Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hospital Get-Well Gift Basket Ideas

Good morning, y'all! As you may remember, one of my best friends Lisa is in the hospital after a serious rock climbing accident that happened two weeks ago. She spent four days in ICU, was then moved to a hospital room on the trauma floor, and is now preparing to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility closer to home.
That said, she's received numerous cards, balloons, flowers, etcetera. As much as these gifts show that people are concerned about her and love her, I can only imagine she's in need of some items that she can actually use during her hospital stay.
So I got to thinking.. perhaps a gift basket would be useful. I searched the internet for ideas, but I didn't really find very much in the way of gift baskets for patients recovering in the hospital (aside from the gift baskets for new mothers, which tend to focus on baby gifts). Nevertheless, I jotted down a few ideas of some things that Lisa could use, and set to work making my own gift basket for her.

{1} Snacks -- chips, crackers, granola bars, small water bottles, mints, nuts, candies, etc. Almost anything small that doesn't need to be refrigerated can apply here. Fruits such as apples, bananas, or oranges would probably be fine as well. This obviously only applies when the patient doesn't have any kind of dietary restrictions, so if you're unsure, it's best to ask before including these in the basket. Keep in mind that the snacks are also geared towards the family members who are staying with the patient.

{2} Cosmetics -- mascara, chapstick, nail polish, nail file, a small hairbrush, dry shampoo, hair ties, a small mirror etc. These really only apply to females, but I think it's a category that is important. When you're stuck in a hospital room for days at a time, having a little bit of makeup available can make all the difference. Something as simple as a little bit of mascara or lip gloss can make you feel much more put-together and ready to greet visitors. This may be a little bit more of a Southern concept, but I do vividly remember visiting my great aunt in the hospital after her heart attack, just days before she passed away, and even then she had her lipstick perfectly applied.

{3} Hygiene -- tissues, lotion, eye drops, deodorant, face wipes, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, etc. These are great items to include in the basket, and it's easy to just pick up some of the smaller products from the travel section of the pharmacy. Even if these don't get used during your loved one's hospital stay, they'll probably use them at a later time.

{4} Entertainment -- earphones, phone charger, magazines, books, crossword puzzles, playing cards, DVDs (if your patient is back at home or has access to a DVD player), a photo album (this is a great one), etc. Sometimes people forget how much time hospital patients spend confined to their beds with nothing to do. Giving them any of these things will not only help with their boredom, but will assist in keeping their minds off any physical pain they may be feeling.

{5} Miscellaneous -- coffee mug, socks, blank note cards (if they're looking at a longer stay or they want to get an early start on writing thank-you notes), notepad and pen, safety pins (I'm of the school of thought that you can never have too many safety pins), a small battery-operated fan, cold compress, eye mask, pillowcase (I don't know about you guys, but hospital pillowcases make me nervous..), etc. These items really depend on the person, and it's always nice to add your own individual touch to the basket when you of certain things your loved one would appreciate.

In the future, I think these may be my new go-to in lieu of flowers, cards, or balloons. A gift basket is a much more useful and thoughtful way to show someone you care. How about y'all? Any other suggestions for these hospital gift baskets?


  1. I did a basket for my friend when he was in the hospital- it's such a great idea! Love the items you chose!

  2. I too did a basket for my dad when we was hospitalized. Great to read!