50 Unique Gifts for Therapists in 2023

This is a list of 50 fun, clever, and unique gifts for therapists, counselors, social workers, and other dedicated mental health workers in 2023.

The role of a therapist is a demanding one, requiring empathy, patience, and a deep understanding of human behavior. While showing appreciation for a counselor’s dedication is always a thoughtful gesture, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge.

This post provides ideas for gifts for therapists and is the third installment of a series I publish annually. (For additional gift ideas from previous years, see 50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists in 2022 and 50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists.)

The gifts for therapists featured in this post are inspired by items that I, as a counselor, find useful and meaningful, along with unique products that address the needs and wishes I see in other mental health workers.

Similar to last year, many of the products featured here can be purchased on Amazon. What’s new and different this year is that I’ve discovered Temu (thank you, TikTok!), an online marketplace that sells “affordable, quality products from millions of sellers, manufacturers, and brands around the world.”

While Temu products are generally cheaper than goods from Amazon, the quality factor is hit-or-miss. The Temu gifts for therapists listed in this post meet my standards for quality, but it’s important to note there’s no guarantee they’ll come from the same manufacturer.

Also, I’ve included unique gifts that can only be found on Uncommon Goods, an independently-owned business that sells one-of-a-kind goods from artists all over the world. I support the company’s “force for good” business model; Uncommon Goods is environmentally conscientious, gives back to the community, and prioritizes employee wellbeing.

Here is the highly anticipated 2023 list of 50 fun and unique gifts for therapists and other mental health professionals:

50 Unique Gifts for Therapists in 2023

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Gifts for Therapists Under $10

1. Cleaning Gel

This cleaning gel is an essential tool for any therapist, providing a quick and easy way to maintain a clean and hygienic workspace. Its unique formula effectively removes dust, crumbs, and other debris from keyboards, ensuring that they remain functional for typing up notes and reports.

2. Coffee Mug Warmer

If you’re anything like me, you know the struggle of reaching for your coffee only to find it lukewarm. This beverage warming device is the solution to microwaving the same cup of coffee again and again. With this mug warmer, your beverage stays at the perfect temperature, making it a great gift for the coffee- or tea-loving counselor in your life.

3. Coping Skills Makeup Bag

This adorable and colorful coping skills makeup bag doubles as a pencil case, making it a pretty and practical accessory for counselors.

4. Feelings Wheel Pin

This compact color-coded feelings wheel displays a spectrum of emotions and is equipped with a tiny spinning arrow. The six main categories of feelings – Calm, Strong, Happy, Mad, Sad, and Fear – are further divided into subcategories for identifying more precise emotions. The interactive wheel can be pinned to a bulletin board and used as a visual tool to help clients identify, verbalize, and explore their feelings in therapy sessions.

5. ‘I’ll Be There for You’ Sticky Notes

This is the one where the Friends-fan counselor gets an awesome Friends-themed gift!

6. Little Box of Badass: Embrace Your Awesomeness with Style

In her refreshingly blunt You Are a Badass®, Jen Sincero served up candid and inspiring stories, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, all with the goal of helping readers reverse self-sabotaging behaviors and create a life of love. This little kit is perfect for the badass counselor in your life (as well as a fun tool for their clients!)

7. Phrenology Cat: Read Your Cat’s Mind!

Do you know a cat-loving counselor who needs this?

8. Phrenology Dog: Read Your Dog’s Mind!

No? What about a dog-loving therapist?

9. Therapist Key Chain

Not only is this keyring the thriftiest of featured gifts for therapists, it’s a charming and thoughtful token that serves as a tangible expression of appreciation, making it an ideal gift for any therapist or guidance counselor. Its meaningful message will remind them of the significance of their work and the positive impact they have on the lives of others.

Books & Educational Gifts for Therapists

10. The Adult Psychotherapy Progress Notes Planner

“Documentation dread” is real, and it’s something we as therapists can all relate to. This fantastic planner helps ease that dread by enabling practitioners to quickly and easily create progress notes. (And the less time we spend documenting, the more time we have for what really matters – our clients!)

11. DSM-5-TR Overview: A QuickStudy Laminated Reference Guide

This handy DSM-5-TR reference guide is a top seller on Amazon for its practicality and usefulness. It serves as an invaluable tool for mental health professionals, providing quick access to diagnostic criteria and essential information for accurate and informed assessment. This convenient guide is a must-have for any therapist.

