Five Stress Relief Gifts That Will Bring Instant Relaxation and Calm

Ritu Riyat
5 min readDec 16, 2020

(And yes you can totally gift these to yourself)

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With a year like 2020, I think it’s safe to say everyone can use a little stress relief for Christmas. Most of my purchases this year were self care items to soothe stress and anxiety. I tried everything from weighted blankets, essentials oils, adaptogens, instruments, singing bows, meditation apps and more. Did it work? The short answer is, yes. Though I didn’t make it through the year unscathed, I definitely think it could have been a whole lot worse with all that I experienced this year.

The Stress Detox philosophy is not about eliminating stress but rather optimizing it. The more you have in your self care arsenal, the easier it is to ward off long term effects of stress, and get relief quickly.

I’ve received numerous requests asking for recommendations on what to gift someone who is stressed… though I think these are great gifts for anyone. Like I said before, we can all use a little stress relief this holiday season. Here are my top stress relief gift recommendations from my very own self care arsenal.

1. Weighted Blanket

The weighted blanket has been my lifesaver this year, and my number one recommendation. I had been considering this purchase for months but was hesitant about the investment. When I found myself up all night feeling anxious, the potential pros outweighed (pun intended) the price cons. The blanket immediately calmed my nerves and made for more restful nights.

2. Adult Coloring/Doodle Book

Okay, so technically this is not a coloring book, it’s a doodling book where you add patterns to the images inside. The images…

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Ritu Riyat

Ritu is a public health professional specializing in stress and burnout in the workplace through the lens of behavioral science, spirituality, & socialization.