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30 Stress Relief Gifts That Will Bring Instant Relaxation and Calm

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Without getting too deep into the specifics, there’s a lot to be stressed out about these days on a personal, national, and global scale. Tack on the fact that anxiety and depression tend to spike around the holidays and, well, the struggle is real. It's more important now than ever to take care of you and those around you. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to help ourselves and the people we love to take the edge off. One of our favorites? Gifts that aid in stress relief.

Sometimes the best gift you can give someone (or yourself) is the gift of relaxation. The opportunity to self indulge, take a breath, practice some self care, and ease your racing mind is priceless—and we have some pretty amazing ideas for things you can wrap up with a pretty bow and place under this year's Christmas tree to help make the holiday season a little more chill. Sure, a gift card to a spa is nice but something that can give and give again (like soothing moisturizers and foot massagers) can't be beat.

From back massagers, calming tea, and puzzles, to weighted blankets, aromatherapy, and bath bombs, we've found something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. And the best part? These gift ideas are all aimed at self-soothing, chilling out, and generally providing a state of inner zen.

Check out our top picks for stress relief gifts, and maybe put a second one in your cart to buy yourself a little something extra for a calm ending to 2021.

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1 LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set

This shower steamer gift set includes 12 fizzies to create a spa effect right in your own shower. Just place a shower steamer in the corner of the shower and the bombs release a rich fragrance to help you relax as you lather up–no bathtub necessary. 

2 Stress Less & Self Care Cards
Allura & Arcia

Each box contains 52 easy exercises fit for anyone to help promote stress relief and self care. The effective tips include mindfulness, meditation, anxiety relief, stress management, self care, relaxation and more that can be used anywhere. Developed by therapists, counselors, and yogi professionals, it's a great way to promote healthier stress management. 

3 Zen Artist Board
Zen Life

Adults and kids alike will love this water drawing set perfect for painting, sketching, and meditating. The reusable brush and yogic stand make for a beautiful addition to any relaxing space, and you'll get your creative juices flowing with endless possibilities of what you can create. Your image will fade away as the water evaporates, giving you a fresh canvas to work on.

4 The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life
Now 29% off

While we can’t always change our circumstances, we can work to change our perspective. This bestseller is based on one woman’s endeavor to prioritize gratitude in her daily life and in turn, gives readers insight into meaningful lessons she learned along the way. 

5 Lotus Weighted Lavender Eye Pillow
Nolava Designs

Microwave this weighted eye pillow to release the scent of lavender and a soothing, warm feeling. Perfect for stress relief, the natural aromatherapy from lavender seeds and light pressure from flax seeds gives the perfect weighted comfort they've been looking for. 

6 Relax Selection Gift Box
Now 15% off

Each beautiful gift box includes 45 sachet of organic, herbal tea to help create peace in your mug. With relaxing flavors like chamomile vanilla and tulsi clarity, you'll start to feel a warming calm come over you as soon as you pour yourself a cup.

7 Papillon Back Massager With Heat
Now 33% off

Relieve your tense back, neck, or shoulders with this pillow, featuring four rotating massage nodes to work out deep knots. With its soothing heat settings, you'll get the benefits of thermotherapy, which can help treat aching muscles, too. 

8 Foot Massager Roller
Now 36% off

Made from durable wood, this foot massage roller features two different types of acupressure nubs and five rows with an arched design to get every inch of your feet. Using the massager helps boost circulation, relieve achy feet, and encourage relaxation from head to toe using reflexology. 

9 Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets are one of the hottest self-care items right now, and this affordable option is a favorite among Prevention editors. Drape this over your body while lounging on the couch or before bedtime to experience deep pressure stimulation, which can help relieve anxiety and stress.

10 Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Put those essential oils to work with an aromatherapy diffuser designed to produce a fragrant mist that lifts the mood of any room in your home. This one from InnoGear is ultra-quiet and acts as a subtle night light, so you won’t ever be distracted as it works its magic.

11 Stress Relief Calming Body Cream
Pure Relief
Now 19% off

Take in the soothing smells of Pure Relief's stress relief calming body cream. The eucalyptus and mint aromatherapy includes arnica, coconut oil, and hydrating natural extracts to help your mind unwind and your skin moisturize. 

12 Stress Balls for Adults and Kids
Now 14% off

Squeeze, stretch, and fidget with this three-pack of stress balls perfect for adults and kids alike. Stress balls have been known to promote focus, attention, and grounding, in addition to stress and tension relief. 

13 Pure Aroma 100% Pure Essential Oils
Pure Aroma
Now 50% off

Essential oils offer a variety of benefits—from treating pesky zits to easing nausea. Another perk? People swear by them for reducing anxiety and stress. Both lavender and citrus seem to have the biggest impact, but you can use any scent that personally helps you unwind. This set comes with a nice range: sweet orange, tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

14 Hihealer Meditation Cushion Floor Pillow with Extra Cover

Research shows that meditation has tons of health benefits, and can improve your mental wellbeing by fighting stress and anxiety. The practice can take many forms, but deep breathing is a good place to start. So why not make things more fun with this vibrant meditation cushion? Rather than plopping down on the floor, which can be tough on the joints, using a cushion can help improve posture and support the spine as you find your Zen.

