Gifts Ideas For Cancer Patients
- Short visits (Due to treatment cancer patients may be very tired so don’t spend too long visiting)
- Letters and emails (Spend some time focusing on the positive aspects of your relationship with this person.)
- Phone calls (Again be mindful of the amount of time you spend.)
- Be a good listener.
- Ease up on expectations and commitments. (Do not expect the patient to travel during this time or bake large quantities of traditional holiday foods)
Gifts of Time
- Treat them to lunch.
- Treat them to a movie.
- Take them on a visit to a park or botanical gardens.
- Assist with daily tasks
- Help with the laundry or ironing
- Send or prepare a meal. Arrange a schedule of meal delivery with a group of friends.
- Offer transport to and from treatments
- Provide child care
- Shop for groceries and gifts
- Wrap gifts
- Help decorate their home
- Help with holiday baking and cooking
- Cancer related books
- Uplifting books
- Cancer related nutrition books
- Books on their favourite hobby or interest
- Bookmarks with uplifting sayings on them.
- A selection of magazines
- Portable Music CD player (This is useful for the patient while in the hospital.)
- Music CDs
- DVDs – choose entertaining or uplifting films.
- Books on tape/CDs
- Answering Machine (This helps to maintain some control over precious time at home)
- A small stuffed animal or toy. (This is helpful for adults and children alike)
- Hats, scarves, baseball caps, wide brimmed sun hats. (Helpful for patients who are losing their hair due to chemotherapy).
- A personal calendar
- Electronic games to pass time in the hospital.
- Cell phone airtime (Include a note that they may call you any time they feel like they need a little “pick me up”)
- Special drinking mugs
- A quiet activity to occupy their time such as a scrap book kit, puzzles, cards or board games.
- Easy-to-move luggage with wheels for trips to the hospital
- Dressing gown
- Fashionable pyjamas
- Comfortable clothing (soft fabric and not too tight)
- Pot plants
- Gift certificate for a massage, facial, or manicure
- Shower and bath products
- Body Lotion (Water and aloe based lotions are helpful for patients undergoing radiation therapy)
- A donation to a special charity or organization in their name.
- A journal or diary to help organise their thoughts and reflect on the experience.
Source: Oncolink http://oncolink.upenn.edu