She {hearts} Creating a Gift Basket for a Sick Child

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.

-socks
-hairbows/headbands
-stickers
-gum/mints
-lip balm/chapstick
-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)
-erasers/pens/pencils
-nail polish
-giant lollipop
-craft supplies (card-making kits, paint by number kits, friendship bracelet kits, etc.)
-origami kit
-magic scratch-off paper
-sign for their room/door hanger
-kid’s magazine (Highlights, American Girl, Ranger Rick, etc.)
-rubber duck
-stuffed animals
-puzzles
-plastic animals/army men/action figures
-LEGO sets
-disposable camera
-stationery (note cards, note pads, etc.)
-homemade baked goods (if okay with parents)
-new pajamas

What else would you include in a gift basket for a child staying in the hospital?

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Aliesha

Aliesha of Feathers in Our Nest is a stay-at-home mom to her sweet little ones, Vera, Cordelia, & Jude, and a wife to her awesome husband, Tad. She lives in North Carolina and loves reading great books as well as doing all things creative. She also enjoys breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, cooking from scratch, party planning, blogging, and dabbling in photography. Read articles by Aliesha →

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Aliesha of Feathers in Our Nest is a stay-at-home mom to her sweet little ones, Vera, Cordelia, & Jude, and a wife to her awesome husband, Tad. She lives in North Carolina and loves reading great books as well as doing all things creative. She also enjoys breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, cooking from scratch, party planning, blogging, and dabbling in photography. Read articles by Aliesha →

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