Amazing Gifts for people with anxiety
Gift ideas for people with anxiety aren’t easy to find and sometimes you can feel your own stress levels elevate at the thought of it.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of gifts that are sure to put a smile on the face of an anxious friend or family member.
Check out our 37 best gifts for anxiety sufferers, be sure to click on the images for great prices courtesy of Amazon.
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1. Essential oils
Essential oils such as lavender essential oil are a great gift for anxious people because they help to lower stress hormones, while also stimulating the brain to release mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
A thoughtful gift that has a scientific health benefit will surely go down well. Why not try one of the essential oil blends pictured below?
2. Adult coloring book
Coloring books for kids aren’t a new thing but in recent years adult coloring books have become a great stress reliever for those who want to destress without hitting something!
According to gearhungry: The calming act of coloring puts you in a state of contentment and reduces anxiety by calming the amygdala, which controls the fight or flight response that we experience when faced with potential danger.
For those with anxiety, this is something that can occur on a daily basis. By having an outlet to calm and nullify this response, anxiety sufferers will be much more capable of dealing with situations that they perhaps would not be able to in the past.
3. Weighted blanket
A weighted blanket is the perfect gift idea for someone experiencing anxious feelings, think of it as a giant comforting hug!
They’re perfect for relaxing as they gently push your body downwards giving it a deeply calming, ‘earthing’ effect.
4. A weekend retreat
Social anxiety can be very tricky to deal with, especially if the person experiencing it lives in a busy town or city. The result can be that the person only feels safe in the comfort of their own home.
However, finding a place of peace and serenity away from home can be really good for promoting confidence in a safe way.
Why not choose to buy a weekend retreat to the lake district or one of the UK’s areas of outstanding natural beauty? The best bit is that your only neighbours will be the birds!
5. IOU Gift certificate
There are some things that money can’t buy and quality time is one of them. If you’re stuck for ideas on a material gift then why not donate an IOU gift card for a dedicated day of your time?
This may seem like a bit of a cop out but quality time is hard to come by and for a loved one with symptoms of anxiety it might be the right gift at an otherwise difficult time.
6. Yoga mat
Yoga has long been associated with having a calming effect on the mind and body. Through gentle exercise yoga reduces perceived stress and anxiety to modulate stress response systems.
This, in turn lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and relaxes breathing.
What a great way to get started by purchasing a beginners yoga mat.
7. A furry friend
Ok so maybe not a rat or mouse but how about a puppy ? Or a rabbit?
Good natured pets are a great stress reliever and can provide comfort and companionship for people with anxiety disorders who still need socialisation.
Not only will a pet provide a positive stimulus but they can also improve mental health and wellbeing by triggering a rise in the brain’s oxytocin levels with a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol.
8. Fidget cube
A fidget cube (if you didn’t already know) is a dice shaped object with fidget tools on each side such as a joystick, rolling ball and buttons.
As far as anxiety gifts go these are awesome in providing a safe and focussed distraction. Fidget cubes are especially good for people with autism or high functioning anxiety.
9. Meditation app
If we’re thinking about basics then a meditation app is as straightforward as it comes.
Simple to use and free from any external pressure, meditation apps such as Headspace are a useful tool for dealing with anxious thoughts, as stress relief and for preventing panic attacks.
10. Stress balls
Sometimes you just need to squeeze something really, really hard!
Chronic stress and anxiety can often present itself as frustration and when we are frustrated sometimes we just need to let it all out.
The best part about a stress ball? It will always be there, unless you start trying to tear it to shreds (which I don’t recommend), you can use these day in and day out for years!
11. Fidget spinner
Fidget spinners gained popularity a few years back in the UK and were all the rage for a while.
Similar to the fidget cube, spinners like the one below are an effective way of focussing attention and easing anxiety.
12. Bath salts
A warm bath with some epsom salts is the best way to relax if daily stress and anxiety are causing problems.
Bath salts from the himalayan mountains are said to be full of health benfits for your mind, body and soul.
Research shows that the temperature changes your body goes through when switching from a warm bath to cooler air can actually help improve sleep.
13. White noise machine
For people with anxiety, getting to sleep can be a major issue. Noises that some people may not pay attention to can be the focus of an anxious person’s thoughts and prevent them from sleeping.
White noise helps to camouflage those sounds and make it easier to fall asleep.
14. Anxiety journal
Writing an anxiety journal is a good way to put negative feelings down onto paper and declutter the mind.
Check out our article on journaling for anxiety for some tips on choosing the best type of journal and how it may help.
15. Essential oil diffuser
Essential oils are an excellent gift from nature with a range of health benefits.
Essential oil diffusers use heat to turn the natural oil into a vapor and disperse into the air, filling the whole area with natural fragrance.
Lavender oil is a particularly soothing aroma for people who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Essential oil aromas in the home are a great idea for people suffering from the winter blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder
16. Bath bombs
Bath bombs, not unlike epsom salts, are an awesome way to relax in the tub.
They look cool, smell nice and provide a soothing end to a stressful day.
You can’t go far wrong in your self care routine than with a lovely gift set of bath bombs.
17. Mindfulness cards
Anxiety is a strange thing that some people suffer in waves and others suffer with consistently.
Motivating oneself out of a slump is hard but visual and verbal reinforcement is a great place to start.
Whether you opt to buy a prompt in the form of some motivational posters, framed images or more simple mindfulness coaching cards it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how you use them.
18. Compilation of inspirational quotes
Similar to the idea above, buying a compilation of inspirational quotes or even making your own is a neat and personal gift idea.
