15+ Small Luxuries to Gift Yourself This Holiday Season
Treat yourself to the perfect, little pick-me-up.
You’ve made your gift-giving list (and checked it twice) but we’re certain there’s someone you’ve forgotten to add — yourself! After thoughtfully choosing gifts for your friends and relatives and making sure that everyone in your family will have a holiday that is full of wonder, we’re certain that you deserve a spot on the nice list. That’s why we’ve rounded up all the things that Food Network staffers have gifted themselves during the past few weeks. What better way to treat yourself than with one of these so-worth-it, small splurges?
Chocolate is always worth a little splurge, and my favorites are Miss Maude’s Bar of Chocolates. The small woman-owned business makes chocolate bars inspired by the assorted flavors of a box of chocolates, with each square of the bar holding a different filling. Each variety is inspired by travels and life experiences — the latest one, an Apres Ski bar, fills each square with flavors you’d enjoy fresh off the slopes, including hot toddies, s'mores, mulled wine and even hot spiced cider reinvented as a spiced caramel. Since every square is different, it’s easy to enjoy just one and pretend to be far from the madness of this holiday season.
Erin Hartigan, Senior Managing Editor
I can’t justify super expensive hand wash all the time, but recently I treated myself to a bottle of this luxuriously citrusy soap for my bathroom sink. It’s the soap that every single one of my favorite restaurants has in the bathroom; stocking it at home reminds me of them. The soap smells so lovely that I’m actually excited to wash my hands, and it leaves them feeling cleansed and anything but dry.
Heath Goldman, Culinary Editor
I love curling up with a good book and a scented candle on a chilly weekend afternoon. Ice cream company Salt & Straw’s new candle collab with Imaginary Authors, a perfumery designing unisex scents, is the candle I’ve been turning to for this activity these days. The scent, A Whiff of Waffle Cone, evokes the sweet scent of a freshly pressed waffle cone with notes of vanilla, heavy cream and salted caramel. Saigon cinnamon adds a hint of spice to the overall warm scent. With a 55-hour burn time, I plan to enjoy this candle at least until Christmas — but I’m snagging a backup before they sell out for good.
T.K. Brady, Senior Editor
I really miss spending some alone time at my favorite local coffee shop, enjoying bottomless cups of flavored java. So, I’ll be gifting myself some seasonal brews that I know will lift my spirits. I can’t wait to curl up with a mug of Vienna Coffee Company’s holiday blend Frosty’s Favorite: rich Brazilian coffee with notes of spicy cinnamon, warm vanilla and nutty hazelnut. A steaming cup, a blanket and a romantic Christmas movie just might make me forget I’m still at home!
Meghan Cole, Associate Editor
I gifted myself a box of Satsumas this year. I had a peach subscription from the Peach Truck this summer — a box fresh Georgia peaches every week for 8 weeks — and the peaches were the best I’ve ever had, so when I heard about the Satsuma box, I ordered it immediately, and ordered one for my mom, too.
Michelle Buffardi, VP Digital Programming
Like everyone else, I’m spending more time at home than ever these days, so recently I treated myself to this fleur de sel diffuser from Williams-Sonoma. This light ocean-air scent is my favorite from their essential oils collection (I’m obsessed with the candle and body lotion too). It’s fresh, clean and very not-annoying — promise! I’ve made the mistake of buying diffusers that not only smell up my whole apartment but also the hallways outside, and this one is NOT that! The fragrance is just enough and something that makes me smile while working from home.
Maria Russo, Senior Editor
My favorite little splurge (by far) is this soap. I discovered it last spring and have ordered several times since then. The goats milk keeps my skin hydrated (which is no small task when you wash your hands as much as I do!) and all the bars smell wonderful. Plus, each one is handcrafted from sustainably sourced, good-for-you ingredients — what’s not to love?! Whenever I see that the lavender is in stock, I snag a few bars (it’s perfect for a relaxing, nighttime shower) but also love keeping some Rosemary Sea Salt soap on hand for exfoliating and some Avocuddle or Plain Jane bars handy for everyday use.
Kristie Collado, Digital Programming Manager
Maybe it’s the writer in me, but whenever I want to truly treat myself, I always gravitate towards two things: coffee and notebooks. It might not seem like much of a luxury to some people, but I find there’s nothing more magical than a brand-new coffee mug or a blank notebook — both come with an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to what you decide to fill them with. I’ve been a fangirl of Rifle Paper Co. ever since a co-worker of mine gifted me one of their monogrammed mugs a few years ago, so when I recently saw that they started offering gift sets, I know I just had to order one for myself. This Wild Rose one comes with three (!!!) notebooks, plus a beautiful floral-printed Corkcicle cup and a fine point pen — all the things I’ll need as I continue working on my ever-evolving novel idea in 2021.
