12 Thoughtful Gifts For Friends Going Through A Hard Time

Gifts to cheer someone up who needs it most.

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These gifts for friends and family who are going through a rough time say what you might not be able to put into words.
These gifts for friends and family who are going through a rough time say what you might not be able to put into words.

Cheering someone up is no small task. Whether they’re dealing with the death of a friend or family member, just went through a breakup or divorce, are working through a nasty bout of anxiety or depression, or are just really, really exhausted by the world today, when a loved one is going through a tough time, it’s hard to know what to do or say to make things better for them.

While finding the perfect gift for a friend going through a tough time isn’t going to pull them completely out of the depths of their despair, knowing that you care enough to surprise them with something thoughtful, comforting or just downright silly will remind them that they’re not alone.

If you need some ideas for gifts to cheer someone up, we’ve found 12 thoughtful ones for people who are really going through some sh*t.

Take a look:

1
This middle finger patch, for the year that truly deserves an “eff you.”
Etsy / LunaNQ
Sometimes, being there for someone means letting them be pissed off. Help them feel their feelings and flash their frustration with this middle finger patch, the perfect “eff you” to a sh*tty year. Get it from Etsy.
2
A set of empathy postcards
Emily McDowell
Being there for your struggling friends or family members is easier than you think. With this set of empathy post cards, you can send your friend a weekly postcard reminder of how much you're thinking of them. Get it from Emily McDowell.
3
A plant, to brighten up their space.
Bouqs
Plants make people happy. That’s because being out in nature, and greenery in general, makes us feel happier, calmer, more productive and more relaxed. It can also help soothe a troubled mind, but strolling through the park isn’t exactly easy to do during the winter months. Help brighten up a friend’s space and give them some greenery to care for instead. with You can even gift them one that’s already potted or that requires little maintenance, perfect for small spaces. We recommend browsing all of the plant delivery services available, like The Bouqs or The Sill.
4
A card that says the words you can’t.
Emily McDowell
The sympathy card industry is a bit sloshy, which is why artist Emily McDowell’s relatable empathy cards are so genius. They’re inscribed with messages like “I know this day really sucks for you,” and “You’re not a burden, you’re a human.” They’re honest, funny and actually get to the heart of what it’s like to go through a rough time — none of that “Everything happens for a reason” nonsense most people peddle during hard times. Get it from Emily McDowell.
5
A portrait of their pet.
Etsy / JustArtinAround
Anyone who has the privilege of sharing their home with a furry friend knows what a comfort pets can be during times of stress or sadness. Gift your friend a portrait of their beloved pet and they’re sure to crack a smile. Get it from Etsy.
6
A weighted blanket, to help them sleep better.
Amazon
Weighted blankets have been used for years in occupational therapy (particularly for kids with autism), but they’ve hit the mainstream in recent years for their ability to ease anxiety, reduce stress and help insomniacs snag better sleep. This weighted blanket on Amazon has a top rating and several positive reviews, making it a promising purchase for your anxious friends and family members. Get it on Amazon.
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A subscription box filled with something they love.
LightFieldStudios via Getty Images
If it feels like there’s a subscription box for literally every hobby, interest or passing fancy, you’re right. Whether your friend is into makeup, fashion or wine, there’s a gift box out there that will give him or her something to look forward to every month. There are plenty to choose from.
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A satiny robe that'll have anyone feeling fancy.
Plum Pretty Sugar
For those days when your giftee just wants to lounge around, this satiny robe will at least have them feeling a little fancy and hopefully, a little less sad. Get it from Plum Pretty Sugar .
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A cheese platter fit for a goddess.
Amazon
If there’s one sight that can cheer up anyone, it’s seeing your BFF at the door holding an overflowing plate of cheese. Head to the fancy cheese section of your local grocery store and plate up an Insta-worthy cheese platter with an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits and crackers like you’re trying to impress the queen. Bonus points if you show up with their favorite movies to watch while chowing down. Get it from Amazon.
10
A kit to help clear up their stressed-out skin.
Glossier
Sometimes the stress of the year can catch up to you, so your friend might need a refresher. This kit, featuring skin care favorites from Glossier, could come to the rescue. The set includes the brand's Milky Jelly cleaner, which gently cleanses skin while it conditions. Get it from Glossier.
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A sampling of fruity teas.
World Market
Is there anything more relaxing than curling up on the couch with a hot cup of tea? This Palais Des Thes box set of “fruity indulgence” teas has a flavor for every palate. If your friend is a tea lover, the smell of a brewing pot of apple ginger black tea should perk them right up. If that’s not their cup of tea, treat them instead to a sampling of artisanal brews from Blue Bottle . Get this tea set from World Market.
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A home-cooked meal, when they need it most.
Purple Carrot
When you’re feeling down, remember to eat well (or at all) isn’t your top priority. Help nourish your friend’s heart and soul by whipping up home cooked meals with ingredients delivered right to their door. They can lounge while you prepare a healthy feast for the two of you. Or, they'll appreciate the thought of having a nice meal to prepare to distract them from what's on their mind. Learn more Purple Carrot.