Thoughtful Gifts for the Bedridden

This article was last updated on August 31st, 2020

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a gift for your bedridden grandmother, a mother in waiting, a loved one, or even gifts for bedridden friends. Being bedridden temporarily or permanently it absolutely is no fun.

Bedridden Gift Ideas:-

  • Gift Baskets, Flowers
  • Personal Gift Bag – brush, a hand-held mirror, facial wipes, chapstick, moisturizer, dry shampoo
  • Bedding – Linen and Pillows
  • Pajamas or Nightdresses
  • Entertainment – Books, Puzzles, Movies, Magazines
  • Hobby – Knitting, Painting
  • Your time play cards, watch favorite television shows

As you can imagine the minutes drag on and on when you are bedridden. I have come up with some wonderful gift ideas that you may not have thought of. Also, some very thoughtful gifts that will cost you little to no money, as they are just an investment of time.

Read on and we will look at the gift ideas for those who cannot visit their loved one. Also some of the practical gifts, gifts for comfort, thoughtful ideas, a few do it yourself ideas, some fun gifts as well as those much needed time filling gifts.

Go to the end of the gift ideas and I will also give you some ideas on how to help your loved one or friend with some help around the house if they will let you!

If your loved one is in a hospital or a care facility the staff may also be able to help with gift ideas. You could also take the staff something thoughtful!

What about some homemade cookies or cupcakes. Being thoughtful to the staff will ensure that your loved one becomes someone they keep a keen eye on!

Let’s get started!

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Click on each image to check out the gift ideas as well as their styles, colors, and prices…

Gift Ideas if you Cannot Visit Your Loved One

If you are not able to physically visit your friend or loved one sending a gift basket is always a great gift.

Gift baskets come in all forms these days everything from a gourmet nut basket to a fruit basket or even a nut and fruit combination basket.

Here are some other baskets that are available but are not limited to the following:- retro candy, nostalgic candy, Starbucks gourmet coffee, gourmet baked goods, gourmet brownies, gourmet cookies, movie night boxes all the way to a low carb lovers basket.

To check out a huge range of gift baskets, boxes, and tins in varying sizes and prices click here to go to Amazon and choose your gift and have it forwarded directly to your loved one.

What about telephoning them every couple of days, you could even set up skype once a week. Walk around your house and yard.

Show them new purchases you have made or changes around your home. Go for a walk in the park, show them your neighborhood you could even people watch over skype by sitting in your local coffee shop.


Roses and Alstroemeria Bouquet, with Vase
Signature Roses and Alstroemeria Bouquet, with Vase – Click on image to see this arrangement plus many more!

There is always the old favorite of beautiful flowers that everyone loves to receive. If you can handwrite the card yourself. If you cannot at least make the message as personal as possible, it means so much to our loved ones and friends.

Practical Gifts

Pajamas or a robe especially if they are in a hospital. It is great to change into new pajamas every day it keeps you feeling fresh and clean. Robes are great when sitting up in bed especially if they feel the cold.

Don’t forget to volunteer to take their washing home regularly.

A nice bag filled with goodies such as a brush, a hand-held mirror, facial wipes, chapstick, moisturizer, dry shampoo any personal items you can think of is great.

If you don’t want to make something up yourself or if you are not close enough to deliver it. You could check these ready-made kits out at Amazon. There is an awesome range available some with free shipping directly to your friend.

Click here to see the one I love which is suitable for men and women and I have gifted it many times over.

If they do not have an electric razer these are an awesome gift for someone bedridden. As there is no water or shaving cream required this makes shaving in bed no mess no fuss.

Gifts to Help with Comfort

Comfort while being bedridden is always going to be hard to achieve not only do parts of the body ache you can also have problems such as reflux and more.

So apart from getting the bedding correct here are a couple of other small ideas that could assist with comfort:-

Cotton Pajamas or Night Dresses

Cotton or pure silk is always the best choice when choosing sleepwear as it regulates the body’s natural temperature and keeps you cool when needed also warm when required.


Comforter Set All Season Pintuck Style

What about new linen, comforter, or even a fresh new pillow. Maybe even satin pillowcases which are luxurious and wonderful for the hair.

Find out what the style and colors they would like by letting them know you are purchasing a new set for yourself. Use magazines, brochures or even online stores to get an idea of what they like.

Then surprise them on your next visit or maybe even surprise them by ordering what they like right then and there online. There are so many to choose from you can check out some options click on the image above to see some great choices at Amazon…

Why not enhance your gift and offer to come over once or twice a week to carry out a complete linen change. You could carry this out if they have other family members, friends, doctors, or nurses coming to visit on a regular basis.

If it is an ongoing gift you wish to commit to. You take charge and arrange it with others to make this happen.

Eye Mask

Eye masks are awesome they are generally made from soft and comfortable fabric and are very easy to wear. Your friend will then be able to get some sleep at any time of the day or night.

