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Six "Get Well" Gifts for Someone Recovering From a Hospital Stay

Wondering what to get a loved one who just got out of the hospital? Sometimes your time is the best gift.

Wondering what to get a loved one who just got out of the hospital? Sometimes your time is the best gift.

What to Get Someone Who Just Got out of the Hospital

Perhaps you are at the age where some of your friends are having serious medical issues. Whether they are having an operation or are undergoing extended medical care for an ailment, you're probably hoping to provide some form of support to them and their families. One way to let them know you are thinking of them is to get them a welcome home or get-well-soon gift. Here are some ideas for thoughtful gifts that will let your friends know you are thinking of them.

6 Gift Ideas

  1. Rolling overnight bag
  2. Tray for meals in bed
  3. Healthy cookbook
  4. Robe or sweatsuit
  5. Homemade meal or gift card to a restaurant or delivery service
  6. Your time

1. Rolling Overnight Bag

A fresh overnight or toiletry bag can make it easy to pack everything your friend needs to bring to and from the hospital. Depending on the person's age and physical condition, you may want to purchase an overnight bag with wheels. This can make it easy to transport everything without worrying about the weight of the bag, especially if the patient needs help entering and exiting the hospital.

2. Tray for Meals in Bed

When your friend or family member leaves the hospital, they may be weak or bedridden. Many people do not have a bed tray, but it can be the ideal get-well gift for someone who will be eating their meals in a recliner or bed.

I have the Winsome Wood Ventura Bed Tray. This tray is reasonably-priced, and I have given it to recovering patients as a gift many times. Friends and family find it a thoughtful and useful gift. It has cut-out handles that are easy to grip when I navigate stairs, and the tray is roomy enough for a full-size plate, a beverage, and cutlery.

You can choose to put it next to the patient or prop up the legs so you can position the tray over the patient’s outstretched legs if they are reclining in bed. The top can also be angled so the patient can prop a book against it. The white laminate top is durable and easy to clean.

A healthy cookbook can help patients stay well.

A healthy cookbook can help patients stay well.

3. Healthy Cookbook

When friends undergo an operation, they may feel their mortality or become more health conscious. This year, my favorite healthy cookbook is The Defined Dish, Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes by Alex Snodgrass, published in 2020, which is a collection of Whole30-endorsed recipes. For someone who wants to combine delectable dishes with healthy cooking, this cookbook offers an excellent collection of mouth-watering main courses and salads that satisfy both flavor and nutritional concerns.

What's Inside

The book offers ideas for healthy thickeners and other pantry staples. There are plenty of color photos to illustrate the finished product of every recipe, and the book offers a wide range of ethnic entrees to satisfy almost any palate. Most recipe directions are on a single page and are easy to make.

Thus far, I have not tried one I haven’t liked. The chicken saltimbocca is pretty enough to serve to company, and there is also a spicy, cajun crabcake recipe made with almond flour. For those who have gluten issues, this cookbook has plenty of options. This is a get-well present that will keep giving long after your friend is out of the hospital.

Robes are easy to put on and take off, and there are many sizes and weights, so you can find one that is suitable for any season.

Robes are easy to put on and take off, and there are many sizes and weights, so you can find one that is suitable for any season.

4. Robe or Sweatsuit

If your friend is in the hospital for an extended stay, at some point, they may want to ditch the hospital gown. A new robe or sweatsuit will be easy to put on and take off. Additionally, it will be nice to don something new if visitors come to check on them. If you are giving the gift to welcome the patient home, they may be bedridden and will appreciate a robe or sweatsuit that is comfortable and convenient to wear.

5. Homemade Meal or Gift Card to Restaurant or Delivery Service

When family members are busy trying to make a discharged patient comfortable, they may not have time to do other chores around the house. They are likely to appreciate your thoughtfulness if you make a meal, provide a gift card to a restaurant, or give them some meals through Blue Apron or a similar service. If a group of friends is contributing to the gift, you can arrange for several meals.

6. Your Time

Ideally, it is wonderful if you can visit your recuperating friend or family member. As patients get stronger, it can be boring to stay in bed or remain mindful of activity restrictions. A visit can help fill the time. If you live far from the patient or are unable to visit for other reasons, consider scheduling a virtual visit or playing an online game with them from afar. Your time will let your recently discharged friend or family member know that you are thinking about them.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 20, 2020:

Thanks so much for reading.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2020:

This is a great list of gifts as they are so thoughtful. I think your time might be the best one. This is a good article, Abby.