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49 gift ideas to cheer someone up who might be going through a tough time right now

These sentimental presents will put a smile on their face...

If you know someone who's struggling with their mental health, grieving or feeling lonely, it can sometimes be hard to show that person how much you care. 

While it may be the merriest time of the year for some, Christmas ca be a tough time for many and it's important to be kind during the holidays (with others and yourself). 

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Whether you have a vulnerable relative, a friend who's dealing with anxiety about this crazy world, someone close to you is grieving a loved one, or just going through a really tough time right now, we've rounded up the ultimate list of gifts to help put a smile on their face as we head into 2023. 

What's a good 'cheering up gift'?

From 'thinking of you' gifts, to grief cards, birthday presents, 'miss you' gift ideas or something to cheer others up on those tough days, here are the best buys to help you feel connected to your loved ones...

What to buy someone who's feeling down?

Letterbox flowers, from £23, Bloom & Wild


Who doesn’t love a bunch of beautiful flowers? Bloom & Wild’s are perfect for friends; they come in a box that can be posted through the letterbox, and the receiver gets to arrange them themselves. A perfect indoor activity.

The Ultimate Wellbeing Hamper, £350, Aromatherapy Associates


Gift a loved one with a full range of magical wellbeing moments with the very best of Aromatherapy Associates' multi-award-winning home, bath, and body collection. Each self-care saviour harnesses our spa-expertise and the natural power of essential oils to support your wellbeing. Not only does everything smell great, they will help you feel great too!

Sunshine necklace with happiness message, £60, NotOnTheHighStreet


How sweet is this sunshine necklace? Inspired by nature, sunshine is a symbol of happiness.

Little Miss Hug biscuit, £11.95, Biscuiteers


This Little Miss Hug biscuit will certainly bring a smile to his or her face. 

The Happy Jar, £12.99, Amazon


This is such a sweet gift for someone. The directions are as follows: Find a happy thought or moment from your day, write it on a note (included), fold it up and pop it in your happy jar. Then one year later - or when you're feeling down in the future - you open your happy jar and read all the happiness and joy you had.

Name A Star gift, from £16.99, Getting Personal


If you're looking for a gift that's a little special, then treat someone to their very own star! The star can be given any name of your choice and it comes with a beginner’s guide to astronomy. The star can't be renamed so it's forever theirs!

Dream Cloud flowers, £60, Selfridges


Brighten up their day - quite literally. 

Aura Carver Frame, £159.99 (WAS £189.99), Robert Dyas


If you're looking for a gift with a lasting impact - look no further! Aura's Carver digital photo frame is ideal because you can share treasured memories with loved ones around the world on a stylish and easy-to-use device. You can also set up the frame for that person so they can immediately place it on a shelf and watch their happy memories on a slideshow. It's super easy to use - and it's controlled with a discreet touch bar that sits on top of the frame allowing friends and families to continue sharing their photos.

You Are Powerful by Becki Rabin, £6.93, Amazon


You Are Powerful is your best friend, hype girl and everyday toolkit, dedicated to helping you manifest your best life. With this short expert guide, you will learn the basic principles of manifestation, how to stand up to 'self-sabotaging Susan', and the everyday exercises that will help you raise your vibe and reach your full potential. The guide to manifestation is from entrepreneur, business mentor and empowerment coach Becki Rabin.

The Little Ray of Sunshine hamper, £29.50, Hotel Chocolat


Chocolate is always a good idea. 

Pack of Sue Ryder Grief Kind cards, free with optional donation, Sue Ryder


When it comes to something as tough as going through grief, it can be hard to know what to say or do that might help someone you love. That’s why Sue Ryder is creating a national movement of kindness and helping more people get the confidence to support their loved ones through grief. Because no one should grieve alone, Sue has designed a pack of four free, limited-edition sympathy cards. The first card is to be sent to your friend in the first days, weeks and months after someone has died, the second if for difficult 'firsts' such as an anniversary, and the last two cards are to send to check in to remind your friend that you're thinking of them. Find out more about what's on offer, including a podcast and newsletters, at SueRyder.org.

