17 Unique Stress Relief Gifts | Relaxing Gifts

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We all get stressed sometimes. When we get overwhelmed, though, people always give out the same advice: light some candles, drink some tea, journal, color – you get the idea. If you know someone who is particularly stressed, you may be looking for a great gift to help renew their mental health.

While you may not be able to give them the gift of relaxation, stress-relieving gifts are probably the next best thing. In this gift guide, we’ve gathered the best and most creative stress relief gifts so you can help someone (or yourself) chill and handle those problems without using the same old routine.

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Why trust Gift Brilliant’s gift recommendations? We won’t overwhelm you with a huge list of gift ideas that people don’t really want. We share gift options that we have personally gifted or received, gifts that others have told us they loved, and a few gift ideas that we would love to have ourselves!

Stress Relief Gifts for Ultimate Relaxation

For some family members and friends, a gift card to help them buy the perfect gift for themselves is what they really need. But if you’d rather give a thoughtful gift yourself, here are some ideas to make a great addition to your holiday shopping list.

Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle

This bundle has 50 types of various fidgets to use when you’re feeling anxious and just can’t sit still. Perfect for people who have sensory needs and just want something to fidget with. And even if they don’t have sensory needs, fidget toys are still fun to play with.

These make great stocking stuffers. My kids have a variety of fidgets, which really help with their ADHD and sensory input needs.

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Listify Journal

This writing journal is the perfect way to start practicing mindfulness. By listing and journaling your way through the anxiety, you'll come out feeling balanced and like you're taking better care of yourself.

When I'm stressed, I'll list as many colors that I can think of. This stress-relief tool uses a similar method and forces you to fixate on something less stressful.

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Essential Oil Diffuser

If you enjoy relaxing to soothing scents filling the air, an essential oil diffuser may be a great investment for you. You can put a few drops of your favorite scents inside and sigh in relief as they fill the air, or can try mixing scents to see what your favorite blend is.

I like using lavender essential oil or a similar calming, soothing scent. The second I smell lavender oils, I always feel my shoulders drop.

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If you aren’t a fan of essential oils, you can get similar benefits from using aromatherapy candles.

Gravity Weighted Blanket

Everyone could use a weighted blanket. Coming in three different sizes and seven different weights, the Gravity Blanket is perfect for anyone who has anxiety or stress in their life. I've found it's relieving to hug yourself while you have the blanket wrapped around your back, since it simulates the feeling of someone hugging you - hugging is one of the easiest ways to get your body to relax.

We like this gray color, but there are different colors you can choose from as well.

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Put Your Worries Here: A Creative Journal for Teens with Anxiety

Whenever I felt anxious or couldn't stop worrying about all the possibilities in life, I would turn to this journal. With a lovely green color scheme, each page was filled with different exercises that helped get down all the worry and anxiety. Schab encourages you to analyze those worries, acknowledge them, and then release them. We also love Schab's "Put Your Feelings Here" book - and you can read a full review on Parenting Nest.

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Color Happy: An Adult Coloring Book of Removable Wall Art Prints

This wouldn’t be a real “how to destress” post if I didn’t include at LEAST one coloring book. Coloring can be a very cathartic self care activity when you’re anxious or stressed. This coloring book has a large variety of pages and is perfect for when you just need time to sit down and destress.

Being able to just sit down and color a page or two really can work wonders for stress, especially since there’s no expectations or pressure when it comes to being artsy.

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For more gift ideas, click over to our list of gifts for people with anxiety.

Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat

When I’m shopping for relaxing gifts for people, I look to gift ideas like this first. The miracle a heating pad can work on your shoulders and upper back after a long day is truly wondrous. Any time they feel a little tense or pressure in your shoulders, they can heat the pads up and relax as the heat seeps into their tight muscles.

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Tempur-Pedic Pillow

A very important thing to focus on when stressed is your sleep schedule and habits - now, be honest with yourself: how comfortable and supportive is your pillow? If you wake up a lot in the middle of the night due to discomfort (or even if you don't), it may be time to invest in a Tempur-Pedic pillow. I have one and I absolutely swear by it. It helps keep your neck and back properly aligned while you sleep since it follows the natural curve of your body.

Having therapeutic support is very important; you don't want to wake up in the morning with a crick in your neck, sore, and already feeling stressed or otherwise negative. Waking up calm and rested is a great way to combat stress, and this Tempur-Pedic pillow is absolutely worth the investment. Comes in four different sizes, including a special cooling feature in size medium.

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Wine Glass Holder for Bath & Shower

This one's for the wine lovers out there - although, you COULD drink something else in the wine glass, but that's not the point. Have you ever wanted to get in the shower or a hot bath but didn't want to leave your drink of choice? With this wine holder, you can easily get clean while sipping you wine - I mean, "adult juice".

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Real Relax Massage Chair

Goodbye stress! The Real Relax Massage Chair is the perfect gift for anyone who needs a little relaxation in their life. This high-quality massage chair is designed to provide a full-body massage that targets all the right pressure points.

With features like zero-gravity positioning, airbags, and heating elements, this chair is a true oasis of relaxation. It also comes equipped with a remote control, so your gift recipient can customize their massage experience to their liking.

The Real Relax Massage Chair is a luxurious gift that will make your special someone feel like royalty.

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Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

Maybe instead of the massage chair, you get this acupressure mat. Acupressure helps to naturally release muscle tension and releases endorphins that block pain, as well as improve many areas of your overall health.

I have tried it myself and the warming sensation you get from acupressure is so relaxing. The included pillow supports your neck so you can have more holistic pain relief as well. 

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Meditation Cushion

Meditation is a great way to calm a racing mind, lower the heart rate, and reduce muscle tension. All you really need is a relaxing space and some deep breathing, but a comfy cushion is nice too. This meditation cushion comes in three different colors and includes a bag for portable use. Just relaaaax.

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Yoga is great for de-stressing! Check out our top yoga gifts for more ideas!

Bathtub Caddy Tray

This tub caddy brings peace and tranquility right into the bath time experience. With this gift, they can relax and unwind after a long day & have some well deserved me-time.

Make this a complete stress-relieving gift by adding in chocolates, some bath oils and accessories, and a few scented candles. They can wash away the stress & bathe in comfort.

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Healing Crystal Candles

These stunning handmade candles are the perfect addition to a nice bath soak. Their fragrance is calming and soothing, and you can repeat affirmations while focusing on the crystal. I'd highly recommend these to candle lovers or anyone who enjoys the finer things in life.

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Eden would rather be shopping for herself or her cat, Moon, but instead she’s writing gift suggestions for you. She’s pretty into plants, pets of all varieties, gaming, books, yoga, music, and mental health, so you’ll see her gift suggestions centered around those themes. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably working on some amazing digital coloring art. Check her out on IG @edenfeeden

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