Losing a friend or loved one is absolutely life-changing. For some, it can be difficult to move forward. If you’re looking for a memorial gift or something to help brighten their day, this list will help you find the perfect thing.
30 Bereavement Gift Ideas to Show You Care
Wrap Them in Comfort: Chanasya Healing Thoughts Throw Blanket
Make them feel wrapped in comfort with this soft fleece sherpa throw. Available in multiple colors including grey, teal, blue, and burgundy, each one is covered in positive words such as love, hope, strength, hugs, and more.
It measures 65″ x 50″ and is a gift that will be cherished.
Memory Book: The Gift of a Memory: A Keepsake to Commemorate the Loss of a Loved One
This hardcover book has 40 pages of artwork and encouraging words. It includes pages for loved ones to jot down memories to be revisited as often as needed to help them through this difficult time. It is a wonderful gift alone or included inside a gift basket.
Send a Hug: DEMDACO Heart Shaped Giving Pillow
When you’re far away, you can send this touching heart-shaped giving pillow for your loved one to hug close. Available in grey taupe, pink, and cream, each one measures 10″ x 11″. It’s created using soft knitted yarn, polyester, and cotton.
It arrives beautifully packaged with a card. It can be displayed on the sofa or bed as a gentle reminder that you’re thinking of them.
For a Family: Gift Basket Village – The Comfort Basket
A gift basket is always an appreciated gift. It’s a great idea for couples or families. It includes a sympathy book, a grief journal, 2 plush teddy bears, 2 large ceramic coffee cups, 2 Dutch chocolate cocoa mixes, gourmet coffee, and 2 types of cappuccino.
It’s also topped off with a variety of snacks including chocolate chip pecan cookies, caramel cookies, gourmet snack mix, cracker and cheese, pistachios, smoked almonds, and Parmesan Bruschetta crisps.
Everything arrives beautifully packaged in a basket that can be reused.
Keepsake Jewelry: Joycuff Inspirational Bracelet
Made of stainless steel, this cuff bracelet is a beautiful reminder of the inside inscription reading “Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still missed, still loved, and very dear”.
It’s designed to fit most wrist sizes and is adjustable. It’s perfect for every day wear and is something they can keep close as a comforting reminder.
To Keep Their Treasures: Memorial Keepsake Box
This memorial box includes several items to help your loved one through the grieving process. The journal is made from recycled leather and can be used to write down thoughts, prayers, or memories. The picture frame is also made from recycled leather and holds photos measuring 6″ x 4″.
The set also includes a glass votive candle. Everything arrives inside a 13″ x 7.5″ box that can be used to hold treasured items.
Wrapped in Love: Smiling Wisdom – Blue Hugs & More Hugs Gift Set
Blue Hugs offers this scarf and card set that is perfect to send to a friend. The Pashmina scarf is peacock blue and measures 70 cm x 190 cm. It’s made from viscose and has fringed edges. The card reads “Hugs! And more hugs.
” It will brighten anyone’s day and let them know you’re thinking of them.
Beautiful Mom Memorial: A Prayer for My Mom Wood Wall Art Frame Plaque
An exquisite way to remember a special Mom, this wooden picture frame measures 8″ x 16″ and will look beautiful in any room. It features a gorgeous prayer that reads “A prayer for my Mom – Dear God I gratefully thank You for giving me my Mom, You must really love me ’cause You gave the best You had.
Watch over her and bless her Lord and keep her in Your care, and may she feel my love for her is my humble, heartfelt prayer”. It arrives ready to hang with an attached hanger.
Musical Memories: Magara Memories Memorial Wind Chimes
For those who enjoy outdoor decor, this set of wind chimes by Magara Memories is a wonderful way to offer a memorial of a loved one to your friend or family member. They arrive hand-tuned and measure 30″ in length.
A card accompanies the gift reading “I will live forever in the love we’ve shared. I promise one day we’ll embrace again. For we were made to last in eternity. Between now and then love, laugh, and smile.
Until we meet again.” These wind chimes will be cherished for many years to come, and your loved one will enjoy listening to them while reliving memories.
Inspirational Sayings: The Original Comfort Bowl
The unique Comfort Bowl set offers encouraging words to aide in your loved one’s grief. The 4.5″ x 2″ bowl holds a variety of beach pebbles each with words of comfort written on them. A few crystals are also included that are decoratively placed among the pebbles.
Everything arrives in a gift box ready for gifting.
Comforting Candle: Comfort Candles in Memory by Pavilion
Candles are often considered to be a thoughtful sympathy gift. This lovely comfort candle by Pavilion measures 6.5″ tall with the included stand. It has star shapes all around that allow light from the candle to shine through and reads “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”.
