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? 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.

#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.

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#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.

#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.

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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.