35 Practical, Helpful Gift Ideas for a Sick or Injured Loved One

Send a get-well gift that says you really care—and that you know what’s really helpful.

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There are plenty of things you can do to help out when the people you care about are sick, injured, or recovering from an illness or surgery—whether it's bring over meals, help walk their dog, or send a sweet card or gift to let them know you're thinking of them.

Care package ideas are great if you're packing up a whole box to send your far-flung buddy, and flowers or food are traditional gift ideas for people who are sick or injured.

But some of the best gifts for sick friends can be practical, comforting, and home-focused: You want to encourage your friend or family member to stay home, rest, and get healthy again. Even if you can't be there to give them a hand, these gifts can really help them out.

Away The Everywhere Zip Backpack

Away The Everywhere Zip Backpack

Away

If they're heading to the hospital—or just need to bring a lot of stuff with them on doctor's visits—a backpack is the perfect hands-free way to stash everything they need. Away's travel backpack features a locking zipper and a second hidden zipper so they can secure any valuables they're bringing with them. It's made of water-resistant nylon to minimize stains and spills, and has plenty of room for everything they need. (And bonus: This will definitely come in handy when they're ready to head somewhere a lot more fun!)

Canopy Humidifier

Canopy Humidifier

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Canopy Humidifier

Dry winter air can make colds and sore throats feel worse, skin feel dry and flaky—and even help transmit viruses to other people. Add humidity to the air seamlessly with Canopy's easy-to-use humidifier, which runs for 36 hours on a single fill, can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and keeps up to 500 square feet of space nicely humidified.

Galanz Retro Electric Kettle with Heat Resistant Handle and Cordless Pour

Galanz Electric Tea Kettle

Amazon

A hot cup of tea may be just what the doctor ordered when they're feeling under the weather. Having a cute (and cheerful) electric kettle on hand can make a quick cup of tea—or an instant soup or other meal—super easy to manage. This kettle has automatic shutoff and boil dry protections, to ensure that the kettle's just as safe as it is stylish.

Instacart Gift Card

Instacart Gift Card

Instacart

If they can't get out and about (and you're not there to run errands for them), an Instacart gift card lets them order just about anything from their local pharmacies, grocery stores, chain stores, and more, and have it delivered in a few hours right to their doorstep.

Republic of Tea Immunity SuperGreen Tea and Manuka Honey Set

Republic of Tea Super-Green Immunity Tea and Manuka Honey Set

Republic of Tea

Tea seems to have magical powers to help you feel better if you're under the weather. This Republic of Tea set pairs immunity-boosting green tea with equally immune-boosting Manuka honey to help soothe scratchy throats.

Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Bathrobe

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Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Robe

Parachute

Keep them undercover in the hospital or while they're convalescing at home with a superplush bathrobe. Parachute's posh Turkish cotton version comes in unisex sizing for both men and women.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Ribbed Beanie

Mongolian Cashmere Ribbed Beanie

Quince

Even if they're not getting out and about, a comfy hat will help them stay cozy at home and cover up messy bedhead or treatment-related hair loss. This ultra-soft cashmere version will be especially welcoming for your favorite patient.

Bestinnkits Gravity-Induction Mug Warmer

Smart Coffee Warmer, BESTINNKITS Auto On/Off Gravity-induction Mug Warmer for Office Desk Use

Amazon

This ultra-popular mug warmer will keep a mug of broth or tea perfectly piping for hours, to help ensure they stay hydrated.

Pottery Barn Fireside Cozy Sherpa Reversible Throws

soft white blanket

Pottery Barn

There's nothing better than an ultra-soft throw when you're feeling lousy. This super affordable (and incredibly plush) throw will help them feel comforted as they recuperate.

L'Occitane Cocon de Sérénité Relaxing Pillow Mist

L'Occitane pillow mist

L'Occitane

Help them drift off to sleep with this comforting pillow mist, which can be sprayed on their pillow or in their room to infuse them with the soothing scents of lavender and bergamot.

Reef Cushion Homey Snuggles Women's Slippers

Reef Cushion Homey Snuggles Women's Slippers

Reef

These easy-to-slide-on house shoes can keep their feet comfy while they're sick or injured—and are durable enough (and cute enough) to wear out on errands when they're on the mend. The cozy slippers are made of 100% recycled plastic wool felt and faux shearling. (And there's a men's version too!)

