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Before You Choose a Gift For Someone Who Has Had a Pregnancy Loss

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Updated December 16, 2009

Need a holiday gift (or just a show of sympathy) for a friend, coworker, or relative who has lost her baby? Lots of different choices are out there that might help the person in your life feel a little better and let that person know you are thinking of her (or him). These gifts could work for Christmas, Hanukah, Mother's Day, or any occasion.

Miscarriage Jewelry

Various types of miscarriage or pregnancy loss-themed jewelry exist, ranging from angel necklaces to footprint earrings. Something along this theme is a sure hit for almost any woman who is grieving the loss of her baby. Keeping something like this close to her heart may make a mother feel like she is honoring her baby in some way as well.

Miscarriage Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are a great choice for coworkers or distant relatives, especially as a comfort gift for a recent loss. They might work especially well in cases in which perhaps you do not have a close relationship with the person but you would still like to do something. Lots of small online businesses specialize in offering baskets with a pregnancy loss theme.

Books About Miscarriage / Pregnancy Loss Coping

Books are always nice. It used to be that miscarriage and pregnancy loss were topics not well addressed by literature, but that is changing lately. Particularly for women who have had a stillbirth or other later pregnancy loss, one longtime favorite is Empty Cradle, Broken Heart. Search any online book retailer for "miscarriage" or "stillbirth" to see the range of options available.

Planting a Tree to Honor the Baby

Honoring a lost life with a new life is a time-honored tradition, and if you don't want to give an actual potted plant, numerous charities will plant a tree in a state or national forest to honor someone -- and then they will send that person a card to let him know of the tree. Planting a tree can be a perfect way to honor someone's baby.

Lucky Bamboo Gifts

For something slightly more unconventional, a bamboo plant is said to bring its recipient good luck, according to folklore. I have a distinct memory of feeling uplifted after my own third miscarriage when a lucky bamboo plant arrived in the mail from my father. And as luck would have it, my next pregnancy produced my daughter.

Gift Certificates to a Day Spa

Women who have had a pregnancy loss often feel that they would like to get away for a while, and what better place to do so than at a spa? A gift certificate to a local spa lets your friend or relative to get a nice massage, which is relaxing for anyone.

Angel-Themed Ornaments

At Christmas time, many women feel comforted by honoring their babies with an angel ornament on the tree. Angel ornaments are also relatively easy to find -- available at nearly any store that sells Christmas ornaments. Consider getting a metallic angel ornament and having the date of the person's miscarriage (or the person's due date from the lost pregnancy) engraved somewhere on the ornament.

Sympathy Cards

When you don't have much of a budget or when you just want to express your sympathy to someone you do not know well, a sympathy card works great. A card is an easy way to let someone know that she is in your thoughts without having to figure out the exact thing to say.

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