Olive Oil - For Your Health And Taste Buds!

    Legend says that the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena to humanity, and truthfully, with such a vast array of health benefits to great quality olive oil it's easy to see why it would be seen as a "gift from the gods". However, to actually get these benefits, make sure the olive oil you chose is unblended, milled within 24 hours of harvest and properly stored to retain all of the intrinsic goodness as mother nature intended. The best olive oils will share the full nutritional and chemical profiles of the oil, including antioxidant compound levels.


Here are some of our favorite olive oil recipes from Appetite for Health!



World No Tobacco Day - May 31st, 2015

Quitting smoking is no small feat. It will take dedication and self control. And truthfully, it may be a difficult task, but it's not impossible, so don't give up! The first step is to lay out a "stop smoking" plan and then seek out someone who can help support you in this effort, as well as keep you accountable. To quit smoking successfully, it helps to know what worked for others. Read the full article here to see the 5 tips that will help you see it through, from beginning to end.

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than
him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest
victory is over self."
- Aristotle



Manage Hospital Stress with Meditation 
By Sandra C. Brook, R.N.

‘Please give me strength to be compassionate and not injure anyone today,’ I repeated 
to myself while pulling up the support hosiery I wore to tame the varicose vein pain I’d 
endure over the next 12-hour hospital shift. My job was so demanding and the needs of 
patients in the Emergency Department so great, I often ignored my own discomfort. At 
the same time, I feared making a mistake that might do harm to a patient. There were so 
many people to care for, so many treatments to perform, so many medications to 
give—and all with the grace of a nurse.

I planned to stay in the healthcare field for decades to come. How could I find strength 
throughout the day and preserve my passion for the job over time?  Read the Full Article



September Get Well Flowers of the Month

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: September 17, 2014

The flower of the month for September is the aster. Asters are colorful flowers with lush petals and vibrant yellow centers. Despite the diminutive size of their blossoms, asters pack a visual punch. Their name is derived from the Greek word for "star" and they symbolize love and patience. Asters have also been associated with fairies in myths. 

The flower of the month for September is the aster. Asters are colorful flowers with lush petals and vibrant yellow centers. Despite the diminutive size of their blossoms, asters pack a visual punch. Their name is derived from the Greek word for "star" and they symbolize love and patience. Asters have also been associated with fairies in myths. 

At Hospitalgiftshop.com we offer a couple of arrangements that feature the aster. These are the Graceful Wonder Bouquet and the Precious Heart Bouquet. This week's special is on the Precious Heart Bouquet which features bright pink roses, pink mini carnations, and red asters in a vase. Sending the Precious Heart Bouquet is a wonderful way to let the recipient know that he or she is in your thoughts. This week only, save $10 off of this arrangement by entering code SEP2014 at checkout. This coupon code is valid 9/17 through 9/21 and expires on Monday, September 22, 2014. 

Whenever you are looking to express your love, support, gratitude, or congratulations, look no further than Hospitalgiftshop.com. Our mission is to connect loved ones and to improve patients' outcomes. We deliver to hospital employees as well as patients and deliver to hospital, clinic, work, hotel, and home addresses. If you have any questions about our service please send an e-mail to customerservice@hospitalgiftshop.com or call us toll-free at 877-887-3200



Tips for Staying Cold-free

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: September 10, 2014

With the school season starting up again and cold weather setting in, it is important to make sure that you keep yourself and your family healthy. Here are some preventative measures to take to lessen your chance of getting sick this season. 

Good hygiene is key, so remember to wash your hands frequently with hot water and soap.This is especially important when you have been around people who have been coughing and sneezing. If hot water and soap are not available, consider using alcohol- based hand sanitizer instead. 

Other ways to prevent contamination are to: keep your hands away from your face, clean and disinfect shared surfaces, wear a face mask, avoid large crowds during the cold and flu season, and refrain from sharing items with others (this applies to food, drinks, pens, phones and other common objects). It is also advised to stay up to date on your flu vaccines and medications. 

