Tips for Giving Food Gifts to Cancer Survivors

4 years 2 months ago

Gift giving is a big part of the holiday season. Foods, drinks, and treats are always popular gifts. If your gift is for a cancer survivor, be sure to ask about food preferences or foods to avoid. The following are some food gift ideas for the cancer survivor in your life:

  • Hard candies
  • Sparking fruit juice (non-alcoholic)
  • Snacks, individually wrapped and ready-to-eat
  • Milkshakes
  • Rice Krispy Treats
  • Nutritious beverages such as liquid nutrition supplements (Cancer survivors sometimes struggle to meet nutritional requirements through solid foods because of side effects such as nausea or difficulty swallowing.)
  • Nuts
  • Juices
  • Assorted teas
  • Small fruit baskets filled with fresh, canned, or dried fruits
  • Fresh baked bread such as banana bread or muffins
  • Soup
  • Protein powder, such as whey powder
  • Breakfast casseroles
  • Home cooked main dishes frozen for cooking at a later date. Include cooking instructions, such as “defrost and cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes”.

If you are feeling creative, here are a few ideas for gift baskets:

  • “Tea Party Basket” – include  tea bags, scones, cookie wafers, a tea pot, and tea cup
  • “Coffee Break Basket” - include favorite coffee, coffee mug, twizzle cookies, and flavored coffee creamers
  • “Clear Liquids Basket” – include individual portions of apple, grape, and cherry juices, supplemental drinks, broths, hard candy, and single-serve lemonade packets (Sometimes during treatment, cancer survivors need to follow a clear liquids diet.)
  • “Picnic Supplies Basket” – include nice plastic utensils, napkins, disposable cups and plates (Sometimes during treatment the metallic taste of traditional silverware can make cancer survivors sick.)
  • “Cheese Basket” – include small servings of cheese, assorted crackers, a cheese knife, and cutting board

PearlPoint Staff