27 Thought-Provoking Psychology Gifts

By David Lautaret | Updated: March 14, 2024

    Diving into the intricate maze of the human mind is no small feat, and for those who revel in unraveling its mysteries, what better way to celebrate their passion than with a gift that speaks to their inner psychologist? Whether they’re amateur enthusiasts of the mind’s quirks or seasoned pros analyzing dreams and dissecting behaviors, our list of thought-provoking psychology gifts is like a warm hug to their brain.

    From brainy board games that test the limits of their cognitive skills to books that delve deep into the psyche, we’ve rounded up presents that are guaranteed to get their neurons firing and maybe even spark a lively debate or two. So, if you’re looking to please the psychology buff in your life, you’ve stumbled upon the perfect spot to find a gift that’s as fascinating as the human mind itself.

  1. Judgy Mug
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    This ceramic mug is the perfect gift idea for that psych major in your life who loves the great outdoors! There’s no reverse psychology here. This high-quality mug holds 11oz or 15oz of your favorite beverage. Get this gift and get outside with your psychology friends. 

  3. The Box of Emotions
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    Was that little jump in your stomach excitement? Or maybe it was anxiety. Perhaps a bit of both? Putting words to feelings isn’t easy. This set of 80 cards gives you a head start. Each card features a specific emotion, a miniature essay on its nuances, and stunning graphics. Designed by researchers at the Centre for the History of the Emotions in London, it’s a beginner-friendly tool to make sense of your moods and nurture self-awareness. 

  5. Freudian Slips Sticky Notes 
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    The largest of the Freudian Slips features Sigmund Freud himself, while another looks like his personal stationery. It makes a perfect, inexpensive gift for all the psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychos in your life. Each hardcover memo pad is full of hundreds of colorful self-sticking sheets. You can write a note on these stickies and post it anywhere! A hilarious psychologist gift!

  7. Personalized Lamp
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    This intricate brain lamp makes an excellent gift for that psychologist in your life who could use a little light! This custom lamp can engrave your loved one’s name and achievement on the bottom, making it a memorable gift they’ll cherish for years to come! The intricately detailed 3D brain is a wonder to behold and will make their day! 

  9. Human Brain Model 
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    This 2X life-size, numbered, 4-part Human Brain Model with a carrying case is designed for studying anatomy and teaching patients about anatomy at a high level. Or is it just for Psych geeks to display on their desks? A lightweight, quality carrying case is included, which makes protecting and transporting your brain model a breeze. This quality brain model comes in four pieces for more in-depth views and is held together by industrial-strength magnets.

  11. Feelings and Emotions Pillowcase
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    This Wheel of Emotions pillowcase is a fun gift idea for a loved one interested in exploring their feelings and emotions! It can be used as a decoration for your family room or as a helpful conversation starter for a school counselor. There are countless ways this practical gift idea can be used! Great for a clinical psychologist’s office.

  13. Freud Poster
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    This Sigmund Freud poster sums up the layperson’s understanding of his philosophy perfectly! It makes a funny, snarky professional gift idea for all mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and guidance counselors. 

  15. Self-Therapy Pad
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    A funny notepad with checkboxes that work at diagnosing you and providing real insight! Whether you feel depressed, anxious, or even perfectly well-adjusted, this step-by-step pad will guide you toward a breakthrough—or at least determine who or what is to blame. The perfect gift for friends and family who aren’t perfect! 

  17. Freudian Slippers
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    Walk a mile in Sigmund Freud’s footsteps with these plush, comfy Freudian Slippers! Each slipper has a patented built-in sock tongue! Wiggle your toes to make Freud’s tongue move! These hilarious slippers come in an attractive gift box and make an excellent gift for anyone in therapy (or needing therapy).

  19. Psychopogy Board Game
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    This game is where you roll the dice to see which property you land on, and each property card belongs to a famous historical psychologist (and includes background information about the property owner.) The pieces were hand-sculpted and cast in pewter, including Maslow’s pyramid, Freud’s couch, Carl Jung’s Archetypal gallery, and much more. 

  21. Stress Relief & Selfcare Cards
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    This unique Self Care Deck contains 52 highly practical exercises for mindfulness, meditation, anxiety relief, stress management, self-care, relaxation & more. These powerful exercises can be quickly memorized and used at work, office, school, commute, counseling, yoga, at your desk & even before sleep. These cards were developed by therapists, counselors, and yogi professionals to teach you how to stop your stress reaction and relax.

  23. Flower Brain Wall Art
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    This gorgeous flower brain wall art is the perfect gift for loved ones who need decorations for their new digs! Whether they hang it up as home decor in their living room or as a fun conversation starter for the office, this flower-brain wall art is a must-have! 

  25. Keep Talking Wine Tumbler
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    This funny psychotherapy wine tumbler can be used for everything from wine to coffee, tea to juice. It’s made from stainless steel, making this unbreakable tumbler rust-resistant, and it doesn’t transfer flavor. Its clear BPA-free lid makes this cute novelty tumbler ideal for everyday use, indoor and outdoor events, parties, camping, tailgating, weekends by the lake, or evenings at home.

  27. Psychologist Notebook
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    This top-rated 110-page journal is the ideal gift for a psychologist. Give a nod to their unwavering support throughout the years. They can use it to jot down contacts or to unleash their inner writer with reflections and poetry. After all, journaling boosts mental well-being; this one’s a standout!

