Get-well gifts

How to bring someone up when they’re feeling down

I’ve never thought much of get-well gifts. The standard flowers or chocolate always seem to brighten one’s day and you certainly can’t go wrong with that.

However, this past New Year’s Eve, I managed a sober stumble in three-inch heels that left me with two broken bones in my foot and a lot of time to think. As I hobble around the house on crutches, I’ve been able to come up with a list of useful items beyond the basics.

If the person is struggling with limited or no mobility, a thoughtful idea might be an Uber gift card. Restaurant gift cards (especially places that offer delivery, such as Panera) would also be welcome. If you’re not sure what they like, an American Express gift card can do the job but has a fee to activate.

And when it comes to food, try to keep it healthy. A fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements will help to battle weight gain while they’re confined to a couch.

If it’s a bad cold or flu that’s got them down, offer a pharmacy run. You can keep them stocked with tissues and Tylenol, orange juice and any special request items. Feel free to leave it at the door to avoid the germs — they’ll understand.

To keep the patient occupied, you could also pick up a new novel, book of New York Times crosswords, even a good old-fashioned magazine — anything to get their mind off of feeling lousy.

Finally, the simple get-well card goes a long way. A sweet, handwritten note will let them know you’re thinking of them and certainly put a smile on their face.

This week’s pick:

If you don’t have time to shop or don’t live nearby to drop something off yourself, check out Just Don’t Send Flowers. This women’s get-well gift box includes three puzzle books, a 17-ounce thermal water bottle, Lipton noodle soup, cozy Dr. Scholl’s spa socks and a Burt’s Bees lip balm. $49.99

Everyday picks:

For him: For the guy that loves gadgets and tools, MyKee 2.0 can do the work of 20 tools, including a bottle opener, staple remover, cuticle pusher, hex wrench and screwdriver. The handy shape allows you to slip it on your keyring, making it easy to carry and access when needed. $21.97

For her: This calfskin Coccinelle handbag is great for ladies on the go. The zip closure with loop handle keeps items secure and frees up hands to multitask. Keep it pre-packed with gym essentials (lock, earbuds, etc.), then just toss in your keys, phone and wallet before you go. Approximately 6×8 inches. $40

For kids: Little ones love seeing their names on anything. For a special gift for girls, spell out their name on a pair of personalized earrings. Available from CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy, the jewelry is hand made to order and is offered in 18K gold, rose gold or sterling silver. $25.50

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