Many of us will be buying gifts for caregivers soon – and for good reason. Caregivers love our family as much as we do. And, caregiving is hard work!
So, caregivers deserve a thoughtful gift. Something that shows you put your heart into choosing it just for them.
Whether the caregiver you are buying for is a healthcare provider in an organized medical setting, or serving in your home with little ones or keeping an older loved-one safe, the gift should represent a token of your genuine thanks and appreciation.
I also think it should be a gift that matches their personality – a gift that they will enjoy receiving, using, and perhaps even keeping for a long time.
Here is a list of ideas for caregivers to get you thinking of the perfect gift. You might even find ‘the one’ here!
Gifts for Caregivers Who Love Art or Items of Whimsy
Sometimes the ‘cute or pretty’ says it all.
Family members often say that their caregivers are like their angels. And, sometimes our family members are angels to serve as the caregiver.
The two gift ideas below can be a daily reminder of how much your caregiver is loved and appreciated.
Gifts for Caregivers Who Like to Write
Perhaps your caregiver sees beauty in the little things. Gratefulness rises from the colors of a flower or the notes of a bird. Writing these things down can cultivate an attitude of joy or self-discovery to help on the harder days.
Gifts to Pamper Your Caregiver
A day of caregiving deserves a moment for pampering. Soaking in the tub with these bath bombs may be the best ‘spa day’ gifts – especially for caregivers that can’t get away.
In contrast, if a ‘bath’ isn’t a good fit for your caregiver, perhaps pampering hardworking hands and feet is a better fit.
Gifts for Caregivers Who Just Get it Done
First of all, all caregivers will get it done. But some caregivers almost ‘own it’, hence their caregiving role infuses into everything – even their sense of humor. Perhaps this funny slogan shirt (in purple, blue or black) will be the perfect gift.
Helpful Gifts for Caregivers
Finally, caregiving is always in a state of change and can deplete energy. A quick and easy power snack (this is not only delicious granola but made in a food plant that is free of the top seven food allergens) can be just the thing to get the caregiver through the rest of the day.
It’s so good it tastes like a treat!
But, more than anything else, short breaks or time away may be the most treasured gift you could give.
If you have family members who are providing care, perhaps amazing gifts for caregivers in your crew would be a break. Send them out to lunch with a friend, or to a quiet room with a choice of their favorite, relaxing read.
Finally, it may be that the most precious gift is the gift that costs the very least. Caregiving can be lonely and taking time to sit and visit is priceless to the caregiver.
Perhaps just make and bring a hot meal to share.
In closing, it only takes a few quick minutes to match the perfect gift to your caregiver. As a result, the recipient of your gift will not only know you thought of them but how much you love and appreciate what they do for your loved one every day!
Hug them, touch them and see them. Caregiving is stressful, lonely and isolating. Encourage them to take good care of themselves.