If you know someone who's struggling with their mental health, grieving or feeling lonely, it can be hard to show that person how much you care.
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 in 2024, even if just for a minute.
Blue Monday may have been and gone - it's always on the third Monday of January and is considered by some to be the most depressing day of the year - but we're still in the depth of January and January is tough. You might have the post-holiday blues, you might be cold and fed up of the weather, you might be living on beans on toast because you're waiting for pay day. Blue Monday maybe be considered a marketing gimmick from the travel industry, but personally, I do feel a bit down around this time of year.
How we chose the best gifts to cheer someone up
- Personal experience: After the loss of my amazing mum in 2021 I was inundated with messages of support from family, friends and colleagues. I also got sent a lot of thoughtful gifts in the post, some of which I've highlighted below.
- Speedy delivery options: If someone is struggling with their mental health, you'll want to tell them you're thinking about them and you won't want to hang around 1-2 weeks for delivery for their gift to arrive.
- Affordable options: These gifts aren't about lavish declarations of wealth, they are often inexpensive ways of letting someone know you care. I've tried to keep it as budget-friendly as possible.
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.