Depression sucks, but sometimes you can make it a little more bearable with a few comforting items or inspiring books. Here are 15 gifts for someone with depression that are sure to brighten their day.
Gifts for Someone with Depression
Buddy Box is a monthly subscription gift box filled with goodies to help you with depression (like Birch Box does for makeup). You can either buy one box as a gift or you can get an ongoing subscription. This is a really neat idea!
I love blankets! Blankets are great for snuggling under when you’re having a rough day and just want something comforting.
3. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Currently in the middle of reading this book and I’ve already gotten so much out of it. I don’t agree with everything she says, but it has challenged me to think in new ways and approach pain not as something to be avoided, but something to make peace with. It could really change your perspective on things.
4. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
This is a must-read personal development book about creating certain habits and principles in your life that will help you become happier and more successful. What he talks about can apply to any area of your life and can certainly help you become a happier person in control of your life.
5. Light therapy lamp (also known as a sad light or happy light)
I haven’t experimented with these much (I’ve used one once before), but many psychiatrists and studies claim that exposure to light that mimics the sun (especially in the winter when you don’t get as much natural sunlight) can help depression. Worth looking into. 🙂 You can also try taking a vitamin D supplement if there’s not enough sunshine, like during winter.
6. Sex and the City… or another happy tv show
I love this show. It’s so happy and it’s like hanging out with a bunch of girl friends. In Carrie Bradshaw’s world, the only bad things that ever happen are boys occasionally breaking their hearts. Everything else is fabulous. 😉
7. Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
These are two of my favorite inspirational / spiritual books. Cold Tangerines is about celebrating the happiness of everyday life and Bittersweet is about the teary and hard moments of life, so it’s nice to have both on hand depending on my mood.
This is a magnesium supplement in the form of a powdered drink mix. It’s my secret anxiety-fighting hack! Magnesium is good for depression and anxiety. I like the raspberry lemonade flavor. 🙂 This stuff is great if you’re feeling really anxious and you need to calm down on the spot because it makes you sleepy and really calm and happy. Check with your doctor to make sure you can take supplements.
Check out our store for inspirational prints with quotes on them! Hang a print on your wall and feel a little inspired every day.
Lavender is very soothing and calming, and having a spa day can help you relax and unwind from the day. 🙂
11. Instant Happy by Karen Salmansohn
This book uses psychology to give you 10 second attitude makeovers to make you into a happier person.
Why not give someone you love with depression a whole bag of kisses? 🙂 Chocolate makes you feel better (according to Harry Potter, anyway :)). Just don’t eat all of them at once haha.
There are many essential oil products like this (that are supposed to use aromatherapy make you happier), and this one is a blend of bergamot, grapefruit, and ylang ylang designed to lift your spirits.
14. Encouragement jar
If you want to do something handmade, you can grab a mason jar and fill it with colorful post it notes of happy, encouraging, and uplifting messages for a friend. I did something similar for my dad when I left for college.
If you’re feeling very ambitious, maybe you want to put together a happy box for your friend or loved one. Here are ideas for what you could put in your homemade happy box (similar to what’s on this page).