Life can’t be sunshine and rainbows 100% of the time. And that’s okay. When a friend or loved one is going through a tough time, you may want to offer support, but it can be hard to know how. Fear of saying or doing the wrong thing, timing, distance, or difficulty finding the right words can make it challenging to show you care. That's where an empathetic gift can help . A thoughtful present can be a first step in bringing comfort and compassion to someone in need.

Sympathy Gifts When Someone Passes Away

When supporting someone grieving a loss, focus on listening to them rather than trying to cheer them up. Offer support through a gift and a note to show you’re present and willing to help. Sympathy gift baskets are a common tradition after a death but remember that grieving is a long process that can last years. Try sending a gift basket later, even for anniversaries or holidays to bring comfort to someone who is feeling that loss again.

A Care-Package Gift For Mental Health Struggles

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI) 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. Depression and mental illness look different for every person, but you can help by encouraging treatment, helping with small tasks, or simply making plans together. (But don't try to force the fun). A surprise care package like our Brighter Days Gift Box can also give the brain a positive boost and intensify positive feelings.

Sympathy Gift for a Lost Pet

Even if you don’t own a pet, you can still show empathy and support to those who lose a furry family member. Pets bring us joy and become central parts of daily routines and social life. So when they pass, the loss is very real and lasting. Unfortunately, it’s common to downplay the death of pets. Sending a sympathy gift basket to a pet owner during this difficult time can help bring comfort and acknowledge their grief.

A Supportive Gift for Break-Ups

When a break-up happens, the most common advice is to lean on friends. But what if you’re the friend and don’t want to misspeak or overstep? Keep your focus on your friend, validate their feelings, ask what they need from you, and listen. Some snacks and wine paired with quality friend time is always a good idea. (But no bashing the ex, according to the experts.)

A Comforting Gift for Parents of a Sick Kid

For a parent, there’s nothing worse in the universe than seeing their child in distress. From a lengthy flu to a hospital stay, caring for a sick child takes an emotional toll. Love, compassion, and attention should be directed to the child, but it's also important to show care for the parents who are enduring long nights, disrupted routines, and always putting their own needs last. Our Love and Comfort Gift Basket provides the care parents need – calming teas, sweets, and quick protein snacks – to fuel them through a challenging time as they care for their children.

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