The best gifts for someone in the hospital 

best gifts people want when stuck in the hospital

Have you ever been sick and stuck in the hospital? It is awful. You probably wished someone would bring you a gift other than flowers. So  in this post, we will discuss the best gifts for someone in the hospital that are meaningful, useful, and even fun. 

Flowers are nice and they do cheer a sterile hospital room.

But if you have had surgery or some other form of debilitaion, non-flower gifts are  can be so helpful in the recovery process even after discharge home. 


So if you have ever wondered, “what is a good gift to give to give someone in the hospital?Or how to put a gift basket for a patient together, or what the best gifts for someone recovering from surgery are,  I hope the gifts listed below will answer those questions for you. 

 Many times we think well, a family member or a loved one must want food and flowers.

Yes, that is true, hospital food sucks.

But while the food idea is nice when it is appropriate, sometimes it is not.

 Many times the doctors may put a patient on an appropriate diet and you may not know what that is.

Before you bring food or fresh flowers, or fresh fruit, call the patient or the floor and ask because sometimes those are not allowed. 

So it can be a bit tricky when it comes to getting the right gift for a patient in the hospital. 


The good thing though, is with some research and some imagination there are many great gifts to consider when a friend or family is stuck in the hospital.

The best get-well gifts can be gift baskets, care packages, and many other fun and practical gifts.

Sometimes too, you may need to conside the type of surgery for an appropriate gift. 

When considering gift ideas for a sick friend or family in the hospital, consider what would be an appropriate gift for an extended hospital stay and the recovery process.  What will make recovery easier? 

I have seen patients spending as much as a month in the hospital, and can you just imagine how hard that is for them and their families? For the  patient being stuck in a hospital bed for hours can leave one feeling poweress.

So, making their new environment as comfortable as possible would be a nice thing to do.

 And you can do that by getting your loved one an appropriate and helpful gift.

 Bring fun, laughter, ease, with funny gifts, and comfort with tsoothing gifts and you will be contributing to their recovery as well. 

Gift buying is hard and many of us need ideas to save us from just resorting to a gift card, food and flowers only. 

And the following list of the best gifts after surgery of for loved one in the hospital will give you some great ideas. 

Its true you have a chance to make a huge difference in getting a loved one a gift they can use during one of the most difficult time in ones life. 


Okay, so let’s see what the best gifts people stuck in the hospital actually want and really appreciate. 

The best gifts to give soemoen in the hospital



Earplugs and eye mask

Well, we all know in spite of the staff’s effort hospitals can be noisy.

Can you imagine you are trying to sleep and people are talking right outside your window? 

Besides, sometimes a patient needs to sleep during the day.

They have to. At night they are woken up for vitals, 4 times a night, for meds, and for blood work. So daytime napping is essential.

And to have a good nap a patient will appreciate a mask to keep the light out, and earplugs to dull all the noise and hospital sounds.

Next time you have a friend or family in the hospital, include a comfortable sleep mask, and some earplugs.

These are a great gift idea for a patient in the hospital. 

  It may not something many of us think about but ear plugs and sleep mask are appropriate gifts for men or women stuck in the hospital.


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Himalayan lamp

A Himalayan lamp is a great gift for a patient in the hospital. First of all the soft glow of a Himalayan lamp is pretty comforting and soothing.


And although research is lacking about supposed benefits, Himalayan lampsare said to promote rest by eliminating positive ions in the air. Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions and therefore balance the positive ions in the environment.

It is said that positive ions can make one more anxious and irritable. As you can imagine a  sick person can feel easily anxious and irritable sometimes because of course, they don’t feel great.

Also, Himalayan salt lamps are said to eliminate toxins and bacteria in the air. Well, hospitals do have bacteria in viruses so any little bit to protect a loved one is great.  Here is more information about Himalayan salt lamps. 




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Oh, Nuts First Aid Kit; I think this is my favorite gift for someone in the hospital.  

After all, “laughter is the best medicine after chocolate.” And this gift brings laughter even before you open the basket.

  This is candy-like you have never seen before that will make a patient smile or laugh out loud. Included is a prescription for wonderful things like massage ( of course after the hospital stay),  a chocolate shot, gummy gauze, and more.