  29. Freud Succulent Planter 
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    The Sigmund Freud planter pot holds a small cactus (for when you feel prickly). But, of course, you could continually cultivate aromatic herbs if you prefer headier stuff. Give him a fabulous hairdo, depending on your choice of plant.

  31. Funny Book
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    Parents of the world rejoice! Knock Knock’s bestselling How to Traumatize Your Children has been revamped with all-new, totally dysfunctional illustrations. This groundbreaking instructional volume teaches you to give your children the lifelong gifts of mental and emotional damage. You will succeed if you employ the same ruinous techniques your parents used or try an entirely new approach! This funny gift idea is sure to be a hit! 

  33. 3D Illusion Brain Lamp
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    This 3D illusion brain lamp is an excellent gift for anyone using extra light! This 3D lamp is terrific, whether you want to brighten up a dark hallway, add a bit of flair to the corner room, or give a child some peace of mind while they sleep. This lamp comes with a remote to change between seven fun colors automatically! 

  35. Custom Travel Mug
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    Give that particular psychologist in your life a gift they’ll cherish forever with this customized psychologist coffee tumbler! Whether they’re a coffee or tea fan, this insulated travel tumbler makes an ideal gift to show someone you love them and that you want their drink to stay hot for hours! 

  37. Serotonin Keychain 
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    This serotonin charm keychain is the perfect gift for the psychology student in your life! The keychain includes four charms. Even miracles take a little time, the serotonin molecular charm, a human brain charm, and a neuron charm! This unique gift makes a great stocking stuffer or Christmas gift!

  39. Before And After Mug and Glass 
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    This hilarious gift idea will make you spit out your coffee (or wine) with delight! Before patients, you’ll need a nice 11oz cup of tea or coffee to boost your brain into high gear. After patience, you’ll need about 15oz of your favorite wine in this gorgeous stemless glass. This dynamic duo is the perfect gift for a wine-loving psychologist or your co-workers.

  41. Freud’s Oral Fixation Balm
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    Freud’s Oral Fixation is the lip balm you desire. (That sounded more profound in the original German.) It begins cooling and soothing in the time it takes to say “subliminal.” You’ll feel better after your first session. This stocking stuffer gift idea is excellent for psychology lovers, psychology graduates, school counselors, or anyone who wants self-care and non-chapped lips!  

  43. The Redstone Inkblot Test
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    This kit has a modern twist on the classic inkblot personality test and includes 12 beautiful inkblots to analyze and interpret– a jumping-off point for self-discovery or maybe just a good laugh! A 32-page handbook features a complete personality profile for each blot, a short history of inkblots, and tips on using the test. This playful personality test is as amusing as revealing and perfect for the budding future psychologist.

  45. Funny Pavlov Coffee Mug
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    This hilarious psychology coffee mug makes a great gift idea for that intellectual in your life who loves a good joke and a great cup of coffee! The ceramic mug is dishwasher safe and can be put in the microwave. If you’re wild, it’s available in either an 11oz or a 15oz option. 

  47. Magnetic Poetry Kit
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    A box of Freudian words that celebrate the most famous psychiatrist. This kit includes words like ego, id, neurosis, and fixate. This magnetic poetry kit contains over 200 themed magnetic word tiles in a cute, colorful gift box. Rearrange the words to write poems, messages to your roommates, or generative esoteric word art masterpieces whose meaning is lost even to you. Magnetic Poetry is both a creative writing aid and an entertaining and limitless toy.

  49. Brain Cell Neuron Socks
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    High fashion meets functionality with these brain neuron socks! These novelty crew socks are perfect for any time of the year and any occasion, whether you use them for dress socks for work or casual socks with sneakers. The design of these socks is stylish & fashionable to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd! If your psychologist isn’t wearing these socks, you need a new psychologist. 

  51. Serotonin Sweatshirt
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    Serotonin is the essential hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. Much of our psychology has to do with serotonin. This adorable sweatshirt has the word serotonin written in beautiful cursive and its chemical makeup. This cute sweatshirt is available in a long-sleeved shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and hoodie and also comes in many colors!  

  53. Psychology Makeup Pouch
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    Show the world you love psychology with this adorable makeup bag! Put your cosmetics inside and let your love of B.F. Skinner shines on the outside! This little psych tote bag makes the perfect graduation gift.

    Is It OK to give your therapist a gift?

    Giving a gift to your therapist can be a thoughtful gesture of gratitude, but it’s important to note that many therapists follow professional guidelines that discourage or limit gift acceptance. This is to maintain the boundary between professional and personal relationships and prevent potential conflicts of interest.

    Personalized tokens, like a cute mug with a motivational quote or a quirky desk ornament, will surely bring a smile to their face! Ultimately, it’s the thought that counts, so trust your instincts and spread some joy in your therapist’s life – after all, they’ve been a rockstar in supporting you!

    What to get for someone who loves psychology?

    So what induces a dopamine rush in such brain specialists, you ask? Well, a good dose of humor never goes astray. Freudian gifts always bring the giggles; there are challenges at play in the game of Psychopoly; quippy coffee mugs and wine tumblers make lovely stocking stuffers; magnet poetry has never looked so judgy; there’s a home inkblot test, and anything brain-shaped is undoubtedly a winner (check out that lamp!) I want a pair of those toasty Freudian Slip(pers)! 

    We have many incredible gifts, whatever the season or reason for a psychology or therapist gift.