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13 gifts for people who love to sleep

2023-04-07 21:48:52

13 gifts for people who love to sleep

Upping one's own pajama game is hard to make a priority. Why invest in PJs when you could spend money on clothes you actually wear outside?

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That's why a nice set of pajamas (or a sleep(Opens in a new tab) accessory) makes a delightful holiday gift. You're doing the investing for someone else, and you're making them cozy to boot. You are a saint!

Consider these 13 pajama and pajama-adjacent gifts for that person in your life who could stand to be a little more comfortable. And if that person is you? Even better, honestly.

1. Festive holiday pajamas(Opens in a new tab)

Ah, the classic holiday dinosaur print. Credit: Target

You're never too old for a set of indescribably corny, inappropriate-for-11-months-of-the-year holiday pajamas. For maximum impact, pick one printed with holiday... dinosaurs?

Price: $10-24.99 at Target(Opens in a new tab)

2. Warm flannel pajamas(Opens in a new tab)

A classic. Credit: L.L. Bean

If you know festive holiday pajamas will go unappreciated, opt for a warm, practical flannel set instead. You can even sneak in a little cheer by picking a holiday-ish print.

Price: $69.95 at L.L. Bean(Opens in a new tab)

3. Fancy-looking satin pajamas(Opens in a new tab)

They look more expensive than they are. Credit: Target

For someone who appreciates a little aesthetic luxury — and, ideally, doesn't get cold easily. (You could also do silk, but that would be substantially more expensive.)

Price: $29.99 at Target(Opens in a new tab)

4. A waffle robe(Opens in a new tab)

Wear it for an entire Sunday. Credit: Parachute

If someone doesn't appreciate a cozy robe, can you trust them? We say no.

Price: $119 at Parachute(Opens in a new tab)

5. Cotton pajamas for people with radiators(Opens in a new tab)

They also come in pink, light blue, and navy. Credit: J.Crew

Flannel pajamas can be a little too hot for people whose radiators go wild in the wintertime. Compromise with 100 percent cotton — truly a pajama fabric for all seasons.

Price: $98 at J.Crew(Opens in a new tab)

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6. Statement slippers(Opens in a new tab)

That blue! Credit: Lou & Grey

Fuzzy slippers are even better when they're a vivid, fun color. Plus, you'll never lose them! Not that slippers are easy to lose, but better safe than sorry.

Price: $59.95 at Lou & Grey(Opens in a new tab)

7. A silk eye mask(Opens in a new tab)

You can also wear it while you're sleeping. Credit: Lunya

With the exception of houseplants, gifts shouldn't create more work for the recipient. This washable sleep mask from Lunya is made of 100 percent silk, but it's also machine washable.

Price: $48 at Lunya(Opens in a new tab)

8. A fun nightlight(Opens in a new tab)

Look at this fellow. Credit: eBay

No shame in an adult nightlight. Here's one shaped like a crab.

Price: $17.99 on eBay(Opens in a new tab)

9. Pajamas to match your dog(Opens in a new tab)

Dog looks thrilled, of course. Credit: Pajamagram

It's important to match your dog as often as possible. Make sure your recipient's dog is cool with wearing pajamas, though.

Price: $64.99+ at Pajamagram(Opens in a new tab)

10. A onesie for someone who never has to pee at night(Opens in a new tab)

It only takes 8-9 hours to take this off. Credit: Nordstrom

A onesie as everyday pajamas seems unhinged. What if you have to pee before bed? What if you have to change your tampon? Why lock yourself in a logic puzzle when you could simply wear normal pants? Against all odds, though, some people like pajama onesies (if only for whimsy). Here is a fun one.

Price: $48 at Nordstrom(Opens in a new tab)

11. Cashmere bed socks(Opens in a new tab)

Soft. Credit: The White Company

Yes, wearing socks to bed is generally frowned upon (although not by everyone), but pre-bed socks are a luxury everyone can agree on.

Price: $49 at The White Company(Opens in a new tab)

12. A flannel nightshirt(Opens in a new tab)

Choose from a variety of flannel patterns. Credit: The Vermont Flannel Company

Add a nightcap and a kerosene lamp and it doubles as Ebenezer Scrooge cosplay.

Price: $58.80 at The Vermont Flannel Company(Opens in a new tab)

13. The gold standard in slippers(Opens in a new tab)

Soft but not suffocating. Credit: L.L. Bean

We don't know anyone with these slippers who doesn't love them. More than a few people — both IRL and in reviews — assert that they pass the ultimate slipper test: That is, they're cozy and warm without making your feet sweat.

