The American Institute of Stress reports that seventy-seven percent of Americans experience physical symptoms of stress on a regular basis.  So, chances are, many of your loved ones will be feeling like they need a vacation right about now, with the holidays all over and summer fast approaching.  Here are a few gifts to give to someone who is feeling the pressure of life, and needs to escape for a little while.  

A Massage

Nothing feels better than a lovely, deep tissue massage after a stressful week. Most spas and massage parlors will provide gift certificates for purchase, making it easy to pay for whatever length massage you think your loved one would appreciate.  A good massage can feeling like a tiny little vacation of done well. If you are looking for a gift for a romantic partner, a good smelling massage oil and a handmade card offering a massage makes a thoughtful and intimate gift.

Weekend Getaway  

Many of us have dreams of one day seeing the wonders of Galapagos or Greece.  A trip to an exotic location, or even a quick weekend getaway to a nearby attraction can do wonders for reducing stress and promoting rest.  Ask your friend or relative to provide you with a weekend that works for them, and then make all the arrangements. Book an AirBnB or hotel room, arrange travel, and plan a few things to do on the getaway.  Mini vacations tend to improve mood and help fight stress, even months after the trip has passed.  

Spa Day Gift Basket

A gift basket full of self care items is a great way to help someone destress without putting any extra pressure on them to go anywhere extra.  Buy a premade gift basket, or make your own. Start with a basket or crate, and fill with things like bath bombs, face masks, body scrubs, lotions, and maybe a few of their favorite snacks for them to enjoy during their spa day.

Aromatherapy Kit

Aromatherapy is not only comforting, but it can even improve mood and relieve feelings of anxiety.  The calming characteristics of essential oils make them great for travel as well as general everyday use.  For motion sickness while flying or driving long distances, peppermint can be very helpful. And lavender can be useful if one finds it difficult to sleep away from home.  

Travel Journal

Receiving a travel journal as a gift may inspire your loved one to put it to good use.  Not only will they be able to bring with them something that reminds them of you, but the ability to write about their travels and experiences may make the effect of the trip last longer.  Recalling fond times and relaxing memories will help them escape stress even once they come back from vacation.

Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift, birthday gift, or a just because gift, your friend or loved one will enjoy any of these thoughtful gifts. Any chance to get away from the daily grind and chronic stress will be a welcome opportunity.

By Lucy Wyndham