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42 Gifts for Stressed Out People: Refresh and Renew

Frazzled. Burnt out. Exhausted. If this describes the person you’re shopping for, then give a present that will help them unwind.

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In this article you’ll find a range of ideas to relax, refresh and renew your loved one, however if you’re in a rush, here are our favorites:

The Best Gift Ideas for Stress Relief

1. Plant Therapy Relax Essential Oil Blend

Stress relief for when you’re on the go

Sometimes when the stress hits, you don’t have time to power up a foot spa or light an aromatherapy candle.

That’s where this essential oil blend from Plant Therapy can come in really useful.

Your loved one can just slip it in their bag, then pull it out when they need to unwind.

In a handy roll on bottle, it can be applied to the neck, wrists or even onto your pillow so you can breathe in the soothing scents.

The blend is a mix of pure essential oils including lavender and patchouli, both of which are said to help with relaxation.

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2. Rena Chris Gua Sha Facial Tool

The massager that has got everyone talking

Find yourself on the ‘skintok’ side of TikTok, and you’re bound to come across someone raving about this tool.

Based on the ancient Chinese medicine technique, Gua sha, it is designed to improve your circulation for a brighter complexion.

Made from natural jade stone, it has different shaped edges so you can tailor the style of massage to what suits you, and apply the pressure you enjoy.

Many are making this tool part of their daily skincare routine, enjoying the release of tension.

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3. Way Out West Aromatherapy Candles

Light the way to relaxation

Aromatherapy might seem like a fad but research actually shows that it has a proven positive impact on stress.

Not only that but if you’re one of the 35% of Americans not getting enough sleep  then it can help with that too.

This lovely set from Way Out West includes two aromatherapy candles containing natural essential oils.

The candles are presented in a beautiful gift box and currently come with a FREE wick dipper to make the gift extra special, ideal if you’re looking for ideas for Mother’s Day.

You can choose from a range of different natural essential oils including Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

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4. Nayoya Acupressure Mat

Unwind through the healing powers of acupressure

Research into the benefits of acupressure show it can give you a boost when you’re running on empty.

Lying down on a bed of spikes might not seem like a good way to unwind, but the process actually triggers the release of endorphins (the ‘happy hormones’), evoking a sense of deep relaxation.

Worried it might be painful?

We’ve spent years testing acupressure mats, and have found it can be at first. However you quickly get used to the feeling and the results are more than worth it.

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5. Apollo Neuro

Swap their watch for wearable stress relief

Stress can have a real impact on both our body and mind, leading to sleep issues for many across the world.

Apollo Neuro has found one solution.

Put on this great looking wristband and it will deliver gentle vibrations to improve resilience to stress.

Improving heart rate variability and restoring balance to the nervous system, the vibrations give you greater control over your emotions.

Pairing with an app on your smartphone, you can choose how you to want to feel, then tailor the duration and intensity of your treatment.

A number of tools on this list provide short term relief from stress, but this is about training your mind to deal with stress in the long term.

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6. Pillow Time Teas from adagio teas

A mix of tasty blends with special qualities

We know herbal tea can be great for calming the mind and preparing the body for sleep.

In this box of Pillow Time Teas, your loved one can choose from four different blends, including chamomile and peppermint, both shown to have benefits for stressed out people.

Each sample of loose tea is caffeine-free and created for comfort.

Sourced by adagio teas, they pride themselves on carefully selecting blends from around the world, direct from farmers.

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7. A Subscription to HelloFresh

A complete meal kit delivered straight to their door

Nutrition is one of the most important factors for your health, however when you’re stressed out it’s typically the first thing to suffer.

HelloFresh is one of the most popular meal kit services in the US, and a great gift if someone is struggling to find the time to make a good meal.

Each week a box of fresh ingredients will arrive at their door, each one measured out to the exact amount.

Inside the kit they’ll also find recipe cards showing them exactly how to prepare the meal.

Go for a tasty option like the Classic Italian Meatball Subs, or try something a little more exotic like the Smashed Black Bean Tostadas.

