Gifts for Bedridden Teenagers (Hospital, Rehab or Home)

It is never a great experience to be bedridden and for teenagers, it can be especially hard. To have to stay in one place for any period of time can be difficult as all they want to do is continue living their lives at 100 miles an hour.

Gifts for bedridden teenagers. Cards, books, games, electronics, snacks, and toiletries are the obvious choices but there are so many more ideas to choose from.

Let’s go…

Best Gifts for Bedridden teenagers

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Gift Ideas for Bedridden Teenagers

1. Board Games

Teen boys and girls love board games and are hours of fun. Remember when your friend is stuck in bed hours feel like days. Don’t get twister!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Jenga (over 10 years)
  • Pictionary (over 10 years)
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics Game (12 years and over)
  • Smart Ass (12 years and over)
  • Phone Phever (over 13 years )
  • Say Anything (over 13 years )
  • What Do You Meme (over 15 years)
  • Pandemic (up to 15 years)
  • Catch Phrase Game (up to 15 years)
  • Hot Seat (over 17 years)
  • Monopoly, scrabble (all ages)
Pandemic Board Game

2. Playing Cards

Playing cards – here are a few card game ideas – you can Google how to play and learn them together:-

  • Slapjack (also known as Slaps or Heart Attack)
  • War, 52 Card Pickup
  • Crazy Eights, Spoons
  • Snap, Go Fish, Golf, Spit
  • Gin Rummy
  • Double Solitaire, Spider Solitaire
  • Speed, Black Jack
  • Basic Poker, Canasta
  • Texas Hold’em, 500
  • Uno Dare Card Game

3. Netflix

Membership for a couple of months while they are laid up – or share one of your logins.

4. Spotify

Same idea as Netflix – Spotify is music you can sign up for as little as a month or for a couple of months on you…

5. Gift Cards

Amazon Prime Memberships

iTunes cards, Amazon gift cards, their local fast food place that delivers, all kids love takeaway food.

6. Electronics


Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Wireless headphones that cover the ears are great for long-term use as opposed to having earbuds inserted in your ears. We use these Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones at our house for watching movies, music, sport, or any television program.

11 great colors are available – so everyone can have their own set – no arguments…

Charging Hubs

charging hub
Elago 3-in-1 Charging Station

Ever heard of a charging hub, no, well teenagers have! They are devices where you can place phones, watches, and more to charge up all in one place. This is the one we use at our house head over to Amazon to check it out and the price is an awesome bonus.

7. Comfort


Luna Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets are great for those who are not well as they hug your body so you can keep warm without having to keep pulling them back over you throughout the night. There are so many different kinds available.

The blanket above is hypoallergenic and made from organic cotton and glass beads, which suits hot and cold sleepers. The best part is that it was designed in the USA.

Fluffy blankets and cotton throws are cozy and cool and do the job when sitting or lying around all day.

Bed and Day Clothes

All the usual – pajamas, robes, nightgowns, slippers, fluffy socks – don’t buy boring old ones – comic characters and superheroes are the go. And no one wants to sit in P.J.’s all day – especially in front of visitors – cotton track pants and pullovers, or comfy workout gear are comfortable.


You might laugh but it can get cold in the hospital scarves will keep them warm up around the neck – remember you do not warm up very much when you are not moving around.


Wedges or pillows can be used to keep everything in place and for added support.

Bed Caddy

Bed caddies create easy storage and are great for keeping everything you need within arm’s reach. They hang beside the bed and hold phones, water bottles, books and magazines, iPads, TV remotes, and more…

They come in a heap of styles and colors, see them for yourself and click the image below.

tote holder
Bed Caddies

Laptop Desk

Laptop desks or tables that can be used for eating as well as activities, crafts, puzzles, games, and holding electrical devices.

Resource: Watercolor Gift Ideas for Artists

8. Books

They Wish They Were Us

Some of the latest titles are The 57 Bus, The Running Dream, The Amber Project, Tell Me Three Things, Five Feet Apart, and The Teen Girls Survival Guide – See a great range of books at Amazon.

9. Puzzels

Jigsaw Puzzle and others

One possible option is a jigsaw puzzle. This can provide them with a much-needed diversion and help to pass the time. It can also be a good way for them to use their brain and stay sharp. Choose a puzzle that is appropriate for their age and interests, and make sure to get one with large pieces if they are still working on their fine motor skills.

Jigsaw puzzles (complete with a roll-up puzzle mat at Amazon), crosswords, Rubik’s cube, and Kanoodle are all great for filling in time alone.

