12 Things on the Holiday Wish List of Someone With Depression

This is my holiday wish list as someone struggling with major depressive disorder and is on disability leave:


1. A subscription box 


There are many fun subscription boxes available, and they are also varied in content to suit the recipient. Some focus on self-care, organic products, candy and much more. What a wonderful surprise for those of us who may have limited funds to spoil ourselves.


I recommend Caring Crate and Little Life Box.


2. A gift certificate for a special service


This could be a massage, haircut, manicure or acupuncture. This would make me feel very pampered and cared for, and is something that is not easily affordable for those of us on a tight budget.


3. Create a “redeem me” booklet


An offer to help with various tasks around the house. One of the biggest difficulties I have as a person who struggles with depression is keeping up with my housekeeping. Knowing I could ask a friend to come over to help me with the laundry, dishes, or just a little general cleaning up, would mean the world to me.


4. A weighted blanket


A weighted blanket can help with insomnia, help create a sense of calm and bring comfort. It is not an item typically covered by insurance, but is something that a therapist might recommend. For the crafty individual, this is something that can be homemade, otherwise it can be purchased.


I recommend Hippo Hug weighted blankets.


5. An invitation to a home-cooked meal


Sometimes something as simple as being invited over for supper is just as wonderful of a gift as anything else. I personally have a difficult time cooking, so any time someone offers me food I take it. Bonus points if you send me home with leftovers.


6. Help pay for my therapy sessions


Therapy is not cheap, and even if it is covered by insurance, this usually doesn’t come close to the amount needed in the year. This would be a great gift for a group of friends to combine funds toward, and it also shows that you support the process and are proud of the individual for engaging in therapy.


7. Create an individualized self-care kit


Collect a variety of self-care items you know suit the recipient. This can include lotions, essential oils, coloring pencils, a movie, tea — anything that will bring a moment of comfort. Place them in a pouch or cute box. This shows that you both know and care for the person you’re making it for.


8. Art supplies


Encourage a little art therapy with the gift of art supplies. This is a fun gift because can buy things that you already know the person uses, or you can pick up some new items and encourage the learning of a new craft. Additionally, you can spend time together crafting, which is also a welcome gift.


9. Bookstore gift certificate


This is such a great gift to give. This gives the opportunity to pick out any book they may wish to buy, as well as any other decorations the store might have to offer. Personally, I find books to be a refuge on difficult days, and helping to fund this would be a very special gift.


10. Amazing bedding


Lets face it, as almost any person with depression will tell you, we spend a lot of time in bed. Unfortunately we may not be able to purchase the bedding with the type of thread count we would like. A cozy set of bedding would be cherished daily and would not be a gift quickly forgotten.


11. Tickets to a concert, event or art gallery


These can be luxuries that we can’t afford on our own and can be a great opportunity to get out of the house and find happiness in something we enjoy.


12. A special note
Not all gifts need to cost very much. Some of the best gifts I’ve been given have been kind notes that remind me of my worth, assurances of support and reminders of my awesomeness. A fun idea would be to create a cute wallet card that can be easily retrieved when a boost is needed.


These are some of the gifts I would love to get, that I assume others in a similar situation would also enjoy. As always, when gift giving, be sure to tailor the gifts to the individuals personality and needs, and when in doubt — simply ask.


We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.


Getty image via jakkapan21


Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Major Depressive Disorder

A true love and happiness between a mother and her child. This black and white image shows happy emotion.

To the Mommies Struggling With Depression Right Now

If you are reading this, this is for you. I know how lonely it gets. I know how it feels at the end of the day. Whether you’re laying in bed with your significant other, your child or even your pet. I know what it’s like to get a full night of sleep and still [...]

I Had a Depressive Episode at the 'Happiest Place on Earth'

I cried. I cried like I haven’t cried in a couple of days. I cried sobbing like a little girl. I cried out loud at Disneyland. I was with my dad, who removed my hands which covered my face in an attempt to hide the shame of having a meltdown. “Why are you crying? You [...]
girl, grunge background, flower and dragon - surrealistic seamless pattern

The Question I Dread Facing as Someone With Depression

It’s been 10 years since I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I remember sitting in the psychiatrist’s office, a scared 17-year-old. I had pushed my GP to send me for this consultation. He was convinced I had an eating disorder because of my rapid weight loss. I knew that wasn’t right. I had no appetite and [...]

To the People Who Love Me, Mental Illness and All

I consider myself to be brave. Getting out of bed each morning may not seem brave to most, but most people who have battled through the self-eclipsed war of depression knows otherwise. When the voices and forces within you want nothing more than to bring you down, you need to rise above. And that is [...]