It includes a tea light and arrives in a nice package. It’s a wonderful gift idea that offers a comforting thought.
Gorgeous Keepsake: Carson Walk Beside Us Memorial Lantern
Another unique gift idea is this beautiful lantern. Made of composite wood and stainless steel with a copper top, it measures 13.5″ x 6.25″. It works using 3 AAA batteries and has a built-in automatic timer that runs for 6 hours on and 18 hours off.
It features a lovely sentiment and would match any home decor.
In Memory Ornament: Always in Your Heart Sympathy Sentiment Cross
This gorgeous mosaic cross is handcrafted and is designed to be used in a variety of ways. It can be used as an ornament, hung from the rear view mirror, hung in the window as a sun catcher, or simply kept in a special place.
It measures 4″ long and arrives in a gift box. A card is included that reads “Always in your Heart”, and you can add your own personal message. They also offer a metal angel. Either one is certain to be cherished forever.
Celebration Photo Frame: Memorial/Remembrance Photo Frame With Inspirational A Celebration Of Life Poem
Featuring “A Celebration of Life” poem, this exquisite 8″ x 10″ photo frame makes a wonderful gift idea. Available in a silver or black finish, it holds a 4″ x 6″ vertical photo. It can be displayed on a shelf or hung on the wall.
It’s a gift that will last forever and is certain to bring a smile.
For the Loss of a Pet: GiftsForYouNow Personalized Pet Memorial Garden Stone
The loss of a cherished pet can be as devastating as the loss of a friend or family member. Help your friend or loved one honor their furry friend with this personalized memorial garden stone. Made of durable resin, each one is hollow making it lightweight.
It’s also weatherproof if they choose to display it out in the open. It measures 11″ x 8″ x 1.5″ and weighs 2.56 pounds. It features paw prints, and you can add the name and date. It’s a beautiful gesture that will be certainly appreciated.
Touching Figurine: Willow Tree Remembrance Angel
Designed by artist Susan Lordi, this Willow Tree Remembrance Angel is a thoughtful gift idea for anyone. Measuring 5″ tall, it is hand-painted and designed using resin with wire wings. The enclosed card reads “Memories.
..hold each one safely in your heart”. It’s a lovely reminder that their loved one is happy and safe with the angels.
Daily Help: Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
Several people find books with prayers or meditations help them through the grieving process. This paperback book is filled with 384 pages of daily meditations and comforting words. It’s perfect for adding notes, memories, or scripture.
It can be given alone or added to a gift basket.
Musical Memory Box: Cottage Garden in Memory Jewelry Music Box
This musical memory box is a unique and thoughtful gift that will be cherished for many years to come. With a walnut finish, they can choose to replace the artwork with a 2″ x 4″ photo of their loved one.
The music box plays ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ and measures 6.75″ x 4.5″ x 3″. The inside is lined with black velvet material and has an opening measuring 2″ x 3″ for sentimental treasures. The hinged lid stays upright when opened, and they can see the music box work as it plays.
Celebrate Them at Christmas: Memorial Christmas Ornament
Holidays can be especially hard when someone has recently lost their Mom. This beautiful Christmas ornament will help offer comfort. Measuring 3.5″ in diameter, the glass ornament is filled with white feathers and accented with a satin bow and an angel charm.
It reads “I have an angel in heaven, I call her Mom”. It arrives in a velvet gift bag ready for giving.
The Loss of Parents/Grandparents: Parents Memorial Wire Bangle Bracelet
The loss of her parent or grandparent is perhaps one of the hardest things she’ll ever endure. You can help her keep their memory with her always with this beautiful stainless steel wire bangle bracelet.
The rectangle charm reads “God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart”. It includes a heart charm that can read either mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa. It arrives in a velvet gift bag ready for giving.
It’s something she’ll absolutely love and wear every day.
Precious Pawprints: Pawprints Left by You Pet Memorial Blanket
Another gift idea for a friend or loved one who has lost a beloved pet is this 60″ x 50″ gray plush fleece blanket. Titled “Pawprints Left By You”, it will hopefully wrap them in comfort. Made of quality polyester, it is machine washable.
The throw reads “You were such a great companion, constant, loyal, true…My heart will always wear the pawprints left by you”. You can also choose to have it personalized by someone local with the pet’s name.
It arrives packaged and ready for gifting.
For Teens: The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens
Teen years can be hard enough without including the loss of someone special. This paperback book is filled with 128 pages of healing guidance that can help them understand their thoughts and feelings. It includes questions that teens can answer to better express themselves and help work through their grief.
It includes sections where they can write about the person they’ve lost, things they wish they could’ve said, and much more. It’s a great way to help a teen start talking and seek sorrow and comfort in this difficult time of their life.
