The holidays are always a busy time, and that is especially true for caregivers. In addition to keeping on top of their patients’ physical health, treatment schedule, home life and mental and emotional well-being, getting ready for the holidays can seem like just another added stressor for caregivers.
This year, help the caregivers you know enjoy this happy, celebratory time by giving gifts that will help relieve their stress and make them feel special, supported and loved.
- Time off. Can you help a caregiver by providing child care, taking a patient to an appointment or staying with a patient all day to give their caregiver some much needed time away? Caregiving can be draining, and offering your time to give caregivers some space is a beautiful (and free) holiday gift.
- House cleaning. The lives of cancer patients and their caregivers can feel chaotic, making basic chores and errands a struggle. To help, give the gift of a clean house by using an online maid service like Handy or coordinate with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit that provides free house cleaning services to women battling cancer.
- A meal. Using meal delivery services like Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash and Postmates is a convenient way to feed family and friends. Give caregivers a night off from making dinner with a gift card for one of these services. Another great way to provide a meal to a loved one who needs it is through Spoonful of Comfort, a company that will send comforting soups, cookies and other special snacks all across the country.
- A Hug in a Box. Humankind Box makes an assortment of meaningful and purposeful gift boxes for cancer patients, but their Hug in a Box is perfect for caregivers as well. The box features a cozy blanket, a mug and an assortment of teas. Even if you can’t give the caregiver in your life an in-person hug during the holidays, Hug in a Box will do the trick. If you order a box this season, you’ll get 20% off using the promo code COHGIFT.
- Calm.com membership. Meditation is a common suggestion for cancer patients, but it’s beneficial for caregivers, too. After all, the stress of cancer affects more than just the patient. Calm.com’s meditation app offers meditations as short as three minutes, so even the busiest caregiver can clear their mind for a bit.
- Stress Less Cards. This unique card deck has 50 meditation and mindfulness exercises that caregivers can follow for some relaxation inspiration.
- In-home massage. Getting out of the house to go to the spa just isn’t a reality for most caregivers, so why not bring the spa to them? Soothe dispatches licensed massage therapists directly to the client’s home, providing everything needed (table and massage oils included) for a relaxing massage. Clients can book online, or through their website or convenient app.
- Birchbox. This monthly box of travel-sized, luxury beauty products is a must for caregivers who love all things skin care, makeup and fragrance. Who deserves to feel beautiful more than a caregiver who has devoted their time, love and energy to a cancer patient?
- Essential Oil Diffuser. Aromatherapy devotees believe it can improve sleep quality, reduce stress and increase relaxation, all of which are benefits that caregivers could use — especially during the busy holiday season.
- Gift cards. Who doesn’t love a gift card? Rest easy knowing your caregiver can choose the gift that they want most this year.