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22 Massage Gifts to Soothe Pain and Encourage Relaxation

Massage Gifts

There are lots of exciting massage products on the market that can make really great gifts.

Whether you’re shopping for someone struggling with pain or want to help your loved one relax, the gift of a massage is sure to be well received!

The Good Body shortlist

For those that are in a hurry, we’ve shortlisted our favorites below:

Our picks for the best massage gifts in 2023

1. Theragun mini

Ultra portable, ultra powerful!

Whether they want to enjoy massage therapy at home or on the go, your loved one will be sure to thank you for the Theragun mini.

Using the percussion massage technique, this handy little tool powers deep into the muscle tissue.

With three different speed settings it’s easy to control without needing to reach for the manual!

Plus it’s versatile and can be used anywhere on the body.

If you’re shopping for a fitness fanatic, then they’ll be familiar with the Theragun name.

They’re renowned for their range of market-leading percussion massage guns, including the Theragun PRO listed below.

If you like the idea of percussion therapy, but don’t like the price tag of the mini, there are a number of affordable Theragun alternatives you could consider.

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2. Hand Massaging Gnome Stones

A pair of cute companions

Just look at their little faces!

Crafted from Finnish stone that is more than 2 billion years old, this duo want to rid you of your aches and pains.

Shaped to target even the tightest knot, they can be warmed or cooled for a more satisfying experience.

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3. SereneLife Portable Massage Stone Warmer Set

A personal hot stone massage kit

Is there anything more indulgent than a hot stone massage?

Gift someone this portable stone warmer set and they have everything they need to be their very own massage therapist.

Inside the set they get six large and six small basalt volcanic stones, each of which can hold heat for between 25 and 35 minutes.

The travel bag they are stored in doubles as the heater, getting the rocks up to a toasty 158°F in just 20 minutes.

Sound a little too hot? Don’t worry, you can use the digital LCD display to select the perfect temperature.

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4. iReliev Wireless Relaxable Pillow Massager

A stylish and comfortable massage

Available in four stylish colors, the iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager looks great.

However it’s definitely not style over substance.

Fitting neatly into your lower back, the Relaxable Pillow Massager, contains two-way kneading nodes designed to deliver a realistic shiatsu treatment.

Infrared ceramic bulbs add to the therapy by delivering penetrating heat to lower back.

It can be an effective tool for back pain relief, yet we also found it be powerful on tight calf muscles, so it’s certainly versatile.

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5. Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

Sit back and truly relax

Unlike other foot spas and massagers, this design can be adjusted to allow for a more comfortable seated position.

Combining air compression, heat and vibration it can soothe tired feet and even be positioned to work on the calves – perfect for a runner or cyclist!

Shopping for someone who likes a more powerful massage? They can apply the force they enjoy by moving up the three levels of intensity.

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6. TheraCup 2-Pack

An innovative way to enjoy cupping at home

Cupping is an ancient technique that creates suction on your skin, reducing pain and inflammation, and encouraging relaxation.

Therabody, creators of the popular Theragun above, have created the TheraCup, an innovative way to enjoy the treatment at home.

Available as a one, two or six cup set, they use automatic suction, with three built-in safeguards to protect the skin.

Combining suction with heat and vibration delivers localized relief exactly where you need it.

With on-device controls and a rechargeable battery, you can use them again and again.

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7. Breo Mini Scalp Massager

A scalp massager that does all the hard work!

If you’re looking for the best electric head massager out there, then this tool from Breo is a strong contender.

Scurrying across the scalp are four massage heads, each with 24 individual points for excellent coverage.

You get the option of three different settings — regular, gentle and combination — so you can find the one that works for you.

Amazingly it’s also completely waterproof, so can be used in the shower when applying products to your hair.

Afterwards, simply remove each node to clean the device and it’s ready to use again!

Containing a rechargeable battery, it can simply be thrown in your bag then pulled out when you need to relieve tension on the go.

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8. Real Relax Massage Chair

All the features for an affordable price!

The ultimate massage gift has to be a massage chair.

We shortlisted the best massage recliners and gave the Real Relax chair the top spot!

It’ll move your body into a zero gravity position as 50 airbags get working from head to toe.

Eight rollers and built-in heat therapy add to the treatment to deliver the ultimate in relaxation.

