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If your friend or family member is in the hospital, you may be thinking of sending flowers. But before you click ‘Buy’, do you really want to spend all that money on an expensive gift that will just die in a few days? You probably want to send a unique gift to help you stand out from the balloons and flowers. Not everyone likes flowers either (am I right guys?). Sure they are the customary get well offering but why not send a unique and thoughtful gift that they’ll really appreciate? Here are five get well gift ideas that will brighten up anyone’s day.

Nine Awesome Unique Gift Ideas You Can Send Today

#1 Magazine gift pack.

Getting over surgery or recovering from being sick is never fun. Aside from all the body aches and pains, there’s also the boredom of lying in bed all day with nothing to do. A magazine gift pack provides some welcome distraction. If your friend loves celebrity gossip, pick up a selection of People, Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. Throw in a few sudoku or crossword books to exercise the brain. And then add some copies of Time, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal or other local newspaper to keep up with important headlines. For half the price of online flowers, you can send a gift that will last for weeks.

#2 Relaxing activity package.

While reading material makes a nice, long-lasting gift, sometimes you may want to send something a little more fun. For a get well gift that’s both relaxing and entertaining, consider adult coloring books. These coloring books contain beautiful artwork and intricate drawings that provide hours of stress-relieving coloring. Another enjoyable activity for someone on the mend is meditation. Look for short books on meditation and simple breathing exercises that are geared towards beginners. You can even send your friend or family member a Zen garden kit complete with gravel, meditative rocks, and a tiny rake for maintaining their rock garden.

#3 Popcorn and a movie.

You can create a tasty and entertaining gift by combining a selection of fun movies and some movie time treats. Put together a mix of classic and entertaining movies like Casablanca, Shaun of the Dead, and The Gladiator. Then package these movies together with some yummy treats like microwave popcorn, small chocolate candies, and jelly beans. You can even add a gift card to Fandango or the local movie theater for your friend or family member to use when he or she gets better.

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#4 A gift for later.

Some get well gifts can be used after a person goes home from the hospital or gets over his or her illness. For example, a gift certificate to a spa or hair salon will give your friend or family member something to look forward to when they’re well enough to go out. A gift certificate for a relaxing massage may be exactly what’s needed to relieve that post-injury stress. If you really want to splurge, you can even give a gift certificate to your friend or family member’s favorite hotel or bed and breakfast. A weekend getaway may be just what the doctor ordered!

#5 The perfect get well gift: cupcakes!

There is one get well gift that beats out all the others: cupcakes! Our baked-from-scratch cupcakes come in a variety of flavors and decorations that make a delightful surprise for someone who’s not feeling well. Their small size and perfect proportions make them just the right indulgence. Not only is it incredibly easy to choose a delicious cupcake combination from our online store, but we’ll take care of the packaging and shipping for you so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our cupcakes are packaged in mason-style jars so that we can quickly and conveniently ship them to their destination. And of course, the clear jars give an instant glimpse of the layer upon layer of moist cake, creamy frosting, and delectable toppings.

“Deconstructed” cupcakes are beautiful and quirky gift options anyone will love. Clear mason jars are the perfect way to show off the tasty and colorful dessert layers inside. With dozens of cupcake flavors to choose from, it’s easy to find just the right recipe for a loved one. Cupcake jars are very flexible gift options. Give a decadent, formal jar or something colorful and playful. Be sure to top off your gift with the decorations such as a bow, creative gift tag, or special love note.

When your friend or family member opens a box of our lovingly packaged, handcrafted cupcakes, you can bet they’ll forget their problems, even if just for a little while. Contact us today to learn more about our incredible cupcakes and other treats

#6. “Movie Theater Kit”

Whether heading out for the latest blockbuster or simply staying in for a quiet movie night, give your special someone a tasty “theater kit,” packed with all the best movie treats. Use a basic cardboard box and fill with colorful paper confetti or tissue paper. Add popcorn baggies, assorted candy, and a favorite bottled drink. For an extra special surprise, hide some special movie tickets inside and enjoy a movie night together.

#7. “Sweet Spoons”

Transform a basic set of spoons into a set of tempting, “mini desserts.” Dip each one in melted caramel, chocolate, or candy melts. Give every spoon a beautiful and unique look with sprinkles, candy, crushed nuts, or even edible glitter. Unleash your creativity and challenge yourself to make each spoon unique or create a specific theme to pattern each one after. When dry, gather the spoons together with ribbon and lightly wrap in tissue or gift bags. These sweet spoons are perfect for stirring hot chocolate or coffee. They can also be eaten alone to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.

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#8. “Light of My Life”

Everyone has someone who truly “lights up” their life in all the best ways. These special individuals are the ones that help us survive even the darkest days. Present your special someone with a simple but meaningful gift that helps them see how much they brighten your life. Using a plastic, imitation light bulb, fill it with a bright yellow candy such as Lemon Heads, yellow skittles, or Lemmon Drops. Wrap with ribbon and place in a festive gift box. Be sure to include a sweet note explaining your unique gift. These bulbs can be saved as special mementos of your relationships.

#9. “Donut Bouquet”

Not every bouquet is made of flowers. “Donut bouquets” are a hilarious but beautiful twist on traditional flower arrangements. Create your own unique, DIY arrangement with pre-made donuts and wooden skewers. Choose as many donut types and flavors as you can to add eye-catching color and originality to your creation. After preparing each donut, wrap the skewers lightly with tissue paper and tie with a ribbon. Place inside a long, flower box or place in a festive gift vase. To give your donut bouquet a final touch, drop this gift off at their work or home. This tasty surprise is one they’ll never forget.

Woman Reacts in Joy to a Unique Present
Woman Reacts in Joy to a Unique Gift

Finding just the right gift is a struggle everyone can identify with, particularly if this present is for someone very special in our life or maybe you need a gift for a co-worker. Many of the best gifts are the ones we’ve created ourselves. To truly transform your next gift, consider creating an edible present or a unique gift basket your loved one can enjoy munching. Whether preparing for an upcoming birthday or holiday, searching for the perfect anniversary gift, or simply looking for a fun surprise, these 5 creative and unique gift giving ideas are the perfect way to bring a smile to your special someone’s face.

Baking Gifts: Tools & Giftsets for Any Baker On Your List

  • dishwasher safe mixing bowls
  • cake stand
  • kitchen towels (can never have enough!)
  • measuring cups; measuring spoons
  • cookie cutter shapes
  • stand mixer
  • cake pan
  • rolling pin
  • hand mixer
  • oven mitt
  • silicone baking sheets

Edible Unusual Gift Ideas

Although edible gifts often don’t last long, these meaningful, delicious gifts are very personal and loving. Nothing say’s “I love you” better than a favorite treat or a beautiful dessert. For more unique gift giving ideas, follow us on Twitter and Facebook today.

Additional Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Birthday Cupcakes

The Ultimate Guide to Graduation Cupcakes

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Cupcakes

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