Ideas for condolence & sympathy gifts

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Ideas for condolence & sympathy gifts
Sympathy gifts show that you care. (flowers image by OMKAR A.V from Fotolia.com)

Grieving people need support from friends and family. When a loved one you know is going through a dark period in his life, it's customary to acknowledge it with a sympathy gift. Giving your condolences can be difficult, especially if it's a sensitive issue, but there are a few sympathy gifts you can give to break the ice and show that you're willing to lend a helping hand.

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Flowers

Delivering flowers to the griever is a classic sympathy gift. Although it's common and may seem like a fallback idea, flowers cheer people up. Their lavish colours and beauty can brighten anyone's day, which is especially appreciated during a rough time. Pick out a dozen flowers either online or at your local florist. Include a card with the flowers, expressing your condolences to add a personal touch.

Comfort Baskets

Comfort baskets, which can also be referred to as gift baskets, show that you have the griever in mind. You can either buy a basket with assorted gourmet food or create one with small gifts yourself. Add tea, crackers and sweet cookies to help the griever find comfort in this difficult time.

Picture Frames

One of the best ways to lift the spirit in a time of grieving is reflecting upon happy memories. Framing a photograph is a great way to turn this time of mourning into a time of uplifting remembrance. Engrave a frame and include a digital print of a happy moment that everyone can relish in and share together.

A Simple Card

Sometimes a simple card is all you need to give to let the griever know you have them in mind. A card is not only thoughtful, but it's a more suitable gift if you are not on a personal level with the griever (for example, if he is a friend as opposed to a family member). Remember, it's not how fancy the card is that matters: it's what you write inside. Write your condolences straight from the heart and the recipient is sure to appreciate the gesture.

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