Finding the right gift for someone who has given care and support can be really hard! Whether you are looking for a gift for your NDIS Support Worker, or for a family member or friend, here are some great ideas!
How do you thank a caregiver?
✅ Simply say thank you - “Thank you.” Two little words that can change a person’s day. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is going on around us that we forget that simply saying thank you can have a large impact on a person. Saying this to a caretaker shows them that even the little things they do to help are appreciated.
✅Write a thank you note. - Take the time to write them a thank you note. Make the note personal by listing specific things you appreciate their help with, as it is important to let them know you notice even the little things they do.
✅Give a gift. - Gifts are always an option when you want to show someone gratitude. If you want to keep it simple, you could give them flowers, or if you wish to do something more you could give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant they enjoy going to.
✅ Acknowledge their hard work - There are a couple of ways for you to recognize your caretaker and their efforts for you and your loved one. First, you could give them a day off that they could use to go out with friends or relax around their own home with no obligations beyond their own care.
✅ Ask about their lives. Take the time to show your caretaker that you care about them as an individual by getting to know them. You know how much they do for you and your loved one, and it would be nice to give back to them simply by taking the time to listen.
What’s an appropriate gift for a caregiver?
If the caregiver is a formal carer such as a support worker, it’s sometimes a bit tricky knowing what is appropriate to give them as a gift. Some companies may even have policies in place that do not allow their employed support workers to accept gifts from clients.
If you are unsure, it may be best to ask them. If you don’t feel comfortable asking, a nice thank you letter or card may be your best option. Everyone appreciates a hand-written letter or card, and it shows that you’ve taken the time to express your gratitude and heartfelt thanks!
5 special things to do for caregivers
For informal caregivers (friends or family members), giving the gift of your time and energy is the best thing you can do! Here are 5 great gift ideas to show that you care.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a nourishing home-cooked meal to make you feel loved and cared for. For someone who probably spends a lot of their time cooking for others, having a meal prepared for them will allow your caregiver to sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious food cooked just for them.
Giving someone the time and space to relax and take a moment out of their very busy lives will be a very welcome treat for your caregiver. Whatever you decide, try your best to arrange and plan everything so that they can switch off and simply enjoy the time spent alone or with you.
Finding the time to experience something different is probably not something that is easy for a caregiver. Carers are often so busy looking after other people that they have very little time to do anything special.
Arranging an experience could be the perfect thing for them, and could really help to inject some fresh energy into their soul! Some great experiences are:
- A day hike away from the hustle and bustle of daily life
- A horse-riding adventure
- A road trip complete with mapped-out sight-seeing stops
- An art, cooking, or dance class
- A tour of something they will enjoy – this could be a tour of a sporting venue, a museum or aquarium, a brewery or winery, a chocolate or coffee factory
4. Lovely spaces
Creating a permanent space that they can continue to come back to and enjoy is a fantastic gift to give.
This could be as simple as purchasing some lush, easy-to-care-for indoor plants and allocating a corner of a room as a relaxation space, or perhaps you could help to build something like a veggie garden in the backyard which will become a space where your caregiver goes to refresh.
A memory book is always an excellent gift for someone you care about. Memory books are cost-effective to put together, yet the finished product is priceless and will be treasured for a long time.
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