Price: $79 at L.L. Bean(Opens in a new tab)

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service(Opens in a new tab) stressed that while it wasn't all that uncommon for more than two eagles to parent, it was strange to see such "teamwork" among the two males.

    "The original trio formed in 2013 after the female chose a new mate," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife writes. "Even though the original male, known as Valor I, had been replaced by a new male, known as Valor II, he hung around the nest throughout the breeding season and was assumed to be engaged in the nest."

    Valor I and Valor II have been through a lot since 2013. Originally, the two male eagles were nesting with a female eagle named Hope. Sadly, Hope was killed by another eagle in March of 2017, and Starr, the current female of the nest, was introduced in September of that year.

    It's a beautiful story. Stop whatever dumb Netflix show you're watching and watch this livestream (Opens in a new tab)instead.

    This is a truly modern family.


  • The Alex Trebek Jeopardy! remix of Megan Thee Stallions Savage is frankly delightful

    The Alex Trebek Jeopardy! remix of Megan Thee Stallions Savage is frankly delightful

    I didn't know I needed to see a mashup video where Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek rapped the Megan Thee Stallion hit "Savage." But, yep, I needed it.


    It's frankly delightful. Here, enjoy.

    It took the internet no time at all to create this doctored-up remix featuring the iconic gameshow host. In case you somehow haven't heard the song, "Savage" has been pretty much everywhere this year. It hit the top of the charts, got a remix featuring Beyoncé(Opens in a new tab), and inspired countless TikTok dances.

    Trebek read the lyrics to the song in a clue on Thursday evening and, of course, slowly dictated the words in a classic deadpan.

    "'Classy, bougie, ratchet' and 'sassy, moody, nasty' says this No. 1 hit by Megan Thee Stallion," Trebek said on the show.

    After that initial clip hit the internet, Vulture(Opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)anticipated(Opens in a new tab) a remix and begged for it with a headline reading: "Alex Trebek's 'Savage' Jeopardy! Clue Needs a Remix."

    It wasn't a long time until that desire was fulfilled. The remix went even further than most might imagine by digging up Trebek uttering the word "bitch" and hitting a sick dance move.

    What a world we live in.

    This isn't the first time Trebek has been remixed. As a matter of fact, pretty much every time the host reads rap lyrics, a remix follows. My personal favorite is the Trebek version of "Panda(Opens in a new tab)."

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  • The mighty power of the simple Post-it Note protest

    The mighty power of the simple Post-it Note protest


    In the emotional days following the November 2016 election that put President Donald Trump in power, no one had any idea they might find a shred of solace in words scribbled on a mundane office supply. But underground, in the depths of a New York City subway station, a powerfully expressive initiative fueled by thousands of Post-it Notes was underway.

    In the weeks that followed, thousands of people in search of catharsis paused their commutes to write down rejuvenating messages of hope, solidarity, and reassurance and stick them to the walls for all to read. Soon a colorful mosaic of an estimated 50,000 Post-its, now known as the Subway Therapy(opens in a new tab) project, spanned the walls of Manhattan's Union Square station.

    It was a simple act during an especially dark time, but the colorful collection of Post-its helped the country's outlook seem a little bit brighter.

    SEE ALSO: NYC's 'Subway Therapy' wall is transformed into a brilliant interactive holiday card

    For nearly 40 years, Post-its have been a go-to resource for annotating documents, writing to-do lists, and leaving reminders. But somewhere along the line people around the world realized just how multi-functional the sticky squares could be.

    NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: A view of the "Subway Therapy" a space created by artist Matthew Chavez in a subway tunnel under 14th Street where people can express themselves in Post-It notes on November 16, 2016 in New York, United States. The space has been used by people as an space to express ideas and thoughts after Donald Trump's victory on the Presidential Elections. (Photo by) Credit: Vanessa Carvalho/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images

    In pop culture, Post-its have been used for infamous break ups(opens in a new tab) and vow writing(opens in a new tab), and in the real world, people use them to pull pranks(opens in a new tab), make grand romantic gestures(opens in a new tab), create art, and even mourn lost icons(opens in a new tab) like Apple's Steve Jobs. In the past few years, sticky notes have also been used to aid in something far more impactful: peaceful protest.

