We all get stressed out every now and again, whether it is due to work, a family emergency, or current global events. If someone you know is in need of some rest and relaxation, buying them a gift that helps them to pause and take a breath can be a thoughtful thing to do. These days there are many different options out there when it comes to calming gifts, so you’re sure to be able to find something that suits your friend’s personality and interests. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
For a lot of people, a day at a spa is one of the most relaxing activities they can think of. If that sounds like your friend, why not bring the spa to them? For instance, you could give them some luxurious bubble bath or aromatherapy bath salts, scented candles in calming fragrances such as lavender or chamomile, or a fancy moisturizer. Those who are into beauty pampering might enjoy a manicure kit or facial set, or alternatively, you could splash out on a massager for ultimate relaxation.
You can’t really go wrong with a gift of chocolate! There are so many varieties out there that you’re sure to find the perfect option for your friend. For example, you could choose a big box of silky truffles, a selection of dark chocolates for those who like a more bitter flavor, or a luxurious hot chocolate for those who prefer their treats in liquid form. If you’re after something more unusual, how about ruby chocolate or Mozart kugel chocolates created in the town of Mozart’s birth?
Practicing mindfulness is one of the most effective ways to improve our mental health. It can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, help us to get better sleep, and even improve our cognitive functions. Try getting your friend an adult coloring book and a set of pencils to help them feel calmer and more focused, or a subscription to a meditation app for a more in-depth experience.
If your friend is a creative type, a gift related to arts and crafts could be ideal for them. This covers a truly broad range of activities – from drawing, knitting, and making candles to woodwork and making jewelry. Starter kits are available which guide people through the process step by step and come in varying levels of difficulty to suit their experience and skill. That way, you can find something that isn’t too simplistic but also doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Bringing a little greenery into your home has been shown to boost creativity, productivity, and levels of happiness. They are also great at purifying the air. Don’t worry if your friend doesn’t have a green thumb – there are many species that are hardy and difficult to kill, even if you forget to water them on occasion! Pick a fern that loves humidity to go in the bathroom, a snake plant that releases oxygen at night for the bedroom, or a pretty peace lily for the living room.