Chris-tia’s 25 Holiday Gifts to Reduce Stress
The holiday season is finally upon us—where did the time go?! If you’re anything like me, you’re probably up to your ears in holiday shopping, and the pressure of it all is starting to get to you. It can be difficult to know what to get for a friend or loved one in a time where everyone already has the things they want. But as many of you know, my goal for this year has been working smarter, not harder with less stress. 2019 has been all about balancing my work and home lives and prioritizing my self-care. That’s why I have officially become my own Chief Self-Care Officer, or CSCO. As CSCO, my job is to spread the message of how important self-care is in maintaining our sanity and a high level of health. From business life to personal affairs, nothing can truly be sustainable if we don’t start taking care of ourselves first. So, this holiday season, I urge you to prioritize your well-being and the well-being of those around you by giving the gift of stress relief.
Below are 25 holiday gift ideas that are sure to reduce stress. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
- 1.CSCO Mug
Being my own personal CSCO means having my best interest at heart at all times, and what better way to ease into the practice of self-care than with a warm, soothing cup of tea. This self-care mug is the perfect addition to any boss lady’s desk and can get the ball rolling on their path toward ultimate self-care.
Say ‘No” without having to speak. Channel the Rosa Parks energy beyond black history month in the name of self-care.
One of the most important aspects of self-care is getting enough sleep, which is something that a lot of us struggle with. This 25-lb weighted blanket will lull you to sleep in no time, leaving you feeling rested, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle your day.
This international bestseller has helped millions of men and women around the world transform their thinking and achieve fulfillment through Peales’ powerful message of faith and inspiration. The techniques outlined in this book will help you “achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.” This book is the perfect gift for that person in your life who is striving to become the best version of themselves possible.
- 5. This Is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Love, Hair, and Business by Chris-Tia Donaldson
In my newest release, This Is Only a Test, I reflect on my journey as a Black woman in Corporate America and share the lessons that life has taught me. From battling cancer to embracing my gifts and dreams, my hope is to show readers that life is always worth living and fighting for, no matter what’s thrown your way.
Coloring isn’t just for kids! With this coloring book, a few colored pencils, and a quiet space, you can be on your way to less stress and calming vibes in no time.
Chakra stones are believed by many to give off positive energy and cleanse the aura of the user. This aesthetically pleasing four-stone set is the perfect gift for that friend or family member who needs a little chakra pick-me-up.
There’s no more calming, stress-relieving scent than lavender. With its soft, floral essence, lavender has a way of turning any space into a room specifically made for peace and relaxation. Spray this on your pillow 30 minutes before bedtime and be transported to dreamland in minutes.
Sage and burning wood are synonymous with relaxation and warding off bad energy. Cleanse the negativity from your space with this affordable and calming tactic. The hand crafted sage and paolo santo wood leave a smooth aroma that can only host good vibes only.
In the winter months, there’s nothing worse than cold feet to match the dreary weather outside. Invest in these full-fur slippers and experience the warmth and luxury of walking on clouds (even if you’re just going from your bed to the kitchen).
An essential part of practicing self-care is keeping up with a skin routine. This sleeping mask is great for all skin types and will rehydrate, refresh, and soften your skin during these frigid winter months.
Live plants are a great way to freshen and brighten a living space. Decorate your room with these small plants to add a bit of color and experience the clean air they provide.
- 13.Foot Spa
Enjoy the benefits of a nice foot soak or pedicure in the comfort of your own home. This portable foot spa features 4 pairs of massage rollers that are dotted following sole reflexology for deep massage. Great after a long day or a nice way to relax anytime. For an added dose of calm add your favorite essential oils. No worries of the temperature dropping as it maintains water at selected temperature (95-118°F) efficiently, without hassle of filling hot water.
These fast-acting cubes work like bath bombs to fill your shower with soothing scents and relaxing vibes. Take your steamy showers to the next level with these lavender, eucalyptus, mint, lemongrass, or grapefruit tabs.
Essential oils are widely used to induce relaxation and alleviate aches and pains. This 14-oil starter pack is a great way to experiment with new scents and experience their various benefits.
This 52-week guide to gratitude includes weekly inspirational quotes, spaces to write out your thoughts, and a weekly check-in for personal accountability. Utilizing this guided journal will help you begin each day on the right foot and create habits that manifest blessings.
These herbal blends are packed full of antioxidants that have been proven to reduce inflammation, induce relaxation, and deliver a smooth, soothing taste. Indulge in either chamomile with mint or lemon tea for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
Nothing says relaxation like a slow-burning, scented candle. With four soothing scents ranging from woodsy to floral, these Voluspa candles have something for everyone. Try one today and experience their signature coconut wax blends for yourself.
- 19.Indoor Swing
Revitalize your couch surfing with this ultra-cozy indoor swing. With a stylish design and plushy cushions, you may never want to stop cuddling with your book, magazine, or tablet.
Improve your productivity and drown out the outside world with these comfortable noise-cancelling headphones. Allow these headphones to transport you to another space where all that matters is the work in front of you and whatever it is you’re bumping.
Essential oils bring a sense of relaxation to any room they’re used in. Use this diffuser with your favorite essential oil to transform your space into a zen sanctuary.
This sound machine is designed to mimic natural environments to lull you into a deep, restful sleep. In addition to having six different sound settings, it’s also lightweight and portable, so you’ll never have to be without it.
The skin around our eyes is super sensitive and can easily become damaged by aggressive tugging or rubbing. Sleeping with a silky eyemask protects that delicate skin from friction damage against sheets and unintentional rubbing. Plus, it helps to create a dark environment for you to rest peacefully.
Snuggle up with this comfy, body-conforming pillow. Designed to hug every curve of your body, this pillow is great for those with back issues or other aches and pains that make sleeping difficult.
These small, smooth stones are a great tool to use to deliver high-quality relaxation and stress relief. Heat these to a skin-appropriate temperature and glide them across the body for optimum tension and pain relief.
Holiday shopping for your friends and family doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. Join me in prioritizing stress relief and self-care for the people in your life, and you may just be crowned the best gift-giver in the world!
What’s your go-to stress relief tool?