27 Uplifting Gifts to Send Someone Going Through a Hard Time

Whether they’re going through a loss, a breakup, or an awful day, these goodies are sure to lift their spirits.

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It's not always easy to navigate how to best support someone who's going through a hard time. You want to be there for them (that's what family and friends are for), but you're not quite sure how. For most, a simple check in, whether it be in person or over the phone, can go a long way when it comes to letting them know you care. But if you live farther away or want to send a little something extra to help brighten their day, we've got some good ideas. From warming slippers that offer supreme comfort, to meal deliveries that keep their soul soothed and refrigerator stocked, read on for gift ideas that provide a boost of positivity for a loved one going through it right now. These are guaranteed to lift their spirits, whether they're experiencing loss, a tough breakup, or just a bad day—during the holiday season or any time of year.

Intelex Warmies Slippers

Warmies microwavable warming slippers


Inspire self-care with a plush pair of slippers. And these aren't just any old slippers: They can be heated up with a quick nuke in the microwave, cooled off in the freezer, give off a relaxing lavender scent, and offer comfort like no house slippers they've ever owned before. Warming slippers won't fix everything, but they sure can help them feel a little cozier (and very loved).

Compendium ThoughtFulls 'You Matter' Pop-Open Cards

ThoughtFulls Pop-Open Cards: You Matter

Live Inspired

Remind them how much they're loved and how much they matter. How? A box of 30 bright cards, each featuring a unique, inspirational quote on the inside to boost their self-esteem and lift their spirits.

Goldbelly Gift Card


Gold belly

If a faraway loved one is feeling homesick and nostalgic, you can't go wrong sending them a regional treat, courtesy of Gold Belly. With hundreds of options, you can send them their favorite deep-dish pizza from Chicago, Ess-a-Bagel bagels from New York City, or brisket (yes, brisket!) from their favorite Texas BBQ joint. Not sure what they're craving? Send an e-gift card their way so they can browse their favorites and order as they please.

Happy Socks Classic Socks Gift Set

Happy Socks Classic Set, 4 pack

Happy Socks

Put some pep in their step with a few cheerful pairs of socks from Happy Socks. This gift set contains four pairs of comfy, cotton socks in a variety of colorful patterns and brings a touch of joy to their day. It's a small, but meaningful reminder of your unwavering support—and that you're thinking of them.

LUSH Feeling Good Set

Lush Feeling Good Bath Set


Help them channel good vibes with this bright and groovy "Feeling Good" bath set from Lush. It includes a bath bomb, bubble bar, and scrub for washing worries away while achieving supple skin and lips.

Homedics Happy Head Massager

Homedics Happy Head Massager


Nothing feels quite as good as a quality head massage for unwinding and relieving stress. Lift their spirits and calm their worries with the gift of free head rubs they can do themselves without a pricey trip to the salon. It's the perfect self-care pick-me-up on rough days.

URPOWER URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser

Oil Diffuser


Help them harness the healing power of aromatherapy with a thoughtful essential oil diffuser. This little guy is simple to set up and use with just water or a few drops of soothing essential oils to create a spa-like oasis at home. Bonus points if you also send them a set of essential oils.

Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You: A Mindfulness Journal (Do One Thing Every Day Journals)

Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You: A Mindfulness Journal


The idea of practicing meditation or mindfulness can seem daunting—which is counterproductive when you're trying to help a friend feel better. With this centering journal, they can start small and focus on doing one thing more mindfully every day, until it becomes a healthy habit.

Wolferman's Bakery Here If You Knead Me Gift Box

Wolferman's Here If You Knead Me Gift Box

Wolferman's Bakery

Let breakfast be one less thing they need to worry about during tough times with a gift box from Wolferman's. This kind gesture of a gift includes a package of Wolferman's irresistible English muffins and a jar of sweet strawberry jam—all sent inside a box that reads "Here if You Knead Me."

UrbanStems The Firecracker Bouquet

Gifts for someone going through a hard time: UrbanStems The Firecracker Bouquet


Reignite their spark with these beautiful blooms from UrbanStems, which boast a bursting bouquet of free spirit roses. We also like this Sympathy Peace Lily Plant as a more traditional extension of sympathy to recognize someone's passing.

Hyggelight The Growing Candle

Hyggelight The Growing Candle


Give them a gift that keeps giving, while supporting small businesses and the environment, with a small-batch, zero-waste candle from The Growing Candle. Once the wax has burned through, your recipient can plant the seeds from the corresponding label in the handmade ceramic pot to yield their own mini wildflower garden.

Spoonful of Comfort Just Because Gift Basket

Spoonful of Comfort Just Because Gift Basket

Spoonful of Comfort

Treat them to days' worth of soul-warming soup and rolls with a Thinking of You gift basket delivery from Spoonful of Comfort. This package includes a 64-ounce jar of delicious homemade soup (choose from a variety of types), six scrumptious rolls, and six cookies. There's nothing a delivery of grandma-style chicken noodle or tomato basil soup can't fix.

