The holidays are going to MUCH different for everyone this year. Most of us won’t be able to be together with our families or friends and we may not be able to purchase gifts as usual. First and foremost, we want to appreciate our health, friends and family.
However, if you’re feeling the holiday spirit and would like to purchase presents for a child who deals with anxiety, ADHD, high sensitivity or self-esteem issues, here’s a round-up of very specific, curated options. Many of these products I use myself or have purchased as gifts for my kids or for friends.
Please note that these items contain affiliate links and, if you choose to click the link and purchase the item, I may be compensated.
Here is the curated gift guide:
Weighted Blankets: I’ve written about weighted blankets here and here and the posts have been popular. I myself bought a weighted blanket several months ago and find that it does help me fall asleep and to sleep more deeply. Weighted blankets are NOT recommended for babies or young toddlers. Choose a weight that is 7-15% of your child’s body weight.
- HBlife Weighted Blanket, 10 lbs 41″ x 60″ This weighted blanket is good for younger children who weight between 80 to 110 pounds and is filled with glass beads. It’s also an Amazon’s Choice product.
- Go Home 7-layer weighted blanket I like this blanket because you can choose different dimensions and weights. It also has a 30-day warranty.
Noise Cancelling Headphones: Many kids & adults are sensitive to noise and noise pollution. This could be due to being on the autism spectrum, having high anxiety or being a highly sensitive person. Noise cancelling headphones can help many people focus on their work, studying, sleep or relaxation without being bothered by their surroundings.
- Mpow 35Hrs noise cancelling headphones I like this option (listed today at $59) because they’re reasonably priced and have good reviews.
- ProCase Kids Noise Cancelling Ear Muffs This is a great option for toddlers as they’re lightweight, cushioned and more like ear muffs rather than headphones which might be too bulky or heavy for little kids.
Lavender Essential Oils & Diffuser: For centuries, lavender has been used to induce calm and sleep. Whether you spritz some on your pillow or diffuse it with reeds or a diffuser, lavender essential oils may help your older child or teenager feel more relaxed and calm. Note: Be very careful with essential oils and do not apply them directly to skin nor drink or swallow the oils.
- Bleu Lavande True Lavender: This essential oil brand has 5 star reviews with no bad reviews. You may want to use a diffuser with a drop or two of lavender oil in your older child or teen’s room to help them stay calm and sleep.
- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser: This is diffuser I’ve linked to above. It has 17,000 reviews and is an “Amazon’s Choice” product. I find diffusers are great at offering a subtle natural scent in rooms. Make sure to clean out the diffuser regularly to avoid mold build-up.
Family Games: When my kids were younger we would spend hours playing games. I like board games (or cards) because they’re simple, don’t involve screens, make us use our brains and (usually) bring people together for a laugh. If you’re going to be sitting around with your family this holiday season, you may want to get some board games to pass the time!
- Apples to Apples: I like this board game because it’s inexpensive, fun for the whole family and easy to play. It also teaches strategy, comprehension and communication skills.
- Yatzee!: This is an old favourite that I used to play with my parents and still has great value – plus it teaches math, memory skills and strategy.
Gifts for Parents of Anxious Children:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, PhD: This book has been a game-changer for millions of people around the world who want to have a positive mindset. Here’s a blurb from the promotion page: “People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.”
The Highly Sensitive Parent by Dr. Elaine Aron: I’m currently going through this book on Audible but plan to buy a print copy and re-read it each year. Finding out that I’m a highly sensitive person has been life-changing for me. If you are a parent and suspect you are an HSP or your child is highly sensitive, reading this book will make a huge difference for you.
Let me know if this gift guide was helpful for you or if you have other suggestions to add. You can contact me here.