If you have a friend suffering from depression, self-care gifts for a depressed friend can be life-savers. Often times, those of us who have depression struggle to keep up with regular self-care activities that you might take for granted. Things like showering, brushing teeth, drinking enough water, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. #dontjudge LOL
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✅ Self-Care Gift Ideas for Depressed Friend
Don’t get me wrong, that does not mean your friend struggles with these daily self-care activities. So let’s talk about the different types of self-care real quick. There are physical, mental, and emotional types of self-care activities (and some people say more.) But let’s just keep it simple.
Physical self-care is pretty much the stuff I mentioned above-grooming, eating, exercising, and sleeping. These would be the kind of self-care gifts for friends in that category:
1. Infusion Water Bottle
Some people complain about not drinking enough water because of the lack of taste. Adding a little flavor into the water you drink daily can mix it up and encourage your friend to drink more. Infusion water bottles are a great solution and have added health benefits. (✅ compare)
2. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is a great self-care gift because it is a great addition to a warm bath (bubbles or not.) It helps reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. My psychiatrist once told me that when you are depressed you actually feel pain more intensely. So this Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Bundle is an awesome choice or add to a mental health gift basket.
3. Sleep Headphones
4. Sleep Tight Cards
This is a set of 45 Meditation and Mindfulness Cards for Bedtime. Just choose one each night to calm down and get ready for bed.
✅ Positive Mental Health Gifts
The next type of self-care gift ideas for your depressed friend is for mental health and self-care. Mental self-care is (obviously improving your mental health), but a good way to look at it is the way you cope with life. Having good coping skills will help you work through the challenges and struggles that life brings. These positive mental health gifts are designed to do just that!
Journaling is a known CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) technique for working through depression that therapists often recommend. Keeping a journal has many benefits in dealing with depression and is a helpful gift for depressed people. This one is an easy no-pressure journal that you can open to any page at a time.
These are some journal great gifts to help with depression! My favorite is One Page At A Time: A Daily Creative Companion by Adam J. Kurtz.
More Journal Self-Care Gift Ideas:
- Rage Page: A Journal for the Bad Days by John T
- Getting to Good: A Guided Journal by Elena Welsh, PhD
- The 100-Day Self-Discovery Journal: Breakthrough Journal Writing Prompts for Self-Exploration by Mackenzie Reed
- Ups and Downs: A Journal for Good and Not-So-Good Days by Doro Otterman
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6. Journaling Pens
You can really have fun picking journaling pens for a depressed friend! There are so many colors, types, and designs you will probably have a hard time choosing. You may also decide to get yourself some.
These are the ✅ top Amazon Picks for Best Journaling Pens. They are Amazon Prime-Eligible and have 4+ Star Reviews.
7. Self-Help Books
Over the years my doctors have recommended several different self-help books & workbooks for depression. When deciding which book to give a friend with depression, just read the description and reviews to choose the one you think would be of most help to them.
✓ Creative workbook - not like you've ever seen
✓ Unique engaging prompts help you reframe negative thoughts
✓ Author Lee Crutchley
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✅ Best Gifts for Relaxation
The third kind of self-care is emotional self-care. That boils down to one word – COMFORT. Things that feel good and are good for you are definitely some of the best gifts for relaxation and
8. Muse: The Brain-Sensing Headband
Meditation is at the top of most therapists’ list for self-care activities and good mental health habits. The Muse is a device designed to improve your health through meditation, deep breathing, relaxation, and increased focus. It guides you through learning the best practices for effective meditation and keeps track of your progress.
It does require an additional subscription to access all the data and features and many of the 1-star reviews are because of this. The manufacturer should make it more clear in the description.
9. Aromatherapy Diffusers
A gift for someone with depression that actually helps them cope with it is an awesome gesture. Aromatherapy diffusers can do this by spreading beneficial essential oil particles the air around you and diffusers can also help purify the air.
This diffuser is also a cool-mist humidifier and has 7 different light colors you can change.
10. Essential Oils & Essential Oil Sets
✅ Mental Health Gift Basket
A mental health gift basket is a great self-care to give a depressed friend. Instead of thinking bath soaps and lotions to soothe and pamper the body, think of gift items that soothe the mind. Anything that can improve their self-esteem and self-confidence is a perfect item for this kind of gift basket.
Affirmations are the bomb when it comes to doing just that. Using affirmations is a great way to practice self-care. It is a great gift both encouraging and therapeutic to give a depressed person.
11. Affirmation Starter Kit
Does your friend like to color? If you aren’t sure, you can probably assume they do (I really don’t think that part of our inner child ever goes away!) This affirmation starter kit that I created (and you can find in the Chronic Illness Warrior Shop) is a perfect start. The kit comes with printable affirmation cards with beautiful mandala-style doodles to color. There are even blank cards for your depressed friend to write their own affirmations.
12. Affirmation Cards
These are pre-made cards that you can get in sets. Amazon has many to choose from (✅