Sometimes words aren’t enough. These gifts for caregivers will help you express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to someone caring for a loved one. My work with with the Alzheimer’s Society inspired me to research a list of thoughtful thank you gifts for caregivers.
Real Simple is one of my favorite magazines because it’s practical and encouraging. It’s also one of the bestselling magazine subscriptions on Amazon! This is a great gift for family caregivers because it gives them time to relax and unwind. It’s also a reassuring gift because it’s filled with ideas to make life simple and easy. A print subscription along with a coffee shop gift card will encourage your caregiver to take time off to refresh and renew herself.
While you’re searching for gifts ideas for family caregivers, remember her hobbies and passions. For example, if she’s a dog lover but has no time to actually own a dog, consider a book or magazine about dogs. People with passions enjoy learning more, even if they can’t actively pursue their passion. Magazines are one of my favorite gift ideas because they’re often a luxury item caregivers won’t buy for themselves – especially if they’re taking care of a family member. For more magazine-related ideas, take a look at the Most Popular Magazine Subscriptions on Amazon.
The following gifts for caregivers practical and valuable because they focus on time, self-care, and freedom. Often the best way to say thank you to a family or paid caregiver is to give them the gift of time and freedom. Encourage caregivers – even paid caregiving staff – to take care of themselves. Caregivers have to stay emotionally healthy and physically strong, so they don’t burn out. Both paid and family caregivers will appreciate gifts that support their daily work and encourage them to keep their spirits high. These gift ideas for caregivers are about taking care of themselves so they have lots of energy, joy, patience, and love to give.
While you’re scrolling through this list of gifts for family members or caregiving staff, remember that the role of caregiver is physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially demanding. Caregiving is a heavy job – even if one is getting paid to do the work. This means your gift should lighten the load, not add to it.
Thoughtful Gifts For Family Caregivers
If you’re searching for gifts for someone in your family who is caring for a loved one, take time later on to read through a few caregiver support tips. For example, learning that family caregivers have a limited availability of community support services can help guide your gift giving decisions.
Your sincere gratitude is the most important gift you can give a caregiver who is actively caring for a family member. Even paid caregivers need to hear that they’re doing a good job, that they’re appreciated for all the work they do. Never underestimate the value of a sincere “thank you” along with a thoughtful gift for your family caregiver.
And a special treat never hurt anyone, either… :-)
A monthly or weekly food delivery
A monthly Gourmet Coffee Roast Sampler is another gift that makes life so much easier – and more fun! – for family caregivers. This monthly surprise is literally the gift that keeps giving, every month, right to her door. If she is an overnight caregiver, then she’ll need the caffeinated version of this gift subscription (the one pictured is decaf). I love this the “monthly food subscription” gift ideas because they are practical, interesting, and luxurious.
The best gift ideas help caregivers save time, energy, and money. Monthly food clubs or subscriptions are automatically delivered and easy to enjoy. Other types of gift subscriptions include wine, beer, pet toys, socks, chocolate, hot sauces, jelly beans – and even a Cookie of the Month Delivery.
You might also consider a local weekly food delivery from a store in your caregiver’s area. Milk, bread, cheese, coffee, and cereal aren’t exactly exciting gifts for caregivers, but they sure are appreciated.
A touch of beauty
A Thomas Kinkade Gardens of Grace wall calendar is gorgeous reminder of the world beyond the caregiving bubble. Sometimes caregivers find themselves isolated in their own world, and they need to be reminded of the beauty and wonder that exists beyond their role.
Thomas Kinkade, the celebrated Painter of Light, is the most widely collected artist in the world. His tranquil, light-infused paintings affirm the basic values of family, home, faith in God, and the luminous beauty of nature. Kinkade’s calendar is one of those gifts for caregivers that is a daily reminder of your gratitude and appreciation.
The gift of time for self-care
A Starbucks Gift Card will give your caregiver time to do sit and…perhaps just sit at a coffee shop and unwind while she people watches. After jazzing up on java, she might go to a movie, a caregiver support group, a yoga class, or just out for a walk. Encourage her to relax at a coffee shop, take a deep breath, and center herself. Quiet time to read books and magazines is a thoughtful gift for caregivers who rarely take time for themselves.