For the Garden: Pavilion Gift Company Light Your Way Memorial Garden Stone
A perfect way to honor a loved one or decorate their memorial, this polyresin stone is accented with stars and flowers. It reads “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”.
It measures 10″ x 10″ and is weatherproof. It’s an incredibly thoughtful gift that can offer comfort and reassurance.
A Memorial to Keep With You: Sympathy Keychain
It can be difficult to find something for a close guy friend or relative, but this lovely keychain is perfect. Made of stainless steel, it includes a rectangle charm that reads “Those We Love Don’t Go Away They Walk Beside Us Everyday”.
Hand stamped to ensure it lasts, it also includes an angel charm. It’s a perfect way to help your sorrow, and keep a reminder close with them every day.
Remembrance Necklace: Angel Wing Charm Pendant
This angel wing charm pendant is 100% stainless steel and makes a beautiful bereavement gift. It comes with a stainless steel chain that includes a 2″ extender making it able to be 18″, 19″, or 20″ in length.
It comes with a lovely card that reads “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory that no one can steal”. It also arrives in a turquoise gift box with silver ribbon and includes a cleaning cloth.
For the Loss of a Cat: Carson Bereavement Faithful Angel by Robin Davis Cat Figurine
For friends or loved ones who are missing their beloved cat, this adorable angel cat figurine makes a thoughtful bereavement gift idea. Measuring 4″ x 4″ x 2.25″, it is made of stone resin and hand-painted. The cat figurine is accented with angel wings and will certainly be cherished.
It can be displayed on a shelf or mantle so they’ll always feel their sweet pet with them.
Beautiful Garden Memorial: Roman Memorial Bench
“May you find comfort in the arms of an angel” is inscribed on this gorgeous stone resin bench. Measuring 5.5″ x 15.2″ x 6″, it will look beautiful in any garden or as a decorative piece around their loved one’s headstone.
It’s not meant to be used as an actual bench as it’s purely decorative.
Angels & Light: Sending You an Angel Candle Holder
This gorgeous figurine of an angel holding a candle is made from quality granite material and measures 6″ tall x 6″ wide x 4″ deep. It includes a poem card titled “Sending You An Angel”. It’s a thoughtful gift that can be displayed on a shelf or table to remind them that they are in your thoughts.
Everyday Notes: KindNotes Glass Keepsake Gift Jar with Sympathy Messages
This KindNotes sympathy jar is filled with 31 notes for your friend or loved one to read daily or all at once. Tucked inside a decorative envelope, they’ll find words of encouragement and comfort. Beautifully decorated, there are 17 styles available including violets, birds and flowers, and inspirational scripts.
You can find one for men and women of all ages. The jar is decorated with satin ribbon and a charm, and it arrives in a see-through gift box. It’s an ideal gift from co-workers or a group.
Keep Them With You Always: “Hearts Together Forever” Bracelet
A perfect gift to remind her that her loved one is always with her, this leather band bracelets features 2 silver hearts that are interlocked. It’s a beautiful piece of jewelry that will forever have a special meaning.
It comes gift boxed with a dedication card and poem. It’s a beautiful gesture that she’ll keep always.
Choosing a Gift
When choosing a sympathy or memorial gift, it’s a good idea to consider the person’s personal style. If they enjoy wearing jewelry, a necklace or bracelet is a great idea. If you believe they’d enjoy something to display in their home, there are beautiful memorial frames listed. The music box and ornament is also a lovely gesture.
If they enjoy being outside or in their garden, a stepping stone, bench, or wind chime would make incredibly thoughtful gifts.
If you’re sending a gift to a couple or a family, the sympathy basket or the jar of sympathy notes would definitely be appreciated.
For comforting a friend or loved one, there are books listed to help them work through their grief as well as the comfort blanket which would be cherished.
With the loss of a pet, a memorial stone or statue would be a sweet reminder. The paw print throw would also be loved.
Teens may find the book that is intended to help them work through their grief useful. People who are hard to buy for, especially guys in this situation, will appreciate the stainless steel keychain.
If you believe your friend or loved one would enjoy something to decorate the memorial or grave site, the stone bench or star stepping stone would be perfect gift ideas.
If you’re still having trouble narrowing down the perfect gift, the following websites can help.
Sympathy Gift Etiquette – The Spruce
Bereavement – Psychology Today
Choosing a sympathy gift can be difficult. Regardless of what you choose, they are certain to appreciate the gesture. Anything at all that brings comfort or a smile is always a great idea.
Hopefully, this list helped you find the ideal present for your friend or loved one.
If you’ve given or received a thoughtful sympathy gift, be sure to comment below. Also, be sure to share this list with your family and friends so they can easily find a thoughtful gift as well.