10 Gift Ideas for a Friend In Need of Cheer

No matter the season, there’s always someone in your life who could use a little boost. Maybe it’s a stressed coworker or a frazzled friend, or maybe you just want to spread a little cheer to someone who’s going through a tough time. Whatever the reason, here are 10 gift ideas guaranteed to put a smile on a face in need of a grin:

gift ideas for a friend

Bring the Spa to Them

The poet Sylvia Plath once wrote, “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” To be sure, sometimes all you need at the end of a long day is a DIY spa treatment.

While you can definitely buy spa kits in bulk, it might be more fun, and certainly more personal, to pull together a basket of your friend’s favorite scented lotions and washes, unique face masks, manicure and pedicure kits, and more. Essential oils can also add to the relaxation. Of course, figuring out their favorite scents may require a little bit of investigating, but just imagine the look of cheer on their face when you surprise them with a basket of their favorite artisan soaps, for instance.

Here are some suggestions:

Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set of 6

LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set of 12

“Complete Spa at Home Experience” Gift Basket

Gift Your Faves

Do you have a favorite television show or movie? What about a book you read over and over again? Buy your friend a copy! Sharing your own favorite can make the gift feel especially thoughtful and touching.

Offer Some Inspiration

A dose of inspiration can go a long way toward improving a difficult moment in time for a friend. Consider gifting unique, inspirational magazines, like Bella Grace and Flow Magazine, or a pack of inspirational cards and affirmations.

Provide Some Fine Stationery

Almost everyone loves a nice quality ink pen or proper stationery, but hardly anyone goes and buys it for themselves. Particularly if they work in an office or a school, a stationery gift set or personalized notebook might put a little extra cheer in a friend’s workday.

Bring Some Comfort

There’s just something about a cozy blanket. Especially if you have a friend who isn’t feeling well, a warm throw is such a kind, loving gift. You can even choose to have it monogrammed.

Put Together a Box of Fun

One of the most cheerful DIY boxes floating around on Pinterest is the “box of sunshine.” To make it, you simply fill a box with everything yellow — candy, gum, lemons, nail polish, you name it. Attach a card deeming your box a “box full of sunshine,” and pass it off to your pal. Of course, you can do this with any color or theme, too. Get creative!

Make Them a Mix…Stream

Okay, so mixtapes aren’t in anymore, but the healing power of music is still in full force. Can you make them a Spotify playlist of your favorite feel-good songs? Or, just as well, gift them an iTunes card complete with a list of your current recommended faves? Sometimes a song can completely change someone’s day from bad to better.

Make Them Laugh

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to cheer up a friend. A goofy calendar, pair of playful socks, or an amusing book can leave you both laughing.

Plan a Meaningful Experience

If your friend is traveling down a particularly rough road, is there something you can do for them beyond a tangible gift? Can you offer up your babysitting or driving services? Are you able to cook them a meal? If you’re short on time, then what about a gift card to a nice restaurant?

Help Them Wine Down

There’s nothing like venting with your besties over a glass of wine. Bring them a special glass of their own with a funny wine saying to lift up their spirits.

I’m sure whatever you choose to do, your friend will be thankful for the time and thought you put into cheering them up!

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