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60 Gifts for Someone in the Hospital

Personal care items, puzzles and games, comfort items, helping out.

Gifts can help lift spirits and relieve the boredom of someone in the hospital, but it's important to bring something that is appropriate that neither gets in the way nor interferes with your loved one's recovery . Some of the more common gifts like flowers and food are not allowed in every part of the hospital. This can make it challenging to choose the right gift.

Here are 60 gift ideas for a family member or friend who has been hospitalized.

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Instead of arriving with something you've picked up at the hospital gift shop (which others may have already bought), call your friend or their partner and ask if there is anything they need.

Often, people forget to bring certain personal care items with them or assume the hospital will have everything they need. A gift like this may not only be appreciated but also help overcome physical limitations your loved one may have after surgery or medical treatment .

Personal care items that may be appreciated include:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Quality toilet paper
  • Quality tissues
  • Emery boards
  • Disposable dental flossers

There is only so much TV a person can watch while in the hospital. Finding the right book can help fill time and even help a person fall asleep.

These include:

  • Hardcover or softcover books
  • E-book gift vouchers
  • Audiobook subscriptions

Ask your loved one what type of book they like and browse a nearby bookstore. Or, purchase a gift certificate to let them to choose the e-book or audiobook titles that interest them most.

Wearing a hospital gown, robe, and slippers can feel uncomfortable and dehumanizing after several days. A great way to brighten a hospital stay—and make your loved one feel more like themselves—is with a gift of comfortable but practical clothes.

Before buying anything, remember that there may be intravenous (IV) drips , surgical drains , or electrocardiogram (ECG) cables that limit what your loved one can wear. At the same time, they need something that is washable and won't be ruined by bleeding or spills.

Clothing items that are great for hospital gifts include:

  • Comfortable socks
  • Slipper socks
  • Non-skid slippers
  • A comfy shoulder wrap
  • A high-quality robe
  • High-quality recovery robe (specialty designed to provide access to IV drips and cables)
  • A stylish beanie (to keep their head warm)
  • A headband or hairbands

The right puzzles and games can brighten spirits if chosen correctly based on your loved one's age and interests. Unless your loved one enjoys crossword puzzles or Sudoku, bringing them a generic puzzle book may accentuate the tedium rather than relieve it.

To this end, find something new or novel that would spark their interest whether in the hospital or not.

Great puzzles and games for the hospital include:

  • Activity books with multiple games and puzzles
  • Trivia games
  • Color books (including adult coloring books)
  • Three-dimensional puzzles
  • Personalized puzzles using family photos
  • Magnetic travel-size games
  • Playing cards for solitaire or card games with others
  • Hobby kits, like origami or calligraphy kits

If they have a special interest, like backgammon or chess, the best gift may be to bring a board game and play with them.

Your loved one may or may not be allowed to eat and drink whatever they want while in the hospital. Before bringing their favorite snack it is best to confirm that there are no restrictions.

Don't assume that your loved one will want to indulge in a lavish treat. Choose foods that don't need to be eaten immediately and can either be stored away or brought home after discharge. Ideally, the food should not require refrigeration and shouldn't be crumbly or easily spilled.

Nice food gifts for the hospital include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Nut butter packets
  • Single-serve Nutella cups
  • Pita chips with hummus
  • Favorite candies

A person's appetite often changes during an illness, so you may want to ask in advance what they want before bringing a gift basket.

Many people bring laptops or tablets to the hospital to play games, stream movies, and listen to audiobooks.

If your loved one is a techie, there are certain gifts that may make their hospital stay more pleasant, including:

  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Extra-long phone chargers
  • Blue light computer glasses (to reduce eye strain)
  • Bone-conduction headphones (which may place less stress on the ears)
  • A white noise machine (with Bluetooth-connected earbuds)
  • A gift voucher for a video game

Sometimes all a person in a hospital wants or needs is to be pampered. This doesn't mean bringing incense or scented candles that can bother other patients or trying to turn a hospital into a spa experience.

There are other small indulgences your loved one might appreciate just as much, including:

  • Sleep masks
  • Aromatherapy hand cream
  • Supportive pillows
  • High-quality earplugs
  • A fuzzy blanket

Some of the best gifts you can give are things you cannot buy. After all, a hospitalization can cause stress and upset a person's life. By pitching in and offering to pick up the slack, you can relieve some of your loved one's stress and allow them time to heal without distractions.

You can help a hospitalized friend (and their family) by:

  • Picking up the mail every day
  • Pet-sitting or walking the dog
  • Taking the kids to and from school
  • Watering the plants
  • Helping with housecleaning
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Grocery shopping
  • Preparing meals for the family
  • Preparing meals in advance of your loved one's return

Arguably, the greatest gift may be providing quality time to your loved one while they are in the hospital. If they are feeling distressed or anxious, simply sitting with them—not rushing in and out—shows that you care. It can also signal your willingness to listen if they want to share what they are feeling.

By being present, and leaning in to provide comfort and support when needed, you can be part of the healing process for a loved one in the hospital.

A thoughtful gift can help relieve boredom or cheer up someone who is in the hospital. When choosing a gift, it's important to be aware of what your loved one might need or want as well as what is permitted under hospital rules.

Personal care items, books, comfortable clothing, tech, and puzzles and games are some of the many things your loved one might appreciate. Check with the hospital before bringing food, since there may be restrictions on what the person can eat. You can also consider bringing comfort items like soft pillows or simply offering to help out while your loved one is in the hospital.

By Jennifer Whitlock, RN, MSN, FN Jennifer Whitlock, RN, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She has experience in primary care and hospital medicine.

13 Helpful Things to Bring Someone in the Hospital

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CaringBridge Staff | 04.25.24

When you find out a friend or family member is in the hospital, you may be wondering what you can do to help out or cheer them up.

One good place to start is by bringing them a gift, whether it’s a small, helpful item like an extension cord or something thoughtful, like your favorite book.

To get you started, we asked our community on Facebook to share the most thoughtful or helpful gifts they’ve received during an extended hospital stay. We hope their ideas spark some inspiration to bring your own friend or family member.

1. Good Tissues & Toilet Paper

A common grievance among hospital patients is the lack of quality tissues and toilet paper. This might not be your first thought when bringing a gift to the hospital, but you might be surprised at how nice a couple of boxes of high-quality, soft bathroom products can be.

“Silly but it made me smile and turned out to be the best gift. I gift this to my hospitalized loved ones now. It’s a roll of really soft toilet paper. Pamper yourself in the small ways to get through the days! It’s affordable and ended up being really appreciated.” Mindy S. M.
“Soft toilet paper, box of soft tissues, a lamp for soft light. See a theme?”  Laura W. B.

As the saying goes: good food, good mood. Consider bringing your loved one’s favorite yummy goodies to bring a smile to their face. Just make sure to check with their family for any dietary restrictions, and confirm you can bring food into the hospital. 

“Bring food from restaurants and snacks, because the food at hospitals is [not so great].” Mary P.
“My husband was in the hospital for 16 days. A friend brought me rolls of quarters for the vending machines. So thoughtful and useful.” Rita R.
“I have food allergies and was starving because I couldn’t eat what was brought.  When my friend dropped off melon cubes, pasta salad, and fresh cucumber, I ate for 36 hours.” Loretta L.

3. Quality Time

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Hospital stays can get lonely. Be there for your loved one by checking up on them and spending time together, whatever way you can. If you are able, consider coming in for an in-person visit, or connect virtually with a phone call or video chat. Whichever way works best for you and your loved one, just being there can mean the world.

“Give them company. When my grandma was in a coma in the ICU, my best girlfriend drove out at like midnight to bring me knitting supplies, a book, etc. But the best part was that she sat with me for a bit and kept my mind off of things. Similarly, when my sister was in the PICU at Children’s right before she was trached, I stayed a night to give my parents a break.” Lindsay C.
“In the 70’s I was in the hospital for two years with the odd weekend home. What I craved and needed the most was human companionship from family and friends. You can’t talk to flowers or a box of treats… When one is [in the hospital] long-term, visitors tend to space out after a few months.” Jeanne K.
“After a serious surgery, my husband was in [the hospital] for 12 days. What meant the most to us was the people who showed up, especially when we knew it was an inconvenience for them, but also thoughtful enough to keep visits short. They supported me as a caregiver and ate meals with me.” Nancy S. K.

Related: 6 Simple (Yet Meaningful) Ways to Support a Caregiver

4. Books & Magazines

Reading can provide an escape from your own world into an entirely new one, which might be just what your loved one could use. You might gift a few of your favorite books, or something you think they might like. Coloring books, sketchbooks and journals can provide a creative outlet. Magazines also make a great option, being highly visual and fun to flip through.

“Magazine to browse. Couldn’t concentrate enough to read a book, but a magazine was perfect.” Linda M. B.
“Books, food, more books!” Jodi D.

5. Comfortable Clothes

As stated above, “soft” is a feeling that hospital patients crave. You can bring your loved one’s coziest clothes from home, or perhaps bring them something brand new and extra-soft: think robes, oversized sweatshirts, pajamas and socks. 

6. Gift Cards

Gift cards can be a simple way to offer financial support in a thoughtful way. You might bring a card for their favorite restaurant or coffee shop, gas stations, or for something fun like an activity once they get out of the hospital. 

“When my dad was hospitalized for 10 months after a spinal cord injury, we received everything from gift cards for food and gas to baseball tickets for the family to get out and about and even a gift card to make a teddy bear at Build-a-Bear workshop. Our network always checked our posts and sent wonderful cards and other things.” Bethany D. A.

7. Extension Cord

What seems like a traditionally dull gift can actually be a huge asset in a hospital setting. Take the humble extension cord, for instance. Having an extra-long cord to get juice to your phone or tablet can be a game-changer, as can a power strip.

8. A Reminder of Home

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Homesickness is a common feeling when in the hospital. Your loved one may be craving the comforts of home, whether that be a favorite blanket or their pet. If you aren’t sure what they’d enjoy, consider asking them what they miss most about home, and find a way to bring that feeling back to them.

“My 93 year old momma was in the hospital for a toe surgery. She always had one of her cats on her lap at home. She was frightened in the hospital and on pain meds. Anyway, I bought her a stuffed kitty. She never let go of it. She even talked to it and petted it when the drugs were playing with her mind. It comforted her.” Sharon R.B.
“I was in the hospital after my brain tumor surgery during Christmas. The highlight was a miniature lighted Christmas tree. The nurses and staff would come in my room every night and ask if they could turn it on! That was the very best memory–it will always have a special place in our front window every Christmas! Judy S.

9. Self-Care Items

Long stretches in the hospital don’t exactly make it easy to prioritize hygiene the way you’re used to. Offering self-care items like deodorant, dry shampoo, lip balm, lotion and shaving kits can make your loved one feel a bit more like themselves. 

“A friend bought me a special shampoo and conditioner. It’s something I will never forget because I was thought about, too.” Lisa H. O.
“My step daughter brought me some fragrance-free lotion and a can of dry shampoo! Then she brushed it through my hair. It felt so good.” Kathryn C.
“​​Anything to replace hospital issued clothing, bedding, toiletries.” Kayla K.

Hospitals are not exactly the most entertaining place for children. If your loved one has children, or if their child is the one in the hospital, consider bringing toys for them to play with. This may include coloring books, stuffed animals and games.

For more ideas, read our post on how to entertain a child in the hospital.

11. Helping Out at Home

When you’re at the hospital, especially if you have frequent visits or stay for long periods of time, managing the day-to-day at home can become incredibly difficult. One very helpful thing you can do for your loved one is to find out where you can help out at home.

This could include household tasks like mowing the lawn, dog-sitting or watering the plants. Or it may include something bigger, like helping with childcare. The peace of mind knowing their household is taken care of can be one of the greatest gifts you can give.

“Taking care of things at home. We spend a lot of time in the hospital with my medically complex daughter. Knowing the grass is cut, plants watered, mail brought in, etc is the biggest gift.” Deb L.
“​​When my son was 6 weeks old he was in the NICU. The best gift was the family who stepped up and took care of our 1 year old daughter so we could be with him. They cared for her and brought her to us at the hospital so we could see her without leaving him.” Amber K.

Note: Amber also mentioned how helpful the Ronald McDonald House was with her experience. If your loved one doesn’t know about the Ronald McDonald House, consider connecting them as a potential support system.

“The hospital we were in partnered with the Ronald McDonald house and they were amazing as well. Our stay was sudden and since I rode in the ambulance with him I had nothing with me. They washed my clothes and gave me a shirt, sweatpants, underwear and socks to wear while we waited for family to arrive with clothing. They provided food, a place to shower, toothpaste and toothbrush at no cost to us. That was a nice blessing.”

12. Handwritten Cards

A handwritten card is so thoughtful. It brings back a sense of longevity and caring in our digital-first world that no text can fully replicate. Plus, cards are wonderful to save and look back on when a bit of brightness is needed.

“The cards really cheered me up.  My last hospital stay was my longest but because of Covid, I couldn’t have a single visitor.” Janet N.

13. Care Package

Gifting a care package is a thoughtful and memorable way to support a friend or family member during their stay. There’s no wrong way to build a care package, but a good place to start is by gifting a mix of practical and thoughtful items. Consider trying out a few of the items suggested in this article!

“When I was a teenager I got hit by a car and broke my leg. My mom and dad’s friends went together and put a sunshine box together. It was all decorated real pretty with yellow everywhere and smiles on it. I would say there were probably 25 gifts in there. All wrapped singly and each day I got to open one but I can only open one every morning. That was really fun and also made the days go faster. I remember getting little puzzles to put together and coloring books. I got a jump rope for when I got out… I can’t remember everything but everything was so fun. Perhaps I couldn’t play with it each day, but it was nice to be able to open one everyday. I will never forget that.” Diane B. D.
“Great coffee & food, cards, books, & my pillow!” Diana D. K.

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What gifts have you given or received that made time in the hospital a little bit easier? Feel free to share your stories and ideas in the comments below.

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A large stuffed animal with a good weight to it. (The ones with beans in the bottom or ears are good). Being in the hospital can be scary or lonely even for adults, especially when you are alone for long periods of time. It can really help with anxiety to have something to hold on to.

When my dad was going through chemo and radiation treatments he would sit for long stretches with not much to do for fun. I decided to fill a backpack with some necessities and some entertaining prank stuff. One of the things I put in the bag was a remote controlled fart noise maker. My dad would put it in a different area each time and enjoy some laughs, and not only his own. Some nurses probably never caught on to his mischief.

