gifts for cancer patients

Cancer has become a part of many people’s lives. Over the years, you may have heard about some crazy things that people have given to cancer patients, thinking they were being helpful when really they were not so much. So, it’s important to talk about a few things you would want to avoid, perhaps there would be other options you can choose instead.  

Roses Are Not Always Right For Cancer Patients *

Roses and a fresh bouquet may mean “I Love You”, but they can also, unfortunately, mean funeral. Cut flowers die quickly and while your heart is in the right place, you probably don’t want to be the one who brings the reminder of how fleeting life is to a person fighting to stay alive.

For example, one survivor shared how after coming home from surgery, she found a bunch of dead roses on her front porch, though they had been left by a kind-hearted person who just didn’t realize that by the time she got home, they would be nothing but dead stems and flower petals. Needless to say, it wasn’t a welcome gift. Some people also become highly sensitive to plant molds and bacteria during treatment, so it’s best to really just avoid them altogether.

The Right Ribbon Colours For Different Types Of Cancer *

cancer ribbons

Do you want to know how to instantly offend a cancer survivor? Give someone who doesn’t have breast cancer something covered with pink ribbons.  Even though the cancer world seems pink at times, that is only one of the many colors that are associated with different cancer types. So, it’s smart to avoid cancer ribbon products unless you’re absolutely sure you know what ribbon color signifies cancer they are fighting.

And while some people enjoy wearing cancer ribbons as a badge of courage and honor, others can see it as a symbol of their sickness. So, make sure you talk with them or one of their caregivers and ask what they prefer. When in doubt, getting a neutral gift that doesn’t have ribbons is the safest bet.

Best Gift Ideas For Cancer Patients *

Plant Perennials As A Gift For Cancer Patients *

For the same cost as cut flowers, you can plant wonderful perennials to put in their flower beds. These re-bloom yearly. While you’re at it, do some yard work without being asked to and for heaven’s sake, pull some of those weeds. That way, your kindness will be remembered for years to come, every time those flowers bloom.

It’s normal for cancer patients to experience a heightened sense of smell during treatment, it’s called hyperosmia, which is an exaggerated or abnormal acute sense of smell. So fragrances that may have once felt absolutely amazing might be really overwhelming and nauseating.  Patients talk about even the best smells, like things that they used to like, like cooking meat can make them sick or how they can smell chemicals in the cleaning aisle at the grocery from clear across its store. Smelly lotions can have that same effect too and while we’re on the topic of lotions, check the ingredients on the back of the bottle. If the lotion contains sulfates, parabens or petroleum among others, then it’s not the best choice for them or for you for that matter. When in doubt, avoid strong fragrances or simply ask what smells good to the person you are buying for, before you drop something off. Their nose will thank you.

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Wild Scented Bee and Butterly Cottage Garden Grass Seed Free Perennial Plant Mix Flower Seeds (Bee and Butterfly)
Each pack is 20 grams; 100% pure seed, no grasses or fillers; Please see picture guide for the plant seeds included in each mix
Bestseller No. 5
200 Lupin Flower Seeds Russell Mix Tall Cottage Garden Favourite Perennial 200 Seeds
200 Fresh Seeds; UK DEFRA REGISTERED 7529; Only buy defra registered seed for guarantee of authenticity
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PERENNIAL FLOWER ECHINACEA CONEFLOWER PURPLE 360 FLOWER SEEDS
Type: Perennial. Days To Germination: 8-21. Planting Depth: 1/8 inch.; Spacing, Plant: 12-18 inches. Light: Sunny Location (will tolerate light shade).
Bestseller No. 7
Mr Fothergill's 24630 Flower Seeds, Sweet Pea Perennial Everlasting Mixed
Flowers the year after sowing; Pretty sweet pea type flowers year after year; Charming climbing trellis, fences and through shrubs
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PERENNIAL FLOWER DIGITALIS PURPUREA FOXGLOVE MIXED COLOURS 13,000 SEEDS
Sow under cover in good free draining seed compost, just covering the seed with compost.; Transplanted when large enough to final flowering position.
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PREMIER SEEDS DIRECT - Hollyhock - Jet Black - 250 Finest Seeds - Perennial
When 2-3 inches pot on and plant out 18 to 24 inches apart after all frost has passed.; This plant likes fairly moist soil. Feed during the Spring.