If you have a loved one who is sick with a cold or the flu, consider giving him or her a phone call, mailing a card, or sending a get well gift. Hospitalgiftshop.com offers a wide selection of get well gifts that can be sent to homes, businesses, hospitals, and clinics across the United States and Canada. We guarantee same day delivery as long as the order is placed before the 1 PM cut-off  (in the receiving area) Monday through Friday and the 12 PM cut-offon Saturday. Orders placed past the cut-off on Saturday or at any time on Sunday may be scheduled for delivery for the following Monday.  

Three Gifts for Grandparents Day

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: September 3, 2014

National Grandparent's Day is coming up this Saturday, September 7th. It is traditionally celebrated on the firstSunday after Labor Day and is a day to remember the wisdom and accomplishments of grandparents. The holiday is believed to have been started by Marian McQuade in 1970 as a way to connect youth with their elders. Jimmy Carter made the holiday an official day of observance in 1978. 

At Hospitalgiftshop.com we offer gifts appropriate for a variety of occasions. It is our mission is connect loved ones by delivering quality gifts that can be sent nationwide. We have chosen three gift offerings that would be perfect to give to grandparents for National Grandparent's Day.

1. Sweet Splendor Bouquet

Our first selection is the Sweet Splendor Bouquet. This bouquet is composed of elegant orange spray roses, white daisies, and light yellow mini carnations. The soothing colors and classic look of the arrangement will warm the recipient's heart. To add additional sentiment to this gift you could have the grandchildren help write the gift message that will accompany this order. Every order placed on HospitalGiftShop.com includes a complimentary gift message. 

2. Get Well Bear Gift Basket

Our second selection is the Get Well Bear Gift Basket. Whether you are sending to a hospital or simply want to send a something to the recipient's home, the Get Well Bear Basket makes an exceptional gift. It includes a plush brown bear and assorted gourmet snacks and treats in a basket. Any grandparent will appreciate the cuddly stuffed bear, a traditional symbol of love. The gourmet treats are also perfect for sharing or snacking and can enjoyed by family members or friends who stop by to visit. 

3. Swizzle Strawberries, Apples, and Bananas from Edible Arrangements

Our third selection is the Swizzle Strawberries, Apples, and Bananas 12 Box from Edible Arrangements® This spectacular assortment includes plump strawberries, ripe banana pieces, and crunchy green apple slices  enrobed in white, semisweet, and dark chocolate. Each piece delivers a burst of flavor that will tantalize the recipient's taste buds. This sweet treat is sure to be savored and enjoyed.

This National Grandparents Day it is important to acknowledge the grandparents in all of our lives. Consider sending a gift, writing a note, or making a call to express your gratitude this weekend. 


Healthcare Ready End of Summer Recipe

Recipes for the end of summer with discount on the Fresh Fruit Basket

Written by Hospital Gift Shop Staff Member Carolyn Beckman 

Posted: August 26, 2014

Summer is coming to an end but it is still possible to take advantage of nature's bounty. August offers an array of fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in-season, like strawberries. Even if you are feeling rushed, healthy meals take just minutes to prepare like this Fruit and Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette from the blog Natasha's Kitchen.

This salad is bursting with flavor and nutrients and provides a tantalizing mixture of textures from the crunch of the pumpkin seeds to the soft sweetness of the ripe pear and strawberries. Spinach is rich in iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid. Apples, strawberries and pears supply vitamin C , antioxidants, and fiber. And pumpkin seeds and poppy seeds contain essential minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fatty acids. 

If you tend to eat on the go, try packing the salad and dressing separately so that the fruits and greens remain crisp until they are ready to be eaten. 

This week we are offering a 10% discount off of the Fresh Fruit Basket, any size (Product ID S56-4571) with code: "LD2014". Valid through September 1, 2014. Enter the coupon code at checkout on hospitalgiftshop.com and the discount will be applied immediately. 


Relaxation for Kids & Adults

Written by Carolyn Clark, Bambino Yoga
Posted: August 13, 2014
The below article was written by Carolyn Clarke. She is the author of a Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditation for Kids, a new book we are carrying on the Hospital Gift Shop site. We believe this is a great gift for any family. Ms. Clarke specializes in kids yoga in the San Diego, California area. 