If you’re looking for inspiration then why not check out one of our motivational quote articles right here.
19. Herbal tea set
Herbal tea has some awesome benefits but did you know that even the process of making a cup of tea can be beneficial in reducing stress?
Making tea helps to distract your mind, especially if it’s done in the old fashioned way which requires a bit more thought.
20. Spa experience
Original idea? Maybe not but you can’t beat a classic.
The next best thing to a vacation is a relaxing spa day at the local health club. A great place to lower the heart rate and forget about the outside world and all its troubles…even if it’s just for a few hours.
21. Acupressure mat
A bed of spikes that HELPS with stress? Surely not.
Actually the acupressure mat works in a similar way to acupuncture but without the need for real needles (phew!).
The spikes on the mat hit pressure points in the body and supposedly reduce physical pain and relax the mind.
Worth a shot, right?
22. Therapy sessions
Therapy sessions might seem like an odd gift and perhaps insensitive but to someone who really needs them and sees their value then a block of therapy sessions could be a life saver.
If the person you’re buying for is suffering from an untreated mental illness, then talking to health care professionals in a private meeting might be the step they need to get back on the road to recovery.
23. A good book
As my old mum would say, “you can’t beat a good book.”
Getting lost in a novel or inspiring autobiography can be the perfect form of escapism and a new way to unwind for someone who isn’t normally a reader.
Stuck for inspiration? Check out our Best Books to read in 2021
24. Classical music
Remember the scene from The Shawshank Redemption when Andy commandeers the warden’s office and blasts out some opera music, bringing the whole prison to a stand still?
Check it out below and then tell me how inspired you are to purchase some Mozart.
25. Gratitude journal
In contrast to my anxiety journal suggestion in point 14, some people would prefer to write down all of the things that they’re thankful for instead of what’s upsetting them.
Check out our article on how to write a gratitude journal, you could choose to buy one or make your own.
26. Himalayan salt lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are crystals that are carved out from pink to amber-colored rock salt. This chunk of rock salt is then hollowed out and fitted for a lighting unit on the inside.
When plugged in, this chunk of salt will give off a warm pinkish glow that is alleged to reduce the negative ions in the air.
Some people believe that the soft and calming light as well as the natural salts help to reduce anxiety.
27. DIY self-help book
Cards on the table here, I’m not actually a great believer in self help books. However a DIY self-help book is one with a twist.
It may mean you have to get creative but as personalized gifts go, this one could contain all of that insider knowledge that you know will inspire your loved one.
28. Meditation pillow
Looking to boost your emotional health? If so then purchasing a meditation pillow is a great idea.
It’s widely recognised that meditation can help channel your energy and aid in the search for inner peace so why use a special pillow?
Meditation pillows will keep you comfortable during mediation and stop you from slipping out of your trance or getting a neck ache.
Check out a meditation pillow set from Amazon below.
29. Relaxing bath set
Can’t choose between bath salts and bath bombs?
Get the set and make every bath time something to look forward to.
30. Inspirational mug
Visual reminders are the best way to keep something in focus.
If the person that you’re buying for is a tea or coffee drinker then what better way to remind them to keep moving forward than with an inspirational message splashed across the side of their new favorite mug.
31. Boxing gloves
If you can’t beat them then well…beat them?
A pair of boxing gloves and a punch bag are a tried and tested combination to combat anxiety, reduce stress, build confidence and empower the person putting the work in.
As well as the endorphin boost that comes from exercise, boxing is a very practical way of expressing oneself.
32. Mindfulness exercises
So these technically come in a book so maybe this one belongs in the book section but it’s specific so give me some wiggle room.
The effectiveness of mindfulness exercises splits opinion but I think they do have some merit.
Buying a book on mindfulness exercises at least shows that you care about mental wellbeing and are trying to offer some practical support.
33. Blue Light Treatment
A 2010 study suggests that spending more time under blue-enriched light rather than the white light (what all of us have at home) could help make all of us feel a bit brighter during the winter months.
Blue light stimulates and strengthens connections between areas of the brain involved in processing emotion and language.
When we’re exposed to it, our alertness and mental performance is boosted.
34. CBD Tincture
CBD is fast becoming one of the go to methods for dealing with anxiety.
Whilst CBD is sold in many forms, CBD tincture is a quick and odourless way of getting your CBD dosage without drawing attention.
35. Aromatherapy candles
Complimenting the essential oils theme, candles are a great way to relax.
Using a lavender scented aromatherapy candle is a different way of feeling the benefits of essential oils.
Why not combine this purchase with the bath bomb set to make tub time even more relaxing?
36. Deep sleep pillow spray
Help anyone doze off faster with this natural sleep aid that will fragrance their bed and calm their nerves.
Including natural scents of lavender and camomile, all they have to do is spray some on their pillow and experience the soothing smells to help them sleep.
37. Zen Garden
This zen garden is a miniature version of a traditional Japanese meditation garden which allows users to play with the sand and relax.
At nine inches square, this zen garden is perfect for any home or office. Complete with a 64-page meditation booklet, this is sure to keep anyone relaxed.
38. Anxiety T-shirt
Sometimes you just have to laugh about things, this funny “I came, I saw, I had anxiety, so I left” anxiety t-shirt is a light hearted gift that is sure to go down well.
39. Speed Cube Set
As we’ve mentioned, focussed attention is a good way to help reduce anxiety and prevent panic attacks.
These speed cubes are a cool new way of doing just that. They come in different colors, different sizes and different patterns, all designed to hold the users attention.
These start from a 2 x 2 cube and work their way up in difficulty.