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17 Gifts to Send a Friend Going Through a Hard Time

Send your love to anyone in need of a pick-me-up with the help of these thoughtful gifts for friends going through a hard time.

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You Are Loved Care Packagevia PillarBoxGifts/

You Are Loved Care Package

If you can’t be there to comfort your friend in person, this care package from Etsy is the next best thing. It combines self-care gifts with a personalized greeting card so they’ll never forget just how loved they are. Take a peek at these other care package ideas.

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Sympathy Red Wine Gift BoxVia

Sympathy Red Wine Gift Box

With an award-winning red wine, chocolate-covered cherries and an assortment of truffles, Harry & David’s gift box is sure to be appreciated by a friend in need of a pick-me-up. It even includes a thoughtful message in the form of a “sympathy” wine bag.

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Feel Your Best Wellness Workbook

Sometimes getting out of a rut requires a little self-reflection. This interactive workbook from offers charts, check-ins, goal planning and more, all in a highly Instagrammable format. It gives your friend the tools they need to thrive. It’s a great “thinking of you” gift, too.

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Send a Hug Candle

A candle is a gift that’s near-universally appreciated, especially when customized with a loved one’s favorite scent and a personalized message. Etsy’s “Send a Hug” candle is a thoughtful, sentimental choice for any occasion. These food-scented candles are also a great option.

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Warming Heart Pillow

This adorable Warmies pillow is almost better than a hug. It’s covered with soft fabric for a squeezable pick-me-up, and it can be popped in the microwave or freezer for a soothing snuggle. We also love these heart-shaped treats.

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Hummingbird Memorial Ornament

If your friend has lost a loved one, this hummingbird wind chime from Etsy is a heartfelt way to show your sympathy. Each chime comes with a customizable note, as well as this sentiment: “May the jingling of the bell be a reminder of the love that surrounds you.”

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World of Flowers: A Coloring Book and Floral Adventure

Remind your friend of all the beauty and joy in the world with the help of this gorgeous adult coloring book on Amazon. It provides a few moments of relaxation and de-stressing for under $20.

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Love Message Shortbread Cookies

If food is the fastest way to a person’s heart, then these cookies from Uncommon Goods will get you there in record time. They’re packed with rich vanilla flavor and stamped with a sweet message that’s guaranteed to make the recipient smile. You could send homemade treats, too.

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Sympathy Cookie Basket

There’s a reason we call it comfort food. Harry & David’s basket of 22 cookies has a sweet treat for everyone. Indulge in everything from blackberry galettes to Moose Munch cookies.

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Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Sometimes experiencing a difficult time can lead to difficult sleep, too. This pillow spray can help promote instant relaxation and deeper sleep using the calming scents of lavender, chamomile and vetivert.

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Self Care Bucket List Cards

Make sure your friend is taking time for themselves by sending this box of cards. It provides 100 self-care ideas, from shaking up a diet to calling a loved one. They’re designed to promote positive mental health and de-stressing.

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Relax And Relief Bath SetVia

Relax and Relief Bath Set

There are few things better for the soul than a warm, soothing bath. This kit contains eucalyptus- and spearmint-scented Epsom salt soak and foaming gel for instant aromatherapy that relaxes both the body and the mind. Relive stress with these mini meditations, too.

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Pet Memorial Kit

Losing a pet is devastating. Help your friend heal with this memorial kit from Uncommon Goods. It includes all of the materials needed for planting a swath of perennial wildflowers to honor their furry friend’s legacy.

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Cup of Calm Tea

Tea is known for its calming properties, and this blend is crafted to be extra relaxing. It combines chamomile, mint and lavender, perfect for sipping before bedtime. The 16 tea bags are easy on the budget, too. A weighted stuffed animal can help soothe anxieties, too.

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Sympathy Candle Giftvia Susabellas/

Sympathy Candle Gift

If your friend has recently lost someone special to them, this candle gift is a unique and sentimental choice. Its design is simple and subtle enough to be displayed in their home for years, and it’s also customizable.

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Good Days Start with Gratitude Journal

Remind your friend to count their blessings daily with the help of this gratitude journal. It gives them a space to reflect for just a few minutes a day, plus a weekly check-in to discover the progress they’ve made. This is also a great gift to send out of the blue.

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Self Love Rose Petal Gift SetVia

Self-Love Rose Petal Gift Set

Put a smile on your friend’s face by sending this gift box to their door. It includes an essential oil-infused bath bomb, rose petal body oil and two colored lip and cheek tints made from natural ingredients.

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Megan Mowery
As Senior Shopping Editor, Megan is an expert at helping Taste of Home readers find products that will improve their lives. She covers anything from must-buy Amazon products to tried-and-tested product reviews. You can usually find her online shopping, learning a new craft, or caring for her jungle of plants.