Relaxation for Kids

The ability to relax is an essential skill in our hectic world today. Kids are shuttled from home to school to after school activities and back, often without transition time or down time. We hope that children can lead happy, relaxed, and calm lives, but often we neither teach them how to do this nor do we lead by example.

Relaxing has many health benefits, including a reduction in stress, a lowering of heart rate, and a release of muscle tension. Relaxation and a child’s ability to consciously relax the body and clear the mind can also help address issues such as:

  • Anxiety, stress, and excessive worry
  • Sleep disorders and nightmares

  • Anger issues

  • Focus and concentration issues

  • Special needs, including ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, autism, OCD

  • Depression

  • Low self-esteem or negativity

  • Grief

  • Life changes, such as a move, divorce, change in school, etc.

Most importantly, the ability to relax can help a child face his or her fears. Whether it is the fear of taking a test in school or going into surgery, children can use the power of relaxation to feel safe.

Guided imagery, or imagining relaxing scenes by listening to a story with sensory images, is a fun way to help kids harness the power of their imagination in a positive and healthy way. Slowly read the relaxation story below in a soft, soothing voice anytime your child has anxiety, fear, or worries. As they imagine, their bodies will relax and their minds will focus, leading to a peaceful moment of relaxation.

  • Your Bubble
  • Imagine you have a bottle of bubble soap.

  • Open the lid.

  • Take out the magic bubble wand.

  • Now imagine that you blow a bubble.

  • It gets bigger and bigger and bigger…

  • It’s as big as your head now.

  • And then it gets bigger…

  • And bigger…

  • And bigger.

  • It is so big that it gently wraps around you.

  • What color is your bubble?

  • Is there anything or anyone inside your bubble with you?

  • What sounds do you hear?

  • What does it smell like?

  • Feel how safe you are inside your very own bubble world.

  • Nothing can hurt you here.

  • When you are ready, imagine that you take your finger and gently poke at the bubble until it pops.

  • The air slowly leaves the bubble, and you begin to see the room around you.

Anytime you are scared, just imagine yourself in your own safe bubble.

Copyright 2012 Carolyn Clarke

Healing Power of Flowers

Written by Mehtab, Founder of Yoga Yoga, on April 2011, reposted with permission
Posted: August 5, 2014

The below piece was written in April 2011 by Mehtab, the founder of Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas. At Hospital Gift Shop we know that flowers provide healing power to the sick. Flowers can brighten a hospital room and remind a patient that their loved ones are thinking of them. But what can flowers do for overall wellness when we aren't sick? This article show cases the wonderful power of flowers. 

What do flowers have to do with yoga? Well, everything.

The number one classical yoga posture is named after a flower – padmasana, or Lotus Pose. The chakra system which is fundamental to the practice of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga is based upon the multi-petaled system of the flowers which symbolize the various energy systems of the body.

Is that why we always have flowers at Yoga Yoga? Actually, here's why:

Yoga, like the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), is based upon the five element model of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The yogic practices work with these elements to bring them into balance. For example, earth and water area balanced by the yogic practices of ethics and self-control, or the yamas and the niyamas. The element of fire is harnassed through the practice of asana or the postures while air is balanced through pranayama, or the breathing techniques if yoga. The most subtle element, ether or space, is addressed by the practices of mantra and meditation.

Ether, or "akash" as it is called in Sanskrit, is actually considered to be the primary element in the practice and success of yoga, with all the other elements either being re-absorbed or spawned by it.

Think of a yoga center. It is mostly space, empty rooms, that create the opportunity for expansion and growth. We are constantly creating space through our movements, our breath, and our meditative mind in yoga. It is through the cultivation of space, or ether or akash, that we are able to go beyond the limitations of materialism and experience the spiritual.

A flower is the representation of space – it is the most ethereal expression of the plant. It is subtle and creates an impression through the vibrations of color and the scent of fragrance. In the practice of puja, or yoga ritual, flowers are offered to create akash or ether and they are considered to be the most effective way to create a sacred space.

