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10 Great Hospital Patient Gift Ideas

crWe all have friends or loved ones going through difficult health issues from time to time. For someone with a new baby, it’s easy enough to take an upbeat balloon and flowers to the hospital, but for those enduring long and serious health crises, here are some ideas that I considered recently when going to visit a friend. Place in an attractive basket or gift bag which makes for even easier carrying/storing.

Reading Materials – depending on their degree of tiredness and/or meds, an inspirational book or fun magazine might be just what the doctor ordered-! Hospital TV only goes so far….

Hand Sanitizer – not everyone can make it to the bathroom to wash their hands after visitors. This is a time when keeping germs at bay is a high priority.

Slipper Socks – to stay warm and toasty in the sometimes-cool hospital rooms.cr

Hand or Face Lotion – chemo or radiation may lead to dry or peeling skin. How wonderful it feels to rub in a soothing lotion.

Pocket Kleenex – small packets of tissue can sometimes stay in bed with the patient, instead of having to reach for a box on a table nearby. We found 3-packs that actually had motivational sayings on the wrapping.

Chapstick – I searched and searched to buy some, but I guess there’s a run on lip balm this time of year! Naturally, that was one of the first things my friend mentioned when I visited – trying to find her last little bit in her purse! Which brings me to a close substitute…

crVaseline – I bought a mini tub of this which might be used to moisturize the lips, the hands, the feet, you name it-! She was so excited.

Infinity Cowl – similar to the long infinity scarf, this variation warms the neck, as well as may be placed over the head to warm the ears and top of the head. Particularly helpful for those who have lost their hair due to chemo and need to be protected from the cold in the winter or the sun in the summer upon their release from the hospital. “It’s red!” my friend exclaimed. Her favorite color.

Goodies – whether it’s a chocolate bar, a homemade cookie or sugar-free gum, find out ahead of time whether or not the patient is allowed any of the above.

Get-Well Cards – this may seem old-fashioned, but heartfelt messages still touch hearts. Don’t convey crfear or concern, keep it positive and upbeat.

In no time, your friend or loved one will be out of the hospital. This is a good opportunity to ask about mowing their lawn, making some home cooked meals and helping with pets. You will be part of the healing process by way of your thoughtfulness and prayers.

 

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