You can also experiment with different kinds of massages thanks to the wide array of settings available.

Plus you get Bluetooth, a feature typically reserved for more expensive chairs, so you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts while enjoying your treatment.

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9. Resteck Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

Pain relief that puts you in control

When you’re shopping for someone who is trying to manage chronic pain, then you want a tool that puts them in control.

This back massage tool from Resteck does exactly that.

The recipient can drape it around their shoulders, then use the handles to position it at the source of their pain.

Using the shiatsu massage technique, it can also be used on other areas of the body including the legs and feet.

It’s super simple to use, with just four buttons on the strap controlling the intensity and optional heat setting.

Shipping with a wall A/C and a car adapter, it’s perfectly portable, just plug it in and away you go!

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10. Spafinder Gift Card

Let them choose their favorite technique

If you’re struggling to find the right pampering gift set then why not opt for a massage gift card instead?

By purchasing a Spafinder gift card you’re giving someone access to thousands of different spas and wellness centers across the US.

They’re also able to explore various massage techniques that they might never have considered, before choosing how to spend their gift.

You can select the value, plus the voucher doesn’t have an expiry date so they can choose a date and time that suits — a perfect treat for someone who really needs to unwind or for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

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11. iReliev Hand & Wrist Massager

A truly ‘handy’ gadget!

This innovative tool from iReliev is perfect for anyone struggling with hand or wrist pain, such as those with arthritis.

However it’s also just a great way for anyone to unwind!

All you have to do is slip your hand inside the soft chamber and mini air bags will inflate and deflate to deliver a compression massage.

Choose from two modes, adjust the intensity and switch on the optional heat setting for further indulgence.

A wonderful gift they’ll use for years to come.

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12. Trigger Point Back Rocker

Rock away back pain!

This trigger point back rocker might look like an odd gift, but it could be the answer to your loved one’s prayers.

Designed to encourage good posture it features strategically placed nodes, targeting key trigger points.

The clever shape helps to realign your spine, even just five or ten minutes each day can help.

Available in standard or heavy firmness, you can decide just how firm a treatment your loved one can handle.

Plus it’s engraved with a QR code, allowing the user to access a library of stretches and exercises to get even more from the tool.

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13. PlayMakar MVPmini Percussion Massage System

An innovative device with a FREE accessory

Another tool that allows you to gift someone the pleasure of percussion massage is the MVPmini.

Wrap up this highly compact massage gun, that weighs less than one pound, and you’re gifting 3000 percussions per minute for a deep and powerful massage.

Yet what sets PlayMakar apart from the competition is their ProTip attachments.

Made from a responsive silica material, they allow the body to better absorb and reverberate each percussion.

You get four massage heads, including the Shoc attachment that allows you to enjoy a softer massage on sensitive areas such as around the neck and shoulders.

Plus buy the PlayMakar MVPmini right now and you get a FREE ShocDuo massage head!

This double-headed accessory is normally sold separately, and allows you to treat larger muscle groups with two absorption and reverberation massage heads at the same time.

Providing 15 hours of battery life, it comes with a USB-C power cord for easy charging — an ideal present for someone who is always on the move!

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14. PowerDot 2.0 Duo

The smarter way to enjoy a massage at home

The PowerDot 2.0 is a smart electric muscle stimulator.

It might not have been your first thought when searching for a massage tool, however the company claims it’s one of the best kept secrets of top athletes who want to improve their performance.

Simply attach the pods to the area you want to treat then choose from the preset programs or customize your settings.

Unlike other electric muscle stimulators, you use your smartphone as the controller instead of having a separate unit.

Pairing with the PowerDot app it tracks and records your therapies to help you find the right option every time.

Plus with nerve stimulation programs it can also act as an excellent TENS machine, a treatment scientifically proven to help manage pain.

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15. Therabody RecoveryAir PRO

A completely customizable compression system

Another great product from Therabody is the RecoveryAir PRO.

Slip your legs into the boots and use the pump to control your pressure massage.

Choose from four inflation cycles and use zone control to apply different pressures to each part of your leg.

In fact, it’s completely customizable with various time settings, pressures as well as hold and release times.

If you prefer the tool to do the work, you can quickly select one of the four preset programs – Warm Up, Recovery, Isolation or Interval.