There are veggie, vegan and gourmet options, so there really is something to suit everyone.

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8. Stanley 30 oz. Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler

Stanley 30 oz. Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler

Did you know that stress can cause dehydration? And that dehydration can cause stress?

Help someone stay hydrated with this Stanley tumbler that has become a bit of a viral sensation.

You’ll likely have seen an influencer sipping on one of these, thanks to the volume it can hold to provide all-day hydration.

With double-wall insulation it can keep drinks hot or cold for longer.

Fitting neatly into most cup holders, and with a built-in straw and comfortable grip it’s sure to become their favorite accessory.

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9. iReliev Relaxable Eye Massager with Heat

Soothe their frazzled mind

Help your special someone unwind after a busy day of work by treating them to this iReliev eye massager.

Once they place the massager on their eyes, they’ll be transported to a place of deep relaxation, thanks to the combination of air compression and vibration.

Heat adds to the whole experience, soothing and calming the mind.

Fitting comfortably on the skin, we own this eye massager ourselves and love the five different therapy modes you can experiment with

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10. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Bask in the warm healing glow

The warm glow of this Himalayan Salt Lamp from the Ambient Salt Company is enough to make even the most stressed out person relax.

This beautiful piece of salt rock has been sourced directly from the second largest salt mine in the world, in Pakistan.

It makes a great additional to your desk or inspiration in your yoga space.

Practically, the lamp has a dimmer so you can choose the perfect brightness and a solid wood base so it can sit securely on most surfaces.

Though research is yet to categorically prove the health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps, reviewers were convinced they felt better after using the product, and enjoyed the relaxing warm glow it emitted.

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11. Calming Shower Steamers Gift Set

The indulgence of a bath, in the shower!

We don’t always have time to slip into an aromatherapy bubble bath, even when our body and mind desperately needs it.

Shower steamers bring the soothing scents to your daily rinse!

Place the steamer in the corner of the shower, and as it dissolves it’ll release a beautiful fragrance.

Choose from a set of five or 12 steamers, containing essential oils including eucalyptus, mint, lavender and lemongrass.

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12. Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser

Mist the air with relaxing scents

Essential oils have tons of benefits for your health, with a number of them particularly good for stress.

Wrap up this Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser and they can fill the air with stress-relieving scents.

All they need to do is pop their favourite scent inside and the diffuser will release the fragrance for up to 16 hours. The diffuser also functions as a humidifier, so you can improve the air quality in your home.

With an LED adjustable mood light it looks good and creates a wonderful atmosphere wherever it’s positioned.

People who bought the diffuser love the timer function so they can switch it on and not have to worry about remembering to turn it off.

Many fell so in love with their diffuser that they ended up investing in one for nearly every room!

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13. Abeillo Acupressure Rings

Stress relief you can slip on your finger

Working on the principles of acupuncture without penetrating the skin, this set of rings are great for when life feels overwhelming.

Designed with triangular shaped points, rolling them up and down your fingers stimulates reflex points.

It’s perfect for when you need to distract your mind, with the added bonus of improving your finger health.

A range of colors gives the rings a stylish look, plus you get a set of 10, so you could always keep one or two for yourself!

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14. Stress Less Cards

Swap a greeting card for a stress relief card

Stress Less Cards are ideal if you need to find ways to reduce stress in your everyday life.

You get 50 cards inside the pack, with each one containing a different exercise to slow the body’s stress response and help the mind relax.

Based on the principles of mindfulness, some of the cards include guided meditations.

Other cards ask you to perform certain actions, such as breaking a routine to awaken your mind to new possibilities, or encouraging you to recite a stress releiving affirmation.

Recommended by health care professionals, many bought the pack and shared the cards amongst family and friends.

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15. iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager

A comfortable way to relieve tension

Get home, throw down your keys, jump on the sofa and enjoy a satisfying back massage.

If this sounds like your special someone’s ideal way to end a day, then you need to buy them the iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager.

Available in four stylish colors, it will fit seamlessly into their home before they even discover its hidden power!

