1. Those with cancer rely on their caregivers for so very much...why not give him/her a gift of your time? Spend a few hours or a day and play a game, read to them, pray with them, just enjoy conversation, or listen to their fears and strengths.
2. Give the gift of housecleaning with either your own energy, or suggest the free service http://www.cleaningforareason.org/
3. Share food: a pot of soup, fresh fruit, bread, high protein drinks, and freshly prepared vegetables.
4. Bring small Christmas decorations and place around the home. Fresh pine or scented calendars can be difficult for some to smell due to allergies or nausea.
5. Handmade items: Knit or crochet a blanket, cap, or shawl; sew a "belly pillow"; or give a cross-stitched item. Here is a blanket I treasure made by my daughter & granddaughter.
6. Offer to write their Christmas cards for them.
7. Take them for a ride; perhaps stopping at a favorite cafe or store.
8. Provide CD's or tapes of their favorite music.
9. Do some grocery or Christmas shopping for them.
10. Stuff a Christmas stocking or basket with useful, small items: unscented lotion, soap, shampoo/conditioner, chocolate, hand sanitizer, tissue, small note pad, nail polish, mouthwash, lozenges, etc.
11. Books, magazines, Soduku, crossword puzzles, etc.
MANY GIFTS THAT WILL MEAN SO MUCH...
THESE SYMBOLIZE THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
If anyone needs a free copy of my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, to give someone with a chronic illness, please email me for a free copy. It is my Christmas gift.