Marie Kondo’s ultimate guide to giving gifts this holiday season

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Gift giving is one of the best parts of the holiday season. You’re going to bounce off with the ones you hold closest, whether it’s on one technical gadget they have not been able to shut up, or one luxury product they have saved up to. You can go in so many different directions for each person on your shopping list, but one that never fails is Self-care route. We say this with such certainty because no one less than Marie Kondo herself told us this. And if there is one person who knows be thoughtful and conscious, it is her.

“Cleaning up is something I learned from my grandmother,” Kondo said. “She was so careful and considerate of the things she owned, and that level of intent and care is deeply rooted in the KonMari method.”

Kondo has found his inspiration and source of joy through his grandmother, and the influence of her family member is certainly evident in Kondo’s own shopping trends. While a well-known organizing consultant, author, and TV host, she is also a first-class gift giver (we would not expect anything less).

“I like to give gifts that encourage self-care at home. My self-care rituals include bathing and meditation, so I like to give things that share that gift with others, ”says Kondo.

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We like the sound of focusing a gift on promotion Self-care, as it is such a universal cause that anyone can focus on. With holidays and the end of the year, stress levels can get high for many. So the one you buy for will give a deep sigh of relief and gratitude when they unpack your self-care gift that has Marie Kondo’s gold stamp.

Below you will find the three best self-care gifts that Kondo suggests everyone add to their Christmas shopping list.

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Bodha The Art of Calm: Smokeless Incense

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Bodha The Art of Calm: Smokeless Incense

Candles are a huge gift for the audience, but maybe you know someone who would prefer an alternative that does not require flames. Kondo uses this smoke-free incense during meditation because they give off notes of lavender, sage and rosewood.

“Kōdō (incense) is a traditional Japanese art smoke-free incense sticks burns for twenty minutes and they are good for anyone who may have sensitive breathing, ”she explains.

Nippon Kodo Kayuragi incense sticks

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This pack of 40 incense sticks from Amazon burns for 25 minutes and smells of sandalwood.

Nippon Kodo Seiun Chrysanthemum incense sticks

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And if you prefer a more floral aroma, here is an option that has notes of chrysanthemum, geranium and moss.

Morihata Sasawashi Slippers

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Morihata Sasawashi Slippers

You may be wondering how slippers fit into this theme. Self-care typically means taking care of your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Even something like your shoe choice can make all the difference to your body and hygiene. To avoid messing up your floors or bringing bacteria into your home, Kondo recommends slippers.

“Removing your shoes before you go inside is a Japanese tradition and helps the home stay germ-free. These slippers are amazing because they are truly breathable and made from antibacterial, odor-absorbing plant fibers, ”she says.

HomeIdeas Indoor Slippers Amazon

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These memory foam slippers are great alternatives from Amazon. You can walk around without making a ton of noise or slip around thanks to their lightweight, non-slip rubber soles.

Ofoot indoor slippers Amazon

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Similar to memory foam slippers, these indoor slippers in cotton also has memory foam and non-slip rubber soles.

Sacred Soak Herbal Baths

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Sacred Soak Herbal Baths

There are many more benefits to bathing than you would expect, according to Kondo.

“Bathing is a truly therapeutic way to find peace and restore balance at the end of the day,” explains Kondo. Japanese bathing rituals are highly regarded for their impact on overall well-being as they can help you clear your mind, press reset and make you feel more present.

However, some bath softeners will not have that effect on you at all. You need to find an option like this that uses soothing herbs. “This is a all-natural soaking that facilitates the thoughtful gift of a relaxing night at a low price, ”she said.

Dr.  Teal's Soothing Bath Soaks Pack Amazon

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This pack bathed from Amazon contains green tea, oats and epsom salt to make your relaxation even more soothing.

Amaki Herbal Bath Soak Amazon

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Although this bath soaked may not contain any tea, it contains flowers and salts to reduce stress and relieve sore muscles.

After giving these self-care gifts to all the important people on your list, you will have some peace of mind knowing that they take really good care of themselves. And hopefully it inspires them to practice self-care on a regular basis and share it with others. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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