I really didn't have more than $10 to spend on it, but I thought it turned out pretty well. I included things based on what I'd heard and read of other people being stuck in the hospital complain about, and things I wish I'd had that first week when I broke my leg. In some ways, this gift basket is incomplete, because there were some things I know she'd want to have on hand, but already had plenty of. Like, I know she has 30 hairbrushes, so didn't get her one, but I know she never seems to have a hair tie.
From the House:
- 3 magazines, all just arrived in my mail box (see Getting Free Magazines,)
- Earplugs, new in the bag, from the stash of 100 I bought when I played in a metal band,
- Cleaned out medicine bottle labeled "CR's Ear Plugs" - a place to put them to stay clean and not get thrown out/lost right away.
- Notepad - re-gifted, mom sent me 4 stacks
- pens (make sure each pen works and has lots of ink) -
- 4 hair ties tied with a scrap of ribbon (I had just opened a new pack, so I found the prettiest colors that I hadn't worn yet.)
- Small bag of cough drops from a BOGO deal
- BB&B Lotion, regifted Secret Santa (too strong of scent for me!)
- Silly Putty toy w/stick on body parts- regifted gag gift
- Dry Shampoo Powder - cornstarch, cocoa powder (as she has darker hair), and mint essential oil. I told her she would smell of hot chocolate.
From the Thrift Store -
- "150 Ways To Play Solitaire" Book, 50% off day, cost $0.50.
From the Dollar Store:
- Back scratch-er
- Fuzzy socks w/sticky bottoms
- Eye mask
- Eyeglass/Device Screen Cleaner w/microfiber rag
- Kleenex-pocket sized
- Metal tweezer/clipper/cuticle kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Clorox wipes
- Purple Basket
There are a multitude of ways I could have spent less, such as sewing my own eye mask, making my own hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, or carving my own back scratcher, but in the time I had, I put together a basket that was happily received. In the process of you making a gift for that newly-bed ridden friend, I've provided a complete list of things to consider to include.
Complete List of Possible Contents For
"Injured and Immobile" Gift Basket
Magazines of their interest
Books of their interest, or gift card for eBooks if they are an eReader/tablet user
Puzzle books, either word find/crossword/sudoku
"150 Ways To Play Solitaire" Book, or similar rules/variations book
Deck of cardsSilly Putty, or any tactile toy to fiddle with (Rubrix cube, Slinky, etc)
Fuzzy socks w/sticky bottoms - provide warmth, and allowed in hospitals (they need to be sticky.)
Earplugs - provide something to put them in when not in use if they didn't come with one
Cough drops - coughing after surgery hurts, because it tenses your whole body
Any favorite or basic 'snacking' items
Any favorite beverages
Tea bags or coffee, and if you know they are on a couch and move it there, a gallon of water for the brewer.
Soft pillowcase (great for cold weather)
Large water pitcher (though often provided by the hospital)
Eyeglass/Device Screen Cleaner w/microfiber rag - don't let smudges accumulate
Roll of quarters - for them or visitors to hit the candy machine if needed
Lightweight extension cord and/or strip- for keeping their devices within reach while charging
Reading light, like an LED battery lamp
Keeping Clean and Tidy:
Kleenex-pocket sized packs so small enough to keep on the person for the random sniffle/spill/etc.
Handkerchief for hair
Dry Shampoo - good when not showering
Small hair brush
Metal tweezer/clipper/cuticle kit - also practical, as having little 'tools' at hand's reach can prove useful for many reasons.
Hand sanitizer - because you can't get up and wash your hands
Clorox wipes - keeping clean without the sink and suds.
Wicker Baskets - from thrift store, washed or repainted, or from Dollar store
Paper covered cardboard boxes
Mugs/Coffee cups/water pitchers
Any container works, so long as the stuff fits, and the container is either a)made of recycled material or b)able to be re-used/re-purposed.