15 Head Massager Scalp Scratcher

The 20-pronged scalp massager is great for those with sleep issues or anxiety and stress. Each flexible metal prong has a coated tip so it doesn't scratch, but offers a full-body relaxing effect all from the top of your head. 

16 BUSCBEAR Mona Lisa Puzzle
Now 29% off

Not only will solving puzzles give you a much-needed break from screens, but it also works as a mental exercise to improve memory and get your creative juices flowing. And while you work on getting that corner section done, you're also focusing on one thing at a time, keeping you mindfully present. Who wouldn't want to have a hand in creating a masterpiece? 

17 ArtNaturals Bath Bombs Gift Set

Who doesn’t love unwinding with a hot bath after a stressful week? This zen-inspired set is just what they need—and don't miss the names of each bath bomb: Meditation, Wisdom, Aura, Root Chakra, and more. Each one is made with a mix of mineral salts, sunflower seed oil, shea and cocoa butters, and baking soda for a bit of fizz. 

18 Scented Candles Gift Set

This set of four candles brings the scents of spring, lavender, lemon, and Mediterranean fig right into your friend's home. Each vintage designed scented candle jar is perfect to decorate a calming space and take a breath. 

19 Live In High Waist Leggings

Yes, leggings are a workout necessity, but there’s nothing better than a pair that actually fits for no-fuss relaxation days. These high-waist Zella leggings are top-rated at Nordstrom because they don’t slip down and have an ultra-flattering silhouette. 

20 Spa Luxetique Spa Bath Set/Bath and Body Gift Set
spa luxetique
spa luxetique

Give friends and family a relaxing spa gift that has moisturizers, shower gel, bubble bath, hand cream, body butter, and more treats to make 'em feel like they're at the spa. All 12 items included come in a reusable cloth box that can be used for storage later on too.

21 Rest Sound Machine
Hatch Baby
Now 30% off

Yes, you read that right: This machine is meant for babies, but its features are soothing for adults, too. This night-light and sound machine can also be programmed to wake you up with glowing light in the mornings—and it can all be controlled on your smartphone. The minimalist design is also aesthetically pleasing, which can’t be said for all sound-making devices. Happy sleeping!

22 World of Flowers: A Coloring Book and Floral Adventure
Now 27% off

Coloring books are not just a way to get your kid to sit quietly for a half-hour—they’re actually really soothing for your adult brain. This book features beautiful floral designs that will bring your brain to a peaceful place while you’re working away with markers or pencils.

23 Moleskin Notebook

Being able to store your thoughts in one place can be therapeutic when life gets hectic. So if they love to write, keep their daily activities organized, or get crafty with their bullet journal, this classic Moleskin notebook is the perfect gift. It also comes in a variety of colors, so you can pick their favorite.

24 Bose Quiet Comfort Ear-On Headphones
Now 15% off

For anyone who uses music as a coping mechanism, these noise-cancelling headphones are sure to please. Put them to use at work, during a commute, or anywhere you feel like drowning out the world around you. They’re super comfy (since they have cushioned ear pads) and have a built-in Google Assistant so you can even take calls and respond to texts. Music on, stress off!

25 Organic Tea Set

Herbal tea is known for its health benefits, like relaxing your muscles, easing stomach problems, and soothing a sore throat. But ultimately, there’s nothing more relaxing than taking the time to make a warm mug of tea to sip on as you read a book or watch your favorite movie. This set offers nine flavors, with five teabags each: breakfast blend, aged Earl Grey, golden chai, mate lemon, jasmine green, gunpowder green, rooibos, Moroccan mint, and chamomile lemon.

26 Yoga Mat
Now 13% off

Research shows that yoga has therapeutic effects, as the ancient practice may reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. So inspire the yogi in your life with some new gear. Named one of Prevention’s best yoga mats of the year, this printed mat from Gaiam is great for beginners since it’s affordable, lightweight, durable, thick, and works well in various settings. 

27 Camping Hammock
Now 28% off

Your troubles will float away after you spend some time relaxing on this portable hammock. Whether you're out on a relaxing adventure or in your own backyard, you’ll love hanging this outdoors once warmer weather hits. There are tons of colors to choose from as well, so you can find one that fits a specific decor style.

28 GRID Foam Roller
Trigger Point Performance

Help anyone ease tight joints and sore muscles with this durable foam roller, which is designed to keep its shape and mimic the feeling of a deep massage. The pressure of the grid design will feel amazing on knots. No need to worry about it collapsing under weight—it can withstand up to 500 pounds, so go ahead and roll out your back!

29 Stretch Yourself Healthy

Few things help relieve stress like a good stretch. And our Stretch Yourself Healthy Bundle is just the thing to gift this holiday season for a bit of flexibility (emotionally and physically). The bundle features a guide (with 50+ stretches and modifications, expert tips for customizing your practice, and routines for every situation,) a DVD (that teaches the flow and pacing of stretching with five follow-along routines), and a free Healing Recipes Booklet to help with meal planning. 

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