Gifts for Cancer Patients: 10 Thoughtful Ideas Under $20

This page was originally published August 18, 2020 and updated June 1, 2024.

Gifts for Cancer Patients

Looking for a thoughtful gift for a cancer patient? Sometimes, a little token to let the person know you’re thinking about them can provide just the right message when it’s needed most. If you’re looking for a little something that brings comfort and inspiration to someone you love who is going through cancer, we have 10 thoughtful options below. For free care packages for cancer patients, please visit this link for our national directory of no-cost programs for cancer patients in the USA. ❤️

1. Books Full of Comfort and Inspiration:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book $11.99
Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More $9.99

2. Coloring Books for Adults:

Good Vibes Coloring Book for Adults $7.74
Live Happy Adult Coloring Book $4.21

3. Key Chain with Birthstone and Inspirational Message:

Inspirational Sunflower Keychain with Swarovski Crystal $18.00
Inspirational Sunflower Keychain with Swarovski Crystal $18.00

4. Personalized Butterfly Necklace with Initial and Birthstone:

Personalized Butterfly Necklace with Initial and Birthstone $15.00

5. Inspirational Coffee Mug:

Have Hope Dream Big Be Happy Inspirational Coffee Mug $12.99
Have Hope Dream Big Be Happy Inspirational Coffee Mug $14.99

6. Soft Satin Pillowcase by Morning Glamour:

satin pillowcase
Soft Satin Pillowcase by Morning Glamour $10.99

7. The Big One Cozy Throw:

BedSure Cozy Throw $16.99

8. Contiga Travel Mug & Stainless Steel Straws:

Ideus 20 oz Travel Mug $15.20
Eight Reusable Stainless Stainless Steel Straws and 2 Brush Cleaners $3.99

9. Netflix, iTunes Gift Cards:

itunes gift card
iTunes Gift Card $15

10. Warm, Cozy Slipper Socks with Non-Slip Grips for Women (t) and Men (b):

cozy nonslip fleece lined slipper socks for women
Cozy Fleece-Lined Slipper Socks for Women $12.99
cozy nonslip fleece lined slipper socks for men
Cozy Fleece-Lined Slipper Socks for Men $11.99

Cancer is so hard. It’s exhausting both mentally and physically. We all get busy in our daily lives but taking the time to reach out to someone struggling with this disease can mean more to that person than you may ever know. The gift ideas above don’t cost much but the kindness and thoughtfulness behind your gesture will likely mean a great deal to the recipient.

Free Programs for Patients & Families

If you know someone struggling with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis, please let them know there is free assistance available to help pay for things like co-pays, prescriptions, and other out-of-pocket expenses. See our links to agencies that can help here: free financial help for cancer patients and take a look at the free care packages available to help relieve some of the burdens of this awful disease. ❤️

Free Grants Scholarships Care Packages

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  1. I would have never thought to get a Netflix gift card! That is like the perfect gift for someone resting and relaxing for a while. Hulu probably makes gift cards like those as well if you have a friend or family member more into TV shows and series vs movies.

  2. Those cozy throws sound perfect! My sister is always cold so a nice warm blanket will be something I think she will enjoy. Thanks for the recommendations on the list.

    • Thank you so much for visiting, Deb! We hope your sister enjoys the cozy throw. All the best to you both.

  3. I work at a hospital as a nurse and I can tell you from experience with people that one of the best gifts for someone having to spend time in the hospital or going through chemo treatment are nice warm socks! It is often a simple yet very overlooked gift option. I like to buy them and have some on hand for patients who don’t have any of their own.

  4. you can make a really nice care basket if you get one of each item. Bookmarking this page!

  5. Thanks for the great website. My sister was diagnosed in 2019 and the financial support listings have been a big help.

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