Have you been on the sidelines wondering what in the world to give your chronically ill friend or loved one? It can be difficult to know what they need, let alone what they would enjoy as someone who lives with sickness. Perhaps they spend their days at home and that fact alone is throwing you for a loop:
What do I buy for someone who can rarely leave home?
Today I’ve invited three lovely blogger friends of mine who are well versed in this whole “living with illness” thing and they’ve got you covered! These ladies have been on the receiving end of great gifts, know what’s helpful and what can brighten the day of someone living with illness.
So without further ado, here are their fabulous ideas. They’re sure to inspire you as you shop!
Whether it be humorous or endearing, a card is a classic for a reason. They can be kept for years and fondly looked back on.
– Genevieve Goetz
- Flowers – Who doesn’t love beautiful flowers? First check for any scent sensitivities.
- Card – Whether it be humorous or endearing, it’s a classic for a reason. They can be kept for years and fondly looked back on.
- Gift Certificates – for Alternative Healing sessions like Acupuncture, Massage, Chinese medicine or a private Yoga class. Check first to see what modality would be best.
- Online Grocery Shopping – Whether it’s a meal service or a site where items can be pre-selected, free food arriving at the front door is a blessing!
- Cozy Clothes – Robes, blankets, socks, slippers, the works! It’s a reminder that it is okay to relax and rest, we are supported and secure.
- Resources – Find community organizations, meetings, health care professionals, federal and local representatives, patient advocates, anything in that person’s area which could be a real game changer.
- Visit – It is a dark and lonely road being this ill. Having quality time together is priceless, strengthens bonds immensely, and spreads unconditional love and support.
- Inside Joke Gift – It should be silly and up to your imagination! Being able to see, wear, touch a piece of a great moment makes every day more fun.
- Advocate – By paying attention to the specific illness, you can go to charity events, give donations, and spread awareness about the disease and its impact on human life.
I’ve suffered from chronic illnesses over the last four years and in that time I’ve learned so many things that have helped me get through the tough times. I’ve had some great gifts from people over the years that have also helped me see the light in what sometimes seems to be a dark world.
Reading is a great distraction, not to mention really fun if you pick the right book for your friend.
– Karley Kay Linger
The first gift I think would make a great gift is a heating pad. It has helped me to manage pain, loosen my sore muscles, and just feels nice!
The second is books, whether digital or not. Reading is a great distraction, not to mention really fun if you pick the right book for your friend.
And the last thing that I think would make a great gift would be a certificate for a massage or spa. We spend so much time feeling sick and dealing with our illnesses that we rarely have time to pamper ourselves, relax, and try to forget about it. I know I would want to go! To be able to finally relax and just stop thinking for a while sounds like heaven to me.
Buying for someone with a chronic illness can make things slightly difficult. What I would recommend is something pretty, practical and comfortable. Colours, fabrics and pattern can brighten up a painful day.
A pretty new mug is something to get excited about in my world. Beautiful, colourful, curved pottery mugs with Mediterranean colours always catch my eye. If you think beyond the mug it’s also a great talking piece for super Instagram photos for the chronic ill person.
Comfort is also essential when you are unwell so a soft pillow or a pretty soft blanket, socks, or even crochet wrist warmers are great ideas.
– Ness QM
You could even wrap it in tissue in a box with a mission list: “Each week you must post on Instagram an image of you and your Mug and something that made you smile that happened that week.” Funny things like that make me smile and I’m sure I am not the only one.
Comfort is also essential when you are unwell so a soft pillow or a pretty soft blanket, socks, or even crochet wrist warmers are great ideas. I just bought an amazing baby pink lace top pair from Conscious Crafties, a shop showcasing crafts by chronically ill people.
Journaling is something I have recently started. It is so relaxing. A hamper of journal supplies would be a great gift. You could include a nice writing journal, colourful pens, and pretty stickers. You may have to explain to the person all about journaling, but there are some great bloggers that have super ideas.
Take time out, don’t just give the gift.
See if they are on Pinterest or have even heard about it. You could show them all the journaling images on there to get them started. And if your friend or loved one isn’t up to a visit you could enclose a letter telling them all about it.
You could also give a stationary set as a gift. Social media is wonderful, but not as wonderful as a handwritten letter. Make a pledge to be their pen pal. Give the stationary set and time the post so that your first letter to them arrives the next day!
Do you have something you’d add to this list? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Looking for more ways to support your friend who’s sick? Check out this post.