Oversized Mugs For Cancer Patients *

They might enjoy getting an oversized mug wishing them an extra boost of comfort, nourishment or hugs and kisses. You can then fill it with useful, hand-picked items like cozy socks, lightweight mittens, lemon drops, and a handmade note. Every time they use it, even after treatment, they’ll think of you. And since its ribbon free, your kindness will be the welcomed memory, not the cancer experience.

Bestseller No. 1
Size Matters Giant Mug - Large Novelty Tea & Coffee Cup
Holds 900ml of liquid; Dishwasher & Microwave Safe; Black 'Size Matters' Slogan on Large White Mug
£10.99
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BigMouth Inc I Like Big Mugs...Gigantic Coffee Mug
Big Mouth Mug I Like Big
£25.99
On SaleBestseller No. 4
Windhorse Rainbow Large Ceramic Hot Chocolate Tea Coffee Mug (1 Piece)
A charming ceramic tall mug with a lovely stripey rainbow design; Perfect for enjoying your favourite drink, from hot chocloate to a latte
£10.00
On SaleBestseller No. 6
Bestseller No. 7
Paradise Birds Queens, Couture Swallow Mug, Ceramic, Multi-Colour
Microwave and Dishwasher Safe; 500ml; Fine China
£10.50

Handmade Blankets For Cancer Patients *

Many cancer survivors complain about being cold too, so perhaps you could send them a warm embrace, a soft & cozy handmade blanket, wrapping them in love, again, ribbon free but memory full!

Bestseller No. 1
Radhykrishnafashions Indian Kantha Quilt Handmade Blanket Indian Vintage Reversible Throw Wholesale lot Mix 1 PCS
Hand Stitched & Hand Embroidered Kantha Quilt, Medium Weight, Fair Trade sourcing; Reversible Pattern, Tightly hand quilted - best used as a summer quilt or a throw!
£20.00
Bestseller No. 4
Indian Patch Work Cotton Kantha Quilt Queen Bedspreads Throw Blanket Multi Floral Bohemian Bedspread Bohemian Bedding Handmade Kantha Quilt King Size 88 X 106 Inch Quilt Patch Quilt Bed Cover
Each bedspread / throw is beautifully kantha stitched with beautiful patterns colors.; Bright colors add vibrancy to your living space / bedroom.
£28.67
On SaleBestseller No. 5
Indian Silk Sari Bedspread Kantha Blanket Handmade VIntage Patola Quilts Throw, Kantha Colourful Design Handmade Quilt, King Antique kantha Quilt, 90x108 Inch. By Bhagyoday
Fabric: 100% Silk Fabric, Screen Printed Design.; Multi color pure Silk fabric kantha stitch reversible queen size quilt / bedspread.
£36.00
Bestseller No. 6
Fastar Chunky Knitted Blanket Handmade Thick Knitted Throw Sofa Blanket for Bedroom Living Room
Material: Wool thick line; Size for adult about: 150 * 120 cm / 59.06 * 47.24 in
£27.88
Bestseller No. 8
Indian Patch Work Cotton Kantha Quilt Queen Bedspreads Throw Blanket (Multi Birds) Bohemian Bedspread , Bohemian Bedding , Handmade Kantha Quilt , King Size Kantha Quilt , Patch Quilt , Bed Cover,
Each bedspread / throw is beautifully kantha stitched with beautiful patterns colors.; Made in Non smoking environment . Size - 88 x 106 inch 220x270 Cm Approx
£45.20
Bestseller No. 9
Janki Creation Indian Patch Work Cotton Kantha Quilt Queen Bedspreads Throw Blanket, Bohemian Bedspread, Bohemian Bedding, Handmade Kantha Quilt, King Size Kantha Quilt, Patch Quilt, Bed Cover,
Each bedspread / throw is beautifully kantha stitched with beautiful patterns colors.; Bright colors add vibrancy to your living space / bedroom.
£41.30
On SaleBestseller No. 10
Unisex Super Soft 100% Cashmere Baby Blanket - White - hand made in Scotland by Love Cashmere
Hand made in Hawick, Scotland by Love Cashmere - buy direct from the manufacturer; The perfect cashmere baby shawl blanket for bed time, in the pram or travelling
£85.00

Everyone can use an extra boost of something so when choosing gifts to make sure that you think before you get one.

So, now it’s your turn, what gifts would you love and what gifts would you like people to avoid giving you. Did you get a gift and think what were they thinking?

Recommended Gift Packages For Cancer Patients *

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