A post-surgery recovery gift for a loved one is a thoughtful gesture, but it is often difficult to decide what to take. Flowers seem like the most convenient idea, but they don’t last long and crowd the room. Cards are another popular choice, they help uplift the patient’s mood, but that is only momentary relief.
Here are 39 practical after surgery gifts that provide more utility than flowers or cards. Get well gifts the patient can use or benefit from during his or her recovery.
P.S: I have also included some ideas that are the perfect gifts after knee surgery, heart surgery, and brain surgery, towards the end of the post.
Post Surgery Recovery Gifts
If you are wondering what to bring someone going for surgery or recovering after then here are some gifts they will truly appreciate, regardless, if they are in a hospital at the moment or at home.
1. Spoon Full of Strength
We can all agree that eating right is the first step to recovery and regaining their strength. This spoon is guaranteed to keep them motivated and on track.
This Get Well Spoon will cheer them up every time they pick it up to have a nutritious soup, cereal, or stir their coffee.
2. Bedside Storage Organizer
If getting out of bed is difficult for them at the moment, consider gifting them a bedside storage organizer that hangs by the side of the bed and has ample space to store all their essentials.
The bedside organizer keeps everything away from the eyesight and still close enough to reach comfortably.
It also keeps their bedside table space clutter-free and their room looking clean and organized. A clutter-free space is essential for maintaining positive mental health.
3. Tablet Stand
A flexible tablet stand can prevent shoulder pain and stiff neck that comes from reading on a tablet while lying on the bed. With the help of this nifty gadget, they can lie down comfortably to read or watch something without having to hold the tablet in their hands.
The legs of the tablet stand are flexible so it is easier to adjust on the bed and it fits almost all tablet sizes.
4. Get Well Soon Plant
A plant with personality is always better than a boring bouquet of flowers.
The tickle me plant is a unique idea that promises to be a great companion if they have to spend a lot of time alone on the bed.
It takes only a few days to grow and it’s leaves fold when you touch or blow a kiss to it! The plant also produces pinkish flowers that will last longer than a bouquet. Even the visitors will feel entertained by the plant.
5. Healthy Recipes Book
A get well gift that will keep on giving!
Sometimes patients require a big change in their diet due to a new diagnosis or treatment. However, old habits are hard to break, and taste almost always wins over nutrition- a juicy burger sounds way nicer than eating plain salad for dinner, no joke!
Give them a book full of tasty healthy recipes that will help them transition to a healthier diet without compromising taste.
A recipe book is also easy to take along to the hospital for a patient. They can kick-start their journey to better health by planning their recipes and meals in advance of their release date!
It doesn’t need much space and can be an amazing companion when the patient is alone in the hospital – who doesn’t like pictures of healthy food that looks tasty, yummy… and supercharged with nutrition!
6. Coffee Mug
This colorful mug will provide him or her with a healthy dose of encouragement, along with their coffee, every day.
7. Inspirational Wall Plaque
Reading positive words helps reinforce positive thoughts in mind.
Life can seem a bit when they are restricted in movement. A few positive words can work magic for anyone reading them especially for the ones who are hospitalized or recently discharged.
This inspirational wall plaque is a perfect gift whether he or she is going for surgery or recovering after in a hospital, nursing home, or at home. It does not take much space and comes in many beautiful colors.
8. Personalized Pillow
Let him or her know how much they are loved with a personalized throw pillow. A pillow with the names of the family members or one with family pictures is a great option.
It will keep them motivated and hopeful on their path to recovery.
9. Customized Photo Blanket
Gift any of the throw pillows above or combine it with a personalized blanket to bring them joy in colder months. The cozy blankets can be personalized with the recipient’s name, family pictures, etc.
All you have to do is find adorable pictures that will warm their heart. it is an excellent gift for elderly men or women.
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10. Electric Heating Pad
It is not uncommon to have cold feet during bed rest post-surgery. An electric fleece pad with controlled heat settings can bring them much needed relief they need.
The pad can be used on feet, back, waist, and abdomen and it comes in different colors as well!
11. Book of Jokes
Groucho Marx once said, “A laugh is like an aspirin, only it works twice as fast.” So help him heal with humor with this book full of clean and silly jokes that will keep them laughing for days.
This is a terrific gift to give if they are feeling anxious going into the surgery.
12. Coloring Books
Coloring books are all the rage at the moment and not wrongly so! Coloring has a lot of mental benefits but I will not get into that here, the topic deserves a big blog post of its own.
There are plenty of coloring books on the market. Some are focused on helping with certain conditions like anxiety, stress, etc.
There are more generic ones too that are not condition focused but still provide a lot of value like the “you’re totally badass” book. The other coloring book for adults is also phenomenal.
Coloring books are also an excellent gift for a patient that is bedridden or on bed rest at the moment.
