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    26 Products That'll Help Reduce Your Stress This Holiday Season

    🎶It's the most wonderful (and stressful) time of the year. 🎶

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An essential oil stick to help reduce pain and stress from the migraines and tension headaches that come around during the holidays with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils.

    Promising review: "I can't give this product enough stars! I have suffered from debilitating chronic migraines for years. Prescription medications, although effective, usually make me extremely tired and result in rebound headaches so I rarely take them. I have found this oil blend to be especially great for the days when I have a migraine, but am unable to stay home and rest. This takes the edge off the pain enough that I am still able to go about my day and do everything I need to do. This is the first migraine treatment I've tried that hasn't made me so tired that I've spent the day in bed. I also love the way it smells. I sometimes roll it on my wrists just to enjoy the energizing fragrance. Overall, this is a really wonderful product and I don't have any complaints." —Lacey V

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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    2. A gift wrap cutter that is safer, faster, and easier to use than scissors when it comes to cutting gift wrap and making ribbon curls.


    Promising review: "These make gift wrapping so much easier. They are very sharp and cut cleanly. The paper that I use is very heavy and these cutters slice through it like it's butter. I clipped a retractable ID badge holder to this and wore it around my neck to keep track of it. It worked beautifully and I didn't spend time trying to find it among rolls or wrapping paper, paper scraps, and tissue!" —GeeBLate

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A list to help you keep track of everything you need to get done before you can enjoy your favorite holiday booze.


    Promising review: "This whimsical list inspires one to get things done!" —Tracy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.15.

    4. A timer app that lets you run multiple timers (with hours, minutes, AND seconds) to keep track of everything you're cooking so you don't end up with undercooked turkey or overcooked pie.


    Get it for free for iOS.

    5. A passport wallet to keep all of your important travel docs and money safe as you go through airport security (and deal with inevitable travel delays, because 'tis the season).

    Promising review: "I love my travel wallet. It made it so easy to go through security at airports and kept my stuff together so easily. I didn't have to constantly check for multiple things because I was able to keep everything in one place and then slide it down into an inner pocket of my jacket. I got green to help me find it easily; the multitude of color options is definitely a plus. I will probably continue using it even when I am not traveling as it has a place for all of my most important stuff. I also really like that this wallet has a zipper pocket since I struggled to find that on some other brands." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A knife sharpener so you won't have to worry about doing your meal prep with a dull knife.


    Promising review: "I have been using this sharpener for three years know and it is PERFECT for a quick sharpen in a pinch. It may not provide the edge of an electric sharpener or a full stone grind, but when you're prepping a meal for some hungry kids or rushing to prep Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, a couple of swipes through this manual sharpener and your favorite knife is up to the task once again. I even used this sharpener on some of my pocket knives when a quick touch up was needed and had good results! For the price this little sharpener is an excellent addition to any kitchen!" —Katrina Delgado

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    7. A box of 24 shatterproof Christmas ornaments that won't break even if your kids or pets shake your tree.


    These ornaments are available in seven color options. Note that each order comes only with ornaments in the color you selected.

    Promising reviews: "Christmas is my favorite time of year and every year I buy new ornaments to either use on my Christmas tree and/or to make wreaths. These ornaments are perfect! They come in the best colors and they have different designs on them which I love. They also come with the hooks to hang them up which is great since I never have enough of them! I am very happy with this product. They are very well-made and did not break when I dropped it on the ground so I am super happy with that! The colors are just beautiful!" —Amber G

    "These ornaments are great for a tree that is constantly being knocked to and fro by pets. They are great for the price." —Megan

    Get a box of 24 from Amazon for $7.99 (available in seven colors).

    8. An ice face roller to help you de-stress after a long day of cooking in a hot kitchen, wrapping multiple gifts, and putting up decorations.,

    The roller head is detachable so you can put it in the freezer to chill. When you're ready, reattach it to the handle and the cool roller head is set to massage your face.

    Promising reviews: "After a long day at work, this facial roller relaxes the tension that has built up around my face and relaxes my facial muscles." —Amazon Customer

    "I have been drooling over one of these for a while now so I finally decided I needed to just buy it! I am so very glad that I did! It is cold but very relaxing and since you keep it moving, it does not get the chance to get too cold like an ice pack would. I love that I can remove the roller and keep it in the freezer and it is ready whenever I need it. I have fibromyalgia but also train in martial arts regularly so I never know when I might need to use this. It works well for sore muscles, a strained neck, or just to melt the day's stress away. The handle is made of sturdy but lightweight plastic and the roller is hard. When I first read the description I thought the gel would make the roller give a little, but it is completely contained inside the roller. It also does not get super wet and drip water down your face as you are using it. I like that a lot! Ice packs always sweat and can be very messy. I will buying more of these for gifts as they are perfect for anyone. Even my husband enjoys using it an as we get older, we could all use a little pampering." —


    "One of the best purchases I have ever made on Amazon. I use it on my face to reduce puffing as well as on my neck if I feel a tension headache coming on. It works miracles and is so relaxing." —Georgie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    9. A magnet that says 'dirty' or 'clean' because if you're hosting this holiday season, chances are your dishwasher is always going to be running — and keeping track of what's inside can easily become a problem. Avoid all that confusion with this magnet.


