Sometimes, the hardest person to shop for is the person with a mental illness. What in the heck are possible gift ideas for anxiety or depression?!
Believe me, I know it’s hard. I’ve had to go through that experience quite a few times. I think the hardest part about it is that (in least in my experience) people with anxiety or depression tend to ask for things that either aren’t possible, or aren’t tangible:
- “I just want to be happy”
- “All I want this year is to have so-and-so back in my life” (if, for example, they passed away)
- “I wish that I wasn’t feeling so crappy, that’s all”
How do you get someone those things?
You don’t. That’s the hardest part! If you aren’t able to get them those things, it can really make you feel like you aren’t getting them what they’re really desiring.
But there are still things that you can get for someone who has anxiety or depression that can help them start to feel better (even if they don’t really know it yet!)
You can find all of these gift ideas for anxiety or depression online or you can even make them yourself (which is my personal favorite)!
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A New Planner
You know I had to make this the first idea on the list! I’m all about planning over here, and I think that’s it’s an amazing tool to help someone manage mental health.
I personally really love this Wellness Extension Pack from The Happy Planner for someone who’s just starting in planning!
Related: Why The Happy Planner is the Best Planner
The extension pack is the perfect mix to start someone along their mental health journey AND get them into planning!
It comes with 6 months of an undated calendar, stickers, and even has space to include fitness!
It does not come with discs, so if you get this extension pack for someone that doesn’t already have a Happy Planner, be sure to buy discs and a cover! Those can be found really easily at either Michael’s or Jo-Ann. 🙂
A Weighted Blanket
I won’t lie…I’ve never personally tried a weighted blanket. BUT I’ve heard nothing but good things about them!
They’re designed to bring comfort to people who are dealing with anxiety, and even though I’ve never used one, I think that they are a genius idea!
They’ve been a bit too expensive for me to splurge on (anyone wanna get a gift for me?!) but I honestly believe that they work!
You can find an example of one of these here. Seriously, I think they’re worth it. I’ve never even tried one, and I think that. Let’s just wait until I actually get one. I’m sure I’ll be preaching, lol.
I LOVE candles! They are so comforting, I don’t know what it is.
Lighting candles that have a comforting smell, or remind me of something I really like does wonders for my mood. I think they can do the same for other people, too!
The soft light and the warmth they release are really comforting, too. Having them burn near me when I’m working or when I’m laying in bed is really amazing.
Not only that, but there is a candle out there for literally every single smell on the planet (even the bad ones, for some reason, lol) so there’s really never a chance of NOT finding a scent that you want!
Some scents you could think about when buying a candle for someone are:
- their favorite season. There are a gazillion different candles for each season and they differentiate pretty well!
- a general type of scent that they like. Flowery, earthy, herbal…narrow it down!
- their favorite type of cookie. Trust me, there’s candles out there for all of them.
- an environment that they really like. Think: the beach, the woods, or an open field?
It boils down to finding a scent that will either comfort them or bring them joy. I really like to light summer candles during the winter because I hate the winter and I’m always trying to fight my seasonal depression.
Related: 8 Tips for Battling Your Seasonal Depression
It’s also important to remember that you don’t to buy insanely expensive candles from Yankee or Bath and Body Works, either. (I’m not rich, yo, I know that I can’t afford those things all the time!)
Wal-Mart has some really amazing candles that are cheap! Check them out here.
I LOVE books!! Not only are they just super amazing by themselves, but they’re super amazing for people with anxiety and depression!
Reading books is an awesome form of self-care. When I read a really good book, I find myself lost in the plot and creating images of it inside of my head! It distracts me from negative thoughts and, better yet, calms my anxiety.
When thinking about a book to give to someone that has anxiety or depression, it’s important to think about what genre they like the best!
Do they like fantasy, historical, or science fiction? Finding a book for them that you know they’re just dying to dive into can really help them manage any negativity they’re going through.
Finally, Something that You Make Yourself
I absolutely LOVE making things for other people as gifts. (I just realized that I started basically each of these topics with the words “I LOVE,”…lol!)
There’s something really special about crafting something yourself that makes someone feel important in your life. You’re taking the time to really think about that person!
The best part is that DIYing a gift doesn’t have to be insanely difficult. You can be as intricate or as simple as you want!
One year, I made a crap ton of those “Open When” letters, and that was by far the biggest DIY project I’ve ever taken on.
On the other end of the spectrum, I simply printed out a picture from my high school graduation and framed it for my mom one year, and she CRIED.
It ends up being about what you think will be meaningful for them. The reason why my mom cried when I gave her that picture was because she wasn’t able to come to my graduation and the picture was really special for her.
Think about what they’re going through, what you think will make them feel better or something that represents your relationship with them.
Trust me, handmade gifts are definitely the winners every time.
Gift ideas for anxiety or depression don’t have to be hard to come by!
I know that shopping for someone with a mental illness can be incredibly difficult, but I really hope that this guide gave you some ideas!
Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments!
Psst…have you joined the Mental Health Empowerment Facebook Group yet? Join it here!