Inspirational gifts are better than flowers or fruit baskets, as they'll last for many years and will always be there to help lift the spirits of your lucky recipient. Here are some great examples that are sure to turn someone’s mood around:

Personal Growth Books

Many people find inspiration in books because the words stick with them for a long time. You can choose a book about someone going through a similar event, a book about a faraway place, of a self-help book that will encourage someone to turn their life around. Books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson will help inspire someone not for just a few days, but for life.

Boxes with Inspirational Quotes

Boxes with inspirational quotes engraved on them will serve as a piece of decor that will help your friend or family member for a long time. These boxes are functional for storage and also tell a story. Consider giving them to someone who is moving away so that they can always think of the people back home when they use it. For a bonus, you can put inspirational quotes inside the box as well, and then whoever receives it can take them out and read them when they really need some extra food for thought.


For someone who is having a tough time at work, paperweights are a great way to provide functional inspiration. Quotes like the one from Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep on going!” will encourage someone to keep working hard. Inspirational paperweights can come in all different sizes and shapes. 

Art Prints

Art prints can be very uplifting, especially if they are from the heart. Consider making your own art print as a way to make it even more personal. Use quotes or images that will allow your friend to know that you are thinking about her.

When someone needs a little change in perspective or a shoulder to lean on, it can be difficult to know what to get them. Choose something from your heart and think about practicality, so your gift recipient uses it often.