Michelle Baricevic, Online Editorial Coordinator, Food Network Magazine
Like everyone else, my house is now my office, gym, spa and everything in between. I have taken to lighting candles during my morning workouts, which both help make my home workouts feel more of a "treat" and separate it from the rest of my day. Plus, it gives a set amount of time that I leave the candle burning (anyone else have mild panic attacks of possibly forgetting to blow out a lit candle!? It can’t just be me.). My husband and I normally do a holiday schlep up the East Coast, stopping at both of our families’ houses along the way — since that’s not possible this year, I gifted myself this Dunkin’-scented candle to conjure memories of Christmas in New England.
Julie Hines, Managing Editor, Food Network Kitchen App
Socks and luxury seem like they wouldn’t go together but I recently discovered they absolutely can and do. I treated myself to a few pairs of Bombas socks and I’m completely spoiled now. They gently hug your feet in a way I didn’t know a sock could. The designs are great and for every pair sold one is donated to someone in need. A worthy purchase indeed.
Leah Brickley, Senior Editor
I’ve always had the biggest sweet tooth and candy is no exception! I can’t resist anything sweet, fruity or gummy. When Sugarfina became a big deal a few years ago I had to find out what the hype was all about with these fancy candies. I tried their rosé-infused gummy bears and they are the best! Light, sweet and the perfect little pick-me-up to treat yourself to whenever you need a rush of sugar. And, they come in the prettiest packaging — that you can display in your home when you’re not popping one in your mouth!
Lauren Tom, Associate Content Producer
I came to drinking coffee only a couple of years ago — or rather, I came to drinking a specific coffee a couple of years ago, Grady’s Cold Brew. It’s incredibly smooth, a little nutty (thanks to the chicory), and delicious whether you serve it black or with a generous slug of whole milk and some sugar (the way I like it in the morning). I had been buying it weekly in bottles from my local grocery, but I always seemed to run out without backup on hand. Two weeks ago, I finally took the plunge and ordered a 6-pack bundle of bean bags so I could brew it in the fridge overnight myself (you simply put a bag in 2 cups of water and chill for 8 hours). I’ve never looked back. I figure I have enough to last a couple of months — which reminds me, I had better go make my coffee for tomorrow morning.
Lygeia Grace, Culinary Editorial Director, Food Network
I believe that everything is better with rainbow sprinkles, so when I saw this birthday cake candle on TikTok, I knew I had to snag one. I love that it’s made by a small business and I’m super excited to light it once it arrives!
Leah Scalzadonna, Associate Editor, Programming
Harney & Sons’ "Paris" tea is absolutely divine. It’s a black tea with hints of vanilla, caramel and Bergamot and I cannot stress how uniquely wonderful it is. I just bought a one-pound bag!!! And I’ll be sipping on it all winter (and probably the rest of the year) long.
Maggie Wong, Editor
I also got myself a single-serving 400 ml-sized Simple Brew loose leaf teapot from Rishi to brew my favorite teas. It’s simple and elegant, but casual enough to use all day, every day. Every time I pour from this delicate pot, I feel a little moment of joy and calm.
Maggie Wong, Editor
My love of food started with baking so it’s no surprise that my search for recipes and traditions that I could trace back to my cultural heritage led me to cookies. More specifically, springerle cookies. As soon as I discovered them, I knew I had to make a batch of these simple (yet stunning) Christmas treats. I spent days looking for the perfect wooden mold so that I could make my own and was eventually gifted an absolutely gorgeous one (based on the iconic, circular window in the Notre Dame cathedral) by my husband. The mold worked perfectly, producing intricately detailed cookies, and it looks so pretty hanging in my kitchen. That being said, I couldn’t resist adding another springerle mold to my collection — in a pretty, wintery design that’s perfect for holiday baking.
Kristie Collado, Digital Programming Manager
I recently treated myself to this small-batch celery vinegar from Brooklyn’s Tart Vinegar, and it has become a thrice-daily ritual. I love mixing it with seltzer for a gut-friendly pick-me-up in the morning, using it to brighten up my salads at lunch, and stirring it into gin and tonics for happy hour. Tart’s founder/one-woman operation Chris Crawford, a Chez Panisse alum, uses carefully sourced ingredients from small farmers for all her vinegars, and I can’t wait to try her other flavors: lavender vinegar sounds like just the ticket for getting through winter.
Frances Kim, Digital Programming Manager
I really don’t need any new mugs, but I recently bought myself a Peloton mug anyway. Although I had my Peloton for a while in the "before" times, I have leaned on it heavily since transitioning to work from home and school from home for my 5-year-old son. The mental and physical work (from meditations to biking to strength training) and support of the Peloton community has been essential to my own wellbeing. This mug is large and hefty, keeping my beverages warm as I sip on them through the day, and seeing the logo, with the starburst design, keeps my spirits up during even the hardest work-from-home and kindergarten-from-home days.
Melissa Gaman, Recipe Developer, Food Network