10 Calming Gift Ideas for a Highly Sensitive Child

Highly sensitive children need to build quiet time in to their day, particular busy days. There are many ways to help a child (or their highly sensitive parent) restore a little calm. Here are some calming gift ideas to help you this festive season.

10 Calming Gift ideas for a Highly Sensitive ChildBooks: I recently wrote a post with 9 book tips perfect for highly sensitive children, and some for their parents. The very act of sitting and reading with a child is calming – so books are good!


Relax Kids Superheroes Magical Meditations – to calm and instil mindfulness

Relax CDs: there are lots of relaxation CDs around for both adults and children so it’s worth shopping around to find something that fits. For us the Relax Kids series has been a huge hit and I can personally vouch for it working a treat for tired mothers should they be listening along with their child…… (Amazon UK link for Relax Kids CDs)

Lava Lamp: there’s something very mesmorising about watching lava lamps (as well as quite retro – my parents had one in the 1970s…) and that’s no exception for children. (Amazon UK Lava Lamps )

Water Lamp: water lamps have the same effect as lava lamps. Children focus their attention on the bubbles, the colours and of course the fish and it works in a calming manner. A great example is this Fish Water Tube (UK link).

A journal: writing down thoughts, experiences and feelings helps process them. For both children and adults journaling can help instil calm in a busy mind. My favourite journals are Gadanke journals but the world is full of beautiful books for kids to fill with words! (use this link for kids’ journals Amazon UK)

A calendar or family organiser: as I mentioned in a previous blog post highly sensitive parents tend to become expert planners. Highly sensitive children like to know what is going in and when it is happening. With a calendar they can see how far away an event it, and can tick one day off at a time. It gives a sense of control and helps give a child peace of mind.

MP3 player and headphones: one of the things that is guaranteed to relax my eldest son is listening to his mp3 player with his headphones on whilst lying on his bed. He has a very simple player but there’s so much choice out there depending on the age of the child you are buying for. MP3 players (UK link) have restored the peace in our home on many an occasion!

Bubbles: who can’t resist bubbles? No child I know that’s for sure. The great thing about bubbles is that you can use them to calm, but also to energise, if children need to get their feelings out. Use bubbles (UK link) to calm breathing or blow them yourselves and get the children running around to catch them.

Kinetic Sand: we bought kinetic sand for my sons last Christmas and it’s still a hit. From my youngest to my oldest it has a calming effect. You can get lots of accessories for the sand too – or just put the Kinetic Sand (UK link) on a table and let imaginations run wild. And as an added bonus it works wonders for parents too…..

A Calming Gift idea for a Highly Sensitive ChildLego: I’ve saved the best for last. Lego works so well for getting a child to focus, to concentrate on something else other than their worries or the busyness of their day. The effect on my children is astounding and the words, “go play with your Lego” can often be heard in our house. My sons inherited a lot of bricks and sets from their father’s childhood – it must be one of the most long lasting toys on the market! So many friends I speak to say the same thing. The act of building and creating calms children and of course the other wonderful thing about Lego (UK link) is that there is a set available that will meet every possible interest you could imagine!

(All links are affiliate links to Amazon US and where stated to Amazon UK or Gadanke)
Mums' Days

About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
This entry was posted in HS Tools, Resources and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to 10 Calming Gift Ideas for a Highly Sensitive Child

  1. Pingback: Why Journaling is So Good for You | Happy Sensitive Kids

  2. Pingback: The Happy Sensitive Kids Ultimate Gift Guide | Happy Sensitive Kids

  3. lisalewismd says:

    Love this list. Thank you for sharing. I have some more great gift ideas now. 🙂


  4. Pingback: 18 Great Books for Highly Sensitive Children | Happy Sensitive Kids

  5. Pingback: 5 Ways to Help You Help Your Highly Sensitive Child | Happy Sensitive Kids

  6. Oh Rain says:

    This is a great list. Specially for highly sensitive kids, but also for anyone else that needs some calming. I appreciate the lava lamp and the water lamp and of course the legos. #thelist


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.