Being Gifty During a Friend's Crisis

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Many of us are at a loss for what to do or say when a friend is facing a serious crisis, such as the illness or death of a family member. Sometimes we feel so powerless that we may withdraw completely, which is the last thing our friend needs. The important thing to remember is while we can't cure an infirmity or bring back a loved one, our friend will derive endless comfort from just knowing that we're there for them. Nothing is more appreciated than sincere words, a shoulder to cry on, and a listening ear!

But if you want to take your support a step further with a gift to cheer up and entertain your friend during an undoubtedly distressing, dark, and uncertain period, here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Gift Suggestions for the Ladies

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  • Rest and Relaxation Spa Basket – Spa baskets are usually an assortment of items for the body and bath; body lotion, bath salts, slippers and other treats to soothe a weary mind.
  • An Encouraging Poem – An inspirational poem can be personalized with your own special message. Have it framed for an extra touch. Your friend can display it where she will see and appreciate your support several times a day!
  • Daily Reminders Message Jar – Create a jar full of words of encouragement, one for each day of the year. For the friend with strong spiritual convictions, messages from the Bible can be added.
  • Aromatherapy – Herbal pillows, slippers, diffusers, or fragrant sachets are a few ways to use the power of scent to create a relaxing or invigorating environment. A few drops of essential oils are a perfect addition to a warm bath to aid in stress relief.
  • Inspirational Magazine Subscription – A subscription to an inspirational magazine is certain to encourage your friend and give her hope for better days.

Gifts Designed with the Men in Mind


Of course we can't forget our gentlemen friends during this difficult time!

  • Worry Box – Any style of box or container can serve as a worry box. Some may contain a guardian angel figurine. Your friend writes down his worries (notepad and pencil included) and places them in the box. As he places his problems in the box he'll be reminded to “let it go.” A musical worry box can be a special keepsake.
  • Create a "Hang in There" Gift Basket – Bring a smile to his face with a basket full of tasty snacks including chocolate chip cookies, mini pretzels, honey roasted peanuts, and more.
  • Lucky Bamboo – Brighten his day with this beautiful plant believed by the Chinese to bring good fortune. Frogs and pigs are also considered lucky.
  • Buddha Figure – Peace and tranquility will be his when you present your friend with this calming figure sure to bring serenity to any room.
  • Homemade Chicken Soup – What could possibly warm the heart more than a steaming hot bowl of chicken soup? One taste of the ultimate comfort food and he'll be instantly transported back to a simpler time and place.

Gifts for Men and Women

  • Spa gift certificates – Men and women alike will enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of spa treatments, which can include relaxing massages, facials, body wraps, manicures, and pedicures. Gift certificates allow the recipient to take advantage of these rejuvenating services at his or her leisure. What better way to get your friend out of the house for a day of much-needed pampering?
  • Babysitting – Giving the couple some time away by themselves to talk and enjoy each other can help them to sort things out.

So now you have a few recommendations to help you be gifty during this difficult time. And remember: while presents to brighten the spirit and gladden the heart are always welcomed, even more priceless is the gift of your time, which doesn't cost a penny!

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