Gifts for inmates can be something practical, useful and/or entertaining. Common items sent to prison inmates include: print materials, such as books, games, puzzles, and stationery. Relatives and friends of inmates sometimes send monetary gifts and photos.
Some states allow prison inmates to receive monetary gifts from relatives and friends. Monetary gifts can give inmates access to person necessities, such as hygiene products.
Letters can help inmates stay in touch with the outside world through interaction and exchange of news. Several organisations work to help inmates find outside pen pals.
Stamps and envelopes make practical gifts for inmates, especially ones who enjoy writing letters. Inmates can use stamps and envelopes to send letters to outside correspondents.
Self-help and/or encouragement books can provide useful guidance and tips for inmates. Books help inmates pass time in a productive way.
Simple and inexpensive, holiday and special-occasion greetings cards can be an easy and personal way to give inmates encouragement.