If you’re shopping for someone with anxiety, then chances are you’re not alone.
One in three Americans report dealing with symptoms of stress or anxiety, and that appears to be growing during the ongoing pandemic.
Life can be a daily struggle when you’re living with anxiety, so anything that helps them cope is sure to be a gift well received.
Even fun times like the holidays can trigger anxious feelings, so why not buy them a present that helps them manage day to day, or just provides a welcome distraction?
Here is our list of the 41 best gifts to help people with anxiety:
Best Gifts for People with Anxiety
1. The Shift
A stylish accessory to relieve anxiety
Research shows that breath-control can be effective against anxiety.
Gift someone The Shift and they have a way to train their breathing, as well as a stylish accessory.
The Shift is inspired by the 17th century Japanese Komuso Monks, who used a bamboo flute as a method of attaining enlightenment.
Komuso have taken the principles and created this highly polished stainless steel pendant, available for men in three different colors.
The circumference of The Shift supports a 10 second exhale, helping you to control your breathing when you need it.
It’s not just great for someone’s anxious moments either, it’s also good for those who want to relax their mind >as they prepare to meditate.
We’re featuring The Shift for men here, however they also do a design for women, available in different colors including rose gold.
2. iReliev Relaxable Eye Massager with Heat
Soothe the tension in their busy mind
When anxiety is taking over, research suggests that closing your eyes can be a good way to rest your body and relieve stress.
Help the one you love unwind further by treating them to the iReliev Relaxable Eye Massager with Heat.
All they need to do is place the massager on their eyes, and allow air compression and vibration to deliver a satisfying and relaxing massage.
Heat adds to the experience, acting as a heat pad to soothe and relax the mind.
Made from soft vegan leather, it feels gentle on the skin and offers five therapy modes, including one to help with sleep.
3. Mental Health Embroidery Kit
A way to unwind, stitch by stitch
Buying someone a gift to help with their anxiety, doesn’t need to mean opting for something practical.
This mental health embroidery kit is a great way to help someone distract their busy mind.
Within the set you get everything you need to create a work of art including an embroidery needle, thread, printed fabric, a hoop and detailed instructions to guide you through the process.
The sets are created by Emily June, whose inspiration for the product came from her own diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder.
She described the comfort she found in “the therapeutic joy of stitching”, and wanted to share the unique form of relaxation with others.
4. Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks
A practical guide to help those living with anxiety
Help someone see anxiety in a different way, by adding Dare to your cart.
Psychologist, Barry McDonagh wrote the book after spending years working with people suffering from anxiety.
Through his DARE technique he claims you can stop panic attacks and put an end to anxious thoughts. It also comes with a free app to help you apply the DARE response to any situation.
Essentially the DARE response encourages you to question what’s the worst that can happen, then learn to accept it and face it down.
The message is empowering and anxiety sufferers rave about the book. They particularly like how it presents a relatively simple technique that has helped them see their anxiety in a different way.
5. Bearaby Hugget
A stress-relieving home accessory
Put a Hugget in any room of your home and it’s sure to be a talking point!
If you’re looking for things to ask for this year for your birthday, a Hugget is a must-have.
The knot pillow has a stylish look and is available in a wide variety of different sizes and colors.
However it also has a secret function:
It is designed as a sensory pillow, allowing you to squeeze it like a stress ball or hug it when you need to be comforted.
Their medium-sized pillow is gently weighted to keep anxious hands busy, with the larger size designed to activate pressure points on the body.
Each Hugget is made from plant-based, all natural foam, with a 100% organic cotton cover, so it’s kind to you and to the planet.
6. Chinese Marble Dark Grey Baoding Balls
Relieve stress and pressure using this traditional method
Distracting your brain from your thoughts and worries can be an effective way to deal with anxiety.
As you rotate these Baoding balls within your hands, the movement is thought to relax your brain and help to get rid of tension.
This set of Chinese Baoding Balls are made from high-quality marble and come with a beautiful bag so they make the perfect gift.
