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.
15 Gifts for Someone with Depression
1. Recovery Diary (hard copy or digital file)
Plugging my own book here hehe. 😀 Our Recovery Diary is a daily journal that you can fill out with your mood, goals, notes, and other things to keep track of how you’re doing in your journey toward a happier life. We actually have physical, printed spiral bound copies of the journal available – either in full color or black and white – that you could ship to a loved one or ship it to yourself and wrap it up and present it to them in person, or you could always buy the digital version and send it to a friend (but please only use each digital copy purchased for one person :)).
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
This book definitely made me see things in a new way and helped me grow as a person. 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.
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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. Also, be careful not to have too much, as magnesium can sometimes cause an upset tummy.
Check out our Etsy store for digital inspirational prints with quotes on them! Print it out, stick it on your wall, and feel a little inspired every day. If you’d prefer physical products, you can check out our new products on Amazon here.
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.
Decorate your environment with inspiration and motivation! A positive environment can help you remember to think positive thoughts and focus on the good in life.
Essential oils are super popular right now (they basically use aromatherapy to make you more relaxed / less stressed / happier), and this one includes blends called Breathe Easier, Good Night, Hope, Relaxation, Stress Relief & Sunshine Spice. I have a handful of essential oils and rollerballs that I use on a regular basis for relaxing and unwinding, etc, and it can be a nice natural addition to your life. 🙂
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).