12 Useful Gifts For People With Anxiety

"Let me overthink about it."
More than 40 million Americans live with anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
More than 40 million Americans live with anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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If you’ve ever dealt with anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with more than 40 million Americans living with anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. That’s more than 18 percent of the population who deal with symptoms like irritability and nervousness, increased heart rate, insomnia, hyperventilation and more.

Whether you’re looking for products to manage your own anxiety this holiday season or you’re shopping for some of your more anxious friends or family members, we’ve got you covered.


Here are 12 anti-anxiety gifts that anyone with anxiety will appreciate:

1
A sleep mist for sweet dreams.
Sephora
While a good night's sleep can be elusive, this sleep mist might help a little. It has a chamomile and lavender scent that's supposed to relax you before bed. Catch some much needed zzz's with this Slip sleep mist.
2
A soothing soak from Dr. Teal's.
Target
Want to make a stress-busting bath extra-relaxing? Give the gift of this soothe and sleep soak from Dr. Teal's. Epsom salt helps with aches and the lavender oil in the soak is meant to relieve stress for a better night's sleep. Get the soothing soak.
3
This pin for all the overthinkers out there.
Etsy / BettieConfetti
It's easy to feel bad about overthinking everything but no one has to be ashamed with this pin, which proudly declares your truth. Don't overthink about getting this overthinker pin.
4
An anti-anxiety journal.
Amazon
Journaling is a great way to get any anxious thoughts out on paper, so why not gift someone in your life a beautiful journal? Research shows that journaling helps with mental health, so you’ll have science to back your gift up. That’s always a nice bonus. Don't let the name fool you, this journal's meant to take away anxiety.
5
An adult coloring book.
Amazon
Have you heard? Coloring isn’t just for kids. Coloring is a soothing activity that can be beneficial for all ages, especially mental health-wise. The next time someone in your life is feeling anxious, they can color it away thanks to a thoughtful gift from you. Get someone in your life “Calm The F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book.
6
A tea set for two, for a friend that just needs some company
Anthropologie
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. This tea set for two is perfect for those days when you just need a cup and a chat. Get this Art Deco inspired tea set for two.
7
Get a moment of self-care with this mug -- just add some tea.
Etsy / SugarandSloth
Sometimes a cup of tea can give you a moment of calm when you're worried. The narwhal on this mug's a bonus.
8
A yoga mat that'll keep anyone calm, cool and collected.
Target
Meditation might be your giftee's solution to a stressful day or even week. This mat's made from a durable foam and even includes a downloadable how-to routine on muscle massaging. Breathe in and out with this yoga mat.
9
A weighted blanket.
Amazon
While heavy blankets are great for staving off a winter chill, they serve another great purpose as well: helping with anxiety. Weighted blankets can help calm stress and insomnia. Get this blanket that's for hot and cold sleepers.
10
A gift certificate for an Infrared sauna.
Higher Dose
There’s no question that the winter blues can make anxiety worse, so help the people in your life get ahead of any seasonal affective disorder, or SAD-like symptoms by getting them a subscription to an Infrared Sauna, which bathes you in warmth and happiness-boosting light. “Infrared sauna is also helpful as detoxification support,” explains Ellen Vora, a board-certified psychiatrist . Check out this Infrared Sauna's blanket and gift card options.
11
A really great set of sheets.
Brooklinen
Not getting enough sleep can lead to a massive uptick in anxiety . While there are a lot of ways you can work on improving your sleep, high-quality sheets are a great place to start — particularly for people who run hot while they sleep. Try gifting that sweaty sleeper in your life a set of linen sheets and watch how their anxiety lowers as they clock those precious eight hours of sleep every single night. Get soft linen sheets from Brooklinen.
12
A fidget cube to replace their fidget spinner.
Amazon
Your giftee's fidget spinner might be collecting dust, so it could be time to replace it for them with this fidget cube. The ergonomic design can fit in their pocket. Stay stress-free with this fidget cube.