Contained within the cushion are two-way kneading nodes to deliver a realistic shiatsu massage experience.

Infrared ceramic bulbs add to the experience, delivering penetrating heat to the area being treated.

Though it’s a powerful tool for back pain relief, we also found it to be effective on tight calf muscles, so it’s certainly versatile.

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16. Breo Mini Scalp Massager

An intense scalp massage with little effort!

Breo’s Mini Scalp Massager is one of the best around!

Cordless and rechargeable, it has all the power you need to enjoy an intense scalp massage with very little effort.

Made from a soft silicone material, it has 96 touch points that delve deep into your hair — people actually describe it as “crawling across your head”!

Amazingly, the massager is also completely waterproof, allowing you to use it in the shower while washing your hair.

Looking for the perfect self-care gift? This could be it!

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17. Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball

Relieve stress and give your hand a workout!

Swap a standard stress ball for the Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball.

You can pick it up when you’re feeling stressed and squeeze away your anxious thoughts and feelings.

It’s also a clever way to improve your grip, as it pairs with an app that tracks your strength!

The sensor inside will show you visually on your smartphone how your strength has improved and give you different exercises to try.

You can even use it to play games with another Smart Squeeze ball, so why not grab one for yourself, too.

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18. Real Relax Massage Chair

Take the pressure off your body completely

Stress doesn’t just take its toll on your mind, it takes its toll on your body, too.

Take the weight off both by gifting one of the best massage chairs on the market.

All they need to do is sit back in the chair and press the zero gravity button. The chair will then position them to relieve all the pressure on their neck and spine.

As they begin to relax, 50 airbags will get to work on their body relieving stress and tension.

They can decide the speed and strength of the eight massage rollers, or simply opt for one of the auto modes.

Heat therapy adds to the indulgence and Bluetooth capabilities mean the chair will also play their favorite tracks.

What an incredible way to relax!

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19. Access to Online Yoga Classes from EkhartYoga

Stress-free yoga practice in your own home

Give the gift of yoga to someone who really needs it. EkhartYoga is an online yoga experience.

With a range of classes to choose from, it’s perfect for the beginner or an experienced yogi.

Enjoying a yoga session at the end of the day will be a great way to unwind, plus yoga has many positive benefits, particularly for your mental health.

EkhartYoga cover a range of different styles too including vinyasa, the dynamic ashtanga form and relaxing restorative.

Choose a one, three, six or 12 month subscription, and maybe treat yourself too!

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20. Elixir2Go Crystal Elixir Bottle

Hydrate with crystal-infused water

Whether they’re new to crystal charged water or a gemstone expert your special someone is sure to love this Crystal Elixir Bottle.

Place your gemstones in the bottom compartment, then fill the top section with water.

Typically crystal bottles don’t allow you to make your own creations, however this clever design means you can create the crystal tonic you most need in the moment, a feature many purchasers of this product loved.

Complete with a stylish neoprene sleeve, this 16oz bottle comes with a number of gem stones, including rose quartz.

Rose quartz has a number of healing qualities, including the power to rebuild our relationships with those that we love.

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21. Subscription to Headspace App

Discover the Power of Meditation

Headspace is an app that your loved one can download to have daily guided meditation sessions on their phone.

A positive impact on stress, is just one of the many health advantages of meditation.

Within the app there are different sessions designed for everyday life including reflections focused on stress and anxiety.

Whether your loved one is an experienced meditator or a beginner, they’re sure to get a lot from Headspace.

There are many different apps to choose from, however Headspace prides itself on building sessions based on thorough scientific research and a deep understanding of mindfulness practices.

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22. Verilux HappyLight VT22

A burst of light to boost your mood

There’s nothing like the summer sun to lift a low mood, sadly we can’t get that brilliant brightness all year round!

You can get the benefits with this HappyLight from Verilux.

With a 10,000 lux light intensity you can enjoy it first thing in the morning, or position it on your desk to boost your mood throughout the day.