Ear Plugs

If they are a noisy environment, like a hospital, earplugs will take the edge off the noise so they can rest a little easier.

Heating Equipment for Pain Relief

There is an extensive range of heating equipment for the relief of pain on the market today.

Someone bedridden will inevitably suffer from aches, pains, and pressure spots.

These heating devices come in many forms which include:-

Electric heat pads, infrared heating pads, infrared heat lamps for muscle pain, electric foot heating pad, moist heating pads, as well as microwavable heating pads for the back, the head, the wrists, and the neck.

There is also an electric heater with a built-in massager. This equipment probably needs some discussion with your loved one as well as their practitioner so the best device is purchased for them.

Some awesome variations can be seen here at Amazon.


You really cannot go past wedges for the support they provide, they also come in various sizes and shapes.

Manicure, Pedicure or Both

If they are open manicure or pedicure you could volunteer to do this for them once a week. Alternatively, give them a gift card for a professional to come to them.

Soothing Music

Music is both soothing and relaxing make up some mixed CDs or purchase a couple of new ones that they may like.

Ensure they have a device to play them on as well as some headphones if they are in a hospital or a care facility.

Do It Yourself Gifts

Prepare a Homemade Meal

Homemade meals and snacks are a very thoughtful gift, especially if you now their favorites. If they are in the hospital a homemade meal will be a welcome change from hospital food. Another alternative would be to bring along a small fresh fruit basket.

If they are at home and have a large freezer prepare (with some friends) a variety of meals to freeze. They and their families will love you for it.

Purchase a Prepared Meal

If your loved one has a favorite restaurant why not take them one of their favorite meals from the restaurant. You could do the same with desserts, cookies, or brownies. Fresh yummy…

Side Note:-

Checking they are able to eat the foods you are considering bringing as a gift is always a good idea. Don’t want to get anyone upset or embarrassed.


Tins are great for sweets, chocolates, cookies, nuts, brownies, or whatever you choose as the lid generally comes off easily.

Gift Baskets

In the basket, you could include word games or something to stimulates the mind. Some favorite sweets or drinks. Maybe some toiletries, soaps, or hand creams. Ses this Burt’s Bees one at Amazon – click the image above…

Gift Cards

Gift cards are a great gift one from Amazon for example with allow them to buy themselves anything they want. If they spend a certain amount they generally receive free shipping and they can have the item delivered directly to them.

Just to name a few items personal items, nightwear, something for their new baby, a new pillow, treats, craft items, books, ebooks, movies, games… The list is endless!

Fun Gifts – Something a Little Different

The bedside caddy in the picture below is one of my all-time favorites. I am not bedridden but I have one and I love it!


Bedside Caddy

Lap desks are handy when one is bedridden. They come in many shapes and sizes so finding one to suit should be easy.

A clear window bird feeder where the suction cups attach to the outside of the window. I love this one at Amazon to check it and others out click here…

Time Filling Gifts


Television, movies, and box set series are great time users. You do not have to go out and buy a whole heap either borrow from friends, relatives even the library.

Renting DVDs is always an option or you can have them delivered by the store to your loved one on a regular basis.

You could offer a subscription to Netflicks or something similar for a couple of months – just for a change. They may like it and continue the subscription themselves.


Books are a great gift if they love reading. Bedridden people can go through books very quickly. So why not consider offering to go to the library for them regularly.

Ebook readers are also great gifts for avid readers. They are not expensive to purchase and almost all the books that they would like to read are available to purchase. There is also a service for a small monthly fee where the choice of books is unlimited. See it here at Amazon and the device I use is this one Kindle E-reader because there is no blue light that can disturb sleep.

Also, a bundle of magazines as sometimes easy mindless reading and looking at the pictures is nice.

You may also consider some optics led magnifying glasses which will help with eye strain. The magnifying glasses come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively cheap to purchase.

Kindle e Reader

Mind Exercises

Books or Apps on devices that are designed to keep the mind active are fantastic. Crosswords, riddles, puzzles, find a word the options are endless and the best is that you can source these games and puzzles for free.

Audible Books

If you have never tried audible books yourself you should give it a go. It is so relaxing and comforting especially when you are immobilized and one your own for a large part of the day. See the free sign up here at Amazon.


If they are able to carry out craft activities there is no better time than when bedridden to get stuck into craft activities. It is also the perfect time to try something new, so you should absolutely get them something that they love to do.

If they would like to attempt something brand new makes sure you also supply a how-to book to assist in the learning process.

Here are a couple of ideas:-


Of course, you can knit the old fashioned way but there are various knitting looms available.


There are books available to make almost anything. Supplies are easy to come by and are very cheap.

Needle Point

So many shapes and sizes available there is literally one for everybody’s taste. Pillows, a wall hanging that can be framed even Santa stockings.

Scrap Booking (for all)

So many different scrapbooking ideas that could be covered, your friend might like to try something new because they have the time to learn.

