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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list—check out all of our gift guides here!
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a lot of people I know have been going through it this year. There’s been breakups, job changes, illnesses, and what feels like countless Mercury retrogrades. It’s all reminded me that the holidays are a perfect time to provide a little comfort to those friends in need of it. I found 11 really good gifts that will definitely take the edge off of a hard year—or, at the very least, make someone forget about *gestures around broadly* everything for a little bit.
1. Pinch Me Therapy Dough
This is like if a stress ball and Play Doh had a baby, and it’s perfect for someone who needs a physical outlet for all the stress that’s built up over the past year. Plus, this variety of Therapy Dough has a coconutty scent that will transport them to a beach vacation, which is perfect for when their coworker Trent undermined them during a meeting again.
Buy: Therapy Dough by Pinch Me, $25 at The Grommet
3. “There is No Good Card for This” by Dr. Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell
Sometimes, it’s really hard to find the right thing to say to someone, whether they suffered the loss of a loved one or whether their mental health is in a bad place. Instead of saying “everything will be OK” (who knows if it will be?) or giving unwanted advice, give them this book, which will show them you care—and also provide them tools to help you out when the chips don’t fall in your favor.
Buy: “There Is No Good Card For This”, $16.14 on Amazon
5. Handy Home Cleaning Service
Oftentimes, the state of your home directly reflects how you’re feeling—and vice versa. If you know someone who’s had a rough time, paying to get their house cleaned is the perfect way to show your love and support. They’ll appreciate not having to lift a finger, and if the home they live in is cleaner, it might help to turn around their state of mind, too.
Buy: Home Cleaning, prices vary, at Handy
7. The Napper Weighted Blanket
When everything feels like it’s going wrong in life, it can be hard to rest or get some sleep—but weighted blankets can help you drift off, even if it seems impossible. This hand-knitted weighted blanket is pretty enough to display on a couch, but honestly, whoever you get it for will probably be too busy catching up on some much-needed z’s to ever do that. (It’s also sold at West Elm—you can read our review here.)
Buy: The Napper, $249 at Bearaby
9. Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts
There are bath people and there are adamantly anti-bath people, but I firmly believe in the healing power of a bath when your body and your mind are in the pits. I use these bath salts every time I go in the tub, and they smell nice and truly do calm me down. Sounds like a great gift, right? Hint hint.
Buy: Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts, $18 at Nordstrom
10. Blue Apron subscription
Turns out, feeding your body is a near-herculean task in tough times—forget cooking food, even deciding what to eat is probably on the bottom of your list of priorities. Blue Apron is great because it takes care of the hard work of choosing a meal, in addition to shopping for the ingredients. Yes, you still have to cook after the box of ingredients arrives, but creating something delicious and feeling productive can actually go a long way toward making things feel a little more OK.
Buy: Blue Apron subscription, starts at $59.94/week