Guest Gifter: Kateri Allard on Get Well Gifting

Okay ready? No really, are you? Because today I’m handing over my gift giving baton to the quick-witted and clever Kateri Allard. Kateri is currently working as an RN in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a large teaching hospital in the Manhattan area AND she writes an incredibly inspiring blog, According to Kateri. She has been published by Huffington Post several times, and you may just recognize her unique name from her viral article, Don’t Call Me Just a Nurse.

Today she is going to teach us a little something about giving get well gifts, because let’s face it, a stuffed bear with a crooked nose holding a miniature balloon will not suffice! Alright, lady– school us!

Get Well Gifting :: Guest Gifter Series :: Kateri Allard :: #giftswithbows #gwb #getwellsoon

 iTunes Gift Card from Apple | Bonzai by From You Flowers $59.99 | Carina Kimono Robe by Eberjay $106 | Balance Bar Bracelet by Dogeared $26 | Gardenia Bonzai by From You Flowers $59.99 | Summer Weight Moc by Acorn $34.98+

We all know the feeling, that anxiety you get when someone you love is experiencing an illness. No, it’s not the “will I catch it” mayhem we all experienced during Ebolagate last fall, it’s the how the heck do I let them know I am thinking of them without being insensitive or offensive.

As a former patient and current Nurse, I have seen the successes and failure of Get Well Gifting. So at the request of Gifts With Bows I have compiled a few never fail items that do more than fill your friends home with dying flowers!

When feeling under the weather, it hard to also feel comfortable, and even worse, presentable. Hospital gowns open in the back, and even home on the couch it can be hard to find the right balance of warm but not too warm pajamas. So this is where a perfect robe comes in. I love anything Anthropologie, and to be honest, just feel better wearing it! So this robe seems like the perfect gift to throw over pajamas while recovering from an illness or surgery! And it will be useful afterwards too! Go with a soft thin fabric so it isn’t scratchy or too warm!

And what goes better with a robe than slippers? Most people already own a pair, but you can put a lot of miles on a pair of slippers when you are suddenly wearing them 18 hours a day! I love this Acorn pair in the white and grey stripe! They go with anything, are warm as well as supportive, and come from an eco friendly company based in Maine!

If you’re looking from something more generic, but equally useful, you can truly never go wrong with an iTunes gift card. You get the pick the amount, and the recipient is sure to make use of it. A playlist that may have carried them for the last decade may suddenly seem very repetitive as it plays on a loop through ear buds, drowning out a roommate’s family or filling the time until the next dose of pain meds. Plus, they can use it for music, movies, TV shows… It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Another item I had to include is something that doesn’t say sorry you’re sick at all! Sometimes, its best to just take the opportunity to send a gift. I have been a friend of Dogeared for years, and find their bracelets and necklaces to be excellent Just Because gifts. This would be a sweet way to let someone know you are thinking of them wishing them the best.

Finally, if you still feel inclined to send flowers, choose something that will last. I suggest going with something potted and low maintenance. A flowering Bonsai Tree is beautiful, they aren’t finicky as far as light is concerned, and most importantly, they only need water when the soil is fully dry. So let’s hope your friend is fully recovered before the next watering! I always use From You Flowers for my flower delivery needs, they have great selection sourced from local florists, and fill my inbox with discounts and deals I make use of often!

When it comes to get well gifts keep away from anything edible! Especially for hospitalized loved ones, nurses and doctors love to change diets on a regular bases from low fat, to liquids, to absolutely nothing at all! So all of those sweet gift baskets you come across, full of tasty snacks that make your healthy mouth water, just say NO.

Most importantly, when in doubt, ask yourself, will this gift cause more work for the recipient?

If the answer is no, pick it up and send it along with a simple card complete with a personal and thoughtful note!


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