Holiday gift ideas for the recently unemployed

Last updated: May 26, 2024
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Losing a job is tough any time of year, but it’s especially hard to be unemployed just before the holidays. If someone you love has recently lost their job, these eight gifts are sure to cheer them up and make them feel better. Brighter days are coming.

Sensory Fidget Toys

Keep their hands and their minds busy with these 25 sensory toys. Each is housed in a desk-friendly box, and the toys range from stretchy strings to a magic cube. Feeling like a kid again is stress relief!

Get on Amazon for $19.95

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked

A break from work can be re-framed as a positive. This book offers a perspective shift, and the author advocates for working less and enjoying life more. This might just be the exact message your unemployed loved one needs to hear.

Get from Amazon for $13.38

Hanes Men’s Moccasins

Slippers are a beloved traditional Christmas gift, and just the dose of comfort needed during a stressful time. This Hanes’ pair uses memory foam for extra support and softness, and the soles are durable enough to be worn outdoors. They’re available in seven colors, ensuring the perfect pair.

Get from Amazon for $24.39 to $31.24

Calm Balm

Aromatherapy can help alleviate stress and bring feelings of serenity. This Calm Balm features essential oils of lavender, chamomile and frankincense with coconut carrier oil. Simply rub some of the balm on your skin (do an allergy test on a small patch first) and let the combination of ingredients bring calm. Many users have reported better sleep after one use.

Get from Amazon for $11.99

ProSource Fit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

What the heck’s an acupressure mat? Quite simply, it’s needle-free acupuncture that you can do at home. Soft, plant-based eco foam is covered with 100 percent cotton material and covered in plastic dots. The plastic dots each have 27 small spikes. These spikes apply pressure to the meridian lines of your body when you lie or sit on the mat. The mat has a total of 6,210 acupressure points, while the pillow has 1,782. It’s a natural home remedy for muscle pain, stress, and insomnia. If you practice yoga, try corpse pose on it and reap the benefits.

Get from Amazon for $21.99

Beard Grooming Kit

A well-groomed beard is an absolute must for job interviews and for feeling good about yourself in general. If your recently unemployed loved one has let their beard go wild, they’ll appreciate this kit. It comes with beard wash, conditioner, oil, balm, a beard brush, comb, scissors, travel bag, and access to an e-book with step-by-step instructions on beard grooming. That’s better.

Get on Amazon for $20.91

Starbucks Gift Card

Losing a job often means cutting back on little luxuries like going out for coffee and espresso. Gift them with a pre-loaded Starbucks coffee card (your choice on how much cash) and make their mornings bright again. Plus, caffeine helps with productivity so they’ll feel an extra energy boost for job hunting and resume writing.

Get on Amazon for any price

Southpole Jogger Fleece Pants

Lounging around on a weekday in sweatpants after a job loss might feel depressing. But online job searching on a weekday in fashionable and comfy joggers feels uplifting. These are slightly fitted and feature a drawstring waist. They come in over 20 colors and you can order a version with cargo pockets if that’s their thing. Women also love these joggers—just size down.

Get on Amazon for $13.99 to $36.23

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