From the first day we opened Yoga Yoga, we made our pilgrimages to the flower markets, wrapping colors and scents together, and arranging them so they could be seen when you walked into the studios. It seemed like a costly indulgence when we could not even afford to pay ourselves in those early days, yet we would no ore consider leaving the flowers out than we would the Yogi Tea.

Even in the Yoga Yoga logo and sign, we used the eight-petal flower which is the number of flower petals on the traditional lotus and also represents the eight limbs of Yoga as outlined by the sage Patanjali.

But ultimately the flowers in Yoga Yoga remind us of what we have to offer: beauty, wholeness, a momentary perfection, and the sweet fragrance that lingers after we are gone.

Enjoy the spring flowers and bring the outside inside.

Top 5 New Baby Gifts from Hospital Gift Shop

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: July 30, 2014

The birth of a new baby is cause for celebration! Whether you are looking to send a tasteful floral arrangement, cuddly plush, or a Burt's Bees Diaper Cake or Baby Basket, look no further than hospitalgiftshop.com. Hospital Gift Shop specializes in sending get well gifts, baby gifts, and more to over 8,000 hospitals in the United States and Canada. Our goal is to connect friends and family during times of hardship and joy. 

New baby gifts are a specialty of hospitalgiftshop.com and we offer a wide selection of gifts. To assist with the selection of New Baby Gifts, we have compiled a list of our top-sellers. 

1. Baby Boy Big Hug Bouquet/ Baby Girl Big Hug Bouquet 

The Baby Boy and Baby Girl Big Hug Bouquets are quite popular with individuals sending their congratulations. Each arrangement comes with a soft teddy bear hugging a matching pink or blue vase. The Baby Boy Big Hug Bouquet is bursting with bright yellow roses, white lilies, white alstromaria, pale yellow carnations, and greens. The Baby Girl Big Hug Bouquet contains light pink roses, pink lilies, pale yellow carnations, white alstromaria and greens. Even after the flowers are gone the bear will serve as a wonderful toy for the child to enjoy. 

2. Boys Are Best/ Girls Are Best Bouquet 

Each Boys Are Best and Girls Are Best Bouquet comes complete with a basket of flowers and a mylar balloon. The Girls are Best Bouquet is filled with a variety of pink and white flowers while the Boys are Best Bouquet is comprised of blue, purple, and white flowers. These eye-catching arrangements will help commemorate the momentous occasion. 

3. Burt's Bees Boy Diaper Cake / Burt's Bees Girl Diaper Cake

This gift is whimsical and utilitarian at the same time. Each Burt's Bees Diaper cake comes complete with forty diapers and assorted Burt's Bees brand soaps, lotions, oils, body washes, and powders. The Burt's Bees Boy Diaper Cake is wrapped with blue ribbon and white artificial daisies. The Burt's Bees Girl Diaper Cake is decorated with pink ribbon and white artificial daisies. We also offer the Burt's Bees Diaper Cake (not pictured) which is adorned with yellow polka dot ribbon and artificial sunflowers.   

4. Critters in a Basket

Send a new baby his or her first plush. The Critters in a Basket contains four small assorted plush zoo, farm, or pet animals in a basket. The animals are geared towards the recipient's age and gender. This item is available for same-day delivery to the hospital as long as the order is placed before 1 PM in the hospital time zone. The stuffed animals can be used as playthings or crib decoration during the child's stay at the hospital and will be enjoyed for many years to come. 

5. Welcome Home Basket*

If you are looking to send new clothes to the new baby, the Burt's Bees Welcome Home Basket is a wonderful choice. Each basket contains a 100% cotton coverall, short sleeve body suit, footed pant, kimono top, burp cloth, hat, bib and Burt's Bees shampoo and wash. The Welcome Home Basket is available in Blossom (Pink), Sky (Blue), and Cloud (White). Sizes available are three to six months and six to nine months.


For questions or comments please email CustomerService@hospitalgiftshop.com

Get Well Gifts: Top 3 Edible Arrangements® Gifts

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: July 22, 2014

Edible Arrangements® make ideal gifts to send to patients and employees at hospitals. The luscious fruit and whimsical designs make these fruit bouquets one of a kind. Edible Arrangements® has recently partnered with HospitalGiftShop. com to provide get well gifts to medical facilities. HospitalGiftShop.com is an online partner shop that provides get well, new baby, thank you, and sympathy gifts to many hospitals across the United States and Canada. If you are looking to send an Edible Arrangements®, consider the top three arrangements.

