Here's What Your Stressed-Out Friends Want for the Holidays

We all have one: That stressed-out, never-relaxed friend that could use a few (or many) minutes of Zen. This holiday, when your urge to scream “Just calm down!” boils over, give them one of these more-appropriate gifts, all designed to ease tension—without making it totally obvious.


1/11

LALICIOUS Holiday Tower Collection ($27)

This three-piece sugar scrub stack features superseasonal scents of Creamy Eggnog, Peppermint Patti and Hot Buttered Rum that deliver a decadent mini spa experience in your shower.


2/11

Jacqueline Evans Body Pamper Pack ($66)

Designed to be used as a relaxing bath salt then after-bath hydrator, the luxe duo smells divine (it’s distinctively fragranced with delicate rose and sweet vanilla notes) and leaves skin feeling oh-so soft. 


3/11

DAVIDsTEA 12-Tea Sampler ($26)

Have a friend that could stand to cut back on the caffeine? This sampler of 12 caffeine-free teas will help make the transition a little bit less painful. The blends (Cold 911, Super Ginger, Cinnamon Rooibos Chai and Peppermint Amour, for starters) are delicious and can be brewed hot or cold. 


4/11

Yon-Ka Paris Pine TAIGA Candle ($59)

This limited-edition burns-clean candle offers an invigorating essential oil mix of Siberian pine, cypress, Virginian cedar and yellow mandarin. Once burned, the candle turns into a creamy massage oil that’s filled with skin-saving vitamin E, shea butter and organic sesame oil.


5/11

Vitruvi Balance Aromatherapy Oil ($38)

With a name that advertises “balance,” this aromatherapeutic pick is best suited for the stressed-out sector that knows they need help. Coined “a spa in your pocket,” the paraben-free roll-on essential oils promote patience, encourage harmony and help induce calmness when applied to pressure points during the day.


6/11

Calm Meditation App ($40 for subscription)

A subscription to this “meditate, sleep, relax and breathe” support app will have anyone feeling more focused. It’s soothing and motivational, and the guided mediations are perfect for beginners. 


7/11

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath Jewels ($98)

This 10-piece regal-looking box is big on the “wow” factor when you break it open. And, once you use the mix of bath and shower oils, you’ll be even more impressed as each one offers a relaxing aromatherapy experience.


8/11

Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Body Oil ($68)

It’s hard not to feel relaxed when you add this radiance-inducer into your body-care routine. It leaves behind the most relaxing rose scent and makes skin look nourished and glowy. 


9/11

Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes ($16)

Lavender lovers (and borderline germaphobes) will love these antibacterial and antiseptic wipes that clean everything from your hands and your desk to yoga mats and more. The pure lavender essential oil is so powerful that just a few deep breaths of one can help aid in a better night’s sleep or a quick minute of serenity.


10/11

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Gift Set ($10)

With five different products (there’s an Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Foaming Bath, Body Wash, Body Lotion and Bath and Body Oil Treatment), all of which boast the relaxing scent of eucalyptus-spearmint, this hardworking magnesium-rich kit is scientifically proven to relax the body and stimulate the senses.


11/11

Hi Wildflower Herbal Steam ($14)

Just a spoonful of this DIY aromatherapy treatment is like a facial in your sink that instantly creates calm. Pour the herbs and flowers (which includes violet, rose petals, cinnamon and clove) into boiling water and the scented steam goes to work on opening up pores and delivering relaxing vapors—it can even be sipped as a tea.