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34 Soothing Gifts For The Person Who's Always Stressed

Gifting one of these items is far more useful, less creepy than making soothing sounds in their general direction.

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1. An essential oil stick they can keep in their bag in the case of a headache. (One of my colleagues swears by it!)

Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

Read our full review of the Migrastil Migraine Stick Roll-on!

Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

2. A spa bath pillow that'll help 'em enjoy a relaxing bath without paying for it with neck cramps later.

the pillow in the bath

Provides head, neck, and shoulder support. Made with 2" of padded foam and has 7 suction cups so it stays in place.

Promising review: "The best....and so damn affordable!! Got it for a close friend for Christmas who loves her bath time and has reported back that it is the absolute best spa pillow she has ever had for her personal tub. She says 'It never slips, never deflates (cause duh, no air needed), extremely comfortable, easy to install, easy to clean, and helps make bath time what it's supposed to feel like.....a relaxing escape'... was definitely a 'winning' gift Idea!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available into two styles).

3. A cruelty-free skincare set to help them ~unwind~ at home on their own time. Remember last year when they never got around to using that spa gift card you gave 'em? Yep.

the parts of the gift set

You simply pop the cooling globe into the freezer before use. Apply the serum, massage it in with the globe, then top it off with the eye mask to help tired skin chill out, feel better, and reduce puffiness.

This set includes:

- Just Breathe Clarifying Serum Mini

- The Fix Emergency Eye Mask Mini

- Frozen Cooling Globe (available only through this set, used for at-home facial massages)

Get it from Versed for $16.99.

4. A massaging shampoo brush with silicone bristles that aren't too hard and aren't too soft for a clarifying head treatment that'll loosen up built-up product AND feel oh-so-satisfying.,

Promising review: "Using this thing has definitely been a game changer for me. I sit down in my shower, apply shampoo to my scalp and use circular motions to massage my scalp and it feels sooooooo gosh darn good! I have 3B hair. The silicone bristles are not too soft and not too hard and the hand grip is perfect. I swear, if someone were to use this and massage my scalp for me, I'd probably pass out." —Ella Sans

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

5. And a rosemary scalp scaler I like to pair with my massaging brush for a refreshing duo that feels like a fancy spa treatment. (Plus it's great for breaking up styling product buildup!)

the bottle of scalp scaleer

I just finished off a bottle of this magical stuff and need to re-up! It has a really soothing smell with just enough tingle to convince you it's working without worrying about your scalp or hair. It not only helps your scalp but acts like an extra conditioner for your hair. I normally wash my hair in the morning and love this as a way to help wake myself out without feeling jarring.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

6. A foot massager to put their old dogs at ease, even if everything else is still stressing them out. I should know, I own this and LOVE it.

feet rolling on the foot massager

Promising review: "I love this product! I bought it to keep under my desk at work to help relieve stress and keep up circulation throughout the day. The knobs on the rollers hit exactly the right pressure points and it feels wonderful!" —Melissa A. Syphurs

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

7. Or a heated shiatsu-style foot massager for a DEEP massage that'll make their old dogs purr. Didn't know dogs could purr? Well they can.,

Promising review: "After reading several reviews, my husband bought this foot massager for me. I suffer from plantar fasciitis and my foot and heel pain is sometimes unbearable. I've only had this for one day, but I've already used it three times. Each time I found complete relief! The instructions state to not use more than 20 minutes at a time, likely so it does not burn up the motor. There are two buttons- on/off and power button to switch between off/massage/heated massage. The heat feature is great and it really does heat up! For $50, you really can't go wrong!" —S T

Get it from Amazon for $55.99.

8. A New York Times Mondays crossword puzzle book to help them concentrate on something that's not whatever makes them stress.

the book cover

Psst, the Monday crosswords are the easiest!

Get it from Amazon for $11.69 (also available in Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).

