As human beings, we all have those days when things just aren’t good. Maybe we just had surgery or are suffering from an illness. Maybe we’ve lost a loved one because of death or divorce, or perhaps we lost a beloved pet or a job we really enjoyed.
Maybe we had to spend the last seven months at home because of a near-worldwide pandemic and are just feeling really down about it.
Whatever the reason, everyone gets a little down now and then. Here are 30 gifts to make someone feel better no matter why they’re sad.
30 Gift Ideas To Make Someone Feel Better
The Ultimate Care Package: KURITIAN Warm Hugs Positive Energy Combo Set
Sometimes the best gift you can give to someone who isn’t feeling well is the gift of comfort and relaxation. That’s what this gift set provides. The set includes a 100% microfiber plush blanket that’s super soft and covered in positive, uplifting messages of healing and joy.
There’s also a pair of warm, fuzzy socks, a neck pillow and an eye mask. Everything comes in a handy carrying tote, and the pillow and the tote are covered in the same peaceful messages to help brighten your friend’s day.
The Ultimate Feel Better Gift: Farm Direct Fresh 12 Rainbow Roses Tinted Flower Bouquet
Flowers are one of the most traditional gifts for someone who’s suffering, is in recovery or has recently suffered a great loss, but just because you want to get your friend a traditional gift doesn’t mean it also has to be boring.
This gorgeous set of a dozen roses has been tinted to look like rainbows in a vase. The clear glass vase is also included. The roses are of exceptional quality and look amazing. You can even add a custom note to the order and have the roses shipped directly to your loved one.
A Manly Recovery Kit: MyGift Wall-Mounted Metal First Aid Cabinet
If you want to buy your friend a “care package” to help him feel better but want to give it to him in something a little more unique and manly than a basket, buy him this awesome metal first aid cabinet instead.
You can stock it with all his favorite things – beef jerky, chicken noodle soup, word search puzzles, etc. – lock it up and give it to him in one great package. After he clears out all his goodies, he can hang the cabinet in his home or shop and stock it with real first aid supplies.
It’s a gift that’s both creative and practical.
Give Him Some Time in Nature: Outdoor Hanging Curved Steel Chaise Lounge Chair
Sometimes the best recovery you can give someone is time alone in nature. That’s what this amazing hanging chaise lounge provides. It has an ultra comfy chaise seat with a steel frame and 46-inch removable shade.
The seat is filled with two-inch foam cushions and a removable headrest. It looks lovely, and it feels amazing. It can hold people up to 265 pounds and comes in six different colors.
Art Can Be Very Therapeutic: 88-Piece Art Set in Portable Wooden Case
If you have a creative, artistic friend, buying her high-quality art supplies that’ll allow her to vent her feelings through art can be an amazingly therapeutic and highly appreciated gift. The case, itself, is lovely and features two drawers and an amazing space-saving design.
Within the case, your friend will find two sketch pads, four drawing boards, a multitude of brushes, pencils, paints, watercolors and more. She’ll have everything she needs to create beautiful art and chase her blues away.
For Soothing All the Aches and Pains: Hmech Heating Pads for Back Pain and Cramps
Sometimes making someone feel better can literally mean relieving them of physical pain and discomfort. The Homech therapeutic heating pad will do just that for your loved one. It can actually be worn like a vest to relieve aches, pains and soreness from the shoulders, back and neck, or she can use it on her legs or across her stomach.
It’s soft and comfortable to wear, and it has six heat settings that can be controlled via a digital controller. It comes with a two-hour safety shutoff in case your friend feels so good she falls asleep while wearing it.
Create a Calm, Healing Atmosphere: SHARPER IMAGE Sleep White Noise Sound Machine
Whether your friend is suffering from anxiety or a lack of a good night’s sleep, this white noise machine can help. It’s small and easily portable. It can run off AA batteries or via a USB cable. It has 16 pre-loaded audio tracks from which to choose, five brightness levels and a 20-level volume control.
He can even set it on a timer so that it turns off after he’s sleeping.
Never Give Up: Dear Ava Inspirational Gift Necklace
If your loved one is having a hard time dealing with things in her life and is ready to throw in the towel with her job, her passion or whatever else, this sweet, simple necklace might just be what she needs to remind her never to quit.
It’s classy and elegant and comes in an inspirational gift box with a thoughtful, inspiring message and a black velvet bag. It also comes with a lovely piece of blank cardstock for you to write your own personal, empowering message to her.
The 18-inch chain and two-inch extender are included.
