Inside: Looking for the perfect gift for someone with anxiety? Read below to find 37 of the most thoughtful gifts for people with anxiety that show how much you care.
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As someone who suffers from chronic illness and anxiety, I know firsthand how difficult it is to manage life without letting stress take over your world. I’ve tried everything from meditation to CBD to therapy. Anxiety can be especially detrimental when it interferes with your sleep.
But the truth is, we all need a little help from time to time, and no one thing will ever take it away completely.
That’s why I’ve curated the list below of gifts for people with anxiety based on my own experiences with anxiety. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone going through a tough time or simply wanting something for yourself, check out the gift ideas below.
37 Clever Gifts for People with Anxiety (in 2021)
- BAN.DO Wellness Planner
- Betterhelp Therapy Sessions
- Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
- Pure Enrichment Car Diffuser
- Weighted Blanket
- Essential Oil Blend: Sleep Aid
- Invisa Wear Gold Chain Necklace
- One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal
- White Noise Machine
- House Cleaning
- Manta COOL Mask
- Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life
- Himalayan Salt Rock Lamp
- BAN.DO Feel Better De-Stress Rainbow
- Calm Subscription
- Headspace Subscription
- Drinking Animals Coloring Book
- The Four Agreements
- ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Talk Set
- OXO Good Grips® Brushed Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
- Tea Drops Ultimate Tea Sampler
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Da Bomb”F” Bath Bomb
- Apothekary Home Farmacy Set
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
- Bluetooth Sleep Eye Mask Wireless Headphones
- True Botanicals Stress Relief Roll-On
- Verma Farms CBD Oil Kit
- Komuso The Shift Necklace
- Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak
- Knack’s Care Package
- Core Meditation Trainer
- Paddywax Eco – Mandarin & Lavender Candle
- Meditation Cushion
- Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
The BAN.DO Wellness Planner is a great gift for anyone needing a little extra help organizing their life (or daily reminders to drink water). It features encouraging tear-out cards, stickers, and information on healing crystals — and to help with anxiety, the planner also includes a mood tracker for daily check-ins.
Revolutionizing therapy, BetterHelp is the world’s largest counseling service that’s 100 percent online. If you know someone who’s considered therapy but hasn’t had the money or simply doesn’t know where to start, then a gift certificate for online therapy sessions may be just the thing for them.
Recommended by Oprah, Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration helps people with anxiety get their thoughts out through interactive writing prompts and introspective reflection. Author Meera Patel’s visual style and quiet thoughtfulness make this the perfect gift for someone needing a stress-relieving activity with a touch of inspiration.
Ask anyone what the most stressful part of their day is and they’re liable to tell you it’s commuting to-and-from work. Help a colleague out with the Pure Enrichment Car Diffuser. This essential oil diffuser is conveniently powered through USB, so it can be used in the car or in the office and emits just the right amount of fragrance in the air without being overwhelming.
By now, you’ve probably heard of weighted blankets, the backed-by-research solution to help improve anxiety. According to Harvard University, “The blankets are supposed to work much the same way tight swaddling helps newborns feel snug and secure so they can doze off more quickly. The blanket basically simulates a comforting hug, in theory helping to calm and settle the nervous system.” Just make sure you pay attention to the size, as the correct weight of the blanket is determined by the user’s body weight.
What’s a list of the best gifts for people with anxiety without an essential oil blend? Rated number two on Amazon, the Essential Oil Blend: Sleep Aid is formulated with stress relieving aromas and mood enhancing scents designed to drift you off to better sleep.
7. Invisa Wear Gold Chain Necklace
This is by far the most innovative gift on the list and one that I would absolutely buy for my daughter. Essentially, the Invisa Wear Gold Chain Necklace is equipped with an alarm button that texts up to five people at a time letting them know you’re in danger and your GPS location. Not only that, but it’s cute, as well. For the mom in your life who is anxious about her children, give her the Invisa Wear gold chain necklace.
The One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal is a thoughtful gift to help someone focus for a few minutes at a time everyday, while logging precious memories that they can later look back on. This book is a great way to help someone with anxiety challenge themselves with thought-provoking questions and track their growth over time.
I feel like I’m the last person on Earth to find out about the benefits of a white noise machine (But just in case I’m not, I included it on this list). It wasn’t until we received one from our baby registry that my husband and I decided to try it for ourselves. AND HOLY COW! The difference in our sleep is outstanding – to the point where I actually can’t sleep without it anymore.