12. The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness

What makes a life fulfilling and meaningful? The simple but surprising answer is: relationships. The invaluable insights in this book emerge from the revealing personal stories of hundreds of participants in a Harvard research study as they were followed year after year for their entire adult lives, and this wisdom was bolstered by research findings from many other studies.

13. NCMHCE Exam Prep 2024-2025: NCMHCE Study Material & Practice Questions for the National Mental Health Counseling Exam

These flash cards were developed by Test Prep Books for test takers trying to achieve a passing score on the NCMHCE exam. This is another practical and useful gift for the recently graduated counselor who is studying for the NCMHCE.

14. Seven & a Half Lessons About the Brain

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-size story about how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research.

Novelty Gifts for Therapists

15. ‘But Did You Document It?’ Wooden block Sign

This fun gift attests to “documentation dread” (refer to #10). The rustic wooden block is made from high-quality materials and will look great as a shelf-piece in any office.

16. ‘The Doctor Is In’ Pin

This playful Peanuts ‘Psychiatric Help’ brooch is cute and cheap!

17. F-Bomb Paperweight

Did you know that swearing is good for your mental wellbeing? This paperweight is the perfect gift for the therapist who loves to swear.

18. Freudian Sips Coffee Mug

This clever mug features Freud (i.e., the “Father of Psychology”) sipping from a cup with a speech bubble reading, “When you say one thing but mean your mother.” The mug comes in a colorful box perfect for gift-giving.

19. Fun Face Stress Ball

Not only does this squishy face stress ball relieve stress, it’s scented too!

20. Mini Himalayan Mood Lamp

This 2-1/4-inch Himalayan mood lamp rotates through a full spectrum of colors, each associated with a different mood or emotion to create feelings of tranquility and peace in any working or living space.

21. NIRMAN Handmade Wooden Nose Shaped Eyeglass Holder with Mustache

This whimsical spectacle holder is highly rated on Amazon for its charm and quirky design. Handcrafted with durable, lightweight materials, it’s the perfect desk accessory for any therapist who wears glasses; their spectacles will always be within reach, the frustration of misplacing them eliminated.

22. Party Freud: A Comical Group Therapy Game

Sigmund Freud once said, “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” What about being honest with everyone else? In this lighthearted game of analysis, players score points by giving the best responses and advice.

23. Pavlov’s Cat T-Shirt

Unlike Pavlov’s dog, Pavlov’s cat is no drooling fool for a bell. He awaits the sound of the can opener! This is the perfect gift for the cat-loving counselor in your life.

24. Mini Zen Garden Litter Box

And here’s yet another cat-themed gift…

25. Work-from-Home Survival Kit

The Work-from-Home Survival Kit is a fun and clever gift is for the private practice counselor who works remotely. Of the nine items included, a few are functional (ear plugs, webcam cover), others are just-for-fun (conference call bingo card, decision coin: pajamas or pants?), and the rest are in-between (fidget cube, desk yoga guide). 

Therapy Tools & Games

26. The Anxiety Thumball: The Fun Group Activity for Learning to Cope with Anxiety & Worry

This fun Thumball helps players learn coping skills for anxiety while increasing social skills and having fun. It’s great for individual or group counseling with groups of all sizes.

27. Conversation Tic-Tac-Toe Set

These conversations blocks are sure to be excellent conversation starters. They’re also useful social skills and emotional learning tools, as well as icebreaker tools for therapists and counselors.

Click here for icebreaker question cards, a free alternative that you can print and cut yourself.

28. The Grief Companion Deck

There are innumerable ways to love – and to grieve – when we’ve lost someone we love. This thoughtfully curated deck recognizes that “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t work for the grieving process. The cards are grouped into three categories: Action, Insight, and Prompt, and are a useful tool for therapists supporting clients with grief and loss.

29. Life Sutra Couple Reconnect Cards

The Life Sutra Couple Reconnect card deck was designed by Dr. Tania Sharma to enhance relationships by promoting deeper conversations. These cards are the perfect gift for the couples counselor in your life!

30. Mindfulness Dice

This set of six color-coded blocks contains 36 practices and thousands of possible combinations. Therapists can use these handy dice to help their clients discover calming meditations, positive mantras, soothing movements, controlled breathwork, mind-boosting journaling, and wellness goals… or as a part of their own self-care plan!

