When a sickness such as cancer strikes, you become slower with chores, and most things become uninteresting. Some of us also feel guilty asking for help. The fear of feeling like an imposition to loved ones and friends or showing vulnerability eventually keeps us from reaching out.
When individuals feel vulnerable, they open themselves up to potential emotional injury, ridicule, or criticism. There is a probability that vulnerability risks setting the patients outside the group or disconnecting them from the field of belonging they crave.
Setting apart from others underscores some failing or deficiency in character and we do everything to avoid it. We all want to stay in the group because we are social beings. It is an innate desire to connect with others.
Sometimes, a loved one will fall sick and will feel embarrassed to ask for anything. Also, a cancer diagnosis is a new experience, and they may not know what to suggest when you insist. But you can still perform an act of service or give them a gift during the holidays and at other times.
Here are some great gifts for chemo patients.
In a rush? Here are our top picks:
5 Best Gifts for Chemo and Radiation Patients
1. Insulated Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is as important as the medication that your friend or relative, going through chemo or radiation, takes. A quality insulated water bottle that keeps liquids hot or cold is particularly useful and will be a great gift on your next visit.
Takeya Originals Stainless-Steel Water Bottle demonstrates over five decades of Japanese design heritage and is as safe and durable as they come. The bottle handle has this nearly indestructible stainless steel pin for a smooth swing action.
The insulated water bottle, food-grade, and BPA-free, with a leak-proof spout lid, is just the right gift for your patient. It has an innovative hinge lock to keep the cap out of the way and make it easy to take refreshments without spills over your shirt.
Takeya Ocean Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle, 24oz
2 used from $18.99
- Originals insulated water bottle: Takeya originals stainless steel water bottle keeps beverages ice-cold for 24 hrs, and hot for up to 12 hrs with double-wall insulation. This BPA-free, food-grade water bottle won’t transfer flavors and does not sweat.
- Leak-proof spout lid: this insulated stainless steel water bottle comes with an innovative, leak-proof, spout lid that allows for easy one-handed drinking or pouring. It features an innovative hinge lock that keeps the cap out of your way while drinking.
- PREMIUM BOTTLES AND LIDS: Our innovative line of insulated hydration solutions come in a range of sizes. We offer water bottles in 18, 24, 32, 40, and 64 oz sizes, tumblers in 20 and 30 oz sizes, and beverage makers and pitchers in 1 Qt and 2 Qt sizes.
- BPA FREE HYDRATION SOLUTIONS: From insulated stainless steel water bottles to beverage makers and pitchers, as well as a variety of product accessories, Takeya USA products help you stay cool, refreshed and hydrated for an active, on-the-go lifestyle.
- INNOVATIVE HYDRATION SOLUTIONS: Takeya brings over 55 years of Japanese design heritage to our line of insulated, BPA-free water bottles & our sustainable iced tea, fruit infusion, & cold brew pitchers.
You can personalize the water bottle by getting it monogrammed or pick one with their favorite themes, such as music or sports.
2. Silk Eye Mask
The silk eye mask is an inexpensive and thoughtful gift that may help the patient catch a bit of sleep while undergoing treatment in the hospital, where light and noise may interfere with sleep quality. Unlike satin and other materials, silk tends to be quite comfortable even when worn over long periods.
Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask does not dry out the skin like other materials such as cotton. The sleep mask is gentle on the skin and does not add another problem to the hands of your cancer patient. It maintains the skin’s moisture to keep it healthy and supple.
Silk Sleep Mask, 2 Pack 100% Real Natural Pure Silk Eye Mask with Adjustable Strap, Eye Mask for Sleeping, BeeVines Eye Sleep Shade Cover, Blocks Light Reduces Puffy Eyes Gifts
$8.49 in stock
- Sleep Sound Anywhere & Anytime: Wear this incredibly lightweight, soft, comfortable sleep mask anywhere - in a bed, on a flight, on a long car ride, while camping - and enjoy uninterrupted, deep, relaxing sleep. This silk eye sleeping mask is perfect for Travel, Home, Flight, Train or anywhere where your sleep is bothered by light.
- Enhanced Sleep & Lifted Spirit: Our silk eye cover naturally relieves your tension and improve your mood through a peaceful full night’s sleep. Our 100% silk eye mask for sleeping is naturally breathable and calming to your facial skin to deliver a faster and sweeter sleep while keeping your eyes relaxed.
- Blink at Ease & Enjoy Sound Sleep in Any Position: BeeVines eye mask for sleeping blackout is specially designed for rub-minimizing comfort. This eye mask will keep your eyes shielded from annoying light without compressing your nose bridge, eyelids, and temples while you sleep. The pain-free strap is specifically designed to be adjusted flexibly to allow you to sleep comfortably in any position.
