Fall is known to be flu and cold season so I thought it was the perfect time to plan the perfect "get well soon" basket. I love giving basket gifts because they are so easy to personalize and are often filled with things people will actually use.
If you have a friend or family member who is ill, it is important to let them know that you are thinking of them and to try to boost their spirits if you can. The best way to do this is giving them the gift of your time. If you cannot visit in person you should try to call or write them a letter. If you can visit in person you can bring the gift basket with you, or if you send them a letter you can mail a care package.
It is important to think about their specific needs with whatever their illness might be. For example, tissues might be great to add to a basket for someone with the flu or a cold, but they aren't really necessary for someone recovering from surgery.
I am going to separate my baskets into to categories: one for those home with the flu and the other for people recovering from surgeries or accidents. Of course, some things will overlap because there are always things that people like to receive no matter the occasion.
Basket Item Ideas
Send your loved one a "hug" with construction paper cut out hands. (Both)
Try making some homemade chicken noodle soup and putting it in a mason jar with a bright ribbon. (Home with the Flu)
A gift card for take out or a maid service. (Both)
Seasonal Fresh fruits. (Both)
Homemade desserts. (Surgery and Accident Recovery)
Teas. (Both- though you might choose different teas depending on the circumstance)
Aroma Therapy Candles. (Surgery and Accident Recovery)
Massager, neck pillow, bath soakers, or other relaxing items (Both)
Cds of relaxing or cheery music. (Both)
DVDs of their favorite movies or shows. (Both)
You can make your own Vicks Vapor shower disks. (Home with the Flu)
Boardgames. (Surgery and Accident Recovery)
Puzzle games like Sadoku or crosswords. (Both)
Meals in a Mason Jar. (Both)
A fake mustache or some other silly item just to make them Smile. (Both)
A good Book. (Both)