Give the gift of laughter. It will tickle the nurses too. Spread joy with the Oh, Nuts First Aid Kit. 



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Kindle paperwhite


Just pre-fill with your loved ones’ favorite books and gift them some fun and even transport them away from the hospital to faraway places with tales and fun reading distractions.

Make a loved one’s hospital stay or recuperation period easier by including a  kindle paperwhite in the hospital care package.

Being able to choose their own books makes Kindle oen of the best get well gifts. 


Tablet holder stand

This is a gift that keeps on giving more happy moments when one is hospitalized and debilitated.

It is easy to put together or have a nurse help them when needed. Then they can play games, and watch movies.

Truth: hospitals do have many of their favorite TV channels and movies.

Also, some people are social media mavens and they can stream to their social media when they are able even in the hospital.

A tablet holder is so useful hospital gift for when one is laid down and needs some entertainment other than the lame channels offered on hospital TV.  



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White noise machine

Let’s face it. Hospitals are not as quiet. You have IV pumps beeping, nurses and CNAs forgetting to lower their voices, and sometimes you want to sleep during the day and there are more people and more noise than too.

So a white noise machine is a great idea because it will help a patient keep sleeping and not be disturbed by every little noise.

This machine has various sounds and one can choose the most soothing of them.



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Adult coloring book

Adult coloring books are so much fun even when one is not sick. They are calming and make time go by fast.

Being in the hospital  or laid out at home after surgery can make days long especially if one is not so sick as to need all day sleep.

A colorign book offfers a way to spend time engaged in fun activity.

Adult coloring books especially those with inspirational quotes are among the best get well gift ideas  to get someone in the hospital.

They boost mood and provide  a way to ease long hours stuck in bed. 

Gifts for someone in the hospital



Posh Mommy robe

Ah, now this one is just for new moms, but just how delicious is this robe?

It has hidden ties that make access easy for a new mom.

A great gift for a hospital stay and even much great for mommy and baby lounging at home.

Any new mom will adore this robe.

Gifts for someone in the hospital



Chanasya Compassion and Healing Hugs Gift Throw Blanket Set

This healing cozy setcomes with a beautiful plush soft blanket, soft nonskid socks, a pillow that hugs one’s neck, and a sleeping mask for total comfort. 

The words of the blanket, hope, positive thoughts, hugs, prayer, healing energy, further provide comfort joy, and hope and remind a loved one that they are loved and remembered in their difficult time.

And are hospitals not the coldest places ever.

I always think they keep them so cold to freeze all the germs.

So cozy blankets are so very needed to keep a patient feeling warm in a frid

gid room. A warm blanket  adds a nice cozy touch that hospital blankets just dont provide. 


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Grab The Reach Tool.

A grab-reach tool is an absolute necessity, especially after surgery.

If a loved one has had back surgery, kneed surgery, or any illness that makes bending and reaching hard, gift them this tool and they will not only be very pleased, but you will make their life so much easier.


Gift some independence and ease for a friend or loved one in the hospital or even as they recover at home.

 A grab tool is essential when you are debilitated.

It is a must-give gift for someone in the hospital.


And the nurses will thank you too.

That’s one call bell they won’t have to answer to come and help the patient pick up something they dropped. 


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Hey Girl Feel better tea

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This tea is great. A blend of echinacea, lemongrass, decaf green tea, honey goldenseal herb, elderberries, lemon peel, ginseng root, and ginger root has all the natural goodness to bring about healing and warm feelings. 

A patient needs healing and this herbal tea is a great gift for someone in the hospital because its full of anti-inflammatory compounds.  

A warm cup of tea in a cold hospital room is also soothing and comforting.  So be sure to include this tea in that patient care package. 


And tea is nice but even nicer when accompanied by this get-well mug.  Give these comforting words as they sip on that tea. 


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 Assorted Inspirational Cards 

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These adorable colorful cards are a great way to show your love and care. Even when you leave your loved one will have these affirmation cards cheering them on to get better and will continue to feel loved. 