By far, the best act of kindness due to illness that was given to us was when my husband had a heart attack while cutting the grass. The parents of our daughter’s friend came and picked our daughter up and took her home with them. They brought her to the hospital, where she waited with me. They sat away from all the activity – just waited with their family until we knew the outcome. Once we knew he was going to be OK, they took her home with them and loved on her until her dad was back home. The dad also came to our house and finished cutting the lawn. They never once asked what they could do – they just knew what we needed.

Yes! We found that an extension cord to use with cell phone, i-pad and Kindle chargers was the most useful and necessary item to bring to the hospital with us, regardless of length of stay. Cardiac issues have caused my husband to endure numerous hospital stays through out the past decade. Extension cords for both patient and accompanying family member have proved to be a lifeline. Fortunately, every hospital involved has not had an issue with extension cords. Once admitted, every patient hospital bed experienced, has had the head back up to a wall with sufficient outlets. This was not true of overnights in ER hallways.

This is a good list, however many hospitals do not allow extension cords because of the tripping hazard. A 10-foot charging cord for a mobile phone might be allowed.

I was hospitalized for 6 1/2 weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota 5 hours from home at the beginning of the covid pandemic. My aunt made me a patchwork quilt and sent it to me with a couple of sharpies with instructions to have all of my caregivers sign it.

A soft and pretty bed jacket was so convenient to put on when having visitors in the hospital. Helps you feel a little more covered and presentable at a difficult time. Also, a footed double-sided mirror to put on the hospital tray to help put on makeup. A basket of lotion, flavored lip balm, dry shampoo, mints, eye drops, and some cute patterned non-slip below-the-ankle socks, all help to brighten up the hospital stay.

I Appreciate seeing & learning. THANK YOU. Caring ridge

I was in the hospital for surgery and rehab for 3 weeks. The iced tea was terrible, my husband would bring tea to me everyday! It tasted so good! Something so simple was so good!

The thoughts suggested here, from a frequent flyer to hospitals is like gold. Yes soft anything,a note pad. Yes plugs for your phone and tablet. Long cord is like heaven. A comb, brush. A good toothbrush… These all mean the world to a person.

Steno pad with pens to keep a journal of the day’s events including treatments , health professional visits, visitors, etc .Steno pads are always charged and ready to go unlike electronic devices.

Breath mints, tic tacs, etc. Eye shades and ear plugs. If non allergic a lavender scented eye shades are perfect.

If it is an extended stay a permanent marker is useful for personal items.

Soft colorful pillowcases. Just make sure they are marked.

I suggest to everyone who goes into the hospital that they should take their pillow from home. Hospital pillows are like sleeping on bricks!! Make sure your pillowcase has a pattern or flowers or something to distinguish it from hospital linen

My family brought me a pretty journal. As a patient you are kinda in and out of things. Each day I wrote progress, gifts, calls, and visitors for others to read also. I still read it every so often.

When my husband was in hospital someone gifted me a prepaid hospital parking pass. Totally appreciated!

A small stuffed animal. It’s just sweet, regardless of the patient’s age, especially for a surgical patient. When the slightest cough can be painful, having a pillow-like thing to press against you, is a great gift.

thanks this was very helpful! I remember needing my own pillow from home since the hospital ones are hard and rubbery–yuck! Also, have someone bring your boombox and CDs for comforting music to play for the patient and you. Also photos of the patient when they are healthy and enjoying life tells the nurses and doctors what your loved one is really like. Any homemade treats are really welcome too.

Breath mints

brush, hair ties

Picture of family

Phone numbers

Phone charger

Reading glasses

Stuffed animal (all ages)

Mylar balloon (last longer than flowers)

Before COVID make a short visit- hopefully visiting policies will lighten so more people can visit

Driving family member to visit- eliminates parking fees

Zip down sweatshirt

I most appreciated receiving a colorful pillow case when in the hospital!

I always bring hospitalized patients a pad and pen. It’s amazing the things you want to remember, and need to note down. The era of cell phones in hospital rooms has helped a bit, but memos on your phone are still not immediately accessible enough. A pad and pen is simpler.

After a very major back surgery, I was in rehab for nearly a month. I got very tired of trying to sleep in a hospital bed all night, so after I was a bit better, I was allowed to sleep in a recliner when I needed to. I could never seem to be warm enough as it was very cold in my room. But my occupational therapist went to a closet somewhere and got me a handmade lightweight quilt to sleep with and take home with me. It was the best gift ever, and I owe a debt of gratitude to whoever made and donated them. The second-best gift was a bag containing nuts and other snacks, a magazine or two, and some puzzle books and other fun things. There were enough things in there to keep me busy for the whole time I was in rehab.

Better check with the hospital about the extension cord. The fire code prevents extension cords in most healthcare facilities.

These are some great ideas, The power strip and extension cord especially, when I was in a rehab place after a stroke a friend brought me a big, colorful, fuzzy blanket. That was the best gift.

Quart and gallon freezer Ziploc bags WITH SLIDERS made my rehab times (yes, multiple times) simpler. That one tiny bedside drawer is virtually a pit of despair without tools for organization.

You might fill these with small pair of scissors and a variety of writing implements, Post-Its, large paperclips, thank you cards with stamps, a note pad, nail clippers & emery boards, dental floss/picks.

If no dietary restrictions, call ahead & ask for a fast food craving. Taco Bell nachos were manna from Heaven! (Thanks, Joyce!)

Been there. Appreciated thoughtfulness.

When I was in a serious car accident my friends were amazing! The best gift in the hospital was a headset because I could hear people moaning & screaming in pain down the hall. At home, friends came to clean my house & brought their children to play with my son. A food chain from Church brought meals for a month! To this day 35 years later, I tear up remembering their kindness ❤️

Paper & envelopes

Small notebook

Ballpoint pin

In 2020, I launched Quiltlove (www.givequiltlove.com) after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. I would love to add Quiltlove to this thoughtful gift guide, with your permission.

Quiltlove quilts feature drawings and handwritten messages created by the recipient’s support network. Our quilts are designed to be given as group gifts and are a wonderful way to literally wrap a loved one in support.

They are all custom made and such a meaningful gift to give someone facing an extended hospital stay or going through chemotherapy.

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25+ Things to Bring or Send Someone in the Hospital

Updated 09/27/2023

Published 01/8/2020

Sarah Kessler

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Discover the best things to bring someone in the hospital, including what to bring someone with a serious illness, a new baby, and more.

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Whether you’re recovering from surgery or welcoming a new baby, time spent in the hospital is always challenging. Cramped quarters, sterile decor, and limited visiting hours can make a person feel isolated and yearn for home.

Jump ahead to these sections:

How to choose the best gift for a hospital patient, what to bring someone with a terminal or serious illness, what to bring someone who just had a baby, what to bring someone after a surgery, what to bring someone with a minor illness or injury.

When you’re visiting someone in the hospital, you might want to alleviate as much of that stress as you possibly can. While traditional hospital gifts like flowers and get-well cards can go a long way, a more personalized gift can go even further. 

So what should you bring to someone in the hospital? Consider the thoughtful gift ideas included here when you’re preparing to visit a loved one in the hospital. 

When choosing a gift for a friend or loved one in the hospital, you'll want to give them something that will be helpful, comforting, and thoughtful. But how do you choose the perfect gift they'll love? Here are a few tips to consider.

Consider their capabilities

People enter the hospital for a variety of reasons and situations. Broken limbs, illness, pregnancy, and surgery are just a few, and each requires thought to provide a gift that is applicable to their needs.

Can they get up and walk around? Are they bed-bound? Are they on a restricted diet? Can they hold items like tablets or phones? 

Let their current situation guide your gift buying by asking questions like these to determine what types of gift or care package would be beneficial.

Think of their likes/dislikes

A person's likes and dislikes are a great place to start when deciding on a gift. If someone loves to read but they're not a fan of audiobooks, then an e-reader or physical books would be ideal rather than gifting a subscription to Audible. If supplying food items, consider what foods they don't like or are allergic to and stay away from those. Make a note of their favorite color, type of music, scent, band, hero, genre of literature, etc., and try to purchase a gift that fits into their favorite categories.

Consider customization

Customization is a great way to turn what might be a generic gift into something extra special. Fuzzy blankets are loved by everyone, but a fuzzy blanket with their favorite Bible verse or a special picture will make it even better. A bedside tumbler is thoughtful, but a customized one with their favorite color, superhero, or saying will show that you put a bit of extra thought into getting them something unique.

Take hospital policies into account

All hospitals have policies regarding what patients can and cannot receive. Check with the receptionist before bringing in flowers, balloons, outside food, essential oil diffusers, and other gifts.

Graphic with gifts for someone with a terminal or serious illness

Sometimes, a trip to the hospital doesn’t result in a speedy recovery. If you’re visiting someone with a terminal illness or serious diagnosis, picking out a gift is even more difficult. 

Consider these gift ideas if you want to brighten your loved one’s day while they’re in the hospital with a serious illness. 

1. Cozy pajamas

You can only wear a hospital gown for so long. If your loved one has been in the hospital for more than a day or so, they’ll want to get changed into something more comfortable. 

Even if they brought PJs from home, they could always use another pair to switch out.

Get-well-soon flowers are the more common hospital gift because they can brighten up a stark room. But flowers take up a lot of space, and their water vases can harbor harmful bacteria. 

An alternative is a space-saving plant like a small succulent, which doesn’t require much upkeep or watering. 

3. Manicure gift set or certificate

A long hospital stay can result in dry cuticles and less-than-perfect nails. It can also make your loved one feel like their lacking personal care. 

A great remedy for this is the gift of a manicure set, or better yet, a gift certificate for a professional manicure and pedicure. Many manicurists will travel to the hospital to provide their services.

4. Adult coloring book 

Another obstacle in the hospital is feeling one’s time. When your loved one is on their own without visitors, they likely get bored and restless. 

Activities, like an adult coloring book and colored pencils, can help take their mind off things and relax.

Similarly, a journal can help your loved one decompress and spend a few hours in reflection. A journal is a perfect gift for a loved one who enjoys writing or anyone who might need to vent when no one’s around.

6. A warm blanket

Hospital blankets aren’t the most comfortable or luxurious. If you want to make your friend or loved one’s hospital stay a bit homier, a soft and warm blanket is a great gift idea.

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Going to the hospital isn’t always a negative experience. For new moms and dads, visiting the hospital can be one of the most memorable times of your life. 

But what should you bring someone who’s just given birth to a new bundle of joy at the hospital? Here are some gift ideas for the new moms and dads in your life. 

7. Soft robe 

Like a warm blanket and comfy PJs, a soft robe is an ideal hospital gift. It’s an especially great idea for new moms who are nursing in the hospital.

Feeding and caring for a new baby is a near-magical experience--at first. But after a while, the experience can become tiring and tedious. 

A good movie or a television series is the perfect gift for the new mom who’s stuck in a hospital room. Many rooms have DVD players built-in, but it’s a good idea to double-check. You could also bring the new mom a laptop with a disc drive or buy or rent a movie from Amazon.

9. Sweet treats

Some high-quality chocolates or home-baked cookies can be enough to brighten your friend or loved one’s day while they’re in the hospital. 

After having a baby, a new mom can use all of the extra energy and nourishment she can get. And if it tastes good, that’s even better.

10. Massage gift certificate

New moms are bound to feel sore all over while they’re recovering in the hospital. Not only has their body just undergone immense physical stress--but she’s also cooped up in a small room with a less-than-comfy bed. 

A gift certificate for a massage is a perfect gift. You can even find massage therapists who will visit the hospital for postpartum clients. 

11. Essential oil diffuser

Hospitals have a distinct, sterile scent. If you want to make a new mom feel more at home and relaxed during her hospital stay, an essential oil diffuser paired with relaxing oils like lavender is a perfect gift. 

A diffuser can also help alleviate the dry air associated with hospitals.

12. Bookrest

If your loved one loves to read, you can help her stay entertained in the hospital with a bookstand or bookrest. 

While nursing, she’ll need both hands to support the new baby in the hospital bed or chairs. A bookrest ensures that she can still get in some reading during that time.

Graphic with what to bring to someone after surgery

Surgery can be a life-changing experience. Someone who’s just undergone serious surgery and is recovering in the hospital can use all of the support they can get. 

When you’re getting ready to visit someone in the hospital after their surgery or send them a message , it’s a good idea to buy your gift before you get there. (Don’t resort to the hospital gift shop.)

What should you get for a friend or loved one after surgery? Here are some great gift ideas that go well with your get-well wishes . 

13. Socks or slippers

Anything that makes a stay in the hospital more comfortable is a great gift idea. Your loved one might be stuck in bed, or they might be able to roam the halls. 

Either way, some fuzzy socks or slippers will help make them feel more at home.

14. Home-cooked food

If you’ve ever had an extended stay in the hospital, you know that hospital food leaves much to be desired. 

After surgery, your loved one or friend can use all of the energy and food for recovery that they can get. A home-cooked meal will help lift your loved one’s spirits. 

15. Card and board games

When you and others go to visit your family member or friend in the hospital, it helps to have something to do.  An entertaining card or board game can help your loved one feel normal and have fun while they see visitors.

16. Phone charger extension

Not all hospital rooms are set up in a way that works for our modern devices. Often, the only outlet available for a charger is ten feet away. 

You can solve that problem for your loved one by gifting them a long phone charging cord. Make sure to match their device!

Everyone gets bored in the hospital. While TV and movies are great for passing the time, sometimes your loved one might want to settle in with a good book. 

Bring them one of your favorites or a new release that you think they’ll love. 

18. A good pillow

Just like hospital blankets, hospital pillows aren’t always the highest quality. If your loved one is in the hospital recovering from surgery, a good pillow can make them a whole lot more comfortable. 

Consider whether they’re a side-sleeper, a stomach-sleeper, or a back-sleeper when you’re picking one out.

Graphic with gifts for a minor illness or injury

Even when a trip to the hospital is for something more minor, like a slight fracture or a temporary illness, the time spent in a hospital is stressful. 

You can help your loved one beat feelings of in-hospital boredom and discomfort with the gifts below. 

19. Massager

Your loved one might not be in the hospital long enough to need a professional massage. But a scalp-massager or back-massager might be the perfect gift to help them get more comfortable.

