Wrap Up Happiness: 13 Mental Health Gifts Ideas For This Holiday Season
Woo-hoo! The holiday season is upon us, fellas! With glittering decorations, festive music, and delicious feasts, we’re all ready to welcome the new year. However, holidays are more than just decorations and feasts; it’s also a time to show our loved ones how much we care for them.
In our busy lives, when we’re trying to balance work, family, and festivals, it can become second nature to put our mental well-being on the back burner. Not this season, though! This year, consider giving the gift of well-being to your loved ones. Not only will it benefit them, but caring for others can also do wonders for your health — mental and emotional.
In the joy of giving, there’s a hidden gift for the giver too. Scientifically speaking, acts of kindness trigger the release of feel-good chemicals in our brains, like oxytocin and serotonin. So, when you choose a gift that promotes mental well-being for your loved ones, you’re also boosting your own happiness.
Sounds like a win-win situation, right? So why wait? Get ready for this holiday season and stock up on your gifts for your loved ones. Here are 15 gifts for mental health you can buy.
P.S. Let me know which gift from this list you decided on in the comments at the end of this article.
Mental Health Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season
1. Guided Journals
Encourage your loved one to do some self-reflection with a beautifully designed guided journal. These journals can be a simple yet effective way to promote mindfulness and gratitude. You can customize the journals as well, depending on your loved one’s preference.
2. Aromatherapy Diffuser
Help your dear one transform their space with calming scents and soothing oils. Essential oils like lavender or chamomile can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. So what better gift than an aromatherapy diffuser that they can use after a long and stressful day?
3. Mental Health or Therapy App Subscription
Give the gift of mental health and therapy with a subscription to an app or service. It’s like a personal wellness retreat right at their fingertips that they can easily use and get the support they might need in their trying times.
4. Weighted Blanket
If your dear one is a cuddler or loves cozy things, then consider gifting them the love of a weighted blanket. Sometimes, comfort comes in the form of a warm and snuggly blanket, right? Weighted blankets, especially, can provide a sense of security and calmness. And more so, if your loved one is struggling with sensory issues and ADHD.
I know it sounds odd, right? Who gifts plants? But did you know that nature can be a therapist too? Bring the outdoors in with a low-maintenance houseplant. Nature can have a soothing effect on the mind. If your loved one isn’t a fan of plants, then you can gift nature-inspired artwork to them.
6. Quality Tea or Coffee Set
Create moments of relaxation with a high-quality tea or coffee set. The ritual of brewing and sipping can be a therapeutic experience. Plus, the right tea, like chamomile and lavender, can help soothe the mind and calm the nerves, which can be good during stressful times or when they become anxious.
7. Fitness Tracker
We all know the benefits of an active lifestyle, so this holiday season gift your loved one a fitness tracker and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is closely linked to mental well-being and can help release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, that can also help boost the mood.
8. Doodling Books for Adults
Gift art this holiday! Help your dearest ones unlock their creativity with adult coloring or doodling books. These activities can be a delightful way to express themselves artistically and release unaddressed emotions.
9. Online Course or Workshop
Another great gift for mental health could be continuous learning with an online course or workshop on a topic your loved one is passionate about. Learning new things or skills can be incredibly fulfilling and help them tap into their unexplored side. A gift that allows for self-discovery and self-reflection? Count me in!
10. Self-Care Kit
Now this is a gift I wouldn’t mind receiving. You can either assemble a personalized self-care kit with items like scented candles, bath salts, and a cozy blanket for your dear ones on your own, or you can buy a subscription online. Self-care kits can be a thoughtful gesture for a relaxing experience at home.
11. Recipe Books
If your loved one loves to unwind with cooking or baking, then there’s no perfect gift for them other than recipe books. A cookbook filled with nutritious recipes can inspire them to embrace a healthier diet, positively impacting both body and mind.
12. Board Games or Puzzles
Another mental health gift for your loved one can be board games or puzzles. These activities and games can foster a sense of connection and togetherness. They can be a fantastic way to unwind and bond with your loved ones this holiday season.
13. Sleep Accessories
Now, don’t be afraid to get creative or personal. Invest in your loved one’s sleep quality with items like a comfortable pillow, cozy pajamas, or blackout curtains. Quality sleep is a cornerstone of good mental health, and you can help your loved ones achieve theirs with the right gift.
Remember, choosing the right gift for mental health involves understanding the preferences and needs of the one receiving the gifts. Consider their interests, daily routines, and any challenges they might be facing. A thoughtful gift is one that reflects your understanding of their well-being and shows that you truly care about them.
This holiday season, let your gifts go beyond the ordinary. Give the gift of mental wellness to the ones you care about, and in doing so, you’ll not only contribute to their health but also to a happier and healthier holiday season for all to remember.
The joy of gift giving doesn’t just extend to those who receive, but also to those who give. Be happy, be healthy, and be positive this year!