Finding the perfect gift can be both exciting and challenging. This is often especially true when searching for someone who has just experienced a major life change, such as separation or divorce. Discovering thoughtful ways to provide support and comfort can make a significant difference to those in your life navigating the legal complexities and emotional nuances that can accompany the divorce process. The right gift can offer solace, encouragement, and even practical assistance. As divorce attorneys, we witness the challenges those traversing this transformative period experience firsthand. Drawing on our collective experience, this holiday season legal expertise meets empathy in this carefully crafted divorce holiday gift guide curated by the divorce attorneys at Sodoma Law. From empowering tools to legal essentials, this guide provides unique, useful, and meaningful gift ideas for the holiday season and beyond.
Legal Document Organizer
For the practical planner in your life, consider a personalized document organizer designed to hold all their family law-related paperwork such as custody agreements, divorce papers, and parenting plans in one place. These organizers also come in handy for storing estate planning documents such as a will or power of attorney when the time comes. This gift is perfect for individuals navigating the chaos of divorce who feel more confident when they’re prepared and have everything together in one place. Include a fun “Smells Like Divorce Papers” candle to round out this perfect paperwork present.
Books, Magazine, and Newsletter Subscriptions on Family Law, Separation, and Divorce
Buying for an avid reader? For those who find comfort in the knowledge, consider purchasing one of the many insightful books written by reputable family law attorneys and other divorce experts that cover the various aspects of family law, offering knowledge and guidance for the journey ahead. There are also plenty of legal journals, magazines, and even divorce-oriented newsletters that offer great insight, tips, and skills for navigating your new normal post-divorce.
Here are a few of our top book recommendations to get you started:
- Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum
- Please Don’t Say You’re Sorry by Nicole Sodoma.
- The Co-parenting Handbook by Karen Bonnell
- Don’t Alienate the Kids by Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD
- Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward Thomas
Check out this list of Top Family Law Magazines & Publications for subscription options to give a gift that keeps on giving all year.
With so many options, it’s tough to decide which book is best suited for where someone is on their journey through separation and divorce. Consider purchasing a gift card to your favorite local independent bookstore (you can find one close to you on Indie Bound) or Bookshop.org so they can choose their own!
Co-Parenting App Subscription
Co-parenting can be tough but, there’s an app for that! In the age of modern-day divorce, the use of apps to ease common co-parenting pains is not just trendy—it’s smart. Using mobile phones and tablets gives parents access to important information at the tips of their fingers, making co-parenting with an ex easier to conquer than ever before. While free options for collaborative co-parenting platforms exist, many of the best tools that help separated or divorced parents coordinate schedules, manage activities, track expenses, and communicate effectively require a subscription. Here is a list of some of the Best Co-Parenting Apps on the market now to consider.
Workbooks and Journals for Navigating Separation and Divorce
Workbooks and journals can help individuals and families alike navigate feelings, questions, and the general uncertainty that often accompanies separation and divorce. Gifting these invaluable resources to adults and even children (with permission from their parent!) is a great way to not only offer support but also offer guidance and, often, a little levity as well. These thoughtful gifts provide a structured space for individuals to reflect on their emotions, document their experiences, and navigate the complexities of the divorce process. By encouraging self-reflection and personal growth, divorce workbooks and journals become powerful tools for individuals to reclaim their narrative, fostering a sense of empowerment and resilience during a time of significant life transition. With so many options for journals and workbooks out there, we’ve provided a list of some of our favorites to get you started below:
- The Big Activity Book for Divorced People
- I used to be married coloring book
- Journal/ Workbook for children coping with divorce.
- The Divorce Recovery Workbook
Divorce Coach Consultation
Having a support system is important and that can be even more true post-divorce. Providing personalized guidance and emotional support, a divorce coach often becomes a trusted ally, offering insights on coping strategies, communication skills, and goal setting tailored to the unique circumstances of the individual. Amid legal proceedings and emotional turbulence, a divorce coach helps provide a structured and empathetic space for reflection, helping individuals navigate the complexities of the divorce journey with resilience and clarity. This gift goes beyond the immediate challenges, instilling a sense of empowerment and fostering personal growth as recipients gain the tools and confidence needed to embrace a new chapter in their lives. https://www.divorcist.com/product/strategies-and-tips-from-a-divorce-coach-a-roadmap-to-move-forward/
Give the Gift of Time Spent
While physical gifts can inspire and empower, nothing can replace the invaluable gift of time spent together. After all, you can’t put a price tag on support, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. Offer to take them out for a drink, order dinner, tag-along to an event they were dreading attending solo—the opportunities to lend support are limitless.
Guided by our understanding of the complexities inherent in this journey, we curated this collection intending to offer not only legally oriented insight for gift giving but also a compassionate touch. Remember, these gifts symbolize more than just material offerings; they represent the strength, resilience, and transformation that can arise from challenging circumstances. Whether it’s a tool to simplify legal proceedings, a token of self-care, or a gesture of empowerment, each item is a reminder that, even in the face of legal complexities, there is room for healing, growth, and the promise of a brighter future.