How to Make Homemade Gifts for Cancer Patients

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Cancer patients have an incredible battle going on. A cancer patient may be barely recovering from surgery when a treatment series will begin. The patient is tired, cold, sick, scared and can be depressed. At times she can feel inhuman with the doctor visits, hospitalizations and days of feeling sick. Homemade gifts for cancer patients will mean so very much. You can make simple, comforting gifts for someone who has cancer. It will be a wonderful symbol of comfort, caring and hope.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks
  • Patterns
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread and needles
  • Composition book
  • Decorative paper
  • Glue stick
  • Search for patterns for chemotherapy caps, small pillows, prayer shawls and stuffed animals. Choose a project that you can do.

  • Shop for supplies that are soft, hypoallergenic and colorful.

  • Sew a pillow, lap robe, quilt or stuffed animal according to your level of experience. These cuddly, soft items will give a great deal of comfort.

  • Crochet or knit warm and stylish chemo caps. Make a cap from yarn that looks like fluffy hair to give the patient a boost of humor.

  • Glue decorative paper to a composition book for a low-cost journal for a cancer patient. Journaling helps many cancer patients to cope with day-to-day experiences and feelings.

  • Print off an original or meaningful poem of encouragement. You could choose to use a Bible verse that is appropriate instead.

  • Fold decorative paper in quarters and glue the poem or verse inside of it.
    Decorate the cover with a rubber stamped image, stickers or drawing. This greeting card will remind a patient that he is in your thoughts.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fit the gift to the personality of the patient if you are familiar with the person.
  • Add small packages of mints to home made gifts. Some patients get very dry mouths during chemotherapy treatments.
  • If the patient is terminal do not incorprate get well messages into the gift.
  • Do not force home made foods on to a cancer patient. The person may not be able to eat many things.

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