Heartfelt Gifts for Grieving

sympathy gift giving guide

Losing a loved one is a difficult and painful experience. It can be challenging to know how to support someone who is grieving during such a difficult period. While there is no perfect gift that can make everything right, heartfelt gifts can bring comfort to those who are hurting. Here are some ideas and tips to help you find an appropriate gift for someone who is grieving.

Tips for Choosing the Right Sympathy Gift

Consider their Relationship with the Deceased

When choosing a gift, it's essential to consider the relationship between the recipient and the deceased. A gift that may be appropriate for a spouse or child may not be appropriate for a friend or distant relative. Take some time to think about their relationship and what gift may be most meaningful to them.

Think about the Recipient's Needs

Everyone grieves differently, and it's essential to consider the recipient's needs when choosing a gift. Some may need practical support, while others may need emotional support. Some may appreciate a gift that helps them honor their loved one, while others may prefer a gift that helps them relax and unwind.

Comforting Bereavement Gift Ideas

sympathy flower gifts


Flowers are a universal symbol of love and sympathy and can help bring a sense of peace. Although they are a classic choice, it can be overwhelming when everyone is sending flowers at the same time, which is often the case. So many floral arrangements leads to waste or the excess is just given away. If you believe flowers are the right choice, it may be worth postponing the delivery for a few weeks. After things have settled down, it can often be a very lonely time, especially if family and friends have left. Receiving flowers or any gift, for that matter, at a later time will be a welcome reminder that the recipient is still in your thoughts.

Sympathy Gifts Other than Flowers

Sympathy Card

Sending a sympathy card with a heartfelt message can be a simple yet meaningful gesture.


Sending food is always a great option. Home-cooked meals, food trays, or food baskets or gourmet gift boxes are always appreciated. After the loss of a loved one, it can be hard to have the motivation to cook and prepare meals. Sending food for the family or items that can be shared with visiting guests can be a great option and a much-appreciated gift.

Memorial Donations

memorial donations are a great way to honor the deceased. There are many wonderful options that can help keep the memory of the person alive long after they have passed.

Plant Trees

Planting trees is a fantastic option. One can donate to One Tree Planted and even choose where to plant the trees. Perhaps there is something near and dear to the deceased's heart like the Amazon Rainforest, or maybe they were affected by the fires in California. The choice should reflect their passion and will even have a deeper meaning while helping the environment.

Heifer International

Heifer International is a charity that donates farm animals to impoverished areas. The gift of a goat or chickens can change a family's life.

Heifer International


Charitable Causes

Donate to a charitable cause, such as animal charities, children's charities, or veteran charities, to name a few. It is advisable to find a charity that reflects something the deceased person would embrace. Perhaps they were passionate about their dogs or served in the military, maybe they had a cause they fought for, or perhaps they passed from a particular disease. In such cases, one can donate to the cure. Any of these donations will make a meaningful gift that will make a positive impact on others as well. Remember that it is crucial to investigate the charity before donating.

Family Donation

A family donation is always an excellent gift. The expense of a funeral can take a toll on the family. Helping them out with the financial burden of a funeral may be a huge relief.

Sentimental Gifts

Sentimental gifts are also a great option. A gift in memory of the deceased, such as a sentimental framed photograph or a piece of jewelry with their birth date engraved on it, is a thoughtful option.

Modern Sympathy Gifts 

Sympathy Gift Box

If you're looking for a more modern bereavement gift ideas, a sympathy gift box makes wonderful a unique gift. At ekuBOX, we curate luxury gift boxes. We create thoughtful gifts meant to touch someone on many different levels - from the packaging, the contents, the handwritten card, and the quality of the products all make for a unique and special gift that lives on long after it is opened. Here are a few unique sympathy gifts to choose from:

Sympathy Gift Box - this sympathy gift box has a lovely book on mindfulness and grief. It is filled with meditations to calm the mind and restore the spirit. This gift also has a loose leaf calming tea and a Voluspa lavender candle.


Sending Hugs box - This is one of our personal favorites. This gift comfort gift basket is filled with beautiful items that were specifically hand-picked for care, comfort and love. This gift box features a lip balm, Artisan made Potager organic cold pressed soap, Bellocq tea, a beautiful Italian made Pashmina wrap, rose acacia hand cream from France, ginger Tummy Drops to help soothe a upset tummy, Pinch Me Therapy Dough to aide in stress reduction, the Modernist Coloring Book along with watercolor pencils to help with relaxation. What's better than a box full of hugs?


The Breakfast Club - Send them a gourmet breakfast. This gift box is filled with the finest artisan products - cinnamon-infused whipped honey from the mountains of Appalachia, barrel-aged organic cinnamon vanilla-infused maple syrup from Vermont, delicious jam & pancake mix from American Spoon, and artisan roasted coffee beans from Peru. We've hunted down the best small-batch, traditionally-made, products to see to it that this breakfast makes an impression. We've also included useful items like a professional restaurant-style French wire whisk for mixing the pancake batter, a great cotton hand-woven kitchen towel, and a lovely artisan-made candle by the Brooklyn Candle Company.

Don't forget the card! The card should be filled with heartfelt words. This is a good time to let the recipient know that you are there to help them every step of the way. At ekuBOX we will hand write your personal message. It is a small detail with a BIG impact.

At ekuBOX, we believe in providing meaningful and thoughtful items in our sympathy gift boxes to show your support and care to someone who has lost a loved one. Let us help you express your condolences with our heartfelt gift boxes.

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What should I avoid when choosing a gift for someone who is grieving?

Avoid gifts that may be inappropriate or insensitive. This could include things like alcohol or inappropriate humor. It's also best to avoid gifts that may be too personal or intimate.

What if I'm not sure what to give?

If you're not sure what to give, it's okay to ask the recipient what they need or want. 

Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult experiences to overcome. While there is no perfect gift that can make everything right, heartfelt gifts can bring comfort to those who are grieving. By considering the recipient's relationship with the deceased and their needs, you can choose a gift that shows your support and love during this challenging time.