Holiday Stress Recession Stress-Buster Gift Ideas (c) by Stress-Relief ExpertAuthor Susie Mantell

Stress? These days?

Do you know somebody who could use a little stress-relief? Here’s a list of Simple Stress-Busting Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List!

– A Massage, Facial or Pedicure

– A Week’s Supply of Paper Plates & Plastic Cutlery (Or a Week’s Relief from Dish-washing Duty!)

– Soothing Music

– Theater/Concert Tickets

– Movie Rental Gift Certificates + Popcorn

– Yoga/Watercolor /Tai Chi/Dance Classes

– Night Out: Recipient’s Choice

– Surprise Weekend Getaway

– Import an Old Friend for a Weekend

– Baby-Sitting Time

– Mindless ‘Brain Candy’ Books or Videos

– Spa Weekend

– Health Club Membership

– A Basket of Bath Oils, Candles, Herbal Teas, Bubble Bath

(FYI: Susie Mantell’s award-winning stress-relief relaxation audiobook on CD, “Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace,” soothes away layer after layer of stress, sleeplessness, worry, and depression. Who wouldn’t love the exquisite peace of a spa vacation– for just $14.95? Gift-Giving Special: Buy-5-Get-1-Free at

Freebies! Create Home-Made Coupons to Be Redeemed “Whenever”

– One Chore-Free Week

– Back/Foot/Head-Rub

– One “Do Not Disturb” Day

– Setting the Table for a Week

– Dishes Done for a Week

– One Day of Child-Care

– 2 Hours of Supportive Listening

– Geisha-Style Bath & Shampoo

– All-Weekend “Control” of Remote Control

– 3 Carpool Shifts

– Favorite Dinner–Served in Bed

– Blindfolded Surprise Treat

– One Big Smooch

– Make Up Your Own!

Bonus Idea: Wish-Gift Book If finances are tight this year, or a loved one is too far away to send as many gifts as you wish you could, make a mutual agreement to each cut out pictures from catalogs and magazines of all the wonderful things you wish you could give to one another. Make a very special book, and wrap it beautifully. There is sweetness in this exchange, especially if you embrace the belief that “It’s the thought that counts.” 2000, 2008, 2010 Susie Mantell, Relax Intuit(tm) LLC. All Rights Reserved. Federal law prohibits use of this content in whole or in part without the express written consent of Relax Intuit(tm) LLC. For permission to use, please email the complete text of the specific article and its requested use to . Award-winning stress-relief expert Susie Mantell is the author of the exquisitely soothing relaxation audiobook, “Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace,- clinically approved to relieve symptoms associated with health-related, work-related, chronic and traumatic stress. Featured in The Los Angeles Times, NBC, ABC, CBS-TV, Town & Country, The American Pain Society, Hazelden and The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, listeners include The Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Betty Ford Center, V.A. Hospitals and Canyon Ranch (“#1 Spa”–Conde Nast Traveler). Customizing stress-reduction for Fortune 500 companies, distinguished medical centers and spas, Mantell’s multi-sensory, mind-body techniques appear in national media, medical and corporate publications. Susie Mantell’s stress-relief & wellness tips are intended as an adjunct to, not a substitute for, professional health care. Order -Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace- and enjoy more of Susie Mantell’s stress-relief tips at

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