Sferra Celine Throw

Celine Throw


If you can't give them a physical hug, wrap them up in a chic and cozy blanket. We love the subtle herringbone weave on this throw from Sferra. It also comes in seven color options to better match with their current decor.

Dylan's Candy Bar BashCake

Dylan’s Candy bar Bashcake

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tough day at the office? Invite them to release some stress with the help of an edible pinata. Once they hammer through this chocolate cupcake dome from Dylan's Candy Bar, they'll find a treasure trove of chocolate pretzels to help sweeten up their week ahead.

Tipsy Scoop Fiesta Pack

Tipsy Scoop Fiesta Pack

Tipsy Scoop

Keep the party going with this 'fiesta pack' from Tipsy Scoop, which serves up four of the brand's beloved spiked concoctions, including Spiked Hazelnut Coffee ice cream, Tequila Mexican Hot Chocolate ice cream, Strawberry Sangria sorbet, and Mango Margarita sorbet.

Doughp Bestseller Four-Pack

Doughp Edible Cookie Dough Bestseller 4-Pack


If they're not 21 yet, opt for some edible cookie dough from Doughp. The brand offers thirteen flavors to choose from, each of which can be eaten as raw dough or baked into cookie bliss—the perfect pick-me-up to get someone through a rough breakup or exam week.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

All-new Kindle (2022 release)


Nothing takes your mind off a difficult situation like diving into a good book. Allow your loved one to escape reality for a bit with a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader (bonus points if you pair it with a pretty case and a Kindle Unlimited subscription). The newest version of the Kindle Paperwhite has a larger display than previous models and an adjustable warm light that's easier on the eyes no matter what time of day or night they use it.

Teabloom Stovetop and Microwave Safe Glass Teapot

Teabloom Teapot Gift Set

Courtesy of Amazon

With nearly 14,000 five-star reviews, this tea set is as pretty to look at as it is functional. It comes with two sets of flowering tea that bloom when exposed to water. However, you can insert loose-leaf tea or teabags once those are used. This glass teapot can go directly on the stove to heat up water for a calming cup of tea or energizing cup of pour-over coffee—just the pick-me-up your friend or family member might need.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive Pocket Leggings

Girlfriend Collective Compressive Pocket Legging

Girlfriend Collective

Leggings are always a no-fuss wardrobe staple, but they’re especially comforting to wear during a hard time. Made from recycled water bottles, not only do these cozy leggings provide the gift of relaxation, but they’re also a greener alternative to typical fabrics.

TheraBox Subscription Box

TheraBox Subscription Box


A little self-care can go a long way. And while the term "self-care" means something different for everyone, the items in this subscription box offer little comforts for all the senses. From essential oil mists and candles to joy-boosting activities like journals, art, or meditation prompts, the box contains items that will help transform your loved one’s environment into a sanctuary.

This deep muscle massager is great for relaxing sore muscles and fighting tension after a stressful day (or week or month or year). The Theragun G3PRO has a long 75-minute battery life and is designed for use all over the body, even hard-to-reach areas like the upper back.

Threshold Microplush Weighted Blanket

Threshold Microplush Weighted Blanket


When you can’t physically give your loved one a hug, this plush weighted blanket is the next best thing. Rated the best overall weighted blanket according to our editors’ tests, this Threshold version from Target is soft, budget-friendly, and comes with a washable cover.

nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask

NodPod Weighted Sleep Mask

Urban Outfitters

Sleep quality is the most important factor for mental well-being (even more than diet and exercise). And it's especially vital to get enough Zs when healing from an emotionally draining event. If a weighted blanket just isn't enough compression, this weighted sleep mask adds another squeeze of comfort. One of our editors tried it out, and said it stays put all night—even for side sleepers.

Skincare Party Box

Skincare Party Box

Skincare Party Box

It's a literal skincare party in a box—if that's not the definition of "mood booster," we don't know what is. These subscription boxes are delivered every other month and come with five to six curated full-size products to pamper your giftee.

Aya Paper Co. Manifestation Journal

Aya Paper Co. Manifestation Journal

Aya Paper Co.

After a loss, it can be hard to get back on your feet. But one of the best ways to move forward is to set goals and intentions for the future. If you believe in manifestation, it can be a powerful driving force for change. Help your loved one get back on their feet and start living the awesome life they deserve with this manifestation journal from Aya Paper Co. made of 100-percent recycled paper.

American Plant Exchange Sansevieria Zeylanica Plant

Sansevieria Zeylanica Easy Care Live Plant

Courtesy of Amazon

Nothing cheers you up like the privilege of becoming a plant parent. Whether it's your loved one's first houseplant or twentieth, they can never have too many. Make it even more special with a cute planter so they can display it proudly.

Rayo & Honey You Got This Pennant

You Got This Pennant

Rayo & Honey

You can pump them up via text, phone call, and even in person from time to time, but you can't be there for them all day every day (as much as you wish you could). So send them a message they can display on their wall and walk past every day, reminding them you've got their back. These uplifting pennants from rayo and honey are handcrafted in Brooklyn by owner Roachele Negron.

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