BEST GIFTS FOR WOMEN IN HOSPITAL

by Maggie on March 18, 2016

Best Gifts For Women In HospitalI have had 2 huge operations recently, and really know how a hospital stay can effect you. How you can easily slip into a deep sadness, and how BORING it can be.  This is why this post Best Gifts for Women in Hospital is so important to me as I write it from Personal Experience.  My last stay in hospital was for four and a half weeks!

Yes, you can watch TV and listen to the radio but it is not enough – especially in the night when your pain seems worse, the ward is noisy, you cannot sleep and you feel alone, oh so alone….I found I needed more, something to make me feel special and pampered and also something to lose myself in (especially if I couldn’t sleep).  I also needed things to occupy me that wouldn’t tax my brain too much (the pain killers made my brain a little slow) but something that I could do and enjoy! Not such a big ask is it?

Let me tell you, being alone in hospital and recovering at home is hard as surgery or other illnesses that need a hospital stay drains a person physically and emotionally.

Gifts for Women In Hospital

Showing the person in hospital you care, goes a long way and really does help them heal.  I know it did me.

Let me explain, I was having a really bad day. I still had tubes everywhere, and was not allowed to eat as I still had a gastric nasal tube in, I was in a flood of tears, I was sore, sad, and really feeling sorry for myself but mostly I was totally bored!  Bored with a capital B!

Then a visitor arrived with a huge white gift bag full of goodies and on it was a tag saying, “Maggie’s Healing and Play Bag” – Oh My Stars! Did this bring a smile to to my tear stained face.

I was like a kid in a lolly shop, looking and opening each item.

There were so many things I just couldn’t believe it.  I found out that many of my friends and family had got together and contributed to the items in the bag.

So I will list these,  and also give you other items to chose from in the same category.

Firstly. to my delight, they had thought about my comfort and my hubby remembered that I was suffering from a sore neck, and I felt that it needed extra support than the hospital pillow could give, so they purchased me a Neck Pillow it was the one below on the left hand side. Oh My stars, did this help ease the discomfort, my neck felt better in no time and it was fantastic for when I sat out in a chair.

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Lean Into It & Sleep! Ergonomic BEST Travel Pillow planes, Cars, Trains, Camping, Wheelchairs & Home (Ranked #1 by WSJ)Lean Into It & Sleep! Ergonomic BEST Travel Pillow planes, Cars, Trains, Camping, Wheelchairs & Home (Ranked #1 by WSJ)Travelrest - Therapeutic Memory Foam Neck Pillow - Washable Micro-Fiber Cover - Molds Perfectly To Your Neck And Head. 5-Year WarrantyTravelrest – Therapeutic Memory Foam Neck Pillow – Washable Micro-Fiber Cover – Molds Perfectly To Your Neck And Head. 5-Year WarrantyLuxury Travel Neck Pillow by MemorySoft - Extremely Soft and Comfy Memory Foam Neck Pillow - Includes a Handy Travel BagLuxury Travel Neck Pillow by MemorySoft – Extremely Soft and Comfy Memory Foam Neck Pillow – Includes a Handy Travel BagPremium Therapeutic Grade Neck Support Cushion with Pain Free Guarantee - neck support - neck rest - neck cushion - neck pillow - travel cushionPremium Therapeutic Grade Neck Support Cushion with Pain Free Guarantee – neck support – neck rest – neck cushion – neck pillow – travel cushion

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I then pulled out 4 pairs of delightfully colored Non Skid Socks. I really enjoyed using these. I could do my walks around the ward when I was able without slipping. They were cosier and more comfortable than slippers. When you are in hospital, it is all about being as comfortable as possible. Also the bright colors really gave me a lift.

