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Better Prepared for Chemo Appointments + the Recovery Afterwards


SUPPORT


Chemotherapy appointments can be chilling and stressful, the recovery afterwards challenging and full of hard hitting side-effect surprises that change as treatment progresses. 

HELPFUL


Help provide soothing comfort through the toughest recovery obstacles.  


Better prepare your friend with many back-up items that combat difficult side-effects.

GIFTS


Gift options to help your loved-one be better prepared for the many potential surprising side-effects. With ready-to-go, no need to pack for each appointment, gift bags to soothe stress and bundle your loved-ones in comfort through the multiple treatments.   

CHEMOTHERAPY Care gifts

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Everything Chemo Package

Support the one you care about all the time with this huge gift of 75 items. 

The Chemo Appointment + Aftercare Package combined.

Better prepared for each chemo treatment and the recovery afterwards. 

Chemo Aftercare Package

When the toughest challenge of them all must be faced, every helping hand, every act of kindness, makes a difference.

 

This Chemo Aftercare Kit welcomes patients home and simply sets up everything that is needed, already organized, to one side - for a home, made more comfortable.

Chemo Appointment Care Package

This kit wraps a patient in warmth and coziness. Entertains to pass the time and considered many of the little things - like what treats still taste great with 'metal mouth.' 

The Side-Effect Comforting Care Packages

Side-Effect Comforting Care

Chemo side-effects accumulate and change over the weeks and months of treatment.

 

Equip your loved-one with a tool-kit of relief. This care package readies them with an array of side-effect soothing tools to support them as each side-effect arises.

Side-Effect Soothing Care Kit

Equip your loved-one for the journey ahead. Help to reduce the obstacles in their path all while they are keeping warm and cozy with a hot organic herbal tea and much more.

The Luxury Skin Care Packages

Calming Skin Care Package

Lindi Skin care was originally developed for cancer patients. Their botanicals and antioxidants deliver ultra-hydration and combat the harsh effects of radiation and chemo treatments.

 

This care package wraps your friend and loved-one in all things re-hydrating for the skin.

Skincare Gift Set

This essentials care package equips your friend with the heavy hitters, the renowned and clinically tested Lindi Soothing Balm and the unique Aloe Vera Lindi Skin Cooler to soothe away the burn and protect from the harsh effects of cancer treatments.

The Cozy Comfort Care Packages

Cozy Comfort Gift Tote

Sometimes you just want to wrap your friend or loved-one in a warm, cozy hug and take all their cares away.

 

If you are physically too far away, this care package does just that with many extras to comfort them through their journey.

Comfort Bundle Bag

Comfort in a ready-to-go kit.

The essentials to bundle your loved-one in a cozy hug with a warm, healing cup of tea, sleeping aids, a warm sleeved blanket and more.

 

From head to toe, wrap them in care.

The Stress Soothing Activity Gifts

Activity Butler Gift Basket

Help distract and soothe stress with this care package full of mind-grabbing games, an adult coloring book, great sounding ear buds to block out the world around them at chemo or radiation appointments and an extension cord to stay connected no matter the location or battery status.

Activity Care Basket

This is a great add-on to any care package. Help soothe stress with this essential’s entertainment kit.

 

Quality Ear buds, 240 activities, an adult coloring book, markers and a journal.

Why are Our Gifts Different?

researched


All products in our care baskets are doctor, dentist or patient recommended.


We found what Cancer survivors asked to have from; studies, blogs, Hospitals, Organizations, Universities and directly from cancer survivors.

useful


We sourced products with a focus on; multiple benefits, organic, natural, no artificial additives, colors, fragrances and parabens.

Even the tea bags are unbleached.


Each Product analyzed for how it can best serve the need.

time saved


A cancer diagnosis is like being hit by a train


Their world becomes chaotic. Too much to plan. Where to start?


Save your friend and their caregiver time + money researching, shopping, and preparing by doing it for them.

Free Shipping*


Send a gift that comforts and gets there quickly.


Our cancer care packages are carefully hand assembled with love and care.


We ship out 1-2 business days after receipt of your order.

Cancer Gift Ideas FAQ

What to give a friend who has cancer?

Gift ideas are as unique as the people who give them and those who receive them. There is definitely no one size fits all answer. 

One of the best ways to find the best gift for a friend with cancer is to simply ask. If you are not able to ask for the moment, a good place to start is a crossword puzzle, nausea-management tools, safety and convenience tools are all great gifts for cancer patients.


Treatment for cancer usually involves surgery and other lengthy hospital stays and visits. Time waiting and boredom are a big issue, laying down and being immobile is another. Having the right tools, such as extension cords, usb plugs, a charged phone are recommended as cancer patient gifts and go a long way in entertaining, distracting and helping to pass the time.


