Recently, one of my sweet little friends (age 11) had surgery and had to stay in the hospital for over a month. As a child I was in the hospital for four days, so I knew she would enjoy having some fun things to do while she was in the hospital (it can get a little boring sometimes!).
I got an inexpensive basket at the Dollar Tree and filled it with lots of fun, wrapped goodies. It makes it more fun for the child if everything is wrapped (so they can enjoy opening one or two gifts a day). I put the whole basket in a gift basket bag (2/$1 at DT) and tied it up with some curly ribbon I had on hand.
Here are some ideas for things to put in a gift basket for a sick child (be sure to check with the parents/hospital about any off-limit items, i.e. candy or latex). Most of these items can be purchased at a dollar store.
-small toys (yo-yo’s, cars, brainteasers, bouncy balls, etc.)
-puzzle books (word searches, mazes, etc.)
-coloring book/colored pencils
-short chapter books (as age-appropriate)
-music CDs (if they have a way to listen to them in their room)
-craft supplies (card-making kits, paint by number kits, friendship bracelet kits, etc.)
-magic scratch-off paper
-sign for their room/door hanger
-kid’s magazine (Highlights, American Girl, Ranger Rick, etc.)
-plastic animals/army men/action figures
-stationery (note cards, note pads, etc.)
-homemade baked goods (if okay with parents)
What else would you include in a gift basket for a child staying in the hospital?