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Gifts for a Depressed Friend
When you’re friend is deeply depressed, it might be difficult to know what gifts to give them.
People living with depression tend to not take much joy in anything, and they seem to not have any interests or hobbies anymore.
Luckily, there are gifts you can give to your friend that will make their lives seem more comfortable – whether it be for their birthday, Christmas, or a simple This-Made-Me-Think-of-You gift.
1. FUZZY SOCKS
If I could wear fuzzy socks all day, every day I would.
I honestly have too many pairs to count, but I’m always open to getting more of them.
They are so comforting, and they bring me so much joy.
If you know someone doesn’t like fuzzy socks, you can also give them warm slippers or various character socks.
Life is too short to wear boring socks.
2. COZY BLANKET
No matter whose house I’m at, I’m always under a blanket.
I just feel so protected whenever I have a big, cozy cover on top of me.
I’ve heard weighted blankets provide many benefits, but you can also give a blanket that is funny and unique to their personality.
I absolutely love this mermaid blanket my fiance got me several years ago.
I wear it all the time, and it genuinely cheers me up so much.
3. COMFY PAJAMAS
Most people with depression would live in their pajamas if they could.
I probably only get dressed a couple of times a week, so any new pair I get is always a good thing.
I love wearing matching pajama sets or even getting in my big footie pajamas.
The more personalized pajamas you give, the more love someone will feel.
Comfort is key for those with depression!
4. MOVIE BOX SET
If I can barely even get out of bed, at least give me something I can enjoy while I’m underneath the covers.
I practically live for movie marathons, and I think they are the perfect gift.
Everybody could use a little imagination and fantasy in their life to distract them from their heavy, negative thoughts.
That’s why I highly recommend giving someone the entire Harry Potter film collection.
The movies are long, magical, and there’s a lot of them to help someone through their bad times.
More movies that help depression:
- 6 Reasons Why Harry Potter is Good for Your Mental Health
- 5 Reasons Why Disney Movies Help Fight My Depression
- Why Horror Movies Help Fight My Depression
- 12 Uplifting Movies for Depression
5. DISNEY SOUNDTRACKS
Disney makes me feel like a kid again, especially when I sing along to all the songs from the Disney Classics.
I own all the Disney Greatest volumes, and they are some of my absolute favorite CDs.
Try giving a couple of them as a present and see how much their face lights up.
Buying a couple of Disney movies should also do the trick.
I honestly feel like you can’t go wrong with Disney.
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Chocolate is so soothing to the soul.
I know whenever I’m having a bad day, chocolate is always there to help comfort me.
Dark chocolate has also been proven to have several health benefits.
So yes. Hand over the chocolate. Now.
7. TEA BAGS
I know not everyone likes tea, but I truly believe in the benefits of tea.
Honestly, drinking tea has changed my life in so many positive ways.
Chamomile is probably the most comforting teas out there. It is said to relieve symptoms of depression, such as restlessness and insomnia.
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8. GODDESS PROVISIONS
I’ve been subscribed to Goddess Provisions for a year now, and I think it’s a fantastic gift for your friend who’s depressed.
⭐ Crystals, Aromatherapy, Beauty, Snacks, Tools for Spiritual Growth
⭐ 5 to 7 full-size products in each box
⭐ 100% vegan and cruelty-free
⭐ Typical box value $80-$100
⭐ Free U.S. shipping!
The price for the box starts at $27.75 / month.
I’ve loved every box I’ve received!
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9. AN UPLIFTING BOOK
Not everybody is a reader, but we could all use some inspiration to help get us through the day.
Why not give a positive, uplifting book to help lift someone else’s spirits?
A friend of mine got me 14,000 Things to Be Happy About several years ago, and I still go back and read it from time to time.
It honestly puts so much perspective and gratitude into life.
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10. LIGHT THERAPY LIGHT
I highly recommend giving your loved one a HappyLight Therapy Light.
Light therapy has been proven to decrease symptoms of winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder.
They also improve mood, focus, and sleep patterns.
Within the first week of getting mine, I saw an increase in my energy levels and mood.
I even got to sleep earlier at night than usual.
11. RESILIENT BIG EBOOK BUNDLE
Your loved one will be able to declutter their life of negativity, get rid of negative beliefs, and up their self-care game.
All of these together would cost over $120 if you purchased them separately, but you’ll get a big discount if you get the whole bundle.
12. ESSENTIAL OILS
Gifting essential oils to your loved one with depression is a wonderful way to provide them with some holistic healing.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, and it provides countless benefits.
Essential Oils for Anxiety:
- Sweet orange
Gift a bunch in this 7 & 7 Essential Oil Set, which features 7 single oils and 7 synergies.
*While using essential oils, be sure to use them in a well-ventilated room and keep harmful ones away from pets and kids.
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13. YOUR PRESENCE
Sometimes the only thing your depressed friend needs is for someone to be there.
Just the company of someone else helps makes us feel less alone.
You don’t need to offer your advice or anything, just be there for them.
Lend a listening ear, a hand to hold, and a body to hug.
Honestly, your presence can mean the world.
Recap: Gifts for Depressed Friend
In this article, Healthline shares 10 ways to help your depressed friend.
One way I love helping my friends who are depressed is by giving them thoughtful gifts to show that I care for them.
🎁 Your presence
What are some of the best gifts you ever received?
More posts on gifts and friends:
- Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Someone with Depression
- Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Someone with Anxiety
- 4 Steps to Take When Your Friends Don’t Understand Your Mental Illness
- How to Be a Good Friend to Someone with Social Anxiety
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