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Non Skid/Slip Socks - Hospital Socks - Slipper Socks for WomenNon Skid/Slip Socks – Hospital Socks – Slipper Socks for Women3-Pairs Womens Noble Mount Soft Anti-Skid Fuzzy Winter Socks - Set B7, 9-113-Pairs Womens Noble Mount Soft Anti-Skid Fuzzy Winter Socks – Set B7, 9-11Medline Blue Adult Soft Knit Gripper Slippers - 12 Pairs - 1 Size Fits MostMedline Blue Adult Soft Knit Gripper Slippers – 12 Pairs – 1 Size Fits MostWomens Non Skid / Slip Hospital Socks 3 Pack - ONEWomens Non Skid / Slip Hospital Socks 3 Pack – ONEBEST Non Slip Skid Yoga Pilates Socks with Grips Cotton for Women Pack 4BEST Non Slip Skid Yoga Pilates Socks with Grips Cotton for Women Pack 4

 

Then came some delightful Hand and Body Lotion made from essential oils, plus a bottle of 100% Therapeutic grade Lavender Essential Oil and some Perfume.  I used a couple of drops of Lavender Essential Oil on my pillows 3 times a day to help me relax, the Perfume after my shower and Hand and Body Lotion several times a day.  These things made me feel so fresh and clean all day and a little more feminine.

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Lavender Hand & Body Lotion, All Natural, Made with 100% Pure Essential Oils 8 ozLavender Hand & Body Lotion, All Natural, Made with 100% Pure Essential Oils 8 ozBath & Body Works Aromatherapy Cream ... ... ... ... Black Chamomile SleepBath & Body Works Aromatherapy Cream … … … … Black Chamomile SleepAustralian Organics Aromatherapy Body Lotion (Sweet Almond Oil Hand Cream)Australian Organics Aromatherapy Body Lotion (Sweet Almond Oil Hand Cream)

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Lavender Pure Essential Oil

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Lavender 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 mlLavender 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 mlLavender 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic (Kashmir) Grade Essential Oil for Aromatherapy - 10mlLavender 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic (Kashmir) Grade Essential Oil for Aromatherapy – 10mldoTERRA Lavender Essential Oil 15 mldoTERRA Lavender Essential Oil 15 ml

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Chanel Perfumes Women Adore

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Chanel_No.5 Eau De Parfum for Women 1.7 FL OZ / 50mlChanel_No.5 Eau De Parfum for Women 1.7 FL OZ / 50mlCOCO Mademoiselle by_Chanel Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 FL OZCOCO Mademoiselle by_Chanel Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 FL OZ

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One thing that my friends and family know is that I adore to color in and paint with my grandchildren. I can lose myself, in these activities and De-stress. They did not let me down, they purchased me the best selection of adult coloring books, with subjects I have a deep interest in. They got me the first 9 books below, so I had ample pictures to color in not only in the hospital but at home during my recovery period. My girlfriends and daughter adored them also, they are so “Feminine” and delightful to color in.  Also when my grandson who was only five at the time came to visit me, we would color in a page together thus still giving him quality time with his Nanna – I think they really are the –

Best Adult Coloring Books

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Enchanted Forest ... ... ... ... An Inky Quest & Coloring BookEnchanted Forest … … … … An Inky Quest & Coloring BookSecret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring BookSecret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring BookLost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for AdultsLost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for AdultsAdult Coloring Book: Butterflies & Flowers Stress Relief Patterns V7Adult Coloring Book: Butterflies & Flowers Stress Relief Patterns V7Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)Doodle Dogs: Adult Coloring Books  30 Stress Relieving Dogs DesignsDoodle Dogs: Adult Coloring Books 30 Stress Relieving Dogs DesignsDream Catcher: powerful & inspiring colouring book celebrate beauty of natureDream Catcher: powerful & inspiring colouring book celebrate beauty of natureMermaids, Fairies & Fantasy: Coloring Books for Adults Volume 4Mermaids, Fairies & Fantasy: Coloring Books for Adults Volume 4Adult Coloring Book ... ... ... ... Stress Relieving PatternsAdult Coloring Book … … … … Stress Relieving PatternsColor Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and RelaxationColor Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and RelaxationAdult Coloring Book Treasury: 110 illustrations from 55 artistsAdult Coloring Book Treasury: 110 illustrations from 55 artists

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Of course you are going to need coloring in pencils, and they came with a good selection of these. I was given the very first set of pencils below.