If the last thing your caregiver needs is coffee because she has trouble sleeping – or she works evening or night shifts – read 14 “Sleepytime” Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. The best gift you can give is a good night’s rest!
The gift of mindful meditations for caregivers
In Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family, Barry J. Jacobs blends emotional and spiritual motivation to minimize the stress of caregiving. This gift is especially thoughtful for caregivers who view their work as a ministry from the heart.
The chapters in Meditations for Caregivers are organized by themes and include topics such as accepting your feelings, knowing your limits, seeking support, and managing stress. The meditations offer solutions to typical caregiving challenges, provide relief and renewal through mindfulness, and inspire caregivers to find meaning and value in the work they do. This is a gift that will be forever appreciated.
An automatic pill dispenser to make life easy and safe
The LiveFine Automatic Pill Dispenser is an incredibly practical gift idea for new caregivers. It keeps drug and medication doses locked away until the exact moment they need to be taken. Featuring a timer and alerts, this gift helps caregivers guard against mistaken or forgotten dosages. It also eliminates the need for constant refilling of medication.
This gift for family caregivers isn’t fancy or fun, but it does provide peace of mind. The alerts are easily programmed to the minute via the LCD interface. And, the patient’s drug regimen can be quickly customized with one of six rotating templates for 1-6 daily doses.
By the way, the pill dispenser is one of my most popular gifts on 15 Cheerful Gift Ideas for People With Dementia or Memory Loss.
A collage picture frame for family caregivers
The Wooden Wall Collage Photo Picture Frame is a beautiful gift for family caregivers whose relatives don’t live nearby. We live in a digital age, so if you can actually print precious photos and mount them in a frame, your caregiver will be touched and pleased. I always encourage gift givers to avoid giving gifts that require work, so if you give a caregiver this collage picture frame, make sure you put the photos in yourself! Otherwise, she may never get around to filling and hanging it up.
Remember that the gift you give the person caring for your loved one has to reflect her personality, tastes, habits, and lifestyle. The most thoughtful and meaningful gift ideas take her life and personality into account.
If your caregiver has a birthday coming up, read Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women. Most of the ideas can become thoughtful gifts for caregivers in their forties.
Warm scented candles for relaxation
A Positive Energy and Healing Comfort Care Package is a five-piece bundle of healing and warmth! It contains a luxuriously soft blanket, neck pillow, socks and eye pad. This is the gift that allows your family caregiver to relax at the drop of a hat.
Consider adding scented candles to this thank you gift. Caregiving can be an “odorous” task; the more pleasant and pleasing smells you offer, the happier your caregiver will be. A lightly scented candle offers peace, warmth, light, and love. It’s also a symbol of light and hope, and can bring energy and healing.
Gourmet coffee, tea, or chocolate gift basket
Does your caregiver love to drink coffee or tea, or savor chocolate or pistachio nuts? Go for a gourmet gift basket, such as the Chai Tea Sampler with a side order of pistachio nuts, almonds, or chocolates. Or all three! When I facilitated caregiver support groups for the Alzheimer’s Society, our members dove into the coffee and nuts with gusto. A healthy “thank you” caregiving gift is always appreciated.
Wine-related gift ideas for caregivers
This beautiful Wine Decanter Aerator Set is a lovely, classy gift for caregivers who have everything – and who enjoy wine! The elegance of the curved glass combined with the charm of wine will win your caregiver’s heart and soul. The decanter’s wide body and long, graceful neck is carefully crafted to properly and fully aerate the wine – and this releases the full array of scents and flavors. This gift also has a more practical purpose: the decanter separates any potential sediment from the liquid to ensure that each glass of wine is as close to perfect as possible.
This wine decanter is a charming thank you gift even if your caregiver doesn’t drink wine. They may still serve wine to guests, and this elegant decanter is a wonderful conversation piece. Plus, it can be used for juice or other beverages.
Spa gift basket for caregivers
Art Naturals Bath Bombs Holiday Gift Set for caregivers contains six different types of fizzling bath bombs: Energize, Zen, Wellness, Strength, Yoga and Cozy Night.
Each bath bomb is made of natural clay combined with mineral salts, shea and cocoa butters, sunflower seed oil and baking soda to fizz aches and dry skin away. The formulas are full of antioxidants to cleanse and detox, heal and nourish…which makes this gift for caregivers a relaxing bath aromatherapy that’s fun and easy to use.
