50 fun, creative, and unique gift ideas for therapists and mental health workers!
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Gifts Under $5
1. Freud’s After Therapy Mints
In case the Freudian slips leave a bad taste in the mouth!
$4.95 from Amazon
2. “Healing Is Not Linear” Mental Health Poster
Wall art with a message of hope.
$3.46 from Etsy
3. Fuck This Shit: A Motivational Swear Word Coloring Book for Adults
Excellent for relieving stress and for relaxing after work!
$3.99 from Amazon
4. What Emotions Are You Bottling Up?
More wall art!
$3.49 from Etsy
5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
This light facial mist is especially refreshing after staring at a computer screen all day long.
$5.00 from Amazon
Literary Gift Ideas for Therapists
6. Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5 (Spiral-Bound)
$18.49 from Amazon
Every counselor needs one of these!
7. Diagnosis Made Easier, Second Edition: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians, Second Edition
$33.00 from Amazon
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 and Embrace Who You Are
$12.99 from Amazon
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 and Their Patients
$10.29 from Amazon
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
$14.99 from Amazon
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
$8.39 from Amazon
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
$23.07 on Amazon
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.
13. Freudian Slippers
Funny and comfy!
$29.95 from Amazon
14. Makeup Bag
Can also be used for desk or art accessories.
$11.79 from Etsy
15. Counselor Nutritional Facts Coffee Mug
Cute mug for therapists and counselors.
$17.99 from Amazon
16. “I Have Needs” – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Psychology Stickers
A reminder that we all have basic needs.
$9.00 from Etsy
17. Freudian Slips Sticky Notes Booklet
More Freud! A fun gift.
$7.95 from Amazon
18. Psychopoly Game
“Do not pass go, do not collect $200 in fees, go directly to the asylum!”
$40.00 from Etsy
19. Knock Knock Self-Therapy Checklist Notepad
A great gift for anyone.
$9.24 from Amazon
20. Therapist Description Tote Bag
Every counselor needs a tote like this!
$9.72 from Etsy
21. Porcelain Phrenology Head
Just for fun!
$72.90 from Amazon
22. And How Does That Make You Feel? Stemless Wine Glass
Are you feeling red, white, or bubbles?
$25.94 from Etsy
Therapy Tools & Games
23. Conversation Cubes
This activity is geared towards younger children.
$9.49 from Amazon
24. The Coping Skills Thumball
Fun group activity for both children and adults!
$19.99 from Amazon
25. Jenga Conversation Starter Questions
Icebreaker labels for Jenga blocks (blocks not included).
$3.49 from Etsy
26. Empowering Questions Card Deck
An uplifinting and inspiring group activity.
$14.35 from Amazon
27. RETHiNK Card Deck Mindful Conversation Starters: 56 Questions to Encourage Compassion, Shift Perspective & Build Connection Cards
A great activity for connecting with others.
28. The Values Card Deck
Perfect for helping clients to identify and connect with their personal values.
$29.95 from Amazon
Personalized Gift ideas for Therapists
29. Desk Name Plate
Customizable name place.
$23.65 from Amazon
30. Personalized Counselor Stamp
Perfect for a school counselor!
$16.96 from Etsy
31. Personalized Stainless Steel Business Card Case
A thoughtful and meaningful gift, especially for the new therapist.
$8.99 from Amazon
32. Personalized Desk Business Card Holder
A customizable card holder.
$36.08 from Etsy
Office Accessories & Decor
33. BLACK+DECKER BCRK17W Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer
This vintage-looking unit is perfect for storing water, fruit, tea, and other healthy snacks.
$170.10 from Amazon
34. Emotional Support Plant
Requires sunlight and water only!
$19.99 from Etsy
35. Black Metal Tree Coat Rack
A modern and slim coat rack.
$49.75 from Amazon
36. Ergonomic Active Sitting Stool
Helps correct posture throughout the day.
$110.00 from Uncommon Goods
37. Circadian Optics Light Therapy – UV-Free LED Lamp
For seasonal affect depression.
$69.99 from Amazon
38. “In Session” Door Hanger Sign
A polite and stylish upgrade to the typical “Do Not Disturb” sign.
$20.00 from Etsy
39. Himalayan Glow Natural Zen Garden
This little garden lends to the ambiance of any space.
$24.08 from Amazon
40. “Let’s Talk” Pillow
A friendly invitation to all who enter the office.
$21.95 from Etsy
41. Marpac Dohm Classic Original White Noise Machine Featuring Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan
This is a must for protecting confidentiality.
$44.99 from Amazon
42. MIND THERAPY Office Art
Wall art that is representative of the therapeutic process.
$6.88 from Etsy
43. Mydethun Moon Lamp, 5.9 inch
The perfect addition to any office.
$32.99 from Amazon
Wellness & Self-Care Gift Ideas for Therapists
44. Bath Bomb Gift Set
Bath bombs are always a fun way to relax!
$26.80 from Amazon
45. Self-Care Counselor Shirt
Every therapist knows how important self-care is!
$26.99 on Etsy
46. Self-Care Spa Box
A thoughtful gift for the essential therapist who has been serving those in need throughout the pandemic.
$42.50 from Etsy
47. Lavender and Sage Candle, 9oz Clear Glass Jar
Lavender has a calming effect.
$20.00 from Amazon
48. Silicone Bead Lanyard
A stylish lanyard for the counselors who work in hospital, government, or school settings.
$6.53 from Etsy
49. Magnetic Poetry – Zen Kit
For creating a zen space.
$12.95 from Amazon
50. Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Mini Tin
This little kit can be used to self-soothe or as a therapy tool with clients!
$36.00 from Uncommon Goods
For more on counselor self-care, see 17 Self-Care Ideas for Mental Health Professionals.