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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.

Rub some on the soles of your feet, inhale it straight from the bottle or add a few drops to a bedroom diffuser for a relaxing, deep sleep.

 

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 like this one. Perfect for melting your stress away.

 

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. 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 these mini dark chocolates from Ghirardelli.

 

5. Candle

Fill your home with a soothing scent, with a calming and soothing scented candle like this lavender and tea tree one by La Petite Fee.

 

6. Hand Cream

An ultra-luxe lotion can fend off chapped nails.

Stash a portable tube, like The Body Shop’s Shea Hand Cream, 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 compiles some of the composer’s most serene songs.

 

So, treat yourself, or a friend today with a stress relieving gift – they’re all under $10, why not try them all?