This is the ultimate way to treat yourself or a loved one after making it through the rollercoaster that has been 2020.

Karla Walsh
December 16, 2020
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After a wildly unpredictable nine months during which we've been told to keep our distance, we're pretty sure two things would do us all good: 1. A way to destress, and 2. A big hug.

We just discovered the ultimate holiday gift that delivers both in one uber-cozy package. Introducing: The world's first weighted robe. ($130, gravityblankets.com)

Modernist X Gravity Weighted Robe
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Weighted blanket meets cozy loungewear in this fleece wrap that includes a removable three-pound glass bead-filled section near the collar to simulate the experience of a big bear hug.

"It feels like a gentle hug on your shoulders that instantly soothes and relieves tension," one reviewer said.

As we've reported before, weighted blankets work their magic through providing pressure to trigger the release of hormones that promote sleep and boost happiness, and they might also help ease anxiety. (Um, sold!) This convenient wear-around-the-home option essentially offers that in the high-stress upper back and neck region—which is also where you'd feel the presence and warmth of an embrace.

Hugs offer a whole host of benefits, too. Take your immune system: Hugging seemed to provide a buffer effect between the stress related to conflict and susceptibility to a cold infection, according to a 2014 study in Psychological Science. And in a 2018 PLoS One study, hugs seemed to make conflicts lead to a smaller negative impact on mood.

During a year that's been noticeably and understandably shy on physical touch (as we attempt to reduce the risk for spreading the coronavirus), this warm, pocketed robe offers a similar sensation in a safe way.

Another reviewer, in a poignant note that had us running for the tissues, said this robe is "a must-have comfort item during a year of unprecedented pain and change. It's like getting a warm hug from your best friend that we can't have during 2020 but we all yearn for."

You deserve this. We deserve this. Treat yourself.

Buy it: Modernist X Gravity Weighted Robe ($130, gravityblankets.com)