    Promising review: "My boyfriend and I always had a hard time trying to remember and figure out if our dishes were washed or if we had forgotten to run the dishwasher. So I decided to buy something that we could put onto our dishwasher that would help us remember to wash or put away the dishes.

    I've been using it for the last few months and the magnet has never fallen off from the dishwasher being too hot or anything else; it holds really well to the door of the dishwasher and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I've also tried twisting it to test if it might scratch the dishwasher door—in case one might be worried of it marking up the dishwasher and whatnot—and I didn't see any scratch or paint marks.

    It is very simple and no frills, but it does the job and didn't cost a lot. It makes our lives much easier not having to worry if the dishes are clean and saves water that way!" —brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $2.97.

    10. A thermometer allowing you to you keep track of temperature without having to constantly open the oven, so you don't have to worry about serving raw meat and being kicked out of your family.

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    The thermometer comes with a magnet and a 40-inch cord so you can put the cord into your food, then stick the thermometer on the outside of your oven and keep an eye on the temperature. This thermometer also allows you to set the temperature according to whatever meat you are cooking. When your food has reached the set temperature, the thermometer's alarm function will let you know so you don't overcook it.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for Thanksgiving. I roasted two turkeys—one in the oven and one in an electric roaster. The thermometers were easy to use and gave me peace of mind. One turkey was done before the other, but the alarms told me when to get them out. I used them again when I made a beef tenderloin for Christmas and it worked like a charm. One of my favorite features of thermometer is the magnet so I can put it directly on the outside of the oven. The probes are easy to clean and easy to store in a ziplock bag." —Katie E.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. A dishwasher cleaner so you don't have to worry about the buildup and odor-causing residue your dishwasher is bound to have after the holidays.

    Promising review: "In the first picture, you can see extreme calcium and limestone buildup. My dishwasher is five years old and had never been cleaned before. I ran it through two cleaning cycles and as you can see in the second picture the sprayers are clean." —Get Rich

    Get it from Amazon for $4.76.

    12. A pack of 40 plastic hooks that will keep your string lights up all season long and won't be a pain to remove., Amazon

    Promising review: "These work beautifully for hanging fairy lights. My 16-year-old daughter hung fairy lights in her bedroom by herself. They're super easy to use; they're exceedingly better than nails and thumbtacks. They're practically invisible. I've removed plenty of these effortlessly and without damaging the walls. Some of them had been on the walls for a couple of years and I was still able to remove them with ease." —Oregonians

    Get the pack of 40 from Amazon for $5.21 (available in two colors).

    13. A freezable eye mask that'll soothe your tired eyes and provide cold therapy in case of any stress headaches.


    Promising review: "I keep this in the freezer and use it when I'm feeling stressed out or having anxiety and it works great. I also used it for swelling after getting surgery on my nose and it was so light weight that it worked great for helping with my pain." –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    14. A patch to help you get rid of that pimple you don't want popping up in any of your celebratory group selfies.

    Promising review: "This patch eliminates a blemish fast without irritation. It doesn't leave a mark behind after you take it off and the blemish (depending on the type) is gone. If it's one of those cystic type of blemishes, it works very quickly to bring the blockage gunk to the surface. Just put one of these on again and it should be gone." —Patrice W.

    Get a pack of 24 patches from Amazon for $4.77.

    15. A set of mini chalkboard place cards so everyone will know where to sit and you won't have people constantly asking you what each dish is at the dinner table.,,

    Promising review: "These little signs fit perfectly around my drink dispensers and food items for a buffet dinner party at my home. Touches like this make a huge difference in overall appearance and help dress up an event." –Mike C.

    Get if from Amazon for $14.97.

    16. A BPA-free fat separator for when you don't have the time to skim the fat/oil off of your gravy or meat trimmings while trying to cook a million other dishes.


    Promising reviews: "We bought this fat separator literally 10 years ago and it's still looking quite new. It is much more reliable than fat separators that have an opening at the bottom. This separator has never been leaky. It has a filter at the top that filters out large chunks of food and debris when I'm straining my soup or gravy. I throw the whole thing in the dishwasher and it comes back out perfectly clean. Easy to use!" —LawyerMom

    "This is a replacement to one we had six years ago. It is amazing to be able to separate the fat from broth in everything from roasts to turkey to game birds. Perfect way to make homemade gravy without the fat and grease." —John g

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A adjustable rolling pin to ensure your cookies and pie crusts are an even thickness for a perfect bake!,

    This adjustable rolling pin comes with removable rings that raise the rolling surface by difference pastry measurements —1/16", 1/6", 1/4", and 3/8" — to help you achieve your ideal thickness. There are even measurements etched into the rolling pin itself.