9. A Bliss overnight de-stressing mask they can actually fit into their schedule because they need sleep, not an extra 30 minutes of awake time just to put on, then wash off a mask.

person wearing the mask

This cruelty-free mask helps remove dead cells and toxins, balances skin, and helps boost its natural defenses against environmental stressors. It's made with antioxidant-rich watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid.

Promising review: "Every time that I have broken out (not often, im blessed with acne-free genetics), this mask has been my go-to. It really gets rid of any redness and inflammation caused by breakouts, and is definitely very soothing to the skin. It also smells like sour watermelon!" —elyssas3

Get it from CVS for $16.99.

10. A wine/dog subscription box to give everyone a lil' treat that'll help blow off some steam.


Includes a doggy-delicious drinkable treat, doggy hors d’oeuvres, and a festive dog toy, and for the human there's four to six eclectic items. Perfect for a besties' night in.

Promising review: "I'm not sure who looks forward to this box more, me or my dog! I have received two boxes so far and have loved every single item inside! Can't say that for other subscription boxes, and I have tried MANY other subscriptions. My dog is obsessed with the toys that come inside and she loves all the treats! Without a doubt I will have this subscription for a very long time!" —Rebecca

Get it from CrateJoy for $32/month.

11. A squishy cat for some squeeze-y relief when it feels like their eyes are ready to pop out of their head.

cat squeeze toy with eyes popping out

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

12. Or a litter of squishy animals to scatter around their home, office, and wherever else they can reach 'em quickly when they just want to squeeze out the stress.

hands holding the squishy stress toys

Get 16 from Amazon for $13.99.

13. A six-pack of bath bombs in a pretty gift box that'll create a lil' fizzy action while relaxing in the tub.


Promising review: "This was better than expected upon opening :) I like the rustic touch of the packaging on the inside. I tested out the milk scented bath bomb and it was great! For the price, variety, and great presentation, this was a sweet little gift to myself and future gifts for others who would love these too." —Jenn

Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

14. Or CBD-infused bath salts with with lavender, lemon, and clary sage essential oils... so basically they're made to help soothe their tired bones after a trying day.

the package of bath salts

FYI, CBD won't make you feel "high."

Get them from Anthropologie for $29.

15. Or! A bubble bath with LOTS of bubble payoff in case they aren't into bath salts. (Tbh, I'm not.)


Promising review: "Makes very good bubbles (I like a lot and I got a solid food and a half height). They last very well, and are only maybe 30% gone by the end of the bath, including my intentionally destroying some. The smell is very pleasant, but not overpowering. When I burn a candle, I mostly smell the candle.

For context, I'm in South Florida with pretty hard water." —Mary M

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

16. A bottle of Mandarin orange room spray to give 'em a break from that loud Hawaiian floral automatic air freshener that's not putting them at ease.

the spray

Sure a Hawaiian floral smells nice, but they could use something a little less invigorating.

Promising review: "My cousin sent us the Lavender Spray last September and we love it. We spray our pillows and it relaxes us so we can get to sleep! Even my husband thinks it helps. This time I purchased the Mandarin Orange to help us stay asleep through the night. So far so good!! Your product is excellent and you have great service. Thanks!" —GrammieB

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

17. Or a cooling spray with a refreshing (natural!) peppermint scent in a small enough package to tote along on the go.

person spraying their chest with the spray
State of

This line of products is deigned for folks going through menopause, but anyone can use it! I have this spray and find it super refreshing when I'm overheating (I naturally run hot) or just want a bit of soothing refreshment. If you aren't using cooling face spray, you aren't living life to the fullest!

Get it from State of for $10.

