This year, give gifts that will improve mental health, reduce stress and help those on your list feel their best. On a Zoom session earlier this month, one of my clients gave me the idea of a “Mental Health Holiday Gift Guide.” She said “Emily you always have the best products to help with mental health you should share them.” So thank you Client for the inspiration. This year has been a wild one, filled with uncertainty, anxiety and a lot of stress. This is the perfect time to roll out my holiday gift guide, filled with items that are known to help support one’s mental health and reduce overall stress. Give something that people really need this year, a opportunity to feel better every time they use your gift.
These gift ideas are ones I have received, bought for myself or given to a loved one. They are gifts that calm and support the nervous system, change the brain or can literally, brighten your day. We don’t need more “things” right now, we need more support. I’ll be sharing more therapist-approved gifts next week too.
Give Good Vibes: Rock Your Worth
A little shameless self-promotion and also a gift that really supports the ones you love. We’ve introduced our Kid’s Collection Gemstone bracelets that help your child feel empowered and confident. Our bracelets are visual cues that inspire positive thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Help your child overcome obstacles, increase self-esteem and learn to love the skin they’re in with these wearable reminders of their innate worth. Each bracelet in our Kids Collection contains kid-friendly directions to help children learn mindfulness skills and develop confidence.
Tops Malibu Surprise Balls
For the past few years I have surprised my friends, family and colleagues with Tops Malibu Surprise Balls. They are truly delightful gifts that brings happiness to adults and kids.I just ordered some more for this holiday season and their customer service is fantastic. They were out of one of my items, Chrissy called and emailed me to let me know and helped me pick out something even better! Plus they will arrive before Christmas. If you can’t see your people this holiday have them FaceTime or Zoom you when the open this gift it is such a good time.
Create memorable moments at any event with a Deluxe Celebrate Surprize Ball. Unwind layers of colorful crepe paper ribbons to reveal precious vintage inspired keepsakes tucked carefully within this beautifully handmade surprise ball.
Contains 12 prizes. Surprises inside vary by style & may include: vintage-inspired toy, keepsake, charm, gem, sweets, confetti popper, fortune, temporary tattoo, quote & more. Tops Surprize Balls are handmade by artisans in the USA.
Gifts That Support Their Mental Health
HappyLight by Verilux® UV-Free LED Therapy Lamp, Bright White Light with 10,000 Lux, Adjustable Brightness, Detachable Stand, and Wall Mountable.
I use this every day in my office and it helps my mood immensely. I’ve had this lamp for over five years so it also has some major staying power. Light therapy is known to help those struggling with dark days, depression and it helps the sleep/wake cycle. Here are a few more benefits.
- Light therapy lamps can help combat depressive symptoms, the tiredness dip in mood commonly associated with winter blues, lack of sunlight exposure and shorter days. It increases your body’s natural energy enhancers to reduce sluggishness and lethargy – allowing you to be alert and focused.
- Bright light in the first hours after waking up helps stimulate hormones in our body that influence our general well-being, including sleep/wake patterns.
- Focus is often improved with the use of this light, even in the peripheral of your day. The HappyLight is a 10,000 lux, full spectrum light helps your body function properly and ensures you can feel focused and revitalized.
Feel Supported, Literally
Weighted Blankets. These are not just another trending item, weighted blankets have scientific evidence that shows how impactful they can be to help calm the nervous system, as well as reduce anxiety and sleep cycle issues. These make a great mental health gift for those who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, sensory challenges and Autism have also found weighted objects and blankets to help improve focus and reduce excitatory overwhelm. Before weighted blankets existed, early in my therapy days, I would encourage clients to place a backpack of books or a heavy box (depending on the size of the person) on their lap if they were experiencing anxiety or overwhelm. Within minutes they were more regulated, weighted blankets offer this experience to both children and adults. To choose a size, take 10% of the body weight, then add 1 pound.
This weighted blanket by YnM, is on sale on Amazon and has all different weights depending on the size of the person you are buying for. The original YnM weighted blanket offers a natural way to help calm your body for a restful night of sleep; great calming sensory blanket for adults and children to help decompress and provide comfort Made with multiple layers and smaller compartments (4”x4”) for maximum comfort that contours to the shape of your body. This is also a unique weighted blanket as it has a 7-layer structure is designed to keep you comfortable and cool, allowing the glass beads to provide temperature control. These also come with breathable cotton duvet cover, cooling bamboo duvet cover or cozy minky duvet cover are available in YnM. From YnM you can find a perfect duvet for your child and for protection of weighted blanket.
