Give the Gift of Relaxation This Holiday Season


We all know that one person who seems to be overworked, over-stressed, and constantly overwhelmed. Perhaps it's a parent who's still working their stressful corporate job, or a close friend whose whole life seems to revolve around her graduate degree.

When it comes to these special stressed people in our lives, the perfect gift to give during the holiday season is the gift of relaxation. Even people who aren't totally overworked and stressed appreciate a gift that lets them take a break, unwind, and escape from the stressors of their daily lives.

To help you help that friend or loved one unwind and relax, here are some perfect relaxation gifts to give this holiday season.

An At-Home Spa Basket

This incredibly thoughtful gift is sure to elicit some thrilled squeals of delight from whoever receives it. To make an at-home spa basket, find a pretty basket at a department store (or even a thrift shop). Fill it with items that will help that special someone have a spa experience in the comfort of their own home. Item ideas include bath products, face masks, meditation CDs, and even a comfy new robe. For that particularly stressed person in your life, don't forget to include a bottle of wine to sip while they're enjoying their at-home spa-worthy bathing experience.

A Gift Certificate for a Massage or Spa Package

There's only one thing better than the at-home spa experience and that's the actual spa experience. There's nothing better for your stressed-out loved one than a nice soothing massage. Not only can massage relax the mind and soul, but it can help to work out muscle tension that might be elevating your loved one's stress levels. A professional massage or a spa package is the perfect gift for that someone who really needs to unwind and let go of tension.

Beginner's Yoga or Meditation Books and DVDs

For the go-getter in your life that prefers their relaxation experience to be productive, a yoga DVD or a guided meditation CD is the perfect gift. Yoga helps people clear their thoughts while also toning their muscles and improving their physical form. Meditation might seem uncommon to some, but can actually be as effective as therapy when it comes to clearing away our negative thoughts and reinvigorating our minds.

DIY Bath Bombs

Maybe you know a few stressed people who could use a little pick-me-up, but you don't quite want to spend a fortune on them. If you want to give a personalized, handmade relaxation gift, it's easier than you think. With a few simple ingredients like baking soda and scented oils, you can easily make the same bath bombs that retail for upwards of $20 in fancy bath and body shops. Search the internet and you'll find dozens of recipes for bath bombs in a myriad of scents and colors. They're fun to make and are absolutely beautiful and thoughtful gifts to give. Pick up some tissue paper and ribbons at the craft store to package your handmade creations!

With the stress of day-to-day life, we could all use a little more relaxation. There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t love any of the above gifts and appreciate the opportunity to relax, unwind, and take a breather from their hectic lives.