31. Mindful Talk Card Deck

The Mindful Talk question cards promote authentic conversations with children; they’re a great tool for school counselors and family therapists.

32. Overcome Expanded: Addiction Recovery Questions

These cards are designed to help lead conversations about feelings, behaviors, triggers, and ways to control addictive impulses. Addiction counselors can use the cards in group or individual counseling sessions.

For a free alternative, click here for a DIY deck that you can print and cut yourself.

33. YEHUA! Totika Self-Esteem Cards & Totika Cube

The Totika Therapy Game Self-Esteem Question Deck contains 150+ open-ended questions regarding self-confidence, motivation, role models, setting goals, and overcoming life challenges. It’s appropriate for kids, teens, and adults, and is the perfect gift for any therapist.

Office Accessories & Decor

34. CBT ‘Challenging Negative Thoughts’ Canvas Art

CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) involves challenging irrational thoughts and replacing them with more realistic (and positive) beliefs. Socratic questioning is one technique that therapists use to encourage this process. This bold canvas is the perfect gift for any CBT practitioner.

35. Everlasting Stained-Glass Succulents

These beautiful handmade succulents are the perfect gift for the committed therapist who tirelessly attends to their clients’ needs… and in doing so, forgets that their plants need care too!

36. Grounding Metal Tin Sign

Grounding techniques help with distressing thoughts by bringing one’s focus to the present moment. This attractive sign depicts the 5-4-3-2-1 method, a grounding technique that’s both simple and effective.

37. LED Grow Light

Fun fact: My very first office was no bigger than a walk-in closet and, like most closets, had no windows. If you know a counselor whose office is similarly lacking in natural light, consider gifting them this handy LED lamp that mimics sunlight. (Their plants will thank you.)

38. Living Art Succulent DIY Kit

The Living Art Succulent DIY Kit will bring living beauty to any office or workspace. The succulents create an easy-to-care-for work of art.

39. Meditative Sand Wonderscape

With its intricate detail, this handmade wonderscape beckons clients to create mesmerizing patterns in the sand. The sculpture-like balls, with their weighted stability and textured surfaces, provide a soothing massage to the palm and fingertips. This captivating office accessory not only enhances the decor but also serves as a therapeutic tool for grounding and calm.

40. ‘Note to Self’ Door Sign

This colorful set of mental health affirmations can be hung on the door or wall, inspiring positivity and self-compassion.

41. ‘What Would You Attempt’ Paperweight

This thought-provoking pewter paperweight boldly and simply poses the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” It’s a powerful reminder of the possibilities that lie within each of us, and a fitting addition to any therapist’s office. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, it serves as a conversation starter, encouraging clients to explore their deepest aspirations and dreams.

42. ‘What You Say In Here’ Metal Tin Sign

This little tin sign helps to create a safe space while serving as a reminder of the limits of confidentiality. It’s a great gift for school counselors and family therapists.

Self-Care Gifts for Therapists

43. Acupressure Neck Relief Cushion

Self-care is one of the first things counseling students are taught in grad school; in order to care for others, we must first take care of ourselves. Stress management is an important aspect of self-care; this acupressure cushion targets points in the head and neck to release stress-induced tension.

44. Calm Essential Oil Roll-On Blend

Aromatherapy is another great way to relieve stress. This easy-to-use roll-on blend can be applied anywhere at any time to instantly promote feelings of relaxation and calm.

45. Cuddly Stuffed Highland Cow

Who doesn’t need this?

46. Desk Yoga Card Deck

Yoga is an amazing self-care tool; it enhances both physical and mental wellbeing. With this nifty card deck, the busy therapist can engage in 52 simple practices during the workday, all conveniently from their desk.

47. Eucalyptus Headache & Sinus Pillow

This soothing pillow is filled with a natural blend of eucalyptus, mint, and flax seeds, and features an organic cotton leaf design on the front and pure silk on the back.

48. Foot Spa-in-a-Box Gift Set

Each foot spa set includes a detoxifying charcoal foot scrub, soothing moisturizer, rubber foot massage ball, and medical-grade gel toe separators. This pampering gift is perfect for counselors or anyone with weary feet!

49. Mental Health Embroidery Kit

After being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in 2017, Emily June turned to embroidery to keep her hands busy and mind occupied, and found “the therapeutic joy of stitching.” This kit is a creative and meaningful gift for the crafty counselor in your life.