18. A weighted eye mask packed with cooling beads for a face-conforming fit to shut out the world for a spell.

person sleeping while wearing the eye mask

Promising review: "I have migraines. I got these for that reason but they are nice for sleep, spacing out. These are so nice and comfortable out of the freezer and also at room temp. I have given many of these out as stress reliever gifts to other nurses and techs as a way to disconnect for a few. If they had a 10-pack I would order them just so I had them as spare gifts. I have had several ask where I got them. For a migraine/headache person these are great — no pressure on your eyeballs but the elastic holds pressure just enough to keep me from holding it myself like I often do. The beads inside the mask give just enough cold and pressure without squeezing. Even at room temp the beads are cool. I generally take two Excedrin, put this on, and pass out if my headache is bad." —NursePicky

Get it from Amazon for $13.53.

19. Collagen-infused undereye masks for a soothing effect and a lil' plumping help in just 15 minutes while they go about doing some other things that need doing.


Promising review: "I was looking for some less wasteful eye patches. I love love love these they make my fine lines less noticeable. When I'm done on my eyes I just use them on my upper lip. Affordable, effective, less wasteful and multipurpose! These will be my go to. Can't wait to try the rest of the Mizon line." —ajc

Get 30 pairs from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in seven formulas).

20. And a butt mask that — yes, is a sheet mask for back there — they'll think is gag gift. But then once they try it out they'll see the smooth, smooth light.

the sheet mask

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 each (available in three types).

21. Soothing lavender pads that'll stick on their feet and (reviewers say) help them sleep better.

person putting the pad on the bottom of their feet

Reviewers also say they can see "toxins" on the pads when they wake up. But TDLR, lavender is an extremely relaxing scent and there are enough reviewers who speak highly of their soothing ability for helping them drift off to sleep, so they're probably good for that alone!

Promising review: "These foot pads will make your feet feel amazing. They are lavender scented and have the best smell. They soothe tired and achy feet and make them feel fresh and ready for the next day. Worth the money!" —Amanda & desiree

Get 60 patches from Amazon for $16.97.

22. A candle with a fluorite inside, which is meant to bring order and balance to chaos and disorganization.

the candle
Arabella Crystals / Etsy

Get it from Arabella Crystals on Etsy for $26.99. (FYI, the shop has lots more candles with crystals inside.)

23. A rose quartz massager and roller perfect for giving themselves a pampering face massage with their holy grail face oil.

reviewer pic holding the massagers

Promising review: "I’ve had two other jade rollers that both cost about $15 for just the roller — and they were both garbage compared to this one. The jade rolled unevenly, the metal parts kept falling apart. I was fine with it because well, they’re cheap. I lost my last one and went to order a new roller, and this one was a set for the same price of just a roller, so I gave it a shot. Huge difference in quality! This set is amazing, the roller well crafted, the quartz smooth and rolls well without any scraping noise. Highly recommend." —Ro R

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

24. A face mask subscription box that'll provide some supple relief for their beautiful visage, all without causing them further stress by figuring out which face mask they need atm.

variety of sheet masks

Get a four-mask box from Amazon for $8.90/monthly box.

25. An aromatherapy roll-on stick to use on the go when lighting a candle just isn't in the cards.

the roller

Promising review: "The scent is a soft, peaceful one; It does not assault you! It's perfect in strength, not cloying — but absolutely present and accounted for. I have severe anxiety disorder, and some days are fairly hard to get through. I'm not saying that 'Chill Out' essential oil blend takes anxiety away. I can say that the scent dials down some of the feelings of tension, irritability, etc., that I experience, and helps bring me back to a place that's more centered and calm. I wish that the scent was a little longer lasting, but this is truly not a deal-breaker! I will continue to buy this blend!" —Paula Owens

Get it from Amazon Handmade for $13.77.

26. Kawaii slime with tons of fun charms that'll occupy their fidgety hands while mulling over a big decisions, like whether to add extra cheese to their Domino's order.

hand with charm-filled slime

Let me make that decision for them. ALWAYS go with the extra cheese. And get both the garlic butter sauce and buffalo sauce for dipping. ;).

Get it from Amazon Handmade for $12.99. Also check out some rainbow fluffy slime for $9.99.

