If you’re on a hunt for the best gifts for people with anxiety, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s a sign that the stigma is going away or maybe our lives are really becoming more stressful. But one thing is for sure – we all suffer from anxiety and nothing is better than a gift that will help us to feel better!
Obviously there are different levels of anxiety, so take that into account as you pick the right gift. Sometimes all we need are some great self-care items that bring up our mood, and other times we need some heavy-duty help to manage anxiety that can often feel debilitating.
Either way, most of these gifts for anxiety won’t do any harm, so they’re worth a try!
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Without a doubt, a great weighted blanket can have one of the greatest impacts on anxiety AND your ability to sleep at night…which, as I’m sure you know, will only help to decrease your anxiety even more.
The fact that this works is a bit mind-boggling, but it’s scientifically proven and I can tell you from experience – IT WORKS.
Basically, the weight triggers the release of oxytocin in your brain, which is the chemical that makes you happy.
So this blanket literally makes you happy.
If anxiety keeps you up at night, then THIS is what you need to try.
Hourly Tracking Water Bottle
Water isn’t just great for physical health, it also has a huge impact on mental health, especially when it comes to energy levels. When I discovered these water bottles on Etsy, I literally ordered one for every person in my family!
They’re such a brilliant idea – there’s a tracker along the side that tells you how much water you should be drinking by what hour. So you know you’ve gotten enough!
And certainly the fact that they’re a fun design helps even more.
These are a great gift idea for someone with anxiety that’s trying to keep a healthy lifestyle.
The 5-Minute Journal
Journaling is an awesome way to reduce stress associated with anxiety and this journal is one of the simplest, easiest, and most effective ones out there.
The concept is simple – every morning and every night you write down what you’re grateful for and what you can do to improve your day and mood.
It is full of affirmations and prompts to make things as easy as possible and to keep you on track.
This is an awesome gift that reduces anxiety without any potential drawbacks. (And really, any cute journals could work if you know your gift recipient loves to write and doesn’t need prompts!)
Light Therapy Lamp
Seasonal depression is a huge contributor to anxiety and light therapy lamps are a really easy and great way to combat it without packing up and heading to Florida (but that works too!).
These lamps look really nice and are able to mimic the sun, so you can experience the same effect even from inside your office all day!
(One important note on light therapy lamps – while they are great at combating depression and anxiety, they are not great for people with bipolar disorder. So if you are gifting someone who is battling bipolar disorder, opt for one of the other gifts.)
Anything that helps with sleep helps with anxiety. So a great pillow is one of the BEST investments you can ever make…and I’m telling you, these are the best.
My husband has been sleeping on one of these for years and one morning after he left for work early, I rolled over and spent the next few hours on that pillow….needless to say, the first thing I did that morning was order one for myself.
I am a huge believer in the power of daily affirmations, but far too often, having to come up with them on your own just makes them seem too difficult.
Which is exactly why Daily Affirmation Cards are so amazing.
They are yet another effortless way to decrease anxiety with absolutely no downside.
I am a huge fan of books…basically for anyone, but especially for someone that is suffering from anxiety.
Not only are books a great distraction (or source of inspiration), but they’re also a great thing to do right before bed if you want a good night sleep, which is so so so important if you really want to reduce anxiety.
Some of my favorite go-to books OR sources for book ideas are:
- The Miracle Morning (this is one of the best books I’ve ever read…it’s totally life-changing)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (this is a new-age anti-self help book)
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
- The New York Times Best Seller List (if you know a specific genre your gift recipient likes, check the best seller list!)
Related post: 6 Books that Will Completely Change Your Life
Home spa items are perfect anxiety-reducing gifts for just about anyone with the added bonus that they’re consumable, which means they’re also perfect for the people who already have a lot of “stuff.”
Here are some of my favorite go-to spa items when I’m shopping for anxiety-reducing gifts:
This is another awesome gift idea for people with anxiety and also easy to do last-minute (a huge bonus!).
There are a few different options, but the easiest and most popular are gift certificates for massages and gift certificates for pedicures and/or manicures.
If you feel like those ideas are overdone or you need something even more creative, you could opt for a gift certificate to an acupuncturist.
I hope these gift ideas for reducing anxiety end up being a huge hit for you this year! Good luck with your shopping, and more importantly, with your anxiety.
You may also be interested in:
- The Ultimate List of Self-Care Gift Ideas
- The Gift of Sleep: 12 Gift Ideas that Make for a Better Night Sleep
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