The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for young women affected by breast cancer. While you’re searching for the perfect gifts this holiday season, you may be wondering what to give a friend or loved one who is going through treatment and could use a little extra cheer. Our survivor staff members helped us handpick a list of thoughtful gift suggestions. Add your ideas to this holiday gift guide in the comments below!
1. Curated Gift Boxes
If we put beauty and inspiration into one box, it would be shipped by Treatmint Box or Fighting Pretty. Both gift box services offer a variety of comfort, entertainment and inspirational items specifically curated for cancer fighters. Examples of some of the items include soaps, journals, scarves and mugs.
2. Motivational Jewelry
Show your support with some sparkle. Thoughtful mantra jewelry will let your loved one know that she is fierce, she is loved and that she can get through this. Use the code YSCBRACELET for 15% off any of our bracelets through December 31.
3. Intimates and Comfy Apparel Designed for and by Survivors
A woman facing breast cancer will experience many changes to her body as a result of treatment. Intimates and apparel that not only support, but accentuate each survivor’s beauty are AnaOno and Kitt Allan’s specialty. We love the idea of giving something beautiful from these survivor-designed lines.
Both companies also do their part to give back, donating a portion of their proceeds to YSC. Check out AnaOno’s site and use code LOVEYSC for 15% off your purchase through December 31. Kitt Allan is offering 10% off and doubling their donation to YSC with code YSCGIVE2X.
Nothing passes the time like a quiet space and a good book. e-Readers like the Kindle e-Reader make great gifts. For some women, reading can be challenging during treatment, so an Audible Subscription is a nice alternative.
5. Cozy Fleece Blanket
Give the gift of comfort with this cozy fleece blanket from the YSC Shop. This full-body blanket is super soft and perfect for keeping warm on treatment days and cold winter nights. Use the code YSCFLEECE for a 15% discount through December 31. Plus, proceeds from all items in our shop benefit our programs and services for young women affected by breast cancer.
6. Spa Day
What better way to show your affection than planning a day of peace and pampering? SpaFinder is a great tool to search for special deals and offers for spas, resorts and wellness centers in your area. You can also print or email personalized holiday-themed gift certificates.
7. Chemical-free Beauty Products
Our partner, Pristine Beauty, is an oncology approved, cruelty free, natural cosmetics line with a fabulous Old Hollywood feel. Started by a young breast cancer survivor, Pristine Beauty donates a portion of their proceeds back to YSC. The Saucy Siren Gift Set would be excellent for a DIY spa day and pampering at home. Use the code 20PCNT3012 for 20% off any purchase from December 1-30.
8. Pillows and Transport Cushions
If your friend or loved one is currently in treatment, she may need some extra comfort on the go. Surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments can leave you sore and uncomfortable. Handmade mastectomy pillows like these ones found on Etsy and seat belt cushions like this one from Survivor Moda (made by a YSC staffer and young survivor) are wonderful gifts to provide extra relief and support.
9. Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books have become a very popular meditative tool. Lots of people find the act of coloring to be a soothing way to distract themselves from the stresses of everyday life. Coloring books come in a wide assortment of themes, from elaborate and whimsical, like Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden, to adult-only humor, like Sasha O’Hara’s Chill the F*ck Out.
10. Arrange a Meal Service
Magnolia Meals and Mealtrain are meal delivery programs that let co-survivors schedule and prepare meals for a young woman currently in, or freshly out of, treatment, something that can be especially welcome during the hectic holidays. These shareable calendars allow loved ones to not only support, but build a community around the survivor in their lives. Meal Train Plus is an option for families that need a bit more support, offering housecleaning and childcare services.
11. Quality Time and Thoughtful Attention
Fancy tech gifts and extravagant treats are great for showing someone that they’re in your thoughts, but the best way to let someone know how deeply you care for them is to spend some good ol’ quality time. You can:
– Be a sounding board, listening without judgment.
– Support their expressive art. Read their blog, subscribe to their feed, watch their videos and share it with friends and loved ones.
– Start watching a new TV show or begin a new activity and stay updated together.
– Find or help build a circle of support for them. We offer great ways for young women to connect through our Face 2 Face groups, SurvivorLink and Discussion Boards.
– Continue to check on them even after treatment ends.
Holiday Gift Guide