10. House Cleaning
Is there anyone in the world who wouldn’t want to receive a gift certificate for a house cleaning? This is a great gift overall, but an even better gift for people with anxiety. When overwhelmed by life, a clean house will often take a backseat to other priorities. Do a loved one a favor and take cleaning the house off their to-do list.
11. Manta COOL Mask
The Manta COOL Mask claims to be “The world’s comfiest blackout cooling mask. Guaranteed.” With confidence like that, they must be doing something right. Users rave about the masks benefits, saying it helps with headaches and allergies. This is a great quality gift with a money back guarantee.
Anxiety often stems from a vicious cycle of negative thought patterns that send you spiraling down a hole that feels inescapable. Using a profanity-laced approach, Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life gives the reader just the right amount of motivational push needed to stop negativity and start letting go.
A Himalayan salt rock lamp is another item on most lists of gifts for people with anxiety. With many believing that salt rock lamps help improve sleep, mood and chronic illnesses (research is still pending on the actual proof of these claims), it’s no wonder these have remained popular. While evidence of the lamp’s benefits may still be under review, there’s no doubt that the pink glow from the lamp provides warmth and relaxation. This is a great gift for someone wanting to create a peaceful environment.
The BAN. DO Feel Better De-Stress Rainbow is another great gift from a rising leader in the wellness industry. We’ve all seen stress balls, but how many have you seen that double as decorative accents? This cute rainbow de-stress ball is perfect for the person in your life who has anxiety, but who’s also trendy.
My personal opinion is that, hands-down, the best part of Calm is the sleep stories. On what other app can you have Matthew McConaughey read you a bedtime story as you drift off to sleep? I frequently have panic attacks in the middle of the night and the Calm sleep stories have helped me sleep through the night without waking up in a pool of stress. Rather than falling asleep with my incessant thoughts, I drift off in an imaginary far off land where animals talk and princesses are heroes. You can purchase a subscription for $69.99/year.
My subscription to Headspace is one of the best things I own. This app has helped me with anxiety more than probably any other product on this list. Headspace has taught me to be kind to myself and sit still with my thoughts. The series on anxiety taught me a trick that has substantially reduced the amount of panic attacks I have at night. I can’t sincerely say enough good things about this app; I use it every morning when I wake up to be at peace with the rest of my day.
The Drinking Animals Coloring Book is a fun way to relax after a long week. Perfect for homebodies (or during a pandemic), this adult coloring book features fun animal designs and, as a bonus, actual cocktail recipes—now, that’s what I call a 2-for-1 (unfortunately, that won’t be my last
dad mom joke).
The book, The Four Agreements, was recommended to me by a friend who described the book as “life changing.” The advice helped her accept past trauma and move toward a path of inner peace. At only 102 pages long, the book isn’t intimidating and can be read in a single afternoon over a soothing cup of tea and a calming candle.
ThisWorks claims to have proven studies that show their Deep Sleep Pillow Talk Set: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray & Stress Check Roll On target relaxation and help users get a more restful sleep, waking more energized in the morning. That’s a big claim for a pillow spray, but reviewers attest to its benefits.
You’d be hard pressed to find something more relaxing than settling down at the end of the night with a cup of tea. In order to enjoy said tea, it’s helpful to own a tea kettle. I recommend the OXO Good Grips® Brushed Stainless Steel Tea Kettle. I love OXO, because their ergonomically-friendly products are easy to use if you have motor or coordination issues.
Speaking of loving tea, the Tea Drops’ Ultimate Tea Sampler is a great gift for the tea lover in your life. The variety pack comes with 10 flavors to explore, and is uniquely shaped in fun designs that can be conveniently “dropped” into hot water. The flavors are based on availability, but ultimately include flavors not traditionally seen in most places. As a self-proclaimed tea junkie, I would LOVE to receive this gift.
22. Jigsaw Puzzle
Not only do I love tea, but I’m a big fan of jigsaw puzzles, as well (don’t all start calling me to hang out at once, I know). But in all seriousness, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to stave off boredom and distract yourself from mindlessly scrolling through your phone. Social media isn’t good for my anxiety, and focusing on puzzles distracts me from my phone, while rewarding me with a sense of accomplishment when I’m done.
At the end of a stressful day, you can often find me relaxing in a hot bath. When I want to make it feel extra luxurious, I reach for a bath bomb. It’s a fun way to calm down in a colorful way. The Da Bomb “F” Bath Bomb makes for a fun gift without the high price tag and even features a fortune telling at the end of the bath, as an added touch of fun.
