Best Gifts for Someone with Breast Cancer

As you continue reading, you will learn about some of the best gifts you can give a friend or family member battling breast cancer. At the same time, remember that being there for them is one of the best gifts you can provide.

Gifts for Breast Cancer Patients

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Start a meal train.

Meal trains can be incredibly helpful for anyone going through difficult periods in life. When a family member, friend, or neighbor is going through chemotherapy, planning meals to feed themselves or their family will likely be one of the last things on their mind. In saying this, by gathering a group of friends or individuals from the community looking to help an individual battling cancer, forming a meal train can make a world difference. Before starting one, it is a good idea to check if the recipient or their family members have any food allergies or dislikes of particular foods. This way, supporters can provide options that won’t go to waste and that no one will be limited from enjoying.

Another essential thing to determine when setting up a meal train, is the frequency and schedule at which people can sign up to to provide meals. Using an online planner like Give InKind’s Care Calendar allows individuals to see what others are contributing and not overwhelm the recipients and their families with too much or the same food at once.

It should also be considered that you want to have a combination of both meals that can be heated immediately and other meals that can be frozen and cooked later. This helps the recipient not to have to worry about making food and not worrying about food going bad too quickly. We also recommend adding a sticky note or heating instructions with meals that can be frozen so that the recipient knows how long to reheat frozen foods for, as well as have some idea of when food will be best by. A final thing to note about why meal trains make for such an excellent gift is that there are so many different recipes and types of food out there that there are endless possibilities. For more tips and tricks to start your meal train, we advise visiting Give InKind for more information.

Adult Coloring Book

Coloring is a calming and mentally refreshing activity you could provide for a friend fighting breast cancer. It is something that the recipient would be able to easily take to the hospital and do as they undergo treatment or monitoring. It can both be a distraction from where they are currently sitting and a mindless activity they can do while sitting in bed at home relaxing.

an adult coloring book titled "calming colors"
There are so many different coloring books; how do you decide on just one? They vary from mandalas to animals, even to inspirational quotes. There are so many different choices out there that the possibilities to choose from are endless. Image courtesy of Penny Press.

Magazines and Brain Teasers

Being allowed to escape reality, even for the shortest amount of time, can be a great gift to give a friend or family member with breast cancer. Misery loves company, and having the chance to read the latest gossip and celebrity secrets can be a great way to think about the lives of others rather than worry about your own. And with brain teasers, there are many different books, from trivia and cross-word puzzles to adult connect the dots and sudoku.


A Journal

This gift has been mentioned several times before but is hard to beat. With journaling, the possibilities are endless. Whether you gift someone a blank one or perhaps even one with prompts provided, they permit individuals to sit down and write about whatever they think or feel without being judged. When going through tough moments in our lives, sometimes it can be easier to sit there and write, write what you are genuinely thinking and feeling; to just let everything out. Whatever one writes in a journal can be shared with others if they choose or can be kept for their eyes only. It just permits a safe place to write and let out everything they may be feeling and thinking.


Lip Balm and a Cute Water Bottle

When going through treatments, it is normal for chapped lips to be a side effect of chemotherapy. One of the best ways to battle the chap and a dry mouth is to use chapstick and drink plenty of fluid consistently. One of the most helpful ways to remain hydrated is to have a cute water bottle, or just a bottle in general, that you enjoy using. We highly recommend looking at the different brands of insulated bottles. 

The beauty of these is that they can keep your drinks warm or cold for a copious amount of time, depending on the individual’s drink preference. Another bonus is that they are easy to take to and from the hospital. Those with flip lids/lids that fully cover your mouthpiece when cold are especially recommended because your immune system isn’t at its best when fighting a disease such as cancer. It’s easy to contract germs in public places.

an assortment lip balms and chapsticks arranged in a row
Above are some of the different chapstick brands that are highly popular nationwide. We won’t tell you which one you should use but can advise using the trial and error method to decide which is your favorite. Image courtesy of Wirecutter.

Spa Day

Now this is a gift that you can give someone by providing them with a gift card. Going with them is a great activity when they feel up to it. Going out and having someone pamper them for a few hours. Who doesn’t enjoy sitting back and being pampered?


Comfy Pajamas

Whether at the hospital or hanging out at home, pajamas are an excellent gift for an individual battling cancer. No matter the season or time of year, you can’t go wrong with pajamas.


Mastectomy Pillow

A must-have comfort accessory for recovering from any type of breast surgery. Provides security, comfort, and protection especially when wearing cross-body car seatbelts.

The most important thing to remember when caring for a loved one with breast cancer is to be gentle and listen to their needs. This is a great starter selection of gifts. Creating a support page on Give InKind will empower your loved one to share even more of their needs and wishes so you and your support network can step up and provide everything they need to make it smoothly through.


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