Stress-relieving gifts
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7 Stress-Relieving Gifts That Cost Less Than $10

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of stress reduction.

Not only are the following items proven to be stress relieving, but they’re also affordable — they’re all $10 or less.

So go ahead: Pick up one for yourself, too!


1. Lavender Oil

This calming scent can help you unwind and sleep better.

Try whiffing the cap of this Aura Cacia Pure Essential Oil ($9.99;, or add a few drops to a bedroom diffuser.


2. Tea

According to a British study, people who sipped tea had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a stressful event than those who didn’t.

A unique tea blend makes for a special gift.

Our pick is a rooibos red tea blend from South Africa: Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea Bags ($10;


3. Epsom Salts

Relax tight, aching muscles by adding these magnesium-rich salts to your bath.

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution has a calming lavender scent ($4.99;


4. Chocolate

This delicious treat triggers the brain to release endorphins, which are feel-good brain chemicals.

Opt for dark chocolate, which is lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants, like See’s Candies Premium Extra Dark Chocolate Bar Gift Pack ($9;


5. Candle

Fill your home with a soothing scent, such as Febreze Meadows & Rain candle ($7.59;


6. Hand Cream

An ultra-luxe lotion can fend off chapped nails.

Stash a portable tube, like the Body Shop’s Mini Almond Hand & Nail Cream ($6;, in your purse to have at all times.

While you’re rubbing it in, give your hands a little massage as a stress-relieving break in your day.


7. Music

Put on some classical tunes for instant relaxation.

Mozart for Meditation ($4.99; compiles some of the composer’s most serene songs.