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5 Self-Care Package Ideas To Show Your Appreciation For Your Loved Ones

by Amanda Low. |

Self-care is all about deliberately taking care of your health, well-being, and happiness, which is especially important during a time like this! With the landscape of our current environment, Christmas this year is surely going to be very different for all of us. We may not be able to meet our friends or loved ones as often as we would like, and some of us may not even get to be with family this year.

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It’s all the more important, then, to ensure that we take care of our loved ones even though we’re not together in person! Here are some ideas on how you can curate a self-care package to show your love for them this Christmas season:

1. For your loved one who is concerned about health, nutrition & fitness...

We all know at least one person who is a fitness junkie. Show your care for them by curating a health-conscious self-care package full of nourishing foods, like a homecooked meal with a healthy side of nuts and supplements!

Nothing shows more love and care for your loved one than cooking them a homemade meal - think about those meals your mum used to cook for you when you were feeling down and how they made you feel instantly better! Start small by making them some special homemade guacamole, healthy vegetable popiahs, or go all-out with some hearty ABC soup.

Besides your homecooked meal, include a side of nuts in your self-care package too. Nuts are an incredibly healthy snack, as they are jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. You can opt for Meadows’ baked or unsalted nut varieties, like almonds or cashews. You can also include some healthcare supplements to take your package to the next level! Throw in a jar of Blackmores' MultiVitamins and Minerals tablets or Guardian's Effervescent Vitamin C tablets to give your loved one an extra dose of their daily vitamins.

If you’re wondering how to get your freshly cooked food to your loved one in time, just send it to their home via a same-day delivery service, and your specially-curated, healthy self-care package will get to them in no time!

2. For your loved one who enjoys skincare as part of their mindfulness and relaxation routine…

Incorporating skincare into your pre-bedtime routine is such a relaxing way to wind down for the night. Try curating a pampering self-care package for your loved one to help them practice mindfulness and relax.

Imagine putting on a cold, soothing, and moisturizing face mask on your dry and tired face after a full day’s worth of work - it makes me want to lie down on a soft bed and fall asleep! The Mediheal Bubble Tox Serum Masks are a delightful surprise too, as the masks bubble up when you put it on your face.

Besides that, you can also create the ultimate sexy yet soothing skincare experience for your loved one. Remember how people spritz perfume in a cloud in front of them and walk through it? You can emulate this experience for your loved one by getting them the Essano Rosehip Mist Toner. Encourage them to spritz this toner on their face and relish in its cooling properties and delightful natural scent.

Last but not least, if you know that your loved one has been stressed out from work or is pulling all-nighters, get them the Kocostar Tropical Eye Patch with Acai Berry extract. This will keep their undereye area moisturized and radiant with youth!

3. For your loved one who is expecting or has a little one…

Giving birth to and taking care of children are incredibly powerful things women can do. It is so important for mothers to still care for their bodies (and their babies’ bodies, too!) even when they’ve experienced such drastic bodily changes. Help your loved ones care for themselves by curating a special mum-and-baby-friendly self-care package for them!

Stretch marks are inevitable, especially for pregnant mums who are carrying an entire human being within their womb! Bio-Oil Skincare Oil can improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin tones too. This product is highly versatile, as it can also be used on both your body and your face to treat acne scars.

For the little ones, it is crucial to use the gentlest of products on their skin to not irritate them. Try getting the Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo. Its multi-purpose function as both a body wash and shampoo for babies will make it highly useful for mothers with young children. Don’t forget about helping your loved one to keep their skin moisturized too! The Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is suitable for extra-dry skin and will surely keep the mother’s skin hydrated too.

4. For the most important loved ones in your life - your parents…

During this season of giving, we can’t afford to forget about the most important loved ones in our lives - our parents. If you can’t travel back to your home states to see your parents this Christmas, consider curating a special care package for them to show them how much you love and miss them!

Since our parents are gradually getting older (shh, don’t say anything otherwise the waterworks will start), it can become increasingly difficult for them to get the nutrients they need. Consider getting them supplements and multivitamins like Proviton's Multivitamin Softgel Capsules. These multivitamins are packed with ingredients like ginseng extract that increases energy levels and essential vitamins for older adults like vitamin A, D, B12, folic acid, and calcium.

Remember our parents bought us Brand's Essence of Chicken to help us stay focused when we had exams in school? You can also do the same thing for them as it gives them a boost of energy to stay active. Now you have a reason to ask them to start exercising more too!

Having to watch your cholesterol levels is one of the hallmarks of growing older. Help your parents monitor this by giving them Sunfield's Beta Oat 33 Oat Bran Powder. Oat bran powder contains Beta-Glucans, which are essential in reducing cholesterol levels. This powder also has CoQ10, which functions as an antioxidant that protects cells from damage!

5. For your loved one who is always on the go and needs to keep their surfaces clean…

It is also imperative during a pandemic to always ensure that all the surfaces you come into contact with are clean and sanitized. Can you think of a loved one that is working hard from home but doesn’t always have time to do a thorough cleaning of their spaces?

Curate a special germ-conscious self-care package for your loved one who needs some fresh cleaning supplies! Get them a hand sanitizer like Kundal's Hand Green Care Sanitizer Spray for easier application. While sanitizing your hands is important, it is even more crucial to wash your hands. Eradicate germs with a proper hand wash like Kundal's Antibacterial Hand Wash, as it contains 15% of Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Extract, a patented antibacterial ingredient. For an even simpler solution, get the Guardian Protect & Clean Antibacterial Wipes! They can also use this product to wipe down the surfaces they use often.

For your loved ones who are true sticklers for cleanliness, consider getting them Guardian's Antiseptic Germicide Liquid. Since this is a concentrated solution, they can mix a small amount of it with water in a spray bottle for ease of use. Since it is suitable for even medical and first-aid use, it will be a valuable option to keep their surfaces clean and germ-free! You can also include a short hand-written instruction list for your loved ones who need reminders on how often they should wipe down the surfaces they frequently come into contact with, such as tables, mobile phones, laptops, door handles, and even power switches.

A few additional self-care package items you can include are handwritten letters, a book, or a journal! Don’t let the beautiful art of letter-writing become obsolete just because of technology - personalize your self-care packages with a lovingly written note for your loved ones! They will surely feel the love, care, and effort you have poured into writing a note by hand. If you know your loved one also enjoys reading books, consider getting them one that you know will help them to build essential skills or learn more about themselves. A journal is also a great gift, as it encourages your loved ones to reflect and be more mindful about their thoughts and mental health.

Self-care is such an important aspect of ensuring our overall well-being. We hope these ideas have inspired you to show your loved ones as much care and attention as you can during this holiday season! The pandemic may get us down, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay down.

The items mentioned in this article can be found in both Guardian Malaysia’s online and in-store outlets. For the whole month of December, Guardian wants you to celebrate your best self, to let yourself shine. There will be special promotions ranging from health and beauty items while stocks last.

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