Buying gifts is hard enough, but buying gifts for someone going through treatment in the hospital makes it even trickier. There are things that you should avoid and items that can get in the way for nurses and caregivers so you have to be careful when shopping for people in the hospital.

In the first part of our holiday gift guide, we've selected gift items for comfort, style, and sentimentality. 

Comfortable gift options for people in the hospital

Give the gift of warm and cozy comfort.

Pajamas & Loungewear - Try Sonoma

Depending on what unit it is, patients may be allowed to wear their own clothing. When choosing a pajama or lounge wear set, be sure to check that it's made with soft, hypoallergenic materials and is generally loose fitting.

Robes & Such - Try Sonoma or Pottery Barn 

Sometimes hospitals require a gown to be worn at all times. If you’re not sure what the “rules” are, a safe gift is to give a warm robe. In addition to providing warmth, a robe also allows hospital patients to walk the halls freely with their own style and add a little extra privacy.

Custom Blankets - Try Butterscotch Blankees

The final gift idea for comfort is a monogrammed blanket. The great thing about this gift is that it makes a patient’s room feel more like their own and less like a generic hospital room. Butterscotch Blankees is a company that we came across through a simple online search but we can’t wait to get to know them better. You can order custom blankets with different designs for all ages, as well as custom hats, gloves, scarves, and more!

 Personal gift ideas for readers and writers

These are gifts for the readers and writers. 

It is easy to understand how a hospital stay can become boring and impersonal. We selected these gifts for the avid reader or writer to help pass the time with a bit of humor and sentimentality. All of the items below come from one of our favorite online gift shops, Uncommongoods. We love this site because we know that every item is hand-selected and unique.

Literary Clothing - Try Uncommon Good's Literary Scarf and Banned Book Socks

The literary scarf is for an avid reader who loves the classics. We couldn’t do a better job than artist, Tori Tissell, as she describes her literary scarves:

Each circular scarf is silkscreened by hand with passages from some of the world's great books, letting you cheer on Jane Eyre, get wrapped up in the misadventures of the denizens of Wuthering Heights, take a tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland, or citations from Mr. Darcy with Pride and Prejudice.”

The, "Banned Book Socks", take a different spin for literature lovers. Many of the classic books we now read in school are thought of as some of the greatest literary works, however at one point in time many of those titles were censored. One sock features the censored titles of all of these literary works while the other shows them bold and clear!

Books for Fun -  Personalized Classic Fairty Tales and Porn for Women

No matter how old one is, everyone cherishes and loves the classic fairy tales that we were told as a child. Fairy Tales bring us back to a simpler time when magic was real and anything was possible. This set is a gift to cherish for a lifetime with twelve classic fairy tale stories customized with the name of your choice along with a personal, embossed naming on the front cover.

People always say, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but in this case we ask you not to jump to conclusions after reading the title. This humorous picture book features a variety of men, all doing housework! It’s great for a laugh and you won’t be able to beat the look on their face when they first read the title.

Sentimental Books to Fill In - My Life Story - So Far and What I Love About You By Me

"My Life So Far" is divided into nine different sections to help with organization and includes writing prompts to inspire colorful memories and even ideas on what to do next in life. It’s a gift that can be passed down through generations and help everyone remember things that may have otherwise been forgotten.  

Our all time favorite gift for lovers is a fill-in book titled, "What I Love About You, By Me", which includes writing prompts with all the reasons that you love your significant other. This is one of those gifts that truly warms the heart, no matter how sappy it may seem, and might even help you think of the perfect messages to write when you order a Non-Scents Flowers bouquet of paper flowers for them. Since our flowers are made of paper, they're safe to go anywhere in the hospital without any risks! 

Fashion items that can be given to long-term hospital patients

It's common for women who are going through treatment to feel less feminine and beautiful because of the side effects.

Here we recommend a gift of fashion!

Custom Hospital Gowns - Shop Gownies

Gownies is a great company that creates custom hospital gowns that are hospital staff approved and made to be stylish. They can really make an extended hospital stay more comfortable and make for a fun gift when hospital rules dictate that patients wear hospital gowns full-time. 

PICC Line Sleaves for Privacy - Shop Design For Your Life

PICC lines are most commonly used to administer chemotherapy but can also be used to administer other mediacitons. This particular company was started by a nurse who recognized the desire for privacy and normalcy despite the treatment that patients are receiving. These are fun, colorful, and fashionable covers made to be worn over a PICC line so patients don't have to feel like patients when they're not receiving treatment.

Stay tuned for our second gift guide coming out next week featuring gifty crafts, activities, and games that would be perfect for people stuck in the hospital or going through long-term treatment!

Happy Holidays!

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