This special arrangement will bring joy and cheer to your loved one. Perfectly ripe pineapple suns gleam amidst an assortment of fresh melon, strawberries, and grapes. And don't forget the chocolate dipped strawberries! Plump strawberries enrobed in semisweet chocolate add extra sweetness to this cheerful arrangement. 

Searching for a gift that is both decadent and easy to share? Look no further than the Chocolate Dipped Strawberries- 12 box. These beautiful berries burst with flavor and are great for a patient to eat alone or share with friends or staff. 

The Delicious Fruit Design is one of Edible Arrangement's® classic fruit bouquets. It bursts with fresh pineapple flowers, cantaloupe balls and wedges, honey dew wedges, strawberries, and grapes. The bouquet arrives in an adorable red pail and is available in small, medium, and large. 

For questions or comments please email CustomerService@hospitalgiftshop.com


Flower of the Month: The Lily

Save $10 using code "July10Lily" on the Perfect Day Bouquet 

By: Carolyn Beckman, Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: July 9, 2014

During the month of July we celebrate the lily. Lilies have long been known to represent purity and beauty and even played a role in Greek mythology. A popular tale among the ancient Greeks tied the creation of the lily to the goddess Hera. According to the story, lilies formed when droplets of Hera's breast milk fell to the ground while she was feeding an infant Hercules. 

The lily's deep rooting in mythology is unsurprising judging by its regal appearance. The lily is characterized by its trumpet shape and the six pollen-tipped stamens in its center. It is a hearty flower that lasts five to seven days once cut and is available in a rainbow of different colors. Here at Hospitalgiftshop.com we offer arrangements that feature all shades of lilies, from the fiery red Asiatic Lilies in the Tigress Bouquet to the stunning speckled Stargazer Lilies in the Simple Perfection Bouquet

This week only we are offering ten dollars off of the Perfect Day Bouquet with the use of discount code July10Lily. This code is valid until Sunday July 13th, and needs to be applied in the coupon code box on our website. The Perfect Day Bouquet is the ideal gift for a loved one in the hospital. Gorgeous white lilies combine with pink roses, plum mini carnations, light pink spray roses and greens to create a very pleasing arrangement that will be enjoyed by all. 

Give the gift of lilies to your loved ones so that they can enjoy these beautiful, fragrant, summer flowers while they are still in season! Stay tuned for more deals every week.

For questions or comments please email CustomerService@hospitalgiftshop.com


Why We Love Edible Arrangements®

And why your loved one will too

By: Hospital Gift Shop staff
Posted: July 2, 2014

At Hospital Gift Shop, we deliver get well gifts to over 8,000+ hospitals in the United States and Canada. We offer gifts ranging from flowers to teddy bears to Burt’s Bee’s Diaper Cakes. We are now proud to announce our partnership with Edible Arrangements® and the addition of their quality products to our gift selection. 

Edible Arrangements Blog Post

Edible Arrangements® is the creator of and the leader in fresh fruit bouquets. Here at Hospital Gift Shop, we have sampled several of the Edible Arrangements® products that will be offered on our website. Our President, Jim Thomas, likes the Honey Bear Bouquet best of all (comes in small or large). He is especially fond of the bear-shaped pineapple slices. Carrie, who runs our Twitter and Pinterest accounts, raves about the Fruit Festival with Dipped Strawberries (in small, regular, or large). 

All of the Edible Arrangements® selections that we have tried here at Hospital Gift Shop have been beyond delicious. This is how we know your loved one will be absolutely delighted to receive a well gift from Edible Arrangements®. Our President, Jim Thomas, states, “Edible Arrangements® brings more choice to family and friends seeking to send the very best get well gift to a loved on in the hospital.” 

Through the ongoing partnership, Hospital Gift Shop will carry a diverse selection of Edible Arrangements® products that will be available for hospital delivery. This selection of products will be available on the Hospital Gift Shop website for same-day bedside delivery. Arrangements will start at $29.00 and will go up in price from there. Please check the Hospital Gift Shop website for available delivery areas.

