Life is stressful! If the person you're shopping for is anxious all the time, you might as well help them out with a gift that will let them chill out, if but for a little while.

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

Sound Isolating Headphones: The first step to relaxing is cutting yourself off from the irritating, irritating world around you. The Shure SE115m+ earbuds are a great choice for iPhone-owners, as they pair quality sound isolation with a mic and three-button remote. $120 [Shure SE115m+ via Link]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

The Buddha Machine: If your giftee needs something to listen to to relax with those sound-isolating headphones, try the Buddha Machine. It's a little box that contains a bunch of blissful ambient sound loops. Simply turn the dial to pick your loop and listen via the built-in speaker or through headphones. Bonus: it's cheap. $23 [Buddha Machine; Link]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

Flower for PS3: While many violent video games can up your stress level instead of taking it down, Flower is the opposite. In this "game," you control a flower flying over peaceful meadows in the breeze. That's it! No violence, no guns, no heavy metal. Just a flower and a breeze. $10 [Flower; Kotaku]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

Fondue Maker: Is there anything that eases stress better than a steaming pot of melted cheese? How about dipping bread and apples into said cheese? Sure, fondue has been around forever and hasn't been "cool" in a long time, but whatever. It's hot goddamned cheese. Who are you to argue with that? This Cuisinart is the one we use ourselves, and swear by. $45 [Amazon]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

SurfShelf Treadmill Laptop Stand: There are plenty of studies out there that show a clear link between stress and lack of exercise. So if your friend is always be on the computer and always stressed, you can help by allowing him or her to work through some of that stress on the treadmill without making them tear themselves away from the precious internet. $40; treadmill sold separately [SurfShelf; Link]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

A Sensory Deprivation Tank Experience: There's no better way to melt away the stress of the world than cutting yourself off from said world as much as humanly possible. With a sensory deprivation tank, they'll be able to relax while floating on salt water, completely protected from all the stressful sights and sounds of the world we're stuck existing in. About $100 for 90 minutes [Sensory Deprivation Directory]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

Volcano Vaporizer: Want to relax? I'll get you f'n' relaxed. Twenty minutes with this bad boy, the pinnacle of paraphernalia, and you won't even be able to remember what was stressing you out. $540 [Volcano Vaporizer; Review; Alternative Uses]

Soothing Gifts for Geeks Who Need To Relax

Don't Get: Wall Street Journal Subscription: The last thing anyone who's tweaking needs right now is a daily reminder of how screwed up the world and it's economy is. Let them live their lives in blissful unawareness as much as possible. It's a gift they'll appreciate without realizing it. $119 [Wall Street Journal]