30 Thoughtful Gifts for Hospital Patients

If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital, it can be difficult trying to find a gift that is easy for them to do, enjoy, or provide some comfort.

In this list you’ll find a selection of ideas (besides flowers) to give them to help them pass the time, offer comfort, or just let them know you’re thinking of them.

30 Gifts for Hospital Patients

glass mosaic cross

A Thoughtful Reminder: Handmade Glass Mosaic with Courage Poem

This glass mosaic cross is made by hand and measures 5.5″ x 5.5″. They can keep it beside them or near a window as a sun catcher. It arrives in a gift box with a clear top lid and includes a courage poem.

There is also one available with a poem about healing.

snack gift basket

Snacks for All: Snack Gift Basket Care Package

If a basket of snacks is an option they can have, it definitely makes a great gift. These baskets comes with 26 individually wrapped snacks. They’re sure to find some favorites. Some of the snacks include Chex Mix, Cracker Jacks, Gardettos, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies, granola bars, Twizzlers, Gummy Bears, Star Bursts, and so much more.

This gift basket is also ideal for people who have medical caretakers such as other family members or friends that are with them often.

paperback Laughter

It’s True What They Say: Laughter the Best Medicine: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection

You’ve heard the old saying that laughter is the best patient’s medicine. This paperback has some of the funniest jokes, quotes, stories, and cartoons that have been featured in past editions of Reader’s Digest.

This book will give them something to pass the time and hopefully put a smile on their face. Just be ready to hear a new joke every time you visit.

gift pack throw blanket

Wrap Them in Comfort: Chanasya 5-Piece Gift Pack Throw Blanket

Anyone would be thrilled to receive this gift set. The 100% polyester throw is covered in comforting messages and words such as Love, Hope, Peace, and many more. It measures 50″ x 65″, and the microfiber sherpa is super soft.

The set also includes a bag, a neck pillow, an eye mask, and a pair of socks. You can check and choose between a teal or rose tan set. It’s an incredibly comforting gift that will last long after they’ve gone home to recuperate.

paperback pocket prayers

Reading That Heals the Spirit: Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers that Bring Peace and Rest

This 64-page paperback by Max Lucado is perfect alone or in a gift basket. It includes 40 prayers with corresponding scriptures to offer peace and encouragement.

sloth plush toy

Everyone Loves Sloths: Feel Like a Sloth? Hang in There! Get Well Soon Gift

This adorable sloth arrives in a fun package that’s almost as fun as he is. The gift box opens like a greeting card. Once opened, they’ll see this little guy holding a heart and a fun booklet. The snuggly sloth is 7″, and the “Top 10 Things to do When You Feel Like a Sloth” lists obvious ideas to do when you’re not feeling well.

It suggests ‘Taking a Bath’, ‘Playing Video Games’, and more. The box measures 8″ x 6″ and will be a fun surprise for any sick patient.

aromatherapy set

Basket for Her: Aromatherapy Gift Set

She’s sure to enjoy this get well basket. It includes a 10″ x 12″ canvas tote, a “Color Me Stress Free” coloring book, a mandalas coloring book, 12 colored pencils, “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul” word search, chamomile tea, fuzzy socks, and a 9-ounce Vanilla Cashmere candle.

This basket offers comfort and items to pass the time. She can enjoy these items long after she’s left the hospital and her illness.

adult coloring book

Adults Can Color Too: Adult Coloring Books Set

Creative adults needing a way to pass the time will love this set of adult coloring books. They’ll find over 120 images of animals, mandalas, and scenes to color. Basic, intermediate, and advanced designs are included in each book, and the quality pages are thick enough to use colored pencils, markers, or gel pens without bleeding through.

Add these to a basket or throw in a new package of colored pencils or gel pens, and you’ve got a wonderful present they’re sure to love.

leg rest pillow

Help Them Get Comfortable: Post Surgery Elevating Leg Rest Pillow

Hospital beds are not designed for comfort. Hopefully, this 8″ leg rest pillow will help them get some much needed rest. It’s designed using polyurethane and memory foam and has a washable and breathable cover.

Best of all, it can be used at home while they’re recuperating. Adults are sure to appreciate this wonderful get well present.

angel figurine

A Treasured Gift: Willow Tree Angel of Healing

This Willow Tree “Angel of Healing” measures 6.85″ x 5.35″. Sculpted and painted by hand, this resin figurine has wire wings and is perfect for sitting on their bedside table or window ledge. It includes a card that reads “For those who give comfort with caring and tenderness”.

shawl robe

Comfy Robe for Him: Men’s Waffle Shawl Robe

He’ll love having a new comfy robe while in the hospital and to recover in at home. Available in black, white, navy, and light grey, these robes come in 2 sizes including medium/large and x-large/xx-large.

They’re made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and have a soft, lightweight, waffle design. He’s sure to feel more comfortable in his own robe instead of a hospital gown, especially on walks down the hallway.

