Poor mental health in men is an epidemic. Studies show that over 40% of men won't talk about their low feelings of depression and anxiety.
While you can't reverse a whole system of societal pressures overnight, there are ways you can try to communicate to the men in your life.
Are you looking for the best gifts for men to help their mental health or open up about it? Then, read this article for 10 gifts for men you may not have considered before.
10 Best Gifts for Men Struggling with Mental Health
It's hard to watch someone you love fight with what's going on in their head for two reasons. First, you can't see what's happening, and you don't know how to help.
Sometimes, people need a reminder that you're there for them. Reaching out with a gift is a great way to do that. So here are our favourite gifts for men to make them happy and healthy.
1. A Pamper Hamper
Pamper nights aren't for women only - but it can be hard to find pamper hampers for men. Nothing says 'take some time to look after your mental wellbeing' like a pamper set - especially if you buy yourself one too and arrange a pamper evening! Buy the man in your life a luxury pamper set to encourage a night all about him.
Having a pamper evening isn't just about the products - it's about the environment, too! So light some candles, get the wine in and create an open, warm atmosphere where he feels like he can speak to you about anything.
2. A Gym Membership or Classes
While a gym membership or classes might not be your first thought when it comes to a gift, exercise promotes good mental health.
It increases endorphins, the body's natural "feel good" chemicals. It also encourages socialising, which is perfect for someone who struggles to socialise due to their mental health.
3. Cooking Classes
Another activity that is good for your mind is cooking, for several reasons.
When you're cooking, your focus has to be on the ingredients, cooking times and following the recipe. As a result, you don't have time to dwell on negative thoughts.
It's also beneficial because it promotes healthy eating, and the satisfaction of creating something from scratch boosts dopamine, the happiness chemical.
4. Shaving Kit
When we feel low, we tend to let ourselves go a bit. As a result, we have less energy to do basic things like wash, trim our hair, and shave if we're men. So a beard shaving and grooming kit is a thoughtful gift - these products smell and feel decadent, and you can't help but want to use them.
A shave or a refresh might help him move forward into a new chapter.
5. Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket is an excellent gift for someone who is feeling low. The weight soothes you, and the pressure can feel like a hug.
Weighted blankets use deep pressure stimulation. This boosts serotonin and reduces cortisol levels, improving your sleep and mood.
6. A Hamper of His Favourite Things
If you don't think a specifically mental-health-related gift is something that will benefit him, get him a hamper full of men's luxury essentials!
This hamper includes a slim tan leather wallet and tan leather wristwatch from men's luxury accessories brand Bare Bones. It also consists of some scorched almond snacks, and a premium brushed metal crackle-wick candle!
Hampers for men that feel luxurious and genuinely useful can be hard to find, but we always dedicate care and time to hand-picking our products and putting our hampers together.
7. A Journal and Nice Pens
A great way to work through our emotions is writing them down in a thought journal. Because it's only ours and we know no one else will read it, it's easier to be candid with ourselves about how we're feeling.
Buy him a personalised journal and some nice comfort grip pens or a fancy fountain pen - ones he'll want to use again and again.
8. A Luxury Wash Set
When shopping for men, you can be hard-pressed to find bath and shower products that create an experience instead of just being a soap. For women, it's everywhere - bath salts and crystals, shower gels and creams with different scents, a thousand different face wash brands!
Taking the time to enjoy washing with products that feel luxurious can be meditative. So if gifting men a wash set tailored to them is something you're struggling to find, check out this Blokes Hamper full of these handmade, plant-based soaps and cleansers crafted on the South Coast of Australia.
9. Wellness and Mindfulness Books/Activities
People have been practising mindfulness for thousands of years. Mindfulness and meditation are Buddhism's core foundation, a peaceful religion based around acknowledging and coping with suffering.
When looking for the best gift for a male struggling with mental health, look into men's mental health guides, activity booklets, and books. These can help him recognise these feelings and teach him combative behaviours.
10. Meal Boxes
There are several international and Australia-based meal box businesses to choose from. They come pre-prepped with all the ingredients and a step-by-step recipe booklet, so cooking is as easy as possible but still feels like an achievement.
When we feel low, we also tend to eat less, which results in less energy to perform mindset-changing behaviours. It can become a tough cycle to get out of, but having nutritious meals that are easy to make might be the first step.
A Thoughtful Gift Makes All the Difference
You should know what to be on the lookout for and how to shop for men who are struggling with their mental health. Choosing the best gifts for men who are feeling low or anxious can feel like a mammoth task with lots of responsibility - just remember to keep him in mind and put heart into your purchase.If you're sending love from afar or want to remind him you're here and thinking of him, browse our entire His Hampers collection and find the perfect gift today.