A Reminder that Someone Bigger Has It Under Control: Designs Farmhouse Style Bible Verse Wall Decor
If you have a Christian friend who’s struggling, this simple, lovely piece of wall art is the perfect gift. It measures 5.5″ x 9.5″ and is printed on high-quality MDF wood, which is both attractive and durable.
Most importantly, though, it’ll reaffirm what she already knows she should be doing – praying about everything and worrying about nothing. The quote comes from Philippians chapter four, verse six, and it’s the perfect Bible verse for any Christian who’s going through a tough time in life.
It’ll help remind your friend that God’s got her.
Seals Make Everything Better: Bunbunbunny Chubby Blob Seal Plush Pillow
This gift is awesome. It’s a fat, adorable, totally realistic seal plush that’s stuffed with down cotton for extra softness and extreme cuddlebility. (That may not be a word, but it’s also the perfect word for this little guy!) He’s over a foot long and looks so real, it’s almost like an actual seal is lying on the floor.
He doesn’t do anything, and he doesn’t have any hidden magical powers, but he’s a fat, adorable seal, and that’s enough to make anyone feel better just by looking at and snuggling with him.
For the Friend Who’s Grieving: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
If the friend you’re trying to cheer up is suffering due to the sickness or loss of a loved one, this short book may be just what he needs to help him come to terms with what’s happening. It’s marketed as a young adult book, but the story it tells and the themes within it will definitely resonate with anyone, old or young, who’s losing or has lost someone dear to him.
It tells the story of a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer. Unable to deal with his feelings about his impending loss, he seeks the help of a magical tree, who comes in the boy’s moments of greatest stress and destroys things all around him.
It’s a powerful, heartbreaking book, and your friend is sure to identify with much of its story.
For the Friend Who’s Feeling a Little Homesick: Homesick Scented Candle
These 13.75-ounce, all-natural soy candles are designed specifically for the loved one who’s suffering from a terrible case of homesickness. In fact, that’s exactly what they’re called – Homesick candles.
There’s one for every state, and each one features its own unique blend of scents that perfectly encapsulates what it’s like in Alabama, Illinois, California, Texas or any of the other 46 states. Each one has a burn time of 60-80 hours.
100 Reminders to Keep Going: 100-Piece Capsule Message in a Glass Bottle
This may look like an odd little gift at first, but if your friend is going through a tough time and needs a little extra reminding about why she’s so amazing, this gift can give her that. It comes with a glass jar and 100 fake pill capsules.
Each capsule has a tiny, rolled up paper inside it, which you can take out and write down something sweet, kind, reaffirming and inspiring to or about your friend.
You can fill out each piece of paper yourself and replace them, or you can get her other friends and family members in on the action and have them all fill a capsule for her with their own sweet messages of love and affirmation.
Then, anytime she needs a little pick-me-up, she can open a capsule and read a new heartfelt message written just for her.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine: 368 Terrible Dad Jokes by Bryce Atkins
As the old adage goes, laughter is the best medicine. If you have a loved one who agrees with that sentiment, he’ll love this book of 368 super corny, eye-roll-worthy dad jokes that also somehow manage to be hilarious despite how terrible they are.
Your friend won’t know whether to laugh or groan after reading most of these, but either way, they’ll definitely take his mind off things for a while.
For the Little One in Pain: Open The Joy Feel Better Gift for Kids Age 4+
If you’re looking for a ‘get well’ gift box for a younger child, this is a great option. It contains all kinds of fun stuff to help take his mind off his illness, pain or recovery. There’s a painting set, a cuddly stuffed animal, some clay, an activity book, playing cards and more.
Everything comes in an awesome, convenient carrying case so your little friend can carry all his goodies around with him if he has to do any relocating.
A Box of Affirmations: 60 Affirmation Cards with Thought Provoking Empowering Questions
Sometimes, all a person needs to feel a little better about herself is some empowerment from a good friend and a little self-reflection/home therapy. These cards will provide your friend with both. Each card is unique and double-sided.
On one side, there’s an empowering quote telling her she’s strong, beautiful, kindhearted and all kinds of other positive, inspiring things.
On the other side, the card asks her a serious, probing question such as, “What three words define who I am?” to guide her self-reflection.
They’re small, lightweight and easily transported as well, so she can carry them with her for use anytime she needs reminding of how wonderful she is.
A Hug Whenever He Needs One: YnM Weighted Blanket
Having a weighted blanket is like having access to a hug anytime you want one or like having your mother tuck you in at night. This particular brand of blanket is no exception and is more versatile than most.
