WESSEX Cancer Trust’s experienced team of support centre managers and trained counsellors and therapists has put together a list of twenty thoughtful gift ideas that anyone living with cancer might like to receive, either at Christmas or throughout the year.
The gifts include ideas for self-care and wellbeing, as well as practical things to keep people occupied during chemotherapy sessions and challenging times.
Gift your time – walk the dog, take care of children and prepare meals
Soft woollen blanket
Soft gloves and hand warmers
Cashmere beanie hat
Silk eye mask
Comfy PJs or loungewear
Natural skincare products and lip balms
Foot roller or mini massagers
Lavender aromatherapy oil and pillow sprays
Boiled sweets, which can be beneficial for anyone with a dry mouth or reduced taste
A blender, to easily make healthy smoothies or shakes
Hot or cold water bottle
Heart-shaped pillow – designed to fit comfortably under the arm after breast cancer surgery and to remind your loved one they’re always in your heart
A port pillow, which takes the pressure of a seatbelt off your chemotherapy port
Puzzle and colouring books – handbag or pocket-sized for chemotherapy sessions or for loved ones waiting outside in the car
Wessex Cancer Trust’s ‘This Is Me,’ a self-care journal for women – find it here – https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/remote-support/this-is-me/
Subscription to their favourite magazine
A diary or planner to record appointments and treatments
All the gifts are readily available from online shopping sites or supermarkets, to make it easy to buy during the latest lockdown restrictions.