An estimated 44 million Americans are unpaid family caregivers. Some caregivers look after a child with special needs, others take after a frail senior. Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week providing for their loved ones. It’s a challenging responsibility that comes with a lot of stress and not much rest or thanks.
You’ll never be able to find a way to fully repay a caregiver for taking care of a loved one but these are a few gift ideas that can help the caregivers you know feel cherished.
- Magazine subscription. Encourage the caregiver to nourish their passions and hobbies by giving them a yearly subscription to a magazine they’ll find interesting. Kicking back with a new magazine will be a great way for the caregiver to escape and relax.
- Meal kit delivery service. Food subscriptions will deliver fresh, portioned ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes right to the caregiver’s doorstep. It’s a practical and valuable gift that will save them time and money, and they’ll have fun getting surprised with new dishes. Services like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, PeachDish, and Purple Carrot all deliver meals that take less than an hour to make all over the U.S.
- Collage picture frame. A collection of pictures of their favorite places, friends, and family is a thoughtful gift that will remind them of happy memories whenever they look at it. Save them the work of printing and filling the frame themselves and do it yourself!
- Spa day. Give the gift of rejuvenation with a gift certificate to a massage or day at the spa. Alternatively, make your own spa kit so this caregiver can pamper themselves in the comfort of their own home. Fill up a basket or box with fizzing bath bombs, lotions, candles, and face masks that your caregiver can turn to when in need of some relaxation.
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