Giving a gift is a gesture of showing that we care and want to connect with someone. It shows that we want to bring happiness no matter how brief it is to the person. We show them we appreciate them and that they occupy an important part of our lives.
When a friend, colleague, acquaintance, or loved one is ill, we want to cheer them up. The proverb ‘A cheerful heart is a marvelous medicine’ says it all. Doctors agree that when a sick one stays cheerful, they recover better and faster than those low in spirit. When you feel ill and know that someone or people care about you settles your mind on the road to recovery.
So, what thoughtful gifts can you send to your loved ones as a cheerful get-well-soon gift?
Send Get-Well Cards
A personalized get-well card states you care for the sick person, and you wish them well to a quick recovery. The well-wishing words lift the spirit and mean a lot to the person receiving them. When ill, you most likely feel saddened and low in spirits. Lively words like cheerleaders prod you on, to put your best efforts to get well. Your mental status changes to cheerfulness when reading well-thought-out words, leading to a speedy recovery. Why not share the same feeling with a sick friend, co-worker, or family friend. Let them know you support them in their recovery.
Nothing says it like flowers. Flower bouquets and plants remind a sick one of relaxing outdoors in a beautiful and calm garden. The scent of flowers, unless they have allergies, helps your sick loved ones’ rest easy. The sight of bright and cheerful flowers fades out of the dullness of the hospital room and lifts the sick one’s spirits. Flowers hold the added advantage of becoming great conversation starters when entering a sick room. The next time you pass by a flower shop, why not send flower bouquets to your ailing loved one? Send them colorful flowers to inject happiness. Accompany your flowers with brief but cheerful get well wishes.
Basket of Fruits
A basket of fruits is colorful and nutritious at the same time. When ill, the immunity level of a loved one’s body gets reduced and needs renewal. Create a fruit basket that includes delicious oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. These citrus fruits build up our loved one’s immune systems, making the body stronger. These fruits also contain the needed vitamins and minerals that the body absorbs to function well. Sending a fruit basket is an inexpensive way to let an ailing loved one that you care for them.
A Care Package
Is your loved one recovering at home and cannot go outside? A care package filled with items they might need is a thoughtful gift. Especially during this COVID pandemic time, it probably is not advisable to visit a sick person. Give a thought to what an ill person would find practical during their recovery time. The care package you send can include a good book or magazines to remove boredom and engage the mind. Does your ill loved one like playing board games? Include some board and word games in the bundle. Add along with these some crossword and picture puzzles. You aim to have a care package that is practical and provides some entertainment for the sick one.
When our loved one, friend, or co-worker is ill, they might not have the time or energy to prepare meals. Preparing a food basket with ready meals is one way to provide a thoughtful gift. Can you send a food basket that will fit into two meals? Can you shop for foodstuff for the ill person as they might not leave their home? Food baskets show you care for the sick person. Your thoughts and support count and become a touching gift to the person receiving them.
Do Their House Chores
Sounds farfetched as a get-well gift? Well, when you become ill, what is the one grateful thing you would like someone to do for you? As much as you’re catching up with your downtime of recovery, your house chores keep piling up. Would it not be great to have someone come in and clean the house, do your laundry, wash the dishes, and do other chores for you? Can you extend the same to your sick family or friend? A sick person’s worry and frustration increase when they cannot or do not have the energy to complete house chores.
A sick loved one incurs medical bills, especially if they do not have a medical cover. Depending on their length of illness, the doctors’ fees, medicine fees, scan or x-ray fees, transport fees, etc., pile up to one heavy burden to the sick one and their family members. When you see or find out the need for finances to cover some medical bills, why not make a modest donation to their financial kitty to pay off some bills? Sending your donation along with an encouraging get-well message is a thoughtful gift.
Spend Time with Them
One of the best gifts you can give is spending some time with the ill person. It is great for showing that you care for them. Do you have time to accompany them for a doctor’s visit? Can you make time to visit, listen, talk, cry, and pray with them? This gift allows the other family members acting as caregivers to take some time to do other chores or have a little time for themselves. Spending time with a sick person allows him to keep their mind off their illness and focus on other things. This change in focus lets them mentally and physically recover with a positive mind frame. Spending time with a loved one is an emotional, mental and physical support gift you give to them.
Send an Entertainment Package
Is your loved one a sick child? Children get easily bored and irritable when they have to stay in bed to recover. The great thing about children is if you can entertain their minds, they almost forget their illness. Why not get them a bag full of crayons and paper, coloring books, play clay (depending on their age), storytelling books, fun games, etc. Distract them with Disney cartoons, animations, and sing-along songs. Play with them, tell them stories, and their recovery period will not seem so long.
Whatever gift you give to your sick friend, co-worker, or family, they well appreciated the thoughtful gesture. It is your way of saying, ‘I care about you, I support you, get better soon because I miss you’.
Your financial, emotional, and physical support becomes the most thoughtful gift you give to your sick loved one.
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