Here are 38 of the best relaxing stress-relief gift basket ideas. Perfect for self-care, helping reduce stress and anxiety for yourself or loved ones.
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Quick Fixes No More
Working in a crisis-based job meant that most of my work days were stressful. So I often grabbed sugary snacks to relieve stress. My desk drawer was full of anything chocolate. 🍫🍪🤦🏻♀️
I noticed most of my coworkers also had unhealthy habits like eating daily fast food, smoking, playing the daily lotto or binging on dessert.
That got me thinking about creating something practical that could make a positive difference rather than quick fixes that don’t work, and that’s when I started a stress-relief basket.
I never thought of it as a stress-relief basket at the time, but now I do. I regularly add to it, whether it’s a new skincare product, healthy snack or other self-care-related goodies.
What Is a Stress-Relief Gift Basket?
It’s a basket (or any container) with items that help calm your mind and relax you.
A stress-relief basket is similar to a kit for emergencies or rainy days. Only it focuses on helping you combat and better manage stress.
We set aside money for unexpected expenses and non-perishables for emergencies, so why not for stress?
It can be a themed basket, or you can add a bunch of things you love, such as tea, scalp massager, photos, candles, vitamins or items that help relax you.
Here are some themed stress-relief gift basket ideas:
- A spa basket
- Book-worm basket
- Faith-based stress-relief basket (Bible, inspirational books, daily devotional, rosary, journal, etc.)
- Healthy snacks basket
- Sensory activities and other fun stuff (Popits, fidget spinners, bubble wrap, book of jokes, cute stuffy, etc.)
A stress relief basket is an underrated tool to help manage and reduce your stress or gift to someone in need.
So today is about starting a stress-relief basket as an essential add-on to other stress-management strategies you’re using.
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35 Must-Have Relaxing Stress-Relief Gift Basket Ideas
1. Cooling Gel Eye Mask (Reusable)
I have dry and tired eyes so this is something that was recommended to me by my optometrist. This mask is focused on relief for eye discomfort and can be used as a cold ice pack or a hot eye mask.
Prayer and journaling are two powerful ways to reduce stress and I love that this combines both of them and also has scripture and devotionals.
Natural herbal tea is known to be a stress reliever and this top-rated one sounds delicious -yum. 😋
Exercise is the number one way to reduce and manage stress and these cooling towels are a cute addition to a stress-relief gift basket.
Shoulder and neck tension is a common symptom of stress-related issues so this neck stretcher is a practical tool to use to help ease that tension.
Meditative colouring gives you a sense of peace and if you’re not the best artist it’s an easy way to create beautiful artwork.
Dual marker brushes with a fine tip and brush tip are the best for adult colouring books, these are the ones I use and it makes it easier to colour tiny areas.
Stress is hard on our eyes especially if we are staring at a screen all day. These under-eye gel pads with collagen can be used for eye bags, puffy eyes, dark circles and wrinkles.
This cute set comes with 11 Korean face masks for self-care time after a stressful day.
Sensory activities, like these squishy pop balls, are an easy way to release tension and stress.
I’m intrigued by these headphones and had to share them with you after reading many high reviews. Stress impacts our sleep so anything to help with that is a bonus. This stress-relief gift ideas are affordable and ergonomically designed for men or women.
This aromatherapy reed diffuser is a thoughtful gift for someone in need or a pretty addition to your stress-relief basket.
These are hypoallergenic and breathable, they look lavish but are an inexpensive alternative to the high-end pillow cases.
Essential oils can help lift your mood and are calming. This one has fresh scents of eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint.
This is a best-selling journal based on Michelle Obama’s inspirational memoir, Becoming.
If you or someone you know loves puzzles, these adorable mini ones are a simple way to get your mind off of a difficult day.
17. Daily Devotional
Joyce Meyer is a woman of faith and leader. I attended an event of hers years ago with my church and she blew me away. Her faith in God, wisdom and resilience despite a very abusive childhood is powerful and inspirational so I’m excited about this daily devotional.
Lighting some aromatherapy candles to create a spa ambiance at home is a simple way to destress. Put on some calming music and have a bath to get your mind off of your stressors.
Mascara is my favourite when it comes to make-up and putting some on makes me feel good and a little glam for the day ahead.
Treating your skin with good products is part of an essential self-care routine and a relaxing thing to do after a hard day. These individually wrapped wipes are also made with 100% plant-based fibres.
21. Merge Cube
The merge cube lets you hold and interact with 3D objects and holograms. This is used with your mobile device and be mindful that you need to download subscription-based apps.
This set of essential oil roll-ons is made of 100% natural ingredients and is easy to throw in your purse or desk drawer.
If you need a reminder of life’s simple pleasures this is the book for you. This is one of my favourite stress-relief gift basket ideas because it’s such an easy read. It’s written in short paragraphs and not meant to be consumed in one sitting. You’ll be smiling at all the small but awesome things there are in life like snow days, fresh bakery air, finding money in your pocket and more. ☺️
These pretty shower steamers are great for relaxation and can help with nasal congestion, they are a self-care must-have after a long hard day.
This best-selling long-handle shower brush can be used as a body exfoliator for wet or dry brushing.
Knitting, crocheting and other calming crafts are other options to destress and have a little quiet time. This pompom maker set is so fun and easy to use.
I’m a fan of massage but it’s not always easy (or affordable) to book a registered massage so I’m always on the lookout for devices or gadgets that can help. This total body massager has rave reviews.
I get regular headaches so I was happy to find this product and try it.
This came highly recommended to me, it smells fantastic and you can run some of this hydrating massage oil on your head or body after a long day.
How fun is this? If you need some motivation and a little laugh this is a great item to have in your stress-relief basket. After reading the reviews I was sold on it.
Soaking and taking care of your feet is a calming activity after a long day.
This luxurious but affordable scrub and lotion came highly recommended to me and sound like the perfect combo for some relaxing self-care time.
It’s hard to avoid all the noise of the world and just find time to relax but this stress-relief gift basket idea can help with that.
A relaxing head massage is a great self-care activity to reduce stress and ease head tension.
This hair product repairs and strengthens hair and is good for all hair types.
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I’m a fan of any massage and this full-body heating mat sounds heavenly.
If you find reading relaxing, investing in a Kindle paperwhite is a great option and is easy on the eyes.
This pretty portable massager is to help with shoulder pain relief and neck and body relaxation. It’s also a great gift for someone athletic.
Stress-Management Coping Strategies 101
Further to having an awesome stress-relief basket, there are many proven coping strategies to help reduce your stress and restore a sense of calm.
Here are some practical and easy ideas that can make all the difference:
- Take a power nap
- Any exercise
- Talking to someone
- Allow yourself to feel your feelings & move through them (cry, get out a good yell, curl up, etc.)
- Positive self-talk (complimenting yourself, powerful self-love affirmations)
- Calming music
- Mindfulness activities (deep breathing, pause & feel your pulse, etc.)
- Go for a walk
- Affection (big bear hugs)
Stress-Relief Gift Basket Ideas: Final Thoughts
Whatever you choose to add to your personal basket these stress-relief gift basket ideas are a good start. Then you can add personal touches such as special photos, vacation memorabilia, your favourite book or inspirational quotes and so forth.
It’s not about creating an extravagant kit or basket but something that will help ease your tension or stress and get you to treat yourself with self-compassion and self-care. I hope you found a thing or two for yourself or to treat someone else.