Chemo Gift Ideas + Useful Things

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with cancer? Is chemotherapy on the agenda? Here are some gift ideas to help alleviate impact of side effects of chemo, improve mood + spirit and just generally help out during a chemotherapy regimen. This list includes hyperlinks – click on highlighted names to learn more or to order.

Gifts of Time

Set up a Meal Train at mealtrain.com – friends can sign up to deliver meals or contribute to grocery costs/delivery

Offer to clean their home, do laundry, mow the lawn

Ask if they would like a “Chemosabe” – someone to accompany them to a chemotherapy infusion

Gifts of Things

The Cancer Fighting Kitchen Cookbook– an excellent resource on nutrition with over 150 delicious recipes (my personal fave: Magic Mineral Chicken Broth)

Opi Say Hi to Fortify Nail Kit OR Opi Nail Envy– help fortify nails throughout chemotherapy

Biotene Toothpaste, Xylimelts,  Biotene Oral Rinse for Dry Mouth – all 3 very useful in preventing sore mouth and gums

Gin Gins Ginger Candy for Nausea– natural nausea relief (warning: these have a strong taste and are not for everyone!)

Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Powder– an easy way to up your protein (I recommend mixing with Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk for best tsate; chocolate is my preferred flavor)

DGL Ultra Extra Strength Digestive Relief German Chocolate Flavor– a great way to stave off heartburn (again check with your oncologist before taking any supplements!)

Good quality lip balm: Dr. Bronner’s Naked Lip Balm, Chop Saver Original Lip Balm, Burt’s Bees

Good quality moisturizer (lanolin-based, alcohol/scent free emollient) : St. Ives’ Intensive Healing Cranberry & Grapeseed Oil Lotion, Cetaphil, Burts Bees Baby Bee, Bag Balm, Udder Cream, Aveeno, Aquaphor, Eucerin or Lubriderm

Sormi Brow Style– Loss of eyebrows equals need for some good stuff. This fits the bill! Be sure to choose the right palette for you or your loved ones’ complexion.

ITunes Gift Cards – Can be used for movie and music purchases to make the time go by faster at infusions

Fun Magazines/Puzzle Books- Be sure to check with patient on what types they’d prefer

Amazon/Kindle Gift Cards– Excellent idea and can be used for a variety of useful things during chemo (can you tell I love me some Amazon Prime?)

Pretty Scarves – Hair loss is easier to deal with when you have some stylish scarves for your head

Soft Throw Blanket or Quilt- Infusion rooms can get chilly- and there’s nothing better than a soft blanket or quilt!

Wireless Headphones- this will make it easier to listen to music or movies without wires getting in way of IV pole

These are just a few ideas for things to help during chemotherapy.

Have your own suggestions? Sound off in the comments below!

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