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Coloring Pencils-Best For Adult Coloring & All Colored Pencil Art-Art Pencils Great Wet or Dry-Case, Sharpener, Eraser & Blending Brush - Great For Layering & Blending, Unconditional Manufacturers GuaranteeColoring Pencils-Best For Adult Coloring & All Colored Pencil Art-Art Pencils Great Wet or Dry-Case, Sharpener, Eraser & Blending Brush – Great For Layering & Blending, Unconditional Manufacturers GuaranteeBao Core 36 Assorted Color Wooden Color Pencils Exclusive for Secret Garden Adult Coloring Books Drawing Pencils for Artist Sketch Scrapbooking SketchingBao Core 36 Assorted Color Wooden Color Pencils Exclusive for Secret Garden Adult Coloring Books Drawing Pencils for Artist Sketch Scrapbooking SketchingColored Pencil Set with Case, 7-Inch, Pack of 72Colored Pencil Set with Case, 7-Inch, Pack of 72

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Long Stitch Needle Point Kits

One of my hobbies is Long Stitch Needlepoint, they are easy to do even for a beginner. I find they totally absorb and relax you when you are doing them, and the end results are always stunning. They are a fantastic gift for women in hospital. So can you imagine to my delight, I found a Long Stitch Needlepoint Kit in the Bag. The kit is complete containing all you need to finish the masterpiece. I found this so soothing to do at night – instead of lying awake, listening to all the noise on the ward, in the dark, I turned on my overhead light and worked away on mine for a while, totally focused, and found then I was able to sleep as I became relaxed. Often people cannot sleep in hospital because your body is hyped up with all the drugs they have to give you, and you do need something to calm the mind. One of the other women in my ward got her family to buy her one also and she did the same thing. The one I received is on the left below – gorgeous isn’t it. It now hangs in my daughters downstairs bathroom, she fell in love with it!

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Derwentwater Designs Coastal Winter Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Coastal Winter Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Winter Evening Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Winter Evening Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Spring Evening Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Spring Evening Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Lavender Fields Long Stitch KitDerwentwater Designs Lavender Fields Long Stitch Kit

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Meditation and Positive Affirmations Cards

Other items they gave me were so me and so healing. These were “Meditation Cards”. They brought me so much Joy, Peace and Inspiration and really helped with my healing. Everyone who saw them, or shuffled and pulled a card, fell in love with them, I think for anyone in hospital, they really are a blessing. It is a gift that goes on giving every day, for years to come. I received 2 decks – The Power Thought Cards and My Daily Affirmation Cards and I cannot say which one I loved the most, both are adored. Any woman would love to receive these.

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Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck (Box Set)Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck (Box Set)I Can Do It Cards (Beautiful Card Deck)I Can Do It Cards (Beautiful Card Deck)Wisdom Cards ... ... ... ... ... ... ...Wisdom Cards … … … … … … …My Daily Affirmation Cards: A 50-Card Deck plus Dear Friends cardMy Daily Affirmation Cards: A 50-Card Deck plus Dear Friends cardSelf-Care Cards (Large Card Decks)Self-Care Cards (Large Card Decks)

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Then there were Books

I adore reading, some of my favorites are listed below. I love going for a book series, as I become rather attached to characters in a book especially if it is well written (most women do). I received Jennifer Worth Call the Midwife series. It is a series that I enjoyed reading as it is true, and taken from her diaries, and set in 1950’s. I do not know of any woman who has read the series that has not fallen in love with it. Of course your special women in hospital, may have a favorite author or genre that they read, if so indulge them …

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Jennifer Worth Call The Midwife Collection 4 Books Set Pack,Jennifer Worth Call The Midwife Collection 4 Books Set Pack,Murder in Half Moon Bay: A Jillian Bradley Mystery, Book 1Murder in Half Moon Bay: A Jillian Bradley Mystery, Book 1Happy Homicides ... ... ... ... Thirteen Cozy Holiday MysteriesHappy Homicides … … … … Thirteen Cozy Holiday MysteriesPatrick Taylor Irish Country Boxed Set (Irish Country Books)Patrick Taylor Irish Country Boxed Set (Irish Country Books)The Young Country Doctor:  Brilliant collection (7 Book Series)The Young Country Doctor: Brilliant collection (7 Book Series)Body of Evidence: Scarpetta 2 (The Scarpetta Series)Body of Evidence: Scarpetta 2 (The Scarpetta Series)Torrid: A Romantic Suspense Novel (Torrid Trilogy Book 1)Torrid: A Romantic Suspense Novel (Torrid Trilogy Book 1)Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon Series 4 Volumes (Includes: the prequel-The Forest House and volumes 1-3- The Mists of Avalon, Lady of Avalon and Priestess of Avalon)Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon Series 4 Volumes (Includes: the prequel-The Forest House and volumes 1-3- The Mists of Avalon, Lady of Avalon and Priestess of Avalon)

