How to Make a DIY Self Care Kit in 2023

+ 25 Essential Self Care Box Ideas to Try!

A friend made an insightful point the other day.

She acknowledged that the last year has been difficult for her mental health.

So, she decided to be proactive about her future emotional wellbeing. She couldn’t control outside factors, but she could make herself a self-care kit for 2023.

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Essentially, she was taking matters into her own hands.

How brilliant! There is a lot in life that we can’t control. But how we take care of our mental and physical health is still up to us. It’s time to acknowledge that.

“We can not direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

Dolly Parton

And a self care box makes a fantastic addition to whatever season you’re in OR a perfect gift to someone you love!

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In a hurry? My top 3 self-care kit picks: How to Love Yourself cards, face masks, & a candle >

What is a Self Care Kit?

A self care kit is simply a collection of items that make you feel good. They support your emotional health by nourishing you, uplifting you, and sometimes bringing you back from the brink.

So, let’s build a magnificent comfort box. One that helps gain perspective when you desperately need it.

What Should Go in a Self Care Kit?

what should go in a self care kit?

Your exact self care basket is up to you, but here’s what you’ll find in the article:

  • 25 effective (but inexpensive!) ideas to put in your kit
  • What is in my self care box
  • Pre-made wellness solutions

Start With Visual Ideas

First, check out these diy self care kit ideas to get started!

1. A Light Book or Romance Novel

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Sometimes, what we need most is to escape when we’re low. Whether that’s a murder mystery, action-adventure, or longing romance, find something you’ll ENJOY. We won’t judge!

Just, get a book that will take you to a faraway place. Preferably a beach.

2. A Fresh New Journal & Fun Pens

*Great value!

journaling pens for your diy self care basket box

Journaling is therapy.

And we ALL need some good therapy sometimes! So, add a beautiful journal to the mix or some bright pens that you’ll be excited to use. Then, alleviate your worries and stress with a good writing session.

Other posts to help with your journaling:

3. Nail Polish

nail polish in your amazon comfort box

Sometimes, a girl just needs to feel pretty. Am I right?

So, indulge in quality nail polish or fake nails for when the time is right. There are a lot of options for easy nails these days!

Check current price on this fun gel polish kit!>>

4. Fresh Photos

fresh frames and photos make for a great kit for self care

Next, print some photos that you love or create a go-to collection of photos in your phone. Often, looking at pictures of your friends and family can give you a needed mental boost. See these popular photo frames>>

Pro Tip: I got family photos taken last fall for the sole purpose of having something new to look at in winter!

5. A Vision Board Kit

a vision board

A vision board kit can be just what you need to re-align with what you want out of life – pulling you out of a rut. See creative examples of vision boards here for further encouragement.

This vision board kit on Etsy is both cute and affordable or grab a free vision board template here>>

*Need something else that’s inspiring? Grab a free self-care toolkit with 50 self-care ideas and a free checklist!

6. Thank You Cards

*Amazon’s Choice

thank you notes help your mental health

There’s no doubt, we’ve all felt disconnected from others in some way.

So, add a few thank you notes to your kit to send to those you love. Not only will it boost your mental health, but you’ll make someone else feel good as well.

7. Positive Quotes & Phrases

This is FREE! Simply write a few quotes that will uplift you in tough times.

Here are quote posts that will inspire you:

Low on time or energy?

Great quotes for women

Then, buy something with a quote or collection of inspiring quotes.

8. A Personal Growth Book

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At times, we crave to feel the satisfaction of inner growth. What can you learn?

Year of Yes and Gifts of Imperfection are popular picks. Or, check out the full list of 50 Empowering Books for Women to see if anything resonates with you.

Additionally, for a variety of books to put in your kit, see this list of the current NY Times Best Sellers. You won’t regret having a few exceptional reads ready when you’re stuck inside.

Next, Find the Right Kind of Noise

The sounds in your space and what you tell yourself make a huge impact on your quality of life. So, check these ideas out!

9. Affirmation Cards

*Reader Favorite!

every self care kit for women needs affirmation cards that uplift you.

After an affirmation challenge turned me into a groupie, I had to include some easy affirmation cards that help you love on yourself. Because we all need extra love once in a while.

*Readers also love these empowering question cards >>

Or write your own using the free daily affirmations ebook, spiritual self love affirmations, or powerful anxiety affirmations.

10. A List of Stations or Playlists

Do you know where to find calming music when you need it?

Take a few moments to create a short list of songs (or playlists) for when you need to be inspired or when you need to calm down. Have them ready!

11. A White Noise Machine

White noise machine makes great basket for self care gift ideas

Trouble sleeping? If sleep gets tricky for you, a white noise machine is the perfect solution to get your best sleep ever.

*Other sleep products like this light-blocking sleep mask and earplugs are also popular!

12. A List of Positive Podcasts

Next, another list for your self love kit! Hey, it’s free!

Spend a bit of time searching for podcasts that you can check out and that will help you feel good. There are SO MANY inspiring podcasts out there today. And they are an amazing resource for mental health and growth.

This post of podcasts would be a good place to start!

