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For Everyone Touched By Cancer

How To Choose Thoughtful Gifts For Cancer Patients

Written by Dr Shara Cohen on 
24th June, 2020
Updated: 4th February, 2024
Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes

When you have just found out that your friend, family member, or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, or someone you know needs chemotherapy, even though you probably want to do the right thing, getting the right gift may be furthest from your mind.

It’s hard to know what to do or say and everyone is concerned about the outcome.

Finding time to digest what is happening is important for all those concerned.  Quite often it’s hard to find the peace required, the right information and the items needed that will help on the journey.

Cancer gifts can ease this stress and show that you care.  But there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to the right present for someone with cancer and there are also certain things to be avoided which we discuss in a separate article.

What is a good gift for a cancer patient?

Firstly, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sometimes you might just want to do something different: to bring a smile to the face of someone who has or will be going through a lot.  Great cancer presents don’t need to cost much, sometimes they just need some thought. Or you might want to get an already made-up care package, where you don’t have to worry about appropriate items.

Before you decide exactly what you want to do or buy there are some things we would like you to consider.

.What should you consider before buying a cancer gift?

What should you consider before buying a cancer gift?

You have to be mindful when buying something and put extra thought into ensuring you don’t wrap up anything that could be detrimental to their health, or anything that coul