10. Arts, Crafts, and Building

Bracelet Box Kit

Giving a Bracelet Making Kit to a bedridden teenage girl as a gift is a great way to show her that you care. It will brighten up her day and give her something to do while she is stuck in bed.

So many to choose from some include:-

  • Jewelry making
  • Sketching, drawing, and painting
  • Knitting, crocheting, or weaving
  • Building kits like the one pictured below
robot kit
OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit

There are a few reasons a bedridden child might want the OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit. First, it can provide them with a way to move and interact with their environment, even if they can’t physically do so themselves.

Additionally, the kit can help improve their cognitive and motor skills by providing them with a hands-on learning experience. And finally, it can simply provide them with a fun and stimulating way to pass the time.

So whether a child is looking for a way to stay active and engaged or just wants a new toy to play with, the OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit is a great option.

11. Practical

drinking mug
Personalized Tumbler Laser Engraved

Water bottles or customized drinking tumblers complete with lid and straw, great for when stuck in bed.

Fun bendable straws, if they cannot sit upright, are very useful.

12. Study and School Work

The teenager may need to study lesson plans, books, book holders, or some supplies to assist with study or even a storage system to keep everything all in one place.

DIY Gifts for Bedridden Teenagers

13. Movie Challenge

Place the name of 100 Movies (written on cardboard and folded so you cannot see the name) into a box or container. They can draw them out and watch them or you can watch them together.

Get Well Gift Basket for Teenagers

gift basket
Care Packages

You could be thinking that get-well gift baskets for teenagers are not appropriate and may be a little too old for them. Well, I don’t if you fill it with enough interesting things your teenager could be kept amused for quite some time.

If you make a “do it yourself teenage gift basket” you will be surprised at how many gifts you can fit in that will keep them amused.

Also when you choose a “basket” to put everything think outside the box. No old lady baskets will end up in the trash bin.

You will need to fill the “basket” with an age-appropriate gift – don’t give an eleven-year-old gift a makeup pamper gift.

Choose some they will use again based on a topic that interests them:-

  • Backpacks
  • Gaming cases
  • Boxes
  • Sports caps and hats
  • Slippers
  • Boxes
  • Tins
  • Crates
  • Tool Boxes

14. Get Well Gift Basket for Teenage Girls

gift basket
Gift Boxes for Teenage Girls

What do you put in a gift basket for a teenage girl you might ask? As much as you can fit!!!

Fill the “basket” of your choice (I love the fluffy slipper idea) with:-

Pampering Products bath fizz or bombs, foot soak, moisturizers, hair conditioners, hand, and nail products, fake nails – use your imagination.

Warm socks and a scarf.

Favorite Naughty Treats – candies, chocolates, herbal teas, hot chocolate, cakes…

Books like:- P.S. I Still Love You

15. Get Well Gift Basket for Teenage Boys

gift basket
Range of Getwell Baskets

Choose his favorite cap you can turn it over and fill it with his favorite goodies like:-

Candies and chocolates, pringles, cans of favorite drinks, games, card games, books, comic books, and favorite electronic games.

Check out this awesome list of Hot Chocolate Gift Basket Ideas

16. Personalized Gift Box or Bag


A gift box or bag filled with some cute gifts with their names on them. Like caps, t-shirts, mugs, cups, and jewelry. Whatever you can get printed or engraved would be a lot of fun and a little corny…

17. The Gift of You

If you are not able to visit telephone them every couple of days to see how they are – nobody telephones anymore – apparently texting is enough – LOL.

Telephone at random times too just to mix it up a bit – text in between verbal contact will make them feel that they are in touch with the outside world.

If you are able to visit fantastic, you can talk, cook for them, help them pamper themselves, craft together, games together, play cards, watch movies complete jigsaw puzzles.


If you will be visiting in person and delivering your gift yourself you should remember to call first if they are in the hospital. Calling ahead you will ensure that it is all right to visit. Many times patients are in and out of the hospital so quickly there is no time for visiting.

Also, consider long-term patients could be undergoing all types of treatments at any time of the day and may not be available.

Great not to be in anyone’s way or waste your own time.

Check out this awesome list of Sympathy Gifts for Children

Final Thoughts: Get Well Gifts Teens

Gifts for the bedridden that help pass the time are always going to be received with a big smile. The next best thing is to give your time to help fill in the long hours which will turn to boredom very quickly.

Gift ideas for someone special…

Recommended Reading

If nothing above jumps out at you you could go and check out the article thoughtful gifts for the bedridden. My article goes into a lot more detail about selecting gifts for the bedridden and those on bed rest.

If you are after special inspiration for gifts for a bedridden elderly loved one I have an article for you.