Give Good Energy & Restful Sleep
Chi Machine. If you’ve watched any of my Instagram Stories you’ve seen how much I love my Chi Machine. I was skeptical at first, how could this machine stimulate the Chi and help me feel relaxed, as well as refreshed? I received this as a gift last year and use it before bed almost every night. As someone who has struggled with sleep-cycle issues for my entire life, this machine makes me feel calm and helps me to easily slide into bed.
The Vitality Swing Chi Machine produces a wave-like motion from the ankles up through the spine, similar to the tranquil movement of swimming fish. It is helpful to use for stress reduction, a restful sleep, increased energy levels, and an overall revitalization. Even people with disabling injuries, chronic pain, or an inability to exercise can benefit from this machine. The Vitality Swing helps stimulate the lymphatic system, cleaning excess fluids from the body. Focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing steadily as the wave-like motion of the legs moves up the body into the spine, the neck, and the shoulders. It can rejuvenate every aspect of your body while you lie on the floor with your ankles resting on the machine. It is important to breathe deeply and think happy, calming thoughts while using the original machine. If you have less muscular aches, it will help to promote relaxation and more restful sleep.
Just like Acupuncture but at Home & Cuter
Ear Seeds: Acupressure Multi-Condition Reference Kit I used to have to go to a acupuncturist to get my Ear Seed fix, but now I can do it at home! While some consider acupuncture “trendy” it is one of the oldest healing methods around. EarSeeds makes it fun and interesting to improve your health and heal your life. I’ve used their products before and the seeds last for weeks–as do the benefits: migraines, anxiety, sleep cycle issues, hormone imbalances and more. Following a centuries-old Chinese acupuncture tradition, EarSeeds is here to bring auriculotherapy and ear acupressure to the 21st century.
If you are looking for a complete ear seeds acupuncture kit that will teach you everything you need to know about traditional auriculotherapy, look no further than the EarSeeds Multi-Condition Reference Kit. Learn how to practice ear acupressure safely and easily with the simple condition charts, precision tweezers, and self-adhesive ear seeds. This kit comes with 160 stainless steel ear seeds in individually packaged strips that keep the adhesive fresh, along with an easy-to-use flip chart with 14 reference cards to make tracking your ear’s pressure points easier than ever.
I bought this kit for someone on my list and I’m so excited! This kit comes with:
• COMPLETE EARSEEDS AURICULOTHERAPY KIT FOR BEGINNERS: Learn everything you need about proper ear seed placement, pressure points, and ear acupressure with our Multi-Condition Ear Seeds Kit with 160 pieces of stainless steel ear seed pellets.
• EASY TO APPLY: Unlock your body’s positive energy with our self-adhesive stainless steel ear seeds, which may help support your wellbeing and promote balance. All you have to do is Peel, Place, and Press!
• CONDITION-SPECIFIC CHARTS FOR BEGINNERS: This Ear Seeds Multi-Condition Reference Kit includes a flip chart with 14 easy-to-understand reference cards that cover specific conditions such as stress, insomnia, anxiety, motion sickness, weight loss, and more.
• LATEX-FREE ADHESIVE TAPE & PRECISION TWEEZERS: Take all the fuss out of applying your stainless steel ear seeds thanks to the clear, latex-free, and strong adhesive tape and bonus handy tweezers.
Spirit Junkie: A 52-Card Deck Cards by Gabrielle Bernstein (Author), Micaela Ezra (Illustrator)
You all know I love me some Gabby Bernstein, her newest card deck is sure to bring good energy to anyone on your list. With 52 energetically charged cards, featuring beautiful watercolor illustrations and empowering messages, they offer daily guidance, inspiration, and support.A Spirit Junkie is someone who fully embraces their unique gifts and uses them to be a force for good in the world. When we love and accept ourselves, we shine brightly-and that energy radiates outward, encouraging others to do the same.
I’ll be adding more gift ideas to support mental health, ease anxiety and help the people on your list feel better all month long. Check out my Instagram for daily inspiration and ideas for improving your mental health.
Take Good Care,
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