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13. Back Scratcher With Massager Balls
This might seem like an odd gift, but it is sometimes difficult for even a perfectly healthy person to reach that itchy spot in the back by themselves so imagine how much a person with limited mobility is going to appreciate this one!
The best part about this wooden backscratcher is the four small roller balls in the back for massaging parts of the body.
14. Activity Book
A super fun activity book for adults both men and women will enjoy. It will keep them busy for a long time. The book is full of funny jokes, mazes, word scramble, spot the difference, etc.
15. Dried Fruit Tray
A great alternative to candy or just plain fruit. A dried fruit & nut tray is long-lasting so the patient does not need to consume these immediately as is the case with fresh fruits.
Dried fruits and nuts are known for all the nutritious benefits they provide to our bodies. They are good for health and taste great too. A combo gourmet dried fruit & nut box is even better!
16. Healing Blanket
A gift that will envelop them in warmth and positivity. Great for a man or a woman. It is the perfect gift to take to the hospital, nursing home, their home, etc.
If you were looking for a gift for someone feeling anxious going for surgery then definitely check this out.
This inspirational blanket comes in many colors and styles so you can find one that you think will resonate with the recipient.
17. Body Massager
Feeling tired and low post-surgery is very common in patients. Massage has many benefits that include eliminating fatigue and weakness, stress management, and recovery.
Depending on the type of surgery he or she had, a massager can be a very thoughtful gift. It is always best to gift a full body massager that is portable and cordless so it can be used on any part of the body effortlessly.
18. Gel Pad Massager
This is a fantastic gift for your family member or friend who is recovering and has back pain issues. As opposed to the full-body massager, this device is very area specific.
Its small size and features mean it is very convenient to use.
The device can be controlled via an app, is discreet and comes pre-programmed with 4 pain relief programs.The best part is your loved one can wear this pain relief device even on the go as they start to move around or attend to regular chores.
The replacement gel pads are also very easy to find online, very convenient in the long run.
19. Salt Lamp
There are many well-known health benefits of a salt lamp. The hand-carved certified salt lamp looks great and its brightness can be adjusted.
Its light has a soothing and relaxing effect which makes it an excellent gift for a person who needs a lot of rest after surgery.
20. Magazine Subscription
Knowledge indeed is power!
A new diagnosis can open a floodgate of questions and doubts. If the diagnosis is life-altering, the impact of the news is even bigger and affects the patient emotionally as well. This can bring about sadness, a feeling of confusion, and negativity.
The more they learn about their problem the better they can prepare themselves to deal with it.
A magazine subscription that focuses on their condition is an excellent gift that will help them build a better understanding of their condition.
Magazines will also help them stay informed about the new treatment updates and devices that can help with their condition.
21. Book Authored By A Survivor
A book written by a fellow survivor or anyone journaling their road to recovery can bring them much needed positivity. Pick one based on their condition.
22. Laughing Pill
You have heard-Laughing is contagious, and it is backed by science too! They might not be in their best mood after surgery but this plushy laughing pill is going to make them laugh.
The pill, when squeezed, lets out giggles and laughter that can lighten up anyone’s mood in a pinch.
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23. Slipper Socks
She would love these slipper socks. The base of the socks is non-slippery to prevent slipping or falling and it will keep her feet warm too. She can wear it during her short strolls around the room if allowed to walk a bit.
Gift For Men
If he will be spending a lot of time in bed, here are some interesting gift ideas that will help him avoid boredom without spending all his time straining his eyes with TV, laptop, etc.
24. Foldable Game
The mini basketball game can be folded completely for easy storage and the basketball comes attached with a string so it would not get lost.
He can probably spend hours perfecting his shot on this handy game.
25. Puzzle for Grown-ups
Anything that can keep his mind active is a genius idea especially if he has been feeling a bit frustrated. A puzzle like this one, that does not have too many pieces that can escape his hands and fall to the floor will keep him busy.
Pretty sure anyone who comes to see them is going to try their hand at the puzzle. It is a great conversation piece that he would love to keep in his living room later.
26. Funny Socks
Does he love to crack up and make people laugh? For the young-at-heart kind of guy, anything that will make him burst into laughter is a gift he will love.
These animal paw socks are not expensive but that will not keep the recipient from appreciating it.
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Gift For Women
Whether you can or can’t be there in person a heartfelt gift is a great way of letting her know you are thinking of her all the time. All the above ideas are great but here are some especially for women that she will absolutely love.
27. Care Package
Care packages are so much fun. They don’t include one gift but many that she can have fun exploring as time goes by. If you don’t have time to put one together by yourself check out this amazing get well blessing care package.
The best part is that they come in so much variety so you can pick and choose what you want the package to include according to your budget.
28. Heating Pads Set
Send her a warm hug with these microwavable heating pads. Relaxing and therapeutic these pads come with a lavender spray that helps calm the nerves.
