December 09, 2022
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”
~ Hellen Keller
A gift speaks. And when it comes to gifting choices for family or friends who are challenging cancer – the effort can be most rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.
While it is logical to gift them something from the heart, it is also important to keep their condition in mind. Talk to their caregiver or family to understand more as there are various physical and emotional factors to consider before choosing a gift for them. We’ve shared a list of possible factors to be kept in mind below:
Cancer patients often suffer from physical issues – particularly related to the skin and stomach. Do not pick perfumes or scented skin-care products as certain smells may trigger nausea or vomiting post their radiation or chemotherapy. Also avoid buying sweets or candy as patients usually follow a diet that recommends low sugar intake. Also, certain advanced cancer treatments can cause them to have mouth sores which may alter tastebuds so what may seem delicious to you – may not be so for them.
Cancer has a profound emotional impact and one who is affected. Consider the person's mental and emotional state before choosing a present. Avoid buying gifts for cancer patients that could add to their stress or make them depressed. For example, tickets to the next football game might be a bad idea for someone who has poor immunity levels. And may add to their fear of missing out. Look for something to take their attention away from treatments and doctor's appointments for a bit. And that can help them feel good – both physically and mentally.
We have curated a list of seven thoughtful gifting ideas that are ideal for cancer patients with respect to their physical and emotional needs. keep in mind the likes and dislikes of the person who will be receiving the gift.
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Gift them a book that you are sure they will enjoy. Dig into what makes them happy – best-sellers, fiction, biographies, anthologies, craft related...there are many options. It should be easy enough to find something that uplifts their mood.
Grocery gift cards are ideal because the patient is likely to be spending money on specific nutritional requirements that may include organic foods, health supplements, vegan options and more.
This is because scented gifts may trigger skin and immune issues in patients. However unscented skin-care products are a great option to treat skin that may be needing some care post chemotherapy.
Gift food coupons of online delivery services, like DoorDash or Uber Eats. This helps them choose the food they can eat – especially since patients may suffer from nausea because of treatment side effects. Or gift them a meal service subscription – so that they can eat well without having to spend time and effort on cooking.
People spend hours trying to find the perfect gift for their friend or family who is battling cancer. But often sitting with them, holding hands, and just listening to them may be the best gift of all. Be sure to simply listen and leave all advice to the experts.
Streaming service gift cards from Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Netflix are useful because patients are likely to have lots of time during the treatment and recovery phase and this will help take their minds off the condition. You can ensure they laugh when watching Brooklyn 99.
Choose from soft, stylish, loungewear options - as it will make your loved one look good and feel good. Choose something that is easy to take on and off and has a classic look and feel.
Now that you know – it's easy to choose a thoughtful, practical gift for your cancer fighter.
Remember - the best gifts come from the heart with love and will resonate with the person who receives them from you.