It goes without saying that the holidays can be stressful. From dealing with family drama to trying to juggle everything on the to-do list, the merriest time of year can be the hardest time of the year, too. So, when it comes to gifting this season, why not shower your family and friends with items that will provide some sweet relief during the holidays and beyond.
Think of these presents as the gifts that truly keep on giving. Whether it's a diffuser for aromatherapy, an eye mask to aid in sleep, or even bath salts for a nice, soothing soak, these products can be used year-round for some R&R. Take a look at some of our picks below—and the best part is that these gifts are so universal, that pretty much anyone on your list will be happy to receive them.
We love talking about the benefits of essential oils here—so, of course a diffuser had to be at the top of our list. The act of diffusing certain essential oils can help relieve stress and anxiety, and work as a sleep aid. The Vitruvi porcelain diffuser is one of our favorites: It's sleek, runs for up to seven hours, and has an automatic shut-off function.
What can be better (and more calming) than slipping into a fresh pair of sheets? It's a luxury that everyone can get behind (or into). This sateen set from Parachute is silky soft and comes with a fitted sheet and two pillowcases.
There's something about a sleep mask that feels so luxurious—or is it just me? Whenever I wear one, I feel like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but with more bedhead. As glamorous as this mask is, it also does a good job of blocking out any light that might disrupt sleep.
While there's not a lot of scientific studies about the effects of weighted blankets, many people believe they can soothe and comfort. Gift this to the person in your life who needs some help in the sleep department.
We swear this candle is nothing like the "Christmas Candle" in that hilarious SNL sketch with Emma Stone. Whoever you gift this to would be silly to give it away—they'll be lighting it whenever they need a calm moment.
The ritual of having a cup of tea can be so soothing. This set comes with 48 servings of tea with English breakfast, earl grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon and orange, pure assam, green tea with jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile.
Sometimes a quick way to unwind from the pressures of the day is to change out of your work clothes, get in a cozy robe, and just veg. So might we suggest giving your friend or family member this ultra-cozy jersey and fleece robe?
We can't all have a live-in masseuse, but you can get your loved ones the next best thing to that. This back massager is highly rated on Amazon with over 9000 ratings and 4.5 stars. It provides a deep-tissue massage and has a heating function to soothe muscles even more.
Okay, it might seem weird gifting someone supplements, but the products from Moon Juice come highly recommended by our editors who've tried them. This variety pack of sachets targets stress while transforming skin, mood, and more.
Adult coloring books have been trending for a few years now because of their relaxation benefits. Whether it's for a friend who already has a few at home, or for a family member who hasn't had a coloring book since elementary school, this one is best gifted with a nice set of coloring pencils.
This foot spa is almost like having pedicure services on speed dial. This one comes with toe-touch controls so they can adjust the temperature and jets with their toes. It also has a splash guard to avoid any messes.
Another one for the CBD enthusiasts in your life: Lord Jones's body lotion will soothe and restore dry and red skin. It also contains shea butter (for moisturizing) and menthyl ethylamido oxalate (for cooling).
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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