Are you struggling to find a gift for an introverted, highly sensitive friend, spouse, co-worker, or family member? Then this list is for you. Featured here are presents for people who are overwhelmed by social and environment stimuli, are empathic, sensitive to beauty, and cherish privacy and peacefulness.
Presenting: the Highly Sensitive Person & Introvert Gift Guide for 2016! (Updated Aug 2016)
(Note: Introverts and HSPs are not the same thing. All introverts are not HSPs, and vice versa. But just for the sake of this list, we have lumped them together.)
Here we go!
This ladies’ sweater has made it onto my list for the third year in a row! The Secret Sweater can be hidden under jackets and blazers without adding bulk (secret sweater, get it?), but it’s cute enough to be worn over a lightweight top or dress. Made of cotton & modal blended interlock fabric, it’s easier to care for than a regular sweater and packs into a small pouch.
The Buddha Board allows you to feel like an artist even if you have no artistic talent (like me!) The brush makes beautiful strokes and allows you to express creativity with only water. The drawings fade away after a few minutes. (I have the mini version and find it to be too small—get the regular size.) Here’s me drawing on my board:
Monoprice Hi-Fi Active Noise Canceling Headphones
A beautiful journal
Aromatherapy Oil Gift Set
I adore certain scents and the way they make me feel. There are lots of great essential oil gift set options on Amazon. (Note: Before buying any “scented” gift for an HSP, first try to notice if they’ve shown that they like scented candles or use perfume or oils. Some HSPs find scents too overwhelming.)
Random Acts Of Kindness Kits (Family version)
Tea Subscription from Plum Deluxe
I think a monthly tea subscription is an awesome gift idea for the tea lover in your life!
Plum Deluxe’s organic Tea of the Month Club is just $10 per month. The recipient will receive 1-2 oz (enough for about 20 cups) of hand-blended, limited-edition tea.
The company is from Portland, Oregon, and their teas have no sulfites or artificial chemicals, are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan.
Bamboo Tea Infuser Tumbler
Mandala design tapestry wall hanging or beach throw
Beauty is one of my themes this year! These designs are so gorgeous and make my eyes and brain happy. I just ordered one!
|Mind & Body Whole Body Heat Wrap
This is a soft pad filled with microbeads that can be microwaved to create a layer of warmth. It’s meant to deeply penetrate muscles and soothe and restore the body from pain and tension. Its large design covers a lot of the body–put it around your neck, lower back, or across your lap. It looks cozy as hell!
“You Are Loved” art print
“One of the most important things we can do in this world is help our friends and family feel loved and special,” says Elizabeth McDonnell, the artist of this lovely piece. The print is signed by the artist and made in Philadelphia. ($30-46)
|Leaf Mindfulness and Activity Tracker by Bellabeat
This beautiful “smart jewelry” is like a Fitbit, but for mindfulness! The Leaf tracks steps, calories burned, sleep patterns, menstrual cycle, and more. It monitors stress levels, helping to manage and relieve stress through breathing exercises. It can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, or a clip. And it’s so pretty!!
Gift an Experience!
Float/Sensory Deprivation Tank Experience
When floating in sensory deprivation tank, your senses melt away into weightlessness. Google or Yelp the nearest tank and buy a gift certificate for a meditative and relaxing experience–they’re great gifts for pregnant women, too. Here’s my float experience.
A massage or spa experience.
A gift certificate to a class: like a class for cooking, photography, painting, gardening, pottery, language, or jewelry making. HSPs (especially high sensation seekers) enjoy learning and creating things. Select an activity that they’ve previously shown interest in.
Tickets to a museum, concert, play, or festival in which they’ve shown interest: Along the same lines, this gift shows you pay attention to what they like.
Donate to a cause that’s near their heart. Give money to an animal rescue, a medical foundation, environmental cause, or a charity that you know they care about.
Take care of something. Arrange for meals, have their apartment cleaned, babysit–you get the idea. Take something off their plate.
Hullo buckwheat pillow
I used to have neck pain when I woke up in the morning. So annoying! But I’ve been using the Hullo for several months now, and I love it. With a flick of my hand, I can adjust how much filling is under my head; I push the buckwheat to be flatter or make a raised area under my neck. I had tried SO many kinds of pillows and none of them stopped the pain until I tried this. True story!
HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine with 6 Nature Sounds
Recently, I was staying at a hotel and this machine was on the nightstand. Serendipity! I couldn’t fall asleep, so I was happy to have this little gadget next to me, with its easy-to-use controls for sounds of the ocean, rain, white noise, as well as an “off” timer. I bought one when I got home.
A Year of Gratitude letter kit
HSPs often enjoy expressing gratitude to people in their lives. This elegant box set contains 52 thank you cards—one for each week in the year—and tips for writing meaningful thank you notes, as well as a guided journal to record your experiences. Maybe over this year you will reconnect with someone from your past or brighten the day of someone who feels taken for granted.
A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life: stories & tips for those who experience the world intensely by ME.
Of course I have to mention my own book! This blog-style collection of essays balances humor and sound advice in personal stories and honest reflections. You might see yourself described in these pages and think: “I didn’t know anyone else felt this way!” (Note: the book contains a lot of content from this blog!)
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
A must-read for those who are trying to understand high sensitivity in themselves or loved ones.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
I interviewed Oliver on my podcast after falling in love with this book. If there’s someone in your life who isn’t the most “positive” person this would be a good gift for them. This book helped me feel a lot more at peace about my “glass half empty” personality. It explains powerful concepts from Buddhism, Stoicism, Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts, and more, in Oliver’s entertaining, accessible, and lovely writing style.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
A very giftable book for anyone looking to make a change in their life, the four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
According to Dr. Elaine Aron, all HSPs are creative—by definition. “Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about it.” In Big Magic, Gilbert encourages readers to pursue a creative life “that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” I can’t wait to read it—and what a great gift this would be for almost anyone!
What is your ideal gift? Leave a comment and I may include it in this list.
See last year’s list here.
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Yourr 2015 List is full of soothing options. Well done, Kelly!
I am a highly sensitive artist and my gift suggestion is my unconditional self-love message card deck. A deck of 50 healing art images with messages of self-love on the back of each card.
Warmly, Rita Loyd
Thanks for sharing, Rita! I will check these out!
For years I have relied on the warm comfort of this pad, http://www.grampasgarden.com/soothing-spa-warmers/spa-body-shawl.html
I got my first on the week after 9/11, and I now have several in my house and office, and have given many for gifts. We can always find the smaller microwavable pads, but this one covers you whole lap when you sit, or can be thrown on your back or hip when lying down, The warmth of it goes right into your bones! I find it delicious!
Interesting, I’ve never heard of these. Thanks for the heads up!
Peter Pauper is my stationery brand of choice! Paired with a neat, slim Bobino pen that will adhere to the inside cover 🙂
just a short remark: The link to your podcast review on Sensitive – The Untold Story, leads not to the film review, but rather to another blog post.
Love this list, Kelly! Posting on Twitter for last minute shoppers 🙂
Lovely gift ideas! May I add that a snow globe would also be a wonderful present.