Sympathy Gifts


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Comforting someone during a difficult time can be challenging, and it is totally understandable. No matter what loss someone is dealing with, figuring out the right way to comfort them and support them can be difficult, and the last thing you want to do is upset someone more. Whether you know someone who has lost a job, been diagnosed with an illness, or has lost a loved one, getting a sympathy gift is one way to help show your support and that you are thinking of the person. While nothing can totally fix what they are going through, it is a nice way to reach out and show your support. Finding a sympathy gift that is thoughtful, and most importantly, appropriate, is not always easy. However, we are here to help make the process easier by providing this list of sympathy gifts ideas. Whether you are comforting a friend, family member, or coworker, these gifts can help express how you are feeling

10 Things to Consider When Buying a Sympathy Gift

Are you looking to purchase a sympathy gift? Finding the right/appropriate gift can sometimes be difficult. Keep these 10 tips in mind to help making the buying process easier.

1. Respect the person/family’s wishes

If you are looking for a gift for someone who has just lost a loved one, they may have made a decision about gifts. For example, many people send flowers when someone passes away, but if the family has requested no flowers, honor that wish.

They may want nothing or they may request something specific such as a donation to the deceased favorite charity. Remember, this gift is not about what you would want or think is right, it is about what the family wants. If they have made it clear, respect their decision.

2. Do not be random

While there are plenty of occasions for thinking outside the box and getting someone something totally unique and out of their comfort zone, this is not the time. Stick with items you know the person will like and will appreciate. Getting a ‘random’ gift can also come across as insensitive, as though you just grabbed the first gift you found and gave it to them.

3. Be respectful

Of course you would never intentionally get a gift that is disrespectful, but be extra aware of what you select when choosing a sympathy gift. For example, if someone has just lost their job, even though they may need money, do not give it to them as a gift. They already likely feel embarrassed and this may make them feel worse.

Instead, choose an actual gift that they could put to good use or will at least appreciate having around. Your intentions are good, but you don’t want to accidentally upset someone when you are just trying to help.

4. Include a card

No matter what you get for someone, make sure you include a card. One of the most important aspects of a sympathy gift is to reach out to the person or people grieving and make it known that you are there for them and available if they need help. Simply sending a gift feels very impersonal and does not portray the message you should want to send in this occasion.

5. Be careful with humor

It makes total sense that you would want to put a smile on someone’s face or make them laugh in order to cheer them up. However, getting a humorous gift can easily look as though you don’t find the situation serious or don’t care. If you know the person very well and know they will understand your intention it may be okay, but in most situations, do not go the path of humor in this situation.

6. Consider a personalized gift

Has someone lost a loved one? A collage of images of them or an item engraved with their name can be a great way to honor and celebrate the life of who has passed away. This is a gift that someone will certainly appreciate and look on fondly in the years to come. This is especially true if it is someone older who has passed away. They may be gone, but they are certainly not forgotten.

7. Help make life easier

Life after a difficult event is always challenging. Whether someone is dealing with funeral arrangements, searching for a new job, or even recovering from a divorce, even the easiest of tasks can begin to feel impossible. Sending a gift like a meal service that will deliver dinner to someone is a great way to help take one task off their list, which is something they are sure to appreciate.

8. Give the gift of time

Sometimes the best gift to give is not a physical gift you can wrap up in a box, but is the gift of yourself and your time. Perhaps you know someone who is going through a divorce- why not offer to babysit their children while they deal with things?

From babysitting, to helping arrange a funeral, to even just taking someone out to lunch, spending time with someone or helping them out with a task is sometimes the best gift you can give, and is something the person is sure to really appreciate and always remember.

9. Give the gift of new life

If you know someone who has passed away, you could get someone the gift of a tree or flower bush that they can plant in memory of the person they have lost.

This is something that they will be able to look at for years to come as a beautiful reminder of the person they have lost. It is a great way to memorialize someone.

10. Let the person relax

Typically, the last thing someone will do when dealing with a difficult life event is take the time to relax. However, given the situation, it is one of the most important things they should be doing!

Give the person a nice gift set or something similar and force them to use it- they need some time to relax and unwind! It may feel selfish for the person, but the truth is they need to take care of themselves so that they can keep moving forward. You can help remind them of that with a thoughtful, relaxing gift.

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Appropriate Sympathy Gifts Ideas Guides

Going through the loss of a loved one, losing a job, a house, or dealing with an illness. These are just a few of some of the most difficult things a person may go through in life. Do you know someone who is currently in this situation? It is never easy to watch someone you care about deal with so much pain.

While there is sadly no gift or words that can fix the pain or loss someone is experiencing, it can work wonders to help the grieving to deal with the situation and find comfort during a dark time. Dealing with a loss can make someone feel incredibly isolated, and sometimes even the smallest of gestures can improve someone’s spirits. A sympathy gift can help you show someone you are thinking of them and are always there to support them.

We Hand-Picked Each Gift

Perhaps you know someone who has lost a spouse or lost a child. The recovery from a loss like this is almost immeasurable. Sometimes all you can do is reach out and say you are there for the person or people who are grieving. Finding the right gift to fit this moment can be stressful, but thankfully we have curated this list of gifts that are appropriate to give as a sympathy gift.

Ranging from useful items, to more memorable ones to help celebrate the life of someone who has passed away, there is a wide range of items to choose from. Based on the situation you are dealing with, you can more easily narrow down this list and find the perfect gift.

Sympathy Gifts for Any Type of Occasion

If you know someone who has gone through a different type of loss, say the loss of a job or a house, the grief is very different. While there is sadness involved there is also often fear. Fear for finding a new job, for protecting family, and simply fear for the future in general. Sometimes the best gift is the gift of comfort and offering to help this person move forward. We have gifts that are appropriate for this type of event as well.

No matter the occasion, finding yourself needing to select a sympathy gift can be challenging. In fact, you may also be dealing with grief yourself depending on the situation. Because the situation itself is so stressful, the last thing you need is to be more stressed over finding a gift. Instead, search through our sympathy gifts list and see what you find. You are sure to find a gift that will bring someone comfort and hopefully put a smile on their face, even if just for a little while.

Grieving is a difficult process, and everyone handles it differently. While you can certainly give someone space to process what has happened, a sympathy gift is a great way to reach out and show the person you are thinking of them are will be there for them if they do need your support. It may not feel like you are doing a lot, but in fact you are.