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5 Thoughtful Bereavement Gift Ideas

Jale Mills - Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It can be really difficult when someone close to you loses someone who’s close to them. You want to buy them something to let them know you are thinking of them, but what? If their home is already filled with bouquets from other family members and friends, then perhaps a gift basket would be more appropriate. Here, we’ve got a list of thoughtful, unique bereavement gift ideas when someone close to you is grieving:

A memorial plant

Depending on the person you are buying for, this could make an ideal gift, especially if they have a backyard. A memorial plant is a beautiful bush or shrub you can give them, to plant in memoriam of the person they’ve lost. Some people really love this idea, and take joy in caring and looking after the plant.


Often, people burn candles for those who they’ve lost. If the person close to you has been doing this, some well crafted candles with holders would make a really thoughtful gift idea.

A photo frame

A large photo frame they can use to frame a photograph of their loved one makes a very thoughtful bereavement gift idea. If you were close to both the person you are giving the gift to and the person they’ve lost, consider putting a photograph in it of the two of them together.

A piece of jewellery

Specifically a locket makes a really thoughtful bereavement gift idea. It’s something they can use to put a photo in of the person they’ve lost and wear it close to their heart.

A gift basket

Sometimes a gift basket makes a nice idea for a bereavement gift for someone close to you. There’s everything from wine gift baskets to pampering gift baskets so you are sure to find something you’ll know they’ll appreciate, and use. If their home is overflowing with flowers, it really is best to buy them something else and a gift basket is a lovely gesture.

Your card

Of course, you aren’t going to give the gift without a card. It’s important that when writing in the card you don’t simply leave it up to the printed generic verse to say it all. While it can be difficult to come up with something to say in a card like this, a simple, ‘I’m here for you if there is anything you need during this difficult time’ is a thoughtful reminder to them that you are there and want to offer your support.

Ultimately, you know what the person you are buying for would appreciate. Sometimes however it’s a good idea to go the extra mile to think outside the box and buy them something that’s useful or a little different from everything else they’ll be receiving. We hope our list of ideas has provided you with some useful inspiration for just what to buy that person close to you, who is going through a tough time at the moment, dealing with loss.