The Best Stress-Relief Gifts for Someone With Anxiety

These thoughtful presents will help an anxious friend find her calm

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Best Gifts for People with Anxiety of 2022


Finding the perfect gift is never an easy feat. The best gifts are thoughtful, helpful, and something they wouldn't necessarily have thought to get themselves. And the best gifts for someone with anxiety do all of the above while also providing some level of stress-relief—whether it makes planning ahead easier or unwinding at the end of the day more enjoyable.

With this in mind, our editors have done hours of research (and, yes, some window shopping) to find the best gifts for people with anxiety. Does your loved one hold anxious tension in their neck and shoulders? We have the perfect heated massager in mind. Do they have an abundance of nervous energy without an outlet? We've curated a selection of sensory-pleasing fidget toys (yes, even for adults). Could they use a moment of self-care to relax their mind? Well, lucky for you, pretty much every item on this list will help out in one way or another.

Here, the best gifts for people with anxiety (or anyone who could use some stress relief).

MAGTIMES Rainbow Fidget Spinner

There's a reason these little handheld devices are so popular. In a previous interview with Health, Pilar Trelles, MD, a psychiatrist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, explained that flicking a fidget spinner is a good rapid stress management technique (RSMT), and can help people with anxiety or ADHD expend nervous energy. This one—a bestseller on Amazon—claims to be quieter than other models, so you can use it in discreet settings, like at work or on the train.

Price at time of publication: $20

Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat

People with anxiety can often experience physical symptoms like muscle tension. A back and neck massager with added heat can work to relieve the tension and help promote relaxation. 

Price at time of publication: $46

Yogi Stress Relief and Herbal Tea Variety Pack Sampler, 6 Pack

Tea has a component called L-theanine that creates a relaxation effect, making sipping on a warm cup a simple yet effective way to ease stress and anxiety. This sampler pack offers a variety of calming, stress-relief, and bedtime teas to help soothe anxiety at any time of day. 

Price at time of publication: $26 (for pack of 6)

ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

Acupressure is thought to relieve stress and anxiety, as it helps regulate the body’s circulatory, nervous, and hormonal systems. This acupressure mat and pillow help provide the back and neck pain relief as well as the muscle relaxation that acupressure can give, but from the comfort of home. Depending on your pain tolerance, wear a thin to thick layer of clothing and lay down on the mat for 10-30 minutes per day. Consider taking this time to meditate and practice deep breathing for further stress relief. 

Price at time of publication: $30

BodyRetore Shower Steamers Aromatherapy

Mimic the calming feeling of a spa steam room at home with these essential oil-infused shower steamers. Place one tablet on the shower floor away from a direct stream, and turn up the heat. Choose a scent with lavender or eucalyptus for a spa-soothing effect. 

Price at time of publication: $22

BedShure Heated Blanket

This heated throw blanket can warm them up in minutes, helping them feel calm and relaxed after a long day. The blanket can be set to six different heating levels based on their needs.

Price at time of publication: $55

Homedics White Noise Sound Machine

A sound machine can help calm anxious thoughts and feelings before bed, helping you get to sleep faster. This machine plays six soothing sounds to mimic noises found in nature, like the ocean, rain, and thunder. Plus, the machine is portable, meaning you can maintain your bedtime routine anywhere you go. 

Price at time of publication: $24

YnM Oeko-Tex Certified Premium Weighted Blanket

Looking for some easy relaxation? Weighted blankets can help promote feelings of calmness. Use the blanket for a few minutes during the day to ease stress, or add it to your bed for a soothing night of sleep. 

Price at time of publication: $50

Esarora Ice Roller Skin Care Tool

Practice self-care with a soothing ice roller. The cooling effect of the ice will feel calming and refreshing on the skin, giving you a moment to relax.

Price at time of publication: $19

ASAKUKI Premium Essential Oil Diffuser & Humidifier with Remote Control

Let them create a relaxation oasis in their bedroom (or any other room) with an essential oil diffuser and humidifier. This aromatherapy device offers seven LED light options to pair with a calming scent of your choosing so you can tailor the room to your mood. The diffuser also shuts off automatically once it runs out of water, so feel free to turn it on as you fall asleep.

