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Stress-Relieving Gifts That Will Put Anyone at Ease

stress gifts
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. Between the overwhelming news cycle—which is incredibly triggering for Black Americans right now—to living in the middle of a pandemic, life has been turned upside down for just about everybody these days. Thankfully, affordable stress-relieving gifts like these picks, ahead, are here to help us unwind and remind ourselves it's necessary to focus on the joy that still exists in the world.

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The Box of Emotions

The Box of Emotions consists of 80 colorful cards with mini essays on different emotions to help you process whatever you're feeling. If you're up to it, schedule a Zoom call with your best friend and go through them together. 

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'Wow, No Thank You' By Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby's hilarious Wow, No Thank You will help you take your mind off of everything going in the world—namely, living in the middle of a pandemic—with her brilliant, relatable essays about, well, being a person in 2020. 

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Safe Space Art Print

Support Black artists like Akujixxv today and every day. This "Safe Space" print is instantly calming upon first glance, and will bring a sense of peace amidst the chaos every time you spot it in your living room. 

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Swivel Bath Tray

Skip the shower, grab a book, and allow yourself to unwind with a glass of wine thanks to this swivel bath tray. No phones allowed. 

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Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé Mask
Beneath Your Mask

Marie Claire Beauty Editor Maya Allen recommends Beneath Your Mask's Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé mask to help you feel good. The mask is formulated to strengthen skin, maintain elasticity, and reduce inflammation, amongst other positive effects.

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Amber & Moss Candle
P.F. Candle Co.

Never underestimate the power of lighting up a magical-smelling candle like P.F. Candle Co.'s amber and moss scent. 

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Organic Lavender Essential Oil

Vitruvi's organic lavender essential oil belongs on every person's nightstand. The oil's calming scent is packaged directly from French lavender petals and is best used right before bed to help you get a good night's sleep. 

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Cast of Stones Sage and Quartz Crystal Pouch

The first step to getting rid of bad vibes? Lighting up sage and intentionally placing this quartz crystal in the center of your home. 

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Therapy Dough
Cammie and Kip Weeks UncommonGoods

Art therapists often use dough to help people manage anxiety and depression. Save the money and invest in your own therapy dough that will be there for you to squeeze after work. Choose from either lavender,- orange,- or peppermint oil-infused dough. 

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Pucker Up Planter

The key to a more calming space begins with succulents...and a super cuter planter to put them in.

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'Every Body Yoga' By Jessamyn Stanley

If you or a friend aren't ready to fully commit to a yoga class on Zoom yet, Jessamyn Stanley's Every Body Yoga helps readers overcome yoga stereotypes and reminds us that all bodies are yoga bodies. 

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Women's Stay Warm Socks
Richer Poorer

There has never been a bad day that a bag of chocolate and pair of cute warm socks can't fix. 

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'Make Your Own Beauty Masks' Book
$13.99 (30% off)

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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Dodow Sleep Aid Device

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.  

Adene Sanchez
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YnM Weighted Blanket

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

Need to unleash your rage? 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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Mask Duo

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 skip that Zoom happy hour. "Sorry, I'm masking tonight. Rain check?" 

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'Big Magic' By Elizabeth Gilbert
$10.49 (38% off)

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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Wild Bluebell Body Crème
Jo Malone London Nordstrom

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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Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser with Bluetooth Speaker
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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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' By Tiddy Rowan

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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