50. Self-Care Truth-or-Dare

This novel approach to self-care offers 100 truths – or dares – on 50 sticks. Each stick has a thought-provoking question on one side and a challenging but achievable dare on the other. Gift your favorite counselor this fresh perspective on self-care, encouraging them to embark on a journey of personal discovery and growth.

Do you have ideas for gifts for therapists? Share in a comment below!

50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists in 2022

This is a list of 50 unique gift ideas for therapists and mental health counselors in 2022. Gifts under $10, books, therapy toys, office décor, and more!

This is a list of 50 fun and creative gift ideas for therapists in 2022.

(See 50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists for last year’s top picks or for an updated list, see, 50 Unique Gifts for Therapists in 2023!)

Disclaimer: Some posts contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.


1. BIC Gel-ocity Gel Pen Set

Every therapist needs a set of quality pens. These gel pens are great for taking notes, color coding, and staying organized in the office.

2. You Are a Badass® Talking Button: Five Nuggets of In-Your-Face Inspiration

Amazon: “In her refreshingly blunt #1 New York Time’s bestseller, You Are a Badass, Jen Sincero served up hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, all with the goal of helping readers reverse self-sabotaging behaviors and create a life they love. You will love this badass kit, which includes an 88-page mini abridgement of Sincero’s irreverent guide and a Badass Button for your desk, kitchen, or bedroom that spouts inspiring messages in Sincero’s own voice. It’s the perfect anytime reminder that ‘You are a badass!'”

3. Mental Health Stickers

A 100-piece set of mental health awareness stickers.

4. Stone Stacking: Build Your Way to Mindfulness

This mini desktop calming kit includes:

  • 9 hematite stones
  • Beechwood tray
  • Bag of sand
  • 32-page book on the art of stone stacking

5. Couch Business Card Holder

What comes to mind when you hear the term psychotherapy? Lying on a couch and recounting the details of a dream you had while being psychoanalyzed by a man who silently takes notes? This sofa-shaped business card holder is the perfect gift for any therapist or psychologist, regardless of their theoretical orientation!

6. Sunflower Starter Grow Kit

A sunflower grow kit for the therapist with a green thumb!

7. Memory Foam Wrist Rest & Mouse Pad Cushion

A highly-rated 2-piece set from Gorilla Grip; available in other colors too!

8. ‘Lets Taco Bout It’ Sticker

The perfect gift for the therapist in your life who loves tacos. For more taco-themed therapy stickers and gifts, check out what Etsy has to offer. Here are a few of my favorites:

9. Glitter Wand

A fun prop for asking variations of “the miracle question.” (You may be unfamiliar with this concept, but every counseling grad student or master’s-level counselor knows the miracle question!)

10. “What the F*ck Is My Password?”

A bawdy password tracker for the bawdy therapist in your life.

11. Mini Art Therapy Coloring Kit

Amazon: “From the bestselling international coloring book series, Color Yourself Calm. Creating beautiful art can be a positive and relaxing experience. This kit includes 10 colored pencils and 50 illustrated cards with detailed designs to complete. Lift your mood and focus your mind – no drawing skills required!”

12. Motivational Words Wall Decal

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Easy to peel and stick vinyl; perfect for the office, group room, or classroom.

13. ‘Make It Happen’ Notepad

$3.39 on Amazon

A fun, 50-sheet pad for creating daily to-do lists.


14. Psychology Today Subscription

Psychology Today publishes content written by clinicians, experts and researchers from across the fields of behavior and psychology. It is the original and largest publishing enterprise that is exclusively dedicated to human behavior. The magazine has received numerous awards for both editorial and design, and is published six times a year.

15. Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR)

It’s here! The long-anticipated revised text of the DSM-5 arrived this year, and it includes a new diagnosis – prolonged grief disorder – as well as new diagnostic codes for suicidal behavior, plus much more. Every therapist needs a copy of their own!

16. Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5-TR

If the DSM-5-TR isn’t in your budget, consider this handy, spiral-bound desk reference for a third of the price.

Amazon: “The Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5-TR is a concise, affordable companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-5-TR. It includes the fully revised diagnostic classification, as well as all the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5-TR in an easy-to-use format. This handy reference provides quick access to the information essential to making a diagnosis. Designed to supplement DSM-5-TR, this convenient guide will assist all mental health professionals as they integrate the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria into their diagnoses.”

