This guide is full of mood-boosting gifts for people with depression. A bit of special care goes a long way. These uplifting gifts for friends with depression [or loved ones] are sure to bring a smile!
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This guide offers a huge variety of gift ideas for people with depression.
The first section is full of small, budget-minded depression gifts. The post then graduates to full-blown hygge-inspired grand comfort gifts.
Don’t miss the third section:
It will bless both you AND your loved one immeasurably. Never discount experiences and time as some of the most uplifting gifts for friends [and family] with depression!
The last section of gift ideas is PERFECT for everyday care and practical needs that make some of the best depression gifts.
15 Budget-Friendly Gifts for People with Depression
A guided meditation CD to ease depression can bring calm and centeredness to anyone. For friends or loved ones who are down, these are great tools for an inner boost of the soul. A yoga mat is the perfect addition to this thoughtful gift.
I absolutely love wrapping a warm scented heating wrap around my shoulders (bonus points for this really pretty one!) when I’m feeling a bit out of sorts. The winters can be pretty hard for depression sufferers, so something warm that has a calming scent will be a welcome gift.
This cute little octopus journal has a sweet touch of whimsy and can encourage someone who struggles with depression to write down their thoughts. Part of a healthy daily practice is journaling feelings as well as things we’re grateful for. A sure mood booster!
A special mug with an inspirational message has always been one of my favorite gifts! I still treasure a mug given to me by a close friend after my child died. It’s a constant reminder of how much she cares about me. Throw in some special tea for an extra surprise!
This hilarious book from a fellow depression sufferer is something I’ve been dying to get my hands on. I’ve heard many great things about it. Here’s what one reader had to say: “Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety! I think that’s how she was able to get past my defenses and make me feel more okay about myself.” ―Allie Brosh
This four-pack of beautiful scented candles is the perfect way to deliver some great aromatherapy! I LOVE scented candles… there’s just something about a soothing scent to wake up the senses. These make a perfect gift for someone with depression.
Fairy lights are one of my favorite ways to combat depression on those long winter nights when it seems like the daylight has slipped away so fast. They give off such a warm amazing glow that you can’t help but feel better when they’re around.
This table-top gurgling water fountain may just be my favorite gift for a friend with depression. These little fountains of joy have been a hit every single time. There’s just something about the sound of water that soothes the mind and soul. 😉
A fairy garden for a touch of indoor whimsy is the perfect way to bring some outdoor miniature cheer into your space. Combine this gift for your depressed loved one with a few little plants, it’s sure to bring a huge smile!
Essential oil diffusers are wonderful additions to any home. Aromatherapy is an especially good way to calm and uplift the mood. With the huge variety of scents available, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.
These amazing inspirational cell phone cases have dozens of sayings and verses to choose from! The perfect everyday reminder to a friend or loved one that they’re loved and treasured. <3
A full body pillow can be just the thing when we need to hug or snuggle with something soft and comforting. These make a wonderful gift for your loved one who’s depressed. Combine this pillow with a luxuriously soft cover and it will certainly be appreciated!
Succulent plant gardens are all the rage now, and it’s easy to see why! They’re so easy to care for even if you don’t have a green thumb. Add this little beauty to your list for those who need a bit of outdoor cheer in their indoor space. 🙂 And don’t forget the plants to go with!
Try any of these wonderfully thoughtful and budget-friendly gifts for anyone who could use a boost. The sound of water, feeling of warmth on the skin, and beauty of green plants are life-giving and peaceful. These cheerful gifts for people with depression are sure to bring a smile.
Hygge-Inspired Comfort Gifts for Depressed People
Hygge is becoming more popular — and with good reason. Inspired by the Danish culture, it can be described as coziness of the soul and surroundings. While not necessarily about possessions, there are soothing things that can be added to our living spaces for ultimate comfort.
You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. ~ The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
The hygge mindset can be especially comforting and provides many options for depression gifts. From fluffy blankets, to candles that add an uplifting glow… to baskets of soft yarn. There’s something to boost any mood!
A newer therapy called weighted blanket therapy has proved very helpful for depression and anxiety. The gentle firm pressure of a weighted blanket mimics a hug.
Benefits of a weighted blanket as a great depression gift:
- Increases oxytocin which promotes feelings of calm and lowers blood pressure.
- It can trigger melatonin production which may improve sleep.
- The weight can reduce nervous system activity which helps anxiety.
- The weighted feeling has also been shown to improve focus for people with ADHD
One suggestion is to go with a blanket that is 5-10% of your own body weight, but you can check with your doctor if you’d like further guidance.
This lighter-weight blanket is 10 pounds and gets fantastic reviews on Amazon. It’s budget friendly and a great choice as a starter blanket gift for a person with depression who wants to experience its calming effects.
For a premium weighted blanket option that has a soft removable cover — a sure mood boosting gift — this 10 pound design is beautiful and functional.
For a bit more weight, in a variety of colors with a soft removable cover… this 15 pound blanket has near perfect reviews from 4500 happy customers!! That’s impressive.
Another soft and cozy hygge-inspired gift for a depressed loved one is a thick, chunky throw blanket to cuddle with on cold nights or during an awesome Netflix binge.
Amazing self-care gifts for people with depression
Gifting your time, a nurturing experience, or a chance for self-care can provide as much comfort and inspiration as mood boosting gifts. Here are three phenomenal ways to show your love to a person with depression. You’re likely to love these experiences as well!
- If your friend or loved one has kids, offer to take them for a day so they can immerse themselves in some luxurious self care. Even better if you have the budget to gift them with a massage or pampering manicure/pedicure.
- Kidnap your loved one for an early sunrise drive or walk. Of course, make sure this is something they are up to, or you know they’d enjoy doing. A sunset drive or walk is just as wonderful if they’re not an early morning person.
- This one is my absolute favorite… Spend a day on a forest therapy walk. The Japanese practice of tree therapy began in the 1980’s and provides spirit-quenching benefits to every part of our being.
Everyday gifts for people with depression
Here are a few gifts that fall into the category of being everyday helpful.
- Gift cards to their favorite coffee shop, grocery store, or Target.. anywhere to get a few self-care supplies.
- For particularly tough times, put together a homemade soup or casserole [or two] and drop it off.
- Hire a cleaning service to spruce up their place once a month for a few months.
- Go on a Costco run and stock them up on healthy and easy meals and snacks. Don’t forget a little bit of chocolate! 😉
- Give them your presence. Even in silence [or wine and a movie], your presence speaks volumes about your love and care.
I hope this post has inspired you with unique, uplifting gifts for the people in your life who struggle with depression. With a little thought, you can find perfect gifts for depressed people that make a big impact on their hearts.
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