    The power of post-election Post-its

    I first spotted the Subway Therapy Wall on Thursday, Nov. 10, my first day back in the Union Square station since the Nov. 8 election.

    Happening upon the words of complete strangers — simple messages(opens in a new tab) like, "Your emotions are valid," and "We need each other," — was a reminder that goodness still existed. And after talking to others who contributed to or encountered the wall, it's clear I wasn't alone.

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    "I was in a state of shock," said 23-year-old Chelsea from Yakima, Washington (who preferred not to share her last name,) recalling how she felt in the days after the election. "It felt as if the floor had been pulled from underneath me — like I was going through the five stages of grief simultaneously."

    "I could write anything I wanted and not have to worry about feeling alone."

    In an attempt to do something productive with her negative feelings, Chelsea traveled New York City for the first time.

    "I actually stumbled upon the wall without even knowing it existed," she said. "That moment when I looked up from what I was doing and I saw that wall filled with those colorful bits of paper was indescribable. It was as if I could see the strings connecting everybody in their need for change. It was a therapy session that was free and I could write anything I wanted and not have to worry about feeling alone."

    Chelsea read as many notes as she could, absorbed the messages, and says she finally felt like things might be alright. "Those pieces of paper were tiny messages to us as humans that we can be change. If we try hard enough."

    "To see it manifested in one place was viscerally powerful."

    "It was a coming together of strangers across the country who wanted to make a simple statement that this is wrong and not normal, and we don't need to accept it," Sarah Flourance, a 31-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia said.

    Flourance, who traveled to New York to visit a friend after the election in hopes that it would lift her mood, said she spoke with a few strangers at the wall, some of whom were in tears. "Right after the election, the isolation is what got to me and a lot of other people," she said. She felt the display helped ease her feelings of hopelessness.

    Kevin Nadal, psychologist and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center at City University of New York says he also contributed a Post-it to the wall.

    He wrote a message of solidarity to "the most marginalized populations whose rights would be threatened" by Trump's rise to the presidency, and said the expansive unity of strangers helped restore hope for him.

    "I wanted people to know they weren't alone," Nadal said. "I definitely felt scared, betrayed, and angry. The Post-it wall was validating."

    And while he knew others in New York City would share his post-election sentiments, Nadal said seeing seeing all those emotions "manifested in one place was viscerally powerful."

    So why Post-its?

    In early 2016, well before the November election, "Subway Therapy" creator Matthew "Levee" Chavez set up a table, two chairs, and a sign that read "Secret Keeper" in a New York City subway station.

    His setup included a blank book in the hope that passerby might decide to unload some internal stress by writing their secrets down on paper. Despite this, he often found that people preferred face-to-face conversations.

    "For the next eight months or so, I had individual conversations with people that would stop by to sit and talk...About whatever they wanted to talk about."

    After the election, he said things changed.

    Matthew Chavez near his public art project: "Subway Therapy." Credit: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Chavez says he believes that "during crisis, writing can be a more effective and accessible form of expression than conversation." It's what inspired him to bring sticky notes and writing materials into the subway that November. The Post-its helped him reach a wider audience, since several people could write their thoughts down simultaneously, rather than waiting to chat with him one-on-one.

    "The wall took a form that was fun, beautiful, and expressive," Chavez recalled. "In mass, sticky notes are incredibly inviting and they definitely helped people to open up."

    A history of Post-it protests


    Though it's been nearly two years since Chavez's Subway Therapy project, many of the notes have since been archived online and in several books(opens in a new tab), and memories of the wall remain for those who contributed or passed by. Though Chavez helped create one of the most memorable Post-it Note protests in recent history, his was far from the first.

    In 2011, Wisconsin residents used the tactic when they protested(opens in a new tab) policies by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that would weaken in-state unions. In addition to months of marches and other organizing efforts, protesters left hundreds of Post-it Notes at the Wisconsin State Capitol entrance in an attempt to share their concerns. Despite the protests, Walker's proposal ended up passing(opens in a new tab).

    Post-it Notes on state capitol in protest of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill. Credit: Allen Fredrickson/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images

    Later that year, Post-its made their way to London to serve as a beacon of light in the wake of a divisive act of violence. In August 2011, riots broke out across London(opens in a new tab) in protest of a deadly police shooting that killed local resident Mark Duggan. In Peckham, London, thousands of community members responded to the tragedy with a "Love Wall(opens in a new tab)" covered in notes with messages of hope and unity. The sentiment was so powerful that it spread to walls in Manchester and in other areas of London.

