Finding the perfect gift is challenging even in the best of times, but is even more complicated when you want to cheer up a loved one who is in the hospital. Before buying any gift decide on what you can and can't bring. For example does your loved one have dietary restrictions or allergies? There may be restrictions about having live plants or flowers in the room so consider these limitations as well.
Here are gift ideas for unique and meaningful gifts to cheer up a loved one who has been hospitalized and to help make recovery go smoother:
The most valuable gift you can give someone who is restricted to the hospital is the gift of your time. Spending time and engaging in conversation can do wonders for helping your loved one stay focused on the positives and can help speed the recovery. You can bring small board games or a deck of cards or boxes of photos and blank albums to fill. These are great ways to help your loved one pass time as well as enjoy awesome memories. Activities can be fun, however just a visit from you may be all that they will need to lift their spirits.
The dry air in a chilly hospital room can make it uncomfortable, but you can improve the atmosphere with a care package you put together to address specific problems. Here are some items to consider: Lip balm to moisten lips parched from chemotherapy or dry hospital air, a snuggly throw, mints to freshen a dry mouth, a knit hat for someone who has lost hair from chemo, cozy slippers with nonslip soles, a warm robe or soft pajamas, books and magazines, personal sayings and quotes for comfort. Personal care items can perk up your loved one by bringing them their own shampoo, soap, moisturizer, makeup, hair accessories, electric razor, shaving cream, perfume or cologne. Anything that you think will make them feel more like themselves during their stay.
Music and movies can be great entertainment. Download your loved ones favorite songs onto an IPOD and give them their own set of earphones or buy a portable CD/DVD player with earphones and purchase their favorite CD's and DVD's. Having something other than the hospital sounds to listen to can be soothing and help to keep them entertained.
Hospital food ranks low on the list of appetizing and good. If your loved one is not on a restricted diet, surprise them with some of their favorites. What is their favorite meal in their favorite restaurant? Order it to go and pick it up on the way to the hospital. It will be so appreciated and it will help build their strength as well.
Although your loved one may not be able to use it immediately, a gift certificate for a massage, a salon visit, manicure or pedicure, or a spa service provides something to look forward to after recovery.
A loved one in the hospital has a lot of worries: keeping the house running, picking up groceries and dry cleaning, taking children to and from activities, caring for pets, as well as other responsibilities. Offering to lend a helping hand by running errands and helping with chores might be even more relevant and appreciated than any gift you buy.
If you don't have time to lend a hand, a prepaid service package for homemaker service from Easy Living Services, Inc. could be the perfect gift. Homemaker services can include; errands, transportation, grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping and more.
It's not easy to see someone you love and care about sick and in the hospital. You can however make their stay much easier with creative gift ideas to keep them busy until they are able to go home.
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