- Adjustable Ultra-Soft Elastic Strap: BeeVines 2 Pack eye covers feature a comfortable, adjustable and pain-free head strap that does not move or fall off while you’re sleeping. This is sleep aid mask is so lightweight yet fits perfectly on your face that you can wear it for sleeping, concentration or meditating for Yoga.
- Uninterrupted Sleep in a Natural & Healthy Way: These silk masks come in TWO pack and act as sleeping aid that is ideal for people suffering from insomnia, migraine headaches and dry-eyes thanks to our breathable, natural fibers of hypoallergenic silk. These 2 pack sleep masks make a perfect Christmas gift for your beloved ones to enjoy the sound sleep that they deserve!
The eye mask has an anti-sleep crease to reduce pressure and friction on the creased skin for healthy and uninterrupted sleep. The patient can now enjoy some sleep during a chemo session at the hospital.
3. A Blanket
Inarguably, most hospitals are often chilly, and a velvety, warm, and soft covering comes in handy during chemo treatments. A comfortable and good quality blanket provides a sense of calm when the patient is cold or restless.
The Homech Electric Heated Blankets are 100% comfortable polyester. With irresistible smooth flannel Microplush, and a customized heat setting is definitely among the most thoughtful gifts for your patient at home or hospital.
And with up to 10 heat levels and a comprehensive protection system, your loved one or friend can finally enjoy some time alone to recuperate. It has a 12-hour timer and an easy-to-use controller.
- Unique Design Philosophy: Bedsure Dual Sided Super Soft Blanket With Fleece Face And Plush Sherpa Reverse Offers You Different Senses Of Softness To Improve Your Sleep With One Side Of Smooth And Fluffy To The Other - Bring You Ultimate Soft And Warmth With 220 Gsm Fleece Top And 260 Gsm Sherpa Reverse Blanket - Bound Together With Decorative Knit-Trim Edging For A Superior Appearance.
- Fabulous Blanket Benefits: Queen Size Sherpa Blanket For Couch Measures By 90" X 90" Is Perfect For Homeowners With Sophisticated Tastes In Decoration Home - The Fabulous Color Enhances This Blanket With An Elegant And Superior Appearance To Complement Your Room A Chic Feeling - Shield A Layer To Protect Your Luxury Bed And Couch From Dirt And Stain To Keep Them Fresh And Clean.
- Versatile Usage Scenarios: Snuggling On Your Couch And Bed With Bedsure Plush And Warm Sherpa Fleece Blankets To Enjoy Your Family Happy Hours While Watching Favorite Tv Shows - Perfect For Indoor And Outdoor Use To Provide Consecutive Warmth In Chilly Weather, Especially For Camping And Picnic.
- Premium Microfiber Selection:Reversible Sherpa Fleece Blanket Crafts With Greatest Quality Of 100% Microfiber Polyester Fabric All Layers For Durable Use - This Comfy, Cozy And Ultra-Plush Warm Sherpa Blanket Provides Better Fade & Stain Resistant Than Cotton Blankets - Unlike Cotton Has Little Elasticity To Retain Shape, Microfiber Blanket Will Not Bunch With Time.
- What You Can Get: Available In Bedsure Reversible Sherpa Fleece Blanket Queen Size 90" X 90"
The blanket is machine washable and easy to maintain.
4. Lounge Wear
During radiation or chemo treatment, most patients are not their best, and doing some basic things such as raising their arms to put on a t-shirt may be an uphill task. Comfortable pajamas or loungewear is an appropriate gift for them. Consider the limitations they are dealing with when picking the loungewear.
2 Pack: Women’s Long Sleeve Striped Pajama Sets Ladies Soft Winter Fall Sleepwear Pajamas Clothes Loungewear Long Sleeve Tops Pants Bottoms Fall Warm Silky Christmas Pj Sets for Women - Set 2 Large
$34.99 in stock
- LOVE THY SKIN: You'll love wearing these comfortable pajama set for women featuring gently giving fabric that prevents skin chafing. The soft cottony, smooth, and silky fabric and colors combined for a cute and cozy cool-weather ensemble.
- LONG-TERM COMPANION - This loungewear sets for women is made from 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex fabric blend that is silky, comfy and can be used for a long time. You will enjoy this ladies' sleepwear for many cool nights to come.
- ADJUSTABLE FIT - The ladies' pajama bottoms feature full elastic and adjustable drawstrings waistband for better and relaxed fit. These pajama pants are loose to allow airflow to keep your body cool and dry throughout the night.