    Promising reviews: "I used this several times during the holiday season for making sugar cookies. In the past, I've always struggled with getting uniform thickness for my cut-outs (which of course affects baking time and doneness). Using this adjustable rolling pin gave me consistent cookie thickness and my cookies came out perfectly." —Ohiotwins

    "The concept of this is fantastic! It's nice to have a 'cheat' to avoid over-rolling dough! Plus the measurements on the pin itself make it easy to keep up with the dimensions of the dough as you roll it out." —Jay and Robin Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $16.39+ (available in two colors).

    18. A two-pack of wine aerators to make that $10 bottle of wine that someone brought to your neighborhood get-together taste so much better. It even works as a great last-minute gift!


    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and make all the difference in the world. My sale numbers increased greatly and you can't beat the price!" —AshBash

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    19. A pack of 10 large bath bombs to help you unwind after doing the most to make this season bright.


    These bath bombs are handmade, and the colors won't stain your tub — so you don't have to worry about cleaning your tub post-bath. Plus, it comes with a free handmade soap.

    Promising review: "I love these bath bombs. They are a nice size and colorful. They smell so good and make my bath very relaxing. It's fun to watch them fizz and dissolve. They would make an awesome gift! I will definitely order again. There was also a surprise bar of soap in my box." –Happy

    Get the pack of 10 bath bombs from Amazon for $20.87.

    20. An electric knife to take the pressure off your wrist as you carve into your different holiday meats.


    Promising review: "I bought this after seeing how easy it is to carve a turkey on Alton Brown's Good Eats turkey brining episode. My husband says it's a game changer! He used to wrestle with the bird and it looked hacked apart, but with this knife he had it carved in no time and got much more meat off the bones. Great!" —Debbie M

    Get it from Amazon for $26.94.

    21. A set of magnetic utensils so you're not tearing apart your kitchen looking for a ladle, spoon, or spatula. Plus, you won't have to worry about jammed drawers since all your bulky utensils will be in one compact place.


    Promising review: "The utensils stay put and all five utensils take up the room of the single ladle they rest in. Super space saving and really great quality and design. They also don't fall off the way they do on my other Joseph Joseph utensil caddy that came out years ago where they all hang on a sort of merry-go-round thing." —greetings

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in three colors).

    22. A portable white noise and sound machine to help you sleep through the night so you'll be ready to take on those holiday tasks fully-rested.


    This machine includes ten sounds: five different fans, four white noise variations, and one recording of ocean waves.

    Promising review: "This little thing is amazing. I sleep with a fan on all year long because I need the background noise. However, sometimes it gets chilly. This sound machine makes me think my fan is on. It's tiny so I can put it anywhere—no clutter or bulk—and it gets loud! The volume is fully adjustable and there are plenty of options as far as sounds go—there's even a low fan option and a loud fan option, among others. It is rechargeable, but charged it only lasts a couple hours. When I need it to run through the entire night, I keep mine plugged in. Just so you know, the charging cord is a typical USB. The speaker swivels so you can have the speaker horizontal or swivel it up to stand vertical." —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $28.38+ (available in two colors).

    23. A curved training mat to keep your pets away from your Christmas tree so they can't break ornaments or hide within the branches.


    This low-voltage, battery-operated mat helps train your pet to avoid your tree or other parts of your house you want them to avoid by using a static pulse. There are three levels of static pulse — low, medium, and high — that run through the mat. It is also flexible to make rolling it up for storage easy.

    Promising review: "I expected our 4-month-old kitten to destroy our Christmas tree this year, but he never touched it once thanks to the scat mat! I bought three, put them on each side of our tree, and my tree survived the Christmas season unscathed! Our curious little kitty was kept at bay by the mild shock of the mat. It only took one shock to convince him to stay away. After about a week, I turned the mats off and he never knew the difference. He stayed away. These are a must have for kitty/Christmas tree owners!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    24. A USB essential oil diffuser to help you relax on your way to the store for some holiday shopping or while getting a last-minute gift online on your laptop.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $40.

    25. A vacuum sealer to secure your meat as it marinates, preserve any leftovers from your holiday feasts, and save space in your freezer.,

    Promising review: "I used the NutriChef Vacuum Sealer for the first time this week on several occasions. It is simple to use for vacuum-packing leftovers and uncooked food items for the freezer or for cooking immediately using my sous vide. The roll of vacuum bags allows the bags to be tailored to the amount you want to store, so there is no wasted bagging material or space in my freezer. The vacuum function can also be used with the provided stopper to remove air from bottles–i.e. opened bottles of wine. I am very pleased with this product as well as the accompanying bags." —MJG

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    26. An Instant Pot to quickly cook whatever you need so you can say goodbye to spending hours in the kitchen and hello to spending quality time with your family and friends.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my mother for Christmas and she uses it all the time now. It really does cook well and saves a lot of time over traditional CrockPots. I purchased the largest capacity model and do not regret it—you can cook just about anything short of a holiday turkey in it. The flexibility is probably what I like the most." —sandbag

    Need mitts to protect your hands when handling your Instant Pot? Get these for $9.95.

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99+.

    Here's to a little less stress this holiday season.

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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