The Gift of Giving
Thoughtful Gifts for Loved Ones Dealing with Infertility
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, and realize you still have no idea what to get your dear friend or family member who’s dealing with infertility. The last thing you want is to give them a painful reminder of their struggle. With a little thought, you can find just the right gift to provide comfort and let them know you care.
Nourish Their Body
Undergoing treatment for infertility is a physically and emotionally exhausting experience. Patients are told to eat well and take care of themselves, but finding the energy or motivation to do so, after countless medical appointments, medications and procedures, is often laughable. Here’s where your gift comes in.
- Make your friend brunch or dinner.
- Treat them to a meal out at their favorite restaurant.
- Give them a gift card to a new to them eatery.
- Sign them up for a fruit of the month club.
Nourish Their Soul
The highs and lows of infertility often strike without warning. Offering to be a reliable sounding board can be an invaluable gift. Your loved one may want to talk it out, sit in silence or be totally distracted from whatever emotion has bubbled to the surface. Respect whatever they need in the moment. Other gifts to help them tend to the emotional stress that’s part and parcel of infertility include:
- Massage gift certificates
- Yoga classes
- Movie passes
- Cozy PJs
- Soothing bath salts
The holidays can be a particularly painful time for those trying to conceive. Between toy commercials, chubby cheeked holiday cards and the line for Santa at the mall, cute kiddos are seemingly inescapable. Lessons for a, child free, activity that your friend has always wanted to try can be a great gift. As can tickets to a comedy show or concert, or passes to their favorite art or history museum. A getaway to a romantic bed and breakfast can help them unwind and reconnect.
Help alleviate some of the financial stress of infertility by contributing to their fertility treatment fund, or make a donation to an infertility organization on their behalf. While this gift is a reminder of your loved one’s struggle with infertility, it will be greatly appreciated and a wonderful show of support.