LEGO zombie cave

Stationary Fun for Boys: LEGO Minecraft The Zombie Cave

LEGO building kits are perfect for hospitals, when you’re stuck in bed. Hospital bedside tables are usually the right size to let them build on. They can build a Minecraft cave that comes with coal, red stone, gold, and diamond ore.

It comes with a Steve mini-figure, creepers, a bat, shops, furnace, and ladder. Once together, it measures 4″ x 7″ x 5″. He can build over and over and act out scenes from the game. This LEGO kit is ideal for ages 7-14.

art case coloring set

Stationary Fun for Kids: Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set

Younger patients can pass the time and have fun with this Crayola art case that’s filled with drawing supplies. It includes 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 20 washable markers, 20 Pipsqueak washable markers, and 15 large sheets of paper.

Perfect for ages 5 and up, this art set is ideal for filling the hours and reducing anxiety.

teddy bear

He Gets Well With You: GUND Get Well Soon Teddy Bear

This adorable 8.5″ GUND teddy bear arrives with a broken leg. He has a signature cast and a crutch that are removable. Once the patient is better, the bear can be healed as well. You can choose to buy him just like this or with an additional blanket or book.

Kids will love this cuddly teddy.

book peppa pig

Ease Their Fears: Peppa Pig Goes to Hospital

This hardcover book features the lovable Peppa Pig as she prepares to go to the hospital. It’s wonderful for easing anxiety in younger patients.

friendship quotes jar

Inspirational Notes: Happy Friendship Quotes Jar

If you’re looking for something unique to lift their spirits, this friendship quotes jar will do the trick. The adorable decorated jar comes with 30 slips of colored paper that each have a heartwarming message or quote about friendship.

Just knowing how much they mean to someone is encouragement to stay strong and positive. The jar arrives beautifully gift-boxed and ready for giving.

plush pillow

A Hug When You’re Not There: DEMDACO Heart Plush Pillow

This heart-shaped pillow is the perfect way to send someone a hug when you can’t be there. The Giving Heart pillow is designed using polyester, cotton, nylon, and acrylic fibers. It measures 2″ x 10″ x 11″, and the weight is made to mimic a real hug when held close.

They arrive ready to give, and you can choose from cream, grey taupe, and pink.

penguin the short novels

Catch Up on Classics: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

Being stuck in the hospital is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features 6 of John Steinbeck’s most revered novels. The titles include Of Mice and Men, The Moon is Down, Red Pony, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, and The Pearl.

You can choose between the paperback or hardcover set. Hopefully, they won’t have time to read them all, but they can always finish them at home.

brain games book

Passing the Time for Kids: Brain Games: Big Book of Boredom Busters

This 160-page paperback is filled with optical illusions, riddles, write-ins, and crazy logic puzzles. It’s a perfect way for 8-12 year-old patients to pass the time. It makes a wonderful gift alone or in a gift basket.

sleep mask

Interrupted Sleep: Jersey Slumber 100% Silk Sleep Mask

One thing is certain, it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep in the hospital. Between the monitors going off and someone coming in the room every couple of hours, it can be a struggle. Hopefully, this slumber sleep mask will help them stay asleep when the lights turn on throughout the night.

With the softness of silk, this mask fits comfortably without making your eyelids or face feel compressed. The elastic strap is soft and adjustable. This makes a great item to add to a gift basket.

oil diffuser necklace

Stylish and Calming: mEssentials Flower of Life Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

Although she may not can actually wear it while in the hospital, she can definitely hang it close to her bed and wear it everyday after she’s discharged. This stainless steel locket pendant arrives on a 24″ chain.

It comes with 5 refill pads in different colors to change up the look of the necklace. She’ll simply add a drop of the included Inner Calm aromatherapy essential oil, and will sense the calming effect for hours.

This essential oil uses a blend of geranium, clove bud, patchouli, lavender, and orange. It’s used for calming, anxiety, and sleep. Everything arrives inside a nice gift box ready for giving.

patient gown

Comfort & Style: Gownies – Designer Hospital Patient Gown

For planned or extended hospital stays, these designer gowns are sure to be a favorite. Made of 100% soft cotton, these gowns are designed for comfort and style. A front panel snaps and unsnaps easily to accommodate IV bags, and instead of a couple of ties in the back to keep it closed, there are snaps from top to bottom.

With 3 different sizes to choose from including small – 2x, the feeling of being exposed can be a thing of the past. You can choose from 20 different patterns. This also makes a great gift for expectant moms.

plush monkey

Cuddly Monkey for Kids: Hang in There Feel Better Get Well Plush Monkey in Hospital Gown

This adorable monkey is sure to bring a smile to their face. Measuring 16″, he arrives in his very own hospital gown that reads “Hang in there! Feel Better!”. He’s super soft, and he has Velcro hands for hanging around.

Kids of all ages will love cuddling with Mango the Monkey.


Safe & Comfortable: Pembrook Non Skid/Slip Socks

Depending on the reason they’re in the hospital, they may need a pair of non-slip socks. These socks are super soft and made of a cotton, polyester, and spandex blend. They feature rubber treads on the outer sole that can lessen the chance of slipping.

