Oh, the things we’d tell ourselves if we could go back in time.
The list of advice our older, wiser selves would offer our younger, naive selves would include honourable mentions, like “wear sunscreen” and “don’t cut your own bangs.”
Everyone has their own list of lessons learned, but if it’s any consolation, it’s not too late to take your own advice — starting with this list of items you probably should have gifted yourself a long time ago.
In the event that you’ve already acquired these trademark-adult items, you can play fairy godmother and gift them to your loved ones this holiday season. That said, if you notice any gaps in your own life, make future you proud by treating yourself.
Lesson learned: Beauty is health.
Herbaland vitamins aren’t just any vitamins; they’re vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free gummies that you can tailor to your needs — from beauty gummies that strengthen your hair and nails to mood and energy-boosting supplements.
If you’re looking to boost your immunity — which, who are we kidding, we all are — go for the Holiday Gift Box. It includes three must-have gummies: Sugar-Free Vitamin-C, Fruit and Veg Fiber (packed with 25 different fruits and vegetables), and Limited Edition Apple Spice Good News Gummies.
Lesson learned: It isn’t cool to be cold.
We’re not sure who needs to hear this, but even the fiercest of Canadians need proper winter gear. Do yourself — or someone on your list — a favour and invest in a solid pair of (snow-resistant) boots and a fully insulated coat. At the risk of sounding like your mom, throw some hats and mitts in there too, while you’re at it.
Lesson learned: It’s worth the hype.
Durability and versatility are the main attributes of a cast-iron pan. Because it’s made of cast-iron metal, it distributes heat evenly and has a non-stick surface. Splurge for one with an enamel coating and kiss heavy duty scrubbing sessions goodbye.
Lesson learned: Always (always) wash your face before bed.
Your skincare routine doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, but it does have to exist. You can keep it simple with a face wash and moisturizer, or kick it up a notch by throwing a face oil and spot treatment into the mix. Better yet, treat a loved one who’s expressed interest in starting a skincare regimen.
Simulated sunrise lamp
Lesson learned: Mornings can be hard, but they don’t have to be.
Dragging yourself out of bed after snoozing your alarm multiple times isn’t fun for anyone, especially during the dark winter months. So, give your circadian rhythm a helping hand and invest in a simulated sunrise alarm clock. You might even find there’s been a secret morning person hiding in there all along.
Lesson learned: Wine should feel fancy (even when it’s cheap).
Aside from its aesthetic appeal, decanters actually go a long way in terms of elevating the flavour, aroma, and texture of your wine. It also has the added benefit of making it look like you know a lot more about wine than you probably do.
Lesson learned: There will be days when you need something in between “real clothes” and “pyjamas.”
Do our pre-quarantine selves count as our younger selves? If so, then we’d choose to rewind the clock and stock up on comfy (but stylish) loungewear. It’s cozy and versatile, and so much better than working from home in jeans.
Herbaland Naturals is Canada’s largest gummy manufacturer, producing essential vitamins that everyone can enjoy. Their tailored boxes cater to all kinds of health needs, like immunity, digestive health, beauty, and more.
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