There are several different color options from which to choose, and there are even more size options, both in dimensions and weight. The glass beads inside the blanket will gradually heat up over time, providing your friend with a warm, comforting embrace and the best night’s sleep he’s had in a long time.
A Monster to Eat Her Troubles: Schmidt Junior Molly Worry Eater Soft Toy
This is another great option for the child in your life who has a little too much worry, although, to be fair, there are plenty of adults who’d appreciate the gift as well. This little plush is what’s known as a “Worry Eater.
” It’s cute and super cuddly, and your friend can write down all her worries and “feed” them to the Worry Eater through its zippered mouth. The Worry Eater eats the worries, and your friend can rest a little easier at night knowing she has her Worry Eater by her side.
(If a parent comes in at night and removes the written worries from the Worry Eater’s mouth, the plush is even more effective.)
For the One You Love: Story Collection Women Bracelet
Some people need affirmations when they’re feeling lonely and sad; others need distractions to help them take their minds off things. For other people, all they need is to know for certain that someone loves them and is thinking about them.
This simple, elegant metal bracelet will make it easy for your loved one to remember that fact. It’s shiny, lovely, silver in color and engraved with the phrase, “I love you so much.” It’ll help your friend remember how loved she truly is.
A Comprehensive Guide: What I Love about You Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones with personal touches to them. This journal allows you to fill in all the blanks with things pertinent to your and your friend’s relationship. It’s a relatively small book measuring 4.
5″ x 3.25″, but it’s packed with 112 pages that’ll allow you to tell your friend all the reasons you love, admire, respect and appreciate him. Because it’s customizable, you can make it sweet, heartfelt, hilarious or even a little naughty – whatever you think your friend would enjoy most.
For Calm, Relaxing Evenings: Yogi Tea Relaxation Variety 5-Pack
If your loved one is suffering from anxiety and having a little trouble relaxing and calming down, this five-pack of variety teas should help him out in that regard. Each flavor is unique, delicious and caffeine-free.
Each is organic and infused with herbal supplements. The flavors include kava stress relief, honey lavender stress relief, relaxed mind, comforting chamomile and calming tea. Each pack contains 16 tea bags for a total of 80 cups of delicious, relaxing and soothing tea.
For the Empty Nester: Ceramic Ring Dish Decorative Trinket Plate
The absolute hardest thing a parent can go through is the loss of a child to death. No parent wants to have to live through that, and some can’t quite manage it at all. Watching a grown child move out of the house isn’t nearly as traumatic.
In fact, a child growing up and being able to live on her own as a successful, happy adult is cause for celebration, but it doesn’t mean that the parent doesn’t still get sad and lonely after that child is gone and her “nest” is empty.
If your mom is going through a hard time and feeling a little lonely, get her this sweet, gentle trinket dish to remind her that no matter how far away you are, you’ll always love her. It’s lovely and well-made of high-quality glazed ceramic, and your mom will feel a little bit better every time she looks at it.
A Place for All Her Thoughts: She Believed She Could, So She Did Journal
Being a woman can be hard; being a successful woman with dreams and ambitions can be even harder. If your friend is feeling the pressures of her job, aspirations or life in general, get her this nice, faux-leather journal that’ll give her a place to write down what she’s thinking and get some of her thoughts off her mind and onto paper.
The inspiring quote on the cover will also remind her of how strong and powerful she is every time she picks it up to write. It has 176 lightly lined pages, a bookmark ribbon, a cover pocket and an elastic band closure to keep it secure.
For Sweet Relief after a Long Day: Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom Salt
A relaxing soak in a foot bath can make even the most horrible of bad days better and more bearable. This unique blend of soaking salts includes eucalyptus, sea salt, epsom salt, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, MSM, cajuput and spearmint.
It’s all-natural and will have an amazing effect on your friend’s feet. In addition to just feeling nice, it can also help with many foot ailments and will certainly help peel away dead skin and rejuvenate her feet.
Brighten Up Her Life: Light Therapy Lamp
With four brightness levels, two lighting modes, a timer and touch controls, this is one of the best light therapy lamps in its price range on the market today. It features soft, adjustable light that mirrors the full spectrum of the sun’s rays, and it’s an amazing option for friends who suffer from seasonal depression and get really upset when they can’t spend enough time in the sun.
It’s UV-free and totally safe, and the timer will allow your friend to bask in the glow for up to 60 minutes without interruption.