Light therapy is highly effective in treating mood disorders, with researchers seeing significant reductions in depressive symptoms following short courses of the treatment.

Just the size of an e-reader, it packs flat and can be popped in your bag for wherever you need it.

HappyLight users loved how simple it was to operate. Even those that live in sunnier climates were fans of the light as it gave them an extra boost even on bright days.

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23. BloomsyBox Flower Subscription

Give fresh flowers every month

Imagine your loved one has had a really stressful day, what a lovely surprise it would be to arrive home to some unexpected flowers.

However rather than a simple bouquet, give your loved one a flower subscription from BloomsyBox.

One of the best things about a BloomsyBox Flower Subscription is that the flowers are sourced from sustainable farms around the world. Every stem is handpicked, cut to order and delivered fresh to your door.

Fans of BloomsyBox were pleased with the high level of service and were quick to mention how much the recipient had loved their gift.

You’re able to choose from a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly package, so you can tailor the subscription to suit your budget.

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Help Her Unwind

1. Rosyclo Cloud Slippers

She’ll feel like she’s walking on a cloud

Though slippers are often seen as a bit of a cliched gift, these are no ordinary slippers…

After becoming a viral hit, they’re highly sought after and make a great Christmas or birthday gift idea.

Created to be soft and comfortable, they have a thickened sole, to make it feel like you’re walking on air!

Cloud Slippers are designed for indoors, however the comfort enjoyed made many rate them highly for outdoor use.

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2. Pure Relief Stress Relief Body & Face Cream

This is stress relief for your whole body!

The person you’re shopping for can cover themselves head to toe in the eucalyptus and mint formula, designed to help your body and mind unwind.

In fact, research shows that eucalyptus in particular can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation.

Mixed with arnica, shea butter and coconut oil, it’ll also leave their skin feeling super soft and hydrated.

People who bought this product were amazed by the heavenly smell, but also by the way it can help to relax leg cramps and ease symptoms of anxiety.

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3. Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit

Get lost in your masterpiece

Painting by numbers doesn’t just have to be for kids!

Gift someone this Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit and you’re giving them a wholesome way to relax.

Each one takes between three and five hours to complete, so it can be perfect for weeknight evenings when the idle scrolling can take over.

The simple designs take just eight colors, and come with everything you need including paint brushes and paint pots.

Even if you’ve never painted before, you can still enjoy this guided kit.

Choose from five different designs including blooming succulents and bright, cheerful poppies.

Those who bought the kit described it as the perfect gift, allowing the recipient to have a lasting keepsake once their artwork is complete.

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4. Gravity Blanket

Send a great big hug

Weighted blankets were created to simulate the feeling of being held – what better gift could you give to someone you’re far apart from over the holidays?

How does it work?

Well, with the Gravity Blanket it has a weighted inner covered by a premium microplush duvet cover.

Though research is still fairly limited, weighted blankets are shown to calm and settle the nervous system, therefore reducing stress and anxiety.

The Gravity Blanket is available in a range of sizes, colors and weights so you can tailor it to the person you’re shopping for.

People suffering with anxiety in particular, rave about this blanket. They said it instantly made them feel comforted and that it had also helped to improve their sleep.

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5. I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal by The Mindfulness Project

Let all the stress out on the page

Mindfulness is proven to have a positive impact on stress, lessening its effects. Journaling can also help.

Combine both by treating someone to the I Am Here Now: Mindfulness Guide and Journal.

If you know someone who really needs encouraging to slow down, then this journal makes a wonderful gift. It teaches the principles of mindfulness through fun exercises.

Coloring pages, observational activities and meditation guidance come together to create a thoughtful gift that will awaken the senses.

Unlike other journals, this journal by The Mindfulness Project is light in tone and fun to use, which reviewers found refreshing.

Also many mentioned how perfect it was for a friend or family member who was suffering from anxiety.

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6. Turejo Foot Spa and Foot Massager

Soak away the stresses of the day

At the end of a busy day what could be better than sitting back and slipping your feet inside a bubbling foot spa.

