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10 Mental Health-Themed Gifts for Everyone in Your List

Although it's supposed to be a time of gift giving and merriment, I think we can all agree that the holiday season is not all that it's Nutcrackered up to be. With a shopping list that seems to be repopulating in length quicker than you can say "And a partridge in a pear tree," you may be crumbling under the pressure of what to get everyone on your list. Luckily for you, we've taken the time to assemble a list of 10 of our favorite mental health-themed gifts to give this time of year that'll satisfy everyone from your overly anxious boss to your best friend with 4 separate side hustles - and everyone in between!


1. For your overworked best friend who always seems to be running on 2 hours of sleep Weighted Blanket

Our Pick: Chilla Weighted Blanket

Why We Love It: Chilla weighted blankets are designed to be the most breathable weighted blankets on the market - leaving you swaddled in comfort while not feeling overheated. Weighted blankets as a whole have proven to be helpful to those that suffer with anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Restless Leg Syndrome, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, racing thoughts, insomnia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and even some symptoms of Menopause (per chillablankets.com). Select a blanket weighing between 7-12% of the user's body weight for maximum therapeutic effect. Oh, and did we mention that it's machine washable? Image via chillablankets.com. Price: $159.00 from chillablankets.com(selection of white, carbon, gray and navy in either 15 lbs. or 20 lbs. varieties)


2. For the coworker with the windowless office that is in a "mood" from November-March Light Therapy Box

Our Pick: Verilux HappyLight Light Therapy Energy Lamp

Why We Love It: Light therapy boxes have been scientifically proven to be therapeutic to those that experience seasonal bouts of depression when used regularly (approximately 30 minutes per day). This box is portable and lightweight, coming in at just 1.50 lbs., making it easy to use at the office or at home. This product emits 5,000 Lux moderate UV filtered light that can help to improve your overall mood and reset your circadian rhythm when used as directed. With nearly 11,000 5-star reviews, how can you go wrong?

Image via amazon.com

Price: $29.95 from amazon.com


3. For the significant other that can't seem to sleep without the fan on to drown out noise

White Noise/Sound Therapy Machine

Our Pick: Portable White Noise Sound Machine

Why We Love It: This little powerhouse of a sound therapy box is chargeable via USB port, compact for easy travel between home, the office, etc., and has a headphone jack perfect for private listening. You can select from 7 separate soothing sounds, such as howling wind, thunder and lightning, ocean waves, rainforest, summer night, lullaby, and white static noise which can create the perfect ambiance for sleep, relaxation or concentration (per amazon.com). You can opt to leave the box on all night long or select one of the "auto off" options that will automatically turn the sounds off after 30, 60, or 90 minutes of listening. An AC adapter also comes with the product in case charging it is not an option wherever you are. Image via amazon.com.


Price: $21.99 from amazon.com


4. For the boss that has too much on their mind and just needs to collect their thoughts

Journal Our Pick: The Mindfulness Journal by Barrie Davenport/S.J. Scott

Why We Love It: This isn't your grandmother's average college-ruled journal! This journal's pages contain plenty of thought-provoking writing prompts and daily exercises to better hone your ability to tune out the aspects of your life that seem like "too much" and help you to learn how to live "in the moment." Aside from journaling, you'll also learn some meditation techniques that you can learn to implement into your everyday routine. Image via amazon.com. Price: $15.55 from amazon.com


5. For the adult in your life who is still in touch with their childhood Adult Coloring Book

Our Pick: Be Fearless... An Inspirational Coloring Book for Everyone

Why We Love It: This 35-page coloring book not only contains the challenging, soothing patterns that we love from adult coloring books, but also an inspirational message on each page to remind you that when the going gets rough, there is always something to be grateful for. Just add a classic 24-pack of Crayola colored pencils to the mix and you have the perfect stocking-stuffer for anyone on your list! Image via amazon.com.


Price: $6.99 from amazon.com

6. For your "gym rat" sibling that needs that helpful reminder to hydrate regularly Water Bottle Our Pick: HydroBear Motivational Fitness Sports Water Bottle


Why We Love It: This bottle comes equipped with time markers on the side that remind you to hydrate at certain times of the day with little motivational messages that encourage you to stay on track. This bottle is 100% BPA free, comes with a leak proof lid (perfect for stowing in your tote without fear of spillage), has removable straw, and a handy grip handle. Oh, and it comes in 5 adorable colors, like Tiffany Blue (pictured here), Ice Green, Baby Pink, Navy and of course, Classic Black. Image via amazon.com.


Price: $12.99 for 20 oz./$16.99 for 30 oz. from amazon.com


7. For your bestie from your book club that's always got her nose in a new bestseller

Mental Health Themed Literature Our Pick: If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For” by Jamie Tworkowski


Why We Love It: To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Jamie Tworkowski back in 2006 to bring forth awareness of self-harm behaviors, addiction, and other topics relevant to mental health. Flash forward 13 years and TWLOHA is an internationally renowned leader in providing suicide prevention efforts and other mental health-related resources to those in need. This book is a series of essays written by Jamie himself and is meant to be a "celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human" (TWLOHA website). Image via TWLOHA website.



Price: Extended hardcover edition available for $18.00 from To Write Love on Her Arms (non-extended edition also available on amazon.com for $11.49)


8. For the person in your life that is grieving a recent loss of a loved one

Memorial Keepsake Our Pick: The Memory Bear

Why We Love It: Losing a beloved person in your life never gets easier but having a huggable teddy bear made out of their clothing can help to provide some comfort during the grieving process. Each Memory Bear is hand-sewn from your deceased loved one's clothing that is first mailed to this Etsy artist (CrystalsSewing) and then turned into a personalized bear keepsake. If you want to further add personalization to the bear, you can request to have a short quote embroidered on the its abdomen as well. Image via Etsy.


Price: Starting at $35.00 from Etsy


9. For the next door neighbor that could just use some time to unwind Aromatherapy

Our Pick: Aromatherapy Candles/Lotions/Mists from Bath and Body Works


Why We Love It: This line of aromatherapy products come in a variety of scents that will be sure to please everyone on your list, from Lavender & Cedar Wood Relax and Black Chamomile Sleep to Eucalyptus and Spearmint Stress Relief. You can select from a variety of products such as candles, hand/body lotions, mists for your pillow, and essential oils. Image via Bath and Body Works.



Price: $6.50-$24.99 from Bath and Body Works


10. For your office receptionist/assistant that is always so sweet!

Chocolates Our Pick: Dove Promises Chocolates Variety Pack


Why We Love It: Not only do these chocolates have that characteristically smooth, creamy flavor of Dove Chocolate, but each wrapper also contains an inspirational message that is sure to brighten up even Ebenezer Scrooge's day! The variety pack contains milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel filled varieties wrapped up in foil with cute little golden bows on top - something for every type of sweet tooth!




Price: 24 oz. bag available for $9.49 from amazon.com



Do you have a great gift idea that wasn't included on our list? Let us know! You can email Kristina at speakyourmindthepodcast@gmail.com or message her via Facebook.

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