10 Gift Ideas for Friends After a Break Up


These 10 break up gifts will show friends with broken hearts that they’re not alone. Finding the right gift ideas for friends after a breakup is easier when you know their personalities, habits, and hobbies.

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Friendship Necklace

The Sterling Silver “The Story of Friendship” Disc and Heart Pendant is a sentimental necklace with a message that reads,”The story of friendship is written on the pages of the heart. I am a better Me because of You.” This break up gift will help your friend focus on the love and connection that remains in her life, not the heartache and sadness of the break up.

These types of gift ideas for friends after a break up – messages of love and lasting friendship – are especially thoughtful  because they are a visual reminder that your friends aren’t alone. After a break up, friends feel alone, insecure, and even scared – even if they’re hiding their feelings! Show your friends that you care after a break up, and that they are meaningful to you.


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Break Up Gifts for Friends

A guide to happiness. In my article about divorce gift ideas, I encourage friends to give gifts that symbolize letting go, healing, and hope. It’s also important to remember that no matter how bad the relationship was, break ups are painful and heartbreaking. Gift ideas for friends after a break up should focus on healing and recovery, emotional health and growth. That’s why I suggest a *Make You Laugh* Gift Basket for Women from Amazon – it has a 100% money-back guarantee. It’s a “Woman’s Guide to Happiness”, which will cheer your friend up after the divorce is final.

The gift of not trying to cheer your friend up. Don’t try to make your friend feel better after the break up, especially if she has low self-esteem (and we often do after breaking up). Research from the University of Waterloo shows that people with low self-esteem see themselves very negatively. People who feel bad about themselves often interpret romantic rejections, critical feedback, or unsuccessful job applications as evidence of their general unworthiness. If you try to cheer your friend up after a break up, you’re more likely than not to be unsuccessful. The best gift ideas for friends after a break up might be to acknowledge the dark cloud and sympathize. Take your friend out for a coffee or ice cream sundae, and invite her to share how she feels about the break up.

Choose practical over fancy gifts for friends after a breakup. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that friends prefer gifts that are practical, not fancy. Gift givers lean towards fancy gifts – such as a gift card for an expensive restaurant – while friends prefer practical gifts. Gift givers think fancier gifts will cause them to be more liked as friends, will show they care more, and will make their friends happier. But, the opposite is true: practical gifts are more appreciated and enjoyed.

Gift Ideas for Friends After a Break Up

I’m Prancine – Hug Me!

A stuffie. Stuffies Prancine the Unicorn is the cutest, softest, most lovable stuffed animal that your friend can hug whenever she feels lonely or sad. This gift idea for friends after breaking up is perfect way to say “it’s okay to cry and feel like a kid again, because your heart is broken.” This is a practical yet comforting gift idea after a breakup.

An invitation to try a new activity, project, or sport. In 10 Ways to Move on After a Break Up, a reader encourages friends after a break up to get outside, join a gym, join a karate club or a knitting club! Do something for yourself that you’ve always wanted to do and get that blood pumping. And eat well because comfort foods such as sugar, chocolate, ice-cream will cause your blood sugar levels to peak, spike and drop which will make your moods roller coaster. Here’s a gift idea for friends after a break up: take a Zumba class together, or learn how to play ultimate frisbee.

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Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson

Break up music. Break Up with Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson is collaboration between the singer/songwriter and actress/vocalist. This break up album re-enacts the tempestuous course of a love affair on the rocks, and will express the feelings your friend has after the break up. If Scarlett J isn’t your friend’s favorite singer, think about other music that can serve as a thoughtful gift idea after a break up. Music can be healing and comforting.

Help coping with anxiety after the break up. I always encourage readers to get additional help by reading books. Finding articles on healing after a break up is a good start, but we need to go deeper. If your friend is struggling with anxiety and depression after a break up, you’ll find a helpful gift idea in How to Cope With Anxiety After a Breakup.

gift ideas for friends after a break up

Tea Gift Set

A steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate. Even in the summer, you friend will enjoy the comfort of a Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set. Included is a handcrafted mahogany bamboo chest, a glass teapot, and six flowering tea blossoms. If your friend doesn’t drink tea, this is the perfect opportunity for you and she to explore what an organic tea set contains!

Words of comfort and healing in a beautiful greeting or sympathy card. After a break up, a gift idea for friends might include a creative greeting card with a touching saying. Here’s one I like: “To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person,” writes Jocelyn Soriano in Mend my Broken Heart. “It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only ONE person has rejected you at the moment.”

Here’s one of my favorite quotations about coping with a break up: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell.

If you have other ideas for gifts for friends after a break up, please share below. I’d love to hear from you!


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  • Miranda

    Hi Laurie ☺
    I recently came across this blog post and I wanted to make a suggestion to include the Love Stinks care package. I think it would really resonate with your readers and those looking to purchase a gift for a brokenhearted friend. Feel free to use any of the photos!
    Miranda