Nothing quite brightens a persons day like a gift basket. A gift basket says quite blatantly that someone is thinking of you and that you are special to them.
Whether a person is sick at home, or in the hospital, a gift basket is always a welcome gift. Remember that the person may not be up and around much yet so tailor your gift basket accordingly.
For the person that loves to read you could do a gift basket with a few books by the patients favorite author or in a favorite series that you know the person likes. Perhaps a crossword or word search book and a nicely scented candle. Add in a few favorite snacks (include a beverage) that you know the person can have (after some procedures certain foods might be off limits so be aware of this) and perhaps a journal and pen and you will have a welcome gift basket.
Soft soothing music is always a welcome addition. Add in some lotion and perhaps some fuzzy slippers along with a generous helping of love and you will have a winner in this gift. Music can be so soothing to the soul when you are sick. Helping you to relax and relaxing is the sometimes the best way to recover when someone is sick.
Keep it light and humorous. A humorous book, a book of riddles along with some whimsical old fashioned candies (lemon drops, sassafras candy etc.). I once gave my dad a book on things to do with duct tape along with a roll of duct tape. He had hours of laughter reading the book and plotting what he wished he could do with his roll of duct tape. A little creativity can go a long way here.
Wish your recipient a Sweet Recovery and pack a pretty basket full of their favorite sweet treats (remember, if someone is diabetic to use diabetic approved goodies). Include an inspirational book by a favorite author of yours or theirs or even a favorite magazine along with a subscription.
Try a bed and bath basket. Include slippers and a fuzzy fleece blanket or candle along with some bubble bath and a nice sponge or wash cloth. Make it luxurious and include the lotion and bath powder too.
There are many great gift basket sites online or perhaps even in your local town. I much prefer to make my own as it seems to say I was thinking of them and knew just what they would like. Plus, I can make it as luxurious or as simple as I like. Either way you do it, a gift basket is a great gift idea for someone who is sick. Knowing that someone is thinking of you just seems to help you feel better instantly.