Gift Guide for Bereaved Children
We've put together this gift resource page for those who want to purchase a gift of their own for a family/child dealing with loss or trauma. Below are some ideas of gifts you can purchase to let them know you are thinking about them.
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(Hint: Many of these are gifts the founders' kids received
and they are all still relevant and memorable.)
Worry Eaters - stuffed animals that "eat" your worries and open up conversation about them
Fabric Photo Album - put photos of siblings so kids can have easy access to them
Personalized Picture Memory Album - fill-in-the-blank "favorites" for siblings to fill out to remember and cherish (this an be done through Shutterfly or any custom photo album source)
Memorial Plaque - dedicate a plaque at a place the kids frequent so they can be reminded of their sibling when they go
Molly Bear - order a bear that is the weight of their special sibling so they can be comforted by their weight. Molly Bears may only be ordered by the parents. To gift a weighted bear, visit this Etsy shop or others like it. If a loved one outweighs the capacity of a bear, a weighted blanket or a weighted pillow is another option.
Daddy Dolls - custom print dolls of your loved one with voice recording so every time they hug the doll, they hear their loved one's voice
Laurel Box - a collection of comforting gifts from prayer shawls to wind chimes
Memory Bear - order a bear made out of an outfit their sibling once wore (hint: you can repurchase an outfit so the parent doesn't have to part with their child's clothing or use a blanket instead of an outfit)
Art - drawings, paintings, sculptures of loved ones; framed art of encouraging words
Memory Quilt - make a quilt from a loved one's clothes
Clothed Stuffy - clothe a stuffy in their sibling's old clothes (hint: you can use newborn or 3 month clothing if you don't want to shrink/cut an outfit)
Biodegradable Balloons - An angel mama's shop - earth friendly balloons that you can send in the sky in memory of a loved one.
Memory Pillow - Create a pillow out of a favorite shirt or clothing article. Patches and other items sold also for more immediate shipping.
Slumberkins - a stuffy, book, and affirmation cards; a collaboration with the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
Therapeutic Toys - Magnetic Blocks, Magnetic Tiles, Magnetic Tiles (solid), Kinetic Sand, Play Doh, Molding Clay, Stress Relief Sensory Toy Bundle, Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle, Rainmaker, Musical Egg Shakers, Weighted Shoulder Wrap Stuffy, Microwavable Stuffy
Shop Presentlee - An angel mama's shop from jewelry to t-shirts to journals, and more (hint: these items are all so beautiful)
Compassion Packages - Household essentials that keep people from having to run to the store in the midst of their grief.
Sculptures/Figurines - Willow Tree and other companies/sculptors can make gift beautiful pieces
Koa's Hands - Families can refer another to Koa's Hands, which makes hand molds of the parent(s) holding their child (under 18 years old) for the newly bereaved.