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One way to help a friend who is having a difficult holiday season is to give them a caring holiday gift. It’s the thought that counts, so don’t worry too much about finding the “perfect” one or spending a fortune: gifts don’t need to be expensive to be appreciated. In fact, they don’t even need to be material goods: studies show that people who receive experiences as gifts feel closer to the gift giver than those who receive things.1
We asked our OptionB.Org community to name the best gifts they received when they were going through a hard time. Maybe you’ll spot something on this list that’s exactly right for a friend or loved one who is struggling this holiday season.
Whether your gift fills an urgent need, warms your friend’s heart, or honors their values, it can mean a lot—especially during sad or anxious times. If you’d rather give the gift of your time or skills, check out other ways to help.