Since so many of us experience heightened mental health challenges during the holiday season, why not give calming gifts to those you love? We’ve hand-picked a number of gift ideas with mental health in mind, to promote a sense of peace during the stressful holiday season. Whether you purchase these presents for yourself or a loved one, they’re sure to spread some joy and stimulate some much-needed relaxation.

Weighted blankets

Did you know that weighted blankets can actually elicit a calming effect? Indeed, research has shown that weighted blankets act as a form of pressure therapy, which relaxes the nervous system and quells symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia.

A journal

Journalling is one of the best ways to manage mental health, and instill a sense of mindfulness and gratitude. Guided journals contain prompts that promote a sense of creativity and calm, allowing you to exude your inner troubles and focus on the positive aspects of your life.


Scented candles do more than just make a space smell nice—they can actually alleviate mental health symptoms. For instance, lavender instantly relaxes the body and mind, while sage is a major mood-lifter. Aromatherapy candles can work wonders for anxiety and stress relief, and they make a cozy gift during the chilly winter months. Diffusers are also a great gift that serve the same purpose.

Yoga mat

Countless studies have confirmed that yoga can reduce mental anguish, and boost your mood and overall wellbeing. The best part about yoga is that it can be done anywhere, any time—the only requirement is a good mat.

Herbal tea

Sipping on a warm cup of herbal tea can not only warm your body, but it can also calm your mind. Certain herbal teas contain calming properties that can lessen stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. There are several herbs that offer these benefits, including peppermint, lemon balm, lavender, and chamomile. Gifting someone an assortment of soothing teas is always appreciated, especially during times of distress.

Indoor plants

Houseplants aren’t just for aesthetic appeal; they also offer mental health benefits. Having indoor plants is scientifically proven to combat psychological stress, and they also enhance the air quality. Plus, green plants amplify the holiday spirit in a household.

Bath salts

What’s better than a warm bath on a drab winter day? Soaking in warm water is naturally relaxing, and the experience is enhanced when you add some epsom salts. The magnesium content in epsom salts help the body produce energy, stabilize mood, and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Blue light glasses

Since staring at our devices late at night is known to negatively impact our sleep (which directly affects our mental health), blue light glasses are a great item to gift a loved one. The glasses block out most of the harmful rays our screens give off, promoting better quality sleep—and a stronger mental state.

Craft kit

Whether a person is innately artistic or not, art is one of the best forms of therapy, and can considerably curb anxiety. There are countless craft kits on the market—from colouring books to beading sets—that will serve as a good distraction from the holiday chaos.


Mental health can manifest in physical symptoms, including muscle tightness and soreness. An excellent stress-relieving gift for yourself or a loved one during the holidays is a massage gift certificate. A massage is a luxurious treat that can work to settle your mind and loosen your body.
Give the gift of self-care this holiday season—because everyone could use a pick-me-up, especially during the depths of winter. Remember, when it comes to gifts, it’s truly the thought that counts.