Don’t wait on a special occasion to send a gift to a loved one or yourself. Knowing how to use your energy to support a friend or family member can be challenging because everyone finds comfort in different ways. While a best friend would appreciate a heart-felt gift encouraging them to be brave, your sister may need your undivided time on a weekend adventure. No matter the challenges those closest to you face, finding a meaningful gift to lift their spirits can help them craft a different perspective on their situation. If you’re unsure where to start, walk through our guide to 7 life-changing gifts to find the one that would offer comfort to your friend.
Gift of Travel
Traveling to a new space is not only good for the soul, but research also shows it has a positive effect on your health. Research by Zimmerman and Neyer shows traveling outside your comfort zone – a place you’ve never been – makes you more adaptable to life’s daily challenges. It also builds resilience to emotionally challenging situations as your response to others becomes based on logic, not emotion, when you’re in a new place around people you don’t know.
Time to Relax
Who’s the person in your life always caring for others, volunteering, or taking on projects for the family? It’s time to recognize their efforts with permission to escape the demands of everyone else and celebrate themselves. The Bee Pampered. Be A Believer (Warm Honey) Gift Set is relaxation in a box. She’ll love the Soaking Salts and rich Bubble Bath. Following a spa-like experience, she’ll be inspired by the uplifting words in Read This Till You Believe It.
Unique Way of Remembrance
Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest adversities. Grief shows itself differently in everyone’s life, so remembering a loved one should be just as unique. For the friend who has recently suffered a loss, allow them to remember and honor their loved one in their own way. The Precious Memories gift set will support your friend in appreciating the moments and memories shared while walking through the mourning process.
Support Through Career Change
If your partner is discovering that a career change is needed to reduce stress, time away from family, or simply find work their passionate about, support them through the transition. This gift is also one to give to yourself. If you find yourself approaching each morning with dread as you head into the office or job site, consider a change. More than 70 percent of people say they aren’t satisfied with their career choice, and life is simply too short to do something you don’t like for 40 hours a week. What are you passionate about? Find it, and then give yourself permission to make the change.
Gift of Gratitude
Gratitude comes in two main forms: the gratefulness you feel for the wonderful people and opportunities in your life, and the gratitude you show toward others through acts of kindness. You need both to live the most joyful life possible. Research shows that grateful people tend to be healthy and happy. Research from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley found participants of a survey who wrote in a digital gratitude journal for two weeks reported “better physical health, including fewer headaches, less stomach pain, clearer skin, and reduced congestion.” Recognizing the people and things for which you’re most thankful, can literally improve your health.
Even if you have friends and family members who aren’t “hug people,” you can gift them the benefits that come with wrapping your arms around something and embracing. Science shows the embrace from a hug can lower blood pressure, lower stress, improve sleep, reduce pain, reduce anxiety, stimulate the brain’s memory sensors and more. The Giving Heart pillow is a perfect way to give from your heart, and let someone know you care. The weight of the pillow even replicates the feeling of a real hug! So, when you want to comfort the non-hugger in your family or distance keeps you from embracing, gift the Giving Heart pillow.
Time for Creativity
Have you ever been stuck in the circle of life that goes from work to home, fulfilling obligations and the grocery list, dinner, and when there’s a sliver of downtime, you want to do that thing you love – paint, read a book, build a model airplane – but you’re so mentally drained you just go to bed? It’s a cycle that can quickly drain the joy from waking each morning. Be intentional about carving out the time you need to let your creative juices flow. Whether you have to hire a child care provider, sign up for a local art class, or schedule it into your day, gift yourself the time to be creative.