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Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Depressed


Updated November 01, 2012

There are many things we'd like to have--lasting happiness, peace on Earth and a cure for cancer--but when it comes to material needs these are some gifts which would really lift our spirits.

1. Cash

One of the ways that depression hits hardest is financially. Between the medical bills and the loss of work days, it can be hard to just keep up. Offer to pay some bills, give a gift certificate or phone card or give them the cash to spend as needed.

2. A Day of Pampering

Some of the great products out there include spa gift certificates and luxurious kits for do-it-yourself spa days at home. There's nothing like a little pampering to make a person feel special.
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3. A Good Book

When you just feel like snuggling up in some comfy pajamas and hiding from the world there's nothing like a good book to keep you company.
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4. A Nice Journal

Writing one's thoughts and feelings in a journal can be very therapeutic. Many blank books are available which have beautiful covers and inspirational quotes throughout. There are also quite a few guidebooks about journaling geared towards individual interests which you might include with a blank journal to give them inspiration.
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5. Relaxation CD

Stress and anxiety are often problems faced by the depressed. Soothing music can be very helpful.
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6. Nighttime Comfort

Does your loved one have trouble with sleep? How about a gift to make bedtime more comfortable?
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7. The Gift of Music

Music has the amazing gift of conveying emotion without saying word. It has the power to express how we are feeling when we aren't able.
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8. Maid Service

Having a clean living environment can make a person feel so much better, but when even getting out of bed is a chore housework may get neglected.

9. Send Flowers

Your best choice is a live plant. There's nothing more depressing than dead flowers and a live plant will give your loved one something to care for and nurture. Have them delivered to their workplace if possible. It's a real boost for your co-workers to see that someone cares about you.
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10. A Pet

It goes without saying that you should be certain this is something your loved one would want before making the purchase, but a pet can be a lifesaver for the lonely. Animals love us unconditionally and give us a reason to go on living. Rather than buying a pet, consider adopting one from an organization which rescues abused and neglected animals.
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