Do you want to find something meaningful, fun, or personal for someone you know that has a hard time with an anxiety disorder or that gets very stressed? The following gift ideas for people with anxiety are interesting and different from the norm. As someone who has experienced anxiety on a high level for most of my life, I wanted to put together the ultimate list of things that I would like to receive myself when I’m feeling highly anxious or stressed. Most of these gift ideas for people with anxiety are found on Amazon at great prices too!
So, for Christmas, birthdays or any other occasion, these items make great gifts!
1. The Rustic Good News Mindfulness Jar
This Jar is something very unique. The ‘mindfulness Jar is packed with a month’s worth of heart warning feel-good news stories. The angle of the jar is to pick you up. With so many bad and negative news stories (the stuff that gets air time) it’s easy for us to constantly feel like we need to live in fear and go into ourselves.
This jar mindfully gives us one positive news story every day for 30 days. This gift idea for someone with anxiety makes a great present because there’s not too much else like it. It could also help you get out of a rut of negativity when you’re pulling out a good news story each day.
This jar would work magic if you stopped watching the news for a month and just read each and every story from the jar instead.
2. The Mindfulness Jar
Here’s another jar… I don’t know what it is about these rustic mindfulness jars but I just love the way they look! This jar is similar to the jar we mentioned above but its main function is to teach you mindful practices over 31 days.
The idea is to use each mindfulness practice one day at a time so that you can build up the habit of mindfulness in a no-pressure way that will help to develop this way of thinking and behaving. This jar is a great idea because not only does it look great but it uses the idea that forming new habits takes about 30 days.
The mindfulness exercises are folded up in unique designs that open your mind up to a new way of thinking every day for a month. If you want to give a loved one the gift of learning mindfulness in an easy to manage way, this jar is perfect. Did I mention it also looks awesome?!
3. Stress Less Cards
Another neat thing I found is stress less cards. These cards are already recommended by health care professionals for people who deal with anxiety and stress on an everyday basis. They look great and they also work well.
There are 50 cards in this pack. Each card has a different exercise to follow containing mindfulness, meditations, and stress-relieving techniques.
I like these cards because you can carry them with you anywhere. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious you can shuffle your deck and pull out a card to follow the exercise.
A simple idea yet an effective one.
4. Smiles in a Jar
Smiles in a jar is exactly that. Smiles. This jar is packed full of brightly coloring cards that have moving, motivational, humorous, and loving messages on them. This gift idea is great for those who are anxious or stressed because it provides a little pick me up.
This jar is also a cool idea if you’re struggling to find a cost-effective but meaningful gift for someone’s birthday of secret Santa present.
It works well for dad, mum, a brother, sister, or a grandparent, or anyone really..
Although it’s not marketed at the anxious or stressed, you can’t help but feel calmer when you have a loving message every day of the month.
5. I Am Here Now
I Am Here Now is a super unique idea. It’s basically a book of mindfulness exercises that’s useful for beginners and also mindfulness veterans. What makes it so different from anything else on the market is its creative approach.
Instead of just learning about Mindfulness, the guide book gets you stuck in with proactive activities. Like all good mindfulness guides, the book is designed to open your mind creatively, bring awareness to your sense, and understand your thoughts and emotions with its thought-provoking words.
It’s created by mindfulness teacher Tara Brach. The guide gets you to do lots of activities to start thinking mindfully like drawing around your hand and placing both hands on the book to connect with the rhythm of your pulse.
The interesting and unique illustrations of emotions and situations in your life make this a very special present. You can also use the journal pages in between activities to jot down your thoughts.
With some very positive reviews on Amazon, this one’s probably my personal favorite on the list of gift ideas for people with anxiety.
6. How To Stop Worrying and Start Living
Another book that makes a great gift for someone with anxiety is Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying And Start Living. It’s probably the most talked-about book when it comes to how to stop worrying. And for good reason – Dale’s book is straightforward and easy to read. It provides practical techniques that you can use to break the habit of worrying before it breaks you.
The book is full of real-life examples about people, some famous, some not, who have learned how to handle worrying and fear. The stories flow into each other beautifully and are highly relatable. The book covers all aspects of what the modern person worries about, money, relationships, work, etc., and provides actionable exercises to stop worrying. If there is an ultimate book on learning how to stop worrying, it’s this one, which makes it a highly useful gift if the recipient is experiencing anxiety.
7. The Worry Plaque
The next item on the list is something very unique and interesting. This is the worry plaque, which can be mounted on your wall. This gift for someone with anxiety is just a bit of fun, but it’s sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. The idea is to place your hand in the print. By doing so, the green light turns red, which means you have successfully passed your worry into the ‘worry fairies’. Every time you’re feeling very worried about something, place your hand in the print and imagine your worry being passed into the plaque, freeing you from it.
If you want to give something truly unique as a gift, this is the one for you! There is also access to video content where you can stream positive affirmation on the companies website.
8. Weighted Blankets
There’s something incredibly relaxing about weighted blankets. They make a great gift for guys with anxiety or girls experiencing anxiety. Until I tried one myself, I thought they sounded a bit suffocating, however, I was completely wrong. Instead, there is something calming about having the lightly weighted blanket over you. It feels as if you are being cradled in your bed, being put into a deeply calm state. This is slightly more expensive than the other gift ideas for people with anxiety, but it’s a great investment and a highly practical gift idea.
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