For more information on selecting the perfect Edible Arrangements® gift for delivery to a hospital, long term care facility or direct to someone's home please see our additional pages; New Baby, Get Well, The Healing Power of Fruit, and Holiday Arrangements. Click here to view the complete Edible Arrangements® selection on Hospital Gift Shop

For more information see the Edible Arrangements® blog post about Hospital Gift Shop. 

Online Shops Bringing Hospitals to the Forefront

By: Wendy Biro-Pollard, CVA
Posted: June 24, 2014

The below piece on gift shop history and new online innovations is written by Wendy Biro-Pollard, CVA, for the Get Well Gifts Blog. Wendy is a volunteer management expert. To learn more about becoming a partner shop click here

Before World War II, the prevailing view of a woman’s role was that of wife and mother.  Some states even barred married women from holding jobs. But everything changed when World War II began.  For many women, the war brought not only sacrifices, but also new jobs, new skills and new opportunities.  America’s secret weapon was the women who voluntarily mobilized to meet every challenge.  The US government and industry expanded dramatically to meet wartime needs and women made it possible.  

After World War II, when the soldiers came marching home, many women, who had served in the war effort went home, too.  They started their families, took the skills they learned during the war years and turned their attention to strengthening their communities.

Hospitals were one of the big beneficiaries.  A quick fact check shows that many hospital auxiliaries were formed by women in the early to mid- 1950’s.  

These women were smart.  They saw an opportunity to support community hospitals while enhancing services to patients.  They became early pioneers in the social enterprise movement by creating profitable businesses run almost exclusively by friendly, helpful volunteers. They created gift shops which provided a convenient place to find all kinds of things for all kinds of occasions.  

So, let’s fast-forward 60+ years.  Many auxiliary-run gift shops have gone from pocket size spaces to main lobby attractions.  Men now volunteer and play important roles in gift shop operations. Rarely do hospital volunteers completely manage day-to-day shop operations.  They rely, instead, on professional staff for support.  And, as auxiliary membership has declined, increasing numbers of hospitals have rented their shop space to professional management companies.

Over the decades, shopping trends have changed a lot, too. Today, more and more people are becoming content to sit at home and surf the internet using sites like Amazon, rather than heading out to actual stores. Research firm Comscore reported that in November and December, 2013, online shopping rose around 10 percent, whereas in-store sales were only up 2.7 percent. 

Forrester Research, found that retailers with both a physical store and online presence reported an average 23 percent growth in sales. According to Forrester, the internet is only going to become more popular as time goes by and as purchasers throughout the world become more comfortable with the security and on-time delivery of their purchases.

If hospital gift shops truly exist to provide a service to patients, families and hospital staff, and if greater profits mean increased opportunities for giving, isn’t it time to take a look at expanding your business model to include an online presence?

By having and marketing an online shop on your hospital’s website, your organization will make money no matter what time your gift shop opens or closes.  You will be able to improve patient satisfaction by connecting more patients to their friends and family from anywhere.  And, your daily sales won’t be limited by how many people walk through your gift shop door!

Wendy Biro-Pollard, CVA, is a volunteer management expert, healthcare volunteer management consultant and former hospital Volunteer Services Director who oversaw three profitable gift shops. Wendy watches trends and looks for win-win solutions which honor the past while embracing the future.  She subscribes to the philosophy of “riding the horse in the direction it’s going.”

Article Sources
Wal-Mart Bites Back on Receding Profits
The Growth of Online Shopping

Top 10 Get Well Gift Ideas

Posted: June 17, 2014

When a family member or friend is sick or having surgery, it can be a very trying time for everyone. There are many questions; will the individual  recover? Is his or her partner okay? What about the rest of the family? Everyone wants to send get well wishes but what should be sent? Should you simply send a get well card or something bigger like a get well gift basket? We’ve compiled the Top 10 Get Well Gifts to help make the decision-making process easier during this trying time. 