- COMFORTABLE SLEEP - These two-piece winter pajamas for women is made from polyester-spandex blend that is soft and warm, but it is breathable so you won't feel stuffy or restrictive while sleeping.
- UPGRADE YOUR SLEEPWEAR - The comfy casual printed long sleeve top and winter pajama pants are great addition to your cool-weather wardrobe for a stunning combination of comfort and style. Enjoy a simple but cozy look on breezy nights.
jijamas Incredibly Soft Pima Cotton Women’s Pajamas Set has a soft Pima cotton material that you usually find in fabrics for newborns. This makes it one of the comfiest wears, and you will want one for yourself. The shirt’s neckline is wide and comfy and does not have any scratchy labels that may distract them.
5. Kindle, iPad Tablet
We all agree that tablets are some of the most convenient devices you can get as gifts for someone in the hospital. Typically, the patient can use the iPad to catch up on some work, watch some entertainment, and do many other things.
JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO Tablet will also be very helpful. The stand has wide tablet compatibility and can accommodate between 7 and 10 inches tablet or iPad. It locks securely and rotates effortlessly to shoot videos and photos.
2021 Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
- 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and wide color
- A15 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
- Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
- 12MP Wide back camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage
- Available in purple, starlight, pink, and space gray
With one of the most secure holds featuring 150° tilt and 90° of rotation capability to switch between favorite shows and facetime, your loved one can keep entertained and connected as they receive chemo.
You don’t have to worry about sturdiness as the ABS plastic material is strong. The same case applies to the stainless steel plates and TPE grip pads.
6. Tote Bag
A basket or tote bag of items that your loved one uses during chemo will come in handy. Add other gifts such as a scarf or beanie to cover their head, magazines, healthy snacks, fruits, lip balm, and coloring books.
Travelpro Maxlite 5-Lightweight Underseat Carry-on Travel Tote Bag is one gift that will demonstrate love and care to that friend or loved one. The tote bag is compact to fit under the seat of most airlines and superlightweight for easier carrying movement. It is comfortable to carry, and the stain-resistant polyester fabric is water repellent.
2 Pcs Reusable Large Canvas Tote Bags with Separate Packaging,Multi-purpose Blank Canvas Bags Use for Grocery Bags,Book Bags,Shopping Bags,Craft DIY Drawing,Gift Bags, etc.(15.7''x15.7''x4.7'')
- SPECIFICATIONS:reusable large canvas tote Bags，15.7''x15.7''x4.7''，Each of the two bags has a separate outer packaging to reduce the Creases caused by transportation problems.Flat folding for easy storage.
- MULTI-PURPOSE:This great canvas tote bags can also be used as a grocery shopping bags, beach bags, craft creation, gift bags, eco-friendly bags, or any other use you can think of!
- ENVIRONMENTAL:Not plastic, Not disposable supplies, non - toxic,smell no pungent.canvas tote bags can be reused, very environmentally friendly, cost-effective.It's the wisest choice.
- DIY CRAFT PROJECTS:Blank canvas bags allow you to enjoy the DIY favorite patterns, where you can enjoy their imagination, but also to cultivate children's creative interest.It's a very good craft creation.(Tip: In order to better do graffiti creation, in the middle can be added a layer of paper)
- WARM TIPS:Washable and durable. The handle is cross-stitched to make it stronger.If you are not satisfied with any of your items, you can contact us at any time.（There may be some color deviation with different scene light）
The weakest point for most tote bags is the zipper, but that is not something you will need to worry about with Travelpro Maxlite 5-Lightweight. The zipper is durable, and the zipper pulls have high tensile strength. You can put various things that the cancer patient will need inside the tote bag and watch as their smile grows and their eyes light up with gladness.
Other great gifts for chemo patients
The majority of the cancer patients experience various radiation or chemo side effects, and the most common is fatigue on some of the days. Offer to do some simple tasks, such as the dishes, dog walking, and mowing the lawn. As mentioned earlier, most patients are embarrassed to ask for favors, and offering to do something for them will be extremely helpful.
You can organize a sign-up sheet or agreed-upon schedule with family and friends on house cleaning, doing the laundry, driving the patient to the doctor’s appointments, and cleaning, among others.
Don’t forget to frequently send some positive energy with a get well card to comfort them. Let the patient know that you are always thinking of them and wishing them a quick recovery. We all crave love and care from friends and relatives. Give it abundantly, and they will be encouraged to work harder towards their recovery.
Some of the great gifts for cancer patients, like the ones listed above, send a particular message of care and best wishes to them. It lets the patient know that they are constantly on your mind and want them to feel better soon. Pick your favorite gift and show them love.