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These Stress-Relieving Gifts Will Put Anyone at Ease

Including your workaholic best friend.

Design by Morgan McMullen

It's been a rough, exhausting year, and if we don't take care of ourselves, our family, and our friends, life's only going to get tougher. There is good news: You can make the overwhelming news cycle and mercury retrogrades a little bit easier for everyone—including yourself!—with these affordable stress-relieving gifts, below. Anxiety, begone!

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Beats Solo Pro
Beats by Dre Apple

Sometimes all a person really needs to tune out the negative thoughts is Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" on repeat. Listen to it with this fresh pair of Beats, which have complete noise cancellation capabilities so it's impossible to hear that roommate talking to her boyfriend on the phone until midnight. 

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Capri Blue 12 Days of Volcano Holiday Gift Set
Capri Blue Anthropologie Anthropologie

If you love Anthropologie's Volcano scent—tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, and a hint of exotic mountain greens—as much as I do, you'll be obsessed with its 12 Days of Volcano advent calendar that includes candles, scented oils, room sprays, and bath essentials to unwind with at the end of the day. 

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'Make Your Own Beauty Masks' Book

Making your own face mask can feel stressful or cathartic depending on who you're dealing with. If you're betting on the latter for your friend or sister, they'll appreciate a night in with this cute beauty masks book—equipped with 38 recipes, 10 sheets, and some much-needed me-time. 

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Pastiche Throw Blanket
West Elm

Name a better activity than curling up on the couch with Netflix underneath a cozy throw blanket? ...I'll wait. 

Uncommon Goods
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Terrarium Candle
Uncommon Goods

These hand-made candles are so luxurious, and smell so heavenly, it's hard to feel stressed when you're near one. Bonus: The wax is soy-based, so you know they're safe to burn.

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A Portable Campfire
Radiate Amazon

Encourage them to bask in the glow of a cozy campfire with this affordable portable campfire, which has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. You can use it anywhere—the beach, a campsite, or your own backyard.

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At-Home Wine Rack

Aside from the obvious calming effect of a glass of wine at the end of a chaotic work day, let's talk about what this gorgeous gold wine rack can do for the Type-A's out there who are tired of stacking their bottles underneath the cabinet. 

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Microwaveable Slippers
Intelex Amazon

These plush slippers can be heated in the microwave for maximum coziness—but even after that warm feeling has faded, they're still ideal for padding around the house in. And if your feet are aching after a long day, you can even put them in the freezer so they'll serve as a cold compress.

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Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb
Lush USA

Skip the shower, grab a book, and allow yourself the time to soak up this stars bath bomb in the tub. No phones allowed. 

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Dodow Sleep Aid Device
DODOW Amazon

This nifty sleep aid projects a little light on your bedroom ceiling for you to synchronize your breathing with—it'll expand and withdraw slowly, in line with recommend inhalation and exhalation times for maximum relaxation. After either eight or 20 minutes of this (you can pick which one), it'll gently turn itself off, leaving you to drift off.

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Great Things Notepad
Rifle Paper Co. x Anthropologie

There are few things that have the ability to lower one's stress level more than a pretty notepad dedicated to crossing off an extensive to-do list.  

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A Moon Himalayan Salt Lamp
Urban Outfitters

Good vibes only. Make your room a sacred space with this moon-shaped himalayan salt lamp crafted from natural Himalayan salt rock, known to help alleviate allergies and radiate natural energy. 

Adene Sanchez
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YnM Weighted Blanket
YnM Amazon
$43.99 (31% off)

Weighted blankets: The trend that became a bedroom staple, thanks to their legitimate anxiety-fighting powers. This cozy, affordable version by YnM has 3,650 five-star reviews to its name on Amazon.

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Rose Quartz Facial Rollers
Skin Gym Anthropologie

Some people will tell you the jade roller is bullshit. Others, like me, will tell you that the moment you put a cool crystal to your face and gently rub it across your forehead and cheeks is the moment you'll feel calmer. Jade rollers supposedly massage the facial muscles and remove toxins from the skin. Apply one of these oils to your clean face, then get rollin' after a stressful day at work. Better yet, keep one at your desk.  

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Dammit Dolls
Dammit Doll Amazon
$38.28 (36% off)

Need to unleash your rage at the patriarchy? There's a dammit doll for that. Avoid the massive hole in the wall and slam one of these dolls against your bed instead. (That's literally what they're made for.) Utilize this pack of three by gifting two to your best friends and keeping one for yourself. 

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An Italian Pantry Gift Crate
Williams Sonoma

Nothing says "relax" like pasta and wine, amirite? Encourage her to release her stress in the kitchen by cooking up a delicious dinner then pouring a glass of wine (both courtesy of you!) while she waits for it to finish. Added bonus if she invites you over to share it with her. 

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Glossier Face Masks

Glossier's best-selling Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and Moisturizing Moon Pack come together in this perfect face mask duo. The beauty brand calls them a "juice cleanse for your face." (It's not wrong.) Aside from detoxifying skin, the masks also give the beautiful gift of an excuse to stay in. "Sorry, I'm masking tonight. Rain check?" 

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Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This Works Anthropologie

A couple spritzes of this pillow spray, blended with lavender, vetiver, and chamomile, helps reduce anxiety and prompt a better night's sleep—a necessity for anyone who frequently suffers from the Sunday Scaries. 

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A Meaningful Necklace
Jen Gotch x Iconery Ban.do

Jen Gotch, founder and chief creative officer of Ban.do, wants you to be okay. Really. That's why she partnered with fine jewelry brand  Iconery to create a line of representative necklaces to eliminate the stigma against mental health. (It's also a great way to remind ourselves we don't need to be perfect.) 

This 7.8 necklace refers to the “magic number” in an emotional rating system Gotch created when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 1 is depressed, 10 is a manic state, and 7.8 is just right. 

Show the person in your life who may be struggling that she's not alone, and while you do that, know 100 percent of the proceeds from the necklace will go to Bring Change to Mind, a non-profit organization "dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness."

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An Inspiring Book
$12.00 (25% off)

Speaking of books, Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic is the perfect read for anybody who's struggling to balance their corporate work life and creative pursuits. It's equal-parts inspiring and informative, and by the end you'll feel like you have your entire life figured out. 

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A ClassPass Subscription

Instead of letting her spend hundreds of dollars at the yoga studio across the street, gift her with a ClassPass subscription. She can sweat out her stress during an endless amount of workouts—including strength training, cycling, and boxing—wherever she lives. 

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Luxe Body Crème
Jo Malone London Nordstrom

'Tis the season for dry, dull skin. There's no better way to unwind than taking a warm shower, wrapping a towel around your head, and rubbing amazing-smelling lotion all over your body. 

Jo Malone's wild bluebell body cream is an ideal gift for the fiscally-responsible woman who wouldn't dare spend the money on the luxurious lotion for herself (even though she secretly wants to). 

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An Essential Oil Diffuser
Mogu Walmart

The only thing better than an essential oil diffuser is an essential oil diffuser with a built-in bluetooth speaker (!), like this one from Mogu. Brighten up any room with its seven LED lights and let the good vibes flow. It comes with a 5ml bottle of essential fragrance oil too, so all it takes for a calmer home is pressing the start button.

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A Silk Eye Mask
Slip Bloomingdales

So what if I want to look like Jenna Rink when she wakes up in her gorgeous NYC apartment for the first time? This soft, silky eye mask does just that. 

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'The Little Book of Mindfulness'

The Little Book of Mindfulness is practically a yoga and meditation class transformed into a 192-page book as a reminder to slow down, pay attention to your breathing, and be present. Take it one day at a time.  


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