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10 Gift Ideas to Show You Care

Want to give a gift to a loved one dealing with a chronic condition? If your loved one is stuck spending long hours at a doctor’s office, hospital, or treatment center, here are some helpful gifts to show your support.

  • Gift Ideas Include Soft and Comfy Clothing

    Soft and comfy clothing

    Many procedures can take several hours, so warm and comfortable clothing like sweatshirts or fleece pullovers might be a good idea for your loved one. You can buy sweatshirts with zippers and openings that allow easy access for ports and infusions, too. Head wraps, hats, and scarves are another option to provide some fashion-forward comfort.
  • Gift Ideas Include Cozy Socks/Slippers

    Cozy socks/slippers

    A loved one who’s getting treatment may have to deal with cold floors or chilly rooms. Socks and slippers can give a little bit of pleasant coziness, and a no-slip sole may provide added security, too.
  • Gift Ideas Include a Warm Blanket

    Warm blanket

    Your loved one might be prone to feeling cold after undergoing certain medical procedures. Having a soft, fuzzy blanket may offer some needed warmth and comfort.
  • Gift Ideas Include a Meal/Snack Subscription Service

    Meal services and home-cooked meals

    Good nutrition is critical for a healthy life. It’s important to keep both your loved one’s and your nutrition in mind. Food and snack delivery services may help improve your and your loved one’s nutrition and free up valuable time. Making healthy and easy-to-reheat meals is another idea that may help you make sure your loved one is eating nutritious food.
  • Gift Ideas Include Electronic Gadgets

    Electronic gadgets

    Tablets and e-readers can help your loved one occupy his or her time. Electronic devices can also help your loved one pass the time by watching movies, listening to music or podcasts, playing games, or checking email. A good set of headphones can help your loved one have a little privacy, too. Using a tablet/e-reader stand can give your loved one an easier way of passing time on his or her favorite electronic device. These are also things to keep in mind when thinking about what to pack for the infusion or treatment center.

    To help provide your loved one with more entertainment options, you can also subscribe him or her to a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu so he or she can have a variety of choices.

  • Gifts Include Other Entertainment Ideas

    Other entertainment ideas

    Keeping your loved one’s mind engaged in an activity like reading, journaling, or coloring can help prevent boredom and relieve some of his or her frustrations. Other ways your loved one could entertain themselves could include playing cards, board games, or a hobby or craft.
  • Gift Ideas Include Skin Creams/Lotions and Lip Balms

    Skin creams/lotions and lip balms

    Dry skin can be an uncomfortable problem. Go for products that are fragrance-free and dye-free, as they’ll be kinder to sensitive skin.
  • Gift Ideas Include Gift Cards

    Gift cards

    Gift cards give your loved one an opportunity to choose a gift for himself or herself. Consider a gift card for his or her favorite online store so your loved one can have the books or music he or she enjoys, or for an indulgence, like a massage. Grocery store delivery services are becoming more common, so that’s another idea that could benefit a loved one who’s undergoing long-term care.
  • Gift Ideas Include Household Help

    Household help

    Physical exhaustion is a side effect of many treatments, making household chores a real hassle. Paying for cleaning services or lawn care may be a big help for your loved one. Or you could pitch in yourself! Another idea is providing pet sitting or a dog-walking service.
  • Gift Ideas Include The Gift of Time

    The gift of time

    Sometimes, just being there for your loved one can be the best gift you can offer. Whether it’s offering help around the house or accompanying your loved one to doctor appointments and trips for treatment, your presence as a caregiver can help your loved one have an easier time dealing with his or her condition.