Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemotherapy, I’ve received so many wonderful gifts from my family and friends. I’ve been completely blown away by the generosity and thought put into each of them. I wanted to share some of these ideas. In case you are ever looking for gift ideas for cancer patients and you’re unsure what to get.
It was difficult to limit it to just 5 as I’ve received so many! Also these are not necessarily my top 5. Please do not be offended if the gift you gave me isn’t below. I have just tried to group together similar ones :)
5 Gift ideas for Cancer patients:
1. A Chemo Care Package
If your friend is going to be undergoing chemotherapy, they can expect many boring hours spent in the Chemo ward. They will have little to do but read a book or watch TV. Of course do offer to go with them!
My lovely Mums Group put together a care package for me full of so many different things to keep me occupied. It had magazines, an adult colouring book (now I’m hooked on these!), puzzle books, drinks and snacks.
I was so delighted to get this and the thought that went into putting it together still gives me the warm fuzzies now!
2. Hand Cream
My skin has changed drastically since starting chemo – it’s so much drier than before. I also have to wash my hands so many times to prevent infection spreading that my hands are even drier than the rest of me.
Hand cream is a Godsend. As well as the benefits of the actual soothing and moisturising cream, the process of taking a few minutes for myself and gently massaging in the hand cream is very therapeutic too.
I love this beautiful hand cream that Yes! Nurse sent for me. It comes with gloves to pop on at night after I’ve applied the cream!
You might like to offer to bring round prepared freezer meals to save your friend from having to cook if they feel unwell. Otherwise, you might like to send a gift of their favourite food treat to cheer them up!
Bear in mind that the sense of taste can really change for someone undergoing chemo. They might also have bad mouth ulcers. Check with them or their family first to see if this is something they really want.
My friend sent me a huge box of UK Cadburys chocolate! Let me tell you, my mouth ulcers did not stop me ploughing through it in no time! This has to be one of my favourite gifts of all time, cancer or no cancer!
Another friend sent me the biggest hamper I’ve ever seen from Betty’s Tea Rooms in the UK. It’s HUGE with so many amazing treats such as biscuits, cake, tea, chocolates and more! AMAZING!
4. PJs or a Dressing Gown
Whether it’s a hospital stay or pottering around at home, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my PJs. When my friends sent me a lovely dressing gown from Peter Alexander, of of my favourite stores, I was delighted!
It was such a thoughtful gift and I’ve been wearing it daily. As much as I hope I don’t have any more hospital stays, at least now I will look stylish instead of scruffy too!
5. Pampering and Skincare Goodies
Along with dry hands, all of my skin has become much drier since starting chemo.
I’ve been so lucky to be sent some lovely skincare and pampering goodies from Nivea and Vital Touch.
I’ve been a really big Nivea fan for so many years and really love their products.
After hearing about my cancer treatment, the lovely people at Natalia by Vital Touch sent me their adorable Mum’s Gorgeous Pampering Box! It’s such a beautiful pampering kit for mums containing their Mummy’s Yummy Body Scrub, Time for Mum Bath Soak, Mum’s Miracle Balm and a baby soft organic cotton flannel.
Chemo takes it’s toll on my mind as well as my body. Taking time out to pamper myself really gives me the chance to relax and clear my head.
You should also check out the fabulous range of gifts offered by award-winning site Not Another Bunch of Flowers. Their range offers a fabulous array of handpicked gifts from cancer survivor, Anikka, who really gets what a cancer patient needs.
I love their range for women and men – skincare, blankets, hats, sleepwear and so much more. Look at this gorgeous Soup making gift set!
The website isn’t limited to those undergoing cancer treatment though so if you’re looking for gift ideas generally, I’d definitely recommend you take a look! They also delivery worldwide :)
If you have a family member or friend undergoing cancer treatment and you want to send them a gift, I hope the above helps.
Do you have any gift ideas for Cancer patients to add to my list?
- My Triple Negative Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
- An Honest account of Chemotherapy
- Walk a day in my shoes
- Am I am Impostor?
- Caring for your Skin after Chemotherapy
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Disclosure: all the above are lovely gifts from family, friends, Yes! Nurse, Nivea and Natalia by Vital Touch!