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65 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

pine cone ornament, Dec 2015

Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves — whether we’re celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. When I say body positive in the title, I mean anything that supports a positive body image. Anything that supports taking kind, sweet care of ourselves or others. Anything that inspires or uplifts. Anything that provides meaning and nourishment. I hope these give you some good ideas!

  1. Practice 10 minutes of yoga or another physical activity you enjoy.
  2. Buy a body positive book for yourself or a loved one.
  3. Take a few minutes to read from a book that inspires you.
  4. Give yourself a compliment. Or two. Or more.
  5. Tell your family and friends how much you love them, and what qualities you’re especially appreciative of.
  6. Give yourself a hug (cheesy, maybe; comforting, yes).
  7. Take a few quiet minutes to yourself. Savor the stillness.
  8. Read from the Bible, Torah or another religious text.
  9. Consider how you can play this week and in 2016.
  10. Give Anna and Melanie’s beautiful book Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body. (Anna and I also collaborated on a body positive e-Book called Heart to Heart: 20 Poems, Meditations + Affirmations to Embrace Your Body & Cultivate Kindness.) Or give one of these books on Health At Every Size, a movement that’ll change your life. I’m not exaggerating.
  11. Listen to a self-compassion meditation. Listen by yourself or share the moment with a loved one.
  12. Thank your body for being there for you — through everything. If you have time, make a list.
  13. Commit to being kinder to yourself. Think about one way you can practice that kindness today.
  14. Give a beautiful notebook or journal to a loved one. Don’t forget to inscribe it! (That’s my favorite part of getting or giving a book: the words written inside from your loved one especially to you.)
  15. Pamper yourself or a loved one with a set of yummy smelling candles, body scrub, shower gel or lotion.
  16. Pamper yourself or a loved one with a set of super cozy and warm flannel pajamas, flannel sheets or a soft throw.
  17. Reflect on what you’re thankful for in your life.
  18. Pen a body positive poem to a loved one who might be struggling (like this one or this one), or suggest you write a poem together.
  19. Write a love letter to yourself or a loved one.
  20. Buy an album on iTunes, or create a playlist.
  21. Give a gift card for a manicure, pedicure or massage.
  22. Give a gift card for dancing, painting, baking or cooking lessons.
  23. Take a walk — 15 minutes or an hour. Go by yourself or take your loved ones with you. Breathe in your surroundings. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? What are you feeling?
  24. Sleep in or get up early — whatever feels best for your body.
  25. Journal about this question: What do I really need today? And give yourself this gift.
  26. Create a body positive print, which might include your favorite quote. This is one of my favorites from Geneen Roth: “It’s never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale.”
  27. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat whatever you like and take compassionate care of yourself.
  28. Create a Play-Book for yourself or a loved one.
  29. If you’re stressed over last-minute shopping, cooking and anything else that needed to be done weeks ago, first know that you’re absolutely not alone. (Trust me!) Then take several slow, deep breaths. And remember what the holidays are really about.
  30. Sign yourself up (or a loved one) for a nourishing, inspiring e-course, such as this one, this one, this one or this one.
  31. Sneak in a few minutes to look at yourself in the mirror, and just smile.
  32. If you’re getting together with a few people who push your body-image buttons (e.g., talk about calories, weight, others’ appearances), write out a mantra on an index card (piece of paper, Christmas tag – whatever is handy), and carry it with you as a reminder to let negativity pass you like a cloud in the sky. This is a good one. And consider setting boundaries with those people, too.
  33. Avoid bashing your own body and engaging in diet conversations and help others do the same.
  34. Buy your loved one a planner for the new year, and add your own or others’ inspirational sayings.
  35. As you’re opening presents, have each person say something they love about themselves and the person to their right or left.
  36. Compose a holiday card to yourself. And maybe write the words you need to read.
  37. Give a bouquet of flowers, a plant or seeds for flowers.
  38. Create a list of statements and quotes you can turn to when you’re overwhelmed. Get a journal, and write a list for a loved one, leaving lots of room for them to write in their own words.
  39. Do one thing that never ceases to make you smile.
  40. Do one thing for a loved one that never ceases to make them smile.
  41. Toss your scale. What does this actually give you? The gift of freedom.
  42. Promise to take your loved one on a fun date in the new year, focusing on anything that nourishes them, from a museum to an amusement park to a picnic to a walk along the beach to their favorite restaurant. Ask your loved one to tell you what truly nourishes them, and share what nourishes you.
  43. Recycle any shaming “health” publications.
  44. Give your loved ones a subscription to a magazine based on their interests — anything from poetry to writing to yoga to sewing to science to art to food to cars to culture to gardening to golf.
  45. Consider how you’d like 2016 to look. Susannah has created another beautiful (and free) workbook for reflecting on our intentions for the new year. Print the workbook out for yourself and a loved one.
  46. Print out photos of your favorite moments with your friends and family from this year. Frame them, and give them as gifts. (I’ve framed a few pictures of our wedding for our family…shhhh.)
  47. Buy a book with encouraging words about an activity that your loved one would like to try or is running into some trouble with — such as sewing, writing, drawing, cooking or playing the piano.
  48. Buy a journal that helps your loved one reconnect to themselves (and get one for yourself, too).
  49. Start tomorrow or this week by writing morning pages, or creating any other ritual that inspires you.
  50. Watch your favorite holiday movies. (My mom and I may or may not be obsessed with any movie on the Hallmark Channel.)
  51. Stuff a stocking with your loved one’s favorite things — postcards with inspiring images, teas, coffee, dark chocolate, pens, a book of poetry, washi tape, crayons, lip balm, nail polish, essential oils.
  52. Practice one of these meditations to create calm and navigate any negative thoughts.
  53. Play your favorite music, and dance with your loved ones. (Bonus points go to the wackiest moves!)
  54. Give yourself permission to have a supportive holiday season.
  55. Savor your food. When you’re eating this week and beyond, remember to slow down and savor your bites. Focus on the scent, taste and texture of your foods. Try taking a few deep, slow breaths between bites. Taste your food like you’re eating it for the very first time.
  56. Write out one thing you wish for yourself, and how you’ll make it happen.
  57. Create your body image kit — or grab a few things with you as you go to celebrate Christmas (and then New Year’s).
  58. Donate to charity in your or your loved one’s name.
  59. Create a home-cooked meal once a month for a busy family.
  60. Create your own life manifesto — or gather around the table, and create a manifesto as a family.
  61. Have a loved one create a list of tasks that are currently stressing them out. Offer to take one of those tasks off their list.
  62. Create the same list for yourself. Then ask one person to help you. Reach out. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to support you and lend a hand.
  63. Create your own personal dictionary of terms. Or create a dictionary for a loved one. Include words like self-care, success, productivity, joy, exercise, nourishment and sacred. But leave the lines blank, so they can fill in what each word means to them.
  64. Capture your legacy for your loved ones by penning small stories — or trying these other ideas, which include everything from creating your own cookbook to creating a series of recordings.
  65. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate (tea or coffee), turn on the Christmas lights, curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket, and think of one thing — in your home, in your life — that you’re grateful for. Then breathe it in, and say to yourself, no matter what happens, “this is enough.”

What are your favorite gifts to give to loved ones? What are your favorite gifts to give to yourself?

65 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2019). 65 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from


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