A thoughtful present can lift anyone’s spirits, especially those who are currently fighting cancer. However, a present doesn’t necessarily need to be an object they unwrap. This holiday season, consider an unconventional, yet valuable gift that will help ease the day-to-day struggles of your loved one undergoing cancer treatment.

  1. Subscription to a Grocery or Meal Delivery Service
    Going grocery shopping is simply routine for many of us, but for cancer patients, it can be a painful and exhausting experience. Luckily, many services deliver fresh ingredients straight to your door.

    For example, Shipt is a phone application that allows users to select desired ingredients from specific grocery stores for delivery. Blue Apron, Home Chef and HelloFresh are popular services that offer personalized ingredient boxes and recipes. With this, patients can still enjoy the pleasure of cooking without the hassle of searching through stores and carrying heavy bags.

    For those that may have trouble cooking, consider a subscription to a meal delivery service that does not require any preparation, such as Freshly. These meals are chef-prepared, health-conscious, and ready to eat in under 3 minutes.

  2. Bring Home Cooked Meals Weekly
    Nothing shows you care like a home cooked meal. Arrange an evening once (or more) a week to bring over a dish that you and your loved one can share. Simply spending time together is a priceless gift that will be greatly appreciated.

  3. Housecleaning Gift Certificate
    When battling cancer, the last thing someone wants to do is lug around a heavy vacuum or spend the afternoon bending and reaching to clean cabinets. A gift card for a cleaning service, or even offering to clean for them will relieve them of unnecessary strain and free up their time to focus on healing and personal well-being.

  4. Bundle of Yoga or Meditation Classes
    Buying a bundle of classes or membership for calming activities such as yoga or meditation can help alleviate overall stress levels and promote a healthy lifestyle. Look for specific programs that are geared towards those undergoing cancer treatment, or are low impact.

  5. Comfortable Clothing, Fuzzy Socks and Blankets
    Those undergoing cancer treatment are more susceptible to feeling cold, even if the room is at a normal temperature. In addition, being comfortable is a simple pleasure that many cancer patients struggle to maintain. A gift basket filled with soft, unrestricting clothing, as well as blankets for extra warmth, will come in handy during and after treatments.

  6. Quality Books to Read
    There can be a lot of downtime during cancer treatment, especially during chemotherapy. A good book for a patient to escape into can make a big difference. Learn about your friend or loved one’s preferences and find a book that they like. Photo albums are also helpful if you can be with them to look at it together. Try surprising them while they are getting chemotherapy or after surgery and look at pictures together. Be sure to check with the medical facility to ensure you can visit while they are there.