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Blog | Gift Basket Ideas for Post Mastectomy

Here is a list of items, small and large, that someone healing from a mastectomy will need after their surgery. Put together a loving, yet extremely useful, gift basket she will deeply appreciate!

Tip #1: If you can find one, a canvas tote or shopper bag would be much more useful than an actual basket for putting together your gift. She can use the tote for her hospital stay, and put everything she wants to take in it before her surgery!

Tip #2: Try to limit items with strong fragrances. Some of the medications can cause nausea and make her super sensitive to scented items.

Tip #3: Mastectomy, lumpectomy and similar chest surgeries actually effect the muscles in the arms as well. So as you are thinking about what to buy her, remember that she will not be able to lift her arms very high for the first few weeks after a mastectomy. So it will be hard for her to reach high items in the kitchen, to wear anything that slips over the head, and so on.

Mastectomy Gift Basket Ideas:

  • Mastectomy Shirt
  • PJ's - super soft lounge pants
  • Mastectomy Chest Pillow
  • Lap Blanket
  • Fluffy Non-Skid Socks
  • Kleenex
  • Teeth Wipes (Brush-Ups)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Face wipes
  • Pretty Journal and Pen
  • Hand cream
  • Green Super Food to add to smoothies and juice
  • Sheet Face Masks
  • Pretty Folder for Dr. Paperwork
  • Fun or Gossip Magazine
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Puzzle Book
  • Ginger Mints
  • Mint or Ginger Tea
  • Dry Mouth Mouthwash
  • Dry Mouth lozenges 
  • Neck Pillow 
  • Bed Wedge

Did I forget an item that you want to see on the list? Comment below!!! I would love to hear your ideas!


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  • Jasmine Roman on

    Some items I’ve needed. Is a step stool for getting in and out of bed if you bed is high of the ground


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