Helping our loved ones with what they really need
Gifts For Cancer Patients – When a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, many of us really don’t know what to do other than pray, send a card, and offer a ride now and then. Our instinct may be to send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to express our love.
So, what’s the problem with that bouquet of flowers or going to our local candle store and purchasing a candle that is marked for relaxation or stress relief? While that is well-meaning and from the heart, it’s not so simple and could possibly make things worse. Patients undergoing cancer treatments often develop smell aversions, and what a healthy person may find soothing, may cause nausea to a cancer patient.
Fortunately, there are some amazing folks out there that have created gift baskets, specialty gifts, and other amazing items specifically for those battling these diseases. These groups have created specially designed gifts that are based upon the needs of this special population. Simply put – this “ain’t their first rodeo”, and we can learn a lot from their expertise. Take a minute to navigate over to our page dedicated to cancer gifts to see some ideas for the warrior in you life.
Premade gift baskets from these specialty sellers offer a gift giver the opportunity to hone in on the specific needs of their friend or loved one, while avoiding common faux pas such as that aromatherapy candle or box of chocolates. There are some amazing baskets that focus on specific needs such as the type of treatment, skin care, and even day planners for treatment schedules.
For those patients that require chemotherapy for their treatments, gift giving can be especially difficult. As we discussed above, smell and taste aversions can make their journey all the more trying. Fortunately, retailers have recognized this and have produced items for the special needs of patients undergoing chemotherapy, regardless of age or gender. Check out our listing of chemotherapy gifts.
Gifts especially for men and for women
Men and women tend to experience different cancers at different rates, giving those genders unique needs. For example, while women are diagnosed with more thyroid and breast cancers (yes, men can get breast cancer), men suffer from higher rates of melanoma than women. With these differences, gifts for guys and gals differ as well. Take a minute and look at our listings for gifts for women and gifts for men to see if these may fit the needs of your loved ones.
Kids with cancer
As a parent, I can say the very idea of one of my children being diagnosed with cancer is unbearable. Sadly, many parents do experience this nightmare, and their precious children have special needs. While those kiddos have needs like other cancer patients, they also still want to be kids. Their needs vary by age and circumstance, but we have compiled some great ideas for kids with cancer of all ages to bring them some joy and comfort during a trial that no child should ever experience.
As the loved one of someone with cancer, one of our first instincts is to offer motivation and support to the patient; however, a simple – you’ve got this – may not actually capture what they need to hear. Our collection of retailers offering motivational gifts have zeroed in upon messages that speak to the heart of cancer patients. I have to say that my favorite is “Cancer Fears Me”!
This is one that I really had not thought about, but it is a terrific idea. Some ingenious folks have developed lines of clothing that are designed specifically for patients needing access to ports and radiation sites, while maintaining comfort and modesty. From shirts to sweaters to shoes, they have a ton of items that could be perfect for your loved one. If you aren’t sure what they would like or perhaps aren’t sure on size, gift cards are available too. Take a look at the top specialty cancer clothing retailers that we have found that offer w wide variety of specialty apparel to make the journey a little easier for both men and women.
As if going through treatment for cancer isn’t hard enough, many patients lose their hair, adding to their burden. Luckily the internet has provided patients the opportunity to search for headwear from the privacy of their own home. There are so many options available today: wigs with real human hair or synthetic, wigs made especially for African-Americans, scarves, caps, and beanies, as well as stylish hats. The simple gesture of a beautiful scarf or hat for someone that is suffering could go a long way to brightening their day. We have compiled a great listing of retailers offering the finest in Wigs, Headwear and Scarves that can help you or your loved one find the perfect headwear.
Jewelry and accessories
Ah jewelry. You won’t find many ladies out there that don’t love a fashionable accessory for their favorite outfit. Some of the industry’s best are now designing Jewelry and Accessories for cancer patients including beautiful bracelets, pendants, and other items that commemorate a patient’s battle with cancer. Items feature “Be Brave” and “Wonder Woman”, as well as various ribbons specific to cancer types. These pieces can help elevate someone’s mood while they are going through this fight!
The caregivers in our lives are true heroes – it is never too early or late to say thank you. Maybe it’s the oncology nurse that went out of her way to see to your comfort, a neighbor that drove you to treatments, or a family member that dropped everything to be at your side. Regardless of who you want to show your appreciation to, there are a plethora of ways to do so. From standard thank-you items, to products customized to your unique situation, the possibilities are endless. Check this link for some great ideas and appreciation gifts for those special people in your life that have given the gift of time to help care for you or a loved one during a cancer battle.
Are you a retailer or seller that offers amazing products that we don’t have listed? Please use the form at the bottom of our cancer gifts page to tell us more about your offerings and any special offerings you would like to offer!