Buying gifts for some people can be tough. And what about those people that are always trying to improve themselves and their lives? As a self-confessed self improvement junkie, I can say that I am a little bit picky when it comes time to tell people what I’d like for my birthday or Christmas.

Let’s start with the books, shall we? It’s hard to pair down to only a few books that will help you improve your life. But I picked the top four that seemed to have an impact on me.

Big Magic

Big Magic for me is one of those books that I think should be read every year. I will admit though, I 100% cheat by listening to the audiobook. But I find when audiobooks are read by the author they are so much more impactful. And Big Magic is no exception. The other beauty of this book is that it’s quite short. The audiobook is only 5 hours long. And the actual book is only 288 pages.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Think And Grow Rich

Any non-fiction book that’s still quite popular 80+ years after it was first published is worth a read. I know my father-in-law attributes his business success to this book. And it took my husband a while to chase it down in a bookstore before buying online was a thing. Our copy has gone missing a few times but it’s always worth reading over and over.

Think and Grow Rich (Official Publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation)

How to Win Friends and Influence People

You may have already read How to Win Friends and Influence People, but it’s something you should definitely read again. You could also refresh your memory when it comes to the traits of a good friend.

How to win Friends & Influence People

Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachael Hollis has copped quite a bit of flack for various things lately. But the main things I managed to take away from this book is confirmation. Confirmation that some of the feelings I had, other people (mums) had too. I felt like Rachel Hollis was able to put my thoughts and feelings into coherant sentences.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be


I used to carry a book with me pretty much everywhere I went. Sometimes I’d be on a train for 2+ hours a day. Other days, my doctor would be running behind and I’d have to wait for my appointments. And I’d almost always read on my lunch break. So having an eReader is so handy. Why not team the gift of a Kindle with Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans?

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Ad-Supported

Gratitude Journal

You might roll your eyes at the idea of a gratitude journal. but gratitude actually encourages us to make progress towards our goals. There is just something about focusing on the good things in life that just makes you more aware of everything around you.

The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day | Original Creator of The Five Minute Journal – Simple Daily Guided Format – Increase Gratitude & Happiness, Life Planner, Gratitude List

Bean Bag

With all of that reading and journaling, you’ll need somewhere really comfortable to sit. Sink into something cozy to read the day away. This satisfying bean bag has no limits when it comes reading positions, the foam adjusts easily preventing lumpy spots.

Cozy Sack 6-Feet Bean Bag Chair, Large, Earth

Standing Desk

We could all use a little more fitness in our life, right? Although I’m not quite sure I’d call a standing desk fitness. But I guess I would hit my stand goal on my Apple watch more easily. The great thing about this desk is that it can convert any flat surface into a standing desk!

Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk – Dual Motor Sit Stand Desk – Ergonomic Home Office Desks with Memory Controller


Water Bottle

Anyone who is into self improvement is probably already drinking enough water per day. And there are a few ways to determine how much water you need. Some follow the one ounce per pound of body weight formula. Others go by the rule of 2 litres per day. And then there are what I call crazy people, that go for 4 litres per day.

Fidus 32oz Leakproof Tritran BPA Free Water Bottle with Motivational Time Marker & Straw to Ensure You Drink Enough Water Daily for Fitness, Gym and Outdoor Sports-Purple

Motivational Tshirt

Keep that moviation going with a motivational t-shirt. Spread your inspirational message everywhere you go when you wear this super soft cotton tshirt.

Womens Be Kind T Shirt Summer Letter Print Short Sleeve Loose Tops Inspirational Graphic Tees (L, Red)

Subsciption Box

You can find a subscription box for almost any interest. And self-improvement is no exception. Crate Joy already did some testing for you and have ranked their top 10 personal growth subscription boxes. But my pick of the bunch is the Passion and Growth box. They deliver positivity, inspiration, self-love and encouragement to you each month.



If a subscription box is not their thing, maybe a subscription is?

  • Skillshare has thousands of classes to help you discover new skills and hone your existing ones
  • Lumosity is brain training app created by scientists and game designers to challenge your brain
  • Calm is a sleep, meditation and relaxation app. The sleep story, Blue Gold read by Stphen Fry is my favourite
  • Personal Training sessions can be the perfect complimentary gift if for those that already have a gym membership


Oracle Cards

This one might come across as a bit hippie but bear with me. Tap into your intuition and let these cards guide you through your days. Us these cards to help you unlock your inner wisdom and get to know yourself on a deeper level or become more self-aware and aid decision making.

The Starseed Oracle: A 53-Card Deck and Guidebook

Private Lessons or Coaching

One-on-one mentoring can become expensive. Especailly when you need to commit to a certain number of sessions. So why not buy a session or two for your loved one. There are private lessons and coaching for almost any interest!

  • piano or guitar
  • yoga or pilates
  • life coach
  • health coach
  • business coach


Recommend a Podcast

And finally, the gift that costs absolutely nothing, apart from a tiny little bit of your time. The gift of a podcast. If you listen to a podcast that you absolutely love, don’t be afraid to recommend it to someone. Or if you don’t know where to start, check out these 7 Self-Improvement Podcasts You Need To Listen To.

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Now you have a stack of ideas to gift your self improvement junkie friend. You’ll not only get them something they’ll like and use, but you’re also helping them become a better person too.


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