Purchasers of the product said how smooth the balls were and therefore satisfying to rotate within your hand.
7. Aku Mat
Wrap up the healing powers of acupressure treatment
Acupressure has been shown to have amazing advantages for people living with anxiety, and we believe there’s no better acupressure mat than the Aku Mat.
The process of acupressure is found to release endorphins, commonly referred to as the ‘happiness hormones’, invoking a sense of deep relaxation.
Unlike competitor mats that use plastic spikes, the Aku Mat has spikes made from copper, iron, nickel, silver and zinc.
It might look a little painful, and Akuspike’s CEO said it can be at first! However, you quickly get used to the sensation and the results are more than worth it.
Akuspike also offer a different acupressure proposition, which is a great alternative to a stress ball, plus wearable acupressure later in this article…
8. Worry Healing Hut
Burn your troubles
If you’re worrying about an anxious person in your life, you probably wish you could just take all their worries away.
Well, with the Worry Healing Hut, you kind of can!
The idea of these sweet little huts, is that you write down your worrying thoughts and place them inside.
Then you take a match and set the paper on fire, with the idea being that you’re releasing your worries.
The ritual has been practiced for thousands of years, and these huts offer a fun and easy way to implement it into daily life.
Made from steel the healing huts will survive the blaze and be ready for the next worry to come along.
9. The Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times
Quick tools for finding calm in a stressful world
Professors, psychologists and mental health experts have come together to create a toolkit for people struggling with stress and anxiety right now.
The focus of The Anxiety First Aid Kit is on practical tools for coping with panic and finding space to feel calm and relaxed.
You’ll be introduced to the power of visualization, diaphragmatic breathing and shown how to make a worry appointment!
There is also a final chapter titled ‘Super Effective Strategies That Take a Little More Time’ which helps you look at your lifestyle and see if there are things you can do to help relieve anxiety in the long term.
Readers of the book loved the exercises they could implement immediately, such as ‘worry walks’ to release stressful thoughts.
10. Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
An indulgent way to unwind
This Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager isn’t going to rid anyone of anxious thoughts, but it’s sure to offer a welcome distraction.
The fully enclosed unit is a real treat for the feet, with deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes and rollers delivering a relaxing foot massage.
Choose from five different pressure settings to get the intensity you want and switch on heat to really soothe tired feet.
You even get a wireless remote so you can simply sit back and relax.
People warn that the product is addictive! Once you’ve experienced it once, you’ll definitely be back for more.
11. Talkspace Online Therapy Session
Give your loved one space to talk
Though you’ll always be there for your loved one, sometimes it can help to have someone impartial to speak to about their worries.
Treat them to a therapy session with Talkspace.
After a brief initial assessment they’ll be able to select from a range of therapists to speak to about how they’re feeling.
Every therapist is experienced, licensed and skilled in providing guidance and tools to manage stress and anxiety.
One of the best aspects of a Talkspace therapy session is that they can choose to speak via text or on a video call.
Everything is of course confidential, and they can choose to extend their treatment after they’ve used their therapy e-card.
12. The Anxiety Journal
Learn more about anxiety through insightful exercises
Journaling has been proven to be a useful tool for people living with anxiety.
In fact, a research study in 2018 showed that daily journaling decreased mental distress and improved overall wellbeing.
Of all the journals we’ve reviewed, The Anxiety Journal has to be one of the best.
It guides the reader through activities in a gentle and understanding way, offering insightful advice with beautiful accompanying illustrations.
Written by psychologist Corinne Sweet, the journal includes exercises to encourage mindful behaviors and journal prompts for anxiety, grounded in the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
13. CalmiGo Calming Device
A clever device for instant anxiety relief
Regulating your breathing is often a technique recommended for people dealing with anxious thoughts and feelings.
CalmiGo helps you do this on the go.
This smart little calming device looks a little like an inhaler that an asthma sufferer might carry with them.
Use it for just three minutes and the device will calm your racing mind and bring your focus back to the moment.
