9 thoughtful gifts for healthcare workers to help them relax and destress

Ellie Conley
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It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year. However, while many of us have been hunkering down in quarantine at home, healthcare workers have been the heroes on the frontlines of the global pandemic.

From packed hospital beds, longer shifts, a lack of PPE and even pay cuts, there’s been a lot to deal with. So this holiday season, gift your loved ones working in healthcare with a few things to make their lives easier and help them relax and destress.

These gifts for healthcare workers include cozy loungewear, aromatherapy and fuel to keep them going strong.

1. Knix Cozzzy Crew Top And Knix Cozzzy Track Pant, $110

Credit: Knix
Credit: Knix

Knix makes incredibly comfortable, no-frills underwear and loungewear. Its Cozzzy loungewear stands out for its super soft material, like silky, fuzzy socks. And with a slightly oversized fit, your loved one will never want to take this set off.

2. Comrad Knee-High Compression Socks, $29

Credit: Comrad
Credit: Comrad

When you’re on your feet all day, like any healthcare worker, compression socks can help relieve pain and reduce soreness, swelling and inflammation by increasing circulation. Comrad also makes ankle compression socks for enhanced arch and Achilles support.

3. Gravity Blanket, $189

Credit: Gravity Blanket
Credit: Gravity Blanket

Weighted blankets are used for reducing stress and anxiety, so you can sleep more soundly. In a sleep study done by the Gravity Blanket brand, 72 percent of its participants reported a deeper, more restful sleep.

The Gravity Blanket comes in three different weights (15 pounds, 20 pounds and 25 pounds) and comes in three colors (gray, navy and white). Gravity Blanket suggests choosing a blanket weight that’s about 10 percent of your bodyweight. It’s made with a soft, cozy outer material so you don’t sacrifice looks or coziness for the weight, either.

4. Theragun Mini, $199

Credit: Theragun
Credit: Theragun

A Theragun is a percussive massage device that can help relax muscle tension. While it’s known to be used by athletes or after a workout, it can also be used after a long day of being on your feet to treat stiff muscles. The Theragun Mini can be taken on the go to be used in a break room, and packs a powerful punch with 150 minutes of battery life.

5. Daily Harvest Gift Card, $50–$200

Credit: Daily Harvest
Credit: Daily Harvest

After a long day at work, the last thing a healthcare worker probably wants to do is meal prep lunches or cook dinner. But instead of takeout, Daily Harvest makes healthy, plant-based meals that makes eating nutrient-rich foods easy. From smoothies and soups to harvest bowls and flat breads, there’s something for everyone.

If you prefer, you can also gift a custom box of meals or a whole box of Daily Harvest’s Scoops, a line of delicious plant-based ice cream.

6. Nespresso Vertuo Next, $164.99 (Orig. $219)

Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond
Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond

When you wake up before Starbucks opens, you have to learn how to make your own lattes. Give the gift of caffeine at home with a Nespreso Vertuo Next espresso and coffee machine. This bundle includes the Aeroccino Milk Frother for making cappuccinos, lattes, flat white and more.

(Pro tip: You can get an additional 20 percent off this amazing deal at Bed Bath & Beyond with one of the brand’s signature coupons, making it only $131.99.)

7. Prima Bath Gem 25mg CBD, $16

Credit: Sephora
Credit: Sephora

This bath gem (aka effervescent bath bomb) can help you relax in the tub. It’s made with epsom salt, moisturizing oils and broad-spectrum hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD. Eighty-nine percent of Amazon reviewers recommend it, with one writing: “Oh this is the real deal. High quality, makes skin smooth and relaxes sore muscles. And you only need half in the bath! Unless you have a super big tub I guess. Worth it!”

8. Kin Eupohrics Dream Light, $39

Credit: Kin Euphorics
Credit: Kin Euphorics

Kin Euphorics makes a new category of luxurious adult beverages that are meant to make you feel something, without any alcohol. The Dream Light contains melatonin, L-theanine and l-tryptophan to help drinkers fall asleep. It also mixes in cinnamon, clove and chili, and Kin recommends mixing it with oat milk and sipping before bed. It’s like a relaxing cup of tea but mixed like a cocktail.

9. this works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, $32.20 (Orig. $46)

Credit: Skinstore
Credit: Skinstore

Aromatherapy is real, and this candle by this works made with lavender and camomile essential oils releases a calming aroma so you can relax and rest easy after a busy day. It’s sold in a stylish, white jar that fits into most home decor too.

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