17. Pocket Psych Drugs

A handy spiral-bound guide to serve as a quick reference on psychotropics, including various classes and their side effects.


18. Jar of F*cks

A jar of f*cks to give. (Buy on Amazon, or even better, DIY with a mason jar and wooden cutouts!) This is the perfect tool for illustrating the concept of how in life, there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about – it’s important to figure out which ones matter the most. (A great companion to the #1 New York Time’s bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.)

19. Sigmund Freud’s Oral Fixation Lip Balm

“So you have chapped lips. Stop blaming your mother.” Freudian slips… and eucalyptus… for the lips! Oral fixation lip balm with all natural ingredients.

20. Brain Bookends

A must-have for the brainy, book-loving therapist!

21. Famous Male Psychologists Magnets

Set of 7! (Alternatively, consider this tote bag for $15.00 on Amazon that pictures famous female psychologists as well as male.)


Amazon: “A wistful, honest and highly relatable account of modern life. Dinosaur Therapy is a book of cartoons for grown-ups from the very successful web comic @dinosandcomics. In each comic, dinosaur characters grapple with questions around the meaning of life and mental health, trying to make sense of the world and cope with their own place in it.”

23. Sigmund Freud Bust Succulent Planter

More Freudian fun!

24. Psych Experiments: From Pavlov’s Dogs to Rorschach’s Inkblots, Put Psychology’s Most Fascinating Studies to the Test

Amazon: “Guided by Michael A. Britt, creator of popular podcast The Psych Files, you can conduct your own experiments when browsing your favorite websites (to test the “curiosity effect”), in restaurants (learning how to increase your tips), when presented with advertisements (you’d be surprised how much you’re influenced by the color red), and even right on your smartphone (and why you panic when you can’t find it). You’ll even figure out how contagious yawning works!”

25. Funny Pavlov’s Dog Psychology Mug

Microwave and dishwasher safe! (Alternatively, consider this ‘Don’t Make Me Use My Therapist Voice’ mug for $19.95 on Amazon.)


26. The Live Your Values Deck: Sort Out, Honor, & Practice What Matters Most to You

An Amazon bestseller! “Living your values increases your compassion, reduces your stress, enhances your confidence, and allows you to experience more intimacy in your relationships. These 78 cards offer you a practical set of tools for determining your core values and practicing them in your daily life. Start off with a simple sorting exercise, then dive deeper into your highest values with the prompts and activities listed on each card.”

Free a free DIY set of values cards, click here.

27. Toss ‘n Talk-About Anger Management Ball

A 24″ inflatable ball that features questions, quotes, and positive affirmations to help clients to open up; this therapy tool inspires new ways of thinking about coping with anger. (Alternatively, you may want to consider the Toss ‘n Talk-About Addiction Ball for $22.99 on Amazon.)

28. Me Magnets

A tool for exploring identity, personal values, personality traits, and characteristics.

29. Social Emotional Game for Kids

Amazon: “Help young kids talk about their own feelings and learn to empathize with others. This learning faces toy is fun to play with and a great conversation starter. Children can play independently, recreate a story, or describe their own feelings.”

30. Recovery BINGO! Game for Adults

$42.95 on Amazon

Great for group therapy. Includes laminated game cards, calling cards, chips, reproducible handouts, and instructions. (Wellness Reproductions & Publishing also offers bingo kits for coping skills, stress management, social skills for teens, and more. If you’re looking for something fancier, check out The Coping Game from Wellness Reproductions & Publishing for $59.95 on Amazon.)

31. GIANTmicrobes Deluxe Brain with Plush Neurons & Neurotransmitters

An adorable plush brain with neurons and neurotransmitters for illustrating how mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD disrupt mental functioning.

Also available from GIANTmicrobes: Depression Plush for $13.95, Anxiety Plush for $13.95, Dopamine Plush for $15.95, and Serotonin Plush for $15.95.

32. “Which Would You Choose?”

A fun icebreaker activity for groups. Perfect for the therapist who works in a hospital or residential setting, or who does group therapy. “This cute, compact tin is filled with 50 hilarious and thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two equally good, unpleasant, or absurd scenarios.” (Alternatively, consider Googling “would you rather” scenarios and make your own cards or worksheets!)

For 24 free DYI icebreaker cards to print and cut, click here.

