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)
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 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!