Christmas presents: Gifts for stressed executives

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The Christmas break is a good time for workaholics and stress heads to take the proverbial chill pill. Encourage weary friends to use this time to relax rather than catching up with acquaintances, doing domestic chores and feeding the family by inviting them on holiday or treating them to a blissful day of sensual indulgence and luxury.

Stocking Fillers:

Bach Rescue Remedy, pounds 4.75 from all good health shops.

Essential oils (Lavender pounds 4.95, Rose pounds 11.80) and Stoneware Essential Oil Burner, pounds 7.95 from Neal's Yard Remedies, branches nationwide.

The Complete Guide to Reducing Stress: A Natural Approach To Relaxation and Better Health by Chrissie Wildwood (Piatcus Books), pounds 9.99 from all good book shops.

Under The Tree:

The Ultimate Escape - luxury voucher includes a full body massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair treatment and a light lunch, pounds 134 at Dickens and Jones, 224 Regent Street, W1. Tel: 0171 734 7070.

One-hour session in a Floatation Tank, approximately pounds 30. For further details contact the Float Tank Association, PO Box 11024, SW4. Tel: 0171 627 4962.

Utterly Extravagant:

Hot Air Balloon Flight, pounds 260 for two at Red Letter Days. For further details call 0800 634 5555.

Scuba diving in Malaysia, pounds 775 per person at Dream Journeys. Price includes one week's accommodation and flights. Not including diving tuition. For further details call 01784 449832.