    A wall covered in Post-it Notes supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. Credit: Thomas Campean/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    The people of Hong Kong also used Post-it Notes to show support for the pro-democracy movement of 2014, when many called for the resignation of leader Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. During what's since come to be known as the "Umbrella Revolution," activists and protesters wrote words of encouragement and their reasons for demonstrating on Post-its, creating a colorful display outside government offices. People in Sydney even covered the walls(opens in a new tab) of Australia's Hong Kong House in solidarity.

    The benefits of sticky note self-expression

    While expressing oneself via Post-it Note has shown to be a therapeutic and unifying response to large-scale events, these notes can also provide comfort to individuals on a day-to-day basis.

    "Self-affirmations are really helpful in helping to negate any harmful self-doubts or cognitive distortions," Nadal said, explaining that writing positive, reassuring messages on Post-it Notes "can help in increasing one's self esteem and decreasing any cognitive distortions."

    A 2007 study(opens in a new tab) by Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at California's Dominican University, found that the act of writing one's goals down seems to make a person significantly more likely(opens in a new tab) to accomplish those goals. The study also found that writing reminders or to-do lists before bedtime(opens in a new tab) may help people fall asleep faster.

    Post-it Notes from the Subway Therapy Wall. Credit: screengrab/subway therapy

    It's clear the humbler Post-it has made the transition from bland office supply to powerful statement maker. Remi Kent, the global Post-it business director for 3M, said that the product's move beyond the confines of the workplace has only encouraged the brand more.

    "Everyone who uses a Post-it Note puts their own unique touch on it — and it's exciting to see how consumers make it their own," she wrote in an email. "We believe in getting your thoughts out and your voice heard — and our products are the tool to help people do that."

    Post-it Notes may be small, but they have the power to make mighty statements.

  • New Zealand politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth


    New Zealand politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth

    Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us.

    Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction.

    SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity

    That's all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead.

    "My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew... but it also put me in the best possible mood!" she wrote on Instagram.

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    Genter added in a comment that it was "mostly downhill to the hospital," and that she had "probably should have cycled more in the last few weeks to get the labour going."

    The Green Party MP also happens to be the associate minister for transport, and there are a lot of pictures featuring a bike on her Instagram.

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    It's expected Genter will take three months off(opens in a new tab) for maternity leave. Her baby plans come shortly after New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, returned to work in early August after having a bub of her own.(opens in a new tab)

    In the meantime, we're just impressed, especially as we barely did anything on Sunday.

  • Star Wars same-sex kiss is a dispiriting reminder of how far we havent come

    Star Wars same-sex kiss is a dispiriting reminder of how far we havent come

    Light spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ahead.

    In what's become an annoyingly familiar pattern over the past several years, a blockbuster franchise has touted "LGBTQ representation" in an upcoming installment, only to deliver the barest minimum imaginable.


    This time, the film in question is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the exclusively gay moment is a kiss between two female Resistance fighters.

    One of the characters is a speaking role — Commander D'Acy, played in TROS and The Last Jedi by Amanda Lawrence. The other is just some lady; if we've ever seen her before, I don't remember it. Their embrace plays out in the background and is over so quickly, you might have missed it if you reached for your popcorn at the wrong moment.

    It's bullshit that this is the best Star Wars can do in 2019.

    The timidity of this scene did not stop J.J. Abrams from talking it up to Variety(Opens in a new tab) weeks before TROS' release. In the same interview where he confirmed Finn and Poe would not be boyfriends, Abrams hinted at the possibility of other queer characters coming to Star Wars and stressed that he wanted the world of his film to reflect the real-world population.

    “In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” he said at the time.

    The tiny smooch in TROS echoes the unnamed gay support group attendee in Avengers: Endgame(Opens in a new tab), the two men making eye contact in Beauty and the Beast, the two dudes standing next to each other in Star Trek Beyond, the girlfriends who never even touch hands in Deadpool 2, the husbands with blink-and-you'll-miss-it wedding rings in Alien: Covenant, and the superheroine who didn't go out of her way to deny her "girlfriend troubles" in Power Rangers.

    In each case, the amount of self-congratulation on display seemed wildly out of proportion with the content of the supposed LGBTQ representation itself. (And that's not even getting into characters whose sexualities were mentioned by their performers and writers offscreen but never acknowledged at all onscreen, like Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story.)

