Know a stressed friend? Who doesn’t! Young or old, female or male, everyone is stressed nowadays. The perfect, one-size-fits-all gift idea is a relaxing gift.
With so many relaxing gifts to choose from, picking one can become an ironic source of stress. Here at Spire, we’ve got a whole team of relaxation experts. It’s safe to say that we know exactly what the Stressed Sam or Sally in your life needs most to feel more at ease. Read on to learn our top eight relaxing gift ideas that will help your loved one discover a new state of calm.
1. The Spire Stone
Spire is a unique wearable device. Not only does it track your activity, it also tracks your breath and uses it to measure your state of mind. By attaching the small device to your waist or bra, the technology tracks the rate and quality of your breathing, analyzing this data and telling you when you are tense, calm or focused. Spire sends you helpful notifications when you are displaying signs of stress so that you know to take a deep breath and take a moment to calm down. It also tracks your movement throughout the day, letting you know when it’s time to get up and move around.
People who use Spire have testified that it’s helped them gain a sense of calm and prevent panic attacks. It’s a great gift for those who have trouble managing stress. We even offer couples packs and family packs. Spire is available from our online shop or through Amazon.
2. Admission Credits for Yoga
Whether your loved one is a regular yogi or total newbie, yoga classes are a great gift for anyone who needs to relax.
Find a local studio close to their home or office. Be mindful of their schedule. Do you think they’d be more likely to head to yoga on their way to work? At lunch? On evenings or weekends? Buy the pass accordingly.
We recommend doing some research on a review site, such as Yelp, about the quality of the studio and kind of yoga taught (ie. beginner, heated studios, advanced flow classes). Some people are adverse to hot yoga and other exotic forms of yoga as they can be quite intense. If your loved one is completely new to yoga, regular yoga may be best. Consider tossing in a pair of yoga pants and yoga mat to encourage them stick to the habit.
3. Subscription to a Meditation App
Research shows that daily meditation has many benefits, notably stress reduction and relaxation. The best way to reap maximum benefits is to make meditation a part of your daily routine. Meditations apps remove the learning curve from starting a regular meditation routine. These apps offer helpful guided meditations, send you reminders to meditate and provide you with goals and progress tracking to keep you motivated. Our personal favorites are Headspace and Calm. You can purchase a gift code from Headspace or from Calm, which your friend can apply when they download the app onto their phone.
4. Aromatherapy Kit
Aromatherapy uses scents to improve psychological and physical well-being. It can be used to invigorate, decongest and induce relaxation.
Aromatherapy is easy to do at home. Providing an aromatherapy gift set is a great way to enable a friend or family member to unwind. Aromatherapy kits come in many forms. You can find aromatherapy sets of scented candles, bath bombs, epsom salts and essential oils.
There are many scents to choose from, each with different healing effects. Lavender supports deep sleep, and citrus or peppermint are energizing. Consider your loved one’s needs and match it up with a scent, or a set of scents. For example, a friend who has trouble sleeping is sure to be delighted upon receiving an aromatherapy set for sleeping, including lavender, valerian and clary sage.
If you’re buying essential oils, don’t forget to include a diffuser — try Moodo, a smart home diffuser that lets you adjust the levels of each scent on a mobile app.
5. Blue Apron Subscription
If you have a friend or family member on your list that loves to cook but is often too time-starved for grocery shopping, a Blue Apron subscription is a great gift. Some people hate cooking, but for many, time in the kitchen is an ideal way wind down after a long day. And of course, there’s nothing more physically and emotionally nourishing than a fresh, home-cooked meal.
Meal kits such as Blue Apron provide all of the benefits of cooking without the headache of grocery shopping, lengthy food preparation, recipe research and much of the clean up. Blue Apron sends you boxes filled with all the ingredients and instructions you need to make a delicious and healthy meal in 30 minutes or less. A subscription is a welcome break from eating out for your overworked colleague.
6. Massage Gift Card
Almost everyone loves a good massage. Deep tissue, Thai, Swedish, hot stone or therapeutic: There are dozens of massages, each individually suited to help a friend or family member release pent-up tension.
Spa Finder is a great way to find a location and pay for services. If you have the time, you can even pop in yourself to grab the gift certificate in person and get a sense of the general vibe. Things like professionalism and cleanliness, even at the front desk, mean a lot, since massage is rather intimate. If purchasing a massage gift card is out of your budget, consider gifting a self-massaging tool. There are a variety of instruments which people can use to soothe their own knots and aches, such as foot massagers and back rollers. Include a tub of shea butter and foot warmers to add an elegant, thoughtful touch to the gift.
A hot cup of tea is the perfect relaxing gift to melt stress away no matter the circumstance. It’s easy to prepare, easy to enjoy and offers a huge variety so you never get bored. For ultimate relaxation, choose an herbal tea since they are caffeine free. Some popular, calming herbal teas include chamomile, turmeric and peppermint.
8. House Cleaning
Housework is generally detested by everyone, yet many won’t bother, or can’t afford, to call a cleaner. Having a messy house can be a huge source of stress which only gets worse with time.
Gift a friend with house cleaning for the ultimate way to de-stress the second they walk into their home. Professional cleaners will remove the weight of responsibility off your stressed-out friend’s shoulders. Professional cleaners will typically take care of smaller details which we often ignore during routine cleaning, such as dusting baseboards. Having these nagging details taken care of can be psychologically beneficial.
Provide the lucky recipient with a gift certificate for services with a reputable cleaning company and enjoy the resulting gratitude.
Keep Calm and Gift On
It can be stressful to find a good gift, but you won’t go wrong with a gift that promises to improve a person’s well-being. They’ll be touched that you are considering their health and happiness, and pleased that you aren’t getting them yet another useless trinket. Relax — you’ve got a great gift.