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8 Birthday Gift Ideas for Stroke Survivors

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A birthday can mean many things for stroke survivors: a fresh start after a year of rehab, getting back to their “new normal,” or already living their “new life” for more than several years and celebrating another birthday.

Since COVID is still playing a huge part in what we can do, there are a variety of gift ideas you can choose to let them you are thinking about them.

Art Ideas

1. Art Journal

Colors, images, patterns, and other material can be used as a form of creative self-care. Survivors can write in their journal, paste old pictures, draw favorite memories, or fill it with a variety of images.

Check out Art Journalist for tips to get started.

2. Painting

Painting can assist with motor skills and practicing grip. Using a variety of colors also helps brain stimulation.

Dining Aids

3. Adapted Utensils

Liftware makes tremor-canceling utensils that block shaking hands.

A rocking T-knife can give stroke survivors the confidence to cut their own meals.

The AbleWare No-Slip Plate helps people with limited hand function avoid making a mess at meals.

Unique Gift Ideas

4. Thing-a-Ma-Gift

Gift ideas that are unique, unusual, weird, or nostalgic. This site offers a huge variety of ideas and provides information on where to purchase the item.

5. Build a Box

Happy Box lets you put together a custom care package that’s just right for your friend or family member.

Household Help

6. Subscription to a Meal Service

There are times when doing grocery shopping is difficult for some survivors. Hello Fresh or Daily Harvest can deliver healthy meals right to a loved one’s home.

7. Maid Service

There are times when the house can’t be cleaned due to a loved one’s low energy and endurance. Getting a house cleaning service can make a huge difference.

8. A Zoom Visit

Surprising them with a Zoom visit will add the “icing on the cake” to their special day!

Getty image by Ekaterina Pushina.

Originally published: May 4, 2021
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