How many of us are stressed? Or how many of us know someone that is stressed, raise your hand! *Everybody raises their hand*. Stress happens. The problem is, many of us don’t take the time to de-stress which leads to all sorts of problems. Help your stressed friend, colleague, family member, or yourself chill TF out by making this super simple gift basket that won’t cause stress to your wallet either.
This little stress relief gift basket is just a friendly reminder to those you love to slow down, take a chill pill and take a breath. It’s the thought that counts but really, chocolate and gifts help too.
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Tips for creating the best gift baskets
The occasional thrift shop find is the best give you can give. It’s essentailly a two birds with on stone situation. You’re giving to a person in need AND helping the environment by choosing to shop second hand. When in doubt check your local thrift shop.
Use what you have. This is also a super important tip. I guarantee that you have lots of things that are easily giftable. And no, I’m not talking about wrapping up your trash or unwanted items. I’m talking about maybe a couple of individually wrapped tea bags from your tea hoard.
Or perhaps some fun size candy bars that you bought but probably *shouldn’t* eat them all. Or even one of the bath bombs from the big pack that you bought when they were on sale.
Size matters. And if anyone tells you different, they’re lying.
*get your mind out of the gutter*
The size of your basket determines the size of your other objects. Gift baskets are more fun when the presentation is finessed. If you are using a mug, like we are for this stress less gift basket, let me tell you putting a bunch of big bulky things in it, obviously isn’t going to work.
Similarly, if you have a big ass basket, putting a box of mints and a pair of socks by themselves in it isn’t going to give the wow factor. Still thoughtful? Yes. But not as pretty.
The size of your basket determines what you can put in it, how much you can put in. Easy pro tip: The smaller your basket the cheaper and easier it is to achieve that wow factor. When in doubt keep it small, functional, and simple.
So whoever you’re trying to help with this stress less gift basket is probably stressed…duh. And as we determined size matters so how can we truly make them feel loved while still being useful with our little basket?
Why, by treating the stress, of course.
There are infinite ways to help stress. The main point is to address the person’s problem. Maybe they’re stressed out by a huge project. Or perhaps they’re struggling financially.
Something to eat
Let me go off on a tangent for a hot second. When I was a kid I had a lot of fish. Fish tanks were my night lights. But obviously, tanks have to be cleaned.
When my grandma would help me clean the tanks she would always tell me to add some fish food after we put the fish back in. I was always confused because Harry Potter the Betta fish never seem to eat it. Which is when she explained that the presence of food let’s them know that they are safe and reduces their stress.
Life lessons from a fish. We stress less when our bodies know we are safe and aren’t going to starve. That’s often why when we’re upset we like to comfort eat.
I always, always add something edible to my baskets for that reason.
Something to drink
Of course this depends on the season but I love adding something for a hot drink to the mix. Hot drinks have been shown scientifically to reduce stress.
Something to Make them laugh
Laughter is the best medicine. So obviously, making people smile is a good thing. That’s also why I always try to include a funny card or cute note that’ll make someone feel good.
Something to Pamper themselves with
Pamper = relaxing. That’s just the rules. I didn’t make the rule, but it’s one of the few I follow. Pampering is nice. And it’s something none of us do enough. Incorporating something luxorious into a gift basket is the best way to give anything.
A nice bubble bath or some gourmet chocolate that they’d never buy for themselves is a good way to go. Pampering may also mean getting them a gift card for some food delivery (hey some people find take out fancy…I do….it means someone else cooked for me). Or maybe you upgrade their next $7 bottle of wine to the high class $15 bottle.
What you’ll need for your stress relief gift basket
Wide mouth mug – $12
I got this yellow one from Amazon. Yellow’s a bright and cheerful color. It’s a good fit.
Calming Tea $1
I used Yogi’s Breathe Easy tea which was individually wrapped tea bags. But any tea works great.
Bath bomb – $2
I won’t lie, I technically a “kids” bath bomb because none of the adult ones were colorful. Check your local grocery store and stick with the generic brand if you want to save some $$$.
The one in the link above is actually a set of 5 from Target.
If you’re anything like me you already have a bunch of tissue paper. You just need one piece and you’re good to go.
Some pretty chocolate is never a bad way to go. I love Endangered Species chocolate because 1. it’s absolutely delicious and 2. they donate 10% of their net profits to save, you guessed it, endangered wildlife. Feel good about giving and get chocolate that gives back.
Humorous Card $4
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Please Note: Prices are reflective of when this article was written. The current prices and availability of products may be different than what is shown here.
Stress Relief Gift Basket Tips
Try to use complementary colors. Clashing colors aren’t as soothing and honestly kind of just throw of the aesthetic.
Optionally, you can also play with color therapy principles. Yellow is a cheerful color that can instill feelings of joy. Blue induces calm and tranquility. Pink represents affection, love, and caring.
Hence why I chose a lot of those colors. And for, well, you know….branding purposes. But I digress.
You can read more about colors vs emotions in this super cool article from 99 Designs.
5 minute Stress Relief Gift Basket for Cheap
- 1 wide mouth mug
- 1 bar quality chocolate
- 1 bath bomb
- 1 sheet tissue paper
- 1 GreyScale Greetings Card
- 1-3 tea bags
- Cut your tissue paper in half. Line the bottom of your mug and then ball up some of the tissue paper to prop up your items.
- Place the chocolate bar standing up in the back of the mug. Stack the tea bags in front of it off to the side and place your colorful bath bomb in the front.
- Sign your card with a sweet, heartfelt, and probably sarcastic message and place it with your mug.
- Optionally, you can tie some ribbon or twine around your mug or handle to make it more festive.
When times get stressful remember that they’ll get better faster by giving compassion rather than ignoring others.
It’s like that old saying “you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. We all struggle at some point, but helping your friends, family, and all other loved ones get through their struggles is a precious thing.
So give them some relief with this easy stress relief gift basket. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and remember your kindness in the future.
And if you make this sweet little gift, why not take a photo and post it on Instagram? A movement is always started by some inspiration, so why not be that inspirational spark that inspires others to spread some compassion.
Make sure you tag me in your creations (@thefulfillmentpill) and I’ll give you a special shout out on my stories!
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