33. Totika Therapy Game Cube

Amazon: “Includes one Totika Therapy Game Cube and six decks of Totika question cards, each deck with 150-188 questions, prompts and scenarios for a total of more than 1,000 interventions. The Early Childhood Social Emotional card deck is for ages 4-7 and the Teen-Adult Principles/Values card deck is for ages 13 to adult. The Anger, Resilience, Bullying, and Icebreakers cards are for ages 8 and up.”

34. Kinetic Sand Kalm

Amazon: “With 2 pounds of kinetic sand and 3 tools, immerse yourself in a soothing and mesmerizing sensory experience! This fidget box is perfect for stress relief – play, relax and unwind!”

35. A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Plush Toys with Feelings Book Box Set

Amazon: “This set is a companion to the bestselling books ‘A Little SPOT of Emotion Books Box Set!’ This set comes with a newly released hardcover special edition ‘A Little SPOT of Feelings‘ book with all 8 Emotion plush toys! The PLUSH TOY EMOTIONS included are: Anger, Anxiety, Peaceful, Sadness, Happiness, Love, Confidence and Scribble (Tangled). The book included features a bonus mirror in the back of the book along with a FEELINGS POSTER that is printed on the inside of the dustjacket. The poster and mirror were added to help children identify facial expressions.”


36. 3-Tier Relaxation Tabletop Fountain

Currently on my own Amazon wish list! Both soothing and decorative, a great addition to any office space. (Hint: Watch the price on this one! While working on this post over the course of a few days, the price increased from $22.99 to $29.70 and has since decreased to $19.94.)

37. ‘What You Say In Here Stays In Here’ Canvas Wall Art

For a cheaper version, create your own sign using Canva – then print and frame! Alternatively, try making a sign with sticker letters from Dollar Tree.

38. Mini Label Maker

A mini label making machine for the therapist who loves staying organized! (Another item to watch for price changes; it went from $30.59 to $36.99 in one day. Now it’s only $19.99. Alternatively, there are plenty of cheap label makers that also have high ratings on Amazon.)

39. Himalayan Salt Lamp Bowl with Natural Crystal Chunks

Amazon: “Himalayan salt lamps give your home, business, store or lounge a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Not only does it help enhance the mood, its amber glow gives the ambience a special interior design experience.”

40. Therapy Office Desk Décor: Things I Can Control

Amazon: “This desk décor item will remind you to focus on what you can control and stop worrying about things you can’t control. Perfect office décor for any psychologist, counselor, social worker, teacher, or therapist!”

41. Cinema Style Light Box

Perfect for creating your own inspirational message to display in the office! (Click here for a mini version for only $10.40!)

42. Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer

The perfect space-saving Keurig for any office for the coffee-loving therapist!

43. Wheel of Emotions Pillow Cover Set

Great for the office or waiting area! You may also want to consider these wheel of emotions coasters for $26.98 on Amazon.

44. LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine

A highly rated, #1 bestseller on Amazon; this white noise machine is perfect for protecting privacy and minimizing disturbances in the office.


45. Stress Less Card Deck

Amazon: “This unique Stress Less Cards deck contains 50 extremely effective exercises to help you relieve stress and deal with anxiety whenever you need it the most. Easy for everyone to use, these powerful techniques can be quickly memorized and used in any situation; on the bus, at work, at your desk, while queuing at the supermarket or before going to bed at night. These exercises are designed to stop that stress reaction and help you relax.”

Alternatives to consider: Stress Less and Self Care Cards and Empowering Self Care Questions. (Or, if you’re feeling creative, create your own deck of self-care cards or design a self-care calendar for 2023!)

46. BodyRestore Shower Steamers

The #1 bestseller in bath bombs, 12 aromatherapy shower steamers in citrus scents to revitalize and restore.

47. Only Good Vibes Positive Thinking Jar

Amazon: “This gift is an encouragement not only to believe in oneself more, but to do more and be more of what you want to be in your life. Love yourself, embrace yourself and never stop moving forward.”

For a free DIY set of inspirational quote cards, click here.

48. Deodorant Wipes

50 individually wrapped wipes for feeling clean and refreshed throughout the day! (For the “man’s man” counselor, consider these Dove Men+Care Deodorant Wipes for $12.99 on Amazon as an alternative.)

49. Anxiety Blob

This adorably anxious blob goes with the book, Affirmations for Anxiety Blobs (Like You and Me): Gentle Thoughts to Keep You Centered, Focused and Hopeful for the Days Ahead. A perfect gift for the anxious therapist in your life.

50. Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

Another one from my own Amazon wish list. It’s a little pricey, but top-rated! “The massage chair utilizes innovative 2D/3D finger pressure shiatsu, rolling, compression, vibration and heat functions to provide you an omni comfortable massage to the back like a spa massage.”

What are some of your unique gift ideas for therapists? Post in a comment!

50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists

This is a list of 50 thoughtful and unique gift ideas for therapists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

50 fun, creative, and unique gift ideas for therapists and mental health workers!

For newer versions of this post see 50 Unique Gift Ideas for Therapists in 2022 and 50 Unique Gifts for Therapists in 2023!

Disclaimer: Some posts contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

Gifts Under $5

1. Freud’s After Therapy Mints

In case the Freudian slips leave a bad taste in the mouth!

2. “Healing Is Not Linear” Mental Health Poster

Simple and easy downloadable print from Etsy.

3. Fuck This Shit: A Motivational Swear Word Coloring Book for Adults

Excellent for relieving stress and for relaxing after work!

4. What Emotions Are You Bottling Up? Poster

Another digital download from Etsy from a 5-star seller.

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, & Green Tea

This light facial mist is especially refreshing after staring at a computer screen all day long.

Literary Gift Ideas for Therapists

6. Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5

Every counselor needs one of these!

7. Diagnosis Made Easier, 2nd Edition: Principles & Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians

Amazon: “This popular practitioner guide and course text takes the reader step by step through diagnostic decision making in mental health. Acclaimed for both the clarity of his writing and his clinical expertise, James Morrison provides principles and decision trees for evaluating information from multiple sources and constructing a valid, clinically useful working diagnosis.

More than 100 vivid vignettes-from the straightforward to the toughest cases-illustrate the practical application of these methods. Essential topics include developing a differential diagnosis and dealing with comorbidity.”

8. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be & Embrace Who You Are

Amazon: “A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling.

With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an ‘imperfect’ life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s ‘ten guideposts’ are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.”

9. The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists & Their Patients

Amazon: “The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom’s more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy.

A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.”

10. Letters to a Young Therapist

Amazon: “In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in thirty years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives. 

Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away from them.”

11. Man’s Search for Meaning

Amazon: “This seminal book, which has been called ‘one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought’ by Carl Rogers and ‘one of the great books of our time’ by Harold Kushner, has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold over sixteen million copies.

‘An enduring work of survival literature,’ according to the New York Times, Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for ‘meaning’) is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful.

Today, as new generations face new challenges and an ever more complex and uncertain world, Frankl’s classic work continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living, in spite of all obstacles.”

12. On Being a Therapist 

Amazon: “For more than thirty years, On Being a Therapist has inspired generations of mental health professionals to explore the most private and sacred aspects of their work helping others.

In this thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition, Jeffrey Kottler explores many of the challenges that therapists face in their practices today, including pressures from increased technology, economic realities, and advances in theory and technique. He also explores the stress factors that are brought on from managed care bureaucracy, conflicts at work, and clients’ own anxiety and depression.”

See 75 Must-Read Books for Therapists for additional book ideas.

Novelty Gifts

13. Freudian Slippers

Funny and comfy!

14. Makeup Bag

This handmade canvas bag from Etsy can be used as a makeup bag or pencil case.

15. Counselor Nutrition Facts Coffee Mug

Cute mug for therapists and counselors.

16. “I Have Needs” – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Psychology Sticker

A cute sticker from a 5-star seller on Etsy to remind us that we all have needs.

17. Freudian Slips Sticky Notes Booklet

More Freud! A fun gift.

18. Psychopoly Game

This game was completely designed by the owner of this shop. Each of the property cards belong to a famous historical psychologist and they include background information about the property owner. The pieces were hand sculpted and cast in pewter and include: Maslow’s pyramid, Freud’s couch, an antipsychotic bottle, the Psi symbol, a lab rat (maybe it was Little Albert’s), and of course a brain. The game comes with money, dice, community service cards, synchronicity cards and playing pieces.

19. Knock Knock Self-Therapy Checklist Notepad

A great gift for anyone.

20. Therapist Description Tote Bag

Every therapist needs a tote like this! This handmade item is sold from a 5-star seller on Etsy.