Positivity candle, £55, ESPA


Give the gift of positivity with ESPA’s most-loved Positivity candle - it will uplife and inspire.

Be Kind, £7.95, Amazon


HELLO!'s very own Editor-in-Chief Rosie Nixon has created the ultimate guide to kindness. Packed with quotes, tips, actions and pearls of wisdom from famous personalities, experts and inspirational leaders. This small book is full of heart. 

Personalised plant pot, £42, Letterfest


If your friend enjoys gardening this would make a truly special gift - his or her own personalised plant pot. It can even be engraved with a motif of that month's birth flower and its meaning. A very sweet gift if a friend's loved one has died and you can name the flower after him or her. 

Bright rainbow Fairholme Studio candles, £50, Liberty London 


Made with a luxury blend of soy and beeswax, Fairholme’s cult taper candles are hand-dipped in the UK using a traditional technique meaning no two are exactly alike. Showcased here in a spectrum of bright rainbow shades, these mood-elevating essentials are as colourful as they are elegant.


Luxury care package, £23.99, Etsy


In one simple gift box, you can pamper your loved one, show them you care and treat them to some tasty snacks.

The Book About You, £25, Prezzybox


Looking for a unique gift that’ll show them how special they truly are? What better gift than a book... all about them!

Movie Night Nuggets, £26.99, Blondies Kitchen


'You're a tough cookie!' - this box of movie night nuggets would be perfect to share with a loved one. 

Neom Organics London Wellbeing Pod Diffuser, £95, Neom


Why not boost a loved one's mood with this Neom Organics wellbeing pod diffuser. Simply fill the tank with water and add five to ten drops of your chosen scented oil, press the button and relax as the room fills with a fine mist to stimulate your senses and boost your wellbeing.

Personalised candle, £21, NotOnTheHighStreet


Sometimes all they need is a sign you love them - this sweet personalised candle should do the trick. 

Sanctuary Spa De-Stress Bath Salts With Magnesium, £8, Amazon


The De-Stress Bath Salts with Magnesium smell absolutely delicious in the bath and help to soothe away aches and pains, relieve stress & tension, whilst magnesium also helps in promoting optimum joint health and circulation.

I Miss Your Face bracelet, £2.85, eBay


The message on the card is very sweet and the more you buy the more you save. 

Thinking of you gift set, £40, Marks & Spencer


This set includes a bouquet of flowers, cookies and a gorgeous calming candle. Bliss. 

Everything Is Going To Be Ok Mini Motivator Craft Kit, £14.95, Notonthehighstreet


In challenging times, it's important for us all to remember that everything is going to be ok. Gift the crafters in your life with this embroidery hoop kit which allows them to practice mindfulness whilst sewing at home. 

Find the silver lining bangle, £40, Kate Spade


Let them know that better and brighter days are on the horizon with this idiom bangle. 

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Memory box, £36, NotOnTheHighStreet


If you're feeling nostalgic you could send your loved one a memory box and fill it with old photographs of your adventures together. A sweet gift they can treasure forever. 

Personalised pillow, £38.95, Notonthehighstreet


This personalised pillow will make someone else’s day. 

Personalised puzzle, £18.62 (WAS £22.99), Myphotopuzzle.co.uk


If you know your loved one is feeling a bit fed up, puzzles are a great way to help them stay entertained - especially ones that are personalised! Pick a sweet photo of friends or family that can be made into anything from a 100 to a 1000 piece puzzle - it's a great way to remind someone of a special memory. 

A Hug In A Mug Hidden Message Cup, £24.25, Notonthehighstreet


Let them know you miss them with this hug in a mug.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Box of Mindfulness, £6.75, Boots


This is the ideal treat for some R&R.

Personalised letterbox chocolate, £20, Notonthehighstreet


Chocoholics will love this! A personalised chocolate bar that will fit in the letterbox.

