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11 ways to show yourself some love (for $10 or less!)

Practicing self-care is one of the most important ways you can show some love for your body and mind. And while self-care takes many different forms (working out, eating right, getting enough sleep, you get the gist), one of the fun ways to show yourself a li'l love is with a simple gift.

That's right—we're giving you permission to buy yourself small tokens of self-gratitude every once in a while. Here are 11 ah-maz-ingly simple presents you can buy for yourself right now that are guaranteed to boost your mood and raise your vibrations—all for just $10 or less. So go ahead and treat yourself, because you deserve alllll things good. 

1. Fuzzy socks

Target, $3

At the end of a long day of school, extra-curriculars and homework, your feet will thank you for treating them to a new pair of super cozy socks. Whether you decide to rock polka dots or stick to solid colors, socks like these from Target will make you feel warm and fuzzy, inside and out!

2. Flowers

Trader Joe's, $10

Who said flowers were only for Valentine's Day? Keeping flowers in your bedroom or at-home study space is a great way to brighten up your day, every day. Low-cost bouquets like this one from TJ's are totally adorable ways to give yourself the perfect pick-me-up.

3. A new mug

Target, $5

No matter what your favorite fall beverage is (PSL, please!), a new mug is a great way to make your morning cup of coffee that much better. Target is your go-to for dishwasher-safe mugs that are just as adorable as they are budget-friendly.

4. A book or magazine

Barnes and Noble, $9

Nothing says cozy like curling up with a good book or magazine. No matter what you're into reading, treat yourself to a new book or magazine, just like Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Don't forget—local libraries are also a *great* way to discover new reads, all for free.

5. Your fave candy

Walmart, $2

Got a sweet tooth? Next time you're looking for a quick treat, don't forget to pick up your favorite candy. Whether you like sour candies, chocolate or gummies, you deserve a little sweetness every day. 

6. Body scrub

Ulta, $9

Shower scrubs are the perf way to unwind in the shower. Pick a scent that matches your vibe and show your skin a little TLC with an exfoliant like this Tree Hut sugar scrub. Your skin will be glowing all day long—and so will you!

7. Lip gloss

Bath and Body Works, $8

Let's be real—lip gloss is the OG confidence booster, and it is *never* going out of style. Go ahead and pick one with a flavor you love, and carry it in your pocket wherever you go. For a gloss with a sheer look that even makes your breath smell minty fresh, try this gloss, sold at Bath and Body Works. 

8. Tea or hot cocoa

Target, $6

Whether you're a tea or hot chocolate person (or both!), make sure your fall drink game is on point with a cozy new drink to enjoy after school. After all, a warm drink is the perfect study buddy. 

9. A fun keychain accessory

Amazon, $7

These days, who isn't obsessed with statement keychains? A cute pompom keyring is *exactly* the pop of color you need, whether your signature color is a bold blue or a mellow yellow. These keychains are an inexpensive way to let your personal style shine, and they look really cute. 

10. Nail polish

Ulta, $9

A DIY manicure never goes out of style. Pick a color, shape your nails and give yourself your own personal spa day. If you have the time, give yourself a pedicure too. You deserve it, girl! 

11. A plant 

Trader Joe's, $3

Even if you aren't a TikTok plant mom, having a succulent to look after is a really great way to practice self-care. Plants cheer up your living space, add a pop of color to any room and allow you to take care of something special. Head to TJ's to browse their full plant and flower selection—you def won't be leaving empty-handed.

How do you treat yourself? Let us know on Twitter @girlslifemag

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by Lena Genovese | 10/20/2021