At the end of a long day, it can be hard to unwind. This is particularly common for people who have jobs with high levels of responsibility such as nurses, doctors, and teachers. If you want to show your appreciation and give the gift of relaxation to someone special, here are the ideal gifts to help them switch off and chill out.

Luxury Bath Oils

A long soak in the bath can be relaxing and rejuvenating and pampering sessions with bubble baths, bath oils and other toiletry treats can feel like a luxury spa day. Choose scents carefully to suit the recipient’s needs. For example, lavender is a popular choice for winding down, but is not suitable for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and rosemary may affect some people with forms of epilepsy.

Gift Hampers

A gift hamper is a wonderful choice if you don’t know someone’s likes or dislikes because it offers a variety of treats. This makes them ideal tokens of appreciation for healthcare professionals, teachers, or teaching assistants, and as teachers gifts can be notoriously hard to choose, it makes a perfect present. No more struggling to buy teachers gifts at the end of term!

Subscriptions to Calming Phone Apps

For many introverts, losing themselves in their phone is the best way of winding down. This is because there is often little or no expectation on them when they are playing Candy Crush or Bingo Blitz. Phone apps such as Calm can be helpful for relaxation and subscriptions to these are a thoughtful gift for people you know and love such as a spouse, child, or close friend.

A Good Book

Of course, a book is a form of escapism which allows you to travel the world, meet people from all levels of society and learn about yourself – all from the safety of your own settee. Gifting books is special because it is so personal. Whether you are giving a book you’ve enjoyed that you know the recipient will adore or a childhood favourite they lost in a house move, there is thought and love in the gift of a book. If the person you are giving to has a busy home life, such as a toddler, consider also giving an IOU voucher they can swap with you for an hour or two of childcare.

Spa Day Vouchers

For the ultimate in getting away from it all, nothing beats a relaxing spa day. Vouchers for a massage, manicure or facial can make a great present for someone who finds it hard to relax in their home because distractions like housework or demanding teenagers make it feel like they are always on call. When you give someone spa day vouchers, you give them permission to abandon all responsibilities for a couple of hours. What could be better?

When buying presents for people who find it hard to relax, be sure to take their interests into account. A gym membership would not work for someone who just wants to put their feet up after a long shift but might be ideal for the ex-marine who find workouts help with decompressing.

Happy gifting!

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