Whether you are shopping as a griever or for a griever (or both!), shopping at the holidays can be tough. You are surrounded by all those happy people at the mall, struggling to find the motivation to shop. You are struggling to find the ‘right’ gift for someone who has suffered a devastating loss this year, all to the soundtrack of holiday music that may be bringing more tears than joy. So today we have a quick holiday gift-giving-guide for grievers. This is just a handful of ideas of grief gifts you can buy for someone grieving, or as someone grieving. We know there are many other great ideas, so please leave a comment with your ideas to keep our list going!
The variety when it comes to memorial jewelry seems to grow every day. You can never go wrong with jewelry, and memorial jewelry allows someone to remember the person they’ve lost. You can get creative and make your own, or below are some great examples of memorial jewelry you can purchase online. [divider style=”clear”]
Hapless Holiday Box:
We love these Hapless Holiday boxes from our friends over at Here For You! There is a ‘stock’ option as well as an option to customize, and they come with adorable holiday cards that are great for folks who aren’t feeling in the holiday spirit after their loss. Click here to check out their stock box. And if you’re interested in putting together a custom box, you can click here. (and added bonus is that Here For You contributes money to keep WYG running and free for grievers every time someone who clicked from our site buys a box! So you can feel good knowing that your purchase helps support the free grief support WYG offers to thousands of people every day!)
If you have a nice photograph of the person who died that other friends or family may not have, a framed photo can be a lovely gesture. Things Remembered is always a great option for getting frames engraved (or almost anything else engraved, including memorial candles, memory boxes, jewelry, etc). A google search will also bring up a ton of memorial frame options.
decorating at the holidays can be tough, especially in the first couple of years after a loss. Giving someone an ornament in memory of their loved one can bring the memory of their loved one into the holiday and can become a holiday tradition, giving a new ornament each year. It could be an engraved ornament, it could be one with a photograph, it could just be something that reminds you of the person who died. This may be something you create or something you purchase. If you would like to purchase, Etsy is a great place to look. Also, Hallmark puts out an annual memorial ornament.
Items that belonged to your loved one:
Parting with a loved one’s belongings can be difficult, which we have written about in the past. If you are responsible for the belongings of someone who died, one thing you can do is give select, meaningful items to others as a holiday gift. It can be jewelry, cuff links, a piece of artwork, or anything else that a friend or family member would treasure.
Framed Recipes, Letters, Notes, etc:
A Tammy Bear is a bear made out of an article of clothing. If you visit the Tammy Bear website you can order a custom bear made from whatever piece of clothing you wish. This is a meaningful way to do something with your loved one’s clothing, while also giving a meaningful gift. I am sure that if you are more crafty than I am you could probably make a bear like this yourself.
Like a Tammy Bear, you can make quilts out of someone’s clothing. Check out some amazing examples of memorial quilts here. This takes more resources but can be a very meaningful gift. This is an item you can have made or make yourself.
Massage or Spa Gift Certificate:
When we are grieving it becomes very hard to take care of ourselves. Our bodies physically hold on to the stress that comes with a loss. A gift certificate for a massage or other spa treatment can encourage a griever to take care of themselves
Did you know WYG sells holiday cards for grievers? Proceeds help fund our free grief support, and the cards are also a nice way to remember those you love and miss! They can be purchased here in our store.
A memory or memorial box is a classic grief gift. There are many online, ranging dramatically in size and style. A small memory box that I personally like is below. A google search will bring you plenty of other options!
Things your loved one would have loved:
one of the things that can be tough about holiday shopping is seeing things your loved one would have loved. It is a painful reminder they are gone. Consider that you can still buy those items and give them to someone else who would love them too (even if it isn’t someone you would normally shop for). You can also donate these items to a charity in memory of your loved one.
Leave a comment with your ideas for grief gifts.