You can choose a package of 2, 4, or 6 in colors such as navy, pink, black, and grey. They’re very stretchy and will fit most adults.

burt´s bees gift set

Skin and Lip Care: Burt’s Bees Essential Gift Set

Skin and lip care is one thing to give a patient can feel in control of while inpatient. This 5-piece set by Burt’s Bees is perfect for hospital stays. It comes with Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream for face and body wash, hand salve, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm, and Coconut Foot Cream.


Comfy Tee: Recovery Mode On Get Well T-Shirt

This fun shirt can be bought for all ages. It clearly shows recovery mode is switched to on. You can choose from purple, heather blue, dark heather, navy, and black. Solid colors are 100% cotton, and heather colors are a cotton/poly mix.

These tees are available in youth sizes 2-12 and men/women’s small – 3x.

plush happy pill

Send Them a Happy Pill: Just For Laughs Giggling Plush Happy Pill

Everyone will get a kick out of this plush Happy Pill. Measuring 5″ tall, a simple squeeze makes him go into a giggling fit. There are 6 colors available, and they will surprise you with the color they choose.

Batteries are included making him ready to be delivered to put a smile on their face.

puzzle book

I’d Like to Buy a Vowel: Wheel of Fortune Word Puzzles

This spiral-bound puzzle book available on amazon features 160 pages of themed puzzles from television’s Wheel of Fortune categories. There are word search puzzles in classic, themed, and shaped. Crosswords, Elevator Words, and Add-a-Words are also included.

If they get stumped, there’s an answer key at the back. These are great for passing the time.

gift box for kids

Basket of Fun: Kids Get Well Gift Box: With Activity Books and Stuffed Animal

If you’re in a pinch for a gift basket for kids, this one comes ready to go. Designed for ages 3-8, it includes plenty of items for passing the time. They’ll find activity books such as a coloring book, a sticker book, and an activity book with crayons.

An age-appropriate card game is also included. It will be either Go Fish, War, Crazy Eights, or Old Maid. A plush friend tops this fun basket off.

hospital gift box

Perfect for Everyone: THE HOSPITAL BOX – GET Well Soon Care Package KIT

The Hospital Box lets you personalize it however you choose. It comes with 3 cotton “Open When” bags that you can fill with pictures, little gifts, or notes. There’s an “Open When You Get This” bag, “Open When You Feel Bored”, and “Open When You Need a Hug”.

Have fun decorating this 10″ x 10″ x 12″ box with the included stickers. Add items to the 5″ x 8″ bags, and add other items if you’d like. A suggestion list with ideas for comfort items is also included.

They’re sure to love it.

Tips for Choosing a Gift for Someone in the Hospital

Comforting Hospital Gifts for Adults and Elderly

If you’re looking for to shop for a gift that will comfort your friend while in the hospital, you’re in luck. There are several great items to choose from besides flowers and balloons. The essential oil necklace and designer hospital gown would make wonderful presents for her.

The men’s robe is sure to bring a smile to his face. Other items that would be perfect for him and her include the leg elevation pillow, the heart pillow, the Burt’s Bees Gift Set, and the Pocket Prayers book.

Comforting Presents for Kids

Kids are resilient, but it doesn’t hurt to send them something comforting. There are so many cute plush animals you can choose from. The sloth set is absolutely adorable.

The teddy bear with the broken leg is sure to bring a smile, and the stuffed monkey will make a great cuddle buddy. The Peppa Pig book is also great for easing their anxiety about being in the hospital.

Boredom Busters for Adults

One of the toughest parts about being in the hospital, whether it is for a cancer or a more benign health issue, is the long days. You can only watch so much TV.

The huge snack basket will make a fun surprise. The adult coloring books, and the Reader’s Digest “Laughter is the Best Medicine” book are both guaranteed to pass the time and make them smile. They can catch up on their classics with the John Steinbeck Box Set.

The Wheel of Fortune puzzle book is a fun way to pass the time, and anyone would love the Happy Notes Friendship Jar.

Boredom Busters for Kids

Kids can be harder to keep entertained, especially when they’re feeling better but it’s not quite time to go home yet. The Minecraft LEGO set is the perfect size for hospital bedside tables. They can spend hours building and acting out scenes.

The Crayola Art Inspiration case is filled with tons of colors and markers for drawing and coloring. The Get Well Box with a stuffed animal and activity books will certainly make them happy, and the Brain Games: Big Book of Boredom Busters will keep older kids entertained for hours.

Any age would love the Happy Pill plush toy that giggles, and the personalized Get Well Box is sure to be a hit.

If you’re interested in learning more ideas to help friends or family while they’re in the hospital, the following websites can help.

Ways to Help a Friend in the Hospital – CaringBridge

How to Make a Loved One’s Hospital Visit Easier – LifeHacker


Any gift that lets someone in the hospital know you’re thinking of them is certain to make them feel better, even if it just provides a little comfort.

If you know of an idea that’s not listed, be sure to comment below. Also, share this list of gifts for hospital patients with your family and friends so they can find great ideas too.

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