Let’s not forget the most important person to treat – yourself!

Whether it’s pampering or indulging, make time and effort for yourself to improve your mood, reward yourself, or just because you deserve it. There are lots of ways to treat yourself, here’s what Gifted Penguin thinks are the best ways.

Take a Spa Break

Every man, woman and child can benefit from a visit to a spa. Whether it’s a 30-minute massage, a full day of treatments or a full on weekend retreat, spend a little money on making sure you get pampered. Hotels often offer packages for one day passes with everything included, or even visit your local beauty shop for a quick treatment. Read more about our run down of great spa treatments here.

If you don’t fancy heading to a spa for a day of relaxation, indulge in a luxury bath at home. Get a premium bath bomb, add some bubbles, light the candles and pour yourself a glass of wine. Perfect for if you don’t have much free time, but take an hour for yourself and reap the benefits of treating yourself.

Spa Break Gift

Buy a New Book

Here at Gifted Penguin, we think there’s nothing better than a good book. Here are our recommendations for three of the best ‘me time’ reads:

A Hundred Hours of Night

Set in New York, a girl from Amsterdam runs away to the bright lights of the big city to escape from her life back home. She planned everything down to a T but didn’t factor in Hurricane Sandy barrelling towards the city that never sleeps, as the power goes out across New York, she feels further than ever from home and wonders if the decision she made was the right one.

The Death of Bunny Munro

A father and son hit the road after the suicide of their wife/mother. Bunny Munro is losing his grip on reality and sees a road trip as the only way to heal him and heal his relationship with his reserved, thoughtful 9-year-old son. An epic chronicle of a man’s judgement and death.

Blood River

An incredible non-fiction read that follows journalist Tim Butchers down the Congo River to recreate the journey of the man who mapped the river in 1874. the 3000-mile journey was labelled ‘suicidal’ as Butchers sets out with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars, but is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival.

Book gifts for you

Food

The ultimate treat yourself gift. Indulge in a sweet treat like a monthly cupcake or meat subscription, go one step further and get recommended wine delivered to your door every month. Give yourself a box of luxury chocolates as a fantastic gift to yourself, try some fresh cream truffles from a chocolatier, or try unusual artisan creations such as chilli chocolate or salted caramel.

Read more about our great ideas for food and drink gifts over at our Food and Drink page.

Upgrade Your Tech

There is so much useful technology out there for making your life easier, why not indulge in something that you wouldn’t normally, it could help organise your life and make everyday tasks so much simpler.

Wearable tech is the latest trend right now and can be really useful if you are an active person. Track your steps, record your activity and diet and even get your social notifications sent directly to your wrist. The possibilities are endless and there are lots of options for every budget out there.

Want to get one of the books above but don’t want piles of them laying around the house? Treat yourself to an ebook reader to keep all your literary loves in one place. The technology for e-readers has advanced massively in the past few years with soft screens that don’t hurt your eyes and extensive battery life. Perfect if you’re an avid book reader that has no more room for stacks upon stacks of books.

If you’re nifty in the kitchen, there is an infinite amount of gadgets to help make cooking your favourite meals that much easier. From breakfast all the way to supper, there’s tech out there for making every meal perfect.

For big families and single people alike, slow cookers are the biggest trend in cooking right now. Throw everything in before you head of to work and by the time you get home you have a perfect meal ready for eating. Slow cookers can even be used for cakes and bread if you get one that has multi-functions, you won’t need another piece of kitchen equipment!

Now you can have barista style coffees and espressos with the rising popularity and improved quality of home coffee machines, from Nespresso to Tassimo, there’s something for everyone. The added benefit of the capsule style coffee makers is the ability to make a whole range of different drinks including hot chocolate, lattes, americanos, mochas and everything else you can dream of!

Coffee machine gift

Get in touch if you have the perfect gift for a little self-indulgence and see how you can be featured on Gifted Penguin.

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