Now, Items That Help You FEEL Great

If you are tactile or you respond to the power of touch, these ideas are for YOU!

13. Face Masks

A face mask, or an entire replenishing variety pack will keep your skin feeling fresh and replenished in the harsher months.

Dead Sea Mud Mask

*This unique Dead Sea Mud Mask is also a favorite for self-care box ideas.

14. Massage Products

Invest in a great massage oil or lotion if you love a good massage. Then, even if you can’t get out, talk your partner into a short massage on tough nights.

*Or, try this spa foot massager that’s popular with readers!

15. Stress Balls

self care basket ideas include stress balls

Motivation in a squeeze ball? Yes please! It’s the perfect calm down tool when you’re restless, stressed, or anxious.

16. Cozy Fabrics

comfort box ideas for women: a great robe

Next, insert something in your self care kit that makes you feel cozy and well cared for.

A plush (or weighted) blanket, slippers, socks, a robe, or a new comfortable nightgown all encourage you to take it easy and enjoy life’s simple pleasures a bit more.

17. A New Bath or Shower Product

self care basket or box: bath items

And finally for touch, sometimes upgrading or replacing an old bath product does the trick. A sharp new razor, bath scrub, or shaving gel can be a low-cost way to perk you up when you’re down.

Or check current price on the spa gift set above >>

Related Post: 100 Easy Self Care Ideas on a Bad Day

Scents That Support You

As it turns out, smell makes a big impact on our emotional health. So, try lavender for relaxation and peppermint for a little pep in your step (source). And check out the two easiest ways to get them below!

18. Essential Oils

While many get out their diffusers to help with cold and flu season, essential oils can be just as helpful for regulating sleep, stress levels, and your mood.

So, keep your mood enhancers in the self care kit as a reminder to be utilizing this important tool.

19. Candles

a bright candle for self care basket ideas for women

A great self care basket includes at least one candle that makes you happy. So, buy a fresh candle and stick it in for easy access when you need to relieve stress.

Tasty & Healthy Treats for Your Self Care Basket

Ah, food. Our bodies need wholesome quality options, but sometimes you also need a small splurge that gets you through the day.

20. Chocolate

Who doesn’t crave a bit of chocolate now and then?

Now, this doesn’t have to be a sugar bomb (unless you want it to be). There are a lot of high-quality chocolate bars on the market today. Buy something with 85-95% cocoa, and you’ll find the sugar is very low.

21. Hot Chocolate

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Which brings me to one of the things we love most about the winter. Cozy, hot drinks. With a little sugar, of course.

22. Healthy Snacks

Next, a few healthy dry snacks can make your day when your general supply is low! Try out one of these:

23. Quality Coffee

Confession: Fantastic coffee uplifts me in a way other things can not. Maybe it’s the warm cup. Or the jolt of caffeine. Or I just like mornings. Who knows?

But a package of that fancy coffee you LOVE or even a five-dollar gift card can be a gigantic mood booster.

24. Alcohol

Funny enough, Vodka was the first item in my friend’s self care kit! Ha!

Really though, a small nightcap can take the edge off after a long day. (Just don’t let it turn into an unhealthy habit!)

So, perhaps it’s that coveted bottle of red wine you don’t buy often, or ingredients to a new cocktail you know you’d love to try when the time is right. Make it special and it will be the perfect addition to your kit.

25. Herbal Tea

Finally, a quality herbal tea can be the energizing boost you need in the morning, or just the thing to calm you down at night.

I also find that when I’m struggling to drink enough water, tea helps me fill in the hydration gaps.

What My Self Care Kit Looks Like

how to make a self care kit ideas for women

My Self Care Basket Items include:

  • Quarantine Wine (gifted to me by a friend)
  • Chocolate bars
self care planner

I’ll update this post as I improve the kit!

Self Care Kits: Subscriptions To Order

If you are the type that loves this idea, but would better appreciate it put together for you, check out these self care box subscription ideas. You get unique wellness items sent to you monthly!

So, all the benefit, and none of the work.

TheraBox Self Care Subscription Box

TheraBox - Self Care Subscription Box Photo 1

Therabox is a special set in that a therapist picks out the self-care contents. So, professionals are giving you what you need each month!

Additionally, there’s a happiness activity in every box, which builds your self-love and self-esteem.

HopeBox – Care for Your Body, Heart, & Soul

HopeBox - Care for Your Body, Heart, & Soul Photo 1

The Hopebox is packed with unique artisanal items that boost coziness and well, hope. Which is essential to rebuild in any tough season.

To Consider With Your Self Care Kit

“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.

Michelle Obama

A self care kit can help you do that. As well as having the emotional energy to conquer your other marvelous life goals and dreams.

And finally, these make fantastic self care gift basket ideas for moms, friends, and teachers as well. 2023 will bring its ups and downs, so don’t be afraid to spread a little love with any of these!

What should go in your self care kit? And will yours be more of a basket or box?

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  1. Love this idea, a good way to plan ahead at the same time taking care of yourself.

    This is also a great gift idea especially when you know someone who has been struggling.

    1. Kathy, you’re right! It would make a great gift idea for someone that needs a little sunshine. Thanks so sharing!

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