21. Porcelain Phrenology Bust

Just for fun, this Phrenology Bust is an exact replica of the Staffordshire china fine cracked porcelain originals. Phrenology is a foreign subject to our modern medical practices but in the Victorian era it was common practice. Each of the 48 faculties of the brain served as a sort of map to a person’s innate nature and personality. With such areas as love, intellectuality, energy levels, and morals; doctors believed they could tell everything about a person from mapping out the bumps and oddities of the human skull. 

22. And How Does That Make You Feel? Stemless Wine Glass

Are you feeling red, white, or bubbly? This elegant, handmade gift from Etsy is perfect for the wine-loving therapist in your life.

Therapy Tools & Games

23. Conversation Cubes

This activity is geared towards younger children.

24. The Coping Skills Thumball: The Fun Group Activity for Teaching & Learning How to Cope with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, Stress, Substance Abuse, Negative Thinking, Anger, & More

Fun group activity for both children and adults!

25. Jenga Conversation Starter Questions

These cards are great icebreakers for therapy sessions. Each card is sized to cut and stick on Jenga blocks. The 60 cards are distributed among 3 letter sized pages. (Note: This is a digital download.)

26. Empowering Questions Card Deck

This deck includes 52 beautifully illustrated cards with powerful questions for self-discovery for an uplifting and inspiring group activity or individual therapy session.

27. RETHiNK Card Deck Mindful Conversation Starters: 56 Questions to Encourage Compassion, Shift Perspective & Build Connection Cards

Each question targets different skills and areas of life, but all the questions have one primary purpose: to get you discussing the important fundamentals of an emotionally balanced, mindful and compassionate way of living. A great activity for connecting with others.

28. The Values Card Deck

Perfect for helping clients to identify and connect with their personal values.

For a completely free DIY deck of values cards, click here.

Personalized Gift ideas for Therapists

29. Personalized Desk Name Plate

Customizable name place.

30. Personalized Counselor Stamp

Perfect for a school or guidance counselor!

31. Personalized Stainless Steel Business Card Case

A thoughtful and meaningful gift, especially for the new therapist with brand new credentials!

32. Personalized Business Card Holder

This card holder is made from a solid piece of wood (Ukrainian beech). Each piece is sanded by hand for smoothness, and sealed with natural beeswax and mineral oil for an eco-friendly product!

Office Accessories & Decor

33. BLACK+DECKER BCRK17W Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 1.7 Cubic Ft., White

This vintage-looking unit is perfect for storing water, fruit, tea, and other healthy snacks.

34. Emotional Support Plant

A cute planter for any therapist’s office; requires only sunlight and water!

35. Black Metal Tree Coat Rack

A modern and slim coat rack, the perfect office accessory.

36. Ergonomic Active Sitting Stool

This clever accordion-style perch from Uncommon Goods compresses slightly when you sit, putting you at desk height (it also bends forward and backward), and keeps core muscles awake (hello, better posture and circulation). And in case you didn’t notice, it’s delightfully fun, too. 

37. Circadian Optics Light Therapy – UV-Free LED Lamp

For seasonal affect depression.

38. “In Session” Door Hanger Sign

A cute and customizable door sign from Etsy.

39. Himalayan Glow Natural Zen Garden

This little garden lends to the ambiance of any space.

40. “Let’s Talk” Pillow

A friendly invitation to all who enter the therapy office, handmade from Etsy.

41. Marpac Yogasleep Dohm UNO White Noise Sound Machine (White) With Real Fan Inside for Non-Looping White Noise

This is a must for protecting confidentiality.

42. MIND THERAPY Office Art

Note: This is a digital download.

43. Mydethun Moon Lamp, 5.9 inch

The perfect addition to any office.

Wellness & Self-Care Gift Ideas for Therapists

44. Bath Bomb Gift Set

Bath bombs are always a fun way to relax!

45. Mental Recharge Self-Care Shirt

Every counselor knows how important self-care is!

46. Mental Health Self-Care Package

A very cozy hygge box to show your love and care.

47. Lavender & Sage Soy Candle

Lavender has a calming effect.

48. Silicone Bead Lanyard

A stylish lanyard from Etsy for the counselors who work in hospital, government, or school settings.

49. Magnetic Poetry – Zen Kit

For creating a Zen space.

50. Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Mini Tin

This little kit from Uncommon Goods can be used to self-soothe or as a therapy tool with clients!

For more on counselor self-care, see 17 Self-Care Ideas for Mental Health Professionals.

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