Uplifting Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Enduring Difficult Days

Uplifting Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Enduring Difficult Days

Meaningful gift giving has always been important to me. I love finding the perfect experience or item to give to someone special in my life. With the holidays approaching, I put together a gift guide full of ideas for loved ones in your life who are enduring challenging circumstances. You might even find a few ideas for yourself.

I hope these ideas provide you with inspiration not just this holiday season, but all throughout the year to spread generosity and cheer to those who need it.

Gift Ideas

All of the gift ideas are items that I either use, have gifted, or have on a wish list for myself. A few links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you.


Writing can help us heal. Journals can be used as a tool to connect to biblical truth and find the good amidst difficult days.

Write the Word Journal, Cultivate What Matters

Simply Grateful Journal, Target

52 Lists for Happiness, Moorea Seal

Yearly Prayer Journal, Val Marie Paper

Flowers + Plants

Flowers not only impact our wellbeing by helping reduce stress and bring about peace of mind, they also offer a glimpse of beauty when it may be hard to find. A bouquet of flowers is sure to brighten anyones day. 

In the past year, plants have served as a visual reminder to myself that it’s okay to grow slow. Tended to little by little, plants will thrive, and it’s a great reminder that we can too no matter how chaotic life feels around us.

Here are a few ways to share flowers or plants.

Local Flower Delivery, Oberer’s Flowers (Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville)

National Flower Delivery, Farm Girl Flowers

National Plant Delivery, The Sill

For the Hands-on Plant Enthusiast, Floret (gifts & gear including seeds, tools, books, calendar, stationary)


Meaningful jewelry tells a story and serves as a reminder of all a person has come through. Both companies offer products that inspire and uplift. 

Valley Necklace, Dear Heart Designs 

Bracelets + Necklaces + Rings, Mantra Bands


Each of these books offer encouragement and practical advice.

Breathe Again by Niki Hardy

The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

In Want + Plenty by Meredith McDaniel

Goal Setting

Setting goals and thinking about the future in the midst of a difficult season can be challenging. PowerSheets aren’t like most goal-setting tools.

Receiving my first set of PowerSheets right before the start of a difficult season, this tool helped me make the most out of that season. It kept me from setting unrealistic goals while remaining focused on what mattered most. Most importantly, PowerSheets allowed me to make progress little by little – a strategy that carried me through difficult days.

PowerSheets, Cultivate What Matters

Art + Encouragement

Sometimes we need a visual reminder of truth. These artists create beautiful and inspirational pieces of art.

Hand Lettered Prints, GraceLaced

Poetry, Morgan Harper Nichols

Encouraging Home Decor, Jenessa Wait

Odds & Ends

Worship Trumps Worry Verse Cards, Well Watered Women

If you have any other gift ideas, leave them in the comments! I’m always looking for new ways to encourage others.