Thoughtful Gifts For The Unsung Hero In Your Life

We all have that one person in our lives that we know will always come through. Not just with a single emoji response in a DM, either. Maybe it's the colleague who consistently greets you with a warm smile to kick off even the dullest of workdays, or the aunt who's not actually related to you by blood but stands in like a second mom. While it's easy to get swallowed up in the seasonal madness of gift hunting, outfit planning, and family dinners, don't let the unsung heroes in your life fall off the shopping list this year. They're the ones you've got to thank for making things just the slightest bit easier, after all.

The best way to let your person know just how much you care is with a present encouraging them to indulge in some well-deserved me time. Presents like a fancy neck massaging tool, a luxurious scented candle, or a relaxing pillow spray is a thoughtful reminder to carve out time for self care. After all, what's more restful than a fabulously satisfying pampering session? Ahead, we've rounded up items inspired by some of the most gracious people in our own lives to help you acknowledge the ones in yours.

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For The Aunt That's Basically Like A Second Mom

If you've got an aunt that's like a surrogate mom, you know she deserves some extra attention this holiday season for always going above and beyond. To start, you can’t beat the luxury of a silk eye mask when it comes to beauty sleep — especially when it has got over 11k raving reviews on Amazon.

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, $, available at Amazon

Origins Mask & Go Set

Encourage her to take a little time for herself with this five-piece collection of Origin’s most-loved masks made to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Origins Mask & Go Set, $, available at Sephora

Banana Republic Style Passport

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If she has a packed party schedule, give the gift of Banana Republic's Style Passport service — where she can rent unlimited looks for a stress-free holiday season.

Banana Republic Style Passport, $, available at Banana Republic

Lynx Crystal Bracelet Set

A colorful and chic reminder of just how awesome she is, this crystal bracelet set will be a beautiful addition to her accessories collection. A little sparkle is an excellent form of self care, after all. 


BaubleBar Lynx Crystal Bracelet Set, $, available at BaubleBar

For The Bus Driver That's Always On Time

For the person you can count on to get you where you need to go every morning, show how much you appreciate their timeliness and positivity by surprising them with a gift this year. This pain-relieving option features a Japanese massage technique that applies deep-kneading pressure to relieve tension and tight muscles — perfect for someone who's behind the wheel all day long.

Belmint Shiatsu Heated Pillow Massager, $, available at Walmart

Stojo Collapsable Coffe Cup

Caffeine on the go is a requirement when your job requires early mornings and lots of people. This collapsible coffee cup is even leak-proof, ideal for surviving all that time spent on the road.

Stojo Collapsible Coffee Cup, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Mophie Powerstation Portable Charger

So they don’t have to worry about their phone running out of juice while on the job. 

Mophie Portable Charger, $, available at Best Buy

For The Dog Walker That Loves Your Pet As Much As You Do


Rain or shine, your dog walker always shows up to care for your beloved pet. Don't let them fall off the gift list this year and consider getting him or her a necessary treat for their feet after a long day’s work. 

Koolaburra by Ugg Scuff Slipper, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Heattech Knitted Cap

Consider the ultimate winter wardrobe essential for the person whose job requires them to be outdoors.

Uniqlo Heattech Knitted Cap, $, available at Uniqlo

Unisex Cable Sweater

For lazy Sundays at home or busy Mondays at work, it doesn’t get better than a cozy sweater to help them make it through the winter.

Another Influence Unisex Cable Sweater, $, available at ASOS

For Your Favorite Professor Who's Always There To Help

Forget the apple and get your teacher some sweet treats to indulge in this holiday season. Hot chocolate is basically relaxation in a mug, and it's just what a stressed-out teacher will need to unwind over break.

Popbar Hot Chocolate Sticks, $, available at Amazon

Oliver Bonas Mr. Cool Mug

What better way to recharge than with a hot beverage out of the world’s most flattering mug?

Oliver Bonas Mr Cool Mug, $, available at Oliver Bonas

A New Day Cashmere Gloves

Your teacher’s hands need to be in good shape for all that grading they’ll be doing. Protect them from the cold of winter with these luxe cashmere gloves.

A New Day Cashmere Glove, $, available at Target

For The Office Manager Who Keeps Things Running Smoothly

Show some love to the person whose job it is to make everyone else's lives easier. This calming blend of lavender and chamomile is the perfect way to de-stress and unwind after a busy day of staying on top of everything.

MadeByCoopers Room & Pillow Mist, $, available at Etsy Gratitude Candle

A daily and deliciously scented reminder of how much they’re appreciated that can be displayed right on their desk. Gratitude Candle, $, available at

Bess Bridal Plaid Shawl

You can’t go wrong with an oversized shawl that’s pretty much like giving them a hug — but much better.

Bess Bridal Plaid Shawl, $, available at Amazon

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