Better for you Holiday Stocking Stuffers + Giveaway!

Thank you, CVS Pharmacy for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own!

Most of the things that get thrown into stockings are quick and easy finds, and most of the time, they get tossed out before the new year. I always get chocolate or other types of candies that usually go to waste. After the holidays are over, I hardly want to look at treats after all the goodies. This year, I want my family’s stockings to be filled with better-for-you treats and products that encourage self-care. These are the healthier indulgences I love keeping around my house, and products that always get used up throughout the year. Today, I’m teaming up with CVS Pharmacy to share a few stocking stuffers you can add to your list this holiday season. They are perfect for last-minute shopping since you can find them in the stores! Be honest, you also leave stocking shopping last 😉 CVS Pharmacy is the most convenient destination to find a wide variety of innovative self-care and proactive wellness solutions, and most of the products fit perfectly into a holiday sock!

CVS Pharmacy understands that self-care a vital part of proactive health care, and they are working hard to add new and exciting things to make self-care easier for 5 million+ Americans who shop in THEIR stores daily. And since I’m one of those daily shoppers, I appreciate everything they are doing to make my goal of living my healthiest lifestyle more accessible than ever. I’m so excited to bring the gift of self-care to my family this year!
There’s nothing better than grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, wrapping gifts, and then sitting back to relax once you’re done. CVS Pharmacy is going above and beyond to make it easier and more convenient than ever to find the best self-care products for your holiday shopping. They have launched hundreds of unique and exciting products this year focused on physical, mental, emotional, and social health! We all have different forms of self-care, but at the end of the day, it’s all about how self-care can make your life a little better.

Whether you’re filling up the stocking with vitamins or healthy snacks, you can rest assured knowing that CVS products are the best. CVS has a wide variety of vitamins and supplements, and I love that they created the Tested to Be Trusted program, which requires third-party testing of ALL vitamins and supplements sold in-store and online to confirm the accuracy of the dietary ingredients listed on the supplement facts panel and to confirm products are free from certain additives and ingredients. It gives me total peace of mind that I can trust what I’m buying and putting in my body. To me, treating your body with only the best supplements and vitamins is self-care!

Some of my favorite vitamins that would be a perfect stocking gift are:

CVS Health Immune Support Vitamin C
Sundown Natural Vitamins
ALL of the Olly Gummies
CVS Health Biotin Gummies for Skin, Nails & Hair
CVS Health Fish Oil Softgels
CVS Health Fiber Gummies
CVS Health Advanced Probiotic Gummies
CVS Health Women’s Complete Daily Multivitamin

One of the gifts I’ve been contemplating for everyone this year is an essential oil diffuser. I love the benefits of the oils, and CVS has a large selection. They are a great way to encourage self-care and health.

The Radiance Platinum Aromatherapy Travel Diffuser, along with all the extra oils, is the perfect stuffer! You can fit a travel-sized diffuser into the stocking, which is so cool.

All my favorite oils: Radiance Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lemon Oil, Frankincense Oil, Energize Blend, Refresh Blend, Platinum Mental Endurance, Platinum Brain Ease, Platinum Alert Mind, Radiance Mental Fuel, Platinum Brain Support+.

The Ellia Essential Oil Roll-on (Lavender or Let Go) is one of my favorite stocking ideas. That AND Burts Bees! You can never go wrong with chapstick in the wintertime.

I love that I’m choosing to gift self-care to the ones that mean the most to me this year. Everyone deserves a good self-care routine no matter what it entails. CVS is also encouraging customers to treat themselves well by practicing self-care and proactive wellness regularly. They understand that self-care means different things to different people, but it’s an important part of everyday health for EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, or income.

It’s important to encourage not only yourself but also your friends and family to practice a good self-careroutine. And gifting them with products to do that shows just how much you care about their wellbeing! You all know by now how much I love working with CVS, and going into the stores exploring their aisles filled with new products is one of my favorite things to do, especially this holiday season!

A few other fun better-for-you stocking stuffers that I added to my list are:

Navitas Organics Goji Berries (which I love making homemade granola with!)
Mickelberry Gardens Ginger Honey Tonic (perfect for adding to your BeWellTeas!)
Wasatch Nectar Raw Honey + Electrolytes Packet
Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Pops (These are too cute in the stockings!)
Gaiam Sure-Grip Water Bottle
BrainJuice Shot (Peach Mango)
CVS Health Cupholder Wipes
Gold Emblem Abound Dark Chocolate Chickpeas (YUM!)
Gold Emblem Abound Fruit Strips
Pressed by KIND bar (mango apple chia and pineapple kale spinach)
barkTHINS, dark chocolate 
Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola BarsI hope this post inspired you to fill up the stockings with better-for-you choices to encourage self-care this holiday season! And to help you start, CVS Pharmacy is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a box filled with all of the products seen throughout this post! All you have to do is leave a comment answering one of the questions below!

