Fun Get Well Gifts

Updated February 21, 2017

Sometimes when a friend or family member is ill or recovering, it seems that sending just flowers is a bit passé and underwhelming. There are many things to send to a convalescing loved one to brighten their day, entertain them or simply make them feel special.

Boredom Busters

People who are convalescing often suffer from a lack of activity and entertainment. A fun get well gift in such cases is a selection of reading material and puzzle books. A favourite to include in get well packages is Jack Canfield's 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' as well as crossword books, Sudoku books and other brain teasers.

Healthy Treats

Chocolates are usually out of the question for convalescing patients, so a good healthy alternative is a basket of seasonal fruits. Produce like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are especially full of vitamins and are good to include in such packages. Before purchasing, always be sure to check if someone has allergies to any fruits and which fruits a patient prefers.

Comfort Packages

People who are ill or getting better have to lie down for extensive periods of rest-time; a fun gift to give is something to make this time more comfortable. Memory-foam pillows are good gifts and can be found in all kinds of colours, shapes and designs. Choose a novelty design to add even more fun. Gel eye masks are another comfort item to include as a gift and aromatherapy oils or incense sticks also soothe, relax and rejuvenate a patient.

Gourmet Treats

Hospital food is notoriously unappetizing so a selection of gourmet treats can liven up in-patients' taste buds as they are recovering. A selection of olives, cheeses, crackers and dips is one style of gourmet gift; order a special lunch from a favourite restaurant of the patient and personally deliver it to the hospital; an assortment of gourmet tea varieties will provide comfort and relief to hospital in-patients and can also be enjoyed once the patient is better.

Get Well Message Bag

Hearing from friends and loved ones makes all the difference to a person who is unwell. Collect messages and cards from friends and family of the patients and present them in a decorative bag, box, basket or oversized envelope for a great personalised get well gift.

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B.T. Alo is media director, chief writer and editor for a U.S.-based marketing and consulting firm. He holds a bachelor's degree in business and communications. Alo's interests include business, investments, electronics, personal finance, health, communication, popular trends and travel.