The Stress Magnet: Not that anyone's feeling stressed at this time of year, but a candle here, a shower gel there, or a new yoga mat--could be just the thing to help get that certain someone off the ledge.

Our picks (clockwise from top left):

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." In that spirit, consider these free-form teardrop candles, $22 and $25, at Wave Gallery, New Haven, and New Canaan.

Baby, it's cold outside. Who couldn't use a long, relaxing soak in the tub? Two-in-one bubble bath & shower gels, in mango and cotton flower, $12 each, at Sephora, multiple locations.

Happiness is a brand-new gaiam yoga mat, $21.99, at Sports Authority, Waterbury and other locations.

Good things, small packages. Spread the love with a few of these Mistral luxury soaps, $8 each, at Anthropologies, South Windsor and other locations.

Stocking-stuffer alert! Add fix to her day with a gold-dusted bath bomb--bathtime may never be the same. Or perhaps an Emotional Brilliance eyeshadow or two? $6.95 & $22.95, at Lush Cosmetics, Trumbull.

Take tea and see. Porcelain café cup with lid, $20, creamer & sugar, $10, teabag tray (holding bath bomb), $6 for two; all by Tea Forté, at Spirited Hand, Canton.

photo by Robert Levin

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