Gift Giving Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of ‘Get Well Soon’ Gifting

January 18, 2018

If a loved one is sick, has suffered an accident, or is just overall not feeling their best, a get well soon gift is the perfect thing to raise their spirits. Not only do they now get to enjoy your beautiful gift, but it sends the message that you are keeping them in your thoughts and wishing them a speedy recovery.

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But unlike gift giving during the holiday season or for a birthday, giving to someone who is sick can be a bit more challenging, as there are many more factors to consider. Before you send your gift to a loved one (or before you even pick it out) consider these few “do’s and don’ts.”

Do: Choose bold colors

Especially when the reason behind your gift is more somber than celebratory, it can be intimidating to pick something boisterous or colorful. But with the purpose of your gift being to cheer someone up, why not go bright and colorful? If your loved one is staying in a hospital room or bedroom, colorful gifts give them something cheery to look at all day.

Do: Get a little creative

If you’re not exactly the DIY type, don’t be intimidated by the word ‘creative.’ There are plenty of ways to be creative without breaking out your craft box. Instead of a typical card or teddy bear try something that’s both beautiful and functional — yup, we’re talking about a fruit bouquet!

Do: Attach a personalized message

Aside from simply stating who the gift is from, a personalized message is what will really put your gift over the top. In your note, take the time to wish them a speedy recovery, share past memories, or offer to help with something they may need.

Do: Tailor your gift to that person

Are you getting for a child or someone older? Are they a close family member or acquaintance from work? As with any gift, it’s important to put aside ideas about what you like and think of the person you’re giving to. To keep them at the forefront of your mind, make a list of things they’re interested in and carry it with you throughout the store. You should also keep their condition in mind, avoiding things that they’re interested in but perhaps can’t do right now.

Don’t: Feel obligated to deliver it in person

If your loved one lives out of state or can’t have visitors at the moment, there’s nothing wrong with having your gift sent to their room or home. And especially if you can’t deliver it in person, a personalized message is that much more important!

Don’t: Overspend to prove you care

When someone isn’t feeling well, it can be tempting to overcompensate with a lavish gift. If you have the means to do so, we’re all for it! But if you’re watching your spending, there are plenty of gifts you can give that won’t break the bank. It may sound a bit cliché, but when it comes to gift giving, it truly is the thought that counts.

Don’t: Wait too long to send a gift

With most of us connected to one another through social media, you should aim to send a gift the moment you hear that a loved one has fallen ill. Not only does this show you care about them, but it prevents you from forgetting to send a gift altogether.

Deliver a bouquet of smiles to someone who could use a little cheering up with the gift of tasty, healthy fruit. For an extra special touch, pair your order with a ‘get well soon’ balloon!