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 :)).
Weighted blankets are a soothing and comforting way to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness. I just got this one from Weighting Comforts and it’s great! It’s like a regular blanket but it has little pellets sewn into it to give the blanket a little bit of weight (10 pounds total for the size I got) that feels like a hug or massage (actually it’s kind of like there’s a cat sleeping on you haha). This particular brand is handmade by refugee women in Nashville, Tennessee. 🙂
I love burning scented candles for the ambiance and relaxing or uplifting fragrances. This one is infused with happy and uplifting essential oils. You can even try candle gazing as an alternative to meditation!
This beautiful journal with a gold and navy blue galaxy cover lets you record a few thoughts – or one line a day – about your life so you can look back on it and see how the last 365 days have been. It’s a great way to record your progress or the ups and downs in life or also keep track of your mood.
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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. Therabox… or another happiness-related subscription box
These happiness, self care, and mental health-themed monthly subscription boxes like Therabox are a fun way to get a regular little boost of happiness and joy in the mail, with included items like candles, bath bombs, happiness challenges, and more. They would also make a perfect gift to have sent to a loved one!
The 30 Day Negativity Detox is our digital video course or ebook that helps you detox all the negativity in your life so you can live a happier, more positive life. 🙂
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 and printed inspirational prints with quotes on them! Print it out, stick it on your wall, and feel a little inspired every day. We also have mugs, gifts, and more.
This spa box includes lots of bath goodies like bath bombs, candles, bath salts, handmade soap, and more, and having a spa day can help you relax and unwind from the day. 🙂 You can also try making some homemade bath bombs or a DIY sugar scrub for a fun DIY gift.
Therapy dough is like an adult version of Play Dough. 🙂 Similar to a stress ball, you can pinch it, squeeze it, squish it, or smush it to relieve stress.
For the ultimate way to change and transform your life for good, consider investing in professional online counseling (that you can do from the comfort of your own home) for you or a loved one.
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 bunch 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. 🙂
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If you want to diffuse your essential oils from above throughout your room or home, you can use an essential oil diffuser for this exact purpose. It diffuses out a mist-like stream of your essential oils over a period of time and is also a beautiful decoration for your home.
Hopebox is a subscription box (that you can give as a gift) that delivers encouragement and hope in the form of handmade and artisan items. Items may include things like candles, lip balm, inspirational cards, jewelry, and more.
I hope this has given you some ideas for gifts for depression. 🙂