When a friend or loved one has cancer during the holidays it can be tough to know what to give them as a gift. It’s hard to find a balance between acting like nothing is wrong and sending them a bottle of aged scotch or sending them a get well teddy bear. Well, luckily, there are some in betweeners in there, and yes, some of them are edible.

Personalized Gift Certificates:

1. Good for 5 drop-everything phone calls. Even if it’s about the cutest photo you just saw on Facebook.

2. Good for a movies and masks date night.  We wear masks to the movies to stay safe from germs and watch a great movie, which you are allowed to fall asleep in because I paid for it.

3. Give them 100(000) “I am about to fall asleep, even though I love you and what you are saying is interesting” cards to hand you when they need to either hit the hay or just be alone.

4. Good for 10 house cleanings.

5. Good for 10 full days of wig wearing. Everyone wears a wig. You all look crazy. You look great. No one looks sick. Or for the most daring, a head shave!

6. Give them a menu with things you can make. They can choose from the menu, making the idea of food less daunting. Include things like banana blended with ice, chicken broth, and white rice on the menu along with other more substantial items for when they are feeling better.

7. Make cookies. It’s the holidays. All people deserve cookies.

Things you can actually buy:

1. The Cook For Your Life Cookbook, filled with delicious recipes for all stages of cancer treatment and recovery. This is the perfect gift to help any cancer patient cope with the symptoms, side effects, and special diets that come along with cancer treatment.

2. Give them a Cancer Card from Stupid Cancer.

3. Get them a subscription to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime or any other streaming network.  Fatigue or chemo brain can really wear someone out. The gift of endless good entertainment is priceless.

4. Certificates for massage or other soothing treatments they’d be interested in.

5. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, gameboys, magazine subscriptions, newspaper subscriptions.  Anything to make the long hospital days a little less boring.

6. Radiation care pack with Aquafor and pure Aloe vera gel, and some small bag /pocket sized containers to carry it to radiation appointments. It will really help their dry skin, cracked lips, or radiation sores.

7. Donate to a charity in their name.

8. Make drinking easy with different types of fun straws. Bendy, twisty, straight forward, princess, action hero, long, short, maybe even a beer helmet that you can put water and electrolyte drinks in.

9. An e-book gift card — good for those coming out of chemo or who are starting radiation.

10. A fun knitted hat or cool cap to keep a bald head cosy.

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