Submitted by: Penelope Day

Weve all had that moment where a friend or family member ends up in hospital. It may be for a celebratory occasion like the birth of a baby but unfortunately there are times where a hospital visit is for someone who has fallen ill or been hurt.

Sending your condolences is important to show you care and keep your friends spirits up while theyre not feeling the best so weve put together some of the best gift ideas for patients who need some happiness.


Flowers are an old classic that you cant go wrong with. Choose flowers with bright colours and minimal scent. Bright colours are to add colour to often drab hospital rooms and increase your friends positive vibrations. When they look at them theyll think of you and hopefully put a smile on that dial.


Be cautious with balloons as their frivolity might make light of an otherwise serious situation. However, if you know the patient well and share a funny sense of humour balloons can add some much needed joy to a sombre sick bed. Choose balloons with a positive message so the patient really can get well soon.


Depending on the situation, sweets can be a nice respite from hospital food. You would be giving chocolates to a friend with a sweet tooth but would need to check with the doctor that its not breaking any health rules. Soft chocolates are best so youre not causing any discomfort through strenuous chewing though hard-boiled lollies can help wile the hours away.


Something to keep your patient friend occupied is a good idea and a book is something they can dip into for hours at a time while recuperating. Get books full of crosswords if they love puzzles and youll earn lots of brownie points for playing cards or a game and just sitting and chatting. Find out what interests and hobbies your friend has and pay a visit to the library where you can loan a dozen books at a time theres got to be one in there that theyll love and love you for.


A care package is the ultimate all-round gift for looking after your friend during their stay. Think of things that will make their stay more enjoyable and comfortable. A nice hand cream, some magazines and chocolates would make a nice package. You might buy some comfortable pyjamas as a special gift. Toys and colouring books are good for younger patients who need amusement during their stay and you might buy some shaving cream and razors for a male friend.


If your friend is looking like their stay may be more than a couple of days you want to make their room nice and homely. A good pillow to support their back while sitting in bed will help with comfort and a nice throw for the bed can add a bit of colour and warmth. Pop by your friends house and grab some photos of family or make some frames to put by their bedside. Colour and smiles are paramount to keep your friend happy and positive.

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