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Gift Ideas For Someone Who Had Surgery

Updated on May 9, 2017

There is nothing more important gift for someone who just had a surgery than an attending and supportive presence. A person who has been hospitalized is someone who needs the utmost support and care from the loved ones. The hospital is definitely a lonely place. You are limited with the things that you can do. Depending on your condition, there are tasks that you are prohibited to do.

If you had a surgery, most often than not you will be subjected to complete bed rest especially so when you underwent a major surgery. You can be totally anesthesized or partial/regional anesthesia. You can be hospitalized from several days to months depending on your state of recovery. Whether you are to stay for a couple of days or months, it is relieving to be visited and watched out by some friends and loved ones. A visit would mean more special when they come in with gifts on their hands.

If you had a friend, co-worker or relative who’s confined in the hospital and that you wish to visit him, it will be more pleasing to bring something to give. Your plain presence is already an assurance that you are staying and you are there in times of needs, how much more if you give a present or some sort of a gift. The hospitalized person will even get more delighted and thankful. For a patient who underwent surgery, here are the gift ideas that you can employ.

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Choice Hospital Gifts

The most common gift for a hospitalized friend is flowers. This is a good present to give especially for the colorful ones. Be sure to ask first the attending physician or service provider if it is allowed. There are some cases that prohibit the entry of flowers to a room especially when the patient has a low immune system. Flowers are good presents to lessen the dullness and bland look of the room. Aside from the fact that the confined person finds this so sweet, the thought also comes in.

Gift basket is another way of giving present to a confined friend. Get well basket as what people call it can be purchased in different stores. Or might as well try buying a basket and fill it with stuffs. You can put in things that your friend likes the most. Also you can add goodies or chocolates accompanied by a stuff toy. For sure, this is something that your friend will like to receive.

Practical Gifts for Recovering at Home

You can also give DVD’s containing movies or songs. If your friend has a laptop, he will surely like to experience something such as watching great movies or viewing songs. This will even be good when the hospital room comes with a DVD player. It will be convenient for him to watch and temporarily divert his thoughts from the present condition.

Gifts for Children


Gifts for Children After Surgery

If the person having surgery is a child, then you might consider that being in a hospital is scary and maybe a bit lonely at times. Little children might like a 'friend' who will help soothe them and help them through a difficult time. Why not get them a doll or stuffed animal to be a 'buddy'? Something they can hold close or cuddle with at night when they're frightened.

Another good surgery gift for children is one that keeps them busy. Any kind of little activities they can do while sitting in bed is a good idea, especially if it gets their noses out of video games or their eyes of the TV screen for a little while. Choose something that keeps the brain active, but with minimal pieces so it's very easy to put aside. Puzzle game challenges, activity books with art supplies, modeling clay and action figure kits are all good ideas for kids who are recuperating at the hospital or at home.

Something to Make them Comfortable

For some people, surgery is only the beginning of the ordeal. They will now have a long recovery ahead of them, either at the hospital or at home. They may be in pain or discomfort for some time to come, and unable to get back to their normal activities right away. In this case, purchase a gift for your friend that will help them feel better when they go through difficult periods.

A nice robe for lounging or some luxurious bedding can make an extra long time at bed rest a bit more bearable. Some gifts might help alleviate some of your friends minor aches and pains that may occur during the healing process, such as aromatherapy diffusers, a vibrating muscle massager, heating pad or a back scratcher.

Good pillows for long recuperation are a must-- think about getting your friend a reading pillow that will support his back so he can sit up for extended periods of time. A body pillow can help your friend get more comfortable at night, and a foam wedge pillow can be great if your friend needs to keep his legs elevated.

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Gifts for Celebration After Surgery

Perhaps your friend's surgery is going to be the start of a whole new life. Maybe your friend had weight loss surgery and is looking forward to big changes. Perhaps he's had an ailment or injury for a long period of time, and surgery is finally going to correct it. Instead of making the surgery gift about feeling better while sick, get a surgery gift that they can use now that he or she will be getting well.

Weight loss cook books, for example, might be a good idea for a friend who has had surgery that will help him lose weight and get fit and healthy. Perhaps your friend had ear surgery that will allow him to hear better for the first time in years-- a new music player or soothing sounds sleep machine might be in order. If your friend had surgery that will give him greater mobility, give him some new sneakers or exercise equipment-- something he's been longing to use when he was unable to get around as easily.

Think about what this surgery is going to mean for your friend's life in the future-- if it's a good, optimistic future, what will enhance it?

Be a Good Friend

These are just some of the gift ideas that you can follow whenever you wish to visit a friend in a hospital. Just remember that there’s nothing more important than giving hands and providing help to a friend who is in need.


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    • Jalapeno10 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Hi Vendetta Vixen, thanks for your comment. You're right-- I agree. It is the 'thought that counts', but getting a poorly chosen gift just shows you were being 'thoughtless'. Glad you enjoyed, and thanks a lot for sharing your input and experience.

    • VendettaVixen profile image


      6 years ago from Ireland

      This was a great hub. Most people think that just any gift will do for a person who has had surgery. "It's the thought that counts," they reason. But if you get a colouring book and pencils for a kid who's recovering from a broken arm, they're going to feel sad that they can't enjoy their gift. It sounds silly, but it happens. I've been in and out of hospital for various reasons my whole life, and on one of these visits, I had to have surgery performed on a number of parts of my face. People were bringing me candies and chewy sweets as gifts. It was a nice thought, but it didn't do much to cheer me up when I couldn't eat them.

      I also agree with Linda. Personally, I do look forward to receiving visitors when I'm staying in hospital - otherwise it's so boring and depressing - but my gran, for example, would politely ask us not to stay -too-long when we'd visit her in hospital, because she got very tired very quickly.

      I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Jalapeno10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      you're welcome susanjk. At least you now have the ideas. :)

    • SUSANJK profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for these ideas. I am always stumped by what to get for someone in the hospital.

    • Jalapeno10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hiya Linda. You got a point there and thanks too for acknowledging out that this is case to case basis. There are some people who underwent surgery and somehow feel unwanted, neglected, and less-loved when they are alone. Those type of people definitely want to be visited to ease the boredom and have a chit chat with friends. Aside from this, being visited by the loved ones can augment support and care in behalf of the patient. Most of the patients who undergone surgery need firm psychological support and this is something that can be accomplished through friends visits.

      On your point about hindering ones recovery. In any medical institution, it is the patient who decides for his care including the consideration if he/she will allow visitors. If a patient feels somehow disturbed with too many visitors, she can request her medical provider to place a note on her room's door saying, we don't entertain visitors, or no visitors please etc. This is widely observed in different hospitals.

      Thank you Linda for sharing your thoughts. This is something that I appreciate. :)

    • Lady Wordsmith profile image

      Linda Rawlinson 

      7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Nice hub. There is a flip side to this though. When I had surgery, I didn't want to be visited by too many people. My mum has recently had two lots of major surgery, and she feels the same as me. Her visitors have exhausted her, and to some extent it could be that they've hindered her recovery somewhat. Visitors can start to get annoying, especially if they don't know when to leave. Surgery is extremely tiring and it can take weeks to recover - often what a person wants after they've had a major operation is to be left in peace to recover. Quite often they don't want to be showered with gifts, and feel as though they have to put on a brave face for people - they just want to be left to sleep!

      I'm not saying that everyone feels this way after surgery, but I know that a hell of a lot of people do.

      Best wishes to you,



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