Gift giving can be stressful at the best of times. Finding just the “right” gift can be even more challenging when shopping for someone recovering from cancer treatment or surgery. Fear not – here are ten thoughtful gift ideas that your special someone will enjoy and appreciate.
- Scarves: Beautiful, fashion scarves easily add color and style to any outfit. A square scarf that is at least 35″ X 35″ can also be tied into a head covering.
- Pashminas and Wraps: A glam alternative to sweaters; pashminas and wraps are available in great fabrics and colors, are easy to take on and off, and are ideal for quick body-temperature changes caused by chemotherapy or menopause.
- Cozy Throw Blanket: Fighting cancer fatigue is exhausting! A soft, cozy throw that can be carried from the bed to the couch and used to snuggle down with for a long restful nap, is bliss.
- Bed Lounge: Provides comfortable back and arm support; perfect for reading, daydreaming and dozing. Some even come with side pockets for that all important cell phone and remote!
- Soothing Teas and Accessories: Tea is a natural way to combat treatment side effects like nausea and stomach upset. Ginger tea is a stomach soother, while mint and lemon teas help with the metallic taste from chemotherapy. Single teapots for brewing one cup, or a charming set makes teatime special. For convenience or a bedside cuppa, we recommend the gift of an electric kettle. One lump or two?
- Organizer/Day Planner: Helps keep disorganized chemo brain under control. A great gift is a Cancer Treatment Planner. From diagnosis through treatment, the planner tracks medical information, doctor’s appointments, provides recovery tips, and more. For moms juggling family schedules as well, a mommy planner can help make sure everyone gets to school, playdates, and more importantly, fed!
- E-readers or Tablets: Lightweight and portable, Amazon’s e-reader is an ideal cure for the hospital, treatment, or waiting room blues. To make it extra special—preload it with her favorite authors, music, movies, or TV shows. This is a great group gift.
- Fashionable Tote Bag: Totes are great for chemotherapy. Stock with “goodies” like a neck hugging travel pillow and blanket, lip balm, peppermint and ginger hard candies, and a pair of cozy, warm socks. For a personal touch include a favorite family photo.
- Sun Protective Clothing: Even in winter, sun protection is specially important for skin made ultra-sensitive from radiation and chemotherapy.
Stylish products including hats, wraps and exercise jackets infused with UPF 50+, allow for year-round “fun in the sun.”
And last but not least:
- Eye Catching Earrings and Jewelry: Jewelry adds personal glam, and never goes out of style. Designer Jennie Kwon believes, “Jewelry is that one little thing that has the power to make you feel unique.” We agree; she will too!