At some point everyone is going to have someone in their life, whether it’s a close relative, friend, or even an acquaintance, that is fighting cancer. There’s no better way to let them know you are thinking of them than to send a comforting or inspirational gift.
Listed below are 40 ideas that will inspire, comfort, or even provide a laugh. Each one is certain to bring a smile.
Inspirational Gift Ideas For Cancer Patients
Wrap Them in Comfort: BlankieGram Faith Throw Blanket with Inspirational Thoughts and Prayers
Covered in positive and encouraging words, this 100% polyester with microfiber fleece is an excellent choice. You can choose from 4 different colors including: teal to help recharge their spirit, pink to enhance self-esteem and spark creativity, purple to help with sleep and soothe mental stress, and silvery blue to provide serenity and harmony.
The 50 x 60 soft blanket will arrive in an organza bag ready for gift-giving.
It doesn’t shed or shrink, and best of all, every purchase from BlankieGram helps provide blankets to others in need.
Courage To Hold on To Cross: Handmade Glass Mosaic with Courage Poem
This beautifully handcrafted mosaic cross arrives with a choice of 2 different cards of encouragement. It is 4″ tall and perfect for holding during those stressful treatments or tests to remind your friend or loved one you are with them.
It arrives in a gift box and has a small black ribbon attached for hanging right by their bed or anywhere they choose.
Discovering the diagnosis of cancer may be one of the most difficult parts of the journey. This book by Lynn Eib gives 50 days of hope using her own personal battle with cancer along with encouraging stories by other survivors.
This is an excellent gift idea for someone who is just beginning their battle or even for those that just need a little encouragement.
Color the Stress Away: Suck It Cancer: 50 Inspirational Quotes and Mantras to Color
A great way to pass the time during treatments or for those days when they just need some quiet time, this 50-page coloring book is certain to bring a smile.
Pair it with a new box of coloring pencils, and you’ll have a fun gift your loved one can enjoy and immerse themselves in positive reinforcement.
Beautiful Reminder Paperweight: Always Remember You Are BRAVER Than You Believe Engraved Keepsake
You don’t have to be a fan of Winnie the Pooh to love this famous quote. It’s a true testament to all fighters, and they will love the reminder.
At 4″ square, it is perfect for a desk, shelf, or bedside table.
It comes ready to give to a loved one packaged in a box and fabric bag.
A Book to Lift Their Spirits: Everyday Strength: A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Spiritual Survival
Randy Becton wrote this book to offer encouragement to other cancer fighters. He delves deep into keeping one’s mental health at the forefront of their fight.
It includes scripture, prayers, and meditations for getting through those tough days.
This 160-page book would make an excellent ‘just because’ gift or added to a gift basket.
The Ultimate Gift Basket: Just Don’t Send Flowers The Big Queasy Cancer Gift Basket for Women
This gift bag full of essentials is an amazing idea for your loved one as they begin treatment.
It includes 18 items in a large canvas tote including a Pashmina Wrap Scarf, 2 pairs of Dr. Scholl’s spa socks, Aveeno bath products, and a cooling towel.
It appears they thought of everything with this gift bag as it also includes items for nausea such as drops, peppermint tea, and ginger cookies.
A neck pillow, eye mask, and earplugs are also added for comfort.
Your friend or loved one is certain to appreciate this amazing gesture.
Essentials For Him: Just Don’t Send Flowers Men’s Get Well Gym Bag Gift
Similar to the tote bag for women above, the gym bag for men is just as awesome. It includes Burt’s Bees items, a large soft fleece throw, socks, puzzle books, and more.
While guys tend to deter people from bringing gifts, this is one he’ll be happy to get.
Motivate and Hydrate Water Bottle: Fight Like a Girl Motivational Slimkim II Water Sports Bottle
This 30-ounce, BPA-free, water bottle features motivational words and phrases. It’s scratch-resistant and shatter-proof. The marked times on the bottle remind your loved one to stay hydrated.
It includes a drinking spout with straw that flips down when not in use and a carrying strap.
