Treat your homebound friends and family members with these gift ideas!
Over the course of my life, I’ve had the honor of being a caretaker for some special people. My husband’s grandmother lived with us for the first three years of our married life. I learned very quickly that taking care of an older person brought with it special considerations.
My Pap and Gram years ago when they were first married.
My Pap and Gram lived with my folks until their deaths. While Mom and Dad were their primary caretakers, we made frequent visits. We also moved into my folks’ home on several occasions to give them a break and take over caretaking responsibilities.
My Pap and Gram years later when my folks were their caretakers.
All three of these treasured family members had different abilities and different caretaking needs. All were very special people who were loved and adored.
A friend of mine is the caretaker of her sister. Her sister does not get out of the home often due to mobility issues. We spend time visiting and giving respite care for my friend’s sister. The last time that we were visiting, I had an idea to brighten her day. I wanted to surprise her with a care basket filled with needful and fun items.
Gift Basket Ideas for a Homebound Friend:
To begin, I started purchasing small items for this basket. I wanted to include little items that would give her something to do, something to snack on, something to watch, something to record, and some comfort.
Here are the items I included in this basket:
1. A journal to record something each day
2. Note cards and stamps to keep in touch with others
3. An electronic photo frame to be filled with photos of loved ones (this is easier than hanging photo frames!)
4. A book light (even with a room light, reading can prove to be a bit difficult without focused light)
5. A magnifying lens
6. Snack items
7. Poise® pads to make life a little more comfortable.
8. A planner to have a calendar of events as well as record special days.
There are so many other items you can add to your gift basket!
Other items that could be added to your gift basket for a homebound friend include:
Mind games such as crossword puzzles
Microwavable heating pad
Large print playing cards
Just think of the items you use on a daily basis and see if you can add to this list. The basket doesn’t have to be overflowing nor expensive. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Your gift could be as simple as the gift of your time. Or bringing your little children over to visit. I know that my grandparents’ eyes always lit up when I’d arrive with my little people for a visit!
Most of us at least know someone who is homebound or someone who is a caregiver to a homebound person. I guarantee you that you’ll brighten their day (or week!) by bringing a gift of goodies to them the next time you visit. Make a point to make that visit happen. It’s important to keep in touch. It’s also important to let those who are caregivers know that you are there for them.
Who can you bless with a gift basket? I’d love to hear any additional ideas you have to fill that basket!
I’m so happy to share this post with ideas for a gift basket for a homebound friend. Thank you to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for partnering with me! All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy
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