Sometimes you just want to do something different: to bring a smile to the face of someone who has or will be going through a lot. You can and it doesn’t have to cost you too much.
Here are five great cancer gift ideas to get you thinking about what you can give your friend, loved-one or colleague to help them through this difficult time, that won’t cost you too much except your time.
A letter to let them know that you will be there for them
When you have cancer it is comforting to know that there are people who care about you and that you can rely on. A heartfelt letter can be just as useful as any shop bought gift. It can bring comfort to know that there is someone to rely on.
2. A homemade voucher book of the things that you commit to do
There are many practical tasks that you can do that will help a person with cancer and can be seen as great gifts. A little booklet of tokens for tasks that you promised to do is a unique cancer gift that your shows commitment to be there for them.
3. Offer to take them out for a coffee or lunch date.
It may sound strange but often people will avoid their friend with cancer or avoid the subject. It’s not easy to know what to say. But this could be the time when they need you the most. To offer to take them out for coffee or lunch and be there to listen could be just what they need.
4. Home cooking
With all the stress of appointments and worry about what will happen, it is important to make sure your friend is looking after themselves. If you bring them some homemade ready meals to heat up this can take really help. Be certain to make sure you know of any changes in eating habits, as often cancer treatment or cancer itself can change appetites or have restrictions.
5. A night in with a video/DVD/Netflix
A quiet night in, to take their mind away from the stress of a cancer diagnosis might be what they need. Some company and a good film/box set/sports match with you can work wonders.
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