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I can tell you, I was so totally spoilt, it did not end there, next came, a Puzzle Book and a Words Find Book. I loved the Words Find Book (first on the left) and the woman in the bed across from me, used to help me find the words. Once we were both mobile, we took it in turns to visit each other, and laughed and joked and had fun trying to find those elusive words.

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Large Print Word-Finds JUMBO Puzzle Book - Volume 59Large Print Word-Finds JUMBO Puzzle Book – Volume 59450 Puzzles to Sharpen & Improve Mind & Memory & Keep Your Brain Fit450 Puzzles to Sharpen & Improve Mind & Memory & Keep Your Brain FitSudoku Puzzle Book Volume 2 ... ... ... ... ... ...  ... 200 PuzzlesSudoku Puzzle Book Volume 2 … … … … … … … 200 PuzzlesThe Everything Giant Book of Word Searches: 300+ puzzles for word search fans!The Everything Giant Book of Word Searches: 300+ puzzles for word search fans!

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Last but not least, was a Pink Teddy Bear!

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Nat and Jules Pink Bear Plush Toy.Nat and Jules Pink Bear Plush Toy.Gund Jesus Loves Me Pink Teddy Bear PlushGund Jesus Loves Me Pink Teddy Bear PlushPink 10Pink 10Melissa & Doug Strawberry Pink Teddy BearMelissa & Doug Strawberry Pink Teddy BearBears For Humanity Large Organic Pink Teddy Bear Stuffed Plush Animal With Movable Arms And Legs. 16 Inches. One Is Donated To A Child In Need For Each One PurchasedBears For Humanity Large Organic Pink Teddy Bear Stuffed Plush Animal With Movable Arms And Legs. 16 Inches. One Is Donated To A Child In Need For Each One Purchased

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You will note, that I have not put any Chocolate, Candy or other “Yummies” on this list. The reason being, many, many times these things cannot be eaten by the patient. I was one of those.

I hope you have found the Best Gifts for Women In Hospital helpful. If you can why not try and do as my friends and family did and put all your gifts together in a huge gift bag. It has impact!

I send everyone, health and healing.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole Escat March 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

Those are very important things to be given to women in the hospital.

Neely Moldovan March 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

Cozy fuzzy socks are always a good idea! Love this!

Holly @ Woman Tribune March 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm

These are really great gift ideas, especially the coloring books. They would certainly keep someone busy and comforted while going through a potentially scary time.

Carrie March 19, 2016 at 4:23 am

I love using essential oils so they would definitely be top of my list. I also love my adult coloring books so those would be top too!

Liz Mays March 19, 2016 at 4:10 am

I love these recommendations. I can totally see why a lot of these would be comforting!

David Ochoa March 19, 2016 at 4:07 am

I really like this post Maggs. Excellent writing and products!

Alicia Taylor March 19, 2016 at 2:34 am

Personally, I love the essential oils idea and never would have thought of that. A little lavender on the pillow will help you relax better and sleep better.

Susanne Matthews March 18, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Excellent post, maggie. Well done.

Brenda Marie March 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Lots of great ideas to help cheer up someone who is the hospital.

Annemarie LeBlanc March 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

The socks, pillows and books are the best ones for me. I am fortunate that I have not been admitted to a hospital for quite a while now. I will keep these gifts in mind. My cousin is due to give birth by c-section and she would need some of these for when she is in recovery.

Michele March 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

I was in the hospital for 7 days back in December and I just about lost my mind. I did bring books with me but could not seem to read them–I walked and walked and walked round and round the floor. I wa bored to tears and the TV did not make me feel much better. All I wanted to do was go home and cuddle with my cat. I am sure that a few of those things would have made me feel a bit better.

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