However it does more than just regulate your breathing. It also releases relaxing scents and uses lighting for multi-sensory stimulation.
CalmiGo users were almost surprised at how effective this simple device had turned out to be. Plus they were grateful for a drug-free way to deal with panic attacks.
14. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
Help kids with anxiety relax wherever they are
If you’re shopping for a young person with anxiety, then help them Breathe Like a Bear!
More than 5 million children, aged between 3 and 17 years old, are living with anxiety.
Musician and founder of Rockin’ Yoga School Programs, Kira Willey, wanted to find ways kids could relax whether at home, in the car or at school.
In her beautifully illustrated book, you get 30 simple movements and breathing practices that can help little ones understand and manage their emotions.
Parents who purchased the book felt it really helped their children cope with anxiety. They loved the variety of exercises and how easy it was for their child to understand.
15. The Shakti Mat
Relax and unwind on over 6,000 acupressure spikes
A great affordable alternative to the Aku Mat, is The Shakti Mat.
Made from organic cotton and using natural dyes, it has over 6,000 acupressure points.
At 29 inches long it can cover most people’s whole back and neck so you get great coverage.
The mat offers your loved one space to kick back and relax at the end of a stressful day, while following a guided meditation or listening to an audiobook.
Plus you can feel at ease with your purchase knowing that Shakti pay their employees in India a living wage, and give 10% of their profits to charities that support vulnerable people in the region.
16. Spafinder Gift Card
Salon or spa treatment? They can choose!
Rather than get them a gift to help manage their anxiety, why not treat your someone special to something to unwind and distract them?
Choosing a Spafinder gift card means they can choose from an endless selection of spa days and salon treatments to help improve their mood, at thousands of locations across the country.
You can choose the amount that you want to spend and the voucher never expires.
Who knows, they might choose a spa day for two and you’ll get a treat, too!
Anxiety Gifts for Her
1. Gravity Chunky Knit Blanket
Snuggle up under an anxiety-soothing blanket
Though research is still limited, there is evidence to suggest that weighted blankets are powerful for reducing symptoms of anxiety.
That’s because the weight helps to reduce autonomic arousal which is responsible for symptoms of anxiety, including increased heart rate.
This chunky knit blanket from Gravity, has to be one of the coziest looking weighted blankets on the market.
Available in four different colors, it’s hand-knitted from bamboo fleece. This makes it snuggly but also breathable.
Weighing 10lbs, people felt it had really helped to improve their sleep, and loved that it was warm, but not too warm!
2. The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety: Total Relief for Mind and Body
Read about harnessing the power of yoga to relax the mind
Yoga continues to grow in popularity, partly due to the fact it can help your mental and physical health in so many ways, particularly if you suffer with anxiety.
Written by yogi and therapist Julie Greiner-Ferris, The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety looks at how the practice can calm stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
Focusing on Kundalini yoga, it looks at how this can be combined with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to free people from the “worry cycle”.
Kundalini yoga is all about awareness of the body. It’s precise and repetitive, encouraging you to breath in specific patterns.
Readers of the book loved how practical it was, and felt that the mix of yoga and CBT offered a fresh approach to anxiety management.
3. Sky Organics Lavender Essential Oil
A pure form of this anxiety-soothing essential oil
Lavender has been shown to have many wonderful benefits for anxiety, including being a natural way to relax without the use of medication.
It’s particularly good if your loved one’s anxiety means they’re looking for things to help them sleep.
Sky Organics Lavender Essential Oil is one of the purest forms out there.
It’s 100% pure therapeutic grade and certified by the USDA. As a natural product it contains none of the synthetic ingredients that you might get with competitor products.
Essential oil lovers were so happy with both the quality and the price, describing the beautiful scent you’ll experience from only a few drops.
4. Lavender Eye Pillow
Comfort for the eyes and mind
Another way to harness the benefits of lavender, is by wrapping up this lavender eye pillow.
With a 100% organic cotton cover and a flax seed filling, it is slightly weighted to apply gentle pressure to the eyes, almost giving them a mini massage.