This form of massage is great for after a heavy workout as it maximizes circulation and relieves muscle fatigue, making it the perfect gift for someone who loves staying fit.

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16. iReliev Relaxable Eye Massager with Heat

A real treat for their eyes!

You’ve got lots of options on this list for your loved one to massage their back, head, neck, but what about their eyes?

After a long day what could be more relaxing than slipping on the iReliev Relaxable Eye Massager with Heat.

All they need to do is place the mask on their eyes, and allow the six hidden airbags to deliver a soothing and relaxing massage.

Warmth adds to the experience, acting as a heat pad for even more indulgence.

Made from soft vegan leather, it feels gentle on the skin and offers five therapy modes, including one to help with sleep.

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17. Lyapko Acupressure Mat

Gift someone the healing powers of acupressure treatment

Acupressure is a lesser-known massage technique with many health benefits.

Here at The Good Body we all regularly use the therapy, and have found acupressure mats with metal spikes to offer a superior experience.

Lying down on this spiky mat triggers the release of endorphins (our ‘happy hormones’) evoking a deep sense of relaxation.

Though it might look a little painful, and it can be at first, it’s a sensation you quickly get used to.

I’ve found using it before bed can really de-stress your body and prepare your mind for sleep.

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18. Acupressure Recovery Socks

A unique way to experience acupressure treatment

If you like the sound of acupressure treatment, then you should know that it’s also great for your feet.

Take a look at these acupressure recovery socks.

Worried that socks are a bit of a dull gift? These are more like a wearable mini massage tool!

Inside each sock are mini acupressure points that stimulate your nerves and soothe muscle soreness after a big workout or a long day on your feet.

Just wear them for between 30 and 60 minutes each day to give your feet the TLC they deserve.

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19. Theragun PRO

A PRO product in every sense of the word!

This tool from Theragun has to be one of the most powerful ways to relax your muscles and boost your circulation.

We tested the PRO and found it lived up to its reputation as a must-have tool for serious athletes and personal trainers.

Powering 16mm into the muscle tissue, it can handle an incredible 60lbs of applied force without failing.

You get four adjustable arm positions, variable speed options and six attachments so you can use it whether you want a tool for neck pain or need to loosen up tight muscles in your legs.

This is their 5th generation device, which has been updated to be quieter, include visually guided routines and a new micro-point attachment to increase stimulation.

If you want to gift a percussion massage tool, but don’t have the budget for a Theragun, then there are a number of other solid alternatives.

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20. Comfier Full Body Massage Mat with Heat

A massage treatment for the whole body

Sometimes you don’t want to focus on a specific area for a massage, you want the full body treatment!

By gifting this mat from Comfier, you’re giving them exactly that.

All they need to do is lie back on the mat and vibration therapy will get to work loosening tension and promoting relaxation.

They can use the simple controller to define the regions they want to treat, set the intensity and add heat so it also becomes a soothing heat pad.

It’s worth mentioning that this mat uses vibration therapy, so won’t give you the intensity of some of the other devices above that use airbags or rollers.

However if you’re looking to gift someone a gentle full body massage, you need to add this to your cart.

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21. Stimulating Massage Ball

A great little massage stocking stuffer

Looking for an affordable massage gift? This stimulating ball is less than $30.

Despite being low priced, it’s still a powerful little tool that provides a satisfying massage for your hands and feet.

The outer shell is covered in hundreds of points to deliver deep-tissue muscle stimulation.

Inside there is a smaller second ball that has been created to tackle knots and tight muscles.

Plus if your loved one needs guidance on how to use the ball, they can scan the QR code on the packaging for access to handy instructional videos.

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22. TheraFace PRO

Because their face deserves a massage, too!

We’ve highlighted a number of great Therabody products in this gift guide, and here’s another, this time for the face!

There are so many different ways that this tool can be used, thanks to the variety of attachments.

Percussion therapy heads can be added to use the therapy to relieve tension in the face and jaw.

Fix the microcurrent ring on the device and allow the gentle stimulation to help firm and tighten the skin for a more youthful glow.

You also get three LED light rings plus a cleansing ring to reduce the build up of dirt and oil on your skin.

Extra hot and cold rings can also be added to reduce inflammation which can cause puffiness in the face.

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Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

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