You might want to put together a gift basket for a person who has just lost someone they love. This will last longer than flowers, won't require watering (which a grief stricken person may be too overwhelmed to do), and won't be added to the list of things that died. They can Gift basket ideas for sympathyuse these items after visitors taper off.

You can use a basic basket (if you think they won't keep it) or tin, line it with a pretty dish towel, close it up with colored saran wrap (available at the grocery store), and tie it closed at the top with a bow.

Here are some ideas on what you might want to include. If you make one yourself, you can personalize it, and it will cost a lot less. You don't need to go crazy - it's the thought that counts.

  • Helpful
    • Journal and maybe a nice pen - more on journals
    • Helpful book on mourning or grieving (for readers), or
    • Book of hopeful or healing quotes - see options
  • Practical
    • Box of high quality tissues with moisturizing lotion (e.g., Puffs Plus)
    • Box of thank you notes
    • A little throw blanket that is soft and cuddly (you can get these inexpensively at places like TJ Maxx)
  • Soothing
    • Linen spray in a calming scent (e.g., lavendar for a newly empty bed)
    • Body wash
    • Candle in a scent that is calming (e.g., lavendar) - I like Yankee candles
    • CD of soothing music (e.g., December by George Winston)
  • Snacks / Comfort Food (which can also be shared with visitors)
    • Quality/premium bar of dark chocolate with over 65% cacao, which is supposed to be good for stress. Trader Joe's have 72%. Green & Black's organic chocolate is 85% and is good, but a tad bitter.
    • Healthy snack that will last (e.g., pistachios, a nut-fruit mix)
    • Tea - soothing herbal or green
    • Shortbread cookies
    • Bag of Dunkin Donut regular coffee which most folks like (regular and decaf)
    • A few pieces of fresh fruit - apple, grapes, blueberries, banana, tangerine (too much and it will rot before they can eat it. For that reason I don't recommend a large basket of just fruit unless it arrives while there is still a lot of company.
  • Pampering
    • Lavender body lotion (soothing)
    • A few small (sample size) bottles of Crabtree & Evelyn products with a nice scent
    • A foot warmer (filled with rice/wheat etc. and heated in the microwave, to use in bed for those cold, lonely winter nights)
  • Memories
    • Scrapbook
    • Picture frame (standard size like 4x6)



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