Thoughtful gifts for a friend in cancer treatment

10 February 2016
 Categories: Shopping, Blog


Cancer treatment can be hard on patients, both physically and emotionally. If you are looking to send a gift to a friend or family member undergoing cancer treatment, here are some thoughtful ideas.

Ugg boots 

Cancer treatments are usually performed in cold and sterile hospital rooms. One of the common side effects of chemotherapy is nerve damage to the soles of the feet and palms of the hand known as peripheral neuropathy. Sending some Ugg boots allows your friend to have comfortable and cozy feet, in an easy to slip-on boot whilst undergoing treatment, as well as between treatments. As the boots are wide and have solid grip they are useful for patients who are feeling a little unsteady on their feet as well, and can help them avoid trips and falls. Ugg boots come in a range of colours so you can choose a pair in their favourite colour or shade. 

An electronic reader or tablet

With the long amounts of time that cancer patients spend waiting for medical appointments and treatments, it can get dull reading the waiting room magazines. An electronic reader can be a great way to get some more interesting material to read through. In many cases local libraries are starting to offer electronic catalogues of books, so your friend can borrow books without needing to get into the physical building. 

If they already have a reader, you can send a gift voucher with extra credit to buy new books and movies to watch while they are in treatment. Having new content to watch or read can make long waits pass more quickly. 

Comfy mittens or gloves

Even in the middle of summer, the combination of reduced sensation in the hands and extra cold air conditioning in the hospital can also make hands a little chilly. Look for some mittens that can be packed down in pockets so they can be pulled out as needed to make things feel more comfortable. If your friend likes to use a tablet, smartphone or music player in the hospital look for gloves that have finger pads that allows them to operate a touch screen while wearing. 

Sending a thoughtful gift that can be used during treatment is a nice way of being with your friend throughout their treatment. It can help them to feel your love and support in a tangible and meaningful way than a more generic get-well gift.