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; drugstore.com), or add a few drops to a bedroom diffuser.
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; republicoftea.com).
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; ulta.com).
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; sees.com).
Fill your home with a soothing scent, such as Febreze Meadows & Rain candle ($7.59; soap.com).
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; thebodyshop-usa.com), 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.
Put on some classical tunes for instant relaxation.
Mozart for Meditation ($4.99; barnesandnoble.com) compiles some of the composer’s most serene songs.