At Viva Kits, we took recommendations from hundreds of get-well gifts and put them into a useful gift basket in the form of a care package.

That is why we took a gift tool-kit approach to it. We researched what you had to say and what medical professionals recommended and verified all that again with people who have gone through it.


Managing the multitude of side effects and tailoring them to each individual case can be difficult as every patient is different and needs change through time. Our chemo care kits contain many cancer gift ideas.


Are there gifts that I should not give someone with cancer?

Each individual is different and requires different a treatment approach. It is difficult to choose the right gift for a friend or loved one with cancer.

Ultimately the cancer patient and their caregiver are the best to know. Next best are friends who care and know the patient.

Sometimes a phone call, letter, text any thought passed on to them can brighten up a moment, an hour or a day.


Careful with humour. Not everyone has the same taste in it and even with the best intentions at heart, it's easy to say something wrong. Attempts to lighten the mood should be done tactfully and respectfully. Some prefer no humour at all. 


So the best way to figure it out is to keep a loving and supportive dialogue and not just at diagnosis or surgery but on a continual basis. Sometimes choosing the right gift for a cancer patient is simply saying hello when many others choose to shy away and avoid the topic.


Chocolate, flowers, candy, are all tempting but be advised that they often can't be used as sugar is generally avoided, fragrances do not help nausea and are frequently not tolerated at hospitals.


Should I give flowers? Can I bring flowers into hospital?

It is best to call ahead and check with the specific health facility ward. Some are fine with it while others will turn them away as policy. 

It is best to call ahead and check with the specific health facility ward. Some are fine with it while others will turn flowers and plants away as policy.


Flowers are fairly simple default for many health/life related gift giving occasions. Flowers are a lovely get well soon gift but require some checking.

There is a lot of debate about the safety of having flowers in hospitals as the possibility of transmitting germs, insects to patients with compromised immune systems is an issue. Since patients with immune issues like haematology myeloma or leukaemia are at higher risk, most such hospital wards forbid plants.


Many hospitals do not accept flowers and plants due to smell. That is why nurse stations are often well supplied with flowers. If you are unsure, simply check the hospital website or call the department where you loved on is staying.


Alternatively, have a look at our gift baskets for cancer patients. The components were carefully curated so you can have an alternative gift for people with cancer.


When is the best time to visit a friend with cancer?

When going through treatment for cancer, chemo and surgery, schedules can be erratic and unexpected. The best approach is to simply ask the caregiver or patient. Checking with the care facility for visiting hours and dates is a good second check.


Other than the treatment timing issue, it is best to check with the patient so as to not interfere with rest or sleep periods. Insomnia and stress cause patients to not follow a 'traditional' schedule so do not take it personally if the patient is too tired or otherwise unable to have visitors.


Immune issues also call for spacial consideration so if you are feeling under the weather, sick, cold, flu, or have any symptoms, it is best to let the caregiver and patient know ahead of time. Many patients avoid seeing visitors who are ill simply as a precaution, nothing personal.


What gift to give someone with cancer?

One of the strongest demonstrations of affection can be well-wishes and attempts to make light of the situation.

Discussing cancer diagnosis can be tricky. Try to avoid statements like "I had the same thing you did and I'm fine..." or "I know someone who..." or I am sure you will be fine...". These well intended comments are often not well received.


Giving thoughtful gifts to someone with cancer involves understanding and researching their situation. Finding the physical and mental side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment and addressing those specifically often goes a long way. If you know nausea is an issue, flowers will not help while anti-nausea treats such as the ones we include in our cancer care packs may.


Having looked into and understood the side-effects the patient is going through takes the gift giving effort to a different level. We chose to focus on the tools that patients can benefit from and use through chemo, surgery and recovery.

Gifts for someone having Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy affects the entire body.

Unlike surgery or radiotherapy, the side-effects are wide-ranging and can affect the entire body rather than be focused on one spot. We write a lot about it in our Blog.


Rather than researching each side effect and putting together a gift basket for chemo yourself, we made is easier to provide a comprehensive tool kit of useful products that patients recommend.


Sometimes gifts to pass the time, gifts to reduce nausea or keep the patient connected and entertained are the best option for when the patient is going through time-intensive treatments that can last many hours per session. Our aftercare kits for chemo patients contain at least 35 items per kit. Hopefully none will be needed but most often they are.


Nausea is often a big concern so we sourced non-scented products, easy to digest foods, nausea relieving treats, organic herbal teas in non-bleached tea bags and much more.

Gifts for someone having Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy can affect a specific area on the body and cause severe skin reactions along with other side-effects. Researching your loved one's specific need is important in helping with some relief. 


Our Radiotherapy care packages (Coming Soon) are designed to address general cancer needs as well as specific ways to alleviate skin issues.

For more information on how to care for your loved-ones or for yourself, check out our blog.