12 Gift Ideas for Someone with Depression

Do you have a friend or family member who experiences depression? Check out these 12 great gift ideas for someone with depression. These gifts encourage self-care, the use of adaptive coping strategies (e.g., journaling, practicing gratitude), and positive thinking.

 Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone with Depression | Philadelphia Mental Health Counselor 

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1. Rifle Paper Co. 2018 Inspirational Quotes Calendar

This 2018 Inspirational Quotes Wall Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. has 12 beautiful illustrations featuring inspirational quotes. This is a great way to implement activity scheduling and time management skills with the additional benefit of encouraging positive thinking through the inclusion of an inspirational quote each month.


2. Alex and Ani New Beginnings Bracelet

This bangle features a charm with a perfectly crafted 8-sided sun that represents the universal law that life's outcomes are a reflection of your efforts. Empower yourself to shine brighter than yesterday, to let your passions spark action. Embrace the energy of this powerful charm and create your own new beginning. Depression can feel overwhelming, but remind your loved ones that there is hope and help to empower them to make whatever small changes they can to manage their mood and work to live more satisfying lives.


3. Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock

Depression often leads to changes in sleep and many people with depression find it especially difficult to get out of bed in the morning. According to Philips, this Wake-up Light has been scientifically proven to be a more effective way of waking up and leaves you more energized and in a better mood upon awakening.


4. Bath Bombs Gift Set

A warm bath is a great way to relax and spend some time engaging in self-care. These bath bombs will elevate any bath to a more luxurious and rejuvenating experience. The lovely packaging helps makes this a great gift item.


5. Sferra Celine Herringbone Throw

A healthy way to cope when experiencing distressing emotions is by focusing on soothing each of the five senses. Cozying up with a soft blanket or throw is a great way to soothe through the sense of touch. This Sferra Celine Herringbone Throw Blanket (shown here in Slate Blue) is a luxurious throw that looks and feels wonderful.


6. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration

For those who find the blank pages of a journal intimidating or simply not engaging, this offers a wonderful alternative. 52 Lists for Happiness prompts journal readers to cultivate their own uniquely happy and fulfilling lives.


7. Gratitude Journal

There are many mental health benefits to writing down 3-5 things that you are grateful for each day. This helps us to balance our thinking and acknowledge positive things in our lives, even in the midst of challenging times. This gratitude journal has a simple format that helps prompt daily entries.


8. Tocca Beauty Crema Set

Applying lotion with a pleasant scent can be an effective self-soothing technique, as this soothes two senses (i.e., touch & smell) at once. The three moisturizing hand creams from Tocca included in this set all smell wonderful and feel incredibly hydrating without being greasy.


9. Lightbox

A lightbox is a fun accessory for any home, office, or college dorm room. Before wrapping this gift, consider arranging a positive message on the lightbox for the gift recipient to see when they open it up!


10. Rifle Paper Co. Vintage Blossoms Notebook Set

Journaling can be helpful by prompting you to examine your thoughts and emotions, as well as providing an outlet for expressing your thoughts and emotions. Many people find writing in a journal to be an effective strategy for coping with distress. This Vintage Blossoms notebook set by Rifle Paper Co includes 2 beautiful notebooks, each with 64 unlined pages.


11. Capri Blue Muse Facceted Jar Candle

Scented candles are a great way to promote calm and relaxation. This beautiful candle from Capri Blue is both visually appealing and smells great! It's large size means that you can enjoy it for a long time.


12. One Week of Mottos Pencils

This boxed pencil set features 7 pencils engraved with inspirational mottos, such as: start today, use your words, and anything is possible.



For more gift ideas, visit my previous blog post on Holiday Gifts that Support Mental Health & Wellness and check out my Holiday Gift & Coping Skills boards on Pinterest.