Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Gifts for the Most Important Person in the World


By Jeff Ambroz


It's Cyber Monday, and the online holiday shopping season is now in full swing.

The holiday season is a time to consider and celebrate others.  And yet, with all the stresses of online and in-store shopping, cooking, baking and visiting it’s easy to forget about one very special person.

And that special person is you.  Far from being self-indulgent, self care ensures that you’re healthy and able to fully participate in life.

So together, let’s start a new trend:  From now on, we’re also going to take care of ourselves during this delightful season.  Let's start with online shopping for ourselves at some of the HandmadeMN Etsy shops.

A smart way to start the day is with some ground rules, beautifully presented in this 12 Steps to Self Care Card by evebrown.  Personally, I like to frame and hang greeting cards, and this appears to be a perfect candidate for the picture frame treatment.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174701364/12-steps-to-self-care?ref=hp_rf
Wise rules, for this season and all seasons.
While you’re in the self care state of mind, it’s time to relax.  A fun way to indulge in the shower is with this trio of beer soaps by AllThingsHerbal.  Remember, it’s okay to keep all 3 for your personal enjoyment.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/168538227/trio-of-beer-soaps-guinness-bells-cherry?ref=hp_rf
Invigorating and special:  handcrafted soaps made with beer

With your neck and shoulder muscles loosed up a bit, why not take it all the way?  A neck heating pad by WarmHugsCornBags will take you to new depths of relaxation.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/472096194/neck-heating-pad-heated-neck-wrap?ref=hp_rf
Winter relaxation never looked so good!

Winter can be tough on the lips.  Try a bees wax lip balm by SweetBeeHoney.  The balms are made with unrefined, filtered beeswax from the owner’s hives. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/112275318/beeswax-lip-balm-bare-cocoa-015-oz-tube?ref=hp_rf
Mind your own bees wax with these soothing lip balms.

Now that you’ve taken care of your body, it’s time to recharge your spirit.  This State Fair After DarkCanvas by gieslahoelscher will help your mind drift to the free-spirited fun of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.  It’s a perfect stress reliever on a cold Cyber Monday, or on any day.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/182692415/state-fair-after-dark-canvas-minnesota?ref=hp_rf
Minnesota State Fair memories will boost your spirits.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already:  refreshed, inspired and re-energized.  And maybe I've talked myself into buying two each of these items:  one for me, and one for someone on my gift list.  Let’s start celebrating!










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