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Gifts for Stressed Out People

The 38 Best 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.

We’ve put together a list of gifts for stressed people to help them relax, refresh and renew.

Best Stress Relief Gifts

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. 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 20% of Americans struggling to 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.

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

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3. Aku Mat

Unwind through the healing powers of acupressure treatment

Acupressure has been shown to have a positive impact on stress, and we believe there’s no better mat out there than the Aku Mat.

Unlike competitor mats that have points made of plastic, the Aku Mat has spikes made of nickel, silver, copper, iron and zinc.

Lying down on metal spikes might not seem like a 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 a lot of time lying on the Aku Mat, and found it can be at first. However you quickly get used to the feeling and the results are more than worth it.

Like the spikes but not the mat? Take a look further down at a number of other acupressure products from Akuspike.

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4. 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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5. Stress Therapy Tea Infusion

A tasty blend with special qualities

We know herbal tea can be great for calming the mind, and a great gift to help someone relax.

This blend is an organic infusion of exotic flowers, including chamomile and hibiscus, and has undergone scientific research to test its effects on stress.

After one week of drinking, participants were more focused, had greater clarity and coped better with stress.

Made in New York, the cute little pot includes 10 infusion tea bags so makes a great little present for the holidays.

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6. 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 something tasty like the Crispy Buffalo-Spiced Chicken, or try something a little more exotic like the Pesto Shrimp & Lobster Filled Ravioli.

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

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7. Kitsch The Lavender Weighted Satin Eye Mask

Soothe their tired eyes

After a stressful day, your body and mind are in desperate need of a good night’s sleep.

Give someone the best chance possible by gifting them this Kitsch weighted eye mask.

Made from a luxurious satin material, it will feel soft on their eyes, with the added weight applying even pressure to soothe a busy mind.

Filled with dried lavender and a seed filling to add weight, it smells wonderful and further adds to the relaxation.

Plus wearing a sleep mask has been shown to have a wealth of health benefits, including reducing depression.

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8. 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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9. L’Oomph Soothing Sensory Squares

Sensory stickers to calm the mind

Calming your stressed out mind can be challenging when you’re lost in your own thoughts.

As a mindfulness act, to bring your attention back to the moment, you can stroke these sensory stickers.

The textures are designed to soothe and focus your mind.

However the best part is the stickers are small and have fun prints, so you can attach one to your phone or laptop and no-one would ever know its hidden purpose.

It’s a great little stocking stuffer for anyone trying to cope with symptoms of anxiety.

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10. 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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11. Aku Rings

Stress relief you can slip on your finger

Akuspike are well-known for their range of market-leading acupressure products, including the Aku Mat and Aku Ball.

Now take a look at the Aku Rings.

Working on the principles of acupressure without penetrating the skin, they’re good for people with a busy mind.

Designed with triangular shaped points, rolling them up and down your fingers stimulates reflex points. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to distract your mind, with the added bonus of improving your finger health.

Copper plating gives the rings a really stylish look, plus pop them inside the specially created Aku drawstring bag and they make the perfectly presented gift.

You do actually get three rings per pack, so they’d never know if you just slipped one out for yourself!

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12. 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. Meditation has been shown through research to be a wonderful way to de-stress.

Other cards ask you to perform certain actions, such as breaking a routine to awaken your mind to new possibilities.

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

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13. 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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14. Breo Mini Scalp Massager

An intense scalp massage with little effort!

Breo’s Mini Scalp Massager is one of the best scalp massagers 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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 been shown to have so many positive benefits particularly for your mental health.

EkhartYoga cover a range of different styles too including Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga (which has its own health advantages).

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

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18. 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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19. Subscription to Headspace App

Discover the Power of Meditation

Meditation has a number of health advantages with one being its positive impact on stress.

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

Within the app there are different meditations 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. Aku Ball

Acupressure treatment in the palm of your hand

If you like the metal spikes of the Aku Mat, but want something a little more versatile, the Aku Ball is the ideal gift.

Just like the mat it’s covered in points (656 to be precise) made from silver, zinc, nickel, copper and iron.

Roll it around your hands, or anywhere on your body that needs relief, and it will begin to awaken the nerve centers that increase blood flow and circulation.

We tested the Aku Ball (and asked someone with arthritis to try it out it, too!) and found it to be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety, distracting your mind from its busy thoughts.

Shopping for someone with chronic pain or arthritis? It’s time to add the Aku Ball to your cart.

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Stress Relief Gifts for Her

1. 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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2. Fidget Bead Necklace

Jewelry to calm her mind

If you’re shopping for a woman who loves jewelry, then this is sure to be a welcome addition to her collection.

The Fidget Bead Necklace looks like a beautiful accessory, with a simple chain and brass hook adorned with stainless steel beads.

However the purpose of the pendant is to keep your hands busy then you need it.

You can spin them or count them, bringing your attention back to the moment and stopping your mind from spiraling.

Handcrafted in Colorado, it’s a special gift with a secret meaning.

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3. Bright Stripes Slippers

A classic gift with a bright touch!

Slippers might seem like an uninspiring gift but we all finding them comforting, especially if we’re feeling a little frazzled.

Made from a soft cotton material, these Bright Stripes Slippers have extra padding to protect your feet from hard floors.

Struggle knowing which slipper goes on which foot? The fun sketches inside will help to remind you!

Available in two different colors, just throw them in the wash when you need to freshen them up!

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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 mindfulness 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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7. 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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Stress Relief Gifts for Him

1. 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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2. Hatch Restore

A gentler way to start your day

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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3. 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.

Looking for a gift for someone interested in meditation? This will be a great way to help them get started!

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4. 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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5. 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. 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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3. 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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4. 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 roll has a chakra inspired print, with a fun poem on the tummy telling you to yell “Namaste! Dammit!”.

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

Maybe something for a health conscious woman? That special someone who loves walking? Or a passionate yogi that loves their practice?

Laura Smith

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Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

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