Mental Health

Gifts to Buy for Someone with Mental Health Issues

It’s the end of November, which means it’s almost time for Christmas! If you are still doing Christmas shopping, this blog post is filled with gift ideas for anyone, especially for those with a mental illness.

Ultimately though, it’s not about what the gift is. It’s more about the thought you put into it that matters.

Self-help/wellness books

There are thousands of self-help/wellness books out there. A few I recommend are:

  • Are U OK? by Kati Morton
  • No Bullshit Guide to Depression by Steven Skoczen
  • Calm the Fuck Down by Sarah Knight
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober/Single by Catherine Gray
  • Falling with Wings: A Mother’s Story by Dianna De La Garza
  • Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman
  • And obviously, my book, From Why to Fly. You can buy my Christmas bundle here.

Colouring/activity books

I recommend The Big Activity Book for Anxious People by Erin Williams and Jordan Reid (anxious people must have) and any swear word colouring book.

“Why I Love You” type books

You can either get Fill in the Blank books like this, or get a book made at

Weighted blanket

They are a little expensive, however, very helpful to those with anxiety.

A light box

Again, this can be a little expensive, but can be very helpful to those who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, “seasonal depression”, or just struggle with the fact that it’s darker than usual outside.

Socks, stuffed animals, sweaters and other warm cozy things

This will help them relax and feel warm. One of the best gifts I’ve gotten was a stuffed animal from my best friend. Whenever I’m having a rough time, I snuggle up to it, remembering it was from her.

Something personalized

A couple years ago, I got my best friend/editor a mug and pen that said “best editor ever.” Try and think of something unique and special. Like, something the two of you share or an inside joke between the two of you, something with a quote unique to the friendship.

Something motivational

There are tons of motivational type items out there, be it a shirt or a framed print that says something motivational.

Something to do together

This can be a concert, a day pass somewhere, a photoshoot for the two of you, or even a game you two can play together.

Pay for a therapy session

Therapy is important for those who need it, but can also get super expensive. Offer to pay for a session or two.

Self-care basket

Put together a self-care basket with their favourite things and snacks, things to motivate them, things to help them relax as well as other things on this list.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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