From the instant we learn that someone we know or care about has been diagnosed with cancer, the first thing that comes to mind is a desire to help them. We want to do something, anything for them, and most of all, to let them know that they aren’t going to fight this battle on their own. If you’re thinking about gift ideas for cancer patients, or you want to make the treatment process easier for someone, we’ve come up with some fabulous and practical gift ideas for chemo patients.
1. Friend and Family Gift Basket
The Friends and Family Cancer Support Gift Basket is ideal for someone who just learned that they have cancer. It is a gift designed to get family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors involved in the fight. Perfect for everyone between the ages of 8 and 80, this gift basket includes:
- 10 – No One Fights Alone® Wristbands
- 10 – Ribbon Awareness Car Magnets
- 10 – No One Fights Alone® Buttons
- 10 – Enamel Ribbon Pins. Each pin has a tiny gold heart-shaped cutout.
- 10 – Stretchy Silicone Hope Rings
- 10 – No One Fights Alone® Temporary Tattoos. The tattoo ink is designed for cosmetic use, and once applied, each tattoo will last for about two weeks.
2. Gift Sets
A chemo patient will appreciate this gift more than words can describe. It is filled with some essential comfort aids and a thoughtful poem entitled “What Cancer Cannot Do.” The poem comes in a magnetic frame that measures 4-inches by 6-inches. The other goodies in the set include slipper socks – a must have for warm feet at the treatment facility or home, queasy drops that will ease the discomfort of nausea, a bottle of Dionis Goat’s Milk Body Lotion to soothe irritated skin, and Dionis vanilla bean-flavored lip balm.
This thoughtful gift set includes a soft and cozy ribbon awareness blanket, fuzzy warm socks, Dionis® Body Lotion and Lip Balm. Perfect for anyone at any stage of the cancer journey! Until you have walked this path, you will never know how much the smaller things matter – dry skin and chapped lips along with the feeling of always being chilled are simply side effects of the treatment. This is a ready-made gift that is perfect to gift or send!
You know your friend or loved one best! Why not create your own gift tote that will be perfect for taking to treatment as well as using at home? Begin by choosing the ribbon tote of your choice and then add from the following items: plush blanket, water bottle, padfolio for appointments, beanies, warm socks, Queasy Drops, Soothease™ Chemo Drops, body lotion and lip balm. Tailor the tote to the needs or your loved one as well as your budget. One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give!
3. I Have Chemo Brain! What’s Your Excuse?
Chemo brain isn’t something that cancer patients are imagining. It’s a very real phenomenon, and the memory loss and brain fog can be frustrating and demoralizing. It’s not something that chemo patients want to brag about, but acknowledging it and being able to laugh at it can be helpful coping mechanisms. Mugs, buttons, or t-shirts with the words “I have Chemo Brain! What’s Your Excuse?” are fun gifts that may make it easier to deal with one of the very real side effects of chemo treatment.
4. Cancer Hats and Head Coverings
When someone loses their hair due to chemotherapy, they need to protect their heads from the harsh outdoor (and indoor) elements throughout the year. For chemo patients, a cold treatment facility may feel even more uncomfortable when the cool air blows on their bald heads. Cancer hats and head covers are also a good alternative to wigs, or can be worn in addition to them. We often forget how much our hair keeps the heat in, so even sleeping at night with a bald head can be uncomfortable.
5. Humor for Treatment
The I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out The Garage Book is designed to show cancer patients and their families that sometimes a bit of humor and joy can lighten the challenge of living with cancer. Give it to someone who is about to start treatment so they can read or peruse it while they’re undergoing treatment. Give it to someone who just learned that they have cancer. This book is the perfect “pick-me-up” gift to give for no particular reason. Gifts like this are useful reminders for chemo patients that they have a team of supporters who are cheering them on through every step they take on the path to recovery.
Friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors often wonder what they can give a cancer patient as a token of their love, support, and concern. When you give a chemo patient one of our unique Choose Hope cancer awareness gifts, your purchase helps us donate money to fund cancer research and support the cancer community.