Wrap up the Turejo Foot Massager and your someone special can do exactly that.

They can set the ideal temperature (that the unit will maintain throughout their treatment!) and move their feet up and down the 14 massage rollers.

Turejo’s Foot Spa will also allow them to experience the power of acupressure, with mini points stimulating the acupoints on the soles of the feet.

Owners of this spa just adored the way the temperature of the water was maintained, and the fact it was made for larger feet so for most it felt roomy and comfortable.

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Ideas for a Stressed-Out Man

1. Fidget Toy Pen

A discreet way to keep his hands occupied

When he opens this pen he’ll appreciate the stylish design.

However its purpose is to keep his hands occupied when he’s feeling restless.

Take the magnetic pieces apart and he can get creative, using the included magnetic balls to make animals or a little desktop character.

Purchasers of the pen felt it was an effective way to encourage teens (and adults!) to get off their screens, appreciating the diverse number of ways the pen could be used.

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2. Acupressure Massage Ball

Acupressure Massage Ball

If you like the look of the acupressure rings above, but want something a little more versatile, then this acupressure massage ball is the ideal destress gift.

Covered in 656 metal spikes, you can roll it around your hands, or anywhere on your body that needs relief.

In just a few moments it will begin to awaken the nerve centers that can increase your circulation.

After using an acupressure ball for a few years, we have found it to be an effective way to unravel yourself when you’re feeling tightly wound.

Shopping to find a gift for someone with arthritis? It’s time to add this ball to your cart.

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3. Lazy Daze Crate

Help him work hard, and play harder

This is a great stress-relief gift basket for the man in your life.

Inside he’ll find everything he could possibly need to have a chill day, including an inflatable sofa!

Sitting back he can snack on meat sticks and toffee almonds.

He also gets some really fun accessories, including wooden sunglasses that have a handy bottle opener on the arm so he can always getting into a cold one.

That’s not all!

You get a cooler tote that doubles as a seat — all for under $100!

It all ships in a wooden crate with laser-etched crowbar so it feels like such a special gift.

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4. Hatch Restore

A gentler way to start your day

Hatch Restore has so many different functions to help your stressed out loved one.

Shopping for a relaxation gift for someone special?

Then the Hatch Restore is ideal as it has so many different functions to help your stressed out loved one.

You can set your own sleep-wake routine, allowing you to get the optimum amount of sleep.

No need to wake up to the sound of a blaring alarm, instead wake up naturally as the light gently gets brighter to lift you out of your slumber.

Choose from a library of soothing sounds to get you in the right headspace, as well as guided meditations.

The recipient also gets a free trial of Hatch Sleep Membership, which gives them access to an ever-growing library of new content.

Those who purchased the Hatch Restore loved the variety of different settings, with some even feeling like it helped to treat their insomnia.

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5. Hyperice Core Premium Bundle

Clever meditation technology

Meditation is a proven stress reliever when you make it part of your daily routine.

Establishing the habit is made easier when you have the Hyperice Core in your hands.

When purchased as part of the Core Premium Bundle, this clever little device contains thousands of guided meditations, breathing training sessions and soundscapes.

Hold the Core in your hands and the pulsing sensation helps to keep your attention and guide you in the rhythm of breathing technique training.

The biosensors track activity in your heart and nervous system, allowing you to see the impact meditation is having on your overall wellbeing.

This gadget makes a great meditation gift for someone looking to get started with the practice.


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6. Mission Farms Relax CBD Bath Soak

Sink into a stress-relieving bath

Positive findings relating to the impact of CBD oil on stress and anxiety, has led many manufacturers to start including CBD oil in their health products.

Mission Farms is the gold standard when it comes to CBD products.

Their Relax CBD Bath Soak is made from luxury goat’s milk and hemp grown at their farms in Oregon.

In nutrient-rich, organic soil, no chemicals or pesticides are used so you know you’re getting a pure and natural product.

Stressed-out shoppers loved how the bath soak really helped them unwind, describing how the tension just melted away. They also loved the wonderful smell!

