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.
The blanket and book set is a thoughtful gift for anyone who is undergoing treatment. The set includes a soft and cozy ribbon awareness blanket, a What Cancer Cannot Do® notebook that comes with a pen. The inspiring text of the What Cancer Cannot Do poem is inscribed on the front of the notebook. The book that comes with this set is Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book. There are 101 inspirational stories in the book. The book’s purpose is to share the courageous experiences of cancer survivors as a way of providing hope, love, and support to patients who are currently undergoing treatment and their families.
The chemotherapy gift tote is a thoughtful way to show your support for someone who is undergoing treatment or for someone who is about to start chemotherapy. The tote is full of useful supplies. There is a plush blanket that will keep a chemo patient warm in a cold treatment facility. A No One Fights Alone® Ribbon Awareness Water Bottle is an attractive reminder of the importance of staying hydrated. Queasy drops and lip balm will ease the discomfort of nausea and chapped lips. The Words of Encouragement Mini Padfolio is useful for jotting down appointment information or making a list of treatment questions.
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.