These Stress-Relieving Gifts Will Put Anyone at Ease

Including your workaholic best friend.

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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. (We see you, 2020 election season.) Make the overwhelming news cycle and mercury retrogrades a little bit easier for everyone—including yourself!—with these affordable stress-relieving gifts, below.

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1 Noise-Canceling Headphones
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Sony Amazon
$348.00

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

2 A Moon Himalayan Salt Lamp
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Urban Outfitters
$59.00

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. 

3 Rose Quartz Facial Rollers
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Skin Gym Anthropologie
$28.00

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.  

4 Dammit Dolls
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Dammit Doll Amazon
$38.28

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. 

5 An Italian Pantry Gift Crate
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Williams Sonoma
$79.96

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. 

6 Glossier Face Masks
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Glossier
$40.00

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?" 

7 Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
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This Works Anthropologie
$29.00

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. 

8 A Meaningful Necklace
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Jen Gotch x Iconery Ban.do
$48.00

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."

9 An Inspiring Book
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Amazon
$16.00
$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. 

10 A Pretty Bath Bomb
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Lush USA
$5.95

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

11 A ClassPass Subscription
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ClassPass
$100.00

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. 

12 Luxe Body Crème
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Jo Malone London Nordstrom
$80.00

'Tis the season for dry, dull skin. Name a better way to unwind than taking a warm shower, wrapping a towel around your head, and rubbing amazing-smelling lotion all over your body. I'll wait. 

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). 

13 An Essential Oil Diffuser
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Mogu Walmart
CA$49.97

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.

14 A Five Year Journal
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Rifle Paper Co.
$60.00

If the Type-A person in your life is freaking out about her five-year plan, this Rifle Paper Co. journal set (one for each year) will ease her anxieties. The set offers plenty of space to jot down yearly goals and daily reflections.

15 A Silk Eye Mask
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Slip Bloomingdales
$49.00

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. 

16 'The Little Book of Mindfulness'
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Barnes & Noble
$5.32

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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