Caregiving can be a full-time job that demands ample competence, love, patience, and mental presence — and in spite of this, it is work that often goes unappreciated. For all of the hours that caregivers close to you put into making sure that loved ones are properly seen to, they deserve to be pampered and cared for themselves, even if it’s simply in the form of a thoughtful or tender holiday or birthday gift. Or, alternatively, you may be a caregiver looking for inspiration to pamper yourself this holiday. Either way, here is a list of the 16 best gifts for caregivers to demonstrate your appreciation for all of the love they put in every day.
Sending chocolates is one of the most classic gift ideas for a reason — it’s universally delicious and it shows a great deal of care on the part of the gift giver! In hard times, sweet snacks can provide a bit of a pick-me-up for the caregiver in your life, and in good times, they can be a celebratory gesture. This assortment offers a variety of chocolates in a cute keepsake tin that can be reused even after you’ve had your fill.
They say that tea is like a hug in a cup. Tea is the quintessential beverage of calm and serenity. Give the caregiver in your life a little taste of that with a variety pack to keep them warm through the winter season.
Another great gift that’s a bit of a holiday staple is a nice plush robe. While somewhat generic, cozy loungewear is always a thoughtful gift for the caregiver in your life to keep them feeling comfortable and warm inside the home.
A set of bath bombs is nothing if not an invitation for an at-home spa day. Any high quality, nice-smelling bath product is a nice self-care gift, but this set of bath bombs especially gives a feeling of luxury. It comes in a set of 12, with a variety of scents and colors to keep them exciting down to the last bath.
For caregivers, and especially ones who care for immune-compromised patients, handwashing is a very frequent affair. This can lead to cracking or dry skin, which is unpleasant, to say the least. A set of nice lotions can soothe or prevent these issues and tell the caregiver in your life that you care about what can be physically difficult about this sort of role. This particular set from Burt’s Bees has highly moisturizing creams and lotions for your hands and feet in a variety of pleasantly fragrant scents.
The gift of quiet is an incredible one, and thankfully, these headphones make it possible for you to gift it to the caregiver in your life. With active noise-canceling technology, these headphones can help them to tune out the world for a little while.
The importance of weekly exercise cannot be understated, especially for people in caregiver roles. Yoga is an easy activity to do at home, it’s low-impact, and it can easily be adjusted for different experience levels. A yoga mat is somewhat practical as a gift, but it reminds your giftee that they can have fun and work up a sweat, too, right at home. This is one of the best gifts for caregivers for people who care for someone in their own home or the home of their loved one.
Candles can be a soothing, welcome addition to a household for anyone, but it can be a special encouragement to caregivers to have a nice, calm environment for themselves when they can. More than just offering warm ambiance to a room, these candles may also offer some therapeutic benefits for those interested in aromatherapy. They are soy candles infused with essential oils, the inhalation of which is thought to improve feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress.
Not everyone feels comfortable with open flames, so there are other products available. For those who could still benefit from the ambiance of tea lights but who can’t light candles in their homes, this set of flameless candles could be a great option. Placed in a candle holder, these look realistically like flames and offer a nice amber glow.
It’s easy to let your own hobbies and activities fall to the wayside when you take on the role of caregiver. It’s important to let the caregivers in your life know that their own interests matter a great deal and that they can and should have the opportunity to pick up new activities on the side. This beginner’s knitting kit is perfect for that — with 18 sizes of wooden knitting needles and a variety of other tools, it can help the caregiver in your life pick up a new soothing and creative endeavor to do in their free time.
With a great deal of time being spent around the home, either with their patient or when trying to unwind with a quiet evening alone, gifting an Amazon Prime membership to the caregiver in your life can be a very practical gift idea. With thousands of movies and shows to watch for free, it can keep them, their family, and their friends entertained for hours. This is one of the best gifts for caregivers, because they can then use it to buy any other gifts that they’d like, both for personal use, or for gifts for others.
Keeping hydrated is crucial to feeling your best and performing your best. When attending to someone else’s needs, it can be difficult to remember to take care of your own. Thankfully, this Hidrate Spark smart water bottle tracks your daily intake and reminds you to drink more if your daily intake is lagging. With Bluetooth capabilities, this water bottle can link to your phone and provide readings on your hydration on an app on your phone. It will also begin to glow when you are falling behind your daily water goals, visually reminding you to hydrate.
While it may not be great for pampering, sometimes practical gifts can be especially helpful in easing the workload for the caregiver in your life, especially when paired alongside more self-care oriented gifts. This 31-day pill system offers daily pill tracking and a talking reminder alarm clock that can help to remind your caregiver or their patient of when they last took their pills. We chose to include this as one of our gifts for caregivers especially because it may help relieve some stress at work. This system saves them from random worries that they forgot to give their patient a pill.
With the hectic sort of schedule that can come with being up early, dashing to and from doctors’ appointments and running errands, waking up on time is very important. This Philips Smartsleep wakeup light clock, one of our favorite gifts for caregivers, can wake you up naturally and calmly by emulating the sunrise in the morning, easing you into the day without the blaring of an alarm clock to disturb your peace.
A day in the life of a caregiver can be emotionally stressful and packed with activity, making it difficult to find the downtime necessary in order to process the heavy emotions that may come with the territory of the role. Mindfulness journals, like this one from Corso, can offer caregivers the opportunity to record their thoughts and engage in soothing practices like gratitude journaling. It even has a section for inspirational quotes, which can help to brighten their day just a bit.
Meditation can be a great activity to pick up in order to promote mindfulness, calm, and comfort with the thought of letting go, and this Buddha Board aims to help with just that. On a Buddha Board, you paint calligraphy with just water, no ink, and when the water from the board evaporates, the once black painting disappears. The action of painting is soothing and promotes presence of mind, and the disappearing action of the “ink” will emphasize the calm in impermanence.
Any combination of these gifts for caregivers, or even more personalized ones, would be a great way to tell the caregiver in your life exactly how much you care for and appreciate them and all of their hard, dedicated work. Everyone deserves to feel special from time to time, but caregivers especially do, especially when their daily labor often goes unrecognized. While these gifts certainly won’t change the nature of the role — in that it can be equal parts exhausting, draining, stressful, rewarding, and love-filled — they may ease some of the rougher parts just a bit, or simply tell them that you care and notice their grace, effort, and kindness.