Why Personalized Sympathy Gifts Mean So Much More

It's not uncommon to find yourself at a loss for what to do or how to express sympathy when someone you care about has lost someone they loved. This is true whether it's a friend, a family member, an employee, or even a client of your business.

You don't want to be overwhelming, but a sympathy card also just doesn't seem to cut it. You want to do something, but finding the right gesture is difficult.

In many cases, choosing a personalized sympathy gift that's specifically chosen for the bereaved is a safe choice, especially if you're close with the grieving individual. 

Personalized sympathy gifts offer the chance to show that you're really thinking about the family grieving. This is particularly true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people may not be able to comfort the bereaved in person. 

In this post, we're going to take a look at why personalized sympathy gifts can mean so much more and share a few of our best-received and most popular personalized sympathy gifts to draw inspiration from. 

3 Reasons Why Personalized Sympathy Gifts Mean So Much

All sympathy gifts are typically appreciated by someone who is grieving, but personalized gifts can go the extra mile and mean just a little more. There are three key reasons why. 

It Gives You the Chance to Send a Symbolic Gift 

Sometimes, a fruit basket or flowers just don't seem to cut it. You want to send something that you know means something to them based on their relationship with the person they lost. General gifts are nice, but something that is symbolic to them can mean everything right now. 

personalized sympathy gifts

Someone whose loved one passed before the holidays might love a  ornament that suits the deceased, for example. Someone who is grieving pregnancy loss might greatly appreciate a gift like a weighted pillow or a soothing shawl

Personalized Gifts Show Extra Effort & Care 

When you really want to go the extra mile to show the person grieving that you care, that you empathize for the loss, and that you're there for them, personalized gifts are perfect.

By taking the time to look for something that's clearly chosen just for them and then taking the extra step to personalize it, it's often evident to the grieving party that you care. Sometimes, this is what they need most, especially when loss can feel overwhelming and isolating. Knowing that they have people in their corner 

You Know They'll Be Exactly What Your Loved One Needs 

You know your loved one well, whether they're family, a friend, or a coworker. This makes it easier for you to choose a gift that will be meaningful to them, and likely to bring comfort. Right now, that's the ultimate goal.

If you know, for example, that your friend loved to sit outside with their spouse, gifting them personalized wind chimes that they can listen to while in nature can be an emotional but very appreciated gift. 

And if you are offering a gift to a child who lost someone they love, something like our Giving Bear (which comes with a poem that encourages children to feel their grief) could mean the world to the child and their parent.

Giving Plush Stuffed Memory Bear for Kids

There are limits to sympathy cards, and personalized gifts can break through them. 

Ideas for Personalized Sympathy Gifts 

There are plenty of personalized sympathy gifts you can choose from, which include gifts you've personally selected for an individual and those that are customized as needed. 

While not every gift is right for every situation, these are some of our most popular personalized gift options that can give you some inspiration to start with if you're looking for a gift for someone you care about.

For those who love the peace of sitting outside, these customized options are all wonderful choices: 

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In addition to customized gifts, there are plenty of other "personal" gifts you can give that will mean a great deal to those who are grieving, including memorial jewelry, trees to plant, and comfort blankets. 

Final Thoughts 

While it's not uncommon to find yourself struggling to find the right gift to give to someone who is grieving, know that gifts chosen with care and intention will likely be well-received.

Nothing can bring back the person they loved, but it's important for those who are grieving to know that they have a strong support system around them. By sending a personalized, carefully-chosen gift, they'll see the time and effort you put into it. This reminds them that they're not alone, and that they have good people in their corner. Right now, that's what they need most. 

Looking for more ideas for personalized memorial gifts for someone you care about? You can take a look at what we have here

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