20. Sleep mask and earplugs

Hospitals can be noisy, and when you’re trying to take a nap, they can be much too bright. A sleeping mask and some simple earplugs can help your loved one get some much-needed rest,

21. Good instant coffee

As previously mentioned, hospital cafeterias aren’t known for their attention to quality service. The same goes, unfortunately, for hospital coffee. 

If your loved one is in the hospital overnight, you can ease their stay by bringing some good instant coffee that tastes as good as home-brewed.

22. Tasty snacks

Similarly, you can make your friend or family member’s hospital stay more enjoyable by providing some tasty snacks.  They won’t have to ask the nurse for food or wait for mealtimes every time they get peckish.

23. Personal products

Hospital air can be incredibly drying and harsh. And the standard hospital personal care products often provide little relief.  A small gift basket with essentials like hydrating lotions, conditioners, moisturizers, and lip balm can help a lot.

24. Loungewear

If your loved one has only a minor illness or injury, they can probably move around the hospital quite a bit. 

They might not want to walk around in their hospital gown or even in their PJs. You can give them more freedom by gifting some cozy leisurewear that’s more public-appropriate.

25. Puzzles

Finally, consider giving your loved one something to pass the time. A 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle isn’t the best option for a cramped hospital room, but you can bring brain-teasers like crosswords and Sudoku instead.

Choosing the Best Hospital Gift 

Visiting someone you love in the hospital is emotionally taxing. But coming prepared with a thoughtful gift lets you overcome feelings of helplessness. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you can even bring snacks and gifts for the ward’s nurses, too.

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A couple of months ago, I visited the hospital gift shop downstairs from the rehab unit where my mom recovered from a stroke. As I browsed the aisles of stuffed animals, balloons, flowers, candy, and jewelry, most items seemed likely to satisfy the gift giver more than the patient. 

For instance, there was an abundance of candy and flowers, which don’t always make the best gifts. What if the patient has allergies, and flowers set off a sneezing fit? Or maybe the person has diabetes and shouldn’t eat sweets. 

Or maybe this is your second or third visit and you’ve already brought all the usual presents.

What if people gave gifts that the patient might really want or need? There are lots of gifts to give someone in the hospital that don’t need to be watered, consumed, or set aside for later use. 

Are you ready to stop running with the herd through hospital gift shops and give a gift that will knock your favorite hospital patient’s no-skid socks off?

Here are 22 ideas to help you recover from bringing lame hospital gifts to a sick friend or relative.

1. Giftgowns 

We all loathe those hideous, easy-access hospital gowns. Why not give a fun gown with snaps in all the right places from Giftgowns, a company founded by designer Jackie Moss after her own hospital stay? You can even create your own hospital gown design with the patient’s personality in mind.

2. Scalp massager

Turn a hospital patient’s boredom to tingly bliss while relieving stress with a head massage tool you can buy on Amazon or at home and bath retail stores.

3. Sleep mask and earplugs

A French study of critically ill hospital patients found that those who wore earplugs all night experienced deeper, more restorative sleep with fewer interruptions. Giving earplugs and a sleep mask can help someone get a good night’s (or day’s) sleep in a noisy, bright hospital.

4. No-tie shoe system

If someone has a broken hand or other condition that prevents them from tying their shoes, a no-tie shoelace system can turn any shoe, sneaker or boot into a slip-on . People with shoes that accommodate foot issues such as plantar fasciitis will appreciate this gift, too.

Non-perishable, individually packaged snacks or a basket of your loved one’s favorite treats can be a welcome pick-me-up during the hospital stay. Make sure to double-check with doctors or nurses that a specific food is allowed in a patient’s specific condition.

6. The gift of “grab”

Give post-surgical patients or those who can’t twist or turn a grabber reacher tool for snaring out-of-reach items or stuff dropped on the floor. 

7. Streaming subscriptions 

When Rick Ham of Irvine, California, spent three weeks in the hospital, “streaming services kept me sane,” he says. Buy someone a subscription to a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu if they don’t already have one to help them pass time on their tablet or phone.

8. Mobile iPad/tablet stand

Ham used a mobile iPad/tablet stand to hold his iPad while he streamed shows. “I couldn’t hold my iPad all day long,” says Ham. “I was immobilized, so this was easy to push and pull out of my way.”

9. Technology accessories

If allowed in the hospital, accessories like headphones or chargers can enhance your loved one’s tech experience and make communication easier.

10. Brain-stimulating games and books

When Dane Kolbaba of Phoenix, Arizona, spent a week in the hospital with a broken leg, his favorite gift was a crossword puzzle book. “It helped keep my mind sharp, quietly pass time and kill my boredom,” says Kolbaba. Other good choices include sudoku, word searches, logic games and brain teasers.

11. Guided meditation recordings

How about guided imagery focused on wellness? A 2018 study found that mind-body practices help patients feel more relaxed and can lower blood pressure. In another study , pain levels dropped significantly in subjects who participated in a single, 15-minute session of mindfulness training focused on changing pain sensations with imagery and hypnotic suggestion.

12. Calming sound machine

Help someone sleep soundly despite nurses chatting, clattering carts and TV noises from other rooms with a white noise machine or one that plays soothing nature sounds.

13. Moisturizer and lip balm

Hospital air is dry, so lip balm for chapped lips and luxurious hand and body lotions are always welcome gifts. Keep in mind that people with sensitive skin or allergies may require a fragrance-free moisturizer. You can also put together a care package with items like lip balm, lotion, hand sanitizer, tissues, and other personal care items to help a person staying in a hospital feel refreshed and cared for.

14. Gift cards for Audible, Google Play, music downloads

Let your hospitalized friend sign up online for his or her own entertainment with gift cards that offer a variety of media services such as audiobooks, music, and games.

15. Back scratcher

Not everybody in the hospital can maneuver to reach every itch. An inexpensive back scratcher may be just the remedy for an itchy friend with a bad back or broken bones. 

16. Familiar objects from home

Offer to bring comforting items from the person’s home. What about a pillow from the patient’s own bed or a snuggly blanket? Other ideas include a favorite mug, slippers, underwear, bathrobe, socks, and other articles of clothing. Such items can provide comfort and warmth during the entire hospital stay.

17. Comforting scents

A small aromatherapy diffuser with essential oils or scented candles can help create a relaxing and comforting atmosphere in a hospital room.

18. A good cup of coffee

A true coffee drinker stuck in the hospital is probably craving a cup of “real” coffee. If the person’s diet allows, visit in the morning with a fresh cup of the good stuff from a nearby coffee shop or barista-staffed hospital kiosk. 

19. Games to play together

No, not the mind games played by dysfunctional family members. Board games like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Pictionary provide mental stimulation, prevent boredom and ease the awkwardness of hospital room conversation.

20. Personalized items

Consider a personalized gift such as a photo album filled with cherished memories, a journal, or a custom-made item that reflects your loved one’s interests or hobbies.

21. Take care of household chores and errands

No bouquet of flowers compares with mowing a friend’s grass or running errands that need attention while he or she is in the hospital. Offer to pet sit the dog. Retrieve the mail. Clean the house. 

22. Show up

“Never underestimate the value of calls and in-person visits,” says Lucía García-Giurgiu, a holistic psychotherapist and mental well-being life coach in New York City. “Because patients often increase focus on their physical illness and most interactions with hospital staff become functional, connecting with friends and loved ones can be extremely therapeutic.”

This is an update by Hella Staff to an article previously published in October 2019 written by Deb Hipp.

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22 thoughtful gifts to give a friend in the hospital.

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Article updated on November 24, 2020.

Whether it’s a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, a hospital stay is never fun. Not only can it be boring and isolating, but going through medical challenges can be painful, exhausting, and stressful.

Maybe your loved one had a major operation or surgery and is in the hospital recovering. Maybe they are ill or experiencing health complications, and have been admitted so they can remain under the close observation of their medical team. There are a wide range of health issues that can necessitate a hospital stay, and these variances may influence the types of gifts your loved one is allowed to receive. It’s always important to check hospital regulations or ask a member of your loved one’s care team if you’re unsure whether certain gifts (such as food or live plants) are permitted.

Additionally, everyone has a different way of coping with the difficulties of a hospital stay. Some love spending time with visitors while others prefer to only see immediate family. Some like to have lots of activities to keep them busy while others prefer to simply rest. It all depends on the individual, their unique health situation and how they’re feeling during their stay.

If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital, you may be wondering how best to help them and let them know you care.

To give you some ideas, we asked our Mighty’s chronic illness community which gifts they’d love to receive during a hospital stay.

Here what our community recommended:

1. Quality Time to Show You Care

Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is simply spend some time with them to show them that you care. Hospital stays can be lonely and monotonous, and having some company can make it far more enjoyable. Whether you’re catching up on life over tea, playing a game or watching a movie together, quality time can mean so much. Just make sure to check in with your friend or loved one first to see if they’re feeling up to receiving visitors.

Erin Bowers told us,”This might sound cheesy, but someone’s time. For someone to go out of their way to acknowledge me when I am at my lowest means the world!”

“When you’re in and out of the hospital a lot, even people close to you stop visiting. The only thing I want when I’m in there is my friends and family. Just to sit with me and rub my back or hold my hand. It gets so incredibly lonely when the only people who are touching you are the hospital staff. A loving touch makes having to lay in bed for weeks at a time in a cold sterile place so much easier,” said Hannah Easton DeWitt.

“A visit,” added Sara Miles. “Seriously. The best gift is your time because hospitals are lonely places. Being able to talk with a friend to get your mind off the crap happening in your body is extremely important. And if your friend is like me, then find out if you can bring a furry friend with you for some healing snuggles.”

2. A Massage to Help Relieve Their Tension

massage oil and massage roller ball

If your know your friend or loved one enjoys getting massages, bring along some lotion or a small massage tool and treat them to a little pampering. If they are stressed about test results, recovery or being away from home, their muscles might need a little TLC! Not only can a massage help melt away stress and tension, but having some loving human contact can do wonders for your mood when hospitals so often feel cold and clinical.

Maureen Sullivan wrote, “After many surgeries over the years, I would have loved a back, leg, feet and hand massage. My neck and back become so tight from the mattresses that are in hospitals. Massages are loving and nurturing for your body that deals with mostly pain while there. Having loving touch [can be] beneficial to anyone.”

Our picks: Relax Therapeutic Body Massage Oil ($16.69) and Manual Massage Roller Ball ($7.99)

3. “Real” Food (for When Hospital Food Doesn’t Cut It)

It’s no secret that hospital food isn’t the best. And for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions, it can often be difficult to find “safe” food to eat. If the hospital allows you to bring in outside food, and your friend’s doctor confirms it’s OK, a homecooked meal or even some takeout can be a welcome change from the typical hospital meals.

Amanda Wilson said, “Real food! Hospital food is OK (at least in the hospitals here) but I would have killed for a cheeseburger or something.”

Cassidy Lee added,  “ Food is always helpful! Hospitals have terrible food and when feeling crummy it would be great to have something you like from a restaurant nearby!”

“Visitors and homecooked meals!” said  Sarah Hulke Zaidi.  “If someone takes the time to make sure you’re OK, it means the world, and it takes my mind off the pain. And there’s nothing worse than hospital food or prepackaged stuff, so homecooked meals which fit my food intolerances are the best when I’m feeling ill.”

4. Beauty Products to Help Them Feel Confident and Put-Together

In a setting that often feels far from glamorous, having your hair and nails done, getting a makeover and feeling put-together can be incredibly mood-boosting. Bring in beauty products you have at home or splurge on some new ones to pamper your friend.

Donna Cusack said, “[I would love] a beautician! After two two-month stints in the hospital, I would have loved someone to come and wash my hair/shave my legs/give me a manicure and pedicure. I didn’t have the energy to do it myself.”

Savannah Hulsopple wrote, “Last time I was in the hospital for a long stay, my friend brought me a full face of makeup so I wouldn’t be as bored and I felt so much more human with a little mascara on!”

Daisy Sambolin recommended, “Netflix and chill (legit though!) while doing your hair or painting nails… like a girl’s night in.”

Our picks: Sinful Colors 10-Piece Nail Polish Set  ($11.25) and Profusion Cosmetics Pro  Starter Kit ($14.99)

5. Flowers and Plants to Brighten Up the Room

flowers and succulents

Hospital rooms can be dreary, and being stuck indoors for an extended period of time may leave some missing the outdoors. A colorful bouquet of flowers or a plant can bring some freshness and life into the room. Just be sure to check with hospital staff to see if live plants are allowed in that particular wing, and check with your friend to see if they have any allergies or sensitivities. If live plants aren’t an option, fake flowers or plants can look just as beautiful!

Misty Lemons said, “I love getting flowers. Anytime I’m brought flowers while in the hospital, it’s very cheery.”

Sara Miles recommended, “A plant that doesn’t require much tending and doesn’t give off any scents. Even if your friend likes scented things, it doesn’t mean their roommate isn’t highly ‘scent-sitive.’”

Meghan Jean added, “Flowers are always so nice and thoughtful. Hospitals are not the most warm or encouraging places to be. Bringing a bit of natural beauty in always helps and shows you were thought about. Being thought about is the biggest, sweetest thing.”

Our picks: Fresh Bouquet of Flowers ($44.95) and Succulents in Ceramic Owl Pots, Set of 6  ($15.99)

6. Pajamas for Extra Comfort

women's nightgown and men's pajama pants

Hospital gowns can leave you feeling cold and exposed, but wearing the same outfit for several days or weeks in a row is no fun either. Having a new, clean pair of pajamas can make a hospital stay much more cozy and comfortable. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to show off some personality with funky patterns or bold colors!

Melaney Niemiec wrote,  “ Comfortable and cozy pajamas. I love getting new cute pajamas while inpatient. It makes an awful situation a little better.”

Rachel Perez said she likes getting a new nightgown she can wear in the hospital, clean socks or clothes that are clean and comfy.

Our picks: Women’s Long-Sleeved Button-Down Nightgown  ($29.99) and Men’s Cotton Flannel Plaid Pajama Pants ($15.99)

7. Activity Books to Keep Them Busy

crossword puzzles, coloring book and sudoku

Watching re-runs of old shows on the TV in your hospital room can get old quickly. Bringing your friend some fun activity books can help them keep their hands and mind occupied during their stay. Many also find activities such as coloring or solving puzzles to be incredibly therapeutic, which may be especially important during a stressful time in the hospital.

Sara Miles said, “A little coloring book and small set of pencil crayons. But don’t forget to bring along a pencil sharpener if you do.”

