Gift ideas for cancer patients

The holidays are just around the corner, and if this is your first time buying for someone who has cancer, you might be feeling a little lost on gift ideas.

But first, remember that just because your mom (or loved one) has cancer, doesn’t mean you need to buy a gift that’s catered to their cancer.

My mom has cancer and she still loves receiving Pandora charms for her bracelet, comfy sweaters, perfume, etc.

Just remember that you should buy a gift for the person, not the cancer.

But, there are some great gift ideas catered to cancer that your mom (or loved one) would really enjoy.

Based on my personal experience, here are some gift ideas for cancer patients:


1. Uber Gift Card
  • If your mom (or loved one) can’t drive during their treatment, get them an Uber gift card. With Uber, they can easily request a ride to the grocery store, the mall, or even to their chemo appointments.


2. Massage Gift Certificate
  • A massage is a great way to help your mom (or loved one) relax and ease some of their aches and pains. You should ask their doctor if there’s a certain type of massage that might be best for their cancer.


3. Cleaning Service
  • The last thing cancer patients have the energy for is cleaning the house. If you don’t have an awesome father like mine who loves cleaning, consider hiring a local cleaning service to help clean the house. Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit service in Canada and the US that provides free housecleaning once a month for four consecutive months to women currently undergoing cancer treatment.


4. Movie Streaming Service
  • After a long day of chemo, your mom (or loved one) will probably want to come home and take it easy. If they don’t have one already, consider them getting a movie streaming service like Netflix where on long, low-energy days, they can kick back and watch a movie or TV show.


5. A Pet
  • I’m serious. I mentioned in a previous post that having a dog has brought so much joy to my mom’s life. If your mom (or loved one) currently doesn’t have a pet, consider getting them one.


6. Hats
  • As I also mentioned in a previous post, many cancer patients will lose their hair from chemo. If they’re uncomfortable with wearing wigs or showing their bald head, a hat would make the perfect gift. But as I also mentioned, make sure you find out what kind of hats they’re comfortable wearing. My mom doesn’t like hats that scream “I have cancer!” but she loves plain baseball caps.


7. Homemade Coupons
  • No matter how old my sister and I are, my mom loves receiving homemade coupons. Whether it’s “free hugs,” “free movie night,” or “free service to wash the dishes, do the laundry or take the dog for a walk” you can never go wrong with a homemade coupon.


As you all know, I created this blog for a class assignment. As the semester is coming to an end and since my mom will be starting a new chemo treatment, I will no longer be writing blog posts. I would like to thank everyone for reading my posts and I hope that sharing my personal experiences has helped you and your families cope with cancer. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you need additional support. Thank you.

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