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 and living through a pandemic for nine months and counting, life has been turned upside down for just about everybody these days. Thankfully, affordable stress-relieving gifts are here to help us unwind and remind ourselves it's necessary to focus on the joy that still exists in the world. Shop the best relaxing gifts for yourself and your loved ones, ahead.
Never underestimate the power of a great candle (or four). Forvr Mood's aptly-named "Send Moods" mini candle set—"Hey Big Head," "We Not Linkin," "Grown Folks Business," and "Skinny Dipped"—is exactly the type of energy we all need to channel right now.
Sky Ting Yoga was one of the early adopters of the Zoom yoga class. Now that virtual workout classes are a part of everyday life, gift an overworked friend a beginner bundle that includes a hat, lotion, yoga strap, and one-month Sky Ting TV subscription.
This game-changing trio of deep sleep pillow spray, shower gel, and body treatment will help a friend or family member achieve a better night's rest, thanks to the products' calming ingredients like lavender and vetiver.
There are few things that have the ability to lower one's stress level more than a pretty journal dedicated to setting daily intentions and crossing off an extensive to-do list.
The key to a more calming space begins with plants...and a super cute planter to put them in.
Instead of doom scrolling, whip out this luxurious Scrabble set—featuring a large rotating board with linen texture and raised-letter grid—and try not to beat your partner for the third time in a row.
There has never been a bad day that a bag of chocolate and pair of cute warm socks can't fix.
Yes, we still do puzzles over here. Gray Malin's double-sided, 500-piece puzzle is a great distraction from the current state of the world.
There's no better way to unwind than taking a warm shower, wrapping a towel around your head, and rubbing moisturizing lotion all over your body. Epara's comforting 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).
If they have a history of stress-baking, gift them the late Maya Angelou's Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes, where the acclaimed writer and civil rights activist shares recipes that impacted her life and the stories behind them.
The stressed out beauty lover in your life will appreciate a brand new silk pillowcase from Slip, which is known for its positive effects on skin and hair.
Any Diptyque candle hoarder will be obsessed with this glass Figuier hourglass diffuser, which releases warm notes of fig and fresh leaves, to create a calming setting in their home.
New quarantine hobby? To help them pass the time on the weekends, send them this "Happy Days" embroidery kit that they can hang up on their wall afterwards.
Rupi Kaur's latest collection of poetry, Home Body, will inspire them to be at home within themselves. The book is filled with stories of love, loss, and, ultimately, growth.
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.
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.
Skip the shower, grab a book, and unwind with a glass of wine thanks to this swivel bath tray. No phones allowed.
Former Marie Claire Beauty Editor Maya Allen recommends Beneath Your Mask's Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé for great skin. The mask is formulated to strengthen skin, maintain elasticity, and reduce inflammation, amongst other positive effects.
Art therapists often use dough to help people manage anxiety and depression. If you can't afford a therapist right now, 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.
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 assist in getting a good night's sleep.
Samantha Irby's hilarious Wow, No Thank You will help 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 today.
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.
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.
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.