Winner of the last CVS giveaway is ALLIE (please send me an email at / I left a comment under your previous entry!)

Questions for you!

  1. What self-care product from this post do you want to try most?
  2. What is your favorite thing to receive in a stocking?
  3. Who do you want to give self-care to this year?


  • Carolsue

    Among others, I like the Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola Bars and the Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Pops

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  • Amanda

    I would love to try the Manuka Honey Pops. I’ve heard manuka honey is good when you have a cold (?). I’ve never tried it though!

    I’d love to give the gift of self care to my mom. She is a very active person, but got sick for a big portion of the summer this year so had to take a step back from exercising. I think she would like trying fun products like these with me.

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  • Jen

    I absolutely love all these self-care products. I would want to try all the self-care products from this post, but the Mickelberry Gardens Ginger Honey Tonic is the one I’m most interested in trying first.

    My favorite thing to receive in a stocking is coffee. Coffee is my favorite thing in the world, and I cannot live without it, lol. I love trying new coffees, so anytime I receive coffee as a gift, I am ecstatic!

    I want to give my sisters self-care this year. They both are mothers of small children and work full time jobs and never seem to take much time out for self-care. I’d love to be able to pamper them with items they can treat themselves with and feel a little more refreshed or relaxed.

    Happy Holidays Taralynn! I love reading your posts!

    Reply to Jen
  • Ashley

    We live right next to a CVS, and it really is a fun little store to browse. Merry Christmas Taralynn!

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  • Kelly

    Hi Taralynn!!

    1. I am very interested in this travel-sized essential oil diffuser… mostly so I can have one at home and one at my office 🙂


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  • Gina

    I absolutely love the idea of a self-care stocking! To answer question #3, I definitely want to give the gift of self-care to my sister. She’s a massage therapist and is always hooking our family up with free massages, facials, beauty products, etc. and never let’s us pay her, so she is very deserving of something like this. Plus I know she uses essential oils at work, so it’s a gift that definitely wouldn’t go to waste. Thanks for the great ideas, and Merry Christmas!

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  • Sarah

    Love CVS! I walk by mine every day on the way home from work, and it’s so hard not to pop in every day for little self care treats (face masks and sparkling water are my go-tos!)

    I want to stuff my mom’s stocking with all of the self-care stuff from the post!

    Reply to Sarah

    I think the Ellia Essential Oil Roll-on would be a great stocking-stuffer for my daughters! We all love essential oils, but I didn’t know roll-on’s were available.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Merry Christmas!

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  • Emily

    My husband and I take a lot of road trips, so the cup holder wipes are going to be a new must-have! Thanks for posting this, I didn’t even know these existed!

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  • Heather Jelinek

    I would love to give some “Self Care” Items to my mom! She’s always burning the candle at both ends and does so much for everyone!!! I think she needs to be able to take a little time once in a while for herself, and these treats and products would be amazing to help her do that ! CVS has a great Variety!
    Merry Christmas!

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  • Nadya

    I want to give some self care products to my amazing husband! He does the morning routine and takes our daughter to school every morning so that I can go workout at my CrossFit box before I head to work. He deserves some self care goodies as a gift for all that he does to make it possible for me to care for myself too!

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  • Natalija

    Hi, Taralynn! Lots of great ideas and such cute festive photos! All products sound awesome, but I’d love to try Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Pops first as the benefits of Manuka honey are awesome and really beneficial in colder seasons.. My favourite things to receive in the stocking are self-care/mindfulness related as it’s easy to get carried away with holiday rush and panic and start some unhealthy habits. I love those gentle reminders to pause, breathe in, take a break. I’m also obsessed about coffee and anything book related,but those usually are too large to fit into a stocking :)))) Have a lovely winter holiday season! Hugs to Grumples and Leo!

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  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These are all such great ideas!


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  • Rachel

    I’d love to try the fiber or probiotic gummies!

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  • Peggy

    I would love to try the Manuka Honey Pops! I would love to receive this stocking. I’ve had a cough for two weeks and am over it! I tried the shower eucalyptus pods you recommended from CVS and I love them!

    Reply to Peggy
  • Heather

    Hi taralynn!
    I’ve been watching your vlogmas for the first time this year! I keep seeing your living room rug and I love it? Where is it from?!
    Thank you 😊

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  • Samantha

    My family has been using CVS products for stocking stuffers for years! I usually get a toothbrush, gum, and some chocolates, so it’s so nice to see a wider arrange of products to add this year! I would love to stock up on some more oils and a diffuser for my mom this year and this giveaway it perfect!

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  • Diana Mac

    Hi Taralynn, Merry Christmas! I am interested in getting the travel diffuser. I already have an essential oil diffuser in my apartment and I love it. I think this travel diffuser would be perfect for me to bring to work. I am also going to go check out the roll on you mentioned.