Stamping (great for children)

Stamping kits are available if someone is just starting out, alternatively, you could buy some pieces that your friend has been wanting to add to their collection.

Painting, Drawing, Sketching (children will love this craft)

This particular hobby I have found that there are those that can and those that can not.

Then there are those that have always wanted to learn how to do it properly. Maybe your loved one fits into the last category. If so a learn how to book is sure to be a big hit and they will certainly have the time to start from the beginning.

Jewelry Making (children and young adults would like this craft)


Jewelry Making Kit for Adults with Beading Supplies

This is a great craft for anyone. It is nice and compact as all the supplies can be put into a drawer like storage containers. Many of the starter kits come with their own storage like the one pictured above check it out by clicking the image.

It is also relatively cheap and only the imagination will stunt creating many many designs.

Card Making (for everybody)

This is a fantastic craft because it is actually practical. Your loved one will be making everyone they know feel special because they will start receiving handmade cards for every occasion.

There are so many different card making kits available there really is something for everybody.

Make sure you give them plenty of stamps so they can post their cards out.

Check out a full range of Art & Crafts as well as supplies – here at Amazon…

Personalized Books for Children

I love these ones.

Click here to see the range of personalized children’s books.

Coloring Books

Coloring books these days come in all shapes and sizes. I would definitely give the gift of a couple of coloring books and pens, crayons or pencils.

Apart from the new traditional coloring books for adults, we can now color in electronic devices.

Before you visit your loved one or friend why not check out a heap of free coloring book apps there are over 2,000 free coloring pages in the iTunes app store.

While you are checking out the coloring books have a look at some of the free games your loved one may be interested in.

You could both choose a game you like and play it together even when you cannot be with them in person. Heaps of fun and something you can talk about when you are together.

Digital Photo Frame

Digital photo frames may seem a little out of date! But what an awesome gift for someone who is bedridden. You can enjoy some time together by making up different photo playlists.

Why not ask other family members, friends, and acquaintances to send you photos and surprise your loved one with the playlists already made up.

These digital frames are available in all shapes, sizes, and prices. There really is something for everyone click here to see some great options at Amazon…

Something to Consider

Extended time on electronic devices such as television, computers, smartphones, tablets or while using gaming equipment can cause insomnia and other symptoms. The answer could be a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Pictured are the pair I wear every day.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses Lightweight EyeglassesWhat Else Can You Do for Your Loved One or Friend – to Help Fill in Some Time

We all know that it is very difficult to visit with someone who is bedridden for whatever reason. As you can imagine time goes so slowly for those confined to a bed so I believe what most of them crave is the company of others.

Here are some other suggestions you could use to help out during this very difficult time for your loved one or friend.

Make your visits more regular. Go ahead and arrange dates and times together so they have something to look forward to. (schedules can always be rearranged if required)

If you both have a favorite television program – why not watch it together? You could even choose a library of movies you both want to see and watch these together. A lot more fun than watching movies alone!

Make regular visits and read to them. This certainly fills up some time together without becoming bored and running out of things to say.

Get yourself a set of the same craft activity you gave as a gift. Then make regular visits and carry out the activity with them. It is the perfect way to spend more time with them.

Nothing wrong with pulling out the old deck of cards. Don’t know any games or need a revision on the rules? Google them! Playing cards is a great way to pass the time.

Another alternative could board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, or any you can come up with! The best thing about a board game is you can leave it halfway through and finish it later is required. – Another great time filler!

Ask them if you can bring along with you someone you both know on the next visit. This other person will certainly have some new topics to talk about.

If they have use of a wheelchair get them outside. Take them for a walk around the block or to the park. If they are in the hospital walk the hallways or take them around the grounds of the hospital.

What about borrowing a game console and games that neither of you has used before. I have to say that learning these new games and even operating a new console with absolutely eat up the hours.

If you both really get into a game or games why not borrow another console and some games and play each other over the internet when you are not together.

There are game consoles gathering dust in many many households all over the world. I am certain someone knows someone who would happily lend them to you and your loved one.

Around The House

This list could be endless and some will not want you to do anything, but others may have no choice.

  • Watch other children for a few hours
  • Walk the dog or care for other pets
  • Cut the grass
  • Put out the trash
  • Errands and food shopping
  • Clean the house
  • Wash and dry clothing
  • Change bedding and wash it

Final Thoughts on Thoughtful Gifts for the Bedridden

Well, that’s about it from me. I sincerely hope that I have given you some ideas so you can assist your loved one through this bedridden time in their lives.

Recommended Reading

I have lovely spent time sourcing gifts ideas for bedridden teenagers and gifts for bedridden elderly go see them yourself for some more gift ideas…

Gifts for Bedridden Teenagers (Hospital, Rehab or Home) – here

Gifts for a Bedridden Elderly Loved One – here

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