knots in my neck, the base of my skull, and my legs. I’m going to try my feet also. I’ve been wanting something like this for quite some time and I’m thrilled with this product. This item definitely delivers. I highly recommend it. The price for this item given the relief provided is wonderful.” —Stephanie T.

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (also available in big vibration). Also check out a manual rolling massager that I own and love.


A mojito-inspired Homesick candle for them to light as they burn the midnight oil (even though you wish they wouldn’t!). Here’s to doing what you have to do now to get to those actual poolside mojitos in warmer weather.


Get it from Homesick for $25.46.


A box of Cadbury chocolate bars if your overworked sweetie unwinds with GBBO but has neither the time nor the energy to assemble such concoctions.


Includes 10 full-size British candy bars.

Get it from Amazon for $13.48.


An infusion pitcher they can use to make “spa water” with cucumbers or other cut-up fruit. They forget to drink enough water and it’s time for a change!


And it’s dishwasher-safe so they don’t have to avoid using it bc they don’t have time for hand-washing.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $28.99.


Or if chopping fruit and putting it in a pitcher still seems like something too time-consuming for them, a water bottle marked with a hydration schedule might help them increase their H2O intake. Bobby Boucher would be proud.


BTW, they’re made from non-toxic and BPA-free Tritan plastic.

Get two from Amazon for $14.99.


Cozy joggers that’ll be a stylish step up from their go-to sweats without sacrificing comfort.

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Promising review (for the men’s): “My husband loved these! They’re true to size, super comfortable, and really cute. The burgundy’s our favorite. He also got em in navy, black, and grey because he liked them so much. He’s 6’2” 185 lbs and I got him a large.” —emma_lee_em

Get them from Amazon: men’s sizes for $12+ (sizes XS–3XL and 26 styles/colors) or women’s for $18+ (sizes XS–2XL and 13 styles/colors).


A birthstone pendant necklace for the person who doesn’t have an aversion to jewelry, but never finds the time to plan out *which* piece to wear with each outfit. This’ll be a gorgeous lil’ go-to!


Aromatherapy shower bombs that’ll be perfect for the person who doesn’t have time to draw a bath but really treasures the few steamy minutes of shower time. Unlike that box of bath bombs, these will actually get used!!!

Gorgeous Soap / Etsy

They can simply place an unwrapped shower bomb on the shower floor (or a shelf) away from the stream of water to release aromatherapy vapors. And if one doesn’t completely dissolve during one quick sesh, they can save for another!

Promising review: “This was the first time I’ve used shower bombs and they fizz just like a bath bomb. The scent is SUPER strong in the box with all of the scents together, it’s a little overpowering. However, in the shower these smell great. I love how they have little pieces of dried flowers and things, it makes them look so pretty.” —Bianca Partsch

Get them from Amazon for $24.99.


A 15-pack of soothing sheet masks might just prove to be the easiest dose of beauty self-care they do, even if it’s just for a few minutes while the baby naps!


This would be nice for someone who’d like softer skin but is all, “WTF is a serum?”

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two combos).


Or a butt sheet mask that’ll make them laugh when you give it to them. Cue to a few days later when you receive an “I love this thing” text.


Promising review: “Oh my gosh. I’m obsessed. Bought this on a whim because I love face masks. My butt has never felt so good.” —Kaitlyn Hensler

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in four types).


And if you’re feeling especially generous, BuzzFeed’s splurge-worthy Birchbox can give them the tools they need to treat themselves. The bubble sheet mask is gonna be so fun!


It has a $205 value(!!!) and includes the following: First Aid Beauty Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask (full-size); Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full-size); Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size);

amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size); Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner (travel size); ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life (full size);

GLAMGLOW® BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask (full size);

Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (full size); and Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel size).

Get it from Birchbox for $52 when you enter code BUZZFEED at checkout.


Moisturizing socks they only need to wear for 20 minutes to feel the silky smooth benefit down to, in, and around their toes. After all, they’re toe socks!


Promising review: “These are the best gel socks I’ve ever used. They actually work to soften my skin. My feet have been getting really dry to a point where they hurt. I’ve used many moisturizers and other sock treatments but none really worked well. These socks work great. The only issue I have is that they don’t fit your toes like they do in the picture. My feel look like Fred Flintstone, but I usually wear them when I go to bed, so that really isn’t a big deal. Some nights I can keep them on all night and some nights only for a few hours, but I’m always pleased with the softness of my skin the next morning. I’ve also washed them a couple of times and they still work great afterwards.” —L. Helfert

Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three sizes).


