I don’t know about you but sometimes I love buying gifts for someone else even more than I love receiving gifts myself. You just can’t beat the feeling of getting it right and putting a smile on somebody else’s face.
I’m a firm believer that thoughtful gifts trump expensive gifts any day. You don’t have to break the bank in order to make somebody else happy! It really is the thought that counts.
So if you have a loved one in your life who experiences anxiety, why not treat them to a thoughtful gift? Whether it’s a birthday, christmas or simply just a normal day, giving them one of these thoughtful gifts for someone with anxiety is bound to boost their spirits!
You can purchase one of these anti anxiety gifts or combine multiple items from this list of gift ideas to create a special anxiety gift basket. Either way, I’m sure the person on the receiving end will appreciate your efforts!
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Gifts for someone with anxiety
1. A weighted blanket
The next best thing to cuddling a human or an animal is definitely a weighted blanket. If you’ve never tried one for those anxious or stressed days then you’re missing out.
As if a soft blanket isn’t comforting enough, adding the weight causes grounding effects, which helps to calm you and bring you back down from anxious feelings.
This set even has a weighted eye mask to add to the effect!
2. An anxiety journal
Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and anxiety management.
An anxiety journal might just be the perfect gift for your loved one to work through their anxious feelings and take back control of their life.
3. An anxiety workbook
Take it one step further than the anxiety journal and gift your loved one an anxiety workbook.
Anxiety workbooks are based on therapeutic evidence and allow the individual to work through core therapeutic skills in the comfort of their own home (or anywhere for that matter).
4. An essential oil diffuser and oils
An essential oil diffuser releases the aromas of relaxing oils into the environment, which allows the individual to experience their calming effects passively.
Colouring books aren’t just for children; the impact of colouring in for mindfulness is becoming more widely understood, and more adults are taking to the activity.
A colouring book is the ideal gift to encourage your loved one to take some time out to relax and practice mindfulness in a creative way.
There are lots of herbs that have anti-anxiety effects in the body and help to calm the nervous system.
Why not gift your anxious loved one with a collection of relaxing herbs to reduce their anxious feelings. This anti-anxiety herbal blend is perfect for brewing as a tea!
7. An inspirational mug
Everybody knows that a hot cuppa is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. Whether it’s herbal tea or relaxing hot cocoa, gift your friend their favourite warm beverage and top it off with an inspirational mug to lift their mood while they drink!
I absolutely adore this mug – it’s covered in uplifting quotes and has such a quirky and fun design! You can’t go wrong!
Reading motivational quotes is a great way to empower us, but we can quickly forget about them and return to our self-limiting beliefs.
So what better way to remind someone than to gift them with some motivational prints for their home?! This gift will serve as a frequent reminder to be more compassionate towards themselves.
Mindfulness cards are a fun way to practice mindfulness everyday and bring some more calm into your life.
These cards feature inspirational quotes and a small mindfulness exercise to make practicing mindfulness less daunting.
10. A subscription to a meditation app
The benefits of meditation for anxiety are huge, but getting started with and being consistent with a practice is hard.
Gifting your friend with a subscription to a meditation app could be the kick-start they need to incorporate meditation into their life.
11. A relaxing bath set
One of the best ways to relax and unwind is with a warm bath. But I think you’ll agree that a bath just isn’t complete without all the accessories!
A bath set is the perfect anti-anxiety gift and the perfect excuse for your loved one to take some time out to practice self care.
I love this one from The Body Shop because it feels so luxurious but at an affordable price!
12. A spa experience
If a relaxing bath set isn’t enough, take it up a notch by gifting them a spa experience.
Try finding local spa deals on Groupon and gift your loved one with a day to relax and unwind stress-free.
13. A worry jar
If you haven’t heard of worry jars, the idea is that you write all your worries on pieces of paper and place them in the jar to forget about. When you revisit your worries, you may come to realise that they didn’t amount to anything and you can now rip up your worries and move forward.
I love this worry jar because it comes with a cute motivational print on it, but alternatively you can buy your own plain mason jar and decorate it yourself for an even more thoughtful and personalised gift!
14. A worry monster
Similar to the worry jar, worry monsters take your worries into their mouth and gobble them up! Yes, they’re aimed at children… but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them too!
Plus, it comes with the bonus of being super soft and cuddly, which can be really comforting in anxious or stressful times.
15. A fidget cube
Having something to fidget with can be a positive distraction in times of high anxiety.
Fidget cubes are designed to keep the mind and body focused on something and they can be really calming for those who suffer from anxiety or ADHD.
16. A stress ball
Stress balls are another great distraction method, and can help to release any negative tension and irritability.
I love these stress balls because they come with positive reminders written on them, as well as smells to stimulate that feeling!
17. Healing crystals
Whether you believe in the power of crystals or not, an anxiety crystal healing set can be the perfect gesture to show your support.
This set comes with five different crystals/stones designed to calm stress and anxiety, and an explanatory card to let your loved one know what each is designed to do.
18. A friendship bracelet
Show your loved one that you’re there for them by gifting them with a friendship bracelet.
These matching friendship bracelets are designed by Hello Stigma, a company that aims to spread awareness of mental health difficulties and reduce stigma.
This could be the perfect gift to show your friend that they are not alone in their struggles.
19. A salt lamp
Not only are they beautiful, but Himalayan salt lamps purify the air with negative ions, which are thought to help reduce stress and anxiety from your environment.
Salt lamps are a beautiful gift to give to someone suffering from anxiety or stress!
Burning incense can be incredibly calming in times of high stress and anxiety. Try gifting your friend with a incense and holder bundle so they have everything they need to get started!
These are some of my favourite incense because they are described by mood/function, which makes selecting one so much easier. The stress relief is my favourite, of course!
Similar to incense, burning candles can give off amazing relaxing aromas to calm the mind and body.
These candles are a beautiful gift for anybody that needs some time to unwind – they are 100% vegan, crystal infused and contain the purest essential oils to melt away stress. This set is bound to put a smile on anybody’s face!
22. Sleep items
Anxiety and stress can have a significant effect on sleep quality and even cause insomnia. A relaxing set centered around sleep can show your loved one that you’re thinking of them while promoting a better nights rest.
This set from Lush is all natural, vegan and beautifully packaged with a hair wrap. It’s one of the perfect gifts for someone suffering from anxiety or sleep disturbances.
Another anti-anxiety gift designed for sleep, a white noise machine delivers relaxing sounds to help you fall into a deeper sleep.
This white noise machine comes with 20 different sounds including white noise, fans and nature sounds. It also has timer and memory functions and comes with a 24 month warranty!
24. A yoga mat
Practicing yoga is amazing for stress relief and anxiety, but it can be difficult to get started. A gift of a yoga mat could be the kick-start your loved one needs to start a practice.
You don’t have to splash out here, this yoga mat was the first yoga mat I ever bought and I still use it today!
25. Therapy sessions
This is one thing on my list of gifts for someone with anxiety that I would tread with caution. If you gift anybody with therapy sessions it may turn from a thoughtful gift to a thoughtless one, and it could cause offence.
However, if someone you love has expressed an interest in therapy sessions but hasn’t followed it through due to financial reasons, this could be the perfect gift!
You could design a card and write down your intention so the receiver still has something to open on their special day!
If you buy one of these gifts for someone with anxiety you really can’t go wrong! Let me know if there is anything else you think should make the list!