As a friend, family member, or caregiver it can be hard to watch your loved one go through cancer treatment. It can be hard to find the right words to say, let alone the right things to give to them during this time. The items I have selected are perfect for those who live far away or for anyone looking to purchase a practical, thoughtful and inspirational gift. These items are designed to make life easier during the cancer experience and will remind your friend or family member how much they are loved.
1. Fun & Functional clothing
- Ana Ono -Lingerie and apparel for women who’ve had a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or breast surgery. Pocketed options and radiation specific styles available. *Founded by a fellow breast cancer survivor
- Hope 25 – Providing adorable and inspirational t-shirts and accessories for the young and stylish cancer patient. *Founded by a fellow breast cancer survivor
- Healing Heels – A line of fierce edgy heels made specifically for kicker cancer’s ass. Buy one pair and a second pair will be gifted to a cancer survivor. These are the perfect gift for your stylish friend facing cancer.
2. Makeup and Beauty Products
- Fighting Pretty Box – a beautiful gift box filled with beauty products, scarves, inspirational items, a journal, and the signature mini #FightingPretty pink boxing gloves. Founded by a fellow breast cancer survivor
- Survivor Eyes – a brow kit made specifically for cancer patients and survivors facing hair loss
- Gift Cards to Sephora or Ulta so your survivor friend can purchase the necessary products to to create eyebrows, warm up pale skin and feel beautiful during treatment.
3. Cleaning Services – In the middle of treatment, the last thing you have energy for is cleaning the toilet. Fortunately, there are organizations who have identified this problem and are willing to lend a helpful mop.
- Cleaning For a Reason – a nonprofit serving in the US and Cananda. They provide free house cleaning once a month for four consecutive months to women currently undergoing treatment.
4. Meal Services – For those who are not up for cooking themselves, a meal sign up system or a delivery service can be extremely helpful. Not only may your loved one’s energy level be lower than usual, but they also have new dietary restrictions and the effects of chemo may have altered their sense of taste.
- Meal Train – organize local friends and family to provide meals for your loved one going through treatment. The website is easy to use and can be personalized for dietary restrictions.
- Restaurant Gift Cards – For those who can’t provide a meal in person, sending a gift card for a local restaurant or groceries can be a great help. This takes the pressure off the main caregiver to cook and helps financially as well.
- Blue Apron – A meal delivery company partnered with local farmers to provide high quality, fresh ingredients. The weekly box comes with pre-portioned ingredients and easy to follow recipe cards.
- Savor Health aims to make the act of eating a healthy meal easy again. They provide nutritious, delicious meals that are fresh and customized to specific needs and tastes.
5. Massage – Massage can be a wonderful way to relieve pain following chemotherapy and address scar tissue buildup from surgery. Giving a massage gift card or setting up an appointment can be a wonderful token of love. Make sure that the company you choose is certified in oncology massage.
6.Treatment Care Boxes
- Cancer Pals (Kicking Chemo Bucket) – super cute cheery bucket filled with items to lift the spirits and address treatment side effects including: anti nausea mints, Biotene mouthwash for mouth sores, soft blanket and fuzzy socks for the cold chemo room, crossword puzzle to keep you busy, chapstick for those dry lips, & unscented body wash for sensitive skin. The best part is the cute bucket can be used to carry items or be kept bedside for those nauseous nights.
- TreatMint Box – a subscription gift box filled with items to comfort and inspire your loved one fighting cancer.
7. Surgery Comfort Items – After surgery these amazing items can help your loved one find comfort during everyday acts like showering, sleeping and riding in the car.
- Park Puff – a wonderful handmade seat belt cover perfect for anyone recovering from breast surgery. *Founded by a fellow breast cancer survivor
- Axilla Pilla – the best pillow ever created for those recover from a breast surgery. The design and fabric are chosen with recovery, sleeping and comfort in mind.
- Brobe – the Recovery Brobe is designed for women undergoing any breast surgery. The Recovery Brobe is functional, and feminine. Inside the robe are two pockets on either side to hold post-op drains (which are awful and super annoying). The front closure bra (included in the robe design) also has built-in pockets to hold ice packs and/or a prosthetic breast and is detachable for added comfort throughout the day.
8. Letters & Cards – never underestimate the power of Snail Mail. A humorous card or a sweet letter can really lift the spirits. Don’t forget to continue your communication after treatment, as this is when most patients experience depression and see the decline of support.
- Emily McDowell Studios has awesome cards perfect for your cancer patient filled with humor AND inspiration. The chemo card I linked is one of the favorites. Founded by a fellow cancer survivor