How to Send Gifts to a Hospital

Updated July 19, 2017

Sending a gift to a loved one in a hospital is a kind gesture to let them know you are thinking of them during their illness, especially if you are unable to visit your loved one because of distance or time restraints. Send a gift the person may need during their hospital stay, especially if they are going to be there for a while. For example, if you are sending a gift to a child, send colouring books, crayons or a stuffed animal. Find out from family members what a patient may need to make their stay more pleasant.

Contact the hospital to find out the address of the hospital and the patient's room number. Verify that the person is still a patient at the hospital.

Make a care package yourself of your loved one's favourite things or order something on a gift website. You also can order something directly from most hospitals' gift shops. The gift will be hand-delivered to the room, saving you a delivery fee. This option works best especially if the person will be released from the hospital within three to five days, which can make prompt delivery a bit tricky.

Pack up the box securely and address it appropriately. Mail it overnight to ensure the person receives the gift before they are released.

Follow up with a phone call, if possible, to the patient to let them know you are thinking of them.


If your loved one is going to be in the hospital for only a few days, consider sending a gift to their home instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Hospital address
  • Patient's room number
  • Gifts for patient
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