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  • Elicia P

    What self-care product from this post do you want to try most? The Travel DIsfusser
    What is your favorite thing to receive in a stocking? Besides chocolate (dark that is) lotion
    Who do you want to give self-care to this year? My sister. She worked hard this year and forgot to take time for herself.

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  • Jen H

    My fav thing in my stocking is good ol chapstick!

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  • Brooke

    I would give the gift of self-care to my mom. She does a lot for everyone else, but forgets to take care of herself.

    Reply to Brooke
  • Abbey

    Hi Taralynn!
    1. I looove beWell teas! They are so good so thank you for reminding me that I should tock up and share those.
    2. I like getting chapstick in my stocking, I am always misplacing mine so extra is good.
    3. I’m giving coffee as self-care to my coffee loving husband – its his thing!

    Happy holidays!!

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  • Alaina

    My favorite thing to receive in my stockings are scratch off lottery tickets!

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  • Kristin

    Self care stockings are such a great idea!! I love giving things that may be everyday items but have a little luxury to them! I just got my mom some under eye patches for one of her Christmas gifts.

    The Mickelberry Gardens Ginger Honey Tonic sounds AMAZING I need to hunt this down!! Also the Manuka Organic Honey Drops. Pretty much anything honey this time of year is perfect!

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  • Robin

    1. I would LOVE to try the Wasatch Raw Honey. I am a teacher and when you feel like you are starting to get sick, honey in tea is so helpful. I bet these are great!

    2. My mom makes THE BEST stockings. I always look forward to the little gifts she puts inside. My favorite is usually a surprise make-up item like a lip gloss, eye shadow or mascara.

    3. My whole family deserves some self-care. We are all on a healthy eating & living kick that feels wonderful. I want to keep the trend going for everyone!

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  • Ally

    I love a chocolate orange in my stocking!
    I have an intern at work who is also working full time on top of going to school–her self care is pretty good but in that situation, I think you can always use more!

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  • Michelle J.

    My favorite thing to receive is mascara. I look much better with a little bit of that.

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  • Kimberly

    I would love to try the Gold Emblem Abound Dark Chocolate Chickpeas! They sound delicious 🙂

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Awww, I love your ideas! They’re super cute! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Samantha Davenport

    I would love to try the brainjuice shot! My job can be very demanding and I’d love to try this product to help keep me on my game when balancing my work and personal life.

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  • harriet

    What a fantastic idea for filling the Christmas stockings, defiantly going to rethink how I fill them this year. my favourite thing to receive in a stocking is a new cook book, I use it as a challenge to see how many recipes I can make from it before the following Christmas. The platinum brain ease would be amazing to try especially after a long day at work, I have already seen my planner for Jan through to April next year and it’s scary crazy. This year I would love to give my mum self care she has had a pretty stressful year with work and having to rush home to London due to family, I have been thinking of getting her an oil defuser for Christmas.
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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  • Rachel Nielsen

    The essential oil roller sounds really interesting, so I definitely need to try that out!

    I love chocolate in my stocking, if I’m being honest LOL. My mother in law always has a good mix of chocolates in our stockings.

    I want to give a self care gift to my sister in law, who is doing an accelerated masters program. She deserves it!

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  • Michelle

    I would love to try the Wasatch Honey + electrolyte packets. They sound perfect.

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  • Page

    My mom gifts me a Terry’s chocolate orange every year in my stocking! My favorite.

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  • Julia Stricker-Balistreri

    I’m not gonna lie I definitely want to try that lavender essential oil roll on. Gonna be traveling this winter and need to stay chill on flights and activities.
    My fav stocking stuffer is the chocolate orange I have gotten every year.
    I wanna give my husband some self care this year. It’s been a stressful year getting married and he is going through a job change so he needs to focus on some nice self-care.

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  • Emily B

    Hi Taralynn!

    1. I’m really interested in the lavender oil roll on! I’ve always loved oil perfumes. Have you carried the Ellia one around with you? Just curious if it travels well and doesn’t leak!

    2. Favorite stocking stuffer would have to be anything beauty related- chapstick, make up… Or now that I think about it jewerly also! A small bracelet or hair accessory as well. Basically any kind of accessory! Lol.

    3. I love giving self care to any female in my life but am now realizing how much the men in my life need it as well! Especially since they don’t typically buy it themselves!

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  • Brittany Hardman

    My favorite thing to receive in stockings is actually self care things! I love essential oils (my diffuser is on constantly). I havent tried most of the treats you’ve listed but they sound delicious so I probably will now! 🙂

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  • Kaylin

    Some of my favorite things to receive in stockings are scratch off tickets and assorted teas.