I’ve received a couple of “spa days” at wellness centers as gifts, but I prefer bath and beauty gift baskets. Making time to go somewhere to get pampered doesn’t appeal to me – but your caregiver may eagerly welcome the chance to go to a local spa.
A bouquet of beautiful, bright flowers
The Rays of Sunshine Flower Bouquet is a thank you gift for caregivers who just wants something beautiful and alive to light up their lives.
This beautiful ray of sunshine will brighten up your caregiver’s life – especially if you arrange for a bouquet to be delivered on the first day of every month for six months or a year. This is an example of the monthly gift subscription, which was the first gift for caregivers on this list. A monthly flower delivery is a cheerful, thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.
A “caregiving toolbox” for new caregivers
In The Caregiver’s Toolbox: Checklists, Forms, Resources, Mobile Apps, and Straight Talk to Help You Provide Compassionate Care, Carolyn P. Hartley and Peter Wong offer a complete guide to cool apps and online tools, insider tips on how to reduce caregiving medical bills, privacy rights as a caregiver, where to go for free and low-cost help, and much more. The Caregiver’s Toolbox clearly shows which tools will relieve stress and which ones add anxiety.
This gift for caregivers should be accompanied by something more comforting and supportive. The Caregiver’s Toolbox contains a great deal of information, and isn’t exactly a joyful read! It’s incredibly practical and valuable, but it’s not a walk in the park. If you haven’t read about or don’t understand the stress and challenge of caregiving, perhaps the best “thank you” gift you could give a caregiver is the attempt to understand where she is coming from. How? By reading this book yourself!
A Willow Tree “Just for You” gift idea
The Willow Tree “Just for You” hand carved wood figurine is one of my favorite “thank you” gifts – and it’s perfect for family caregivers. I love these carvings by Susan Lordi! In fact, I have two of them. I don’t like clutter, but these wooden angels are something I truly enjoy.
Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire caregivers. They arrive in a gift box, ready for giving with an enclosure card.
If you didn’t find the right gift for the caregiver on your list – and if your caregiver isn’t a spring chicken – read 27 Gifts That Will Surprise and Delight Your Elderly Parents or Grandparents.
A Quick List of “Thank You” Gift and Ideas for Caregivers
The Family and Nursing Care website has a long list of different gifts for family caregivers. Here it is, with a link to the full article below.
- Booklet of IOUs for one or more of the following: home-cooked meals, baked goods, respite care, household chores or repairs, yard work, chauffeuring, running errands.
- Answering machine, cordless phone or cell phone.
- Wall calendar with plenty of space for noting appointments.
- Caregiving binder for keeping records and organizing paperwork.
- Membership in a caregivers’ organization or the non-profit organization associated with their relative’s disease (for example, the Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson Foundation).
- Gift certificate for a home healthcare agency, medical supply store or housecleaning service.
- Book of tickets or gift voucher for accessible transportation, if the care receiver is not able to ride in a car, so they can go out together.
- Inspirational book (choose a collection of verses or short stories if the caregiver does not have much time for reading).
- Subscription to a caregiving periodical, or a magazine that reflects an interest (such as nature) or favorite pastime (gardening, for example).
- Decorative journal for recording their experiences, thoughts and feelings, and a high quality pen that glides smoothly.
- Relaxation tapes or miniature water fountain.
- Bird feeder and seed, or binoculars for bird watching.
- Hobby or craft supplies.
- Writing paper and envelopes, or a set of all-occasion note cards, along with postage stamps.
- Scented items: hand and body lotion, cologne, bar soap, bath salts or shower gel, drawer sachets, potpourri or votive candles.
- Basket of sweets, gourmet coffees and teas, jams and jellies or dried fruit and nuts.
- Gift certificate to a restaurant with takeout and delivery service, a dry cleaner with pickup service or a pharmacy or grocery store that delivers.
- Gift certificate for a massage to help them relax and rejuvenate.
- Two tickets to a cultural event – so a friend can accompany them – and an IOU for respite care.
You can read the full article at Thoughtful Gifts for Caregivers on the Family and Nursing Care website. They add that we should remember that emotional support and your time are the two most valuable gifts you can give a caregiver.
What do you think? Feel free to write your thoughts below. I’m always looking for “thank you” gifts for caregivers, so feel free to share your ideas.