It’s a great way to relax at the end of a busy day, and ideal for relieving tension headaches and migraines.
You can even place it in the freezer if you want some extra cool relief.
Many loved the scent of this product and how comfortably it lies on the face, the ideal gift for relaxation.
5. Aku Rings
Wearable acupressure that looks good!
As well as creating the best acupressure mat around, Akuspike have also created these wonderful acupressure rings!
As previously mentioned when discussing the Aku Mat, acupressure is great for anxiety.
Slip one of these rings on your finger and you have the treatment on hand (literally!) whenever you need it.
Just roll it up and down your finger from top to bottom.
They’re great for distracting your mind when it’s swirling, and for improving your overall finger health.
Made from copper the Aku Rings look like an attractive piece of jewelry, plus you get a set of three so you could keep one for yourself!
6. Anxiety Girl Candle, Lavender & Coconut Water Infused with Impending Doom
A fun gift to make her smile!
Women experiencing anxious thoughts will love this hilarious Anxiety Girl candle!
This 100% natural soy candle is manufactured in the US, and infused with the unmistakable scent of ‘impending doom’.
It’s perfect if you don’t want to get a super serious gift, but still want to acknowledge what she’s living with.
Plus it does actually have a sweet and calming scent, with hints of fresh lavender and coconut water.
Created by the Malicious Women Candle Company, a portion of the profits from each purchase is donated to a charity that supports women in need.
7. Calming Affirmation Stones
Nurture a positive state of mind
We know how powerful affirmations can be for those living with anxiety.
This set of stones encourages the woman you’re shopping for, to carry them while reciting an anxiety-reducing affirmation.
In the cotton muslin bag you’ll find Rose Quartz associated with love and an open heart. Amazonite for your wellbeing and resolving conflict. Plus Blue Lace Agate which is thought to be stabilizing.
You also get an affirmation card, which serves as a reminder to release anxiety every day.
8. Tea Drops
Pour a cup of natural anxiety relief
A number of teas, including peppermint, are incredibly potent when it comes to managing the symptoms of anxiety.
However rather than the hassle of loose tea, just pop a Tea Drop in hot water.
This trio of teas includes Rose Earl Grey, Citrus Ginger and Sweet Peppermint so the person you’re shopping for has a range of different flavors to choose from.
Each of the Tea Drops is produced from organic tea leaves and also a little raw sugar to make the drink a little sweeter.
The packaging is attractive too, and made from 100% biodegradable and compostable materials, so ideal if you’re shopping for someone who is eco-conscious.
9. Aromatherapy Pillow
Combine lavender and memory foam for the ultimate relaxation
We know how powerful lavender is for anxiety, so why not combine this with the pure relaxation of a memory foam pillow!?
It’s perfect if they’re one of the many people who struggle to sleep due to anxiety.
The pillow contains a scent diffusion system that releases lavender as you sleep.
Plus you can customize the firmness of the Gravity aromatherapy pillow, as you can add and remove the shredded memory foam within it so you can achieve the optimum firmness for you.
They’ll certainly thank you for the gift of a better night’s slumber.
Gifts for Men with Anxiety
1. Shower Steamer Spray
Enjoy the benefits of the bath…in the shower!
A hot bath can be a great way to unwind when you’re feeling anxious.
However sometimes you simply don’t have time!
Enjoy the soothing effects of the bath by spritzing this steamer spray in your shower.
This all-natural aromatherapy mixture can be sprayed directly onto the walls of the shower or onto the shower head.
Choose from four different scents:
Including Stress Relief a mix of lemongrass, eucalyptus and orange essential oils to help ease anxiety.
Or opt for Wake Up Call that includes orange, lemon and spearmint to give you a boost at the start of the day.
2. Muse S
Train their mind to find calm
When we looked into the benefits of meditation we discovered the practice is scientifically proven to help with anxiety.
However sitting cross-legged in an incense filled room might not be the right thing for the man in you life!