Melaney Niemiec wrote, “I love anything that keeps my mind busy, like books, coloring, hangman, beading, etc.”

“Coloring books and crayons/markers/pencils/etc.! I never got on the adult coloring book craze till a friend brought me one during my stay. It was so  peaceful and calming to focus on something so simple but lovely. It also made me remember being a kid and coloring again – it felt very rewarding!” added Samantha Ahearn.

Lauren Jackson  said, “ Books of crossword puzzles or sudoku. If I’m stuck in the hospital for any extended amount of time, it’s nice to have something to engage me mentally.”

Our picks:  USA Today Crossword Puzzles  ($7.07), Adult Coloring Book: Beautiful Mandalas  ($5.99) and Funster Tons of Sudoku ($9.95)

8. Hygiene Products to Help Them Feel Fresh

scrubzz no rise shower wipes, kleenex with lotion and clearasil 5 in 1 face wipes

Hygiene products may not sound like the most exciting gift ever, but if you are stuck in your hospital bed for days on end and unable to shower or bathe properly, nothing compares to the feeling of being fresh and clean. If you’re wondering what types of products might be best, our chronic illness community recommends these 17 hygiene products for people who are unable to shower , and these 22 personal care products for people who are sensitive to scents and chemicals .

Brooklynn Bates wrote,  “ I’d recommend hygiene products. Deodorant, a nice natural fabric/room spray, Chapstick, a good lotion, hand sanitizer, face cleansing towels like the Clearasil 5-in-1 wipes, and definitely those little Scrubzz shower towels. You just get them wet, wash yourself with it, and you’re done! No need to unhook from IV’s to rinse off.”

Marie Fraser  said, “ Kleenex with lotion. Hospital Kleenex is dry and scratchy, like cheap paper towels.”

Anne Lorigan added,  “A  good toothbrush!! Hospital toothbrushes stink.”

Our picks: Scrubzz Disposable No Rise Bathing Wipes, 2-pack  ($8.49), Kleenex With Lotion, 4-pack ($5.97) and Clearasil 5 in 1 Acne Facial Cleansing Pads, 90-count  ($7.97)

9. A Blanket for Added Warmth and Coziness

fleece throw blanket

It can be hard to feel cozy in the hospital, but a soft, fuzzy blanket can provide some comfort and warmth. Your loved one may even have a favorite blanket or pillow at home that you could bring so they can have something familiar.

Karen Heger told us,  “ I love receiving a visit and a nice warm soft blanket that has been pre-washed with no smells like fabric softener. Smells are nice, but not when you are sick. I still have the blanket from my stem cell transplant in 2007. It was such a sweet gift. I am always cold.”

Our pick: Sherpa Throw Blanket ($18.98)

10. Greeting Cards to Show You’re Thinking of Them

hospital visit gifts

If you are unable to visit or your friend isn’t feeling up to seeing anybody, a card with a handwritten note is a simple but powerful way to show you are thinking about them and acknowledging the struggles they’re facing.

“Visitors or simply cards,” said Kate Bush. “I used to say coloring books but my hands don’t work well enough anymore. But I find simple cards have the most meaning.”

Rena Coomer  wrote, “ Funny cards or something to make me laugh. I actually prefer no visitors when I’m ill. (Except for my family and close friends.) Cards are perfect.”

Shea MacKenzie Corpora added,  “ Just kind words, honestly. Some recognition that people see I’m fighting and are supporting me, even if they can’t come to see me.”

Our pick: Value You Bring to My Life Card  ($6.95)

11. Gift Cards That Let Them Pick Out Their Own Entertainment

apple gift card, audible gift card, google play gift card

Our phones, tablets and computers are sources of endless entertainment – but much of that entertainment comes with a price tag. Giving your friend a gift card they can use to download books, music, movies, podcasts , etc. will help with some of the boredom that can come with a long hospital stay.

Sara Miles suggested, “iTunes or Google Play gift cards – our phones do everything these days. Gives us the allowance to rent a movie, buy that book or listen to some new tunes.”

Samantha Ahearn added, “Certificates for audiobooks are great too! I had a hard time reading because of eye strain/headaches from the constant hospital lighting and sounds, but gentle talking and an engrossing story with my headphones made life much more pleasant.”

Our picks: Apple Gift Card , Google Play Gift Card  and Audible Gift Membership

12. Fuzzy Socks to Keep Them Toasty Warm

fuzzy socks with rubber grips

In addition to some new comfy pajamas, a pair of fuzzy socks can help keep your friend warm and comfortable in the hospital. If they’re spending most of the day in bed, circulation may become an issue, causing their feet to feel cold. Plus, some fuzzy socks are a great opportunity to add a splash of color to the room.

“Fuzzy socks,” said Sara Miles. “The air filtration system that helps prevent the spread of airborne disease in hospitals leaves them on the chilly side and those who are not moving around much get cold easily.”

Marlette McAlister added,  “ Fuzzy socks… nothing says ‘get well soon’ better then fuzzy socks!”

Our pick: Fuzzy Anti Grip Socks, Assorted Colors, Pack of 6 ($16.99)

13. Tea to Soothe the Soul (and Stomach)

twinings tea

A warm cup of tea can be incredibly soothing (and likely tastier than what the hospital provides). Whether your loved one needs some comfort while they’re alone, or the two of you want to catch up over a cup, it would likely be greatly appreciated. Tea is also a great option if your friend is on a strict diet or can’t eat solid food.

Samantha Ahearn suggested, “Tasty tea and beverages, if they are able to have them. I was clear liquids only and a peppermint tea my partner brought me was the best thing I tasted all week. Make sure to ask about any dietary issues or cravings they have!”

Our pick:  Twinings Assorted Tea Variety Pack, 40-ct. ($14.99)

14. Journal and Pens to Document Their Experiences

spiral notebook and g2 pilot gel pens

For many, writing can be cathartic and help relieve some of the stress and anxiety of being in the hospital. Giving your friend a notebook and some fun multicolored pens allows them to document their feelings and experiences – plus any important medical information they don’t want to forget!

Anjelika AJ Hagood  recommended, “ Journal with awesome writing pens. I like to document my daily journey and experiences.”

Char Baiz added, “G 2 pilot pens in different colors [along with] a journal or composition notebook.”

Our picks: Studio Oh! Spiral Notebook ($10.99) and Pilot G2 Gel Roller Pens, 4-ct. ($7.95)

15. Moisturizing Products to Soothe Dry Skin

hand cream, lip balm and dry mouth lozenges

Hospitals can be notoriously cold and dry, so bringing your friend some moisturizing products such as lotion or lip balm can help soothe dry, cracked skin and keep them more comfortable during their stay.

Deb Van Straten told us,  “ A good hand cream, dry mouth lozenges. It is so dry in the hospital. Please don’t bring anything that will be difficult to haul home.”

Our picks: Aveeno Intense Moisture Hand Cream ($5.35), Burt’s Bees Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Pack of 4 ($9.57) and TheraBreath Dry Mouth Lozenges, 100-count ($10.47)

16. Hair Accessories to Help With Both Style and Comfort

headbands and hair ties

Melaney Niemiec suggested, “Cute headbands for when my hair is dirty but I don’t have the energy to wash it. Plus they sometimes just make me feel put together and pretty in the hospital!”

Our picks: Floral Criss-Cross Headbands, Pack of 4 ($8.40) and Elastic Ribbon Hair Ties, 100-count ($12.98)

17. Eye Mask and Earplugs to Aid in Sleep

eye mask and ear muffs

It can be hard to get some solid sleep in the hospital with all the lights and noises of the machines and nurses checking in, and some may struggle with anxiety or sensory overload. A comfy eye mask and ear covers can be soothing and help your friend get some rest.

Samantha Ahearn told us, “[I like] soft blindfolds/eye covers to block out light and help me sleep (maybe some sort of fancy lavender or other essential oil ones for extra pampering!). My room was a corner one with huge windows and no proper curtains (just those mesh nonsense restaurants have that don’t actually block the light) and I had constant issues with the sun in the daytime and bright city lights and the helicopter pad at night. Ear plugs or covers (I hate plugs personally) are good too!”

Our picks: Star and Moon Molded Eye Mask ($8.99) and Ear Muffs Headband ($8.80)

18. Silly Toys or Stuffed Animals to Make Them Smile

dog wearing a bear suit stuffed animal and a panda stuffed animal

No matter your age, you’re never too old to find joy in a goofy stuffed animal. If you think it will make your friend smile, then it’s a perfect gift to give.

Jamie Gallion wrote,  “ My mom brought me these goofy plastic blizzard toys that had these long tongues that stuck out when you squeezed them. They were so silly, but they made me smile and they made my nurses smile too. It made my stay just a little less scary.”

“ Doesn’t matter how old you are, a teddy is always comforting and snuggly,” said Jenna Durban.

Tamara Wagner  added that a  cuddly toy can help ease sensory overload.

Our picks:  Itty Bitty Boo Dressed in a Bathing Suit  ($29.99) and  Plush Panda ($15.93)

19. Helping Out at Home to Ease Stress While They’re in the Hospital

Sometimes the best gift to give someone in the hospital is what you do for them  outside  the hospital. If your friend or loved one is unable to be home, household chores may go undone and start to build up, creating stress for the person who is sick. Helping them out by doing some cleaning, cooking and laundry or even checking in on their families can take a huge burden of their shoulders, helping them to focus on healing.

Joanne Shabazian  told us, “ Not so much a gift, but friends and family who offer to help with my kids (take them meals, check on them, etc.). I know that as older teens they are now fine on their own for a few days, but it helps to know someone is thinking of them when I can’t be there for them.”

Karen-Fey Ron-Gunter said,  “ I’m not usually up for visitors during hospital stays. I’m very sick and just need to rest. But, if I knew my house was being looked after… such as cleaning, laundry, the animals, food was being made, I full-heartily believe it would go miles towards my sense of peace while there. And ultimately my recovery.”

“I have been in the hospital many times. The best thing anyone can give me is help for my hubby, babysit for a while so he can visit me and get updates on health, help with meals, care for pets, things that most of the time get overlooked,” said Denise Hall Taylor.

Crystal Wagner added,  “ A clean house when I return home, with laundry done and homemade meals filling the freezer. That  would be the best !”

20. Fruit and Veggies for a Fresh Food Option

edible arrangement

Being stuck in the hospital can often mean being stuck with some pretty bland food choices. If your friend is able to eat fresh fruit and veggies and is allowed to receive outside food, some fresh fruit and veggies can be yummy – and bring some color into the room! Online services such as Edible Arrangements will deliver pretty fruit/vegetable displays, but simply hitting the produce section of your local grocery store works just as well!

Sara Miles wrote, “Fruit (ask if the person you’re seeing has had any diet restrictions placed on them first) – but only a few pieces, not a whole basket that can go bad.”

“Edible Arrangement,” recommended Cassidy Lee. “[Hospitals] never have any good food and my mom and I love to pick on the fruit!”

“Fresh fruit and vegetables!” said ED Johnston. “I love when I can add some berries to my oatmeal in the morning. The food is always so bad and overcooked so some crunchy carrot sticks can go a long way in making the stay more pleasant.”

Our pick:  Star Of David Daisy   ($34.99)

21. Games to Give You Something Fun to Do Together

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If you’re looking for something to do with your friend in the hospital, a standard deck of cards can be used to play a ton of different games, and there are endless other card, trivia and board games to help you pass the time, exercise your minds a bit and have some fun.

Annastasia Loucks said,  “ Someone to come and play board/card games with me for a few hours to take away some of the boredom and isolation.”

Our picks: Bicycle Standard Playing Cards  ($5.84) and Uno ($8.99)

22. Essential Oils and Diffuser to Relieve Anxiety

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To cloak that “hospital smell,” bring along a diffuser and some essential oils to help the room feel more relaxing. Just make sure essential oils are allowed in the hospital, and that your friend is not sensitive to strong smells!

“ Essential oils to diffuse,” Sarena Ezzell told us. “My friend recently brought me some during my last hospital stay and it really added a calm, homey effect to the room.”

Our picks: URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier ($14.99) and Radha Aromatherapy Essential Oils, Pack of 8 ($18.95)

Whatever you decide to do for your friend or loved one in the hospital, the most important thing is to show them you love them and are thinking of them. Whether that means bringing them a gift, writing them a heartfelt message or spending quality time with them, they will likely appreciate any gesture, as long as it comes from the heart and is considerate of their needs and wishes.

If you’re looking for more recommendations about what to do for friends facing various health challenges, we’ve got you covered. Check out the following stories from our Mighty community:

  • 3 Ways to Show Up for a Friend Who Just Had Surgery
  • 26 Gifts to Give a Friend Whose Illness Keeps Them Stuck at Home
  • The Best Ways to Actually Be Helpful to Those Struggling With Illness
  • 13 Gifts Ideas for a Friend Who’s in the Psychiatric Hospital
  • 4 Ways to Help a Friend in the Midst of a Medical Crisis

And for those who have spent time in the hospital, we would love to know what you’d add to this list! Let us know the best gift you’ve received (or what gift you would love to receive) during a hospital stay in the comments below.

Paige is passionate about helping people with chronic health issues share their stories and connect with one another.

20 Unique Gifts for Someone in the Hospital For Which They’ll Thank You

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Recently, I had a loved one who needed to stay in the hospital for an indeterminate amount of time, and I really wanted to make that hospital stay as enjoyable as possible with a unique gift. While flowers can be a great way to add a little color and life to a hospital room stay, they don’t really ease the burden of boredom that comes with long stays in the hospital.

So I made a list of all the unique gifts for someone in the hospital that I could come up with. These gifts are meant to both make someone’s hospital stay more enjoyable and help occupy their time to alleviate the boredom of the many nights in the hospital.

But before you begin selecting the perfect gift for someone in the hospital, there are a few things you’ll want to consider that will determine the kind of gift you should buy.

Think about mobility

Does the person in the hospital have complete mobility? Can they get up and walk around? Or are they bed-bound and can only interact with things right in front of them. This may seem obvious, but understanding the limitations and accessibility issues of the person in the hospital will definitely save you from an embarrassing gift that they can’t use.

Space issues

How big is the room? Your loved one in the hospital might not want it cluttered with lots of big boxes or other projects, particularly if they are in a small room. In this instance, you’ll want some unique gift that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Hospital rules

If you’re asking yourself, “I wonder if they allow this in the hospital room?” then you’ll definitely want to check in with one of the hospital nurses about what they allow. Often, they don’t allow something because it restricts their ability to help the patient in the hospital room or to get to them in an emergency. So for safety, check with the hospital staff.