    Finn and Poe: Still not gay. Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd.

    It's worth acknowledging that, yes, the lesbian couple in TROS is indeed a first for Star Wars. Yes, it's a step forward. Yes, it's better than nothing. Yes, it surely means something to someone. That does matter.

    And yes, I'll even grant that it's an improvement on other examples of this trend — like Beauty and the Beast, which never actually confirms that Lefou is gay, just halfheartedly implies it.

    But after a while, those yeses feel less like markers of progress than of the lack of it.

    LGBTQ characters shouldn't have to be relegated to the sidelines of our culture's biggest, most beloved stories.

    The relative insignificance of these particular characters is a reminder that more prominent characters like Poe and Finn can't be canonically gay because, as Oscar Isaac put it, "it's a time when people are too afraid." The briefness of the women's embrace reflects the studio's desire to keep even this meager bit of LGBTQ representation contained within a tiny box that they can throw out of the plane if the going gets too rough. Indeed, The Hollywood Reporter(Opens in a new tab) writes that that's exactly what Disney has done in Dubai, where the kiss was edited out altogether.

    And the fact that it still "counts" as an historic first speaks poorly of this franchise and others like it. Even as explicitly queer films from Call Me By Your Name to Love, Simon have wowed critics and cleaned up at the box office, the decision-makers behind Hollywood's biggest blockbusters remain too timid to offer up more than a tiny peck between minor characters.

    SEE ALSO: 'Avengers: Endgame' has the MCU's first canonically gay character

    It may not be the end of the world that Star Wars won't make StormPilot canon, or Disney won't give Elsa a girlfriend, or Fantastic Beasts won't explore Dumbledore's sexuality, or what have you. There's no shortage of queer characters and queer stories to be found outside these gazillion-dollar properties in 2019; even major movie studios have proven willing to get on board with LGBTQ characters as long as they're not part of a $400 million action-adventure sequel.

    But LGBTQ characters shouldn't have to be relegated to the sidelines of our culture's biggest, most beloved stories. It's bullshit that this is the best Star Wars can do in 2019, and even more bullshit that this is the second version of this story I've written this year, following Endgame. Make it so I don't find myself rehashing this story yet again in 2020 or 2021 or 2022, Hollywood, and then we'll talk.

  • The self-care revolution is finally coming to men

    The self-care revolution is finally coming to men


    It's tough to practice real self-care when the internet's obsessed with #self-care. Let Mashable help with our new series Me, My Self-Care & I.

    Genuine question: Why don't we invite more men to become their #bestselves?

    At the risk of sounding like a men's rights activist Missing The Point Entirely, self-care really is one of the rare spaces where women dominate the culture, while men face countless gender-based stigmas and barriers to entry. (Don't celebrate the win too much, though, ladies because we've still got the Pink Tax(Opens in a new tab) in the self-care industry to disadvantage us!)

    "A lot of men when they think of self-care quite frankly imagine a woman in a bubble bath with a glass of champagne — and that's just not manly," said Gregory Brown(Opens in a new tab), founder and director of the Green Psychiatry Center(Opens in a new tab) and an advocate for making wellness more accessible to men. "They think that if they're taking time for self-care, they're losing productivity, time from work. And that goes against what society tells us is masculine."

    We're still far away from destigmatizing the types of self-care for men that matter most, like more introspective mindfulness practices, work-life balance, or, for some, therapy. But the past couple of years have shown the start of a huge cultural shift around what's considered "acceptable" for men in terms of more superficial forms of self-care.

    While this part of the revolution revolves pretty exclusively around personal care products, this shift does start conversations about the ways preconceived notions of masculinity hinder more wellness-focused self-care. And breaking down those barriers, even if they seem trivial in the larger scope of things, has the power to help men break free of societal limitations.

    The market's there

    For years now, brands have seen the market value in changing how they approach personal grooming and well-being for men. Axe, in the past criticized for contributing to toxic masculine advertising, launched the “Is It Ok For Guys”(Opens in a new tab) campaign in 2017, questioning negative stigmas with commercials that frame taking time for bubble baths as "bathsculinity." Meanwhile, Dove's been pushing a personal care line for men(Opens in a new tab) since 2010 with advertising expanding to focus on involved father figures(Opens in a new tab). Allied Market Research projects(Opens in a new tab) that the global market for men's personal care will reach $166 billion by 2022.

