The holidays can be an uber-stressful time, considering all the gift buying you have to cram into your already hectic schedule. Well, at least you can rest assured that regardless of how busy you are, there is somebody somewhere who has it worse. In fact, if you’ve got the time to read this, then you’re probably not as busy as you like to tell everyone you are.
And chances are, there’s someone on your list that lives the truly frazzled, eternally hectic, scrape-every-minute-out-of-the-day kind of life that keeps a person teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Lucky for you, this makes them easier to buy for. A gift that helps them manage, relieve, or endure the stress that comes with a “hustle ’til you bust” lifestyle shows that you understand them and care about their fragile sanity. So help keep someone out of the nuthouse this year: here are 10 of the best gifts for people who are just too damn busy.
One of the first steps to managing a hectic schedule is organizing your thoughts and ideas. And while there are plenty of apps for that, some people still prefer to use the good old pen-and-paper method. The Rocketbook Smart Notebook solves this problem by fusing old-fashioned scribblin’ with cloud technology. They simply use the included Pilot Frixion pen to jot down ideas as they come up, and they’re automatically backed up to the cloud for storage and future retrieval. And when the notebook fills up, just wipe down the pages with a moist towel to erase, and it can be used over and over again.
But as everyone knows, staying productive requires more than just organizing your inner world. If the person you’re buying for is so busy that they don’t have time to manage their physical environment, clutter can become a real problem, and fast. Professional organizers make a living helping people clear the clutter and structure their physical space in a way that supports their mental and emotional well-being instead of sabotaging it. Professional organizing has become quite an in-demand industry, so chances are real good that you’ll find one nearby, as long as your recipient doesn’t live on top of a mountain.
We all carry some level of stress around with us in the form of muscle tension. Over time this can really start to cause some problems, like muscle imbalances, joint pain, numbness or lack of sensation in the extremities, and more. Massage is one of the best ways to rid yourself of pesky muscle tension, but busy people rarely feel like they have a few hours to dedicate to this kind of self-care. A handheld electric massager may not be a true replacement for a full body massage, but it’s the next best thing. The Renpho deep tissue massager delivers some serious juice to break up the gnarliest muscle knots, adhesions, and trigger points in just a few minutes.
Most of us spend way too much time in front of a computer screen, and for busy people this is even more of a problem. Eye strain can lead to headaches, blurred vision, and eventually homicide. Which makes these Finnish eye stones a real life saver.
Food Delivery Services
Being ultra busy means accepting certain trade-offs in life. But one area where you don’t want to make too many concessions is in the quality of the food you eat. Fast food doesn’t just get in your mouth faster, it also gets you into the grave faster. But shopping for and preparing fresh ingredients day after day is a challenge for anyone, let alone the chronically overworked. Meal subscription services like Blue Apron take care of everything but the preparation, and help introduce subscribers to new recipes and cooking concepts. For people who have food allergies, are picky eaters, or simply like having more control over the ingredients they use, most grocery delivery services like Instacart offer gift cards too, and they’re a godsend when you’re on a tight schedule.
For most busy people, the smartphone is the indispensable portal to the world of All the Important Things. And like most electronics, smartphones are fundamentally infected with Murphy’s Law, which means that batteries only run down at the worst possible time. A portable power bank is insurance of the very best kind, warding off the sort of calamity that’s always nipping at their heels.
When you put all of your energy into your daily responsibilities, exercise is usually one of the first things to suffer. A FitBit makes it easy to monitor your activity throughout the course of the day, and it makes your fitness and health objectives feel like a game as you try to get in more steps and hit your calorie and heart rate goals. It also gives you immediate feedback on the quality of your sleep, valuable information for anyone who wonders why they feel so damn tired every day.
The first robot assistant to catch on in the mainstream, the Roomba is still a standard in home maintenance technology, and it’s only gotten smarter and more efficient over the years. Busy or not, who the hell wants to vacuum?
Learning is a vital component to staying ahead in whatever field you happen to be in, and it’s another example of the kind of thing that gets lost in the shuffle when you’re too busy. Thankfully, the internet offers a way to learn just about anything you might decide you want to take up (for better or for worse). There are plenty of popular online learning platforms, but Skillshare is the easiest one to give as a gift. Skillshare is a subscription service, so once they activate their membership, they’ll have access to all of the classes on the site. Their rates are affordable, and they offer 3, 6, and 12 month gift subscription options. The courses on Skillshare are fairly broad, but tend to fall under business, technology, the arts, and creative fields like design, writing, photography, music production, and so on. It’s a great way to sharpen their skills or explore new fields in their spare time.
One of the things many busy people lament is the lack of time to read. Audiobooks take care of that excuse, so now you can find out if they really wish they had more time to read or if they’re just saying that to sound smart. Audible is the most popular source for audiobooks, and you can give a gift subscription for anywhere from 1 to 12 months, and 1 free download per month is included in the subscription price. AudiobooksNow is an alternative to Audible, and it offers more option for gifting, allowing you to give specific titles as a gift, sign someone up for a gift plan that gives them 50% off up to 12 audiobooks for one year, or simply buy a gift card with any amount of money you choose, starting at $10.