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What To Get The Friend Who Is Always Stressed Out

Jennifer Mulrow

While self-care gifts are always well-intentioned, they can sometimes end up causing more stress for the recipient rather than relieving them of it. Think: gifting your coworker a subscription to a daily meditation app they only use once, buying your mom a spa-day gift card that ends up collecting dust when she can't find a free weekend to book it, or giving your sister a massive bouquet of flowers that she can't keep alive because of her travels.

That's why this year, we're rounding up self-care gifts all your giftees can actually use to unwind — especially after another hectic holiday season comes to pass. From the eos vanilla-scented skin-care set that’ll bring instant calm to their daily beauty routine to the oversized sweater that's sure to become their weekend loungewear uniform, check out our best recommendations for well-used self-care gifts, ahead.

After late nights wrapping presents and tidying up post party-hosting, this quartz facial roller will reduce any signs of puffiness in a pinch. (Tell them to keep it in their fridge for an extra luxe experience.)

Mount Lai The De-Puffing Rose Quartz Facial Roller, $, available at Mount Lai
Help them banish Sunday Scaries for good with these non-habit-forming sleep drops, formulated with catnip and chamomile to help naturally induce sleep.

The Nue Co. Sleep Drops, $, available at The Nue Co
With smooth notes of vanilla and a hint of caramel, the beauty products in this gift set — which include a hand lotion, a body lotion, and a lip balm — are the self-care saviors that'll bring a sense of calm and renewed nourishment to three different areas of their body-care routine.

eos Fresh Vanilla Bean Gift Set, $, available at Target
These memory-foam slippers will mold to their feet, ensuring walking around the apartment feels more like floating atop clouds.

HomeTop Memory Foam Slip On House Slippers, $, available at Amazon
Warning: Whoever you gift this stress-relieving weighted blanket will be so happily content staying in bed you may not see them again for weeks.

LUNA Weighted Blanket, $, available at Luna
This loose-fit, wool-blend cardigan will seamlessly take them from a night out with friends straight onto the couch to binge-watch so-bad-they're-good holiday flicks.

And Other Stories Oversized Alpaca Blend Cardigan, $, available at And Other Stories
Fill their home with the nostalgic scent of a cozy library courtesy of this leather-, patchouli-, and plum-noted candle.

Byredo Bibliothèque, $, available at Byredo
These oversized ceramic mugs come with the promise of shared bottomless rounds of hot spiked cider.

West Elm Sway Mugs, $, available at West Elm

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