1. The Artisan Bouquet of the Day: The Gift for Every Occasion!

Our experienced floral designers use only the season's freshest flowers. Whether sending get well wishes or welcoming a new baby, our artisan arranged bouquet of the day will bring joy to the recipient. 

2. Entertainment Pack or Critters in a Basket: Surgery 

The patient may feel ready to seize the day but his or her mobility will be impaired. To help pass the time you can fill a MP3 player with music, audiobooks, or podcasts that match the patient’s tastes. Or you can send the Entertainment Basket, with four magazines, a newspaper, gamebook, puzzle book and deck of cards. If the patient is a child, he or she may be comforted by a stuffed animal or four. Critters in a Basket is a wonderful gift that contains four assorted plush animals geared towards the patient’s age and gender. 

3. Get Well Balloon Bunch: Cancer Diagnosis 

A family member or friend undergoing treatment for cancer would love to receive a bright

and cheery gift to buoy his or her spirits. It is not a good idea to send food items, flowers, or potted plants to cancer patients as these may aggravate a patient's sensitivities. Brighten your loved one's day with a vibrant Get Well Balloon Bunch.

4. Big Hug Bouquet: Heart Attack

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 715, 000 Americans have a heart attack each year. When choosing gifts for heart attack survivors it is important to understand their condition. When you're too far away to give them a real hug, this sweet little bear will do it for you. Express your sentiments with the Big Hug Bouquet.

5. Be Bold Bouquet: Stroke

Strokes require immediate attention because they affect the brain, the body’s control center.

Strokes are caused by hemorrhages or blockages that cut off blood supply and impede brain function. A flower arrangement is an excellent gift to show that you care, and the Be Bold Bouquet will do the trick, exuding beauty with its array of stunning pink and purple flowers.

6. Rain or Shine Bouquet: Coma

The family and friends of patients in comas are often under immense stress and pressure; sometimes it is nice  to show that you care by sending a gift to those standing by the patient during his or her time of need. If you are looking to lift spirits, the Rain or Shine Bouquet is a tasteful choice that will bring cheer to all.

7. Fresh Fruit Basket: Hospital Employees & Caregivers

We specialize in making hospital deliveries to patients, caregivers, and employees alike. Sending a thank you gift to those who heal your family and friends is the perfect way to show your appreciation.. A Fresh Fruit Basket, with a collection of everyone’s favorite fruits is a lovely way to offer your deepest thanks. 

8. Sweet Dreams Boy or Girl Bouquet: New Baby

Know someone who has just had a new baby? Congratulate the parents and welcome the little one with a gift sent directly to the hospital. Even if you cannot be in the room celebrating, you can be there in spirit. Congratulate the family and the baby with a Sweet Dreams Boy or Girl Bouquet. 

9. Hershey Cake: Broken Bones

Accidents happen to all of us and sometimes they result in broken bones. Whether your loved one broke a limb cliff diving, washing the dog, or falling off a bike, the outcome is the same, and it involves pain and casts. Send your love with the Hershey Cake (for home delivery only). Made up of 50 fun size Hershey's Chocolate bars, 15 Hershey Miniatures, and 25 Strawberry filled candies. The Hershey™ Cake is packaged on cake board, wrapped in a cellophane gift bag  and tied with ribbon.

10. Complete Happiness Bouquet: Bring a smile to someone

The Complete Happiness Bouquet will delight your special recipient. White daisies are beautifully paired with a deep green vase to create a bouquet of joyful abundance.


Get Well Gifts Blog


Top 10 Get Well Gift Ideas - June 17, 2014
Gift Shop History & New Innovations - June 24, 2014
Why we love Edible Arrangements® - July 2, 2014
July Flower of the Month: The Lily - July 9, 2014
Top 3 Edible Arrangements®- July 22, 2014
Top 5 New Baby Gifts - July 30, 2014
Healing Power of Flowers - August 4, 2014
Relaxation for Kids and Adults - August 13, 2014
Healthcare Ready Summer Recipes - August 26, 2014
Three Gifts for Grandparents Day - September 3, 2014
Tips for Staying Cold-free  - September 10, 2014
September Flowers of the Month; - September 17, 2014