13 Self-Care Products That Will Help Get Your New Year Off to a Great Start

published Dec 28, 2021
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Ready or not, the dawn of a new year is right around the corner. Whether you’re making resolutions or releasing yourself from the pressure of taking on too much, one thing we could all certainly use is a refreshing dose of TLC. It’s been a hectic year, and you’ve earned the time to relax and recharge. Though a few extra minutes (or hours) of sleep works wonders, there are some items you can incorporate into your home to really set an easy, breezy mood.

We’ve hand-selected our favorite self-care picks for the new year, from tested, trusted cozy finds to tech that takes tranquility to a whole new level. Now is the time to treat yourself, and what better way to do that than with products made with YOU in mind?

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The Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket is without a doubt as snuggly as it looks, and is as soft as your favorite well-worn T-shirt! This chunky-knit blanket is ultra-comfortable, easy to manuever, and comes in a selection of vibrant colors that are just as bright in real life as they look online. You don't have to follow the weighted blanket "10 percent rule" with this one: No matter which size you choose, the weight stays evenly distributed as its polyester fill doesn’t shift around like beads do. Additionally, the breathable weave of the blanket keeps it continuously cool, so you won't overheat if you drape it over yourself during an epic Netflix binge.

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Uncommon Goods

Kick back and relax with this soft lavender-scented neck and shoulder pillow that utilizes gentle pressure and aromatherapy for supreme coziness. Handmade and filled with flax seed, the ergonomic U-shape sits comfortably and stays in place. It also has a removable cover that's machine-washable, making it easy to clean and refresh. To take advantage of the pillow's tension-relieving qualities, you can change its temperature by throwing it into the dryer, microwave (for no more than 30 seconds), or even the freezer!

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Have you picked up a new planner for the new year? Here's one you'll be able to fill out over and over again! Rocketbook's latest reusable smart notebook, the Everyday Planner, is a physical/digital hybrid that allows you to fill it in by hand, scan as needed to your devices, and then wipe clean with a damp cloth. From there, you're free to plan out the next week! With just 48 pages, it's broken down into eight sections that include weekly, monthly, and yearly templates, as well as additional pages for project planning, note taking, and to-do lists.

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Color can do a lot for your mood, especially in the home. The portable Eve Flare mood light puts the power of ambience in your hands, whether in your living room, bedroom, home office, or outside on the patio. The smart LED light works for six hours when fully charged, is water resistant, and can be controlled remotely. With millions of colors to choose from, you can set the tone for relaxation with the easy press of a button.

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Overland is known for high-quality shearling, leather, and suede clothing (and also stunning collections of sheepskin rugs and luxe wool throws). They have over 20 men's and women's options for slippers, but these luxe shearling-lined suede slippers were our top pick. The shearling interior keeps your feet cozy and warm while premium memory foam midsoles provides excellent support, whether you're lounging at home or running quick errands. They're extremely soft, highly durable, and thanks to easily wipeable soles, can also be worn both indoors and outdoors.

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was $1199.00

A good night's sleep is one of the most important forms of self-care. Editor-favorite brand Leesa's original mattress is made of premium foam for body-contouring comfort and pressure-relieving support. It's the perfect pick for sleepers who love the gentle hug that foam provides, with a bit of bounce and firmness. You can score a great deal on this mattress and more during Leesa's Year End Sale! From December 26 to January 13, get up to $400 off mattresses, 15 percent off bundles, and 30 percent off bedding.

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If you've never used a waterless diffuser, it's time to give it a try. This stone diffuser from Canopy is an AT editor favorite, and even made our home fragrance Best List for the best customizable diffuser! The tiny gadget offers two diffusion methods: an aroma puck that nestles into a space in the middle of the vents (just add a few drops of essential oil as needed) and a stone well that's capable of holding a small bottle of Canopy’s signature aromas upside down as the oil slowly evaporates. You can also use an essential oil blend of your choosing. The Canopy Diffuser works best for areas up to 400 square feet, and a three-speed fan assists to spread the fragrance.

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A soft and comfy robe makes an excellent finishing piece for lounging at home, and it doesn't get much better than Parachute's Cloud Cotton Robe. It's lightweight and luxurious, due to its 4-ply gauze that's made of 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton, but its relaxed fit doesn't make it any less warm and snuggly. The robe is available in eight colors, and yes, there are pockets!

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Inspired by sunrise, the HappyLight Alba is compact and easily portable, making it a great option for use at your desk, in bed, or for travel. The lamp mimics sunlight by delivering UV-free bright white LED light with an intensity of up to 10,000 lux. You can also adjust the color temperature if you prefer a warmer hue, and set a countdown timer for convenience. Verilux's HappyLight lamp collection is one of the most popular due to their accessible price points, ease of use, and handy size.

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was $149.99

This deep-kneading Shiatsu foot massager is easy to use and customizable in every way, adjusting to the pressure of your choice. It even comes equipped with a heating feature to keep your toes warm and toasty! You can set the timer for a 15- or 30-minute massage, and select the intensity for both the kneading and squeezing pressures (low, medium, or high). You’ll also be able to adjust the heat settings to warm up either your whole foot or just the front. Once your preferences are set, hit the power button, and the massager immediately gets to work. If you're standing up all day or are prone to occasionally get achy or swollen feet, this massager is a total game changer.

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Combining home decor and wellness, the innovative Drift by HoMedics is both a stylish statement piece and a method of calming meditation. Place it in the living room, bedroom, office, or anywhere you feel comfortable; and choose from hundreds of different mesmerizing patterns, colors, and speed options through the app that’s available on all iOS devices. Once you’ve decided on your color and pattern, a small metal sphere will roll silently through the sand. You can even set up a playlist for an uninterrupted sequence of mindful moments throughout the day!

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Urban Outfitters

Get started on your new year mindfulness practice with the Dear Self Prompt Cards, a 52-card deck with weekly prompts that help guide you toward the most authentic version of yourself, your experiences and challenges. Each card has blanks that you fill in with your personal story, pressure-free, to help your reframe the thoughts you have about yourself in a positive light. For a purposeful weekly self-care practice, pairing the cards with a journal is highly recommended.

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Guru Nanda
was $109.99

This two-in-one humidifier-diffuser sets the tone for prime relaxation, invigoration, or whatever effects you crave. Using the sleek device is incredibly simple: Lift the top to access the water tank, add 10-15 drops of essential oil, set it to high or low, and get ready to feel the aromatherapeutic effects of refreshingly cool mist. For how powerful it is, the humidifier is remarkably quiet! It sounds like a gentle fan and emits non-distracting, minimal light that you can dim or turn off completely. The Halo XL Starter Pack comes with a set of single-note essential oils that includes eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, orange, and more.