It’s available in black, pink, purple, and teal so you’re sure to find one your friend or loved one will enjoy.
Positive Reminder Magnets: Refrigerator Magnet Inspirational Positive Gifts
This set of 6 dry-erase motivational magnets would make a perfect addition to your gift basket.
Each time one catches your warrior’s eye, it will remind them that they are not alone in this fight.
The 4″ square magnets can be used on the refrigerator, a filing cabinet, or any magnetic surface.
Luxurious Blanket and More: Chanasya 5-Piece Combo Gift Pack
This encouraging gift pack will provide many hours of comfort. The 5-pack includes a 50 x 65″ comfy throw, a neck pillow, socks, an eye mask, and a tote.
This set comes in grey, but the blanket is available by itself in many colors including: aubergine, teal, grey, rose, blue, burgundy, ivory, Love You dark grey, Love You rose, and yellow.
Hydration and Vitamin C Water Bottle: Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
his 32-ounce fruit infuser water bottle will help remind your fighter to take in healthy fruits and stay hydrated.
It’s made with BPA-free Eastman Tritan material, is 100% leak-proof, and the cover sleeve guarantees no condensation.
It comes in a huge variety of colors so they can look stylish while staying strong. Colors include: Aqua Blue, Aqua Green, Azure Blue, Berry Blue, Charcoal Black, Deep Purple, Lava Orange, Lime Green, Lollipop Pink, and Sunny Yellow.
It also comes with a ebook starter guide.
The Perfect Reminder Book: What Cancer Cannot Do: Stories of Courage
During those especially tough days, this book is a great reminder of what cancer can’t take away from your loved one.
The hardcover includes 128 pages of scripture, inspirational quotes, and personal stories from both men and women cancer survivors.
This would make an excellent addition to a gift basket.
Humorous Cancer T-Shirt: Cancer T-Shirt with Funny Cancer Fighter Inspirational Quote
If your friend or loved one has a great sense of humor or if you believe they could use a great pick-me-up, this shirt is a great idea.
It’s a lightweight custom-fit tee available in both men’s and women’s sizes small – 3x.
The available colors include: black, royal blue, red, heather, and pink.
This t-shirt is sure to get a much needed laugh when worn to treatments.
A Book of Encouragement: The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times
The Book of Comforts is exactly what its name states. It is filled with scripture, devotions, words to provide strength, and beautiful photographs.
It would make a beautiful gift by itself or in a gift basket.
A Token of Hope: St Peregrine: Patron Saint of Cancer Patients – Pocket Token
This St. Peregrine 1.5″ pocket token would make a very thoughtful gift for patients to carry with them to treatments, doctor appointments, and more. It comes ready to give in a nice white organza bag.
The words ‘Guide me in this fight’ can be very powerful for those starting or in the midst of their journey.
A Book to Help Find the Positive: The Cancer Whisperer: Finding Courage, Direction, and the Unlikely Gifts of Cancer
Written by a fighter herself, Sophie Sabbage discusses taking control of your treatments and learning to deal with the many emotions that come with the diagnosis of cancer.
Above all, she helps readers find positives in this trying journey.
It’s available in hardback and paper back.
Stories of Hope and Strength: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book: 101 Stories
This edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul includes 101 stories of encouragement and hope from survivors.
This updated version also includes a personal story of cancer patient, Elizabeth Bayer. She directs readers to invaluable information for support and medical resources.
Comforting Skin and Lip Care: Cancer Care Pack for Skin and Lips
The effects of chemotherapy and cancer medications can certainly take their toll on every aspect of one’s health. Emu Joy offers a lip balm for dry chapped lips, and a body oil to prevent burns and give relief to areas affected by treatment.
Any friend or loved one beginning treatment would love to receive this gift.
Smash It Cancer Mug: This Is My Chemo-Cancer Mug
Perhaps one of the most fun gifts on this list, the chemo mug can sit anywhere to remind the fighter in your life the day is coming when they can smash it to pieces.
Available in 11-ounce or 15-ounce sizes, it can be used up until the day arrives.
