* Recovering from illness and injury can be a painstaking and boring process
* Get well gifts can brighten days and remind people that you’re thinking of them
* Alternative gifts include chocolates, touch-responsive plants and laughing toys
Whether your friends or family members are hauled up in a hospital bed or stuck in their house, recovering from illness and injury is usually a pretty dry and boring process. During these days, the importance of little things like visits and gifts from friends can often be the difference between a good and a bad time.
We’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite gifts that are sure to provide a little sunshine for your friend or family member. From delicious chocolate relief to a pilled-shaped plush that’ll giggle the day away, find something better than flowers and a card to give your patient a dose of happiness.
1. Just For Laughs Giggling Plush
Some say laughter is the best medicine, while others say medicine is the best medicine. Luckily, with this Just For Laughs Plush, you don’t need to decide as you get the best of both. When you press on the tummy of this friendly pill-shaped toy, it bursts into fits of giggles, providing plenty of comedic relief for those less-than-funny moments during recovery.
2. Kovot Cookie Jar
When you are recovering from illness, it’s an unwritten rule that you get to indulge in all of the things that make you feel better – like cookies. For that reason, the Kovot Cookie Jar (preferably gifted full of freshly baked cookies) is an ideal present for anyone on the mend. It’s easy to leave on any counter or even a bed stand for moments your friend needs a little pick-me-up. It also features an air-sealed lid to keep your delicious items fresh and moisture-free.
3. TickleMe Plant Gift Box Set
Forget the standard get well flowers and try something a little more original. The TickleMe Plant Box Set gives your patient everything they need to grow their own touch and kiss-responsive plant that’ll provide plenty of entertainment. The kit includes a pot, seeds and instructions on how to grow the fun flower alternative and even comes with an amusing “I’m Tickled To Share This Get Well Gift With You” label. It’s way better than generic roses and lasts longer, too!
4. Gund Break a Leg Jr.
It can be real tough when you have a broken bone, especially if you’re not able to walk freely. But having someone, or something, to go through it with you can be a real comfort, even if it is just a stuffed teddy bear. Gund’s Break a Leg Jr. Bear comes with his own walking crutch and a cast. The cast can be placed on either leg to match your friend’s actual cast. We suggest having friends sign the bear’s cast before or after it is gifted.
5. Voluspa Candle
A little luxury goes a long way. That’s why the Voluspa Candle makes a great get well gift. The coconut wax candle is presented in a glass, chawan bowl. In addition, this long-lasting candle is available in four scents: goji tarocco orange, Baltic amber, Japanese plum bloom and persimmon and copal.
6. Sugarfina Bourbon Bears
Chocolate solves all problems. Okay, not quite, but it is an indulgence that brightens a day. Plus, Sugarfina Bourbon Bears aren’t your ordinary chocolates. The indulgent gummies are infused with single-barrel bourbon then dipped in Parisian dark chocolate. The magical blend of flavors makes a delicious gift for friends or a great way to treat yourself.
7. Chanasya Microfiber Throw Blanket
Staying home while recovering from illness or surgery can be tedious. Make it slightly more enjoyable for your loved one by gifting them the Canasya Microfiber Throw Blanket. Ultra comfortable and warm, the blanket features words of healing and joy written in white across a teal background. Both cozy and inspirational, this is one gift your friends or family members can keep using even after they are healthy again.
8. Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Glass Vase
Your loved one will most likely be surrounded by flowers. Make sure your delivery stands out by including this gorgeous vase. Each of the glass holders can be engraved with an initial. After you’ve personalized it for the recipient, fill it with flowers for the ultimate get well soon bouquet.
9. Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Puppy Hugs
You always want to give friends and family hugs and kisses when they’re sick. Sometimes that’s not always possible. Whether it’s the distance or the illness, get your message across with the Puppy Hugs and Cookie Kisses gift basket. It includes a plush dog as well as chocolate chip cookies, cookie bites and chocolate dipped cookies.
10. Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Get Well Wishes
Who doesn’t love getting a basket full of food? With the Art of Appreciation Get Well Wishes Basket, your friend or family member will receive a box full of pretzel twists, Jelly Belly candies, chocolate bars, cookies, coffee and even a can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Plus, the gift basket also comes with a Sudoku book to keep the patient busy. The whole thing is wrapped in the most appropriate get well ribbon.
Bonus: InYourFace Cards Get Well Soon
Cards are overdone and usually unnecessary, but this one is just too funny. It will surely put a smile on the face of whoever needs well wishes, which is really the ultimate goal of a get well soon gift. Plus, the huge print is easy to read for anyone who has trouble seeing or has had recent eye surgery.