What they enjoy to do with free time

So everyone decided to buy the loved one a book. Now they have about 10 books stacked next to their hospital bed, and they don’t even really like to read all that much. Give them the kind of gift that  they  enjoy—not one you’d necessarily enjoy while in the hospital.

When in doubt, see if there is anything they  need , before getting something else. They’ll appreciate a necessity way more than a game or balloon.

1 – Watercolor kit

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Watercolor Set

Even if your loved one in the hospital doesn’t normally paint or draw, this can be a great occasion for them to try something new. And just think of all the time they’ll kill learning the basics of watercolor painting. Just make sure they have the mobility to do this and have lots of paper towels handy!

Art as therapy

It’s well known that  making art is a great form of therapy  for patients in the hospital. It allows them to express themselves and deal with some of the anxiety and grief they may be experiencing.

2 – Custom blanket

Get the whole family in on a custom blanket that includes a portrait of the various family members wishing their loved one to get well. It serves so many purposes:

  • It will show the support of the entire family.
  • It will be something they can use to keep warm in the hospital.
  • It will remind them how loved they are and encourage them to get better.

It may take a little time for the blanket to get made and shipped, so this would be great for someone who will have a prolonged stay in the hospital or who just got out.

3 – Cozy Socks

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By popular demand!

There isn’t one person I’ve known who didn’t request socks when they were staying in the hospital. The thin socks that the hospital provides just aren’t very warm or comfortable. And often patients have to walk around on the cold hospital floor to get to the bathroom or move about.

Just make sure you get socks with some tread on the bottom, such as the ones I’ve included here, to prevent your loved one from slipping while walking in the socks.

Bonus: you could also consider a pair of slippers for them to wear!

4 – Handheld game device

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Retroflag GPi w/ Pi Zero W

This is a great hospital gift for a young person or even an older one who still enjoys games. While many people play games on their phones, a handheld gaming device or retrogaming device can be a great way for them to put the phone down and kill some time. And if they’re old enough, then a retro gaming device will allow the patient to play some of the older games that they remember fondly.

To take it up another notch, we’ve listed here the  RetroFlag GPi Case with a Raspberry Pi Zero W . This will allow them to spend some time setting up the case as a project and even  download some ROMs  for it. To read more about it, see our  review of the GPi case .

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Retroflag GPi CASE: The Raspberry Pi Game Boy We’ve Been Waiting For! Finally, a plug-and-play Game Boy Zero!

5 – Apple or Google Play gift card

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Apple App Store Gift Card

We live in our phones, and there are tons of great games and apps for someone in the hospital to download to pass the time. Getting a gift card from Apple (if they have an Apple phone or iPad) or from Google Play (for other devices) gives them the option to choose what they want to try.

This one is a no brainer, and can even be sent via email.  Sending the gift card via email allows them to use it right away.

6 – Tavern Puzzle

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Tavern Patience Puzzle

This is the exact puzzle that took days of my life a few years ago. They’re frustrating in the best way, particularly when you need to kill time. And that’s really the best thing you can do for someone in the hospital—help them to pass the time with something engaging.

I guarantee that a tavern puzzle will be a hit, and they’ll be thanking you (and cursing you) for this one.

7 – Video of family sending wishes

Finally, a gift that costs nothing except for the logistics of producing the video. Get the family together and shoot a short video of everyone sending their best get-well wishes to your loved one.

This is a great option when it’s not possible to actually visit the person in the hospital too.

Note: be sure to keep it short, in case your loved one’s phone can not handle a long video that is a large file size.

8 – Headphones

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Apple AirPods Pro

Nurses generally don’t like the patients to play anything loud, so as not to disturb the other patients on that particular floor. (That’s why the remotes have those terrible, little speakers built-in.)

A good pair of headphones allows someone to watch movies at a good volume or listen to their favorite songs without disturbing anyone else on the floor. (And the sound quality will be better than the speaker in the room.)

It’s a great time to get some Bluetooth headphones, too, for that special someone. They’ll likely be on the phone a lot with family and friends, so not having to hold the phone up to the ear will be nice. These Apple AirPods Pro are a luxury gift for sure, but there are cheaper options available too.

(If you want, check our review to  learn more about the AirPods Pro .)

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Apple AirPods Pro Review: Read Before You Buy! Are they worth the steep investment?

9 – Homemade cookies

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DIY Fortune Cookie Kit

If you’ve ever tasted hospital food, then you know what I mean. Food from home tastes so much better!

Of course, you could bring any of your homemade cookies to your loved one—or try one of our easy ones, like our 3 ingredient Nutella cookies or our 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies.

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies The easiest peanut butter cookie recipe you’ll find.

But if you really want to make them smile, get this DIY Fortune Cookie set and personalize it with get-well messages from the entire family!

10 – Dry Shampoo

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Dry Shampoo

Depending on the situation, someone in the hospital might not be able to take a shower regularly or easily. That’s where a good dry shampoo can help them wash their hair and feel as clean as possible. Most people I’ve talked to swear by Batiste as a solid dry shampoo that actually works.

Just make sure that they’re allowed to use it in the hospital.

11 – Knitting kit

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Knitting Kit

There’s no better time to learn the craft of knitting!

A knitting kit will keep the person in the hospital occupied while they watch TV or just relax. I recommend a kit like this one that comes with instructions if you’re buying this for a knitting beginner. Learning how to knit will definitely pass the time.

They may even leave the hospital with a new knit hat or pair of socks that they can use!

12 – Get well figurine

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Get Well Figurine

You know the kind of person that would appreciate something like this. It adds a little decoration to their room and provides some comfort and hope for them as they recover. Best of all, they can keep the figurine after they get well and return home.

Just be sure they won’t mind having to pack this up when they leave the hospital.

13 – Board game

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When selecting a board game for someone in the hospital, think about the space constraints and mobility issues that they may have. You’ll also want to consider who will be there to play with them and whether they are well enough to really play a board game.

My suggestion would be to keep it simple. Large, complicated games will likely be tiring for them to really engage in. One of my all-time favorites for quick, simple gameplay is Boggle. As a writer, of course, this makes sense!

What I like about Boggle, too, is that it’s small and easy enough to leave in the hospital room for return visits.

If you can’t visit

If you can’t visit them in the hospital, then consider playing an online game remotely, like  Jack Box Party Pack . We even have a guide on  how to play Jack Box Party Pack via Zoom , in case you’d like to try it.

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How to Play Jackbox Party Pack on Zoom No matter where your friends or family live, you can still play some Jackbox Party Pack!

14 – Audible gift card

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Audible Gift Card

Of course, you can always buy your someone books to read while they are in the hospital or bring them magazines.

I’ve found, however, that the act of reading can actually be tiresome when you’re not feeling well. It’s much easier to play an audiobook from your phone and just sit back and relax. This gift card from Audible lets someone in the hospital choose their next read and have it read by a professional actor (sometimes really famous ones)!

If you want a recommendation, I recently finished listening to Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which was read by the same actresses from the show  The Handmaiden’s Tale . It was excellent.

15 – Writing journal

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Writing Journal

Expression is an innate healing tool. A writing journal allows someone in the hospital to record their thoughts and feelings during that trying time. It can be the start of a new diary that may continue well after they recover and come home from the hospital. Or maybe they use it as a sketch pad to draw doodles of the nurses! (Just make sure they keep it hidden!)

Either way, they can look back on the time they spent there later and reflect based on what’s inside their writing journal.

16 – Sleep mask

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When you’re in the hospital, often you don’t have the luxury of a regular sleep schedule. You might be woken up in the middle of the night by noises or nurses coming in to check on you. And you’ll find you really want a nap during the day.

A sleep mask blocks the light that comes through the curtains or from the hallway. It will help someone in the hospital stay asleep even when someone comes into the room. Combine this with the earplugs, and you’ve got a thankful, rested loved one.

17 – Earplugs

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There are so many noises in the hospital room, and many of them are coming from the machines meant to monitor your vitals. There’s the sound of beeping, the sound of nurses coming and going, and a whole host of other distractions.

Earplugs like these will help block out the sounds of the hospital, so they can get a good sleep. This material also happens to be very comfortable to wear.

18 – Easy-to-assemble model airplane (or other project)

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Wooden Model Airplane

Don’t go out and buy one of those model airplanes that require lots of glue and tools to put together. It’s likely that whoever is in the hospital will not have the mobility or want to smell the fumes from those kinds of models.

This one, however, requires no tools and can be constructed by hand. A project like this can help pass the time and can be therapeutic to help someone who is recovering from an ailment.

Other ideas: we put together a list of  projects for the Raspberry Pi , some of which would be great for someone who loves computers and is stuck in the hospital.

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Raspberry Pi Projects Find amazing Pi projects for any skill level!

19 – Small Christmas Tree

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Mini Christmas Tree

The holiday season has to be the worst time to be stuck in the hospital. You don’t get to experience all the joys that come with the time of the year, like lights, family, and of course the tree.

Try to bring some of that joy to their room. One way is with this mini Christmas tree that fits easily on a windowsill or table.

Bonus project gift: if your special someone in the hospital likes tech-related things or doing projects, then this cute 3D Raspberry Pi Christmas tree is perfect! It would be a simple project for them to complete while in the hospital and bring some circuit board-style cheer to the room!

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Exploring the Raspberry Pi 3D Xmas Tree Kit from The Pi Hut Let’s get blinky.

20 – Personal care items

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Personal Care Gift Set

Combine necessity with a treat, and get that special someone in the hospital a nice personal care set that they can use while they’re there. If they will be in the hospital for a period of time, it’s likely they’ll want to keep clean and make sure they don’t neglect their personal hygiene.

This  Burt’s Bees  set has a nice mix of necessities and niceties that will make them feel good and allow them to pamper themselves a bit.

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30 Thoughtful Gifts for Hospital Patients

If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital, it can be difficult trying to find a gift that is easy for them to do, enjoy, or provide some comfort.

In this list you’ll find a selection of ideas (besides flowers) to give them to help them pass the time, offer comfort, or just let them know you’re thinking of them.

30 Gifts for Hospital Patients

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A Thoughtful Reminder: Handmade Glass Mosaic with Courage Poem

This glass mosaic cross is made by hand and measures 5.5″ x 5.5″. They can keep it beside them or near a window as a sun catcher. It arrives in a gift box with a clear top lid and includes a courage poem.

There is also one available with a poem about healing.

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Snacks for All: Snack Gift Basket Care Package

If a basket of snacks is an option they can have, it definitely makes a great gift. These baskets comes with 26 individually wrapped snacks. They’re sure to find some favorites. Some of the snacks include Chex Mix, Cracker Jacks, Gardettos, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies, granola bars, Twizzlers, Gummy Bears, Star Bursts, and so much more.

This gift basket is also ideal for people who have medical caretakers such as other family members or friends that are with them often.

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It’s True What They Say: Laughter the Best Medicine: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection

You’ve heard the old saying that laughter is the best patient’s medicine. This paperback has some of the funniest jokes, quotes, stories, and cartoons that have been featured in past editions of Reader’s Digest.

This book will give them something to pass the time and hopefully put a smile on their face. Just be ready to hear a new joke every time you visit.

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Wrap Them in Comfort: Chanasya 5-Piece Gift Pack Throw Blanket

Anyone would be thrilled to receive this gift set. The 100% polyester throw is covered in comforting messages and words such as Love, Hope, Peace, and many more. It measures 50″ x 65″, and the microfiber sherpa is super soft.

The set also includes a bag, a neck pillow, an eye mask, and a pair of socks. You can check and choose between a teal or rose tan set. It’s an incredibly comforting gift that will last long after they’ve gone home to recuperate.

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Reading That Heals the Spirit: Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers that Bring Peace and Rest

This 64-page paperback by Max Lucado is perfect alone or in a gift basket. It includes 40 prayers with corresponding scriptures to offer peace and encouragement.

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Everyone Loves Sloths: Feel Like a Sloth? Hang in There! Get Well Soon Gift

This adorable sloth arrives in a fun package that’s almost as fun as he is. The gift box opens like a greeting card. Once opened, they’ll see this little guy holding a heart and a fun booklet. The snuggly sloth is 7″, and the “Top 10 Things to do When You Feel Like a Sloth” lists obvious ideas to do when you’re not feeling well.

It suggests ‘Taking a Bath’, ‘Playing Video Games’, and more. The box measures 8″ x 6″ and will be a fun surprise for any sick patient.

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Basket for Her: Aromatherapy Gift Set

She’s sure to enjoy this get well basket. It includes a 10″ x 12″ canvas tote, a “Color Me Stress Free” coloring book, a mandalas coloring book, 12 colored pencils, “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul” word search, chamomile tea, fuzzy socks, and a 9-ounce Vanilla Cashmere candle.

This basket offers comfort and items to pass the time. She can enjoy these items long after she’s left the hospital and her illness.

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Adults Can Color Too: Adult Coloring Books Set

Creative adults needing a way to pass the time will love this set of adult coloring books. They’ll find over 120 images of animals, mandalas, and scenes to color. Basic, intermediate, and advanced designs are included in each book, and the quality pages are thick enough to use colored pencils, markers, or gel pens without bleeding through.

Add these to a basket or throw in a new package of colored pencils or gel pens, and you’ve got a wonderful present they’re sure to love.

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Help Them Get Comfortable: Post Surgery Elevating Leg Rest Pillow

Hospital beds are not designed for comfort. Hopefully, this 8″ leg rest pillow will help them get some much needed rest. It’s designed using polyurethane and memory foam and has a washable and breathable cover.

Best of all, it can be used at home while they’re recuperating. Adults are sure to appreciate this wonderful get well present.

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A Treasured Gift: Willow Tree Angel of Healing

This Willow Tree “Angel of Healing” measures 6.85″ x 5.35″. Sculpted and painted by hand, this resin figurine has wire wings and is perfect for sitting on their bedside table or window ledge. It includes a card that reads “For those who give comfort with caring and tenderness”.

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Comfy Robe for Him: Men’s Waffle Shawl Robe

He’ll love having a new comfy robe while in the hospital and to recover in at home. Available in black, white, navy, and light grey, these robes come in 2 sizes including medium/large and x-large/xx-large.

