Stress is higher now than it has ever been, at least for me. The world might not be in any higher state of stress than it has been in the past but we hear about it quicker. I have rounded up some great stress relieving gift ideas and am sharing them below.
Admittedly I started with solutions for my major stressors, but I feel like what I am feeling is fairly universal. Stuff is expensive, kids are loud and messy, there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them… a little help goes a long way. And a little peace and quiet for gratitude might go even further. Take a peak, I bet there is something you’d love to give, or get for yourself.
Unique Stress Relieving Gift Ideas Anyone Will Love
Dinner time is such a pain in the arse. I never know what to make, it’s always less healthier than I’d hoped it to be, most of the time nobody even eats it…. frustrating. Insert a meal delivery service! We live very rural so I will always be envious of people who are within delivery range. Something like Hello Fresh or Chef’s Plate where you can pick the meals and all the parts come right to you! Gifting a week of meals, even 1 to 3 of them, to a household – I would actually cry happy tears. Alternatively, a home cooked meal (like a lasagna, casserole, chilli or soup) would be equally welcome.
How does an airfryer reduce stress? Well it makes me quick and easy, everything takes better and cooks quicker in these babies. Definitely get the one with two baskets, doing two things at once helps! I have tried the even bigger ones that look like smallish ovens and they just don’t have the same crisping excellency as the basket ones – dual basket one is for sure the way to go.
Ever buy vegetables with the best intentions and never use them because chopping things just seems so daunting at the end of the day and they end up rotting? Uhhh me neither. Ha. Tomatoes, carrots, onions (no more tears) potatoes, peppers… and it has a handy container that just catches it all. It has the best reviews, is kid friendly – might lead to making one of those fancy chopped salads you’ve seen on tiktok. All the chopping, with none of the effort. Sign me up!
I tidy alllllll day, but I never have time to actually clean. Don’t scoff at me but as far as moping goes, I think I’ve mopped my floors like maybe 3 times in my entire life living in this house. I spot clean all the time but a good deep clean, nope, my house always needs one. Whether you’re in a position to give this service as a one off or set it up monthly, seasonally or annually – this would be a dream come true situation for so many!
It’s no cleaning service but it checks one of the chores off the list! I think any mom is still going to need to have a stick vac for immediate messes and things but running this at night to get the regular pet hair and dust – and double as a sound machine? Ha. I’ll take one please.
If the person you are gifting has pets, kids, or a partner – this gift is going to pay for itself in no time. Saving carpets, couches, car interiors and any other upholstered items around here since 2020. It seriously gets out anything, also great for the thrifter in your life, breathes new life into secondhand items like nobody’s business.
This multi surface floor cleaner with a smart tool is all over the internet, its a mop and vacuum in one! You fill up on little compartment with clean water and then dump one little compartment of dirty water and your done. Don’t ask me why that is so less intimidating than filling and emptying a bucket, but to an exhausted caregiver at the end of a long day, it just is. One tool, two jobs – anything that is a twofer is a win, saves time, space, and footsteps.
A massage at a spa, or a gift certificate for the spa treatment of their choice is such a thoughtful gift, even more so if you offer to babysit!
These little massage roller balls are also awesome if that’s a more realistic option for your budget and your gift receiver’s availability.
This thing is the bees knees, it has heat, different speeds and different settings (knocking versus kneading) – being able to toss it on my back and neck for a few mins before bedtime is a literal life saver. One day maybe I’ll be the type of person who can afford the time and money that is takes to see a real live masseuse but honestly this is just so convenient – two thumbs up, do give to someone you love. We all have tight necks and backs.
I’m going to go new age hippy on you for a moment – I do not understand how or why this mat works but it does. After laying on it for about 5 mins and I can honestly feel my woes start to float away. It is weird and so satisfying that I do not care to learn why it works, but I can tell you it does. You should get one, or two, one for you, one for the stressed person who sent you here.
These aromatherapy shower steamers are great. Scent receptors and stress are supposed to go hand in hand, and failing that they smell really lovely. I have always loved the idea of bath bombs but I hate baths, I can’t sit still. I also would need someone to come clean my tub first (please see the above request for a cleaning service ha) this just seems so much more convenient. Toss in the floor of my quick shower and a few mins of sweet smelling peace (even if my kids are fighting in the distance the entire time).
This ring is meant to mimic a little fidget spinner, the tiny balls can spin around the ring as well as around the ring. Helps to get some of that nervous energy out while I’m trying to concentrate on work – plus its cute.
Let’s be frank, things are expensive, more expensive than they used to be and we are all feeling it. Gift cards might seem like a somewhat thoughtless gift but I can assure you, lifting a bit of the burden of money will be appreciated. Think gift cards for groceries or gas, things that aren’t fun to spend your own money on. Movie tickets or event tickets where we tend to escape real life for a few hours. Amazon, Costco, Walmart, any of the superstores where you can buy anything and everything from are bound to help a standard household get through the winter.
Noise reducing earloops – know an overstimulated parent, or teacher, someone who works in a noisy cubicle. Chances are they are overstimulated, but cannot also be completely tuned out insert Loops! These things are awesome, I can attest to their sufficiency – sometimes, the kids, the tv, the squeaky dryer and the barking dog can be too much! These make it bearable, I can still hear what I need without having to hear EVERYTHING. Such a small, affordable and efficient little gift.
Meditation is always at the forefront when it comes to stress reliving activities. This little guy is a game changer, I’ve tried to meditate before and I cannot just sit somewhere with my eyes closed. This visual aid helps me so much, it’s great for me and my kids, such a calm place to come back to when the house is just a little bit too wild. Short and sweet meditations, we could all use a reminder to breathe.
Can you babysit? If you have an old enough child to offer up as a babysitter, do that. I am speaking from a very personal place here but just a few mins, even 20 mins in my car alone, a simple trip to the post office is all I need to re-centre. Whether it’s for an hour or an evening, this is an invaluable gift. There are also services who can match a family with a sitter if you yourself aren’t available, a gift card for one of those would also make a great stress relieving gift!
Its the oldest trick in the book, but a stress ball will never lead you astray. You cannot make a list of stress reliving gift ideas without including some type of stress ball. This happens to be the first stress ball with an attached hand loop – to help make your exercise even more effective. They can help with sensory issues, diminish joint pain, stimulate blood circulation, calm you down, improve your grip.
Listening is free. You can offer an impartial ear to check in on the ones who matter to you the most. Ask how they are doing and truly listen to their answer. Listen to listen, not just to respond. Stress is worse when bottled up, sometimes a conversation, letting the words and thoughts out of your brain and mouth can be such a great release. Coffee, a drink or a meal with a friend is just so good for the soul.
Annnnnnd if none of these gifts bring your friend any less stress, at least they can laugh about it while lighting this scented candle. “Light this candle when you need to… calm the f down”. Perhaps the silliest of the stress relieving gift ideas!
There you have it, my stress relieving gift idea list. A wide variety of suggestions with a lot of different stressors in mind, hope you see something you like! I’m off to go meditate with my little breathing Buddha. – Life is tough, but you are tougher. Spread some ease this holiday season and remember to breathe!