In my opinion, the best gift you can give someone this year is the gift of relaxation. After this year, we all need just a moment of peace and calm—whatever that means to you. For some people, it's curling up with a good book and losing themselves in another world. For others, it's just a nice bath. Then, you have friends who like to de-stress by working out, whether it's taking a walk outside and getting fresh air or doing a HIIT workout at home. Aromatherapy can be a good option to unwind, too.
The benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy seem endless. Certain oils can be used for stress and anxiety relief, some can promote better sleep, and others can clear your mind and help you focus. All of these benefits, plus the fact that they're pretty easy to try out, make essential oils an excellent gift idea for the people in your life who need a break (which is pretty much everyone, right?).
So I've compiled a list of the most thoughtful and stylish essential oil gift sets out there. And while your loved one gets to relax with these, you'll also catch a stress-relief break because these sets are just so easy to gift. We all win! Take a look at our picks below.
If your friend is new to essential oils, this is a great kit to start with. It's got Vitruvi's best-selling oils: eucalyptus, spruce, lavender, and grapefruit. Each one has different uses, whether they're looking to wind down or lift their mood.
A bath can be the most relaxing ritual at the end of the day. This set from Aromatherapy Associates has 10 bath and shower oils infused with different essential oil blends to make bath time so much more luxurious.
Another good starter kit, this one has all the classics: peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary, frankincense, and orange. It also comes with a booklet of "recipes" for diffusing, household cleaning, and beauty uses.
Serene House offers trios of essential oils for different needs. The spa collection (pictured here) is for relaxing. There's also a citrus collection with lemon, orange, and grapefruit and an apothecary collection with peppermint, lavender, and tea tree.
The oils in this set are pure and free of synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers, preservatives, parabens, GMOs, and mineral oils. It contains five blends: Calm, Energy, Bliss, Rest, and Gorgeous for Good.
You'll find six essential oil–infused balms in this handy travel-friendly tin. There's a blend for every mood or need: Sleep Well, Happy, De-Stress, Love, Escape, and Focus. To use, apply the balm to your wrist, neck, or temples and breathe in deep.
Add one of these into a diffuser or mix them for a specific blend. You can also use them for DIY cleaning supplies or place a few drops into your favorite lotion or carrier oil to apply topically. The set includes lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree.
These personal diffusers are the easiest way to take your aromatherapy on the go. To use them, breathe in through your mouth and out your nose, but be careful not to inhale. There's a diffuser for every occasion in this set. Choose from Happy, Sleepy, Zen, Vibrant, Ocean, and Focus.
You can call this set an intro to essential oils. It contains the most popular scents: sweet orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree. Each oil doesn't contain fillers or additives.
Bring the outdoors in with woodsy essential oil scents. You'll find cedarwood, spruce, frankincence, and Grove, Vitruvi's grounding blend inspired by rainy hikes in the woods.
Your friend who is always trying out the latest new beauty products will love this set. It contains four travel-size face oils: one for skin renewal, one for overnight use, one that soothes, and one that energizes.
Each essential oil here goes through rigorous testing, so you know the formula is pure and effective. Use it in your diffuser or topically (when mixed with a carrier oil).
Essential Oil Diffusers
Anyone who wants to cash in on the benefits of aromatherapy should also invest in a diffuser. It's an easy way to use your favorite essential oils and all the goodness they bring. Here are some we love.
This pretty ceramic diffuser also doubles as a night-light with a soft glow. It has a built-in timer with 60-, 90-, and 120-minute runtime options.
For those who are short on space, this compact find is a good match—it's palm size. It has two mist modes, changes colors, and automatically shuts off when it runs out of water.
Take this USB-powered diffuser with you wherever you go. The small yet mighty device can work in a space that's 100+ square feet.
This diffuser certainly wasn't designed to blend into its surroundings. It looks like what would happen if a crystal ball and a mirrorball had a baby. It runs for 12 hours and has 14 different mood-lighting options.
For a sleek diffuser that also doubles as décor, Vitruvi's stone device is a winning option. It can run for three hours continuously or 7.5 hours intermittently.
Next up: The 7 Best Essential Oil Brands You Need to Know About
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.
Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.
In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).
She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.
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