The Apothekary Full Home Farmacy Set is a great gift for someone with anxiety wanting to boost their mood through natural herbs and nutrition. The set includes six special blends that can be mixed together or taken separately to enhance specific bodily functions. It’s easy to use and can be added to recipes including smoothies.
The book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie teaches the fundamentals behind how stress affects the body and encourages the reader to focus on what’s truly important in life. He provides advice using real-life situations that readers can relate to and creates a compelling narrative that stands the test of time.
My husband needs total darkness and white noise to fall asleep, so playing my Calm sleep stories without headphones bothers him. The Bluetooth Sleep Eye Mask Wireless Headphones is the perfect solution to both our needs. The mask is soft and comfortable, Bluetooth enabled and, ultimately, allows me to play my sleep stories without keeping him awake.
The True Botanicals Stress Relief Roll-On is a fragrant roll-on that features stress-reducing scents of floral, wood and spice. It’s easy-to-use and is conveniently small enough to travel with when stressful situations often occur. True Botanicals’ products are high quality gifts for people with anxiety.
True story – I was given a diffuser as a gift three times in one year. So, if that tells you anything about who I am as a person…But, really, who doesn’t want the room smelling good? Diffusers allows you to change out the scent depending on your mood, without worrying about burning the house down.
It’s important to read reviews before purchasing CBD, since the taste and quality can differ considerably. The award winning Verma Farms CBD Oil Kit was ranked #1 by Forbes and Entrepreneur Media and claims to be the highest praised CBD on the market. The 3-pack variety kit includes tinctures to help a person calm down, boost energy and enhance focus. This is a great gift for someone who has anxiety and is ready to enter the world of cannabis.
Inspired by 17th Century monks in Japan, the Komuso Shift Necklace is specially designed to help regulate breathing during anxiety. According to the company, many people don’t breathe correctly and have difficulties exhaling, the necklace “promotes the feeling of calm through the biology of controlled breath.” This is a great gift for someone who has anxiety before public speaking.
At $22 a pop, this is one of the most pricey items on the list relative to its size. However, reviewers rave that the Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak really does moisturize their skin and provides a calming, luxurious experience. This is a great gift for someone younger, as the marketing has set itself up as very instagram-able. You’ll instantly look like the “cool aunt” when gifting this to your niece in college who’s anxious during exam time.
A Knack’s Care Package is a great gift that allows you to completely customize what you want to give. Whether you’re looking for a spa-themed basket or something for a tea and coffee-lover, Knack offers high quality items that you pick and choose.
I light incense every morning as a way to prepare myself for the rest the day. I find it incredibly relaxing, and I like to make it part of my meditation ritual in the morning. P.S. Incense has the added benefit of rubbing off on your clothes, providing a makeshift perfume. My old colleagues would comment on the way I smell it when I came into work…now that I think about it, I’m not sure if this was a good thing.
For the person with anxiety who wants to go all-in, give the CORE MEDITATION TRAINER. According to the company, “The Core Meditation Trainer is a new, sensory meditation experience, designed to help you build a meditation ritual that sticks.” This is a high-tech gift that will help serious meditators restore the mindfulness they’ve been looking for.
I live in Nashville, where Pattywax is headquartered, so I may be biased but I love these candles. I received the Paddywax Eco – Mandarin & Lavender Candle last year as a gift and was surprised by the quality and the amount of fragrance emitted. This one candle I can easily make the whole house smell good.
I’m not the ideal person to ask when it comes to a meditation cushion, because I use meditation as an excuse to lay down in my bed. But maybe I would do it correctly, if I had a meditation cushion? Either way meditation cushions provide a comfy place to park your bottom and focus on finding inner peace in your meditation practice.
Did you really think I was going to finish a list of gifts for people with anxiety and not include a neck massager? I have to pay homage to all the shopping mall kiosks attendants over the years and recommend the Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager for mom and dad. We know that stress and tension is often held in the neck and shoulders.
Final Thoughts on 37 Clever Gifts for People with Anxiety (in 2021)
I hope these gifts for people with anxiety have given you some inspiration on what to get a loved one or a friend in need. Anxiety is a beast, so showing someone you care by sharing a small token of your love can be helpful in so many different ways.
Are you someone who deals with anxiety? What gifts for people with anxiety would you recommend? Tell me in the comments below.
Allie Schmidt is a rare disease advocate and disabled mom living with motor neuron disease. She founded Disability Dame in 2020 to provide tips to other moms living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
In her spare time, you can find her traveling with her husband (she's been to 38 states and 16 countries!), watching reruns of Survivor, or tending to her near-constant sunburn from spending too much time outside. You can follow her adventures here.