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GIFT GUIDE: Stress-relieving gifts to give to your loved ones this Christmas

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Dec 15, 2022 10:44 am

Even though Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, the reality is that not everyone is in the mood to be jolly and festive.

There are times where our friends and family members just can't feel the Christmas spirit because they are dealing with stress and pressure from life's many burdens.

It's important that we try to patch their invisible bruises and care for their mental health as much as possible, and the best way to do that this Christmas is to give them suitable gifts that will help them unwind a bit.

If your loved ones happen to be in need of stress-relievers, here are a few gift ideas that you can buy:

Journals

As what the Pixar film Inside Out taught us, you should never bottle up negative emotions within you and stay silent about how you're overwhelmed with stress, depression, or anxiety.

Unfortunately, not everyone is prepared to open up to other people and that's completely fine, but you still need to find a healthy way to express yourself. This makes keeping a journal a great alternative in managing your mental health as it serves as a tool to confess your inner fears and struggles. 

But don't just grab any old notebook, slap a ribbon on it, and give it to your loved one. It helps to personalize your journals so that it would feel like it's a unique and special part of you.

Anj Trading offers stylish pastel journals that not only can your personalize with your own name, but are also plated with inspirational quotes that are sure to motivate you if you're feeling down in the dumps. 

Jigsaw puzzles

If you're puzzled at how jigsaw puzzles can possibly relieve one's mental health problems, these items help in keeping your mind occupied even in your darkest moments.

Taking some time off to forget all about your toroubles to work on an activity that keeps your mind stimulated, but not excessively challenged is beneficial as it offers a moment for you to rest and relax. Moreover, multiple studies show that successfully completing a jigsaw puzzle can enhance your mood and boost your energy.

For unique and mesmerizing jigsaw puzzles, you may want to check out the ones crafted by Art Alley PH. The store offers wooden puzzles that take the shape of different kinds of creatures, from tigers and chameleons to dragons and unicorns. 

Aside from their colors, the puzzles are also extraordinarily made as each puzzle piece has its own unique shape that resembles other kinds of animals, The journey to complete it may be a little more challenging, but the efforts will surely pay off in the end.

Body pillows and life-sized toys

There's nothing more comforting than cuddling in the arms of your special someone after a long, stressful day, but if your friends and family members (sadly) lead the single life, then body pillows will have to make do—for now.

Sleeping with a body pillow not only improves the quality of sleep and offers solutions to health problems such as backaches, sleep disorders, and numbness, but it can also help with anxiety as it gives you a feeling of warmth and calmness

Snuggle Teddy PH offers a wide variety of adorably huggable body pillows and life-sized toys that will already make your loved ones cozy and comfortable by just looking at them.

But if they prefer to have their body pillows display their favorite characters, the store can also personalize the items for absolutely free.

Essential oils

Help your friends and family members become an oilaholic by gifting them some essential oils this Christmas. In case you're not familiar with them, essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants such as herbs and flowers and are often used for aromatherapy because of the healing factors of the plant’s scent and flavor.

Once whiffed or applied to the skin, these essential oils can help reduce anxiety and pain, relieve headaches and nausea, and can relax, energize, soothe, or uplift, making them a must-have for those who are suffering from mental health issues.

They come in a varierty types such as lavender, peppermint, and lemon, among others, each with their own unique benefits.

One store that you can get essential oils for your loved ones is Real Scents. Founded by by former corporate career moms, the local brand specializes in essential and fragrance oils that are pure and all-natural, which can be used for humidifiers, diffuser, and burners.