I don’t know about you, but my group of girlfriends are among the most important things in my life. Whenever one of them is having a hard time, all I want to do is slay their dragons and fix all their problems. I’m sure it’s the same for most of you – as women, we have this burning desire to help those in need, or less fortunate than us, and take care of them. Call it maternal instinct! Sometimes we can feel so helpless when our friends are suffering, but we need to remember that the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference.
Last week, in line with Mental Health Week, we posted about 5 Ways to Nurture Your Mind. Mental illness is sweeping the nation and statistics show that in our smallest groups of friends, at least one of us will suffer, or be suffering, from mental health problems this year. So, if you have a friend in need, or even if you need to treat yourself, here’s a list of four gift ideas that will hopefully help to put a smile on your friend’s dial.
1. Helpful hankies for girls
My lovely designer and friend, Tara, launched her first start-up business while living in London several years ago. It’s called Moi Self, and they’re little hankies embroidered with cute, uplifting messages for girls, by girls, such as ‘Thinking of you sweetie’ and ‘He’s not that hot anyway’. Unique, fun, and they’ll only set you back $12.95.
2. A bespoke gift box
There are quite a few businesses popping up all over the place, designing individual or pre-packaged gift boxes as easy present ideas for when you’re struggling to come up with something! My two favourites at the moment are Bindle, who have eco and all-Australian products in their gift boxes for all occasions. The other one is The Break Up Box, which is brand new and specialises in gift packages for girls experiencing heartache in particular. Such great ideas!
3. Fresh flowers
I don’t know many girls who don’t love flowers, and most of us often buy them for ourselves! But how great is the feeling of someone handing you a fresh bunch with a heartfelt card or hug? If you won’t be seeing your friend in person for a little while but want to brighten their day, simply Google florists in their area and order a bunch over the phone using credit card. They’re usually happy to deliver the blooms to an address within 24 hours. In Sydney, I love using Little Flowers – it’s $30 for a bunch and same-day delivery.
4. Something unique and hard to find
The aptly-named online store, Hard to Find, is my go-to when searching for unique and original gift ideas for my husband, family and girlfriends. They’ve got everything you never knew existed, such as a gorgeous china cup and saucer with biscuit holder and beautiful picnic basket sets. There’s something guaranteed for every occasion.
5. Pamper voucher
Who doesn’t love a bit of pampering? Contact your local beauticians and day spas for a price list and voucher options. Getting a massage, facial or manicure is something most girls love doing, but rarely spend the money on themselves. So that’s where you step in. Recently, I made a list of Australia’s best day spas to take the girls – maybe you can find an excuse to go along with your friend?!
6. A heartfelt card
They say actions speak louder than words, but sometimes what your friend needs to hear is just how much you love them and are there for them. Find a beautifully designed card with a heartfelt message, such as these ones from Blessing & Honour or write an old-school handwritten letter to your friend. Better yet, deliver it by hand with a cupcake or sneaky block of chocolate to share.
Hope your friend feels better soon!
We’re collecting moments, not things.