Occasions gifts vary, all of them are happy except for one: condolence gifts when someone dies. Deep sorrow and challenging experience await those who lost a beloved family member, friend, or animal companion. So, many like to present gifts in this hard time, sympathy gifts that might ease the pain even a little. People who give bereavement gifts do it right after the passing away while condoling their dear bereaving ones or in the memorial of their loss. But what do you gift someone after the death of a beloved one of them? What is an appropriate sympathy gift? Well, this post is an attempt to present good ideas for this type of gift.
Sympathy gifts when someone dies varies, and the most prominent with a long history is presenting food to the deceased’s family. This post is a carefully-selected collection of sympathy plants to grow indoors or outdoors, unique gifts in memory of a loved one, gifts for someone who lost a pet, and sympathy gift baskets.
The List Includes:
Outdoor And Indoor Sympathy Plants
Sympathy plants to grow indoors or outdoors in house gardens make good gifts when someone dies, leaving their loved ones grieving their departure. The death of loved ones is like a grip that pulls down. A little plant growing, on the other hand, takes you up with it. Taking care of a growing plant help heal sorrow and despair. Thus, this sympathy plant collection is for growing and tending, not bouquets for vases.
Meyer Lemon Tree
It is a quality Meyer lemon tree with a gift card certificate, assuring it is from Hirt’s Garden. The plant is a sun lover, suitable to plant in house gardens, patios, and even indoors. Lemon trees and citrus generally can be easily kept small by pruning. It is also easy to grow and can remain outdoors with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees F. But it should be maintained at a suitable size for indoors because it needs to be taken indoors in winter unless the recipient lives in a tropical area. To top it off, the plant is self-pollinating like almost all citrus trees.
Memorial Gift Tree
LittleSaps$52.00 at etsy
What can be more condoling than planting and tending a tree and watching it grow? Few things, isn’t it? And as the tree provider put it, majestic, mysterious trees are reminders that life is bigger than we think and that nothing is lost. Different trees are available, including Canadian Hemlock, American Arborvitae, Arizona Cypress, Eastern Red Cedar, Colorado Blue Spruce, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Norway Spruce, and Western Red Cedar. The selection is according to the time of your order because not all the types are available all year long, and according to the living area.
Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree
Bonsai is an ancient practice from Asia and has grown popular for a while. It is an act that combines meditation, observation, tending, and growing, which makes this tea bonsai tree one of the best condolence gifts when someone dies. As Andy Dufresne said, “get busy living or get busy dying.” So, get busy in a lively act; get busy with a living creature. The bonsai tea tree blooms with fair white blossom almost year round and has small dark green yet shiny leaves with little white dots on their surfaces. Do not worry. They are not caused by insects; it is just how the tree leaves look. The seven-year-old bonsai tree arrives 8 to 12″ tall in a handsome, minimalist container and a humidity tray with decorative rocks.
Hallmark Flowers Small Succulent Garden
The charm of this mini succulent garden emits from its simple, rustic wood trough and the beautiful living succulents. It is suitable to present as a gift when someone dies with its simple design with no embellishment that may not suit the occasion and the sad state of your dear one. Besides, by presenting living plants and soil, you encourage your grieving dear one to care and get involved in maintaining it alive and growing. Succulents are suitable houseplants because they are attractive and easy to care for, being plants with thick, engorged parts to retain water in arid climates. It is a beautiful, meaningful gift to have.
White Phalaenopsis Orchid for Sympathy
Klarna.$54.99 at 1800flowers
This time the gift is a beautiful, fresh Phalaenopsis orchid, which arrives to you budding and ready to bloom gorgeously. Being a living product of mother nature makes it a loving gift for sympathy and remembrance. The plant is put in a simple, transparent glass cube planter that goes well with the white flower. To top it off, it includes moss and willow branches, adding a lovely green accent and supplying moisture. It is one of the best gifts when someone dies because it is a reminder of beauty and life.
