Christmas or Hanukkah can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief can be overwhelming and it is often hard to find the right words of comfort or the perfect gift. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful gifts for those who are grieving this holiday season.
Read on to find 5 ideas for heartfelt gifts that will bring comfort and joy during this difficult time.
A Personalized Memorial Locket
A beautiful way to honor the memory of a loved one and provide comfort during the holiday season is with a personalized memorial locket from our collection. These delicate pieces of jewelry offer a tangible reminder of the person who is no longer with us, allowing their presence to be felt in a physical and meaningful way. The act of wearing a memorial locket close to the heart can provide a sense of comfort and connection, especially during the holiday season when the ache of loss is particularly poignant. A locket is a touching gift that can bring solace and support during the holiday season and beyond. Here are some past blogs that share some beautiful stories of lockets that have been gifted to a grieving friend or family member:
A Thoughtful Keepsake Journal
Another thoughtful gift idea to comfort and bring joy to those grieving a loved one during the Christmas season is a thoughtful keepsake journal. In the midst of grief, writing can be a cathartic and healing practice, allowing individuals to express their emotions, memories, and thoughts in a safe and private space. In this article, "How Journaling Can Help You Grieve" Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. explains the benefits of spending time each day writing. This featured Greif Journal offers a guided journey that the user can follow along with and is made by Duncan & Stone Paper Co and found on Etsy. A couple other companies offering beautiful blank journals are:
Gallery Leather - Handcrafted leather stationary products
Rifle Paper Co - Gorgeous embroidered or printed journals
Handcrafted Comfort Blanket
A handcrafted comfort blanket is a beautiful and meaningful Christmas gift idea that can provide warmth, solace, and a tangible reminder of love for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Made with care and intention, a comfort blanket offers physical comfort and emotional support during the difficult holiday season and beyond. Beyond its physical warmth, a handcrafted comfort blanket also serves as a visual representation of love and support. When wrapped around the shoulders or draped across a lap, it can provide a sense of security and a gentle reminder that the person who is being remembered is always with us in spirit. Its soft touch and comforting embrace can offer a sense of solace during moments of grief and make the holiday season feel a little less lonely. Furthermore, a handcrafted comfort blanket can also serve as a symbol of hope and resilience. Just as the intricate patterns and stitches come together to create a beautiful whole, this gift reminds those grieving that they too have the strength to endure and find comfort in the midst of their pain. You may be able to make a special blanket yourself or you might want to buy one from a meaningful company. Here are a couple companies we found that make beautiful blankets:
TBCo- recycled wool woven into various designs
The Cozy Company - handmade chunky knit blankets with 3 sizes to choose from. Owner of the featured mustard blanket pictured.
Grand View Threads - found on etsy selling personalized throw blankets
A Comfort Candle
Candles have been used symbolically in various cultures and traditions for centuries, representing light, hope, and spiritual connection. It reminds us that life is fragile, and that even in the midst of darkness, there is the potential for light and renewal. The act of lighting a candle can create a sacred space for reflection and healing, providing a tangible symbol of comfort and solace for those in mourning. The soft glow of a candle can create a soothing ambiance, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Pictured is the candle company, Koselig Candles Co started by a friend and located in our hometown offering many cozy scents. Some others found on Etsy that have specific sympathy candles:
Lynwood Candle Co- offering candles as well as a Thinking of You care package
Hello You Candles - premium hand poured soy candles, clean and vegan
Donation in Their Loved One's Name
Making a donation in honor of a lost loved one is a compassionate way to keep their memory alive while also making a difference in the lives of others. It is a gesture that showcases empathy and understanding, as well as a genuine desire to acknowledge and honor the person who is deeply missed during the holiday season. When choosing a cause or organization to donate to, consider the passions and values of the person you are gifting this gesture to. What causes or issues were important to their loved one? Did they have a particular charity or nonprofit that they supported? By selecting an organization that aligns with their loved one's interests, you are not only honoring their memory but also continuing their legacy of making a positive impact on the world.
Incorporating one of these heartfelt Christmas gifts is a beautiful way to show support and bring solace during this difficult time. Whether it's a personalized memorial locket or a thoughtful keepsake journal, each gift has the power to provide comfort and joy to someone grieving the loss of a loved one. By choosing a gift that resonates with their unique journey of grief, we can help them find moments of peace and happiness during the holiday season. Most importantly, et us remember that the greatest gift we can give is our presence and understanding. Reach out to those who are grieving, take time to listen, and offer your heartfelt support. In doing so, we can truly make a difference and bring light to their darkest days.