For someone who suffers from anxiety, life can be a daily struggle, so anything that helps them cope is sure to be a gift well received.
Even fun times like the holidays can trigger anxiety, 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 best gifts to help people with anxiety:
1. 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 popping Dare in their stocking.
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, particularly how it presents a relatively simple technique that helped them see their anxiety in a different way.
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2. 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.
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. Aku Mat
Wrap up the healing powers of acupressure treatment
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.
5. 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.
6. Fat Buddha Organic Lavender Essential Oil
One of the purest forms of this relaxing essential oil
Fat Buddha Organic Lavender Essential Oil is one of the purest forms you can purchase and is certified by the USDA.
Lavender has been shown to have many wonderful benefits for anxiety, including being a natural way to relax anxiety sufferers without the use of medication.
It’s especially good if your loved one’s anxiety means they’re looking for things to help them sleep.
Fat Buddha are a family business, and grow their organic lavender in small quantities to ensure the highest quality.
People recognized the quality and also loved that the essential oil didn’t have the chemical smell that many had associated with more commercial competitors.
7. My Daily Thoughts Journal: Inspiration
Pause, write and reflect in this beautiful journal
Those suffering from anxiety typically have a busy mind and unraveling those thoughts in a daily journal can be really beneficial.
Wrap up the kikki.K My Daily Thoughts journal and give them space to reflect on their day and just have a little time out from the crazy world around them.
The Daily Thoughts journal also encourages the user to practice gratitude which has been shown to help reduce anxious thoughts, by responding to the daily prompt:
“I am grateful for…”, as well as focussing on the joy you’re going to bring to tomorrow.
8. 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 Breath Like a Bear!
More than 4 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.
9. Ajna Acupressure Mat
Relax and unwind on over 5,000 acupressure spikes
A great affordable alternative to the Aku Mat, is the Anja acupressure mat. Made from organic linen, it has over 5,000 acupressure points.
It’s lightweight and comes with a handy little tote bag, making it ideal for travel or taking to a yoga class.
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.
Reviewers explained that though it could be a little painful getting on and off the mat initially, they quickly found it easy and pain-free and loved the deep sense of relaxation they could enjoy.
10. NewMe Fitness Instructional Yoga Mat
Yoga mat decorated with beautiful yoga pose illustrations
Yoga is growing hugely 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.
If your loved one hasn’t practiced before, or perhaps they’re a beginner, then a NewMe Instructional Yoga 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.
11. 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.
12. 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 Spa Finder 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!