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47 Most Relaxing Gifts for Mom, Wife or Sister to De-Stress

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Explore the most relaxing gifts for mom, your wife, sister, mother in law, or another woman in your life, so that she can sit back, relax, and relieve her stress.

These relaxing gift ideas work well for women of all ages for Mother’s Day, Christmas gifts, a birthday gift, or any other occasion you can think of by which she can really use something to unwind, such as an anniversary or retirement.

As a blogger completely focused on both books and a lifestyle of self-care, I am here to offer all of my absolute favorite personal recommendations, which I feel the woman in your life will love as much as I do!

Below is a quick list of the most relaxing gifts for mom, your wife, your sister, or another woman, followed by details and recommendations for each gift idea.

Relaxing Gifts for Mom, Wife or Sister


Books are my personal favorite way to relax, and there’s simply no shortage of books to give her on this website! To narrow it down, check out the current celebrity book club picks, which are always really popular.

You can also see current bestsellers and top picks in on my Shop page.

Or, check out one of these related posts for book ideas:

Book Subscription

The gift of reading will keep on giving with a book subscription for a few months or a year to one of these amazing book subscription services I personally use and love:

Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are another great way for her to relax. Featured here are Amazon Basics Premium Colored Pencils, plus two coloring book options specifically on the theme of relaxation:

Shop more adult coloring books on Amazon.

Bath Products

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Besides books, warm baths are my absolute favorite form of self care, and I have no doubt the woman in your life will love an at home spa gift of a few minutes alone with some relaxing bubbles. If she likes to read in the tub, try this specific bamboo bath tray/caddy which is the one I use and love, a bath pillow, and/or a bath bomb (Pacha bath bombs from Whole Foods in lavender are my favorite).

As for actual bath and body care products, there’s simply none that I recommend more highly than those from Necessaire — the cult-favorite, award-winning, holy grail bath and body care products everyone raves about on social media.

They are also a bestseller on The Literary Lifestyle.

Necessaire is clean, sustainable, and believes in treating the skin on your body the same way you treat the skin on your face. So, they use facial-grade ingredients with vitamins known to deliver real results to the skin. 

If you want just one must-have product, The Body Wash BLEW ME AWAY, and it remains my favorite Necessaire product to date — something I use every day for a luxurious scent, foamy lather, and vitamin-packed liquid.

(For more ideas, read my full review of more Necessaire products.)

Discount Code: Get 10% off sitewide at Necessaire when you use my code 10JULES.

You can even make your gift recipient a spa-themed gift basket!

Coffee or Tea

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Depending on whether she is a coffee or a tea drinker, you can gift her this specific RTIC travel mug (in a wide variety of colors) I personally own and love (it’s tall and thin, so it fits perfectly in the cup holder of your car, and the screw top is leak-free), as well as some of my favorite coffee from La Colombe (Philly’s most popular coffee shops!) or this highly-rated Pukka relaxation tea set.

Related post: Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers on Amazon

Wine and/or Wine Subscription Box

Shop Firstleaf

If she loves wine, gift her a bottle or two of her favorites, or, if you don’t know her type, give her a gift from Firstleaf — the #1 awarded wine club in America. Firstleaf uses a proprietary algorithm to curate wine specific to the individual user. By producing and distributing the wine themselves, Firstleaf is able to offer superior quality wines at a lower price. It’s both unique AND fun!

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Manicure or Pedicure Kit

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Shop Olive & June

a bestseller on The Literary Lifestyle

Another one of my personal favorite ways to relax is with my weekly Olive & June at home manicure and pedicure. This self-care gift will teach her how to get a salon-quality manicure at home for a fraction of the cost with Allure Best of Beauty award-winning products that make the process easy, effective, fun, and soothing.

Discount Code: Get 20% off systems at Olive & June when you use my code OJJULIANNEB20.

Meditation App

Meditation mobile apps have been growing in popularity and get rave reviews for getting a few moments to decompress and breathe deeply. Two of the most popular options are:

Streaming TV Subscription

If she likes to vedge out on front of the tv, one of the most relaxing gifts for mom or her may be a streaming subscription service she doesn’t already have. A few we have an use regularly include:



Shop ChappyWrap

Bestsellers on The Literary Lifestyle

Blankets are one of my favorite gifts to give because (a) I know the best blanket brands around and (b) people really like them. The fleecy ChappyWrap blanket is a high end, very warm and durable, cold weather blanket that just happens to be one of my all-time favorite things. It’s a gift I even gave to my mother-in-law when she retired, and she loved it!