Encourage even the least spiritual person to embrace the practice by treating them to the Muse 2.
It’s wearable smart technology that monitors your heart rate, breathing even your physical movements and brain activity, to improve the way you meditate.
If you want an example of how the meditation headband works, take a look at the weather feature:
Essentially Muse S translates your mental activity into weather sounds, for example if you have a busy mind, you’ll hear stormy weather.
As you meditate and begin to relax, you start to hear calmer weather.
Shopping for someone being kept awake by anxious thoughts? They’ll enjoy the Go-To-Sleep mode.
Using soothing voice guidance and real-time feedback, it will prepare their mind and body for sleep.
3. Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Discover the power of meditation for anxiety (and many other things!)
Meditation is of course a spiritual practice, but there is lots of science to back up the amazing ways it can change both your body and mind.
In this book, Altered Traits, best-selling authors Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson explore all the research.
They explain exactly what meditation can do for your mental health, and how to get the most out of your practice.
Throughout the book you can also learn about ‘smart practice’ and discover how some mind-training methods promoted to consumers are not effective.
Referencing brand new research, this book needs adding to your cart as a gift for a person who loves to meditate, whether they’re a beginner or even an experienced meditator.
4. Hatch Restore – Sound Machine
Soothing light and sound for a good night’s sleep
Anxiety can often lead to poor sleep, with more than half of Americans losing sleep for this reason.
Enjoy a better night’s rest with the Hatch Restore.
Treating someone to this smart light means you’re giving them all the tools they need to create a personalized sleep-wake routine.
Rather than scrolling at night, the Hatch Restore can create a relaxing mood through sound and light to help the mind and body unwind and prepare for sleep.
Come the morning, a sunrise alarm clock wakes the user up gently to create a better start to the day.
When paired with an app on your smartphone, every setting can be controlled (which users loved!), with touch control volume and brightness on the machine itself.
5. Sleep Pod
Apply gentle pressure as you sleep
If anxiety is keeping him awake at night then the Sleep Pod could be one solution.
Based on the idea of swaddling, the cocoon material covers your entire body, applying a gentle, calming pressure — like a hug!
Made from a 4-way stretch material it’s breathable so he won’t get too hot, and comes in a range of different sizes.
People who use the pod regularly, describe how they feel “less exposed and vulnerable”, effectively creating a safe space to enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Gifts for Friends with Anxiety
1. Horti Plant Subscription Box
A plant to grow and nurture
A plant subscription might seem like an odd gift for a friend struggling with anxiety, but it just offers another way to distract their mind.
Just a one, six or 12 month subscription and they’ll have everything they need to grow their very own houseplant.
In the set they’ll get a stylish terracotta pot and saucer, plus seeds and detailed instructions to help them establish and take care of their plant.
2. Find Your Calm: A Workbook for Anxiety
A creative way to manage their anxiety
Another great journal option for anxiety, is this beautiful Find Your Calm workbook.
Written by Dr. Jaime Zuckerman, it aims to help you find a way through your anxiety and recognize the joy in the world.
Inside you’ll find writing prompts, meditations and tracking exercises, all accompanied by stunning illustrations.
Each task is based on scientifically proven techniques, aiming to put the reader on the path towards a calmer and happier life.
3. Anxiety Is My Cardio Socks
A fun gift for someone who laughs in the face of anxiety
Though socks are seen as the most uninspiring holiday gift, this pair are sure to raise a smile!
Someone whose brain is constantly on the run with anxious thoughts will certainly agree that anxiety is their cardio.
The calf length breathable socks are great quality and feature an all-over print so it’s funny from any angle.
Sock wearers loved the breathable material and the fact they were available with a range of different captions.
4. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs
Offer them a colorful way to relax and unwind
Distractions are great for sufferers of anxiety, so why not purchase this Adult Coloring Book?
It includes 50 animal designs, each of which are beautifully illustrated.
Coloring might seem like an activity for kids, but it’s also the perfect way for adults to just switch off and express themselves creatively.