    It's not just brands presenting a new perspective for men. Terry Crews — previously the spokesman for traditional masculine ideals through Axe, has opened up about his emotional trauma as a victim of sexual assault. Kid Cudi speaks openly about wrestling with depression and drug addiction(Opens in a new tab). On the lighter side, Frank Ocean(Opens in a new tab) and Pharrell(Opens in a new tab) are out here talking skincare regimens in high profile interviews.

    These gateways allow men to question and have conversations about what it means to be a "real" man in modern times, and taking care of themselves is often at the heart of what's being reconsidered.

    One of the biggest barriers for men in the self-care industry is the lack of entry points.

    Women have all sorts of avenues to learn and hear about products that work for them. They talk to friends, watch beauty bloggers, and read magazines. Less so for men.

    Brian Jeong, co-founder of Hawthorne, one of the most innovative startups making the personal grooming side of self-care easier for men, considers Hawthorne a doorway for those left out of self-care culture.

    Aside from providing high quality products for skin and bath care, Hawthorne serves as a platform that lets men discover what self-care means to them as individuals, outside any new or old definition of masculinity. Their mostly male clientele starts with a quiz on their website that helps them understand their specific skin type or hair needs, for example.

    But Jeong's ultimate vision is destigmatizing beauty products for men. Hawthorne found that much like women, men spend a lot of time researching personal care and beauty products before they buy. They just do so solely online because there's no other spaces or social structures designed for their participation in self-care culture.

    The anonymity of the internet allows men to explore this new world on their own time and in private, which may eventually lead to more IRL exchanges about personal care.


    "Men don't have those conversations. They're not like, bro, you smell great. What skincare product do you use?" said Jeong.

    "It just makes you wonder, why do we have to do this in the shadows?"

    Despite what some might presume, this new wave of self-care isn't only for woke coastal elites. Only 20 percent of Hawthorne's customers are from New York or California, with the vast majority coming from the Midwest and the South.

    As Jeong pointed out, the internet played a big role in allowing this revolution in easily accessible and socially acceptable self-grooming, which for some can be an exercise in self-care.

    Harry's and Dollar Shave Club first got men thinking about and investing monthly in quality self-grooming that can come to them. That paved the way for companies like Hims to rise, too, which emphasizes the convenience, education, and anonymity of the internet to provide men with wellness solutions for everything from hair loss to erectile dysfunction.

    A 2018 survey from the American Med Spa Association(Opens in a new tab) found men outspent women by 13 percent in the industry, seeking beautification treatments like injectables sometimes labeled "brotox." It predicted that in the next decade, millennial men would increase from 10 percent of the medical spa marketplace to 30 percent.

    Funnily enough, in talking to customers, Jeong found that one major gateway men have into the world of personal care products is significant others of the opposite gender. They'd use their lotion or cleansers or even makeup once, and it'd be enough to convince them.

    Men deserve to indulge, too. Credit: hawthorne

    "And it just makes you wonder, why do we have to do this in the shadows?"

    The Man Box

    Gender equality advocacy group Promundo did an extensive study in partnership with Axe on what they termed "The Man Box(Opens in a new tab)," confirming the prevalence of harmful, restrictive ideas about masculinity that negatively impact men's habits and society at large in the U.S., UK, and Mexico.

    The study showed the self-care associated with physical attractiveness (like personal grooming or going to the gym) was practiced more by men who identified as being in the Man Box than those outside of it. Promundo Business Development Vice President Tolu Lawrence explained these activities allow men to meet standards of beauty that are still just ways of performing traditional masculinity and meeting societal expectations of manliness.

    However, many core tenets of the Man Box, like self-efficiency and acting tough, prevent men from prioritizing self-care practices associated with emotional and mental well-being.

    "In all three countries, men inside the Man Box showed a higher incidence of mental health problems, depression, suicidal ideation," said Lawrence.

    "The piece of the puzzle we see happening less, and that's the next phase of this work, is wellness that's beyond skin deep, beyond the surface level, and more towards young men caring for their emotional health and well-being," she said.

    Men need this form of self-care desperately, too. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found(Opens in a new tab) men 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than women in the U.S. (though the pattern is global, too(Opens in a new tab)). What we might glean from this devastating gender disparity is a message supported by the Man Box study: Men don't feel comfortable asking for help when they need it.

    SEE ALSO: College can be hard on your mental health. Here are 7 ways to cope.