Sensory Retreats Divine Glow Self-Heating Face Mask (box of three), £15, Sephora


When times are tough it's important to prioritise self-care, and thanks to Sensory Retreats, you can bring the spa experience home to them. Inside they'll find three gold-foiled, cloth masks that heat up when unwrapped and placed over the face. 

Brownie Eyed Boi brownies, from £12, Brownie Eyed Boi


You can't beat a home delivery of delicious brownies. 

Thinking of you cards, from £1.25, Snapfish x Macmillan Cancer Support


Macmillan Cancer Support has collaborated with Snapfish to create a special range of ‘Thinking of You’ cards in light of people feeling even more isolated right now. Sending one of these cards will help friends, family or colleagues express their support for people going through cancer during this isolating time. 

Afternoon Tea Experience Box, £34.99, Buyagift


Gift your loved one something that they can use at a time that works for them, like this afternoon tea experience voucher! With many wonderful UK locations available, the recipient will be spoilt for choice on where to book. A country estate or a lovely modern hotel? The possibilities are endless!

Thinking of you bracelet, £2.75, Etsy


How sweet is this gift/card? This is a thoughtful gift for a friend who's going through a tough time.  


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Large portrait photo book, £13.99, CEWE


Brighten someone's day with a personalised photo book, reliving the best of times with happy memories. CEWE has a range of gifts including personalised phone cases and jigsaw puzzles, but this large photobook has more than enough space to fill with dozens of photos and tell your story.

Retro sweets, £19.99, GettingPersonal.co.uk


You just can't go wrong with sweets, can you? GettingPersonal.co.uk is selling this personalised retro sweet jar crammed full of old school favourites. From cola bottles to love hearts, foam shrimps to double-dip sherbert. 

Sisterhood bracelet, £135, Aurum + Grey 


How adorable is this pearl 'sisterhood' bracelet? It features a solid 9ct yellow gold initial of your choice flanked by freshwater white pearls which symbolise wisdom - the ideal gift for one of your dearest friends.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £21, This Works


Looking for the perfect wind-down gift? How about the award-winning Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. The natural, aromatherapeutic Superblend of Lavender, Camomile and Vetivert calms both mind and body, soothing you to sleep. Simply spritz your pillow before you sleep.

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Wellness Journal, £26, Papier


For every wellness journal sold, Papier donates 50p to YoungMinds – the charity that helps young people get the mental health support they need.

Story book, £19.50, Storigraphic


Storigraphic is a unique personalised book that your loved one can treasure forever - what's more, they fit comfortably through the letterbox. Use code HELLO10 for free delivery and 10 percent off your first order.

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Friendship mug, £15, Notonthehighstreet


If there's one thing we Brits do well in a time of crisis, it's drink tea. This sweet personalised mug will remind them of you every time they sit down for a cuppa.

Travel Memories photo book, from £25.77, Photobook


Miss your travel companion? Or maybe you just miss going on holiday with your pals and you want to add all your favourite photos in one perfect safe-keep book. 

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Personalised Cadbury's letterbox hamper, £37, Prezzybox


This is one for the chocaholics. What better surprise than a letterbox delivery of their favourite Cadbury's classics, from Dairy Milk Caramel to Double Decker? The epic box is stacked full with no fewer than 27 bars. That'll keep them going in isolation!

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Hug in an enveope card, £3.29, Moonpig


If you can’t afford anything physical but still want them to know you’re thinking of them, how about sending a card in the post with a hug? 

Personalised 'Remember when' Slider Photo Card, £15, Notonthehighstreet


Celebrate a happy memory with this adorable through-the-letterbox photo gift from Not On The Highstreet. You can personalise the 'Remember when' card with a favourite snap and a sweet message on the back.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, £10.37, Amazon


If they love poetry (or just can't face making their way through a whole novel right now), Rupi Kaur's latest collection is the perfect gift. A celebration of love in all its forms, it's raw and uplifting. 

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