What Your Favorite Cancer Patient Wants for Christmas: 7 Gift Ideas for People We Love

What Your Favorite Cancer Patient Wants for Christmas: 7 Gift Ideas for People We Love
Beautiful boxes with pretty bows, shiny ribbons and fancy wrapping paper – everyone loves a treat during the holidays. But how do you decide what to put inside those packages when the person you're gifting is in treatment for breast cancer? Here are seven gift ideas that are sure to be a hit: Lotions Skin can take a beating during cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation, and over-the-counter medicine can leave skin itchy and dry. Fragrance-free, organic lotions make great gifts because fragrances can be off-putting for people in cancer treatment, and chemicals in products that aren’t organic can react with meds. Thank You Cards Old-fashioned stationery has mostly gone out of style, but cancer patients often receive thoughtful gifts and cards during their illness and want to reciprocate. A box of pretty stationery or thank you cards, with stamps, is a thoughtful gift for people too sick to shop the aisles of a retail store or to stand in line at the post office. MORE: Six tips to help cancer patients enjoy the holiday season Tasks Cancer patients need help with a laundry list of tasks but are often reluctant to ask for help. Bring a meal, wash a car, care for children, or run some errands. Taking on these small chores can be a the most meaningful gift of all. Earrings Losing hair to chemotherapy is a brutal side story to the cancer experience. Earrings make a great gift because they really show up when hair is in short supply. If curls can’t dangle, earrings can. Scarves and hats Soft colorful fabrics and stylish hats can help patients stay warm and feel pretty throughout their journey with cancer. Quiet Time Enhancements During long hours of treatment and recovery, cancer patients can find themselves with time to fill and nothing to do
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