When I was in the hospital on bed rest, I received some of the best gifts and little care packages from people. These little treats, and the people who brought them, were so helpful in keeping my morale high. Since then I’ve had a couple of people ask me for ideas for friends/family in similar situations, so I thought I would share some of my favorites here.
GIFT GUIDE: THE BED REST MOM
1. // Bright & Fun Pillowcases
When you’re laying down in a bed for 20+ hours a day, you tend to focus on your bedding. A LOT. I had bright floral pillows, but I also love this beach scene set from Urban Outfitters. Nothing wrong with a little beach dreaming!
2. // Potted Plant
A little plant from home was one of the first things I asked Aaron to bring me. As crazy as this sounds, you just want to take care of/be responsible for SOMETHING while you’re in there. Plus, watering a plant just sort of feels normal and feeling “normal” is invaluable!
3. // Crafting Kit
Needlepoint, felting, coloring… anything that keeps the hands busy and the TV off was always a much appreciated gift, especially if the receiver is a crafty lady. I especially love this paper flower kit I spotted at Target… perfect thing to do while in bed with the music going.
4. // Cute Sweats
It goes without saying… sweat pants while on bed rest are a must have. You have to understand that sweat pants are a big deal on bed rest because the more common alternative is the dreaded hospital gown. Sweat pants kept me sane, they brightened my day and the nurses loved to comment on them. These Hello Apparel sweat pants are so fun and they’re 50% off at the moment, but go quick because I know the sizes have been going fast!
5. // Water Bottle
Liquids in and liquids out are a big focus on bed rest. Everything is measured. And I mean everything. I was drinking a gallon of water a day at least (still do!) and drinking from a cute water bottle like this Tervis 24 oz-er made it a little easier. Plus, so much more fun than the plastic pitcher and straw provided by the hospital.
6. // Magazines, Magazines and More Magazines
I loved the magazines people found for me and tried to immerse myself in them… any excuse to turn off the TV was a good one! Be sure to grab issues that match your friend’s interests. Steer clear of cooking magazines. It’s a special kind of torture to look at all that amazing food while trying to choke down a steamed grilled cheese.
7. // Books!
If you know your friend is a reader, grab a book. I especially loved Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It was hugely motivational for me. My train of thought at the time: If this chick can hike the Pacific Crest Trail by herself than I for sure can keep in some babies!
8. // Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books, like the popular Secret Garden, are all the rage right now and sadly, the only time you may find yourself with room in your schedule to actually use one is if you’re stuck in a bed. I took advantage of the time and colored it up. It was hugely relaxing. I would cut out the pages and hang them on my walls.
9. // Crazy Socks
OK, so I don’t know if I would call these flamingo socks crazy, but they’re certainly a welcome change from Nike. Socks are the footwear of choice while on bed rest, so I tried to make it count. Socks were one of my favorite things to receive!
10. // Hangable Wall Art
You may find yourself in a nice, updated room with lovely walls but I was not. I was surrounded by chipped, painted concrete walls and decades old butterfly decals. It was not great for keeping the mood up. I wish I would have known about this $14 pack of prints at the time… I would have covered my hospital room walls in these!
11. // Playing Cards
I loved challenging my visitors to a game of cards. It helps break the ice and get over that whole awkward “so you’re in the hospital” conversation vibe. I also loved learning new card games. I’ve never played so many cards in my life!
I would love to hear some of your gift solutions for friends/family in similar situations. Most of the time, YOU as a visitor is the greatest gift but I totally get that feeling of not wanting to arrive empty handed. I have one more gift guide planned along these same lines: the NICU mom!