9 Inspiring Gifts to Motivate a Loved One That Needs a Pick-Me-Up

Your go-to gifts — flowers, sweets, or a bottle of champagne — while always appreciated, don’t always express exactly what you want them to say.

You want a gift that your loved one will appreciate and enjoy in addition to being useful; you want an inspirational gift for a friend or family member who needs a pick-me-up gesture!

Motivational Journal

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This whole idea of always being productive is not so useful when, in reality, everyone has their own pace of doing things and sometimes the anxiety of having to be productive is a bit too much. That’s where giving a journal to someone who is dealing with procrastination or overthinking can prove to be beneficial.

Many of the mindfully crafted journals come with stickers, motivational quotes, or just beautiful imagery that will remind your friend of how much you care about them. They can use this journal as a planner, writing things down, venting their negative thoughts, making a to-do list, or putting down some lyrics or poetry. The options are endless, but one thing is for sure – they will appreciate it.

Inspirational Typography Prints

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Sometimes all a person needs is a sweet reminder of the little joys in life. And what better way to achieve that than by hanging a message with uplifting words on your wall. While nothing can replace the company of friends, everyone needs typography prints with motivational messages to reinforce the love and kindness that are already omnipresent within ourselves.

You might also choose adventure wall art. With a message of adventure written alongside a map of the world, this inspirational gift tells your loved one that sometimes you have to go somewhere unknown to find yourself again. Typography art print and adventure wall art are perfect for the frequent traveller, or someone who needs a little push out the door every once in a while.

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Don’t be fooled by the name: these one-of-a-kind instruments have been used for millennia throughout Asia for meditation, music, ritual, and yes, even storage. This metal bowl’s deep, vibrating tone is relaxing, helping to expel troublesome intrusive thoughts and promote peace and contentment. One doesn’t have to be deep into eastern philosophy and meditation to appreciate the frequencies and sounds a Tibetan singing bowl emits.

Yoga Mat

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While we’re at it… A quality yoga mat is ready for the occasion, whether your loved one’s yoga style is intense and sweaty or calm and relaxed. To make yoga even more appealing to their senses, choose one that is padded for joint support and comfort. This anti-odour, slip-free mat will be there for all of their downward dogs, pigeon postures, and soothing savasana.

If they are brand new to yoga, I suggest you bring them along to a class with you. Or, if they prefer one-on-one, treat them to a private class or head out to the part and follow along with some online video of your choosing. Mats with nice messages, like those added to unique typography prints, can be just the gifts they need to motivate them enough into keeping up with this new relaxing activity.

Candle Jars With a Message

Pick out chemical-free candles (such as candles made of soy or beeswax) with something nice or even funny engraved on them. We all have different love languages, but now and then, we all need to be reminded that we’re simply amazing as we are. This humorous but meaningful candle gift idea is both motivating and pleasant with the lovely aromas, and it’s likely to make your loved ones happy and increase their self-esteem.

Bubble Bath Set

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For the friend who finds inspiration in a calm bath, this duo of bubbly bath powder (think deconstructed bath bomb) will add to their sense of relaxation and restoration! I recommend lavender aroma since it’s known for its soothing effect, whereas the orange scent is energetic (though feel free to go wild mixing it up). Baths are a wonderful way to unwind, let go of daily stresses, and treat oneself.

Not only does it feel nice to get some alone time but submerging in water helps to calm the nervous system, reduce tension and anxiety levels in the body, and boost our mood. Warm baths can promote the levels of serotonin, a brain chemical associated with happiness. This is a great gift for both men and women.

Weighed Blanket for Better Sleep

Weighted blankets mimic a hug by applying a technique known as deep pressure stimulation (DPS) to help the user feel more comfortable. Deep touch pressure delivered to the body, by hands, instruments, or in this case blankets, can relax the neurological system. For some, the thought of being weighed down by a blanket may not be appealing. Others, on the other hand, find the sensory sensation of being wrapped in that little bit of extra relaxing and comforting – and it gives the greatest sleep ever. A 12-pound throw blanket is ideal for a full night of sleep or a comfortable couch nap.

Tree of Life Wind Chime

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The tree of life is a universal image that inspires us to reflect on the interrelated, circular aspect of existence, from Israel to Ireland, Egypt to Mexico. This wind chime, engraved with a tree of life, is an excellent way to bring peace and inspiration to any outdoor environment. Just the mere sight and sound of a wind chime brings about nostalgic memories.

A Meaningful Book

Moving on from a rough time in life is challenging. Certain books function as system reset that can help anyone survive this point in their lives. Books can also provide wisdom, entertainment, and a sense of clarity, making them perfect for a friend who’s going through a hardship or just needs a boost of inspiration. Make sure you gift it to them in the format they like the most, hard copy, e-book or an audiobook. And here is a wonderful pick-me-up book recommendation: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.