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  • Courtney Haas

    1. I want to try the dark chocolate coconut barkThins! They look soooo good!
    2. I love getting nail polish, candy, and Burts Bees chapstick!
    3. I am actually giving one of my best friends a mini self-care kit as she goes through grad school! It has hand sanitizer, amazing smelling hand soap (gotta try and keep the germs away during the winter months in MN), a destress roller bottle, and a Nightmare Before Christmas tumbler (her favorite movie)!

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  • Kendra

    I like to receive anything that’s a surprise. It brings back the excitement and magic feeling of Christmas 🎄

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  • Bri Runde

    Thanks for all these great ideas! I want to try out the Kize Energy Bars or the Bark Thins!!

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  • Blair

    1. The honey pops sounds awesome to try especially with all the rainy weather making my throat scratchy.
    2. My favorite two stocking stuffers I’ve recurved was lottery tickets or Starbucks gift cards!
    3. Self care would be much needed for my mom who hasn’t been super healthy this year on top of babysitting my nephew every week!

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  • Laura

    Oh gosh what WOULDN’T I want to try?? I love that travel diffuser though- so neat!

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  • Brie Banowetz

    I want to give my mom the gift of self-care. She is always so busy taking care of others, I want her to be able to give herself some pampering too 🙂

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  • Stacie

    1. The biotin gummies because I want my hair to grow!
    2. Lottery tickets!!
    3. My boyfriend because he is a picky eater and needs some vitamins to supplement his diet 🙂 🙂

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  • Yvonne

    Im learning to love myself this year😏. So id give myself a stocking for letting go of loathing myself and learning to live with myself. Love is always gonna be a struggle but Im not giving up ☺

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  • Carolyn

    Love the essential roll on, great item! Self care is so important and so easy to forget!

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  • Shannon Dowdy

    I would LOVE to try the Radiance travel diffuser and essential oils! I travel a lot for work and it makes for long days. Having something like that would help me relax after a long day.

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  • Deborah

    I would love to try the Made Good bars!

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  • Katie

    I do love stuffing a stocking with goodies! I would like to try an oil diffuser. I love the smell of essential oils and just haven’t invested in one yet. For myself, I honestly love receiving Starbucks gift cards in my stockings ☕️ I work an office job with a Starbucks right across the street, so it’s my daily treat. I definitely like giving self care to my husband who’s a nurse at the local hospital. He works in ICU and is very dedicated to helping his patients. Last year when we had that big snow that shut the roads down he walked to work at 5 a.m. (which is nearly 2 miles from our home) in deep snow and very low temperatures. He knew a lot of nurses couldn’t make it in due to the roads and didn’t want patient health to suffer. If anyone deserves self care, it’s him!

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  • Katie Groh

    Hi Taralynn! What a great giveaway! I love that you’ve had self care ones recently. I have been trying to get into a better routine. I even started putting my vitamins by the coffee maker, you’re right, it works!

    To answer the questions:
    1. The biotin hair and nails gummies sound great, I’ve been trying to find a good one to help my nails be less brittle! But also, let’s be honest…I’d love to try those barkthins!!
    2. My favorite thing in a stocking is face wash and lotion, every year my mom will get me some of my favorite brand and it’s such a treat because it is a little expensive, but so worth it!
    3. I want to give self care to my sister and Mom, I think they would really appreciate it!

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  • Megan W.

    I would love to get the Radiance Platinum Aromatherapy Travel Diffuser and use the Eucalyptus oil. I have been wanting to get a little diffuser for so long, I will definitely be convincing my husband this is a stocking necessity!!!!

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  • Karyssa Schmitt

    The self care item I would love to try is the Radiance Essential Oil Diffuser. I have been traveling recently and I wish I would have had this to take to New York since it was a work trip and essential oils would have helped me wind down at night after a long day of sales training.

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  • Jennifer

    I love that travel diffuser! I use oils all the time and had no idea that a travel diffuser existed!

    My mom always manages to find super cool stuff for our stockings – she’ll do like $5 or $10 gift cards to random places, hair ties, chapstick, etc. I love stockings lol

    My mom! And my sister. The both deserve it!

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  • Jenna Rall

    Definitely want to try the essential oil roll-ons! My favorite stocking item to receive is scratch offs lol, my grandma taught be about them and now that she’s gone – they remind me of her! I want to give self-care items to one of my bestfriends this year because she has been suffering with depression A LOT lately.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Such a sweet and special memory to have at Christmas ♥️

      Sorry to hear about your friend, but I’m happy she has someone caring like you.

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  • Christine

    I love getting a Starbucks gift card in my stocking

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  • Mal

    This year I want to give self care products to my hard working mom! Thanks for all of the ideas!

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  • Emily

    Hey Taralynn! I just wanted to warn you that essential oil diffusers can be bad for dogs (a lot of essential oils are toxic to pets). I just learned this myself for my cats.

    Hope you have a merry Christmas!

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