If they have a sense of humor and bad words don’t offend them,Shit I can’t remember is a fun and useful gift for a patient in the hospital.

I can tell you as a nurse there have been countless times when a patient needs a place to jot stuff about their care plan, medications they have received, and  especially  questions to remember to ask the doc on rounds

It is so important to write questions to ask your doctor when they breeze in for barely 5 minutes on rounds.

If you have ever waited all night to ask the doc a question only to forget when they start talking, you know how helpful a notebook can be. 


Yup. It is important to write it all down. And with this notebook, your loved one will be reminded in the title alone she needs to write down stuff she will likely forget. 

Also, sometimes one just needs to journal and empty the brain of the mess that can cloud the mind.

There is so much to keep up within the hospital if you want to be your own advocate.

Writing questions to ask your doctor when they breeze in in the morning for barely 5 minutes when you have been waiting all day and night to ask a question only to forget when they start talking.

Yup. It is important to write it all down. And with this notebook, your loved one will be reminded in the title alone she needs to write down stuff she will likely forget. 

Gift idea for someone in the hospital​​Or simply get a beautiful ruled notebook such as this one below. 


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Books and magazines

It is no secret that hospitals are quite boring, and it is worse when a loved one is stuck in bed all day with a TV that has barely anything to watch. So bringing a loved one favorite book and or magazines can make it a bit easier on their mood. 

If they have a Kindle, you can purchase a subscription for either.

 Anyone with a bit of strength even while sick will appreciate doing something other than staring at some boring TV. If they are into self-development, here is a list of the best life-changing inspirational books.  

Now if your friend or loved one loved a funny book, I would suggest  Can’t Make This Stuff Up book by Susannah B Lewis.

Susannah has a way of capturing the absurd in life especially when life is challenging.

 This book will bring smiles and help a patient shift the focus from the misery they feel being sick, at least for a moment. 

Teddy bears and other fluffy stuffed things.

We all love stuffed animlas. I know may have outgrown them but when you are sick, they do offer some comfort. It jsut feels good to cuddle with a teddy bear other stuffed animal or a fuffy pillow. 


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A Journal 

I love this purple debossed-lined journal. It has an encouraging scripture on every page to comfort a weary loved one in the hospital. It will inspire them and comfort them. 

Being admitted to the hospital is always a scary thing. Apart from worrying about how everything is going, one also feels out of control for most of the happenings.

There is a lot to think about and reflect on. So a journal is a perfect gift. It gives the patient somewhere to record these thoughts and to actually reflect on what is going on.

It is a great place to write about all these thoughts, express gratitude, write affirmations, and really get in touch with one’s self at a deeper level. This is a life-changing experience and journaling is a great way to keep things in perspective.


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Other gift ideas to consider

  • A cold packs
  • get-well gift baskets
  • Streaming service
  • Lip balm – those hospital ones taste awful
  • Gift box
  • A funny T-shirt  for emotional support
  • A good book to read
  • Healthy snacks ( ensure its okay-ask the nurse) 
  • A thoughtful card
  • Personal care items
  • Puzzle book to pass the long hours

Being sick is awful. And being stuck in the hospital is worse because one loses autonomy to a degree. 

A patient may be in pain or bored to tears. Hospitals can also be noisy when workers talk too loud, and the machines keep beeping.

The darn IV pumps! So it is hard to rest.

So well thought out practical or fun gifts hel;p with the healing process after major surgery or due to any illness. 

A bit of comfort with a thoughtful gift can help the hospital stay be a bit tolerable.

 So if you have ever wondered what to give to someone in the hospital, I hope this list of the best hospital gifts has provided you with some fun and thoughtful gift ideas for the hospital.

Consider comfort items for hospital stay. Think of non flower gifts for hospital patients. Also consider the nature of illness. Think about for example the best gift for someone in the hospital with cancer.

Or gifts for someone in the hospital long term are ideas to consider to get the best gift for a loved one in the hospital. 

 So, now that you have gone through this list of gifts for someone in the hospital, which gift would you love to get for a loved one in the hospital?  Which one would you like to get if you ever got stuck in the hospital?

Let me know in the comments




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