Little gifts to brighten a caregiver’s day
thank you to family caregivers

Caregivers can be tough to shop for! When you’re busy taking care of everyone else, there’s hardly any time left for hobbies.

The best way to brighten a caregiver’s day is always going to be taking something off of our to-do list for us. Having an afternoon off from running errands or a little time to ourselves is always appreciated.

It’s hard to wrap “stopping by the pharmacy” or “an afternoon with grandma,” so here are a few ideas you can hand over…

For when you’re not there to say it in person…

For someone who needs a boost…

For someone you really care about…

For the caregiver who doesn’t ask for help…

For when you wish you were there to help in-person…

For the impeccably organized caregiver…

For the caregiver who doesn’t have the time for a break…

For someone who doesn’t want to hear they should take care of themselves…

Written by Michelle Daly

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  1. I’m sorry but I think this is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. This is exactly what caregivers DON’T need. Or at least this caregiver anyway. I don’t need little gifts or someone to tell me how awesome I am. I already know how awesome I am just for surviving this so long. What I need is HELP not someone to give me a pen that says “You got this”. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez

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  2. For the caregivers I hire to stay with hubby while I run errands, I usually bring coffee or lunch back with me for all of us. Then I give a $100 bonus at Christmas/holiday season.

    If this is referring to the primary caregiver (me), I would not find one of these things useful and the last one would irritate the heck out of me.

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  3. How about an Amazon Prime membership to someone who doesn’t already have one so they can get ASAP those things that insurance doesn’t cover or only gives you a limited amount a month.

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  4. Weird list. I was going to say a gift certificate to a food delivery service with money towards the restaurants.

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  5. Sometimes? Just to acknowledge what we do with a note or a hug can make our day. (C)

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  6. It would be so nice, even just once, to hear someone in the family tell me they appreciate all I do to help my mother, when they do almost nothing. She lives in a nursing home (800 miles away from me, this was her choice) and is well cared for, but I still have a lot to do, and it’s stressful. She has dementia and has been slowly slipping away from us for the past five years or more. My husband and I are the only ones who visit her often. My aunt and cousin went once in recent years. My brother hasn’t been to see her since 2013. It would be great to hear something like “I can only imagine what this is like for you.” So words to that effect would be my favorite gift, although in lieu of that a floral arrangement from time to time would also be nice.

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  7. My husband says thank you every time I do someone for him!❤️

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  8. A SMILE THAT IS SO HARD FOR MY HUSBAND TO GIVE BECAUSE OF HIS ADVANCED PD AND FROM MY DAD BECAUSE HE JUST DOES NOT SMILE OFTEN ENOUGH!

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