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13 Gifts for Anyone Going Through a Breakup That’ll Brighten Their Day

A candle, bouquet of pink flowers, and book on heartbreak
Design: theSkimm | Image: Homesick, UrbanStems, Heart Talk
Mar 18, 2022

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Jackets are coming off and spring is in full swing. You know what that means: Another cuffing season has come to an end. If someone you know has recently split with their S.O. and you’re looking to cheer them up, we’ve pulled together some sweet breakup gift ideas for a little pick-me-up. Their ex who? 

A breakup gift that’ll pump up their endorphins and confidence… 

It can be hard to get out of bed after a breakup. We’ve all been there. So why not give them a little more incentive to get up and get moving with a ClassPass gift card? It’ll give them access to over 5 million classes in more than 2,500 cities around the globe — whether they’re into Pilates, spin, or anything in between. Or they can use ClassPass to book a massage, facial, or other session at a local salon. Getting started might be hard, but they’ll feel great sweating through yoga poses or hitting the bag. (Prices vary, ClassPass

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A breakup gift that’ll promote inward healing… 

It happens to the best of us, but going through a breakup can sometimes cause us to question ourselves. Help your friend remember how awesome they are with this self-love workbook. Full of prompts, activities, and affirmations, it’ll encourage them to reflect, become more mindful, and let go of limiting beliefs. Hello to a brand-new, happier them. ($9.59+, Amazon)

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A 52-week guided journal to boost their self-love and self-discovery…

Nothing says self-care like setting time aside for reflection. This one’s based on Cleo Wade’s popular book “Heart Talk” and comes with prompts they can engage with however they please. Wade even encourages rule-breaking along the way. So if they prefer to use it 52 days in a row instead of weekly, or turn to it whenever they feel they need some centering, it’s allllll part of the journey. ($12.82+, Amazon)

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A breakup gift that’ll lift spirits with one bite…

If you’ve been through a breakup you know drugstore chocolates just won't cut it. Send your bestie some quality chocolate. This limited-edition spring gift set comes with three truffle bars — we’re fans of the chocolate wafer cone truffle bar — and a 12 oz assortment of spring truffles. Thanks to this vegan box set, your dairy-free friend doesn't have to be left out of the heartbreak chocolate party. And if you’re just looking to gift ‘em (or hey, gift yourself) a few *chef’s kiss* pieces, try the individual truffle bars. We can’t get enough of the Like You a Latte and Triple Toffee flavors. ($2.38+, Seattle Chocolate)

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A weighted blanket to help her get a more restful sleep…

Because no one loves tossing and turning, especially after a breakup. Evenly distributed weight while she snoozes can help produce a deeper sleep, plus more serotonin and less cortisol. Aka more relaxing vibes and less stress. It’s made from hand-knit cotton (not tiny artificial beads typically found in weighted blankets), so it feels soft and breathable. Sweet dreams to your pal. ($249, Bearaby)

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A delicious treat you can send from miles away…  

No matter where your friend lives, you can send them their favorite cupcake — or cookie, or soup, or anything edible — with Goldbelly. Ship them the best Key lime pie from Florida or a bakery sampler from New York’s Magnolia Bakery for a sweet surprise. The best way to mend a broken heart is through the stomach…that’s the saying, right? (Prices vary, Goldbelly)

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The ultimate self-love device for someone going through a breakup… 

Just because your friend is feeling down after a split, it doesn’t mean their sex drive has to suffer. Enter: the Lelo Sona Cruise 2. It’s a sex toy like they’ve never seen, designed to target the user’s clit with constant pulsating via sonic waves. It’s rechargeable and waterproof, and saves 20% of its power when you're holding it lightly against your body — but then uses more stored power when you push harder. So the motor stays just as powerful even under pressure. Their ex’s name? They’ve already forgotten it. ($119.20, Lelo)

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A breakup gift to help their skin bounce back… 

Skin can go through a lot in the wake of a breakup, from stress-induced breakouts to skimping on nightly routines. Dr. Jart Cryo Rubber masks to the rescue. These two-step masks come with an ampule full of product to work into the skin before covering with the gel mask for extra absorption. Choose from four different kits —  brightening, collagen, hydrating, or soothing — to target specific skin concerns. Pro tip: Throw the kit in the fridge before use for an extra cooling sensation. ($12.99, Amazon)

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A book that’ll help them tap into some healing feelings…

Kaur’s bestselling book of poetry can make any mood feel a little moodier. If you think your friend could benefit from a small collection of words that can articulate their inner sadness: Kaur has a chapter called “the breaking.” If you want to send them text to inspire them to love again: There are perfect bite-sized poems in “the loving” and “the healing” sections. ($7.01+, Amazon)

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Or a read they’ll appreciate if they want to be single for now, but not forever…

The book, written by Hinge’s director of relationship science, is mostly about getting into a relationship. But there’s a chapter on moving on and getting back out there that’s so useful. Which explains why we interviewed Logan Ury about it for our guide on how to get over a breakup. ($10.99, Amazon)

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A breakup gift for the person who wants a spa-like experience without leaving the comfort of home…  

If your friend is heartbroken and they’ve got a tub, send some bath bombs their way. We love this handmade set of seven made with natural ingredients. They’re cruelty-free, stain-free, and vegan-friendly. Each scent has a different intent, from relaxing to restoring, and each bomb is individually wrapped for ultimate freshness. Just drop it in and enjoy. ($14.99, Amazon)

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And a scented candle to set the mood… 

If you can't take your brokenhearted bestie on a weekend getaway, get them a candle that’ll mimic the feeling. We love this beach cottage–scented candle that’ll have them feeling like they’re at a seaside bungalow. Or this road trip–scented candle for some nostalgic, adventurous vibes. Psst…check out 17 other affordable candles they might love. ($34, Amazon)

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Beautiful florals to literally brighten up their day…

Because sometimes having something pretty to look at is the easiest way to lift someone’s spirits. We love this bouquet specially made for International Women’s Day (but obviously gorgeous all year round), crafted with jewel-toned blooms. Or  send this rose lily bouquet that comes with its blooms in bud form and will blossom over a few days. They’ll love watching them slowly open into vibrant pink flowers. Psst…these don’t come with a vase, so make sure to add one on for just $12 more. ($50+, UrbanStems)

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