6 Gift Ideas For Someone Diagnosed With Cancer


Organic Gift Basket For Breast CancerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

The Big Question – choosing a gift for someone with cancer. Maybe a gift basket or a flower arrangement? How do you decide what to send, or which company to use from the thousands of registered on–line gift and basket companies? Most of us will use a search engine. Be specific; ask for organic gifts or spa gifts before you type in ‘gift baskets’.

Here Are Six Suggestions.

Food – When is it applicable to send food? There absolutely is a time and a place for food.  Send a platter of fresh sandwiches, or home baked goods but be aware of dietary restrictions such as diabetes, allergies or just loss of appetite.

Flowers – Consider flowers a gift to be sent from close family. A perennial is great if you go for a home or hospital visit because they come back each year and their growth and bloom will always be a comfort.

Body Products – We often get requests for unscented body products, particularly if someone is sensitive to any smell following chemotherapy. Whatever you chose, we always advise to avoid heavy fruity smells, and choose light fragrances of lavender (aids sleep), rose, cotton, and linen. Stay away from chemicals and strong scents.

Books and Music – Most people enjoy the gift of a book or journal.  Journal writing has become increasingly popular especially in the process of any type of recovery.  Self help books are always relevant. Include a book on exercise, recovery tips or specific cookbooks. These are all relevant and extremely helpful. Breathing exercises and meditation CD’s is generally found to be relaxing and appreciated.

Throws and Clothing – A comforting gift is a good quality throw!  Always send a mixed blended cotton so it is easy to wash and dry. Never send wool – because it can be itchy and uncomfortable.

Pre-made Gift Baskets – Beware of overstuffed, over decorated baskets with little to shout about inside. Look at the sort of quality those basket products are.  For example a $45 gift basket with 8 body items means the products cost around $2.50 each. We won’t be talking quality and quality is most important. Increasingly breast cancer companies are assembling their own baskets which you can order from their web sites like www.breastcanceryoga.com.

Where should I send my gift?  For an illness it is always recommend sending to the home and NOT the hospital. The basket can either be hand carried to the hospital by a visitor or be waiting for them when they get home.  This is preferred for two reasons.  Firstly the address must be very specific and always have a room number to aid a delivery in a hospital, but more importantly discharge dates are often earlier than anticipated.  It is a lot of work tracking down a delivery which has been bounced back to ‘receiving’ due to a patient’s discharge, and getting it picked up and redelivered to a new address. Remember, what goes into hospital has to come home from hospital!  Balancing one more flower arrangement or gift basket can be frustrating.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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