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Gifts for Dad to Inspire Self-Care

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While the term “self-care” has become pretty much ubiquitous with overall health and wellness, it still almost always conjures visions of women luxuriating in bubble baths, surrounded by scented candles. While that certainly sounds lovely, self-care is not a female-only, one-size-fits-all endeavor. True self-care is about finding different ways to offset the stresses of everyday life with things that speak to your authentic inner self, and that goes for both women and men. By giving dad a tool or two to indulge in self-care, you’re empowering him to be his very best self.

So, don’t let poor dad be left out in the cold without something to treat himself. Here are some great self-care gift ideas to please dad and every other hard-to-shop-for guy in your life.

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A Journal

Journaling is a fantastic stress management tool. Writing down his feelings could help dad to release some of his pent up anxieties and frustrations. This can help him to reduce stress, which may have built up over time. Taking the time to journal is also a great way to help dad stop, take a step back, and reflect on what truly matters most. And if all that wasn't enough, journaling can help dad improve his immune function, keep his memory sharp, boost his mood, and strengthen his emotions, as well. What other benefits are in store for dad when he begins journaling?

  • Increased creativity
  • Improved writing skills
  • Increased memory capacity
  • Clarified thoughts and feelings
  • Improved problem-solving skills
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Increased self-confidence
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Jigsaw Puzzles

Not only are puzzles fun, but they are also something that the whole family can enjoy together. Because a jigsaw puzzle requires full attention, it's so much more than just a game. Research shows that solving puzzles has significant benefits to the human mind. So, what can jigsaw puzzles do that will benefit dad?

  • Improve his memory
  • Improve his problem-solving skills
  • Reduce his stress and increase his positive energy
  • Increase his productivity at work
  • Enhance his mood
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Essential Oil Diffuser

Relaxing, healthy, and affordable, essential oil diffusers are hugely popular for aromatherapy, and with good reason. Diffused oils have great relaxation and health-related benefits, including stress relief, mental clarity, pain relief, decongestion, and so much more. Single essential oils can be used for a specific desired effect, or several oils can be mixed in the diffuser to create a custom scent with multiple therapeutic benefits. So, how will dear old dad benefit from diffusing essential oils?

  • Improved sleep (cedarwood, roman chamomile, sandalwood, vanilla, lavender)
  • Mental clarity and focus (rosemary, frankincense, peppermint, patchouli, clary sage)
  • Stress relief (lavender, bergamot, neroli, ylang-ylang, lemon)
  • Mood-boosting (bergamot, lime, vetiver, frankincense, bitter orange)
  • Appetite suppression (peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, bergamot)
  • Congestion relief (eucalyptus, tea tree, oregano, peppermint, lavender)
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Yoga Classes

Want to give dad a gift that makes him feel blissful inside, uplifts his spirit, makes him more enlightened, and more positive than he has ever been before? Give dad the gift of yoga. Practicing yoga is truly a gift that will keep on giving – enriching his life and stretching him always to be more conscious and mindful in everything he does. Yoga has so many benefits that will positively impact his emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual state. These benefits are unparalleled gifts that you can give dad by purchasing a set of beginner classes or a gift card through a local yoga studio. Here are just a handful of the incredible mental and physical benefits that come from practicing yoga:

  • Boosts emotional health and relieves stress
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Helps develop coping skills
  • Promotes a positive outlook
  • Creates mental clarity and calmness
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Centers attention
  • Sharpens concentration
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases muscle strength and tone
  • Improves respiration, vitality, and energy
  • Balances metabolism
  • Improves circulatory and cardio health
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Protects from injury
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Personal Massage Device

Most men love a good massage. If dad has been spending too much time in the gym or sitting too long at his desk, chances are he's got some sore and aching muscles. Unfortunately, regular visits to a massage parlor can be both time-consuming and cost-prohibitive. This is where a personal massage device can come in super handy. Small enough to be easily slipped inside his gym bag or stored in his desk, a portable massaging device can help knead out his muscle knots and lessen his aches and pains.

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The Gift of Love

These are just a few self-care gift ideas to inspire any dad on your list to treat himself better and take extra care so he can feel his very best. But, no matter what you give dad, it's your love that always means the most. Any gift that is given with love is a gift that dad will feel beyond lucky to get.

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Gina is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer covering self care and parenting. She is the proud mom to two sets of twin girls, ages 5 and 9, and is always looking for new ways to manage work/life balance. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her art directing, designing, reading, cooking healthy meals, practicing barre, laughing with her girls and snuggling with their dog.
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