Price at time of publication: $36

Teanagoo Matcha Tea Ceremony Kit

Drinking matcha green tea may help lower anxiety. This seven-piece matcha set comes with a whisk, ceramic bowl, pouring spout, matcha scoop, scoop holder, cloth, and matcha tea pack. You’ll have everything you need to create a meditative matcha-making routine to unwind and destress. 

Price at time of publication: $34

UpNature Calm Essential Oil Blend

When they’re feeling anxious or stressed, inhaling certain scents can offer an immediate calming effect. A blend of essential oils in a skin-safe roller ball can help them destress anywhere throughout the day. Look for scents with lavender, bergamot, citrus, or basil to help with anxiety.

Price at time of publication: $20

Mr. Pen Bubble Poppers Fidget Toy

Stuck in a worry spiral? Distract their mind from anxious thoughts with a sensory fidget toy. These silicone squares mimic the satisfying feeling of popping bubble wrap (with a slightly more relaxing popping sound). They can keep one at their desk to destress at work, or toss one in their bag to stay calm on the go. 

Price at time of publication: $5

Azusa Sun Anxiety Necklace: Breathing Device for Meditation and Anxiety Relief

Practicing slow breathing can boost feelings of comfort, relaxation, and alertness while decreasing feelings of anxiety. This small device helps you focus on and slow down your breath. Inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, and breathe out through the device for eight to 10 seconds. Repeat a few times. The breathing tool comes on a necklace to remind you to practice slow breathing throughout the day. 

Price at time of publication: $9

Jacruces Sterling Silver Fidget Ring

For fidgeters that need a more discreet outlet, this sterling silver ring is the perfect anxiety tool in disguise. The ring has small silver beads that move around the finger—allowing them to subtly spin and slide the beads to expel nervous energy and stay focused while at work or school. 

Price at time of publication: Starting at $13

Four Progress Worry for Nothing: A Discreet, Guided Anxiety Journal

This sleek and discreet journal uses prompts led by cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help you work through feelings of anxiety. The prompts can help you track your triggers, feelings, and worries.

Price at time of publication: $20

MiaPuPe Worry Monster Doll

This handmade doll is marketed for kids, but frazzled adults will appreciate it too. The concept: You write an anxious thought on a piece of paper and put it in the doll's mouth. Many people find the simple act of writing down a stressful thought to be calming. And physically putting it somewhere else serves as a reminder not to dwell on it.

Price at time of publication: $60

adult coloring book

This irreverent adult coloring book pokes fun at the not-so-helpful advice to simply "calm down." In addition to beautiful designs, each page is filled with tongue-in-cheek quotes ("Suck it up, Buttercup") that provide a much-needed dose of humor.

Price at time of publication: $5

Herbivore bath salts

Sometimes the best way to end a stressful day is with a hot bath. These calming bath salts contain natural oils like vanilla and ylang ylang to help your friend relax and unwind, plus Himalayan sea salt to exfoliate the skin.

Price at time of publication: $20

Urban Outfitters Washed Corduroy Floor Pillow

Know someone who likes to meditate? These corduroy floor pillows (available in eight on-trend colors) will upgrade their next meditation session. They're perfectly soft, but not too squishy. In other words, ideal for sitting while you clear your head.

Price at time of publication: $49

WEI Lotus Blossom Thirst Relief Sheet Mask

The next best thing to a day at a spa, these hydrating face masks contain white lotus extract, hyaluronic acid, and reishi mushroom extract to target fine lines and wrinkles, and erase the signs of stress for a fresh and glowy complexion.

Price at time of publication: $55 (pack of six)

Chronicle Books Belle Calligraphy Kit

A hobby like calligraphy can be a calming distraction for someone with anxiety. Help inspire a new passion with this beautiful starter kit of essential supplies. It includes an instructional booklet with different projects, practice sheets, an alphabet guide, a vial of blank ink, and more.

Price at time of publication: $37

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