    "Men tend to suffer in silence," said Brown of the Green Psychiatry Center. In his personal experience, he's seen how women usually have stronger support systems of friends and are more willing to talk about their struggles with each other. Even the men that come into his office often only do so after reaching the end of their rope. Often, they're practically being dragged in by a woman in their life.

    As a psychiatrist who believes in the power of holistic self-care practices like yoga and meditation to help with depression, he's hopeful that male attitudes toward these activities are improving. A Yoga Alliance study(Opens in a new tab) claims the number of men practicing yoga jumped from 4 million in 2012 to 10 million in 2016.

    "Men are catching on that taking the time to pay attention to their mind as well as their body doesn't just make them feel better. They're also more productive, able to get more stuff done, have better relationships," he said. "They're realizing that they need to learn to take care of themselves if they're going to be a good husband, a good father, a good boss, a good employee."

    Still, just like self-care products, one of the biggest barriers to getting men to consider this kind of wellness is the lack of social structures encouraging emotional vulnerability with one another.

    "They need to learn to take care of themselves if they're going to be a good husband, a good father, a good boss, a good employee."

    "Unfortunately, while men do have those talks, it's uncomfortable. And when they do open up, it tends to happen in a bar or over alcohol. So the question is how do we get men to a point where they're able to have those healthy conversations together outside of the clinic, in more everyday settings?"

    Organizations like Evry Man(Opens in a new tab) are working on that, through accessible communal activities and retreats designed to connect men to these parts of themselves society tells them to close off. Yoga for Men: Forging Resilience(Opens in a new tab) also focuses on introducing yoga to men, particularly men of color.

    "That first conversation is usually always the hardest," said Brown. "But I think once people are able to see how that conversation goes, identify someone they trust, then usually the second and third conversations are a lot easier."

    SEE ALSO: 10 self-care lessons I learned from video games (don’t look at me like that)

    Promundo also puts a heavy emphasis on the need for safe environments for men to open up emotionally.

    "What we're advising is, in order to break out of these gender stereotypes, we need to create spaces for guys to operate outside of the Man Box," said Lawrence. Whether it's in mass media, advertising, entertainment, or just as folks recognizing when the men in their lives are suffering, "the challenge and mission is helping young men understand that needing help or sharing emotions is not a weakness."

    Normalizing self-care

    Normalizing self-care in its many forms for men doesn't just help a demographic that clearly needs it — though that in itself is reason enough. When we help men better themselves, we're also helping the dominant culture realize the importance of embedding self-care into all our social structures.

    "Men currently still drive a lot of the decision-making, hold a lot of position of power," said Lawrence. "The more men are able to prioritize self-care, the more we all see the positive outcomes, with healthier relationships, and potentially more welcoming diversified workspaces. Just more people able to share spaces with one another safely."

    Because when men can be their best selves — when we begin to dismantle the barriers to letting people just be people instead of keeping them in a box — then we're all better for it.

    If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line(Opens in a new tab) at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(Opens in a new tab) at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list(Opens in a new tab) is a good place to start.

  • Get packing with up to 50% off select luggage at The Home Depot

    Get packing with up to 50% off select luggage at The Home Depot


    The following content is brought to you by Mashable partners. If you buy a product featured here, we may earn an affiliate commission or other compensation.

    We all have some baggage, but is it the right kind? You’ll be ready to roll into the holiday travel season thanks to The Home Depot’s(Opens in a new tab) luggage sale, featuring up to 50 percent off select styles and sets.

    This ready-to-roll trio(Opens in a new tab) is only $134.15



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    Made from tough polycarbonate (a.k.a. the same material used for bullet-proof glass), this three-piece set includes an all-important international carry-on bag for avoiding baggage fees and a bonus, seven-piece accessory set.

    This streamlined duo(Opens in a new tab) is just $148.50

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    Designed to help you reach your gate in time, the collection features lightweight hard shells and spinner wheels. The champagne hue is a nice touch, too.

    This color-blocked pair(Opens in a new tab) is $165

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    Stand out at baggage claim with this cool color-blocked set. It’s got interior mesh zip pockets to help you stay organized, plus a 2.5-inch expandable zipper to pack more on your return trip, because souvenirs.

    This animal-print set(Opens in a new tab) is just $119.50

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    Take a roll on the wild side and swiftly navigate a sea of black bags at baggage claim. This leopard set would also be easy to ID if an airline misplaces it.