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Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

1 Dec 2018 16:31

My sister in laws mother has terminal cancer and I would love to give her a little gift to let her know we care. Any ideas of good thoughtful gifts would be really appreciated. 

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

2 Dec 2018 17:58 in response to Jessp08

Hi Jess,

My mum has terminal cancer and so I can understand the difficulty with this! 

> Expierience days always go well, if you email the company directly and explain you are buying for someone who has a bucket list they will normally allow that person to cancel last minute/ rebook if they aren’t filling the best that day! 

>If they’re a lady things like make up or beauty products (providing it doesn’t irritate their skin/nails) really help confidence. For example, Nail polishes for people who used to wear gels/acrylics or really nice head scarfs for people who have lost their hair.

> Donating to a charity of their choice- many terminal cancer patients have been on medical trials that have given them a little more time and so they tend to ask people to donate money to that trial that helped them! 


I hope this helps! 

D x

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

17 Dec 2018 07:59 in response to Jessp08


my Dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and doesn’t have long to live. I wanted to get him something that was useful until his end and found a wonderful memory blanket. It’s from a site called Bags of love. I took pictures from all his family and put on it so that he will have his family around him at all times. He loves the blanket and sits with it every day looking at all his children and grandchildren. It’s wonderful to see him smile at it.

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

17 Dec 2018 08:41 in response to Jessp08

My grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016, unfortunately she didn't have much time and as her birthday was approaching I wanted to do something different, something I knew she would love. I made her a personalised photo album, bought a blank book and handcrafted the front cover then got individual pics of family and friends and got them all to leave her a wee personal message then filled up the blank pages with photos that meant a lot to both her and us. She loved it so much she cried. She sadly passed away not too long after this but the photo album is still in the family and it's a nice thing to look at every once in a while. Hope this was useful. 

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

17 Dec 2018 08:44 in response to Jessp08

Hi Jess 

l love the present ideas already shared by other members. 

Not sure if this will help...but I once read a diary extract from a cancer patient over Christmas. She was a lady and had advanced illness. I can’t remember where I saw it and I’m probably getting some of the finer details wrong!...but the jist of it was she said something like, “even though I’m terminally ill I still want the diamond earrings my husband promised me this Christmas”. I think she was indicating that she wanted to be treated as she would have been without illness at Christmas time xx fair dos!

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

17 Dec 2018 11:05 in response to Jessp08

Hello Jessp08,

It is very thoughtful of you to get your sister in law's mother a gift. The Christmas period can be a tough time for many, so the right gift will definitely make her feel special.

I thought you might like to look at our cancer care range. There are some lovely ideas for practical and unusual gifts designed for anyone going through a cancer experience. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration.

With very best wishes,

Moderator Anastasia

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

18 Jan 2019 16:26 in response to Jessp08

Hi Jess 

I know this is a bit late for Christmas but have you thought about When my Dad was diagnoised with cancer in 2015 we were told he had 6 months at the most. I decided then to spend as much time with him making memories. And we did! I took him and my mum on outings, mystery car trip, which he loved, we travelled around the city were we live finding the house he was born in, his first school etc ........there were so many lovely stories he told about his childhood. Time is so precious and when our loved ones leave us we are only left with wonderful when we have lots of them that we have made with a big treasure chest. Hope this helps

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

27 Nov 2019 07:59 in response to jobomba

Hi Jobomba,

We have just found out my mum has advanced cancer, we are not sure how long we have left with her yet but I want to try and make this Christmas extra special. I love your idea of day trips and experiences, the link to the website you provided doesn’t work - do you have a different website address? X

Gift ideas for someone with terminal cancer

11 Mar 2021 02:26 in response to MichelleL

Thank you it's my Dad's 80th very soon and I had no clue . I'm hoping he will still be with us. 


I've ordered a blanket I loved the idea xxthanks again