Or perhaps some adorable reading socks for a plush feel, even if they don’t have time to actually read while wearing them.


Promising review: “These are the softest, warmest, fluffiest, coziest, most amazing socks. The inside is made of the same stuff as the top part, and it’s soooooooo soft! These are clearly handmade by free range unicorns that choose to share their love with the world by sharing the magical warmth of their hearts channeled into the form of socks ^ ^

I got the cat ones first, but more styles are currently in transit to me, including the Unicorn ones, obviously.” —Emma

Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 18 styles).


A phone cleaner/charger the person who’s on the phone every waking minute — even in the bathroom stall at the office!!!!! — would actually use.


Basically, it’ll sanitize whatever fits in there so you can close the lid, like eyeglasses.

Promising review: “This is very, very easy to use. Open it, put in the phone and close it. Yup, it’s that simple. No chemicals to use, no cloth to use. I clean my phone now every time I come home. It’s can’t hurt. Good peace of mind.” —Mr. Bunch

Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in three colors).


A rosewater spray they can keep on their vanity or desk for a mid-day moisturizing mist that’ll make them feel fresh as heck. And not in the “what is this fresh hell” kinda way when they look at the latest nonsense to land in their inbox.


“Seriously, it only takes a few seconds to spray your face!” —you to them

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this product. I could not say enough good things about it. I saw that a friend was using it and heard that a lot of French women use this in their skincare routines, so I wanted to try it. It has given me so much more moisture in my skin after just using it for a week. My favorite ways to use it are either at night before bed (before I put on my night cream), mixing it with my foundation for a glowy look, or to set my foundation and powder! It smells amazing also, AND it did not break me out (I have sensitive skin).” —Leah Rose P.

Get it from Amazon for $8.10.


“Buck naked” boxers that won’t pinch, stink, or make them sweat so they can concentrate on all the selfless acts they have on their schedule instead of weighing whether they have time for an underwear change post-work.

Duluth Trading Co.

Get them from Duluth Trading Co. for $22.50 (available in nine colors and sizes S–4X). And check out some fun patterns!


A ~relaxing~ tea in case they are forever sipping some free office tea and you want to treat ’em to something that isn’t that free green tea that seems to be contributing to their sleep problems. (It me.)


Promising review: “I have a good bit of anxiety about most things in life. I like to enjoy this tea in the evening with honey to finish off my day. Tastes great and it arrived in a timely manner.” —Christian Scott

Get a box of 20 bags from Amazon for $2.94.


Or a *customized* reusable Starbucks mug as a nice lil’ luxury that already fits into their caffeinated routine that has no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Or ever!


Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available with customization for the top and bottom of the ring, along with the ring color).


A weighted eye mask packed with cooling beads for a face-conforming fit to shut out the world for a spell because once they get into bed you wish immediate and deep sleep upon them.


Promising review: “I have migraines. I got these for that reason but they are nice for sleep, spacing out. These are so nice and comfortable out of the freezer and also at room temp. I have given many of these out as stress reliever gifts to other nurses and techs as a way to disconnect for a few. If they had a 10-pack I would order them just so I had them as spare gifts. I have had several ask where I got them. For a migraine/headache person these are great — no pressure on your eyeballs but the elastic holds pressure just enough to keep me from holding it myself like I often do. The beads inside the mask give just enough cold and pressure without squeezing. Even at room temp the beads are cool. I generally take two Excedrin, put this on, and pass out if my headache is bad.” —NursePicky

Get it from Amazon for $13.49.


An aromatherapy roll-on stick to use on the go when lighting a candle as a relaxing lil’ ritual just isn’t in the cards.


Promising review: “The scent is a soft, peaceful one; It does not assault you! It’s perfect in strength, not cloying — but absolutely present and accounted for. I have severe anxiety disorder, and some days are fairly hard to get through. I’m not saying that ‘Chill Out’ essential oil blend takes anxiety away. I can say that the scent dials down some of the feelings of tension, irritability, etc., that I experience, and helps bring me back to a place that’s more centered and calm. I wish that the scent was a little longer lasting, but this is truly not a deal-breaker! I will continue to buy this blend!” —Paula Owens

Get it from Amazon for $13.77.


A weighted blanket to help them go from full throttle to complete relaxation once it’s time to take a nap or go to sleep for the night. Seriously, encourage some restorative naps!


Keep in mind that the weight of the blanket you order should be 7%–13% of your weight. Due to its weight, it’s not necessary to choose an oversized blanket.

Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in 13 colors and 15 weights/sizes).

You to your selfless loved one:

Comedy Central

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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