They’re made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and have a soft, lightweight, waffle design. He’s sure to feel more comfortable in his own robe instead of a hospital gown, especially on walks down the hallway.

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Stationary Fun for Boys: LEGO Minecraft The Zombie Cave

LEGO building kits are perfect for hospitals, when you’re stuck in bed. Hospital bedside tables are usually the right size to let them build on. They can build a Minecraft cave that comes with coal, red stone, gold, and diamond ore.

It comes with a Steve mini-figure, creepers, a bat, shops, furnace, and ladder. Once together, it measures 4″ x 7″ x 5″. He can build over and over and act out scenes from the game. This LEGO kit is ideal for ages 7-14.

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Stationary Fun for Kids: Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set

Younger patients can pass the time and have fun with this Crayola art case that’s filled with drawing supplies. It includes 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 20 washable markers, 20 Pipsqueak washable markers, and 15 large sheets of paper.

Perfect for ages 5 and up, this art set is ideal for filling the hours and reducing anxiety.

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He Gets Well With You: GUND Get Well Soon Teddy Bear

This adorable 8.5″ GUND teddy bear arrives with a broken leg. He has a signature cast and a crutch that are removable. Once the patient is better, the bear can be healed as well. You can choose to buy him just like this or with an additional blanket or book.

Kids will love this cuddly teddy.

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Ease Their Fears: Peppa Pig Goes to Hospital

This hardcover book features the lovable Peppa Pig as she prepares to go to the hospital. It’s wonderful for easing anxiety in younger patients.

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Inspirational Notes: Happy Friendship Quotes Jar

If you’re looking for something unique to lift their spirits, this friendship quotes jar will do the trick. The adorable decorated jar comes with 30 slips of colored paper that each have a heartwarming message or quote about friendship.

Just knowing how much they mean to someone is encouragement to stay strong and positive. The jar arrives beautifully gift-boxed and ready for giving.

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A Hug When You’re Not There: DEMDACO Heart Plush Pillow

This heart-shaped pillow is the perfect way to send someone a hug when you can’t be there. The Giving Heart pillow is designed using polyester, cotton, nylon, and acrylic fibers. It measures 2″ x 10″ x 11″, and the weight is made to mimic a real hug when held close.

They arrive ready to give, and you can choose from cream, grey taupe, and pink.

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Catch Up on Classics: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

Being stuck in the hospital is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features 6 of John Steinbeck’s most revered novels. The titles include Of Mice and Men, The Moon is Down, Red Pony, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, and The Pearl.

You can choose between the paperback or hardcover set. Hopefully, they won’t have time to read them all, but they can always finish them at home.

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Passing the Time for Kids: Brain Games: Big Book of Boredom Busters

This 160-page paperback is filled with optical illusions, riddles, write-ins, and crazy logic puzzles. It’s a perfect way for 8-12 year-old patients to pass the time. It makes a wonderful gift alone or in a gift basket.

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Interrupted Sleep: Jersey Slumber 100% Silk Sleep Mask

One thing is certain, it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep in the hospital. Between the monitors going off and someone coming in the room every couple of hours, it can be a struggle. Hopefully, this slumber sleep mask will help them stay asleep when the lights turn on throughout the night.

With the softness of silk, this mask fits comfortably without making your eyelids or face feel compressed. The elastic strap is soft and adjustable. This makes a great item to add to a gift basket.

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Stylish and Calming: mEssentials Flower of Life Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

Although she may not can actually wear it while in the hospital, she can definitely hang it close to her bed and wear it everyday after she’s discharged. This stainless steel locket pendant arrives on a 24″ chain.

It comes with 5 refill pads in different colors to change up the look of the necklace. She’ll simply add a drop of the included Inner Calm aromatherapy essential oil, and will sense the calming effect for hours.

This essential oil uses a blend of geranium, clove bud, patchouli, lavender, and orange. It’s used for calming, anxiety, and sleep. Everything arrives inside a nice gift box ready for giving.

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Comfort & Style: Gownies – Designer Hospital Patient Gown

For planned or extended hospital stays, these designer gowns are sure to be a favorite. Made of 100% soft cotton, these gowns are designed for comfort and style. A front panel snaps and unsnaps easily to accommodate IV bags, and instead of a couple of ties in the back to keep it closed, there are snaps from top to bottom.

With 3 different sizes to choose from including small – 2x, the feeling of being exposed can be a thing of the past. You can choose from 20 different patterns. This also makes a great gift for expectant moms.

plush monkey

Cuddly Monkey for Kids: Hang in There Feel Better Get Well Plush Monkey in Hospital Gown

This adorable monkey is sure to bring a smile to their face. Measuring 16″, he arrives in his very own hospital gown that reads “Hang in there! Feel Better!”. He’s super soft, and he has Velcro hands for hanging around.

Kids of all ages will love cuddling with Mango the Monkey.

socks

Safe & Comfortable: Pembrook Non Skid/Slip Socks

Depending on the reason they’re in the hospital, they may need a pair of non-slip socks. These socks are super soft and made of a cotton, polyester, and spandex blend. They feature rubber treads on the outer sole that can lessen the chance of slipping.

You can choose a package of 2, 4, or 6 in colors such as navy, pink, black, and grey. They’re very stretchy and will fit most adults.

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Skin and Lip Care: Burt’s Bees Essential Gift Set

Skin and lip care is one thing to give a patient can feel in control of while inpatient. This 5-piece set by Burt’s Bees is perfect for hospital stays. It comes with Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream for face and body wash, hand salve, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm, and Coconut Foot Cream.

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Comfy Tee: Recovery Mode On Get Well T-Shirt

This fun shirt can be bought for all ages. It clearly shows recovery mode is switched to on. You can choose from purple, heather blue, dark heather, navy, and black. Solid colors are 100% cotton, and heather colors are a cotton/poly mix.

These tees are available in youth sizes 2-12 and men/women’s small – 3x.

plush happy pill

Send Them a Happy Pill: Just For Laughs Giggling Plush Happy Pill

Everyone will get a kick out of this plush Happy Pill. Measuring 5″ tall, a simple squeeze makes him go into a giggling fit. There are 6 colors available, and they will surprise you with the color they choose.

Batteries are included making him ready to be delivered to put a smile on their face.

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I’d Like to Buy a Vowel: Wheel of Fortune Word Puzzles

This spiral-bound puzzle book available on amazon features 160 pages of themed puzzles from television’s Wheel of Fortune categories. There are word search puzzles in classic, themed, and shaped. Crosswords, Elevator Words, and Add-a-Words are also included.

If they get stumped, there’s an answer key at the back. These are great for passing the time.

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Basket of Fun: Kids Get Well Gift Box: With Activity Books and Stuffed Animal

If you’re in a pinch for a gift basket for kids, this one comes ready to go. Designed for ages 3-8, it includes plenty of items for passing the time. They’ll find activity books such as a coloring book, a sticker book, and an activity book with crayons.

An age-appropriate card game is also included. It will be either Go Fish, War, Crazy Eights, or Old Maid. A plush friend tops this fun basket off.

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Perfect for Everyone: THE HOSPITAL BOX – GET Well Soon Care Package KIT

The Hospital Box lets you personalize it however you choose. It comes with 3 cotton “Open When” bags that you can fill with pictures, little gifts, or notes. There’s an “Open When You Get This” bag, “Open When You Feel Bored”, and “Open When You Need a Hug”.

Have fun decorating this 10″ x 10″ x 12″ box with the included stickers. Add items to the 5″ x 8″ bags, and add other items if you’d like. A suggestion list with ideas for comfort items is also included.

They’re sure to love it.

Tips for Choosing a Gift for Someone in the Hospital

Comforting hospital gifts for adults and elderly.

If you’re looking for to shop for a gift that will comfort your friend while in the hospital, you’re in luck. There are several great items to choose from besides flowers and balloons. The essential oil necklace and designer hospital gown would make wonderful presents for her.

The men’s robe is sure to bring a smile to his face. Other items that would be perfect for him and her include the leg elevation pillow, the heart pillow, the Burt’s Bees Gift Set, and the Pocket Prayers book.

Comforting Presents for Kids

Kids are resilient, but it doesn’t hurt to send them something comforting. There are so many cute plush animals you can choose from. The sloth set is absolutely adorable.

The teddy bear with the broken leg is sure to bring a smile, and the stuffed monkey will make a great cuddle buddy. The Peppa Pig book is also great for easing their anxiety about being in the hospital.

Boredom Busters for Adults

One of the toughest parts about being in the hospital, whether it is for a cancer or a more benign health issue, is the long days. You can only watch so much TV.

The huge snack basket will make a fun surprise. The adult coloring books, and the Reader’s Digest “Laughter is the Best Medicine” book are both guaranteed to pass the time and make them smile. They can catch up on their classics with the John Steinbeck Box Set.

The Wheel of Fortune puzzle book is a fun way to pass the time, and anyone would love the Happy Notes Friendship Jar.

Boredom Busters for Kids

Kids can be harder to keep entertained, especially when they’re feeling better but it’s not quite time to go home yet. The Minecraft LEGO set is the perfect size for hospital bedside tables. They can spend hours building and acting out scenes.

The Crayola Art Inspiration case is filled with tons of colors and markers for drawing and coloring. The Get Well Box with a stuffed animal and activity books will certainly make them happy, and the Brain Games: Big Book of Boredom Busters will keep older kids entertained for hours.

Any age would love the Happy Pill plush toy that giggles, and the personalized Get Well Box is sure to be a hit.

If you’re interested in learning more ideas to help friends or family while they’re in the hospital, the following websites can help.

Ways to Help a Friend in the Hospital – CaringBridge

How to Make a Loved One’s Hospital Visit Easier – LifeHacker

Any gift that lets someone in the hospital know you’re thinking of them is certain to make them feel better, even if it just provides a little comfort.

If you know of an idea that’s not listed, be sure to comment below. Also, share this list of gifts for hospital patients with your family and friends so they can find great ideas too.

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9 Gift Ideas That Are Perfect for Someone in the Hospital

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If your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated?

To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults.

What to Bring Someone in the Hospital After Surgery

Books and magazines.

Boredom often runs rampant when a patient is stuck in bed. Bring your loved one a new book or the latest issue of their favorite magazine to help them pass the time.

Also, don’t forget about digital formats. If the person has a smartphone or tablet, get them a subscription to an online audiobook service like Audible, or help them download an eBook app if their library offers one. Podcasts are also a great idea—there are tons of options out there to suit everyone’s interests.

Food and Drink

Normally candy or a bottle of your friend’s drink of choice is a quick, easy and appreciated gift idea. However, you’ll likely want to steer clear of food and drink for someone in the hospital. They may be on a special diet that prohibits them from eating their favorite food or drinking their favorite beverage.

If they aren’t on a special diet, food and drink is always an option. During the holidays, consider bringing a seasonal treat or an old family recipe that brings back warm memories.

Games and Puzzles

Along those same lines, bring crossword puzzles or a deck of cards. You won’t want to bring anything that takes up too much space, such as a large board game, but there are plenty of compact options out there that would make great hospital gifts.

There’s nothing wrong with this classic. It doesn’t take up much space but still conveys your warm wishes. Besides, keep in mind that most people simply appreciate the gift of your time when you visit them in the hospital. A card is a nice keepsake if you don’t want to come empty-handed, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to come with the perfect gift.

Personal Care Items

Your loved one likely has the necessities already, either from the hospital or from home, but sometimes the little things get forgotten. Bring them some calming lotion or soothing lip balm. Even if they already have some, it’s always nice to enjoy a new scent.

You could also bring them some items to add to their comfort, such as a nice blanket or pillow. Fuzzy, warm socks are also a good gift—just be sure they have grips on the bottom.

Reusable Shopping Bags

You know how you pack for a vacation and leave space in your suitcase for gifts and souvenirs? People don’t usually think to do that for hospital stays—especially when the stay is unexpected. A very practical and useful gift is a reusable shopping bag or two for them to tote their other gifts home in.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, as people who have had a long stay often need  post-hospital rehabilitation . As they go back and forth for treatment, the bags will come in handy again.

Organizational Supplies

In the coming days and weeks, your loved one is going to be receiving a mountain of important paperwork, both from the hospital and any follow-up care during their recovery. Give them or their caregiver an easy way to organize everything by bringing a binder or expanding file.

Creative Hospital Gift Ideas

Looking for something that’s a bit more unique? Try these creative gift ideas.

Make a Comfort Box with Your Loved One

The experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recommend “comfort boxes” to help anyone feeling stressed out or anxious.

What’s a comfort box?

“It’s an emotional first aid kit,” licensed psychiatric social worker Marybeth McDonald writes. “The idea is to fill the comfort box with things that you can use when you’re struggling that will help you feel and stay safe.”

If your loved one is struggling with the emotional aftermath of their surgery or hospital stay, a comfort box could help. On your next visit, you could bring an empty shoebox and supplies to decorate it together, then discuss what they would like to put in it. Some ideas include family pictures, favorite quotes, playlists and chocolate.

You can read more about  how to create a comfort box  on the Wexner medical center blog.

Post-Hospital Care Package

Sometimes the best gift for someone in the hospital is the one that comes after they’ve gone home or to a rehabilitation center . Make a post-hospital care package for your friend or family member and drop it off when they’ve arrived.

Include common, everyday things to save them or their caregiver a trip to the store when they get home. It’s also a good idea to include germ-killing hygiene items for visitors to use. Some ideas include:

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The best gifts for someone in the hospital (15 hospital gifts everyone wants).

The best gifts for someone in the hospital .

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Have you ever been sick and stuck in the hospital? It is awful. You probably wished someone would bring you a gift other than flowers. So  in this post, we will discuss the best   gifts for someone in the hospital  that are meaningful, useful, and even fun. 

Flowers are nice and they do cheer a sterile hospital room.

But if you have had surgery or some other form of debilitaion, non-flower gifts are  can be so helpful in the recovery process even after discharge home. 

So if you have ever wondered, “ what is a good gift to give to give someone in the hospital?O r how to put a gift basket for a patient together, or  what the best gifts for someone recovering from surgery are,  I hope the gifts listed below will answer those questions for you. 

 Many times we think well, a family member or a loved one must want food and flowers.

Yes, that is true, hospital food sucks.

But while the food idea is nice when it is appropriate, sometimes it is not.

 Many times the doctors may put a patient on an appropriate diet and you may not know what that is.