These are perfect for days when she feels the aches and pain come through and needs a warm pad to relieve soreness.
29. Healing Bracelet
A healing crystal bracelet like this one will make her feel special. It comes with a card that explains what the crystal does and you can also find ones with different crystals stringed together.
She would love to wear it now, and forever! I love this store because you can order the bracelet according to the size of her wrist so it feels like it was truly made for her.
Post Knee Surgery Recovery Gifts
Here are some amazing after knee surgery gifts that the recipient will be glad to get.
30. Funny Feet Cookie Bouquet
A very tasty way of wishing them a speedy recovery. The funny cookie bouquet is just the right gift to make them and everyone around them laugh.
They would definitely love it!
31. Anti Fatigue Mat
As the name suggests, the Anti Fatigue Mat is a welcome relief to a patient. It is not only soft but it also helps ease the various aches and pains in the lower back, feet, or knees as they regain their strength.
It is a thoughtful gift especially for someone recovering from knee replacement surgery.
32. Leg Pillow
Recovery after knee surgery demands a lot of bed rest and it is important to keep legs elevated during that time for optimal posture and blood circulation.
A leg pillow gift beats a regular pillow any day and it also saves the hassle of constantly piling up pillows to prop legs up.
The Post Surgery Elevating Leg Rest Pillow memory foam elevated pillow is essential for maintaining proper blood flow in legs, relieve knees and reduce swelling.
They will thank you for all the relaxation and relief this pillow will bring to them.
33. Sock Aid
After knee surgery, the simplest of tasks like wearing socks can feel like a bit of a struggle. The person in need might not have someone to assist them every minute of the day.
Therefore a sock assist can be very helpful. There are many sock assist sticks but I chose this one on Amazon since it helps with both wearing and taking the socks off.
Post Heart Surgery Gifts
Your loved one would definitely feel nice to receive these get well soon gifts post-heart surgery that says you care about them.
34. Plush Happy Heart
A happy healthy heart plush that will remind the recipient to take care of their heart. It is so soft and cozy they will love to snuggle with it.
Whether they had minor heart surgery or a bypass this is the perfect way to show them that you care.
35. Recovery Pillow
If the plush heart is not what you like then check out this recovery pillow that is perfect for a man or a woman who has had a heart procedure done.
The pillow will help relieve the pressure from sensitive surgical areas. It can also be used as a support pillow.
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36. Heart Surgery Gift Basket
A gift basket comprising healthy foods is an excellent idea. Post-surgery, they will have to make dietary changes and your gift basket will help set healthy eating in motion.
Look for foods that are rich in antioxidants, protein, and cholesterol-free.
Although fruit and vegetables are the best, everyone wants to have a snack sometimes. Your loved one does not have to hold themselves back all the time with your tasty snack attack gift basket.
Here are some suggestions for the gift basket. It is also a good idea to consult with their caregiver before packing a basket.
- Air Popped Popcorn Bags (Air-popped, so there is no trans fat)
- Healthy Overnight Oats & Nuts Packet
- Organic Walnuts (they are high in antioxidants)
- Oat And Rye Bread
- Organic Fruit Leather With No Added Sugar
Post Brain Surgery Gift
Most of the ideas above make a thoughtful gift for a loved one recovering after brain surgery. However, depending on the status of their recovery, the below could be more suitable
37. Books/ Audio Books
Books can be a wonderful companion. Pack some books from their favorite genre so it is easier for them to pass time as they lay in bed.
Audiobooks are a better option if they have trouble focusing or reading at the moment.
38. Movie And Song Downloads
Download their favorite movies and songs on to a laptop or an iPad so it can give them company when they are alone.
39. Gift Of Time And Help
Recovery can sometimes feel lonesome.
The patient does not have much energy to go out and socialize making them vulnerable to negativity which in turn prolongs both mental and physical recovery. Taking care of regular household chores also feels like a tall order.
Friends and family are the most important factor when it comes to happiness so show your love and support by making time for your loved one and helping them with their daily tasks.
Your gift of time and company beats any other gift that you can buy with money!
Here are some ways you can help someone who is in recovery-
Don’t Forget The Caregiver
Finding the right gift for the patient is important but often times caregivers are completely left ignored.
Even though this post is about gift ideas for the patients, but it is worth making a case for the family caregivers here.
Caregivers devote a lot of time and energy to taking care of the ill person. The patient would love to see something nice being done for the caregiver.
There are a lot of ways you can help out a family caregiver share the burden, one of which is time. But unfortunately, time is one of the luxuries that not everybody can afford.
If you don’t have time to give, that is okay… there are things that you can buy for the caregiver to make their life easier. Check out this post below.
>>Got a caregiver in the family helping with recovery? Check out this list of gift ideas for a caregiver that they will really appreciate<<
I hope you found a get well soon gift that will help ease the worry for a man or woman getting ready for a surgery or a post-surgery patient during his or her recovery.