It doesn’t matter about your skill level, it’s more about simply relaxing and having fun.
5. Sweatpants & Coffee Anxiety Blob
A fun and unconventional anxiety gift!
When you’re looking for a truly unique gift for someone with anxiety, meet The Anxiety Blob.
This soft little plush character made from faux fur fabric is great for snuggling up to on tough days.
Not just that but the heavy duty thread used on its face means you can adjust your Blob’s expression to how you’re feeling.
The Anxiety Blob started out as a sketch drawn by the founder of Sweatpants & Coffee, as she wanted to visualize what her anxiety felt like.
Now people use the Blob in therapy, with many describing how they’ve bought them for children as a way to introduce conversations around worry and anxiety.
6. Herbivore Calm Soaking Salts
Make their bath even more luxurious
Unwinding in a hot bath is a great way to end the day when you’re feeling anxious.
Add in these Calm soaking salts from Herbivore and they’ll be in a state of complete relaxation.
The Himalayan pink salt includes a blend of ylang-ylang and vanilla, both of which are thought to help calm the senses.
Just add a quarter of the bottle to your bath and allow it to dissolve, before enjoying the heavenly scent.
Those who buy the salts regularly love how it makes their bath even more luxurious.
7. Self Therapy Cards for Anxiety Relief
Affordable therapy in a box!
Like the sound of Talkspace therapy but want something a little more affordable?
Wrap up these Therapy cards and give someone a little self-help kit whenever they need it.
In the box there are a mix of 115 question, action and meditation cards:
Question cards get them to reflect on different aspects of their life and identify what might be triggering their anxiety.
Action cards give them tasks to do to encourage positive changes in their life.
Meditation cards will help them live more mindfully and find ways to deal with daily stress.
Those looking for self-care tools loved this box of cards, with one person describing them as a “therapist in your pocket!”.
8. Stress Check Breathe In
Anxiety relief you can roll on!
Feeling panicky when you’re away from home can be a real concern for someone living with anxiety.
Pop this little product in their bag and they have stress relief on hand when they need it.
This aromatherapeutic roller ball from This Works contains a blend of frankincense, eucalyptus leaf oil and lavender.
Use daily and the properties in each ingredient work together to calm your mind and help to reduce tension.
Many felt the product really helped them through each day, using it again before bed to get a good night’s sleep.
9. NewMe Fitness Instructional Yoga Mat
Yoga mat decorated with beautiful yoga pose illustrations
If your loved one hasn’t practiced before, or perhaps they’re a beginner to yoga, then a NewMe instructional mat is a great purchase.
It’s a non-slip, eco-friendly PVC yoga mat decorated with 70 yoga poses to master.
NewMe’s yoga mat is available in a range of different colors, so be sure to pick their favorite.
People loved how beautiful the diagrams were, making it a work of art they’ll love looking at as well as a functional yoga mat.
10. Scribble Journal Activity Cards
A simple way to check in with yourself!
Sometimes you just need to ask yourself, how are you?
Gift someone this pack of Scribble Journal Activity Cards, and they can check on their own mental health while having a little fun along the way!
This set of 20 cards feature thought-provoking questions around anxiety, confidence and a range of other emotions.
On the back of the card there are then artistic steps you need to follow, such as “Draw yourself as a tree”.
Each exercise is designed to help you assess your own mental state, while encouraging you to develop a positive mindset and express gratitude.
11. Mental Health & Self-Care Box
A box of anxiety-relieving tools and activities
We all need to make time for a little self-care, and this gift basket from Cratejoy, helps someone do exactly that.
You can gift someone a one-off box, or sign up to a three, six or 12 month subscription.
Each monthly box is unique, with between four and six carefully curated products all targeted at those with anxiety or depression.
You might find a mindfulness coloring book one month or a new soothing herbal tea to try.
The recipient will be sure to get many ways to explore their mental health and unique ways to practice self-care every month.
Still looking for ideas to help someone unwind?
We have lots more great suggestions on our list of gifts for stressed out people!