Lighten the Mood with Humor: I Wish I Could Take Your Pain 12-Ounce Wine Tumbler
This durable, attractive and BPA-free wine tumbler is perfect for your wine-drinking loved one who’s in pain but has a real sense of humor about it all. The message on the tumbler – “I wish I could take your pain.
..” – starts out incredibly sweet and seems like it’ll be a heartwarming, loving sentiment. The ending of the message, though, tells another story entirely by following up with, “…and give it to someone we both really hate!” It comes in four different colors and holds 12 ounces of wine.
It’s a great tumbler that’ll allow you and your BFF to share some good wine and even better laughter.
A Complete Care Package: Get Well Soon Feel Better Care Package
While this may not be the most original gift in the world, if you’re trying to cheer someone up and help him to feel better, there are few better and quicker ways to do that than by providing him with a massive sugar rush.
This great ‘get well soon’ box comes with all your friends favorite 90s and 2000s candy including Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, wax lips, Mike and Ike, Twizzlers, wax soda bottles, Boston Baked Beans and more.
Everything comes packed in a cute, nostalgic box reminding your friend to get well soon.
A Boost of Confidence: Hope 8-Ounce Highly-Scented Soy Candle
This is another good option for the candle lovers in your life. While the Homesick candles are perfect for those friends missing their hometowns, this YES YOU CANDLE candle is perfect for the friend who needs a reminder to have a little hope.
It comes with the inspiring message, “We can’t change what life hands us, but each of our lives is a gift. Find every moment you can to breathe hope into everything you do” printed on the label and smells delightfully of vanilla, sandalwood, lavender, orange and jasmine.
It’s sure to be a hit in any house where there’s currently a lack of hope and faith. Whether it’s because of the uplifting message or the enticing scent, your friend will feel a little better each time she burns it.
A Simple Reminder: You Rock Engraved Rock
This gift is small and relatively inexpensive, but it’s great if you have a friend who shares your odd sense of humor and love of puns. It’s exactly what it appears to be – a rock that reminds your friend that he, too, rocks.
Each rock is smooth and water-worn and has been engraved in white ink, which stands out nicely against the black of the rocks. It’s a small, sentimental gift that’s 100% environmentally friendly and 100% guaranteed to put a smile on your friend’s face.
For the Loved One Who’s Missing You: Hug This Pillow Until You Can Hug Me Pillow Case
If your loved one is feeling lonely and sad because she’s missing you, give her this great pillowcase. It features double-sided printing that reads, “Hug this pillow until you can hug me.” It’s well-made of a cotton/polyester blend, and it’s soft, comfortable and machine-washable.
It features an invisible zipper that allows her to take it off her pillow and wash it easily but doesn’t detract from the overall look of the pillow when she replaces it. It’s a great way for her to ease the pain of separation until she can see you again.
Show Someone You Care
It doesn’t matter how happy and full of life someone is; everyone gets down sometimes. Whether it’s due to a great loss, an illness or injury or something else entirely, no one goes through life without having a few lousy times where they feel like poop. This is especially true of people who suffer bouts of depression, no matter the root cause, and since depression affects over 300 million people around the world, it’s very likely that someone you know or love may suffer from it at some point in his or her life.
It’s during those times when they need their friends, family and other loved ones the most. Sometimes knowing that someone is out there who cares about them is all people need to turn things around and feel a little better about themselves or their situations. You never know when a single gift could change someone’s life, and if there’s even a chance that you could give someone you love a gift that could help the sun shine on his or her life again, then that’s absolutely something worth buying.
A gift to make someone feel better can come in many forms. There are standard “Get Well Soon,” “Sorry for Your Loss” and “Don’t Worry; Be Happy” gifts that are traditional go-to gifts for most people. These include teddy bears, flowers, chocolates and care packages. Just because those types of gifts are traditional, though, doesn’t mean they aren’t still great gifts, and chances are, your friend would appreciate them very much.
Gifts that help people pamper themselves are also good options. Sometimes, when someone is having a bad day, all it takes is a little pampering and self-care to turn that day around to a happy note. These types of gifts include spa kits, massagers, at-home facials or manicures and other similar types of gifts. Another good option is a gift that helps take people’s minds off their troubles. That could come in the form of books, music, movies or other types of entertainment. Humor usually works well also.
Basically, it’s up to you to determine what type of gift would most help improve your loved one’s mood. Maybe you guys have some kind of secret inside joke you could use to find the perfect gift, or maybe you know that s/he has a dark sense of humor and could use that to find something great. Either way, you know him or her well enough to know what could put a smile back on that sad face, and chances are, your friend just wants to know you’re thinking about him or her anyway.
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