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16 Nice Gifts For Your Friend Who's Really Been Going Through It This Year

A small gift goes a long way when you're having a hard time.

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1. A notebook so they can start a bullet journal for their mental health, or any other purpose.

Learn more about starting a bullet journal here and how to use it to track your mental health here.Get it from Amazon for $14.95.
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Learn more about starting a bullet journal here and how to use it to track your mental health here.

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

2. A CBD cream that'll bring them peace — and a really nice scent, too.

I've been using this before bed, and it smells incredible and has really helped me feel more ready for sleep.Get it from Sagely Naturals for $35.99.
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I've been using this before bed, and it smells incredible and has really helped me feel more ready for sleep.

Get it from Sagely Naturals for $35.99.

3. A keychain that celebrates the simple, important act of moving forward.

Because that is truly worth an award!Get it from Emily McDowell Studio for $12.
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Because that is truly worth an award!

Get it from Emily McDowell Studio for $12.

4. A donation in their name to their favorite charity or organization.

My friends and I started doing this for each other this year, because let's be real, who hasn't been going through it for at least part of 2018? We pick a charity near and dear to that friend's heart, and give as much or little as we can. Seeing someone react to you supporting their cause is truly the essence of giving.
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My friends and I started doing this for each other this year, because let's be real, who hasn't been going through it for at least part of 2018? We pick a charity near and dear to that friend's heart, and give as much or little as we can. Seeing someone react to you supporting their cause is truly the essence of giving.

5. A snake plant that's easy to care for, will remove toxins in their home, and serve as a reminder of the beauty of living things.

If snake plants aren't their thing, there are lots of other plants that clean the air around them.Get it from Amazon for $29.07.
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If snake plants aren't their thing, there are lots of other plants that clean the air around them.

Get it from Amazon for $29.07.

6. This book that'll remind them that the road through adulthood is never smooth and straight.

Promising review: "I got this book last night and immediately started reading it. It is so heartwarming and gave me the warmest fuzzies the whole time. I am inspired by Mari's weirdness, ability to be uncomfortable and derive meaning from weird/awkward situations. I actually met her at a drawing classed called 'turning your pain into art' in DC which is where I really fell in love with her, so when I saw her book was coming out I knew i had to pre-order it immediately!" —emilyGet it from Amazon for $11.99+, Barnes and Noble for $11.99+, or find it at IndieBound or your local library.
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Promising review: "I got this book last night and immediately started reading it. It is so heartwarming and gave me the warmest fuzzies the whole time. I am inspired by Mari's weirdness, ability to be uncomfortable and derive meaning from weird/awkward situations. I actually met her at a drawing classed called 'turning your pain into art' in DC which is where I really fell in love with her, so when I saw her book was coming out I knew i had to pre-order it immediately!" —emily

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+, Barnes and Noble for $11.99+, or find it at IndieBound or your local library.

7. Or this lovely book, because as its title says, there's sometimes no good card for someone going through a rough time.

Seriously, there are so many non-shitty things to say to someone going through a shitty time.Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $9.99+, or find it at IndieBound or your local library.
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Seriously, there are so many non-shitty things to say to someone going through a shitty time.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $9.99+, or find it at IndieBound or your local library.

8. A jade roller that they can use as some much-needed self-care.

Jade rollers are pretty legit, and using them is a really nice routine to get into. My editor Rachel tested this one, and fully enjoyed using it.Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
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Jade rollers are pretty legit, and using them is a really nice routine to get into. My editor Rachel tested this one, and fully enjoyed using it.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

9. A Meal Train that'll provide them with enough food to get through the holiday season.

This is an easy way to organize a group of people to bring meals to someone in your life who's in need of some support — and food. Find out more about setting one up.
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This is an easy way to organize a group of people to bring meals to someone in your life who's in need of some support — and food. Find out more about setting one up.

10. Some super-intense healing cream if they've been taking out their stress on their hands.

Promising review: "Ever since I was in high school my nervous habit has been to pick the skin around my nails (not cute, I know). This is even easier and more tempting to do when the skin is dry and flaking. I've slept with my hands drenched in vaseline with gloves over them overnight, worn bandaids with Neosporin on my fingers, and applied coconut oil, cocoa butter, and every lotion under the sun to my hands in order to heal and hide my anxious habit. It was not until I found this product that I was able to repair years of skin damage on my hands. I kid you not, within the first couple days of applying this product before going to sleep at night the skin around my nails was healed and hydrated. Ever since this I have used this product daily and can't live without it." —Kat MacGet it from Amazon for $6.49.
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Promising review: "Ever since I was in high school my nervous habit has been to pick the skin around my nails (not cute, I know). This is even easier and more tempting to do when the skin is dry and flaking. I've slept with my hands drenched in vaseline with gloves over them overnight, worn bandaids with Neosporin on my fingers, and applied coconut oil, cocoa butter, and every lotion under the sun to my hands in order to heal and hide my anxious habit. It was not until I found this product that I was able to repair years of skin damage on my hands. I kid you not, within the first couple days of applying this product before going to sleep at night the skin around my nails was healed and hydrated. Ever since this I have used this product daily and can't live without it." —Kat Mac

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

11. A playlist of your favorite feel-good songs or podcasts.

A mixtape, but for the late 2010s! If you need some ideas for podcasts, check out our recommendations here.
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A mixtape, but for the late 2010s! If you need some ideas for podcasts, check out our recommendations here.

12. A set of essential oils that'll soothe them, relieve them, and make everything just smell nice.

Every oil does a little something different, so a variety pack is a great way to figure out which one does exactly what you need. Get it from Amazon for $39.99.
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Every oil does a little something different, so a variety pack is a great way to figure out which one does exactly what you need.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

13. And a diffuser, to really get the most out of all of those therapeutic scents.

This one's also a humidifier, which'll make the air in their home even easier to breathe in.Get it from Amazon for $28.99.
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This one's also a humidifier, which'll make the air in their home even easier to breathe in.

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

14. A sound machine, so they can tune in to some nature sounds whenever they need to.

Nature sounds are no joke, y'all — things like birdsong promote a deeply pleasing feeling of "body relaxed, mind alert".Get it from Amazon for $14.98.
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Nature sounds are no joke, y'all — things like birdsong promote a deeply pleasing feeling of "body relaxed, mind alert".

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

15. A little jar of therapy dough for them to dig their fingers into for a some relaxation.

Like those old-school stress balls, but prettier and nicer-smelling.Get it from Paper Source for $26.95.
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Like those old-school stress balls, but prettier and nicer-smelling.

Get it from Paper Source for $26.95.

16. And a weighted blanket, which might comfort them and give them some much-needed rest.

Promising review: "This blanket is very soothing! It's very relaxing at the end of the day. I feel like my energy is becoming calmed and contained when I am stressed out. When I am extra stressed I fold the blanket lengthwise, doubling the weight and lay it over me for the first 15 minutes and my muscles begin to release, almost like a massage." —lamplightGet it on Amazon for $87.90.
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Promising review: "This blanket is very soothing! It's very relaxing at the end of the day. I feel like my energy is becoming calmed and contained when I am stressed out. When I am extra stressed I fold the blanket lengthwise, doubling the weight and lay it over me for the first 15 minutes and my muscles begin to release, almost like a massage." —lamplight

Get it on Amazon for $87.90.

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