Any surgery can be hard to recover from surgery recovery can be draining both physically and emotionally. Surgery recovery patients are often stuck in the hospital or bedridden at home without their normal daily life functions. This can be hard any time of year and is especially difficult for people recovering from surgery during the holidays.
Surgery Recovery Gift Ideas
Today’s post looks at various types of gifts that someone recovering from surgery might like or be able to use. While surgery recovery doesn’t last forever, it does change your life completely while it is happening. Having the products and support necessary during this time can make all the difference in the world.
From necessities to nice luxury items that make surgery recovery easier, this list of gift ideas covers it all!
Before you buy anything for a surgery recovery patient, make sure you check with the hospital and see what will be provided and with the family to see what is needed. Often the hospital and insurance will cover things like a walker and a riser toilet seat that are medically required post surgery in some cases.
Grip n’ Grab Reach Extender Tool
Most surgery recovery patients are not allowed to twist and turn or move much, so having a reach extender tool can be really helpful for your loved one with limited mobility. These amazing little items are very inexpensive but make life in so much easier during surgery recovery. People are not so reliant on others to take care of them during the recovery period which helps lift spirits and recover confidence. Help make life easier and less frustrating by gifting one of these awesome extender reach tools!
Since many surgery patients are forced to stay in bed and rest for days or weeks on end, a mini fridge is a great gift idea! It’s a very practical post-op surgery gift idea since someone in recovery can’t jump up and run to the fridge when they get thirsty. You can stock the mini fridge with water, juice, ice chips and more to keep right next to the bed or couch area. It’s also great for keeping ice packs which may be part of the surgery recovery plan to keep swelling down. One great thing about this particular gift idea is that it can also be used for a long period after surgery recovery ends.
- RFR321-FR320 3.2 Cu Ft Mini Fridge
- RCA – IGLOO 3.2 CU FT Platinum Mini Fridge
- FR100-115 1.7 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge
Kindle or Tablet
Spending days or weeks in bed following a major surgery can be horrible for many people. There is a lot of time that needs to be filled with activities which is why we recommend gifting a Kindle or Tablet if the person does not already own one. This makes for a fantastic gift since these little devices can display books or magazines for hours of entertainment. Since many surgery patients can’t handle physical activity holding a light tablet will be about as much effort as they can give. This thoughtful post surgery gift idea will also continue giving joy long into the future!
Reading & Bed Rest Pillows
Bed rest after surgery is usually required for at least a few days following a major surgery so gifting a bed rest pillow can be both a thoughtful and practical gift idea. A backrest or reading pillow as they are often called are majorly helpful when you are dealing with time in the hospital or on bed rest. For those who want to read to pass the time and want to use a Kindle or Tablet then this type of pillow is essential. They also are helpful to have on hand after surgery so they
- Z Foam Filled Reading Pillow
- Shagalicious Bedrest Pillow
- BedLounge: The Ultimate Reading Pillow, Back Support Pillow
A good self-massager may be a wonderful gift for someone in post surgery recovery. Massage has been shown to help many people recover from surgery and is something very relaxing for many people. Make sure with a gift idea like a massager or massage therapy gift certificate that this is allowed and helpful for the particular person. Checking with a doctor first is a great idea. Massage can be very beneficial but it’s also something that should be cleared first!
- Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat
- Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager with Heat
- Body Back Buddy Self-Massage Tool
Some surgeries require the use of a walker for an extended period of time after the surgery and initial recovery. The first couple of days or weeks after some sugeries will involve walking with a walker, usually a new experience for people. A great gift idea for this experience that isn’t provided by the hospital is a walker bag. Walker bags attach to the walker and give the user a bit of space to put important items they need to keep close by. Walker bags have multiple pockets and zippered compartments to keep enough little items close so the person doesn’t have to keep getting up and down to retrieve things. Stick a book in there or water or supplies for a project to stay busy! It’s a super convenient item to use temporarily that would be appreciated as a gift.
- NOVA Medical Products Folding Walker Bag
- Duro-Med Walker Pouch, Multi-Pocket Carry-All Bag
- Ableware Double-Sided Quilted Walker Bag
Do you think about how to put on socks each morning? Chances are it has never crossed your mind. But for certain surgery patients the task of putting on socks becomes much more difficult without the ability to fully move and bend parts of the body.
Following surgery some patients need help with things like putting on socks. Giving a sock aid as a gift to a knee or back surgery patienst is an incredibly thoughtful and useful gift. It’s also something small that wouldn’t require a big investment or a long term change of behavior. Giving a sock aid as a gift will really make a hard task after surgery much more simple for your loved one!
Hand-Held Shower Head
A hand-held shower head allows post surgery patients to control the spray of water while sitting and showering. It’s most likely going to be a harder experience showering after surgery so giving your loved one a hand-held shower head will make it easier to shower only the parts allowed while sitting.
This is inexpensive gift will cost around $20 but makes life a lot easier on the recipient. A hand-held shower head makes showering a lot easier for anyone who has to sit and shower, including surgery recovery patients!
- Niagara Chrome Handheld Massage Showerhead
- HotelSpa® AquaCare Series Ultra-Luxury 7-setting Spiral Hand Shower
- Delta Faucet Universal Showering Components 7-Setting Handshower
One of the best gifts you can give someone recovering from surgery is your time! This can take the form in many different ways, from driving the surgery patient to follow-up appointment, running errands, or simply spending time together to reduce isolation. Simply check in with the person via text, phone, or email in the beginning of the day to see if they need transportation somewhere or if they are wanting a social visit that day. While some gifts might not be remembered, your time freely given will always be remembered long after recovery.
These are just a few of the items that might make a gift idea for someone going through surgery recovery.
You might also consider any gifts that are specific to the person or type of surgery like knee replacement surgery gift ideas or even ergonomic gift ideas too. There are lots of gift ideas not covered here that would make an excellent gifts.