30 Get Well Gift Ideas (Recovering from Surgery)

When you have a friend or loved one recovering from surgery, your first instinct is to help however you can. There are times when being present isn’t possible due to your own health, family, or obligations. Sending a thoughtful gift is a way to let them know you’re thinking of them, and it will definitely raise their spirits.

Get Well Gifts

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Snacks & Boredom Busters: Get Well Soon Care Package

A basket full of goodies is always a great idea! This get well soon care package includes a puzzle book and a deck of cards to help pass the time. It includes a get well mug and 6 tea bags. An assortment of snacks such as a Lipton soup box, Chimes ginger chews, Honees honey drops, Nikki’s get well soon jelly beans, Snyder pretzels, cheese crackers, and Famous Amos cookies top off top off the basket.

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Healing Angel: Willow Tree Angel of Healing

This sweet 5″ resin figure will remind your loved one that you’re thinking of them and wishing them well. Hand-painted and designed by artist Susan Lordi, the ‘Angel of Healing’ is part of the Willow Tree collection.

It includes a card that reads ‘For those who give comfort with caring and tenderness’. It arrives gift boxed and ready for giving.

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Wrapped in Comfort: BlankieGram Healing Thoughts Blanket

This BlankieGram is a fun and thoughtful get well gift. It arrives inside an organza bag and is made with incredibly soft custom fabric. Available in teal, pink, grey, blue, and purple, each one is covered with inspirational words.

Terms such as Lots of Love, Healing Energy, Peace, Positive Thoughts, and more are printed in white. It’s guaranteed to not shed or shrink. It makes a great get well gift for anyone.

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Everything at Your Fingertips: Bed Table & Bathtub Tray

This bamboo table is perfect for someone recuperating in bed. It features a book rack for reading that can also be used to hold a laptop or iPad stand. It has a place for their phone and drink, and plenty of room for writing or doing puzzles.

The width is adjustable from 29.5″ to 52.5″, and the height can be adjusted from 8.3″ to 10.75″. After they’re completely well, it works great as a bathtub tray as it is water resistant.

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Ultimate Gift Basket: Smoked Summer Sausage and 100% Wisconsin Cheese

Since cooking is difficult when recovering from surgery, and snack foods can get old quick, this summer sausage and cheese tray makes an excellent gift idea. It includes 1 smoked summer sausage, 1 jalapeno and cheddar sausage, 1 smoked garlic summer sausage, 2 – 4 ounce packages of cheddar cheese, 1 – 4 ounce package of pepperjack cheese, pretzels, crackers, and a jar of mustard.

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Comfy PJ’s: Alexander Del Rossa Men’s Lightweight Button Down Pajama Set

These 100% cotton pajamas by Alexander Del Rossa are lightweight and super comfy making them perfect for recovering. The top is a button up, and the pants have an elastic waist. There are 7 styles to choose from including red plaid, beer and soda on green, and grey houndstooth.

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At Home Spa: Vanilla Aromatherapy

Once they’re able, you’re friend or loved one will absolutely love taking a long hot bath with this spa gift basket! Using the classic scent of vanilla, this basket is loaded with items to pamper them with.

It includes shower gel, bubble bath, body lotion, bath salts, a bath pouf, and flower-shaped soap.

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Fun Tee: I Fought A Bear Funny Injury Recovery Gift T-Shirt

Your guy friends will love receiving this fun t-shirt as a gift! Available in sizes small – 3x, you can choose between 10 different colors including baby blue, black, and cranberry. Solid color tees are 100% cotton, and heather colors are a cotton/polyester blend.

This lightweight classic fit tee is sure to be a hit!

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An Extra Arm: Vive Suction Cup Grabber

This item would be handy even for those who aren’t recovering from surgery; however, it will make a great gift for those who are. Made from aluminum, it’s able to add 32″ to your reach. It includes a suction ‘grabber’ on the end that’s perfect for grabbing the remote, picking up a dropped pill, and even changing a light bulb! It’s lightweight and simple to use!

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PJ’s for Her: TIK TIK Pajamas Set for Women

These 100% cotton pajamas are soft and include a button closure perfect for recovering from surgery. They’re long sleeve and include a chest pocket. The bottoms are elastic and include a drawstring. They’re available in sizes small – x-large, and you can choose between black, navy blue, and grey.

They make a wonderful get well gift!

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Help Them Relax: Essential Oil Diffuser

This essential oil diffuser is available with a wood grain or dark wood finish. Unlike other diffusers, it blends perfectly with any home decor. Your friend or loved one will enjoy adding their favorite essential oils to help them with sleep, anxiety, and so much more.

It features Whisper Quiet technology and has a 1, 3, or 6 hour automatic shut off. It releases a cool mist instead of hot steam and has 14 LED lights that change color and help create a peaceful atmosphere.