Second, we also adore the popular Barefoot Dreams blanket, which is lighter for warmer weather, and EXTREMELY soft and cozy — kind of like a super soft chenille fabric.

(You can occasionally find them on sale on Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.)

Related post: Best Hygge Gifts for Her


A relaxing Mother’s Day gift you can’t go wrong with are pajamas! I am a self-proclaimed pajama connoseiur who has tried A LOT. My two current favorite styles are roomy, soft, stretchy, come in a variety of colors, wash well, and are well priced:

Silk Pillowcase & Sleep Mask

A Slip silk pillowcase and/or sleep mask will give her a slumber that’s both restful AND helpful. These popular, highly-rated products are provide beauty treatment benefits in addition to their comforting feeling. They’re anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head!

Learn more on Nordstrom.


Onto another one of my favorite relaxing gifts for mom, your wife or sister: candles! I’m happy to share some ideas here because I am very partial to one particular brand, Nest, which always delivers on a mix of essential oils that so exquisitely engage, but don’t overpower, your senses. Below are four great options for a stressed-out woman to unwind:

Alternatively, you can gift this Nest Petite Scented Votive Candle Set, which I own and love, to test a variety of essential oil scents, or a Nest Reed Diffuser in the scent of your choice. I keep these in my bathrooms.


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If she likes puzzles, I recommend you take a look at Jiggy (as seen on Shark Tank). It’s a gift I have personally given to my Aunt. It’s a woman-owned brand that makes feminine themed puzzles from women artists. The puzzles, upon completion, also become art you can solidify and frame, so you can save your masterpiece forever.

And there’s also a puzzle club membership!

Massage or Massager

If she’s extra tense, you can give her a massage and/or massager for stress relief. Since there are tons of them on the market, I am linking only to the specific Shiatsu neck and back massager I own and love. It gives you a deep tissue massage with heat, and it can even be used in the car.

Sound Machine

Amazon’s Choice

Hatch Restore is the popular alarm clock that also serves as a sound machine, smart light, personal sleep routine assistant, bedside reading light, wind-down content provider, and sunrise alarm clock for gentle wake-up.

I own a similar, older product that ONLY serves as a light and alarm clock, and I love it, so I can only imagine how much better Hatch Restore is with its many “smart” functions.

Hatch Restore can also be controlled via mobile app, which provides even more meditations, sleep stories, and soundscapes. It sounds like an absolute dream. (Pun intended!)


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The gift of food is a gift that’s pretty universally pleasing. While the options are completely limitless, here are a few options I think are fun and unique to help her sit back and enjoy a tasty treat:

  • Order her favorite food from restaurants across the U.S.A. from Goldbelly. (My favorite is Zahav — the James Beard award-winning Best Restaurant in America in my town of Philadelphia.)
  • A cheesy gift box from DiBruno Brothers, Philadelphia’s oldest and most trusted Italian food supplier. (We gift these regularly, and everyone loves them.)
  • A food subscription box to cook a new meal from a service like Hello Fresh.

Board Game

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If she loves game night, stack her shelves with some new board games to unwind! I own and love these vintage bookshelf editions of Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue.

Shop more vintage bookshelf board games on Amazon.

Noise Cancelling Headphones or Earbuds

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Her ears may REALLY need a break in order to reach zen, so depending on what your gift recipient is experiencing in life (i.e., kids, construction, travel), she may be endlessly grateful for these popular Beats Studio3 wireless noise cancelling over-ear headphones or these Beats Studio Buds wireless noise cancelling earbuds.

Yoga Class and/or Gear

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Yoga always helps calm my breathing and makes me feel better too! Give her physical and mental clarity with a yoga class, yoga mat and/or yoga gear from popular athletic retailers like LuLuLemon or Athleta.

Free Time!

Last but not least, perhaps one of the absolute most relaxing gifts for mom, your wife, sister, or her is the gift of free time! Give mom (especially a new mom!) the most precious of all things any of us can have.

To take it a step further, perhaps you can offer to babysit, clean, or perform another unsavory task so she can just kick up her feet and relax.

Use this coupon booklet to personalize your unique gift idea.

Those are all the most relaxing gifts for mom, your wife, your sister, or another woman in your life.

As a reminder, as a reader of The Literary Lifestyle, you can use these exclusive discount codes to shop for her. They are top sellers on this website!:

Discount Code: Get 10% off sitewide at Necessaire bath and body care products when you use my code 10JULES.

Discount Code: Get 20% off systems at Olive & June nail products when you use my code OJJULIANNEB20.

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