Before you bring food or fresh flowers, or fresh fruit, call the patient or the floor and ask because sometimes those are not allowed. 

So it can be a bit tricky when it comes to getting the right gift for a patient in the hospital. 

The good thing though, is with some research and some imagination there are many great gifts to consider when a friend or family is stuck in the hospital.

The best get-well gifts can be gift baskets, care packages, and many other fun and practical gifts.

Sometimes too, you may need to conside the type of surgery for an appropriate gift. 

When considering gift ideas for a sick friend or family in the hospital, consider what would be an appropriate gift for an extended hospital stay and the recovery process.  What will make recovery easier? 

I have seen patients spending as much as a month in the hospital, and can you just imagine how hard that is for them and their families? For the  patient being stuck in a hospital bed for hours can leave one feeling poweress.

So, making their new environment as comfortable as possible would be a nice thing to do.

 And you can do that by getting your loved one an appropriate and helpful gift.

 Bring fun, laughter, ease, with funny gifts, and comfort with tsoothing gifts and you will be contributing to their recovery as well. 

Gift buying is hard and many of us need ideas to save us from just resorting to a gift card, food and flowers only. 

And the following list of the best gifts after surgery of for loved one in the hospital will give you some great ideas. 

Its true you have a chance to make a huge difference in getting a loved one a gift they can use during one of the most difficult time in ones life. 

Okay, so let’s see what the best gifts people stuck in the hospital actually want and really appreciate. 

The best gifts to give soemoen in the hospital

15 GIFT IDEAS FOR SOMEONE IN THE  HOSPITAL 

Earplugs  and  eye mask

Well, we all know in spite of the staff’s effort hospitals can be noisy.

Can you imagine you are trying to sleep and people are talking right outside your window? 

Besides, sometimes a patient needs to sleep during the day.

They have to. At night they are woken up for vitals, 4 times a night, for meds, and for blood work. So daytime napping is essential.

And to have a good nap a patient will appreciate a mask to keep the light out, and earplugs to dull all the noise and hospital sounds.

Next time you have a friend or family in the hospital, include a  comfortable sleep mask,  and some earplugs.

These are a great gift idea for a patient in the hospital. 

  It may not something many of us think about but ear plugs and sleep mask are appropriate gifts for men or women stuck in the hospital.

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Himalayan lamp

A Himalayan lamp is a great gift for a patient in the hospital. First of all the soft glow of a Himalayan lamp is pretty comforting and soothing.

And although research is lacking about supposed benefits,  Himalayan lamps are said to promote rest by eliminating positive ions in the air. Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions and therefore balance the positive ions in the environment.

It is said that positive ions can make one more anxious and irritable. As you can imagine a  sick person can feel easily anxious and irritable sometimes because of course, they don’t feel great.

Also, Himalayan salt lamps are said to eliminate toxins and bacteria in the air. Well, hospitals do have bacteria in viruses so any little bit to protect a loved one is great.   Here is more information about Himalayan salt lamps. 

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Oh, Nuts First Aid  Kit ; I think this is my favorite gift for someone in the hospital.  

After all, “laughter is the best medicine after chocolate.” And this gift brings laughter even before you open the basket.

  This is candy-like you have never seen before that will make a patient smile or laugh out loud. Included is a prescription for wonderful things like massage ( of course after the hospital stay),  a chocolate shot, gummy gauze, and more.

Give the gift of laughter. It will tickle the nurses too. Spread joy with the  Oh, Nuts First Aid Kit.  

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Kindle paperwhite

Just pre-fill with your loved ones’ favorite books and gift them some fun and even transport them away from the hospital to faraway places with tales and fun reading distractions.

Make a loved one’s hospital stay or recuperation period easier by including a  kindle paperwhite in the hospital care package.

Being able to choose their own books makes Kindle oen of the best get well gifts. 

Tablet holder stand

This is a gift that keeps on giving more happy moments when one is hospitalized and debilitated.

It is easy to put together or have a nurse help them when needed. Then they can play games, and watch movies.

Truth: hospitals do have many of their favorite TV channels and movies.

Also, some people are social media mavens and they can stream to their social media when they are able even in the hospital.

A tablet holder is so useful hospital gift for when one is laid down and needs some entertainment other than the lame channels offered on hospital TV.  

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White noise machine

Let’s face it. Hospitals are not as quiet. You have IV pumps beeping, nurses and CNAs forgetting to lower their voices, and sometimes you want to sleep during the day and there are more people and more noise than too.

So a white noise machine is a great idea because it will help a patient keep sleeping and not be disturbed by every little noise.

This machine has various sounds and one can choose the most soothing of them.

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Adult coloring book

Adult coloring books are so much fun even when one is not sick. They are calming and make time go by fast.

Being in the hospital  or laid out at home after surgery can make days long especially if one is not so sick as to need all day sleep.

A colorign book offfers a way to spend time engaged in fun activity.

Adult coloring books especially those with inspirational quotes are among the best get well gift ideas  to get someone in the hospital.

They boost mood and provide  a way to ease long hours stuck in bed. 

Gifts for someone in the hospital

Posh Mommy robe

Ah, now this one is just for new moms, but just how delicious is this robe?

It has hidden ties that make access easy for a new mom.

A great gift for a hospital stay and even much great for mommy and baby lounging at home.

Any new mom will adore this robe.

Gifts for someone in the hospital

Chanasya Compassion and Healing Hugs Gift Throw Blanket Set

This healing cozy setcomes with a beautiful plush soft blanket, soft nonskid socks, a pillow that hugs one’s neck, and a sleeping mask for total comfort. 

The words of the blanket, hope, positive thoughts, hugs, prayer, healing energy, further provide comfort joy, and hope and remind a loved one that they are loved and remembered in their difficult time.

And are hospitals not the coldest places ever.

I always think they keep them so cold to freeze all the germs.

So cozy blankets are so very needed to keep a patient feeling warm in a frid

gid room. A warm blanket  adds a nice cozy touch that hospital blankets just dont provide. 

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Grab The Reach Tool.

A grab-reach tool is an absolute necessity, especially after surgery.

If a loved one has had back surgery, kneed surgery, or any illness that makes bending and reaching hard, gift them this tool and they will not only be very pleased, but you will make their life so much easier.

Gift some independence and ease for a friend or loved one in the hospital or even as they recover at home.

 A grab tool is essential when you are debilitated.

It is a must-give gift for someone in the hospital.

And the nurses will thank you too.

That’s one call bell they won’t have to answer to come and help the patient pick up something they dropped. 

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Hey Girl Feel better tea

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This tea is great. A blend of echinacea, lemongrass, decaf green tea, honey goldenseal herb, elderberries, lemon peel, ginseng root, and ginger root has all the natural goodness to bring about healing and warm feelings. 

A patient needs healing and this herbal tea is a great gift for someone in the hospital because its full of anti-inflammatory compounds.  

A warm cup of tea in a cold hospital room is also soothing and comforting.  So be sure to include this tea in that patient care package. 

And tea is nice but even nicer when accompanied  by this get-well mug.  Give these comforting words as they sip on that tea. 

Gifts for someone in the hospital

 Assorted Inspirational Cards 

Gifts for someone in the hospital

These adorable colorful cards are a great way to show your love and care. Even when you leave your loved one will have these affirmation cards cheering them on to get better and will continue to feel loved. 

If they have a sense of humor and bad words don’t offend them, S h it I can’t remember  is a fun and useful gift for a patient in the hospital.

I can tell you as a nurse there have been countless times when a patient needs a place to jot stuff about their care plan, medications they have received, and  especially  questions to remember to ask the doc on rounds

It is so important to write questions to ask your doctor when they breeze in for barely 5 minutes on rounds.

If you have ever waited all night to ask the doc a question only to forget when they start talking, you know how helpful a notebook can be. 

Yup. It is important to write it all down. And with this notebook, your loved one will be reminded in the title alone she needs to write down stuff she will likely forget. 

Also, sometimes one just needs to journal and empty the brain of the mess that can cloud the mind.

There is so much to keep up within the hospital if you want to be your own advocate.

Writing questions to ask your doctor when they breeze in in the morning for barely 5 minutes when you have been waiting all day and night to ask a question only to forget when they start talking.

Gift idea for someone in the hospital

Books and magazines

It is no secret that hospitals are quite boring, and it is worse when a loved one is stuck in bed all day with a TV that has barely anything to watch. So bringing a loved one favorite book and or magazines can make it a bit easier on their mood. 

If they have a Kindle, you can purchase a subscription for either.

 Anyone with a bit of strength even while sick will appreciate doing something other than staring at some boring TV. If they are into self-development, here is a list of the  best life-changing inspirational books.  

Now if your friend or loved one loved a funny book, I would suggest   Can’t Make This Stuff Up  book by  Susannah B Lewis .

Susannah has a way of capturing the absurd in life especially when life is challenging.

 This book will bring smiles and help a patient shift the focus from the misery they feel being sick, at least for a moment. 

Teddy bears and other fluffy stuffed things.

We all love stuffed animlas. I know may have outgrown them but when you are sick, they do offer some comfort. It jsut feels good to cuddle with a teddy bear other stuffed animal or a fuffy pillow. 

gift ideas for someone in the hospital

I love this  purple debossed-lined journal .  It has an encouraging scripture on every page to comfort a weary loved one in the hospital. It will inspire them and comfort them. 

Being admitted to the hospital is always a scary thing. Apart from worrying about how everything is going, one also feels out of control for most of the happenings.

There is a lot to think about and reflect on. So a journal is a perfect gift. It gives the patient somewhere to record these thoughts and to actually reflect on what is going on.

It is a great place to write about all these thoughts, express gratitude, write affirmations, and really get in touch with one’s self at a deeper level. This is a life-changing experience and journaling is a great way to keep things in perspective.

Gift idea for someone in the hospital

Other gift ideas to consider

  • A cold packs
  • get-well gift baskets
  • Streaming service
  • Lip balm – those hospital ones taste awful
  • A funny T-shirt  for emotional support
  • A good book to read
  • Healthy snacks ( ensure its okay-ask the nurse) 
  • A thoughtful card
  • Personal care items
  • Puzzle book to pass the long hours

Being sick is awful. And being stuck in the hospital is worse because one loses autonomy to a degree. 

A patient may be in pain or bored to tears. Hospitals can also be noisy when workers talk too loud, and the machines keep beeping.

The darn IV pumps! So it is hard to rest.

So well thought out practical or fun gifts hel;p with the healing process after major surgery or due to any illness. 

A bit of comfort with a thoughtful gift can help the hospital stay be a bit tolerable.

 So if you have ever wondered what to give to someone in the hospital, I hope this list of the best hospital gifts has provided you with some fun and thoughtful gift ideas for the hospital.

Consider comfort items for hospital stay. Think of non flower gifts for hospital patients. Also consider the nature of illness. Think about for example the best gift for someone in the hospital with cancer.

Or gifts for someone in the hospital long term are ideas to consider to get the best gift for a loved one in the hospital. 

 So, now that you have gone through this list of gifts for someone in the hospital, which gift would you love to get for a loved one in the hospital?  Which one would you like to get if you ever got stuck in the hospital?

Let me know in the comments

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These are great, practical ideas. It’s always baffled me what to get someone in the hospital. I always end up getting flowers. Thanks for expanding my options.

Hi Victoria! Now you know. These are practical gifts you can take to a loved one in the hospital.

These are great ideas! What a good list.

Thank you so much. Thank you for reading!

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16 Perfect Gifts for a New Mom In Hospital (Don’t Come Empty Handed!)

Gifts for new mom in hospital – what to bring when visiting a new mom in hospital.

Seeing a social media announcement or getting a call or text about a baby’s birth is so thrilling. Is there anything better than a new baby being brought into the world? 

It is natural to want to celebrate the birth and give your congratulations to the new mom. One way to do that is to bring a celebratory gift to the hospital for mom baby or both! But what are the best gifts to bring a new mom in the hospital? 

Let’s talk gifts for a new mom in the hospital. Why you should bring a gift, what makes a hospital gift a blessing or a burden, and some great gift ideas. 

Remember that there might be visitor restrictions on visiting a new mom in the hospital. Be sure to inquire both with the hospital about restrictions as well as the new parents about their preferences for hospital visits. Some moms might appreciate a visit and gift after they are settled in at home. 

If you’re not sure you’ll be able to visit in hospital, you might like to check out our other gift ideas:

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Gift to Bring to Hospital for a New Mom

  • Who is the gift for? Decide if you want to get a gift for mom, baby or both. If there are siblings involved, it can be fun to get a small gift for them as well. 
  • Are there any new needs that you can fill? Was the baby born early so there is a need for preemie sized clothing/diapers? Was the birth traumatic like an emergency c-section and mom needs some extra love and attention? 
  • Are there any allergies/food sensitivities? Check with the new mom or significant other before bringing any food products. 
  • What are the hospital restrictions for gifts? A quick call to the hospital can let you know if there are any limitations on gifts. Rubber and latex balloons are generally prohibited in hospitals because of allergies.  

When to Visit a New Mom in Hospital?

There are some new parents that are overjoyed to have visitors… and others who want time to adjust before receiving guests. When deciding if you should visit a new mom in the hospital here are a few things to take into consideration. 

  • How was the birth? What type of birth was it? If mom and baby had a a traumatic birth, an unexpected c-section, or if the baby was born prematurely you may want to reconsider or delay your hospital visit. 
  • How long will they be at the hospital? Depending on the circumstances surrounding the birth as well as their preferences, a new mom could be in the hospital for as few as 24 hours or as long as three to four days if she had a c-section. If a new mom is in the hospital for a very short time, you may not want to add a visit to her schedule. A mom who is there for longer might enjoy a visit to break up the monotony of hospital life. 
  • What are the parents comfortable with? By far, the most important consideration is what the new parents want. Reach out to find out when or if you should visit a new mom in the hospital. Something as simple as a text saying, “Congratulations! I would love to stop by and see the baby if mom is ready for a visitor?” If they respond yes, ask what time would be best and see if there is anything that they need. If they say no, tell them you will text in a few days to follow up and see how things are going. 

Be sure to ask new parents if they are comfortable with visitors and honor their wishes. 

What do You Bring a New mom in the Hospital?

