18 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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It can be hard to know exactly what to say when a loved one is experiencing a difficult event. When words are hard to form, these gifts for friends going through a hard time send your love whether you’re near or far. No matter what they’re going through, these little pick me-ups, from care packages to gift baskets, show you care.

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Sending Hugs Gift Box
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Sending Hugs Gift Box

If you can’t be there to comfort your friend in person, this “Really Big Hug Delivery” is the next best thing. It combines self-care gifts for friends going through a hard time 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 Box
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Sympathy Red Wine Gift Box

With an award-winning red wine, chocolate-covered cherries and an assortment of truffles, Harry & David’s gourmet 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
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Feel Your Best Wellness Workbook

Sometimes getting out of a rut requires a little self-reflection. This interactive workbook offers charts, check-ins and goal planning 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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gifts for friends Send A Hug Candle
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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. This “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
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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. The brand makes several of our favorite weighted stuffed animals, too.

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Hummingbird Memorial Ornament
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Hummingbird Memorial Ornament

If your friend has lost a loved one, this hummingbird wind chime 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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gifts for friends Love Message Shortbread Cookies
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Love Message Shortbread Cookies

If food is the fastest way to a person’s heart, then these shortbread cookies 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.

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Sunflower Bouquet Pop Up Card
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Sunflower Bouquet Pop-Up Card

Sometimes flowers are the best gifts for friends going through a hard time. For that special someone who needs some sunshine in their life, send this sunflower bouquet pop-up card. It arrives with a custom gift message, and it exudes sunshine for as long as the giftee needs it.

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Scoops Of Support
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Scoops of Support

Gift some comfort in the form of everyone’s favorite sweet treat: Ice cream. These pints of support, including flavors like coffee toffee and chocolate cake, show you’re thinking of them and are here to support them no matter what they’re going through.

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World Of Flowers A Coloring Book And Floral Adventure
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Adult Coloring Book

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

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Sympathy Cookie Basket
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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
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Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

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

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Self Care Bucket List Cards
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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 journaling to calling a loved one. They’re designed to promote positive mental health and de-stressing.

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Relax And Relief Bath Set
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Relax and Relief Bath Set

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

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Pet Memory Flower Garden Kit
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Pet Memorial Kit

Losing a pet is devastating. Help your friend heal with this pet memorial kit. 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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Share Love Tea
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Share Love Tea

Tea is known for its calming properties, and this tea blend is crafted to be extra loving and relaxing. The heart-shaped pressed tea leaves combine dark tea, rose petals and caffeine. It’s the perfect blend for a stress-free day.

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Sympathy Candle Gift
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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.

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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.