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Lotion Essentials: Burts Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set

When you’re recovering from surgery, sometimes it just makes you feel better to have new lotions, chapstick, and soap. This beauty gift set includes travel size Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, hand salve, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, and Beeswax Lip Balm.

Made from all natural ingredients, this set makes a perfect gift for anyone.

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31 Ways to Say Get Well: KindNotes Glass Keepsake Gift Jar with GET Well Messages

This adorable KindNotes gift jar is filled with 31 get well and encouraging notes that your friend or loved one can open every day or all at once. Each note comes in a linen decorative envelope and arrives in a glass jar that features a satin ribbon and charm.

There are 28 colors/styles to choose from including brown/time travel, yellow/smiley face, and pink/birds and flowers. They’re perfect for anyone!


Stay Put: Pembrook Non Skid/Slip Socks

A rather important part of recovery is not overdoing it or slipping/falling down. These non skid slip socks are a perfect way to ensure your loved one is safe walking on any type of flooring. They’re made of a cotton, polyester, and spandex blend and are super soft.

They feature rubber treads on the bottom, and you can choose between a 2, 4, or 6 pack. There’s several colors to choose from including black, gray, navy blue, purple, and pink. Each pair is designed to fit most adults.


Everyone Loves New Slippers: HomeTop Women’s Cute Fuzzy Knitted House Slippers

These comfy house shoes are knitted to allow air to flow through, and they feature a memory foam insole. The outer rubber sole is anti skid. Available in sizes 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12, they’re perfect for both men and women.

You can choose between 6 colors including wine burgundy, space black, and light blue.

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Rest Easy: Bed Wedge Pillow

This bed wedge pillow can be used in a variety of ways. It’s perfect for those recovering from surgery where laying flat is difficult. Measuring 25″ x 24″ x 12″, it can also be used to prop up legs or to watch television at a comfortable angle.

It’s designed with high density memory foam and will contour to easily allow a more restful sleep. The cover is removable and can be washed.

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Stay Hydrated: Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Your friend or loved one will be thrilled with the design and ease of use with the Hydracy water bottle. They simply add their favorite fruit and add water. It holds 25 ounces, and the infuser rod reaches the bottom ensuring fruit-flavored water to the last drop.

Made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan, it’s leak and sweat proof. You can choose between 6 colors including lime green, deep purple, and sunny yellow.

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Relaxing Bat: Bath Bombs Gift Set

As soon as she’s able, she’ll love soaking in the tub with one of these rich bath bombs! The set features 8 different bath bombs including Blue Cleanse that is made with green tea and blueberry, Enlightened is made with ginger and lime, and Love Cloud is designed using jasmine and chamomile.

Mystery is made with coconut and shea butter, Tranquility uses aloe and peppermint, Tantric has lavender and vanilla, Purple Candy includes cotton candy and strawberry scents, and Pink Zen is made using orange and rose.

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A Basket of Their Favorite Oils: Zen Breeze Essential Oils Blends

Zen Breeze essential oils are made using 100% pure and natural ingredients. This starter kit is perfect for a friend who already has a diffuser, or if you’re planning to buy them one as part of your gift.

It includes oils for sleep, focus, breathing, health, stress, and relaxation. It’s perfect for anyone recovering from surgery!

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DVD’s for Days: The Office: The Complete Series

Has there ever been a better time to indulge in their favorite show? This DVD box set of the smash hit comedy “The Office” is filled with 9 seasons of hilarity. It includes tons of extras including commentary on several episodes with different cast members.

There are fake PSAs, webisodes, music videos, behind the scenes footage, and tons more that will help them laugh straight through recovery.

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To Pass the Time: activity and puzzle book

After a while, television can get old. This activity and puzzle book will help them stimulate their mind and keep them busy for hours. It includes crosswords, Sudoku, quizzes, jokes, trivia, word finds, and much more! It has 114 pages to help him pass the time, and he’s sure to appreciate it!

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You Know What They Say: Reader’s Digest: Laughter is the Best Medicine

This 216-page book is busting at the seams with a collection of Reader’s Digest’s funniest jokes, quotes, cartoons, and stories. Anyone who loves to read (and laugh) will enjoy this gift!

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Ultimate Tea Gift Set: TeaGift Set for Tea Lovers

This lovely tea gift set includes a stainless steel double insulated cup that holds 9 ounces of their favorite tea. It stays cool to the touch while keeping tea warm up to 3 hours. The set also includes 12 organic handcrafted teas that include Velvet Rubios Tea, Earl Grey Afternoon Tea, Vanilla Earl Grey Creme, Green Tea Pomegranate, Tali’s Masala Chai, Coconut Creme, Egyptian Chamomile Nighttime Tea, French Lemon Ginger Tea, Happy Mood Tea, Pacific Coast Spearmint Peppermint Tea, Apricot Tea, and Italian Orange Blood Morning Boost Tea.

To top the set off, pure grade A honey straws are also included. It comes beautifully packaged and ready for giving.