KickIt Home Recovery Pajamas

KickIt Home Recovery Pajamas

KickIt

A pair of comfy pajamas may just be the perfect gift for someone who is sick or injured. These super-soft PJs are designed for people who are recovering from surgery, but they're pretty enough for anyone who's under the weather. They're buttery soft, feature a wrap-style top and a super-gentle waistband to avoid pressing hard on any tender spots. The interior pockets are great for protecting and carrying any drains, tubes, or wires, while the exterior pockets can manage anything else they want to have handy. (And they look cute too!)

Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

Courtesy of Levoit

Clean air is an essential for good health, whether they're sick with something contagious that they're hoping not to pass on to the rest of their family, or they're hoping to avoid sniffling and sneezing due to dust or pet dander while they're convalescing. Levoit's top-rated (and super-quiet) air purifier features a true HEPA filter that'll clean the air in a typical bedroom in less than 15 minutes, removing airborne particles 0.3 microns in size.

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

Bath and Body Works

When you're constantly washing or sanitizing your hands, it's all too easy to end up with dry, scaly hands. These moisturizing hand sanitizers come in a bunch of different fragrances, and feature shea, aloe, and vitamin E to help keep hands soft.

ChappyWrap Herringbone Shawl

ChappyWrap Herringbone Shawl

ChappyWrap

A cozy shawl is the perfect easy-on, easy-off way to warm up when they're feeling sick—and it can even be used as a mini-throw for their legs or feet instead. It's made of a super-soft cotton blend so it's easy to wash too. (And obviously, this will look chic when they're finally feeling better!)

EllieGrid Smart Pill Box

EllieGrid Smart Pill Box

Amazon

If your gift recipient has a lot of new pills to manage, this smart pill organizer can keep them on track. The generously sized slots can hold up to seven different meds (and up to a full bottle of each). The app will alert them when it's time to take their meds—and the box itself lights up to show which meds to take, to help ensure they never miss a dose.

Lush Twilight Gift Set

Lush Twilight Gift Set

Lush

A little pampering can go a long way toward helping someone who's sick feel better. This set features Lush's uber-popular, lavender-infused Sleepy fragrance in their signature bath bombs, shower gel, and a creamy moisturizer that'll help your loved one feel less stressed and ready for rest.

Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen)

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Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen)

Amazon

Yes, this get-well gift will play music, tell them the weather and the latest news, and serve as an alarm clock or a white noise machine. But paired with smart devices, it can help them control electronics around the house from their bed. And if there are other Alexa devices (or loved ones with the Alexa app on their phones), they can use Alexa's "announce" command to send out an APB for help throughout the house, or the "drop in" command to connect with a certain device to chat with their loved one. (The higher priced Echo Shows also feature a screen where you can upload images for an ongoing slide show, or connect with streaming services to catch the latest on Netflix, Prime, or Hulu.)

Beekman 1802 First Kiss Lip Balm Set

Beekman 1802 First Kiss Lip Balm Set

Beekman 1802

Doesn't it always seem like your lips get chapped and sore the second the rest of you isn't feeling well? This collection of goat milk-infused balms feature shea, sunflower seed oil, and other emollients to help soothe and heal chapped lips—and come in four different scents to keep it fresh.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Amazon

Hair washing can be tough when someone's under the weather (especially after a surgery, when they may not be able to shower or bathe). This highly rated dry shampoo helps soak up oils and grease—and leaves behind a soft, pleasant scent.

Brooklinen Adelphi Jumpsuit

Brooklinen Adelphi Jumpsuit

Brooklinen

Help your friend feel pulled-together while staying absolutely comfy by giving her a jumpsuit as a get-well gift. This super-soft jersey version from Brooklinen, which is easy-on, easy-off—and a little bit roomy—comes in pretty colors and won't pinch or push against tender spots.

SAIJI Adjustable Laptop Stand

SAIJA Adjustable Laptop Stand

Amazon

It's a little on the pricey side, but this sleek lap desk can do just about everything—it's roomy enough for serving meals or working on a laptop, tilts to make it easy to watch shows on a tablet or read, and has a clever storage drawer where they can stash their glasses, meds, and other items they want close at hand.