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7. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Learn to breathe properly

You may think after many years on this earth that you’ve mastered the art of breathing.

However, author and journalist James Nestor will examine how you’ve been doing it wrong your whole life.

In his book he goes around the world to examine how humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly. Exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices, he’ll change the way you think about every breath.

The book also includes guidance on how small changes to your breathing pattern can make big changes to your life, improving your fitness performance and decreasing stress and anxiety.

Even considering which nostril you breathe from is important, Nestor explains:

The right nostril is a gas pedal. When you’re inhaling primarily through this channel, circulation speeds up, your body gets hotter, and cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate all increase…The left nostril has the opposite effect: it works as a kind of brake system to the right nostril’s accelerator. The left nostril is more deeply connected to the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest-and-relax side that lowers temperature and blood pressure, cools the body, and reduces anxiety.

After reading this book the author claims you’ll never breathe the same again.

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Funny Stress Relief Gifts

1. Draw Yourself Calm: Draw Slow, Stress Less

Discover the mindful practice of slow drawing

This book isn’t about learning to draw and becoming the next big artist!

It’s about mastering the art of slow drawing, a mindful act that helps you nurture your creative side.

Inside the book are 25 nature-inspired patterns to inspire you.

Written by Amy Maricle, an art therapist based in Massachusetts, she guides you through the process of slow drawing and how you can weave it into your day.

She explains Intention-Setting Visualization and how this can open up your drawing practice and relax your mind.

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2. LEGO Icons Orchid

One houseplant that definitely won’t die!

Florists believe that orchids can be a powerful plant for helping you to relax.

Lego is also shown to have a naturally calming effect, so why not merge both?

From their botanical collection, this design featuring six large flowers, celebrates the simple beauty of the orchid.

Plus, your loved one doesn’t need to worry about remembering to water it!

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3. Cammie and Kip Weeks Therapy Dough

Help someone rediscover their playful side

Dough may sound like a strange gift if you’re shopping for an adult.

However for a long time art therapists have used colorful dough as a way to help patients communicate difficult emotions.

Not just that though, as playing with dough can be a positive way to relieve stress and rediscover the imagination you had as a child.

Infused with essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to promote calm and relaxation, it can be a handy addition to their workspace for stressful moments.

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4. Burn After Writing Journal

Write. Burn. Repeat.

Inside this fun journal are some soul searching questions that will really make you think about who you are as a person.

You also get plenty of space to reflect on the past, present and future.

Pour your heart out onto the page, then once you feel cleansed, rip the page out and burn it!

It might seem a little dramatic, but how good will it feel to see all those worries you have just go up in flames?

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5. Speks 2.5mm Magnet Balls

A fun way to distract the mind

Buying a stress relief gift doesn’t have to mean opting for something super serious.

Just take a look at these magnet balls from Speks.

At a tiny 2.5mm, they can be put together to create any shape possible (take a look on YouTube for magnetic ball inspiration!).

It can be a great way to keep the mind and hands busy when stress is threatening to take over!

You can choose from many different colors, plus they ship with a storage case and splitter card for breaking them up into different shapes.

Fans of the magnet balls described how they’re great for fidgety hands, and a fun way to relieve anxiety.

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6. Dammit Doll - Limited Edition Chakra Doll

Yell “Namaste! Dammit!”

Another really fun stress relief gift is the Dammit Doll.

Handmade from a high-quality material, it’s durable enough for you to take out all your frustrations!

The creators describe the doll as having sexy yarn hair for you to yank when you’re stressed, plus no ears so you won’t be judged for any bad language.

Limbs have been developed for the perfect slamming grip, but it has a soft stuffing so you can cuddle it, too.

This limited edition version of the doll has a chakra inspired print, with a fun poem on the tummy telling you to yell “Namaste! Dammit!”.

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What can we help you with next?

Ok so now you have a ton of inspiration for the stressed out person in your life, what can we help you with next?

Why not find a gift for a health conscious woman who is looking for innovative ways to improve her own wellbeing.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.