Chemotherapy Survivor Gifts

Six Best Gift Ideas For A Chemotherapy Survivor: For Celebration & Recovery

If you know someone who is a chemotherapy survivor or perhaps just coming to the end of their chemotherapy it is natural to think that a celebration is due. Whilst this true, and it would be good to mark the end with a happy celebration or token of celebration, time for recovery is still needed.

Recovery is still needed

Everyone responds differently, but it can take up to six months for the chemicals to get out of the system after chemotherapy.  And people recover from the different chemotherapy side effects at different stages.

For example,

  • it can take anywhere from about 21 to 28 days for the immune system to recover
  • new hair growth starts to be seen approximately two weeks after the end of treatment
  • normal taste returns within 1-2 months.

People feel different emotions when cancer treatment ends.

Some people get on with life easily when their treatment finishes and find it easy to put the experience behind them.  However, others find the physical and emotional impact of their cancer hits home when it’s all over.  They may experience difficult feelings such as anxiety, anger or depression.

What does your friend need when chemotherapy has ended?

You know your friend better than we do, but with the above knowledge a full-blown party, alcohol, champagne are probably not the best things at this stage of your friend’s journey. It might just be a time for them to put their feet up and rest.  They may need time to digest what they have been through and look towards the future.

Six suggested gift ideas for you to help your friend

1.Your time and a listening ear

The best gift you can give your friend is your time.  They may need you to run errands if they are still suffering from chemo side-effects.  They may need to talk things through or just have someone there in silence as company.  Being there for comfort and a chat, just to watch some movies together or for practical help is important at this stage.  It is common that after chemotherapy or any cancer treatment people feel abandoned.  Friends disappear as they think its all over and the medical profession and other support is not as easily available.  If you can be there for them at this stage it might be all they need.

2. Home cooking after chemotherapy

Nausea and the bad taste side effects of chemotherapy may still be present for a while after chemo has ended.  So you could make some special small, bland meals, appropriate to their needs. We have an article here about chemotherapy nausea and the food that helps.  Your home cooking doesn’t just help with the continued symptoms, it also shows that you are still there for them even after treatment.

3. Celebratory uplifting/motivational/inspirational gifts

End of Chemotherapy Badge

There are many suitable gifts big and small that provide a bit of humour and motivation/inspiration for someone recovering from chemotherapy.

Our ‘you cant scare me badge’ picture here is available in our ‘End of Chemotherapy‘ gift box.

Inspirational Cancer Poster

There are also motivational and inspirational cancer posters which could be suitable.


4. Comforting and pampering gifts for a chemotherapy survivor

The comfort of a soft neck pillow or the pampering of a foot massage can ease the stress and slowly bring your friend back to a peaceful place.  Soft music for calm perhaps?  A meditation candle? Pampering and comfort items should do a treat at this stage.  But avoid anything strong smelling for now as they may still have chemotherapy nausea.  And stay off the chocolates, rich and sugary foods unless they tell you they are OK.

5. Practical items to help your friend heal

Everyone is different and everyone heals at different stages.  There is no right gift for healing.  If you cant judge what your friend might need we find that a fancy water bottle is never the wrong thing to get.  It’s important to stay hydrated at all times, whether you are ill or not and, in our opinion, you cant have too many water bottles around.

Gift Ideas For A Chemotherapy Survivor

6. A Gift hamper created specifically for chemotherapy survivors

Cancer Care Parcel’s End Of Chemotherapy Gift is packed with comforting, useful, inspirational and pampering items.  Suitable for anyone who has survived chemotherapy.  We have put these thoughtful items together so you don’t have to.

If you want to make sure that you are getting an appropriate gift hamper, please check out our special end of chemo gift hamper here.

As always we welcome your comments, good and bad. If you don’t agree with our suggestions or have some of your own please let us know.

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd


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  1. I ended my chemo 3ahalf months ago was in remission, now my cancer is back ,

    1. OMG I,m so sorry to hear that, i do hope u can get back to remission, my thoughts are with you, god bless….

    2. I just finished my chemo yesterday ring the bell xx

    3. Back on chemo and should have been starting the process of my stemcell transplant so disapointed

    4. Norma Bye a stem cell transplant is a big deal. Has this been postponed or cancelled?

    5. I have to have 4 months of chemo, but if they can get my protein levels down before then, im being fast tracked as im top priority, to get the stem cell transplant x

    6. I wish you very good luck with it all. Our CEO was a stem cell expert and has many science papers and wrote a book on it. If you ever need to chat to her let us know.

    7. Finished my chemo 5 1/2 mths ago had a scare in november my CA count went back up scan shows clear but blood count still high

    8. Going for my 3rd chemo today, last of the big ones then 9 weekly doses before 30 radiation s . Stay positive all.


  3. Didn’t realise it was Chemotherapy you were getting Marie ! So horrible to watch. How often are your doses ?

  4. It’s fine,i’m over the worst i hope, sobbed at the start, was so scared but met so many wonderful people & i am responding well.My girls gave me strenght to fight it all.I’m lucky, i can be treated although not curable but i’m here & getting stronger.Will see you all later in the yr hopefully.xx

  5. Thanks Andrea, such a good mature head you have.Love to you all xx

  6. I am going to e blatant here. Can one of my friends or hubby get me one of these hampers? It would be nice to know its on its way.

  7. Had chemo 2 years ago all clear so keep strong x

  8. Two years since diognosis all well so far but I pray for all you’d out there and also myself may we all get the results we hope for god be with us all

  9. Second time having cancer on a break from Chemo after having it two in half year everyweek scan results good so far xxx

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