You can have a book subscription? I did not know about something like this. I could use a subscription like this. And also that cookbook. I always wanted one but never bought it.
Book subscriptions are really good, and a cookbook is a must try if you like to try new recipes 🙂
What some great ideas, it can be hard to think of items to give to someone who is recovering or is ill in some ways. I like the idea of an anti fatigue mat I need to check into that.
Thank you Sarah, I am glad you found this helpful.
Some really great ideas shared here, the mat is something I know I can give to my mum very practical
Thank you Anosa. The anti-fatigue mat is great for anyone. I am sure your mother would love this gift.
These are all such great ideas! I think I want to get that anti fatigue mat for my mom! She had a stroke a year ago and tends to get tired faster! She also loves coloring and I have gotten her quite a few coloring books.
I am happy that you can use some of these ideas for your mother! Coloring has so many positive mental benefits, I am glad your mother enjoys coloring books.
This is a different gift lift, very thoughtful. A meal subscription can be very useful for someone who is recovering from an illness and can’t cook yet.
Thanks JOanna, certainly a meal subscription is godsend when someone does not have the energy to prepare meals.
I love the plaque, could use the massager and I sure want the anti fatigue mat all over my house imagine how that could be, relaxing throughout.
They sure sound very relaxing, can’t imagine anyone not loving them!
I love these ideas. I might have to get a few for my Nana Jo. I think she’d love the back massager.
The back massager is a treat for tired muscles, I am sure your Nana Jo would love your gift
These are great gift ideas. I like the gift of a meal service and will use that one for my daughter after she has her baby.
That would be perfect for her so she can spend much needed time with her new baby!
This is quite a comprehensive list! so thoughtful! i love baking and cooking so obviously my choice would go for a recipe book!
That sounds perfect!
That’s really inspiring. My uncle has Parkinson’s and this really lets me know what he might want and need. His birthday is coming up. And I won’t forget his caregiver!
That is very thoughtful of you! we should all show some love to the caregiver so they can keep doing their best and stay positive.
This could be help me a lot ! Now I have an idea what I will buy for any gifts thanks for sharing!
Glad you found this post helpful!
These are great lists of gifts that can be give with your good patients. I am sure those patient who will receive this kind of gifts will definitely appreciate it and will definitely make them happy!
Thank you Emma!
These are all great items to give a patient. This reminds me of a friend who have just passed away. I have not thought of anything on this list to give her. Thanks for sharing this anyway.
So sorry to hear about your friend. I am sure you did all that you can for your friend to make her feel good, not all gifts need to be materialistic in nature. I am sure your friendship must have been the best gift for her!
My dad is a CKD patient. And I think he would love to have the mat and portable massager. Though he can walk and do some activities, he is still restricted by his condition. And I think that receiving great gifts like these would improve his quality of life.
I am glad you found something on this list that will bring comfort to your father on a daily basis.
My topfavorite amongst these is the coloring book. A friend of mine is bed ridden and rarely goes out to breathe fresh air. I know that she would love this.
I am sure she would love the coloring books, they make everyone feel calm and positive which is what most bedridden need the most of.
That mat looks so comfortable think I need one for me just after walking around all day.
Thanks for the great tips.
Yes, the anti-fatigue mat is something everyone can use even if they are not ill.
These are great ideas! I have never heard of an Anti Fatigue Mat before, but I can see how it would be helpful!
Anti-fatigue mats are great for everyone! I am glad you found something new in this post.
Those are some great gift ideas! Didn’t know about book subscriptions but this would be great for someone who is a bookworm.
I agree a book subscription is perfect for a bookworm. Books make time fly like no other!
These are all great gift ideas. I can use a couple of them myself.
What a nice post! These ideas are so thoughtful, I’d like to receive these–I think anyone would. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Glad you liked the ideas Lavanda!
I’ve thought of getting an anti-fatique mat several times. I guess I should just bite the bullet and do it. 🙂
I am sure it is totally worth it, not just for a patient but in general as well.
I like the inspirational plaque. That’s a good one to take home to remember someone was thinking of you. 🙂
This is such a great list! I like the idea of this automatic pill dispenser. l think it’s really cool to keep me reminded to take my meds!
I love the ideas. These are great lists of gifts that can be give with your good patients. Thanks for sharing.
They are all such good ideas to share with those who are ill.
My uncle is a CKD patient. And I think he would love to have the mat and portable massager. Though he can walk and do some activities, he is still restricted by his condition. And I think that receiving great gifts like these would improve his quality of life.
Portable massager and mat are an excellent choice. I am sure your uncle would love these gifts!
These are so thoughtful, and I’m sure would make a lot of people smile. I firmly believe that it’s the thought that truly counts.