27. A morbid patch for the person who doesn't want any of your soothing mess.

Pretty Bad Co. / Etsy

Talk about a MOOD.

Get it from Pretty Bad Co. on Etsy for $8. Also check out the matching T-shirt and sweatshirt.

28. A tabletop fountain can add to the soothing vibes *and* decor of their office. Plus they'll be especially grateful when a tide of stupid emails lands in their inbox.

the fountain

Lightweight and easy to move. Has a pump and 9-foot cord.

Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

29. A portable white noise machine that won't take up too much space, whether it stays put at home or gets tucked into a frequent flyer suitcase.

the speaker

Has three sound options, including bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle surf. USB charging.

Promising review: "I travel a lot with work and noisy hotels really stress me out! And unfortunately most hotels are not well soundproofed, so this is why this has become my 'must pack' item! It's small, lightweight, and compact, and although it is not as powerful as the original Dohm, it is great for just covering all that annoying noise you get in hotels — TVs and talking from neighboring rooms, slamming doors, vehicles outside, etc." —Mark H.

Get it from Amazon for $29.78 (also available with a travel case).

30. Glossier Hero Daily Oil Body Wash will feel like a total treat for the person who never takes the time to indulge but does clock a few minutes in the shower on the reg. This stuff soaps up and leaves skin feeling moisturized like, according to reviewers, if you applied lotion... though you didn't!

the wash

Promising review: "Between scrubbing into an OR, washing my hands, using hand sanitizer, showering after every shift, showering after exercise, and showering from every day life it's safe to say I'm washing my hands/arms constantly and showering SO OFTEN. Body Hero wash (and moisturizer) has literally SAVED my skin! I'm soft and hydrated, and the subtle smell is heavenly. Glossier is MY hero." —Ellie

Get it from Glossier for $18.

31. A tea subscription box because nestling a mug of warm tea is one of the most calming things ever and they deserve to do that on the reg.

the box full of tea goodies

Each box includes 4 teas, 10 grams of each tea in resealable pouches, 4 linen tea filters and information on each tea. This makes four to five cups of each tea.

Get a three-month gift card for $45 (also available in 6- or 12-month subscriptions).

32. And a cute narwal tea strainer that'll hang out on the side of a mug and bring a smile to their face.

narwal shaped tea strainer

Made from dishwasher- and microwave-safe silicone.

Get it from Amazon for $16.60.

33. Or a whole bundle of honey lavender tea (96 bags total!) you can split up between the two of you or give out to multiple people for gifts because whom amongst us couldn't use a lil' stress relief?!

the box of tea

BTW, this tea is caffeine-free, non-GMO, and certified organic.

Get six boxes of 16 bags each (96 bags total) from Amazon for $23.04.

34. A weighted blanket — it may just be the next best thing to an actual human hug when they need some comfort and you're not nearby.

person in bed under a weighted blanket

Keep in mind that the weight of the blanket you order should be 7%–13% of your weight. Due to its weight, it’s not necessary to choose an oversized blanket.

Promising review: "I received this as a Christmas gift and I am absolutely in love with it. I was so hesitant to invest in it because they are on the pricier side, so I put it on my wish list and was lucky enough to have my husband purchase it for me! Oh my gosh. I was wondering if the weighted blanket would really live up to the hype and It does. I am in love with it. I only wish I had gone ahead and invested in it sooner. I have an infant and also have anxiety and sleep issues myself and after those nighttime feedings I always struggle so much to get back to sleep which leads me to just being perpetually exhausted. But I was up with my baby three times last night and was able to fall asleep almost instantly after crawling back into bed and under this blanket. Plus I love that is machine-washable. I love this so much and I intend to get one as a gift for my girlfriend who also struggles with pretty extreme anxiety." —Rebecca Furmanick

Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in 13 colors and 15 weights/sizes).

Here's to relaxed friends:

Pokémon USA

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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