Looking for the perfect present? Give the gift of relaxation.

Holiday shopping girls in the street with bags

If the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping has you on the hunt for the perfect present, consider giving the gift of relaxation. Fast-paced lifestyles and over-crowded schedules are all too common, and it’s important to take time for a break. We’ve rounded up five different gift ideas that can reduce stress and leave your loved ones feeling calm, refreshed, and ready to take on the New Year.

 Tea Time

Skip the poinsettia or fruitcake and consider giving a personalized tea basket to your friends or co-workers. Herbal teas can bring back nostalgic memories of sitting by the fireside on cold winter’s day, and come in a variety of holiday inspired flavors. A cup of tea is good for more than memories and nice aromas, it can reduce the harmful effects of anxiety due to a decrease in stress hormones after ingesting. Try pairing Chamomile, mint, or valerian root tea with a festive mug and you’ve got a relaxing gift that’s perfect for friends, old and new.

Did Someone Say Spa Day?

Spending the day at the spa is the ultimate road to renewal, and Burke Williams offers three Holiday Gift Card Packages at an incredible value. The “Introduction,” “Relaxation,” and “Transformation” packages give the ones you love an opportunity to indulge in spa services that are more than relaxing, they’re transformational. To top it off, each Gift Card Package purchase comes with a complimentary 3-Day Spa Pass – a special gift just for you!

Cozy Comfort

Who doesn’t love curling up with a luxuriously soft blanket? Faux fur or fleece blankets can be a great sense of comfort, and nothing beats a homemade quilt or throw. If you want to take the comfort one level higher, wrap the blanket in festive paper and use a pair of wooly socks as a bow.


After the smell of freshly baked holiday cookies has left the air, you can still enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Inhaling specific scents stimulates the olfactory system, and sends a signal to the limbic system that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. Candles and essential oils can help calm or relax your loved ones, specifically lavender, rose, vetiver, and chamomile.

In-home spa day

Spending the day at the spa is certainly a great way to relax, but if you’re getting home after a long day it’s not always an option. Find a basket at your local craft store or thrift store and decorate it with holiday ribbon, then fill it with bath bombs and lotions scented with calming aromas. Add in skincare products for at-home facials and you’ve got a gift that’s both relaxing and convenient! Burke Williams exclusive H2V skincare line offers numerous products that provide spa quality skincare everyday, take a look at the online store and consider adding Buff, Triple C or Moisture Enhance to your in-home spa holiday basket.

Now that you’ve handled the shopping for the ones you love, take a moment and treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation!