If you have a friend or family member who suffers from anxiety, you will know how horrible it is and will probably want to help them.
Not only do I have anxiety in my family but I have a few good friends who suffer too. The reality is that more and more people are struggling with anxiety, from kids through to the elderly.
So what can we do to help those close to us manage their mindset and feel happier? And, what are some perfect gifts for people with anxiety?
In this article, I list 20 perfect gifts for anxious people to help them:
- Let go of crippling anxious thoughts
- Help them feel less stressed
- Calm their troubled minds
- Assist in better sleep
- Make them feel loved
Further reading: 15 Stress relief suggestions for single mothers.
Gifts to relieve stress and anxiety in adults
1. Sleep aid device
If your friend or family suffers from insomnia due to anxiety, anything to help with sleep will make welcome gift. A sleep aid device is a metronome gadget that helps teach you to fall asleep naturally without taking any medicine. This is a natural approach to sleeping so it’s perfect for those who prefer not to take medicine for their anxiety. I have used it with my 7-year-old restless niece and it worked wonders! She fell asleep in no time and she never had problems falling asleep since.
We found this at Amazon
2. Soothing teas
If you are struggling with stress and anxiety, drinking soothing tea can be an effective way to relax. A great idea for gifts for anxious people is a variety of herbal teas that offer calming effects. Teas are very easy gifts to give and can be used for many occasions. It is like giving a hug in a cup! You will never know which tea your friend or family member will enjoy so why not surprise them with a variety of herbal teas?
We found this at T2tea
3. Restorative bath kit
A restorative bath kit is a great gift for those who need to relax. This usually includes essential oils, aromatherapy candles, soaps, and salts that help reduce stress. A relaxing and soothing bath can be very beneficial for people struggling with anxiety as it helps them find solace in a comfortable environment. Not only that but the essential oils and salts in this kit can also help take away tension and relax aching muscles. I find it very relaxing and I use it every week after a hard day at the gym.
We found this at Endota Spa
4. Weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are becoming increasingly popular gifts for people with anxiety. They provide a soothing sensation by applying gentle pressure which mimics a hug and helps calm down anxious thoughts. It is also a great way to get a good night’s sleep. My sister has been using this since she was diagnosed with anxiety and it helps her get a full night of restful sleep. I highly recommend getting one for your friend or family member if they need help sleeping.
We found this Calmingblankets
5. Anxiety-reducing books
We all know how books can be therapeutic and an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Reading a book is one of the best gifts for people with anxiety as it helps them escape from reality and focus on something else for a while. It also allows them to learn about different coping strategies that can help manage their symptoms. You can choose a variety of books depending on your friend or family’s taste but I recommend anything that focuses on reducing anxiety such as self-help or inspirational books.
We found this at Amazon
6. Picture frame with special photos
It is no secret that memories play a huge role in our lives, especially during times when we are struggling with anxiety. Memories can act as an anchor, connecting us to the present moment even when feelings of anxiety, fear, or worry threaten to overpower us. One method to help reduce stress and increase comfort for someone suffering from anxiety is through gifts. A gift like a picture frame with special photos can be an incredibly meaningful way to remind your friend or family that they are loved, supported, and important in someone’s life.
We found this at Temptation Gifts
7. Anti-anxiety jewellery
Jewellery gifts are always popular but for people struggling with anxiety, jewellery items that promote calming can be especially helpful. There are many beautiful pieces of jewellery out there that feature calming symbols like the infinity symbol. Such gifts can be a great reminder for your friend or family to take a moment and breathe. My sister has been wearing an infinity necklace since she was diagnosed with anxiety and it helps her stay calm in stressful situations. These pieces of jewellery can also be a great conversation starter.
We found this at Etsy
8. Mindset cards
Mindset cards are a great gift for people with anxiety as they help them to focus on positive thoughts and develop an optimistic view of life. They provide encouragement and motivation which can help counter negative thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety. Such gifts can be a great reminder that even if life is uncertain and unpredictable right now, there is still hope. I have a few of these cards in my wallet and they help me stay grounded whenever I’m feeling anxious.
We found this at Booktopia
9. Subscription for a guided meditation app
Whenever I feel anxious, I turn to meditation and it helps me calm down and refocus my thoughts. Guided meditation apps are a great way for your friend or family to destress and relax whenever they feel overwhelmed. Subscribing to one of these apps can be a great gift that will help them manage their anxiety in the long term. Check out more apps here: 9 Apps to learn meditation and improve your life through mindfulness.
We found this at Headspace
10. Lavender plant
We all know how plants can be therapeutic and calming. Lavender is a great gift as it carries many benefits such as reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and improving sleep quality. Not only will your friend or family love the aroma but they can benefit from it too! My brother has been growing lavender since he was diagnosed with anxiety and it helps him relax whenever he needs it. I also planted a lavender plant in my garden and it brings me so much joy to me.
We found this at Spotlights
Gifts for anxious people
11. Colouring in books
If you love to colour, you know how therapeutic it can be. Colouring in books is a great gift for people with anxiety as it can help to reduce stress and negative thoughts. It is also a great way to pass time and focus on something creative. Honestly, you might thing this won’t work to lessen anxiety but it seriously does … try it!
We found this at Calm Store
12. Diffuser with calming oils
I love how the look of essential oils diffusers can instantly make a room look more inviting and cozy. Diffusing calming essential oils like lavender, chamomile, or frankincense can be great gifts for people with anxiety as it helps to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality.
We found this at Eco Modern Essentials
13. Wheat bag
Who doesn’t love a warm wheat bag? A wheat bag is a great gift for people with anxiety as it helps to soothe tense and aching muscles. The heat helps improve circulation and promote relaxation while the weight of the bag can be comforting. I have been using a wheat bag for years now and I find it very relaxing, especially after a hard day at the gym. Great for tummy aches too.
We found this at Harris Scarfe
14. Anxiety relief candle
Candles have a special place in many people’s hearts. They evoke feelings of comfort, relaxation, and coziness. Anxiety relief candles are designed to help those with anxiety manage their stress and calm their mind. These gifts contain fragrances that are carefully chosen to create an environment of tranquility and peace. Give the gift of relaxation! A candle is an excellent present for someone with anxiety.
We found this at Etsy
15. Relaxing herbs
The use of herbs for relaxation and stress relief is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries. Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and passionflower are great gifts for people with anxiety as they help to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. I usually have a couple of dried herbs in my kitchen cupboard so I can make a soothing tea whenever I am feeling overwhelmed. It instantly makes me feel calmer and more relaxed especially when I feel stressed.
We found this at Chemist Warehouse
16. Anxiety journal
Journaling is a great way to express your feelings and let out any built-up emotions. Anxiety journals are specifically designed gifts for people with anxiety as they have prompts, questions, and activities that can help the person become more mindful and reduce their anxiety and stress levels. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for gifts for people with anxiety.
We found this at Booktopia
17. Massage gun
Massage guns are becoming increasingly popular gifts for people with anxiety due to their ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Not only do they help reduce tension in the muscles, but they also improve blood circulation throughout the body, providing a multitude of benefits. For example, improved blood circulation helps carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the body, aiding in overall better health and well-being.
We found this at Big W
Another great gift to give people who are dealing with anxiety is crystals. Crystals have been used for centuries to help promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. I like to keep a few crystals in my bedroom to help me stay calm and focused when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Amethyst, rose quartz, and labradorite is all great gifts because they have calming energy that can help people with anxiety.
We found this at Etsy
19. Anxiety smudging kit
When you feel overwhelmed and anxious, it can help to take a few moments to practice smudging. Smudging is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to cleanse negative energy and promote relaxation. An anxiety smudging kit is a great gift for people with anxiety as it helps promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.
We found this at The Spirit of Life
20. Craft kit
I love gifts that encourage creativity, and craft kits are a great way to do just that. Crafting is known for promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels so it’s the perfect gift for people with anxiety. I usually make sure to keep my craft kit stocked as it helps me focus on something positive when I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Crafting is a great way for people with anxiety to express themselves and take their minds off of any negative thoughts or feelings. It can be a great form of stress relief!
We found this at Riot