The Best Relaxation Gifts

"Self-care" is a term that's been used quite a lot as of late. Many people are working on bettering themselves by doing things like exercising and eating healthier, but allowing yourself some time to relax is also an essential aspect of ensuring that you're taking care of your body and mind. Since the point of relaxation is to alleviate stress, we've taken the grunt work out of finding some of the best products out there and rounded them up for you here.

Lulu Candles Fresh Linen Jar Candle

Light My Fire

These fresh-smelling candles can bring a sense of calm to rooms of any size.
Best Aromatherapy

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Doing laundry can be a chore, but the smell of fresh, clean clothing is so lovely that it’s ultimately worth the work. With this candle, you can get that laundry scent without even doing one load. This soy beauty from Lulu Candles comes in an elegant and sophisticated jar and boasts an impressive 40-hour burning time. The subtle linen scent is still noticeable without being overwhelming or chemical-like. We love the label’s minimalist, gender-neutral design that makes this candle an easy choice for anyone who needs a little freshness in their life.

Pros:

  • Available in 18 scents in total
  • Comes with a lid so you can prevent that smokey smell after you blow out the candle
  • Hand-poured in the USA

Con:

  • Relatively small for the price point

LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs

Bombs Away

Transform your bathroom into your own private spa with these gorgeous bath bombs.
Best for Soaking

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One of the simplest things you can do to promote relaxation in your home is to sink into a nice warm bath. And if you want to up your self-care game, look no further than these colorful handmade bath bombs from LifeAround2Angels. Just drop one of the 12 gorgeous orbs into your tub to treat your skin to soothing ingredients like Epson salt, shea butter, and coconut oil. The various aromas are sure to suit anyone’s preferences, with scents ranging from Lavender to Kiwi to Green Tea. One of our favorite things about these bath bombs — though there are many — is watching them turn our bathwater into a swirling array of colors.

Pros:

  • Carefully and securely packaged in a lovely shipping box
  • Extremely cost-effective compared to other similar products
  • All ingredients are natural, so there is low risk of staining your tub

Cons:

  • Some fragrances may be too strong for people sensitive to smells

Letsfit White Noise Machine

It's Oh So Quiet

Whether you want white noise or gentle rain to lull you to sleep, this noise machine has you covered.
Best for Sleep

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Sleep is the ultimate form of relaxation — and unfortunately, too many of us don’t get enough of it. The reasons so many aren’t getting some solid shut-eye range from anxiety to noise pollution, but we think this little device just might do the trick. Letsfit’s sound machine boasts 14 different sounds ranging from ocean waves to bird chirps to white noise and can be pre-set to run anywhere from 15 to 120 minutes before turning itself off. And for those who don’t require total darkness to sleep, there’s even a small built-in nightlight with three levels of brightness.

Pros:

  • The memory function can recall the most recent volume and sound effect used
  • Small enough to take on trips if need be
  • Sleek design with multiple colors and finishes to choose from

Cons:

  • The touch screen on top used to control the settings may be difficult to see in the dark

Glam Up Facial Sheet Mask Supreme Collection

Behind the Mask

These masks are a quick 20-minute alternative to a trip to the esthetician.
Best Facial Mask

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There’s been a ton of buzz around Korean beauty products over the last few years due to the quality and purity of the ingredients used. It can be a bit overwhelming to figure out where to start, which is why we love this mask set from Glam Up. In this bundle, you’ll find twelve different varieties of facial masks designed to combat nearly any skin issue. For example, if you suffer from acne, you’ll find masks with green tea or peppermint, and if you have dry skin, try one with avocado or oatmeal. We think that the 20 minutes you spend under this mask will be truly ahh-inspiring.

Pros:

  • All masks are cruelty-free and never tested on animals
  • Masks dry out when it’s time to take them off, so there’s no need to watch the clock
  • Wide array of formulas to try so you can find your favorites

Cons: 

  • May not be a perfect fit for every face shape

Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow

Back in Business

Soothe aching back, neck, and shoulder muscles on your own time.
Best Massage Pillow

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The luxury of a daily massage is something so many of us wish we could indulge in but simply don’t have the time or money to do so. Viktor Jurgen’s massaging neck pillow is designed to bring that luxury to the comfort of your own home. The ergonomic design is made to contour to your neck, back, and shoulders, and the gentle kneading imitates the motions an actual masseuse would use. Additionally, the pillow has a heat option to provide an extra level of comfort to soothe aching muscles. It’s also convenient to bring virtually anywhere and can be easily charged with a USB cable.

Pros:

  • Car charger and adaptor are included with the pillow
  • Equipped with a safety function so the heat will automatically switch off to prevent possible burns

Cons:

  • There is only one setting for the level of kneading intensity

Frequently Asked Questions

Can these products actually help me relax?

It’s amazing what a little self-care can do for a person. It can help with your physical health by improving sleep, your mental health by providing relief from stress and anxiety, and may even help release some serotonin — a.k.a., the “happiness” hormone. Another plus of DIY-ing your relaxation routine is that you’ll be saving yourself tons of money since a day at the spa is never cheap. They’re no clinical solution by any means, but we think these picks are wonderful ways to support your well-being.

Are these products only for women?

No way — men deserve some pampering too, and we think they’d enjoy all of the products we’ve covered here. At-home spa days can be just as beneficial for guys. Even if it isn’t something they’d choose for themselves, a quick bath or aromatherapy session can provide them some relief they might not know they needed.