5 Heartwarming Gifts For Cancer Patients

by GregP_WN

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in Gift-Giving      

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When a friend or loved one cares enough to give you a gift, it’s usually a good thing. Right? Well, sometimes even the best-intentioned gift-giver can miss the mark, especially when the person they are “gifting” is coping with cancer.

Let’s take a look at gifts that are most welcome, and others that…aren’t.

YES! Slipper socks with the grippy things on the bottom.            
Hospital floors are cold and hard, and a nice pair of slipper socks can add an element of comfort. They come in a variety of styles, so go crazy!

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Nope!
Nose warmers are not as comfortable as they look. Most people actually find them itchy.

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YES! A rolling suitcase.
This is a great gift for someone going through chemo treatments. It makes it easier to carry laptops, tablets, phones, crossword puzzles, MP3 players, or headphones through the halls of an infusion center or hospital.

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NOOOOOOO!
A gift basket full of babies, no matter how cute, is never a good idea.

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Yes! Google Play or iTunes gift cards.
Playing games on a phone or tablet is a good way to pass the time. By giving a gift card, your friend or loved one can choose what they like.

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A Great Big No!
Is an explanation really necessary, here?

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Yes! Hard candies.
Many cancer patients experience a metallic taste after chemo. Hard candies can be a big help.

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Um, No.
Economy ice cream is contra-indicated regardless of the patient’s medical condition.

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Recently, the WhatNext community was asked: Did you get any gifts that were “cancer specific?”

JeanetteV shared her experience. “Two gifts I found thoughtful: 1) an inexpensive MP3 player with selections of music that the giver thought I would enjoy and help in falling asleep ( a troublesome issue for me); and 2) A friend knitted a shawl for me to use around my shoulders during chemo (I had observed that the heated blankets provided were not enough).”

RebelKate said, “A coworker who had been through chemo a couple years earlier gave me chemo caps. They were the most useful gifts.”


We’d like to ask you, as a cancer patient or cancer survivor, what was the most heartwarming gift you’ve ever received, and just for fun… what was the worst, and why?

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