Pet Memory Flower Garden Kit$20.00 at Uncommon goods
It is a gardening kit with wildflower seeds to commemorate beautifully and uniquely a beloved passed-away animal companion. The set also includes premixed soil, tools to shape the soil and combine it with the seeds to form planting wafers, and step-by-step instructions to accomplish the simple task rightly. The gift innovator suggests adding a portion of the animal’s cremated remains too.
Natural Bendable Moss Poles for Climbing Plants
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This time the gift is not a plant to grow but a natural moss pole to support climbing plants like Monstera. Real-moss sticks are great because they replicate the natural environment where the climbing plants grow and support them physically and figuratively. With its green color, I should say that this moss pole is more lovely and harmonious with the plant than the brown ones. Plus, moss is moisture supplying and thus perfect for keeping the plant’s humidity level high, ensuring healthy growth. And to top it off, the bendability feature allows shaping it into creative, attractive designs. So, instead of empty condolence words, you could pair this pole with a climbing plant if your dear grieving one does not have one, and spend your time shaping the pole and taking care of the plant.
Unique Gifts in Memory of a Loved One
Losing a child, whether little or grown-up, is one of the hardest happenings in life. And with such tremendous pain, condolence gifts when someone dies hardly make things better, but they could be helpful if practical and need answering. With time passing, the grip of pain sags; thus, a memorial gift could be sentimental, gently acknowledging the wound.
Sympathy Wind Chimes
Giergtbuy from amazon
What to buy someone who is grieving a loss? Well, wind chimes make a meaningful bereavement gift, easing the pain of your dear grieving one with their pleasant, soothing sound. These memorial wind chimes are made of quality pinewood, aluminum tubes, and nylon rope. Plus, they have heartwarming words that feel deeply spiritual and beautiful, however simple, “Listen to the WIND, and know I am near – Forever in our hearts.” The powerful effect also comes from the dainty accompanying drawings of a flying bird & butterfly and melodies paired with the soothing, aerial melody coming from the tool. It is a gift that can bring some comfort and peace.
New York Public Library Donation$35.00 at secure.nypl.org
If the departed was a book lover, making a public library donation and letting your dear bereaved one knows will be a heartwarming act. The library could be the public library of the deceased’s town or the New York public library, which allows you to gift your loved one with their name and a personalized message printed in a book of the library when you make a 35$-or-more donation.
3-Hour Cleaning Gift Card$99.00 at shop.handy
You can hardly find such a practical, beneficial condolence gift. A family that has suffered the loss of a son can scarcely find the will and energy to do the simplest things, including cleaning the home. With this gift card from Handy, you present your dear ones with valuable three hours of cleaning, hoping that a clean place will help them feel better. After some time, you can encourage your beloved bereaved to do cleaning tasks, possibly by sharing them together. A book called The Forty Rules of Love mentions that cleaning is a spiritual act of praying, and praying is cleansing, like two sides of a coin.
A Hugging Natural Weighted Blanket
Baloobuy from amazon
Soft cotton weighted blankets are known for their soothing effect. Your dear one will feel embraced beneath this warm blanket. Its pebble-white color is relieving; the soft, breathable material, made of cotton & premium glass beads, and quality, chemical-free manufacturing aim to facilitate quick and deep sleep, something a bereaving person needs. So, if your dear one has suffered insomnia, this will be a perfect, helpful gift in such an unimaginably hard time.
Grief-Handling Online Yoga Course$49.00 at pauldennistontraining
If your dear one grieving is a yogi, this online yoga course will be a perfect gift to encourage them to go back to yoga. It is a comforting activity, and the best thing about this course is that it specializes in handling grief. It offers video training, an introduction by a grief expert, and guided visual meditation called “Connecting with our loved one.” The grief yoga course is recommended by grief counselor Jill S. Cohen in a NY magazine article, adding that it has been quite beneficial to clients of her.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.. A Story on Life & Death for All Ages
by Leo Buscagliabuy from amazon
The book is a heartwarming story that allegorically introduces death within the cycle of life, telling the life journey of a leaf named Freddie. In it, Leo Buscaglia, the Ph. D. NY Times bestselling author, achieves a perfect combination of warm, wise, and simple. Freddie has helped many children and adults understand life and death and communicate about loss beautifully and effectively. In such hard times when the pain is still solid and unbearable, adult books of grieving may not be suitable. But this unusual book, with its magically expressive title and content, can sneak into a bereaved heart more. It is a good gift for your dear grieving one who has children. Books on grieving nature and dealing with it are more suitable as memorial gifts.