Just this one small thing can give hope on those hard days.
Encouraging Wall Hanging: You Never Know How Strong You Are – 5 x 10 inch Hanging
A beautiful wooden hanging to remind that special someone of their strength is a great gift idea.
At 5 x 10″, it can be displayed in their home, office, or hospital room. A smaller version of 6 x 6″ is also available that can be put on a desk or shelf.
Tougher Than Cancer Keychain: Cancer Awareness Keychain Life is Tough But I Am Tougher
This keychain will remind your loved one that while life is currently harder than normal, they are tough enough to get through it.
It comes packaged and ready to give to anyone needing this reminder.
It’s available in 2 different styles or as a bracelet. All 3 are sterling silver.
Keep Fighting Notes: KindNotes Glass Keepsake Gift Jar with Fighting Cancer Messages
Perhaps one of the more popular gift ideas, the KindNotes gift jars come in over 24 designs. The stylish glass jar arrives with a variety of inspiring messages tucked in to small envelopes. The handwritten font adds a personal touch, and each one your fighter reads will remind them you are right there with them.
You can choose from sparkling stars to time travel. With so many to choose from, you’re certain to find the perfect one.
Book For Finding Humor During the Fight: Big C, little ta-ta: Kicking Breast Cancer’s Butt in 7 Humorous Stories
For the breast cancer fighter in your life, this book by Janet Sheppard Kelleher is sure to be a hit. Janet writes her own struggles with breast cancer and finds humor in the least likely places.
This would make a great gift to lighten the mood on those harder days.
Your loved one will appreciate this out of the ordinary gift.
Wrap Them in Warmth Pillow: NUGGLEBUDDY Microwaveable Moist Heat & Aromatherapy Organic Rice Pack
This 100% cotton ‘pillow’ pack can be microwaved to add heat and comfort where it’s needed most. It’s infused with pure essential oils with a mixture of rosemary and chamomile.
Along with the heat, the smells will provide comfort and restful sleep.
It comes in a beautiful package and is ready to give to the warrior in your life.
Inspiring Keepsake Box: What Cancer Cannot Do Inspirational Cancer Poem – Keepsake Box
Another gift idea that goes along with the book of the same name, this keepsake box comes in black or mahogany hardwood.
It’s a wonderful reminder to those fighting cancer that there are many things cancer cannot take away from them.
Lined in velvet, the box dimensions are 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.25″. The poem is printed on ceramic tile. It’s a wonderful gift that will be treasured long after the battle is won.
Walk in Affirmation Socks: Notes to Self Socks – Daily Affirmations, Inspirational Socks
Comfy socks are always a hit when someone you know is needing all the comfort they can get. These Notes to Self socks come in a variety of 25 colors paired with different inspirational words. Sizes range from x-small to x-large.
This is a perfect addition to a gift basket.
A Place to Record Your Journey: I Know the Plans – Jeremiah 29:11 Classic LuxLeather Journal
Keeping a journal can be a very therapeutic way for cancer patients to deal with the day-to-day struggles of their illness.
This beautiful soft LuxLeather journal comes with lined pages, a ribbon page marker, and a page in the front to present it from you to your loved one.
This is a wonderful gift that can be given alone or as part of a gift basket.
Luxury For Sensitive Skin: Unicorn Station Bamboo Washcloths for Ultra-Sensitive Skin
The effects of cancer medications and chemotherapy are different for everyone. However, the majority can wreak havoc on every aspect of your body. These amazing washcloths are a perfect gift for those in the midst of treatment.
These bamboo washcloths are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and hypoallergenic. They are 13.5″ square and come in white, taupe, grey, or a mix of the 3 colors. They come 6 to a package and do not require special washing instructions.
This is a very thoughtful gift that would be a beautiful addition to a gift basket.
Guardian Angel Figurine: Pavilion Gift Company Survivor Angel Figurine
Let your loved one know they are always being watched over by this beautiful reminder. The 6.5″ angel reaffirms the 4 essentials to fighting cancer: faith, hope, strength, and courage.
