Many of us will be buying gifts for caregivers soon – and for good reason. Caregivers love our family as much as we do. Caregiving is hard work!
And, caregiving is stressful! 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, serving in your home with your 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!
First off though, 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 the best gifts for caregivers on your list 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. (#paid links below)
Perhaps just make or buy a hot meal to share.
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.
If they refuse, offer to drive them somewhere, to be with them, or do the mundane task alongside them.
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. (#paid link)
In contrast, if a ‘bath’ isn’t a good fit for your caregiver, perhaps pampering hardworking hands and feet is a better fit. (#paid link)
Helpful Gifts for Caregivers
Caregiving is always in a state of change and can deplete energy. A quick and easy power snack (this is not only delicious 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!
Gifts for Caregivers Who Like to Write
Perhaps your caregiver sees the beauty in the little things. Gratitude 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 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 Just Get it Done
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.
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 and love on them, and see them. Encourage them to take good care of themselves. Caregiving is stressful, lonely, and isolating.