An Abstract Wall Art of Life and Death Dancing
7artfine$109.20 at etsy
Art is healing, so here is another captivating expression of death as part of the life cycle, a doorway. Such creative abstract wall art makes good gifts when someone dies because it is meditative, relieving and warming to look at. The large frame includes white and black shades with a touch of gold. The painting can be interpreted differently according to the viewer, a reason for the beauty of abstract art. Another reason is that you do not need to understand, identify, or define the shapes to feel the beauty. In this beauty could be a black ocean and a golden island receiving a foamy wave. The quality wall art is handmade from cotton canvas and acrylic.
Fair Box Locket Necklace with Mini Pictures
SilkPurseSowsEar$36.75 at etsy
This one could be a heartwarming gift in more than a way. The little copper box locket is hollow. Inside it, you can place a collection of photos of your dear grieving one with their family and friends; this is a suitable arrangement if the loss pain is still new and powerful. As a memorial gift for the loss of a son, you could pick some beautiful photos of the departed and have them in the box if you think this will be comforting. Good gifts when someone dies tell that nothing is lost and that the beloved departed ones go on in the hearts of their lovers. Well, this handmade necklace with its little locket eloquently does.
Gifts For Someone Who Lost A Pet
Dogs and cats are amazing creatures, which is why people develop strong bonds with their furry companions. Therefore, when departing, they leave wounds and pain behind them, and condolence gifts can help the left-behind friends to feel better.
Paw Print Pet Memorial Stone
The beautiful minimalist paw-print memorial stone makes a meaningful sympathy gift with the touching words “You Left Paw Prints On Our Hearts.” It is also personalized; there is a photo frame slot where a small picture of the departed pet. The pet memorial stone is made of resin but looks like stone is versatile; it could be a grave marker, lay flat outdoors as a garden devotion stone, or stand freely on a mantle or bookshelf indoors. Plus, the remembrance keepsake is packed in a handsome box.
Tribal Textured Frame
PrintprepdesignsGB$9.80 at etsy
It is a thoughtful condolence gift that will allow your friend to place a favorite photo of their pet in such a unique photo frame featuring a tribal-inspired pattern in expressive black and white. You could do more if you know the favorite picture; have it printed, possibly in black and white, and put it in the frame.
Personalized Dog Mug
byMerakiDesign$22.95 at etsy
This quality ceramic mug with such a beautiful, peaceful drawing makes an excellent gift for your dear one who lost their animal friend. The printed picture on the mug shows pets sitting on a dock gazing toward the water, and before and atop them are the sky, clouds, and birds. Plus, the color set is calm and amazing. It is such a nice way to picture a passed-away furry friend when remembering them. You can individualize the gift with an avatar image and the name of the dog or cat.
Natural Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
Pamper My Heart
A long, soothing bath with quality aromatherapy bath bomb may be what your dear one who lost a pet recently needs. Aromatherapy is about using essential oils for therapeutic benefit, and essential oils could help with anxiety, insomnia, depression, and low appetite. The bath bomb set is made of natural components and essential oils, including six balls with different scents: rose, lavender, cherry blossom, chamomile & Earl Grey, and sunflower.
A Photo Album with Elegant Leatherette Cover
Pioneer Photo Albums
Photo albums are good sympathy gifts to commemorate passed away loved ones, people and animals. This album (4 x 6″) can hold 200 photos, which will be like a garden to your dear one, evoking happy, precious memories with their beloved ones. A thoughtful extra feature of the album is a memo-writing space allowed on each page so that the gift recipient fills them with memories or comments that come to their mind.
