The beauty of unique gifts for people with depression is that they can be quirky, creative, fun, or silly. You can still be thoughtful and caring, but you might just want to lighten the mood when choosing a gift for a depressed friend.
Then, this list is what you need and I am sure you will find the perfect gift for someone who is depressed. Go ahead and bookmark this page now, so when Christmas rolls around you have a treasure trove of ideas– (heck, they are great gift ideas for anyone!)
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✅ THE AMAZON WISH LIST: Quirky, Fun, & Unique Gifts for People with Depression
✅ Quirky Gifts for Someone Depressed
We all have a little “quirky” in us–some just don’t want to admit it. If you know your friend well, then you know which of these gifts would most appeal to them. You may have just found the perfect gift for your depressed friend!
1. Rosie the Riveter Socks
Rosie the Riveter is the icon of bravery and strength. These adorable socks are a
- Sock design for right and left foot, so that the text and design can look good on both feet
- High quality and comfort, moisture absorbent, ventilation, soft touch and durability
These 12in “Dammit” dolls are made for adults as stress relievers (and super durable.) I grew up in Louisiana, so they look like voodoo dolls to me, but they are so darn “ugly-cute.” This is a perfect gift for someone depressed because when they feel angry about dealing with their illness, they can bang the heck out of it to release frustration.
3. Ceramic Owl Succulent Bonsai Pots
When you are depressed, having something to take care of can bring you out of the thoughts in your head and focus on something else. Since pets aren’t always the best option, these adorable succulent plants in bonsai pots are easy to take care of and a great gift idea for a depressed friend or loved one.
4. Carl Jung Engraved Inspirational Quote Pen
Carl Jung is a famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst known most for his works (Psychology of the Unconscious, Psychological Types, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, and Analytical Psychology) This inspirational pen is engraved with his most well-known quote, “Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes.”
✅ Creative Gifts for Someone with Depression
Having a creative outlet is a great coping strategy for dealing with depression. Participating in a hobby or just a soothing creative activity like coloring are all great self-care activities. So if you can give a give to someone depressed that sparks or encourages their creativity, that is a wonderful thing.
5. Brush Lettering Modern Calligraphy Beginner Kit
Brush lettering has become really popular and is a great hobby for those who like the guidance of rules or specific steps to make a project. Once you learn the technique, the creative possibilities are endless. This beginner lettering book will help you do exactly that.
6. Buddha Board
Buddha Boards are great gifts for depression because of the relaxing water painting that is great for meditation and mindfulness practice. A great hobby and self-care activity to start! (✅ Get More Info, Check Price, read reviews)
7. Mental Health Coloring Pages
It is well-known that coloring mandalas
8. Colored Pencils for Adults
✅ Unique Gifts to Help with Depression
Every person appreciates something unique (especially someone who suffers with depression), the key is to just find the perfect gift that encompasses your friend’s uniqueness. And these gifts actually pull double-duty because they can also help with depression by encouraging the use of coping skills and self-care strategies.
9. Tibetan Singing Bowl Set
10. Bonsai Tree Starter Kit
This premium bonsai tree starter kit includes everything a person needs to know about growing their own bonsai tree. Remember Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid? Didn’t he seem to be relaxed, mindful, and healthy?
11. Woodstock Zen Chimes
These beautiful sounding Woodstock Zen Chimes have a very powerful calming ability to relax and focus. These chimes are guaranteed to be musically tuned created by a Grammy award-winning musician and instrument designer.
12. Felt Message Board for Inspirational Quotes
Perfect size felt message board that provides an easy way to display the quotes that are most inspiring and encouraging. This is sure to be a favorite gift for someone with depression.
✅ Fun Gift Ideas for Depressed Loved Ones
Lighten up gift-giving for someone special in your life that has depression with these fun gift ideas. You will probably even what to add some of these to your own Christmas List! I know I do!
13. Indoor Electric Smore’s Maker
Who doesn’t like Smores? But most of us hate the fuss and mess of having to go outside and have a bonfire to do it, right? Well, here is an indoor electric Smore’s maker that makes it easy to get a delicious treat!
✓ 4 Lazy Susan Compartment Trays
✓ 4 Roasting Forks
✓ Electric flameless heater
14. Unicorn Squishie
Have you ever squeezed a squishie? They are popular and loved by kids for a reason–it’s fun to squeeze them and some are scented. Squishies can be great gifts for depression because they are part stress-reliever and part-sensory experience. Both of those things help the symptoms of depression and this cute little unicorn will surely put a smile on your friend’s face. (✅ See ALL styles)
15. Punderdome: A Game for Pun Lovers
Here is a great new game for people who love puns. Some games are meant to be played just for fun so don’t take this too seriously if you aren’t an expert at puns. Just enjoy yourself and make up the rules as you go. Each of the cards come with a pun joke as a bonus.
• 200 double-sided cards (100 White and 100 Green)
• 2 Mystery Envelopes with fill-in prize slips
• 2 80-page pads for drafting puns
• 1 instruction card and 1 pun example card
• A stu-PUN-dous time for 3 or more players
16. Adult Coloring Book
A depressed person often can’t get the negative thoughts that run like a tape on replay in their mind to stop. By focusing only on coloring and what color to use next, it allows the mind to escape for a little while. Amazon has a ton of awesome choices in adult coloring books for great prices.
17. Adult Coloring Markers
If you give a coloring book to a friend with depression, then you should also consider giving a set of adult coloring markers. Depending on how challenging the coloring page is, you may want to give your friend a selection of fine tip and regular markers to use with adult coloring books. Make sure you look for “no bleed” ones.
✅ Sometimes high-quality gel coloring ink pens are best for smaller lines in more intricate pictures.
- 48 Pc Set of Premium Ink Gel Pens Set With Case
- Artist Quality Coloring Pens: 24 Glitter, 12 Metallic, 12 Neon
- Plus 48 Matching Refills
- Portable Storage Case and Magnetic Gift Box
✅ Off-Beat Gifts to for a Friend with Depression
Tired of all of the same ole’ ideas of gifts for someone with depression? Try an off-beat gift from this list!
18. Stuffed Animal Gift Box: Top 10 Things to Do When You Feel Like a Sloth in
We all feel a little “sloth-like” sometimes, especially is you battle depression. This little sloth is a great gift to bring a little humor into the reality of living with chronic depression. Bonus is the cute plushie sloth!
19. Shakespearean Insult Bandaids
Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not, these bandaids are hilarious! I think most people have the wrong idea about him. William Shakespeare was quite the comic and a bit “off-color” in his humor. Another great gift for someone with depression that will surely make them giggle (or full out belly -laugh.)
20. Mad Libs for Adults
You know you love them! Mad Libs were so much fun to do as kids and are just as much fun to do as an adult. Just try it. Now they make nostalgic Mad Libs for adults. My personal favorite is the Golden Girls Mad Libs. I have fond memories of watching the Golden Girls on TV with my grandmother. She would laugh so hard it would make me smile. Now, as an adult, I understand the humor in the show and why she laughed so hard she nearly peed her pants. I do too!
This light-hearted list of Christmas gifts for a depressed friend has a little something for every kind of “quirky.” You definitely want to bookmark it for the next time you are looking for unique gifts for people with depression. You know your friend best–what kind of “quirky” are they?
Check out these other One-Of-A-Kind Gift Guides for Depression!
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