It comes beautifully packaged and ready to give to your loved one or friend.
The Ultimate Cancer Treatment Planner: Cancer Treatment Notebook Planner and Journal Gift Set
The perfect gift to show your friend or loved one you are ready to battle right along side of them with this planner to keep all of their health information organized.
Available in green for breast cancer, the planner comes with a matching floral journal and 3-ring binder.
For any type of cancer, you can choose green or brown in 2, 3, or 5 pieces.
Both planners have sections that include a calendar, medication list, procedures, terminology, and even questions to ask the doctor.
Keeping everything at their fingertips is a wonderful way to help your loved one feel in control of their illness and ready to go to battle.
A Book of Perseverance: Cancer Is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo Hardcover
As Jason Micheli faced the battle of his life with a cancer his doctors simply referred to as stage-serious, he decided it would not break his spirit or sense of humor.
While, most likely a better gift for those with a sense of humor facing terminal cancer, this book is an eye-opener in the resilience of faith.
Beautiful Necklace With Reminder: Inspirational Gifts for Women Cancer Survivor Necklace Gift
This necklace is a beautiful reminder of the strength everyone can dig deep and find. It is also an excellent way to show your warrior you believe in them.
It comes in a velvet gift pouch. Anyone facing cancer would love the reminder to put on their boxing gloves and fight.
This would make a lovely gift for someone you are close to.
A Tote For Everything: She Believed She Could So She Did Large Tote Bag
Every fighter needs a bag to carry their weapons of destruction against cancer.
This bag is 17 x 15″ and features an adjustable strap, large front pocket, and two water bottle holders.
You can pair this with one of the water bottles on this list and you will have a gift that is extremely useful and appreciated.
Hydrate and Inspire Water Bottle: Motivational Water Bottle; Great Inspirational Gifts for Women and Men
This BPA-free, stainless steel water bottle features a 32-ounce straw lid and a powder-coated finish.
It’s double-walled to keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 6 hours.
Available in black, pink, or green, it’s engraved ‘BELIEVE’ will add a touch of encouragement every time it’s used.
Express Your Faith Necklace: Mustard Seed Necklace, Sterling Silver
This beautiful necklace is a wonderful reminder that faith the size of a mustard seed can produce large results.
The sterling silver 18″ chain features a glass globe with a tiny mustard seed.
It comes packaged with a card containing the verse from Matthew inside a box ready for gifting.
Color in Daily Affirmations: Adult Coloring Books Good Vibes
Another adult coloring book on this list, the Good Vibes coloring book features 30 pages of inspirational words and quotes. It’s perfect for passing the time at doctor appointments or during treatment.
As mentioned before, this book paired with a box of colored pencils is a great gift for anyone starting or in the midst of their fight.
Comforting Candle Holder: GiftTree Comfort Candle
Candles have always been a popular gift and are often considered to be calming and relaxing. This particular candle holder can be treasured forever and comes with a hammered copper lid and a tealight.
The beautiful quote engraved on the holder is a great reminder of the most important things in life.
It comes beautifully packaged and can be mailed directly to your loved one with a message from you.
A Book of Hope: You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
ery few authors can take scripture and turn it into reaffirming hope the way Max Lucado can. In this book, he gives examples from the Bible where others faced hard times and how God helped them through them.
This miniature version would make an excellent addition to a gift basket.
Carry it Everywhere Worry Stone: SOOTHING STONES – BE STRONG & Courageous
A pocket token, or as some like to call it, a worry stone, is a great little gift to add to a gift basket. Your friend or loved one can keep it with them at all times and be reminded that they are not in this fight alone.
The saying ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ can be powerful when the receiver knows you believe in them.
The items listed above would make excellent gifts for anyone in your life fighting cancer. Choosing a variety of the inexpensive gifts and creating your own gift basket is something that will not be forgotten.
If you have received a gift in the past that lifted your spirits or that you found to be helpful, please comment below. Be sure to share this with your friends, and feel free to add your own ideas.