8 Gift Ideas for a Friend Getting Divorced
These gifts for a divorced friend will help her see the divorce as a new beginning – not just an ending. You’ll find ideas ranging from towers of happiness to tools of empowerment.
“The Ex” Skewer Set with Unique Black Holder and Tray is a gift for a friend getting divorced that’s a bit on the dark side, but it may fit the bill. It’s designed By Raffaele Iannello, and is a radical alternative to the typical serving tray! It’s probably the most unique way to serve hors d’oeuvres, and may put a smile on your friend’s face.
On the opposite end of the spectrum of divorce gifts for friends is a comforting spa gift basket – such as the French Vanilla Bath Gift Set, delivered as a surprise to her work or home, is a thoughtful, caring sympathy gift after a divorce. And, here are
One of my most popular articles is How to Let Go of Someone You Love because that’s one of the hardest things we’ll ever have to do. If you know someone going through a divorce, give a gift that symbolizes letting go, healing, and hope.
Here are a few more sympathy gift ideas for people going through a separation or divorce after years of marriage…
Gifts for a Friend After the Divorce
“Often after separation and divorce, significant healing results from re-discovering hobbies and interests that were somewhat sacrificed during the marriage,” writes dineane in Gifts for the Recently Separated or Divorced. “What are their interests? Golf, jewelry making, art? Give supplies to encourage development of their talents.”
This is a really good divorce gift idea – even if it’s too soon for your friend to jump back into his or her hobbies. Just having that calligraphy set or a gift that encourages knitted creations can give them hope and help them look forward to the future.
Hope, faith, and healing after the divorce
The Encouragement Glass Stones send the message that everything is going to be all right. Each stone is a pretty color, and each has a message such as:
- You are loved
- Build on what you have
- When you are grateful for what you have, more will come into your life
- Every day is a gift (even after a divorce!)
The best gift idea for a friend getting divorced is hope, healing, faith and love.
Books or movies that focus on healing and hope after divorce
As a writer, my first instinct is to turn to books whenever I need help, information, or support! Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser describes how loss and difficult events can bring positive life changes. A thoughtful sympathy gift for someone going through a divorce can help them not only heal, but see the big picture.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodrin is a similar book, but it’s filled with Buddhist teachings about mindfulness, hope, and healing.
“Feel good” movies that soothe broken hearts include Ghost and Legally Blonde. But, I think Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat Pray Love are better divorce movies because the women go on to have adventures! They don’t just sit around and wait for their hearts to heal. If you want to encourage and inspire someone who has just broken up with someone they love, you might steer them towards movies and things that show them that life isn’t over.
Comforting blankets, pajamas, and fleece throws
A sympathy gift that comforts is the best thing to give someone going through a divorce. When my grandma died, all I wanted to do was sleep. A friend gave me a soft, warm, cuddly fleece throw – and I loved curling up with it. A thoughtful gift is a super soft fleece blanket – along with a movie or book!
If it’s summertime, a nice pair of silk pajamas is a thoughtful gift for someone who is sleeping alone after her divorce. In the winter, warm fuzzy pj’s would be great – or a nice soft pair of slippers.
A steampunk tool kit for women
The Apollo Precision Tools DT9706P 39-Piece Pink General Tool Set is a symbol of strength and power. After the divorce, your friend may have to take care of her basic home repair needs. Empower her by giving her the gift of everything a woman needs to take care of her home.
Here’s what Elle says: “Tool sets for women are a fantastic gift for the strong, independent divorcee who is ready to take control when her man has either fallen off or is nonexistent. A woman should always allow a man to help her about the house when he’s available, but it should also go without saying that she knows how to wield a screwdriver, hammer a nail or use a wrench for a leaky pipe as well.
There’s nothing wrong with women learning how to use a tool kit; it’s a sign of the times and doesn’t make her less feminine. In fact, it might even turn her next boyfriend on to know that she’s self-sufficient and can handle her business when he’s not around – and even sexier when he realizes she has no problem putting away her little pink or purple tool set (which is super-strong and feminine) to allow the big boys handle the home repair.” ~ from Gifts for Divorced Women – Tool Sets as Gifts.
The Ex Kitchen Knife Set
People with a dark sense of humor may find that The Ex Kitchen Knife Set by Raffaele Iannello is exactly what they need. It’s a bit more graphic than the first gift idea for divorced friends, but it does the job.
It’s a knife holder designed not only to hold knives, but to remind people going through a divorce that they’re not alone….and make them smile every time they put their knives away.
One last gift for a friend getting divorced…
Your time, your listening ear, your shoulder to cry on. Sometimes the most thoughtful gift you can give someone who is separating or divorcing is a cup of coffee and the question, “Tell me the best and worst parts of the relationship that just ended.”
Listening without judgment can be the best, most thoughtful gift you ever give to someone going through a divorce.
For more ideas, read 10 Gift Ideas for a Friend After a Breakup.
If you have any thoughts on these gifts for a friend getting divorced, please comment below. May your friend find strength and courage, hope and healing, and faith and love after the divorce.