A Small Memorial Garden Bench
Nikki Heikkinen$30.37 at Uncommon goods
It is an elegant, meaningful gift to commemorate your animal friend in the home garden where they used to play and enjoy the sun. The bench (6.25″ tall) is sturdy, made of resin with stone framing, and on it are engraved heartwarming words, a rose, and a decorative frame. Plus, your dear one can easily assemble it with the provided instructions. Then, they can sit on it and remember.
Sympathy Gift Baskets
Showing support by sending food to the departed’s family has been a tradition shared by many cultures worldwide, a beneficial one actually. It sustains grieving families in one of the hardest times in their lives when they hardly have energy to cook. Thus, sympathy gift baskets make good, practical condolence gifts when someone dies. When picking a sympathy gift basket, it is vital to be one with highly-nutritive components, such as fruits, nuts, and healthy cheese types. The right food strengthens; it is a needed condolence gift when someone dies.
Organic Tea Sampler Gift Box
Golden Moon Tea
Organic herbal teas have refreshing and cleansing benefits, making the person feel alive, which is what your dear bereaved one needs. It is a great sympathy gift whether your beloved one is acquainted with herbal tea or not because, in the latter case, it is good to introduce them to herbal teas in this challenging time. And you can do so with this organic tea Sampler set of nine different tea packs, including Tippy Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and Vanilla Mint. Plus, although it is a sampler gift, the teas come in sufficient amounts, with each tin holding 0.5 oz of tea leaves, which is enough for 54 servings of quality and tasty herbal teas.
Golden State Fruit Sympathy Basket with Cheese & Nuts
A Gift Inside
This top-quality sympathy basket is a good condolence gift full of highly nutritious foods for your dear one who grieves. Weighting five pounds, it consists of fruit: four pears (two Comice, one Bosc, and one Red pear), two apples (Braeburn and Granny Smith), a Navel orange, and three mandarins. There are also six oz of natural cheddar cheese, three oz of roasted almonds, and two oz of Partners olive-oil sea-salt crackers. The fresh fruits are packed on the shipping day to ensure maximum freshness. The basket is tied with a ribbon printed with the phrase “with sympathy.”
Harry & David Deluxe Sympathy Gift Basket
Klarna.$99.99 at harryanddavid
It is another top-quality sympathy gift basket full of nutritious, tasty food. The basket includes six seasonal pears, two seasonal apples, and baklava. There are also quality cheese, white cheddar, and Colby Jack. With the gift, you could tell your dear one about the cheddar English village in Somerset where the cheddar originated, and wish that you both visit it or any other beautiful village once s/he gets a bit better.
Dried Fruit & Nut Gift Basket Set
BONNIE AND POP
This one is a set of two tasty and healthy gift baskets, fruity and nutty. The dried fruit tray is received on a fabulous foldable Wooden Fruit Bowl; the tray has a variety of mango slices, Mediterranean apricots, California yellow peaches & dates, pears, Washington apple wedges, kiwi, plums, and prunes. As for the quality nut box, it has an assortment of glazed pecans, chili con lemon pistachios, almonds, salt & pepper Cashews, and fruit & nut Mix.
Fruit & Chocolate Assortment Basket
GiftTreebuy from amazon
The quality gift basket has fresh fruit and gourmet chocolates. The basket is a large assortment of both, including apples, pears, oranges, chocolate-covered pretzels, a milk-chocolate caramel tablet, a dark Chocolate almond bar, and dark-chocolate-covered almonds. The gift is complemented with a hand-tied satin ribbon and a card with your condolence message.
Food Storage Container Set
Rubbermaidbuy from amazon
Although not a condolence gift basket, this gift is in the right place.It is vital because hose who suffer the loss of a family member receive a lot of food, which will be handy if well stored in the refrigerator. And here comes the role of this food storage container set, allowing the accomplishment of the task more easily. The group consists of 10-piece 3.2-cup plastic containers with 100% leak-proof lids. Plus, the storage containers are splatter-resistant with the ability to go into the microwave with the lid on,
This was a carefully-picked collection of condolence gifts when someone dies. We hope that you have found good ideas that could serve and please your dear grieving ones among these presented, whether outdoor and indoor sympathy plants, unique gifts in memory of a loved one, gifts for someone who lost a pet, or sympathy gift baskets.