If your family member or friend recently had a heart surgery or procedure, you might be searching for a heart healthy gift idea to help them in their recovery. Whether it’s a nutritious snack box or a comforting blanket, a small gesture can show you care. Here are some Heart Healthy Gift Ideas for inspiration!
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DIY Heart Healthy Gift Basket
Does your family member or friend enjoy sports? Are they a foodie or enjoy the outdoors? Create a gift basket of goodies featuring their hobbies and/or interests!
Sports Fan: Their favorite team’s t-shirt, a beanie, a picture of the guys from a recent game, sports team blanket, gift certificate to a sporting goods store
A Heart Healthy, Low Sodium Gift Basket
Fellow Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Stib, started Nutritious Gifts to create healthy and nutritious gift packages to send to loved ones with particular conditions such as heart disease. This Gift Basket Features RD-Approved snacks and treats. Find out more here: Heart Healthy Gift Baskets.
Share your Health and Healing Journey
One of my dear client’s husband introduced me to CaringBridge, a free online tool for sharing health updates, news, and inspirational and thoughtful messages to your loved one. You can also post journal entries about your road to recovery. I thought it was a wonderful tool to help send support and well-wishes, share updates, and coordinate care. According to CaringBridge, “Your personal CaringBridge website is designed to rally your family and friends together, to offer you support when and how you need it”.
It also gives you the capabilities to put together a meal train. A meal train can be a helpful way to assist your loved on the road to recovery. Family, friends, and co-workers can sign up to prepare a heart-healthy meal. It can help lessen the worry about what and how to eat and focus more on getting better!
Heart Healthy Cookbooks
Heart Healthy Meal Prep: 6 Weekly Plans for Low-Sodium, High-Flavor Grab-and-Go Meals
By Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Two: 100 Perfectly Portioned Recipes for Healthy Eating
By Anne Danahy, RDN
The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy: Fresh, Vibrant Recipes for Better Health
By Brynn McDowell
Mediterranean Pressure Cooking: Vibrant Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Any Electric Pressure Cooker
By Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN
The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals
By Cheryl Strachan, RD
Heart-Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 75 Fast and Flavorful Recipes
By Lauren O’Connor, MS, RDN
Open Heart Surgery Recovery Coffee Mug
Original Body ReBuilt Engine T-Shirt
Comforting Blanket with Positive and Healing Words
Chanasya Healing Compassion Throw Blanket
BlankieGram Healing Wishes Throw Blanket
BlankieGram You Are Awesome Throw Blanket
I Heart Guts Heart Plush
This adorable heart plush not only shows you care, but can also be used as a heart pillow for the unsuspecting sneeze!
Audiobooks, podcasts, or your favorite series all at your fingertips (or headphones!). An Audible Membership can be a great gift for readers and non-readers to dive in to a captivating story, and hopefully, take a bit of the aches and pains away (even just for a bit!)
Hydration is important both prior to surgery and after. Unfortunately, dehydration can sometimes occur post-surgery and can play a role in hospital readmissions. By drinking water and unsweetened beverages, this risk can be reduced.
Hydro Flask 32 oz. Water Bottle
Nalgene Tritan 32 oz. Wide Mouth Water Bottle
Do you have a Heart Healthy Gift idea that should be added to the list or that meant a lot to your loved one? Share in the comments below!