Daily Devotional: God Is With You Every Day

This 365-day devotional by Max Lucado is certain to lift their spirits. Each week has a new prayer and scripture, and the following 6 days include devotions related to the scripture. It’s filled with encouraging quotes, and is perfect for anyone!

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Sleep Well: YMing Scented Candles Gift Set of 4

If your friend or loved one is a fan of candles, you can’t go wrong with this set of 4. Made of natural soy wax, each tin is scented with Lavender, Lemon, Mediterranean Fig, or Fresh Spring. Each one is 4.

4 ounces and will burn for approximately 25-30 hours. After they’re finished burning, the tins can be used for decoration or small storage. This set arrives ready for gifting.


For Candle Lovers: YMing Scented Candles Gift Set of 4

If your friend or loved one is a fan of candles, you can’t go wrong with this set of 4. Made of natural soy wax, each tin is scented with Lavender, Lemon, Mediterranean Fig, or Fresh Spring. Each one is 4.

4 ounces and will burn for approximately 25-30 hours. After they’re finished burning, the tins can be used for decoration or small storage. This set arrives ready for gifting.

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Perfect Pillow: Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow

When recovering, you can’t go wrong with a luxurious pillow. Available in standard, queen, king, or full body pillow sizes, the thickness of each pillow is adjustable. The inner zipper can be used to remove the amount of filling needed to make it perfect for anyone.

Each one is designed using US certified memory foam. The bamboo cover is designed using Kool-Flow Technology allowing better air circulation to keep the pillow cool.

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A Place for Everything: Fancii 10 Pocket Bedside Caddy

This 10 pocket bedside caddy is perfect for holding everything they might need. It will allow cleaning off the bed a simple task while keeping everything close by. It includes 5 deep pockets for heavier items including books, laptops, magazines, and more.

The 5 smaller pockets are perfect for headphones, remotes, pens, their phone, and whatever else they may need. It’s made with polyester and has 3 adjustable velcro straps. 3 Metal grommets are also included for easily hanging it next to the bed.

It measures 19″ x 3″ x 12″ and is certain to be a hit!

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The Perfect Time to Journal: Leather Journal Writing Notebook

Overthinking can be helpful or a hindrance when trying to recover from surgery. With a lot of free time, your friend or loved one is sure to get antsy and ready to get back to their normal routine. This genuine leather notebook is a perfect way to allow them to write out their feelings, make notes, lists, or anything they want.

It’s handmade and has a rich look, feel, and smell. Measuring 8.75″ x 6″, it includes 120 sheets. It includes section dividers, a pen holder, and 2 satin ribbon bookmarks. You can choose between black, brown, or white.

You can also choose lined or blank pages. It comes packaged with a gift box and poem. Your loved one will adore this incredibly thoughtful gift!

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Long-Term Recovery: Carex Overbed Table – Flat Rolling Bed Table with Adjustable Height

If you’re friend or loved one is in for a long recovery period, this overbed table is sure to be needed and much appreciated. Very similar to bed tables used in the hospital, the bottom slides right under their bed.

It can be used in their living area as well. They can use it for meals, working puzzles, reading, and even work if they must! It has an ABS plastic top that measures 16″ x 33″ and is adjustable for left or right hand use.

The caster wheels swivel to make moving it around a breeze. The height can be adjusted from 23.25″ to 37.75″. This bed tray table is a great gift idea for anyone!


Choosing the Perfect Gift

Whether you’re wanting something that will make things easier, help pass the time, or let them know you’re thinking of them, this list has you covered.

Gifts for Him

When choosing a gift for him, you can’t go wrong with the Reader’s Digest book “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. He’s also sure to enjoy the activity and puzzle book or “The Office” DVD collection.

Gifts for Her

There are several great ideas just for her on this list! The candle set, Burt’s Bees lotion set, and the tea gift set are all wonderful ideas. She’s certain to appreciate a new pair of pajamas or slippers as well!

Relaxation Gift Ideas

The diffuser and essential oils gift set are perfect relaxation gifts. The lavender mask, bath bombs, and vanilla spa basket are certain to be hits as well!

Helpful Gift Ideas

The overbed table tray is a great idea for someone who will be in recovery for a while. The bedside caddy, bamboo pillow, and pillow wedge are all helpful gift ideas.

Encouraging Gift Ideas

The daily devotion book by Max Lucado is an excellent choice for giving encouragement. The KindNotes Jar is also a great idea!

If you’re still trying to figure out the best gift from this list that your friend or loved one will get the most use of, these websites can help you narrow it down.

5 Steps for choosing a Thoughtful Gift

No matter which gift you ultimately decide to choose, your friend or loved one is certain to love and appreciate it. If you’ve ever given or received a unique gift while recovering from surgery, be sure to comment below. Also, don’t forget to share this list with your family and friends so they can find the perfect gift too!

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