If you’ve gotten the go ahead to visit mama and baby in the hospital, now is the time to decide on the perfect gift. Here are some excellent ideas: 

  • New mom’s favorite sweet (or savoury) indulgence: If you already know mom’s favorite treat, bring a small basket with several of the items. Aren’t sure what she would like? Text and ask her or her significant other what snacks you could bring. 
  • Food (real food). Not hospital food: This will be an especially good gift if mom and baby are having an extended hospital stay. If you can time your visit around mealtime, ask what mom is craving and pick up a hot meal. 
  • Spill proof coffee flask – The last thing you want to do is spill a hot beverage when you are holding or nursing your baby! This spill-proof coffee mug makes a great gift for a new mom in the hospital. Want to go the extra mile? Fill it up with her favorite hot beverage!
  • Handheld nightlight:  Nighttime baby feedings in a hospital are ROUGH. Not only are you working with less-than-comfortable furniture, you also have to deal with bright hospital lighting. This handheld nightlight is a thoughtful gift to help new moms during night feedings at the hospital. Because it is warm-toned, it will less disruptive of both mom and baby’s nighttime sleep. 
  • Wireless Ear Buds : Going along with restless hospital nights, these wireless ear buds will let a new mom listen to music, an audiobook or even her favorite show. I chose ear buds with a connecting strap in the back so they are easier to keep track of.
  • Pretty sleep mask: A sleep mask will help a new mom in the hospital get rest during the day. This one is made of 100% silk and comes in several charming patterns.
  • A luxurious hydrating hand cream: All of the washing and sanitizing done by new moms takes a toll on their skin. A high quality hand cream (unscented might be a thoughtful option) will keep her hands moisturized and pain-free. 
  • A travel manicure kit: The last thing you want to do is accidentally scratch your newborn…but nail clippers aren’t necessarily something you remember to pack in your hospital bag. A travel manicure kit is a great gift idea for a new mom in the hospital. 
  • Flowers: Flowers are definitely a classic hospital gift for a new mom. They will brighten up the hospital room, but one drawback is that they have to be carried out when the family heads home. Go for a smaller bouquet and/or encourage them to leave the flowers if needed. 
  • Pretty Robe that is nursing friendly : Not only will this colorful robe help a new mom feel refreshed, it is also a gift that she can use for years to come! I recommend sizing up as well as washing the robe before bringing it to the hospital. 

Great Gift Ideas They Don’t Have to Carry

A thoughtful alternative to bringing the gifts above are great gift ideas that DON’T have to be carried. Not only will these gifts make leaving the hospital easier, but they also are useful and fun!

As a bonus, these gifts don’t need to be personally delivered. If you live far away or if visitor restrictions keep you from visiting, you can show your love from afar with these great gift ideas. 

  • Amazon Prime Subscription: Diapers on the doorstep in one to two days? Yes, please! Give the gift of Amazon Prime. If they already have an Amazon Prime account they can add your gift and extend their subscription OR they can exchange it for an Amazon gift card. 
  • Meal Kit Delivery: When you have a new baby, things like meal planning and grocery shopping seem impossible. A meal kit delivery gift would be a great way to help a new mom out.  You can purchase gift cards for any of the popular Meal Kit Delivery services like HelloFresh, BlueApron or HomeChef.
  • Grocery Delivery Subscription: Walmart Grocery Delivery is a lifesaver for a new mom AND would make an amazing gift that is under $100. She will be able to order groceries and have them delivered for free for an entire year. 
  • Kindle Unlimited: If mom is a reader, a subscription to Kindle Unlimited will give her access to over 1 million ebooks. Reading on a Kindle is the best when nursing. (You could also purchase a Kindle!) 
  • Audible Subscription: Audiobooks are a great way to pass quiet time with a newborn. You can gift 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or 1 year subscriptions to Audible. 
  • Postpartum/New Mom Subscription Box: A box full of products is such a fun surprise to look forward to each month! There are several postpartum/new mom subscription boxes that you can choose from. 

What NOT To Bring as a Gift to a New Mom in Hospital

We’ve given you lots of DOs, now let’s talk DON’Ts. The last thing you want to do is add stress to a new mom’s life with a gift that makes her hospital stay harder. Here are three things you should not bring as a gift to a new mom in a hospital. 

  • Anything large: Sure, those giant stuffed teddy bears are adorable but please don’t bring anything large to the hospital. Even a (very helpful) box of diapers will be difficult to get to the car. If you have a large gift you can’t pass up, show the parents and then offer to drop it off at their house. 
  • Fragile Items: They are hard to carry out and make it difficult for hospital employees to to do their jobs. Save fragile items like ceramic keepsakes for when you can visit her at home. 
  • Clothing for mom: With the exception with the oversized robe above, clothing for a new mom should be avoided. It takes a long time to get to your pre-pregnancy weight and even then it is natural that your body isn’t shaped quite the same. Don’t make the mistake of touching on a sensitive subject with clothes gift for mom that may or may not fit her. 

Overall, think about how your gift will impact the new mom in the hospital as well as how she will get it home. If it makes her hospital stay (or departure) difficult,  it is not the best gift idea. 

Should You Even Bring a Gift When Visiting a New Mom in Hospital?

Bringing a gift when you visit a new mom in the hospital is a lovely gesture. It shows that you are thinking about her and her baby, and will be something that she can treasure or use to make her life easier or more enjoyable. 

Following the above guidelines and thoughtfully choosing a gift will make it a good experience for everyone involved. 

The Final Word

I hope you’ve found inspiration from this list of gifts for a new mom in the hospital. Every new baby and mom deserve to be celebrated, and a visit and small gift are a wonderful way to show your love and support. 

Whether you choose a gift to bring to the hospital, or something a little less typical that the parents don’t have to carry out, these gifts for a new mom in the hospital are sure to bring a smile to her face. 

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If you're just checking in, here is a recap of the key developments today.

  • Vladimir Putin made his first trip to North Korea in 24 years, where he and Kim Jong Un signed an agreement pledging mutual aid if either country faces "aggression";
  • The Russian leader was then received in Vietnam, where he will be continue a state visit tomorrow;
  • Russia has been attempting to replace "significant losses" by recruiting soldiers from African countries, the UK's defence ministry said;
  • Germany held up the 14th package of EU sanctions on Russia, sources said.

Vladimir Putin has undertaken two state visits today, in North Korea and Vietnam, as he seeks to shore up support from his allies while the West pursues further sanctions.

In an opinion piece timed for his Vietnam visit, Vladimir Putin has applauded the country for supporting "a pragmatic way to solve the crisis" in Ukraine. 

Vietnam, which officially pursues a neutral foreign policy, has abstained from condemning Russia's invasion.

As well as praising Vietnam for its "balanced" stance on the war, Mr Putin listed progress on payments, energy and trade between the countries in the article published in Vietnam's Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan.

"Putin's visit to North Korea and Vietnam is to demonstrate that Western attempts to isolate Russia are not working and that Russia has partners in Asia," said Carl Thayer, an expert on Vietnam security at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

The Southeast Asian country will be the third nation Mr Putin has visited, after China and North Korea, since he was sworn in for a fifth term in May.

"No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalise his atrocities," a spokesperson for the US embassy in Hanoi said this week.

Russia has historically been Vietnam's major military supplier, so any potential arms deals will be closely watched.

Vietnam has been gearing up for a full state welcome for the Russian leader's first visit since 2017 and his fifth in total. 

Vladimir Putin has arrived in Vietnam, Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reports.

It is a state visit aimed at strengthening ties with a longtime partner of Moscow's.

In Hanoi, the Russian leader is scheduled to meet Vietnam's most powerful politician, Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, then the new president, To Lam, and other politicians. 

The trip has resulted in a sharp rebuke from the US embassy in Hanoi.

It comes after Mr Putin's first trip to North Korea in 24 years, where he and Kim Jong Un signed an agreement pledging mutual aid if either country faces "aggression". 

Germany is holding up the 14th package of EU sanctions on Russia, sources say.

Officials from the bloc's 27 countries have been debating the package for over a month, which would make EU operators responsible for sanctions violations by subsidiaries and partners.

Germany's hesitation was due in part to an internal disagreement between its foreign ministry and the chancellor's office, diplomats and a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The roadblock remained despite the scrapping of a clause that Berlin found problematic - one that would have forced subsidiaries to "contractually prohibit re-exportation to Russia and re-exportation for use in Russia".

The EU's sanctions efforts have been undermined by circumvention via third countries. The inclusion of this clause would have further tightened the bloc's measures. 

Ambassadors will continue the debate tomorrow, they said. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced two more signatures have been added to his Peace Summit communique. 

He said the Organisation of American States, which represents countries in North and South America, and Antigua and Barbuda have signed it.

"We view the entire world as equals, and this is our ideological difference from Russia in international relations," the Ukrainian president said.

"Putin, however, wants only his voice to matter, or those he chooses. This is a typically colonial world view that we, together with all our partners, must break." 

He said the format of the Peace Summit will ensure "fair treatment for every nation", including, of course, Ukraine. 

Nearly 80 countries have already approved the final communique covering steps toward nuclear safety, food security, and the release of prisoners and deportees, including thousands of children abducted by Russia.

One person has been killed and three others have been injured in a Russian shelling attack in Donetsk, Ukraine's police force has said. 

In a post on Telegram, it said there had been 2,291 strikes in the eastern region in the last 24 hours. 

Russia used "aviation, rocket salvo systems and artillery", it added. 

Over the past few months, fighting has been surging across the frontline in the eastern Donetsk region. 

Russian forces have been trying to reach the key hilltop city of Chasiv Yar and other strategic hubs in the region. 

Russian troops also launched an offensive in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region. 

Mr Putin said he wanted to establish a buffer zone there to prevent Ukrainian cross-border attacks.

The offensive drew some Ukrainian fighters away from Donetsk, but many remain. 

Reuters captured these photos of Ukraine troops operating in the area. 

Russia has been attempting to replace "significant losses" by recruiting soldiers from African countries, the UK's defence ministry has said. 

Ukrainian intelligence has been reporting increased Russian efforts to recruit from several African countries in recent days. 

"This recruitment campaign is likely an attempt to replace significant battlefield losses and sustain offensive activity across the front," the MoD said. 

"Russia is likely expanding its recruitment across the global south to avoid additional mobilisations within Russian itself."

It added that previous mobilisations within Russia had resulted in a record labour shortage and the mass departure of skilled workers. 

Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea has come to an end, with the Russian president leaving Pyongyang after a busy day of diplomacy.

His next stop is Vietnam.

The headline from Mr Putin's visit is no doubt the agreement signed between the two countries that, its leaders say, covers security, trade, investment and cultural and humanitarian ties among other things.

The deal has triggered plenty of reaction from around the world, with Washington and Seoul among those expressing concern about the growing military ties between Russia and North Korea.

Below, we've taken a look at exactly how Mr Putin's visit shaped up.

Opening remarks

The warm words between the Kremlin and Pyongyang started before Mr Putin's plane had even touched down, with the Russian leader penning an open letter in North Korean state media.

It was here that we first got confirmation of an agreement that would be signed by the two countries. Mr Putin called it a partnership that would help in the "fight against the imperialist hegemonistic policies of the US and its satellites against the Russian Federation".

There was also some appreciation shown for North Korea's "firm support" for Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. 

Mr Putin claimed the US were doing everything they could to "prolong and inflame" the conflict, which Russia began in February 2022.

'Rock star' welcome in Pyongyang

When Mr Putin arrived in Pyongyang in the early hours of the morning, he was met personally by Kim Jong Un, a red carpet and a bouquet of roses.

State television then showed his motorcade driving through brightly lit neighbourhoods, with the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel glowing with LED lights that said "Welcome Putin".

The streets of the capital were lined with hundreds of thousands of people holding flowers and waving Russian and North Korean flags, welcoming Mr Putin back on to North Korean soil for the first time in 24 years.

There was then a lavish ceremony in Pyongyang's main square, crowded with people and colourful decorations, where Mr Kim introduced key members of the North Korean leadership.

As a military band played, the two leaders walked down another red carpet and greeted dignitaries. Artillery guns fired a welcoming salvo.

As our Asia correspondent Nicole Johnston put it, North Korea gave Mr Putin "a rock star's welcome".

The 'comprehensive strategic partnership pact'

Fundamental to this trip for both Russia and North Korea is the document signed by the two nations, which both of its leaders have been at pains to describe in bold terms.

Mr Kim calls it the "strongest ever treaty", while for Mr Putin, it's a "breakthrough document".

The two leaders were first joined by ministers from both countries for initial talks. They then engaged in one-on-one talks that lasted two hours, according to reports.

This new agreement marks a new period of relations between the two countries, one that, according to North Korea's leader, is "incomparable". 

It reportedly covers everything from investment to strengthening cultural ties and cooperating on health, medical education and science. 

But it's the inclusion of a mutual defence clause, in case of "aggression", as Mr Putin put it, that stands out.

Mr Kim told reporters that North Korea will respond "without hesitation" to "incidents or wars" facing either his country or Russia. 

He did not elaborate on what the response will entail, though he did say the agreement is "defensive and peaceful in nature".

Russia also doesn't rule out the "development" of military-technical cooperation between the two nations. 

There's already an assumption that North Korea is sending Russia ammunition to use in Ukraine, while there are fears that Moscow will pass on aid for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes in return. 

The signing of this agreement will do little to subdue those concerns.

Gifts and goodbyes

With business out the way, Mr Putin and Mr Kim spent the next few hours having a bit of fun.

There was the exchanging of gifts, with the Russian leader receiving works of art depicting himself.

For Mr Kim there was a tea set, an admiral's dirk (a type of dagger) and a Russian-built limousine, which both leaders took turns at driving.

Mr Putin then laid a wreath at the Liberation monument in Pyongyang, which was erected in 1946 in memory of Red Army soldiers killed liberating the Korean Peninsula from Japanese occupation.

Keeping with that theme, both leaders took their seats at a gala concert, where songs performed all evoked war and defence of the nation.

Russian state media reported the concert included excerpts from wartime songs, including Where the Motherland Begins, We Need One Victory and Katyusha, as well as song by groups who regularly support Mr Putin at political rallies.

Putin's opinion piece

As Mr Putin heads for Vietnam, a newspaper in the country has published an opinion piece he has written. 

In the piece, he praised Vietnam for its "balanced" stance on the Ukraine war and applauded the communist-ruled country for supporting "a pragmatic way to solve" the conflict. 

He also said Russia and Vietnam shared "similar assessments of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region".

He is due to arrive in Hanoi overnight and plans to meet Vietnamese leaders tomorrow, on the heels of his trip to North Korea.

It will be his first trip to the country since 2017.

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