Axelrod Orthopedic Adjustable Wedge Set

Axelrod Orthopedic Adjustable Wedge Set

Amazon

Bed pillows just won't cut it when they're trying to get comfortable to read, sleep, or eat in bed or on the couch. This plush set of pillows can be configured in all sorts of different ways so they can find the perfect position to rest and recover. (And they'll likely find it comes in handy for relaxing after they're feeling better too.)

TrekProof Reusable Hot and Cold Therapy Gel Wrap

TrekProof Reusable Hot and Cold Therapy Gel Wrap

Amazon

Be prepared for every ache and pain with these reusable hot and cold packs, which can be microwaved or frozen, depending on their preference.

Apple iPad (9th Generation)

Apple iPad (9th Generation)

Amazon

The ultra-lightweight tablet offers plenty of ways to entertain a hospitalized or bed-ridden patient, from games and books to movies and video calls with loved ones. Throw in an Apple Pencil so they can do artwork or take notes when they ask their doctor questions.

Ostrichpillow Eye Mask

Ostrichpillow Eye Mask

Ostrichpillow

This puffy mask (from the folks who made that infamously odd-looking travel pillow) comfortably blocks all the light without putting any pressure on their eyes so they can catch some Zs, even in a busy (lighted) hospital room.

Spoonful of Comfort Get Well Soon Gift Package

Spoonful of Comfort Get Well Soon Gift Package
Spoonful of Comfort

Soup is almost universally beloved when you're ill or injured—and these cozy care packages can come stocked with several varieties of soup, rolls, cookies, and other get-well gifts.

Bombas Gripper Slippers

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Bombas Gripper Slippers

Bombas

These hybrid slipper socks are lightweight yet cozy, with grippy soles that help prevent slips and falls—perfect for staying cozy in the hospital or at home, long after they feel better.

GE Full Color Direct Connect Smart Bulb

Full Color Direct Connect Smart Bulb

GE

Smart bulbs may seem like a weird present, but hear us out: These easy-to-install bulbs sync with their smartphone—and your favorite patient can easily turn them off and on (or change the hue) using voice commands and an Amazon Alexa or Google Home product—or the apps on their phones.

The New York Times Mini Crosswords, Volume 2: 150 Easy Fun-Sized Puzzles

The New York Times Mini Crosswords, Volume 2: 150 Easy Fun-Sized Puzzles

The New York Times

For the fan of Wordle (and other word-related games), this book offers a collection of some of the most challenging crossword puzzles on the planet in a small, compact size that's perfect for tossing into a hospital bag or keeping bedside.

GrubHub Gift Card

Grubhub Gift Card
Grubhub

Whatever the reason, they're likely not leaving the house much. Help them enjoy good food—and convenient meals—with a gift card to a food delivery service, which will let them order their favorite meals straight to their door.

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth 18oz Water Bottle

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blue hydro flask water bottle

Amazon

Double-wall vacuum insulation preserves liquid temperature for hours; your stuck-at-home friend or family member will be able to keep temperature-perfect fluids close-at-hand all day long without constantly needing to get up for more ice or to reheat, so they'll be more comfortable and better hydrated.

Apple 2m Lightning to USB Cable

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Apple 6ft. Lightning to USB-A

Amazon

If they're stuck at home, they're likely resting and recuperating—and if not, no one likes leaning over an outlet to keep their phone charging. This extra-long charging cord is four times as long as the standard one, so they can rest and relax far from the nearest outlet without giving up their phone. (This may also mean more FaceTiming for you!)

Crutcheze Crutch Bags

Crutcheze Crutch Bags

Crutcheze

An injured limb is difficult enough to manage, but crutches—a mobility solution—come with their own set of problems. Alleviate a few with a crutch bag, which has room for essentials they'll want to carry with them even when they don't have a free hand.

Yuni Shower Sheets

Yuni Shower Sheets

Amazon

Whether they need to keep their surgical dressing or cast dry, or they're feeling too out of sorts to hit the shower, extra-large citrus-mint shower sheets will help them feel fresh—no rinsing required.

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