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Get Well Gift Ideas For Men

Updated on March 9, 2014

Thinking of You

Have a sick loved one in the hospital or recovering at home? If he’s a man, it can be hard to think of something appropriate to bring over. Women seem to be easier to buy a get well gift for, somehow.

If you don’t want to send flowers, which by the way you can certainly do, then opt for something a little different.

What would be your ideal gift to get when you are sick?

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Books & Games

A good novel is a nice choice for a man who is restless having to stay in bed. Get him involved in a new series or the latest from an author you know he likes.

Magazines are also a good way to go as often having new reading materials can brighten the dullest of days. Crossword or Sudoku puzzle books are also a way to keep his mind active while he can’t be up and around. Combine them all into a nice get well basket and you'll have a great gift to present to him!

"Get Well Soon Hans-Peter!"
"Get Well Soon Hans-Peter!" | Source
Get Well Soon Hearts & Flowers Bouquet
Get Well Soon Hearts & Flowers Bouquet | Source

Edible Ideas

If the ailment is not very serious, like a broken arm, you can send over a lighthearted message along with an edible fruit arrangement. Companies are now making festive and delicious baskets of cut fruit on sticks. The arrangement arrives ready to eat and makes a fresh alternative to flowers.

You can also send a get well cookie bouquet which is a handful of oversized get well cookies on long sticks. They arrive in a vase or container much like flowers, but are so much tastier!


Hospital Wear

If there’s a long hospital stay involved, you might offer a nice pair of slippers with a solid base. He’ll appreciate them when he’s up and the hospital floors are cold.

A nice robe or pj's are also a good choice, as the hospital robes may be uncomfortable or too revealing.

Give a Cup of Soup


Visit With Food

Sometimes just offering to sit awhile and talk is a good gift. But if a person is too sick to welcome visitors, you can send a lovely card with your well wishes. If you’d like to include a gift with it you can send over prepared meal gifts that the family can have together. Chances are with someone ill, no one feels like cooking.


Techie Ideas

Other options for gifts for the man who’s laid up include games he can play on his laptop, DVDs of funny movies he can watch from bed, and audio books he can listen to. If he has a Kindle or other e-book reader, you can send him a few new books via email.


Do Their Chores

If you're very familiar with him and his habits or needs, you might offer to pick up any dry cleaning or run any errands he may have that he’s not able to get to. Offer to stop by his office if he needs a few files picked up. Anything you can do to ease his mind will make your gift of time very welcome indeed.

It's The Thought That Counts

You don’t have to be outlandish with a get well gift. It’s not a time you’re expected to show up with a giant and expensive gift. A small token of your well wishes is all you need do.

If you live far away, you can send a card or even a candy gift basket just to say you are thinking of the person. Sending something little and heartfelt is sometimes better than something you just sent a secretary out to pick up. And it’s always better than sending nothing at all. If you can spend five minutes writing out a card that shows you care, it will often make the person who is ill feel like they are not all alone in their misery.

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    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I would love it if anyone brought over a meal to my house even if I wasn't sick! I can just imagine how elated I'd be if it happened if i was sick too I guess ;)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and it is true in many cases! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Janice S 5 years ago

      LOVE the cup of soup (or cocoa) holder that is shown in the video. Lots of great ideas here!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great idea for a for me....books and a ton of them.