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Crossword & Sudoku Book Baskets Make Great Get Well Gifts!

Updated on March 9, 2014

The Art of Recovering

What do you do to make someone’s convalescence more comfortable, more entertaining, and more tolerable? Whether recovering from an injury or an illness, recuperating is meant to be easy on the body, but it tends to be hard on the mind.

Boredom sets in; no matter how much someone likes television and movies and email, we are bound to get bored of them. The best gift you can give someone who is recovering is the gift of stimulation! This is why crossword and Sudoku book baskets make such wonderful get well gifts.

Can't Work Your Body? Work Your Mind

Crosswords and Sudoku puzzles are excellent ways to stimulate the mind, pass time, and give the brain a workout. Wishing someone “get well” is fine; but giving them something that can help them do it is even better. The time spent recuperating will go much more pleasantly with the help of your get well basket. What should you include?


Crossword Books

A look through any bookstore will yield several possibilities. There are New York Times puzzles, large print puzzles, easy puzzles, entertainment or sports-themed puzzles…the list goes on and on.

Choose one that you think your recipient will enjoy most, and if you’re not sure of his/her preference, select one for their get well gift that has a wide variety and different skill levels. This is great for the beginner or the old crossword pro. The Everything Crossword and Puzzle Book and the Simon and Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Books are both great choices, and they cost under $10 each!


Sudoku Books

Again, you will find varying levels of difficulty. If you know your recipient has never tried Sudoku, don’t get ones with “hard,” “nasty,” “nail biting,” or “torturous” in the title – and yes, those words are actually in the titles of several puzzle books. Try an introductory book with easy puzzles or one that features a mix of varying levels. Will Shortz Sudoku books are great.



Your recipient is trying to get well, there’s no need to pressure him to do crosswords or Sudoku in pen. Include a selection of fun pencils and erasers. Add a small pencil sharpener to the mix. All of this will cost less than a few dollars at your local discount or dollar store.

Dictionary & Mystery Book Series

A crossword puzzle dictionary. These are arranged by clue and word length instead of traditional alphabetical order.

If your recipient loves puzzles and reading, what better gift than a book series that combines them? Crossword Mysteries, in Nero Blanc’s series, features mysteries that the reader can try to solve as he reads. These are fun, and they can be very engaging.

Puzzle Masterpieces

Puzzle Masterpieces: Elegant Challenges for Crossword Lovers is a crossword puzzle book, but the puzzles are arranged into different shapes for an effect that is as beautiful as it is stimulating. It's a wonderful addition to the get well gift!


Puzzle Cubes

The 3D Wooden Sudoku Cube Puzzle from Brilliant Puzzles and Games offers the fun and challenge of Sudoku in 3D. This is a good way to occupy the mind and keep the hands busy, which may be just the right answer for someone who is getting a little antsy.

Another well-known option is the rubik's cube of course. It's totally your decision.


Why not? Your recipient will enjoy them. Opt for things that aren't messy and aren't too unhealthy. Items like pretzel sticks, popcorn, crackers, soups, chips or maybe even a get well cookie bouquet.

They'll be thankful for your thoughtfulness and then they won't have to run to the store for these items any time soon.

You can help someone get well, and feel good, by giving them something to do and something to think about other than an illness or injury. It is a gesture that is sure to be appreciated.

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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is a great idea! and not just for someone who is ill or injured, just about anybody would enjoy this, its so nice to see someone go back to the good ol' days! it always seems to be computers, iphones ipods and just about everything else these days, nice one! rated up! cheers nell

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Such a great idea. We often forget ourselves around the holidays but I am going to treat myself to a gift basket with crossword puzzles and soduku. Maybe throw in a bottle of wine. I also have a friend who would love such a gift.

      Thanks for the idea and rated up.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! It drives me crazy not to stay busy, even when I'm sick, so I would definitely appreciate a gift basket like this.

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      One of my friends was on pregnancy bed-rest for 2 1/2 months so I packed her up a little basket to keep her busy. Of course, I included the classic Rubik's cube which drove her nuts :)

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      really good ideas here pinkchic, great hub :)