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Top Gifts For The Bereaved

10 Aug 2023

When we hear of someone’s loss we have a desire to reach out and show them we care.

We send sympathy cards and notes letting them know we’re thinking of them and they’re not on their own.

But what if you’re wanting to send something more than a card?

Do you find yourself struggling to think of the right gift?

Are you worried that you’ll get it wrong and upset them at this sensitive time?

Rest assured you’re not alone. Because we care, these things are important to us. However, at the end of the day, the most important thing is connecting with them.

So let us help. We have a carefully selected range of sympathy hampers that will show your loved ones how much you care. We also have other options for suitable gifts for the bereaved.



Flowers are a beautiful way of offering your sympathy. Lilies, carnations, roses and orchids are traditionally sent but don’t feel you have to stick to these. You can send them as soon as you wish (unlike funeral flowers which are sent on the day of the funeral) directly to the bereaved and you can add your own message of condolence.



A food hamper is a kind and thoughtful gift. Especially good if you live a distance away and are unable to be with the bereaved but wish to express your sympathy.

Here at BHC, we have an excellent selection of sympathy hampers suitable for such occasions.  Finest British food from small artisan producers all packed with care. You can opt to ‘build’ your own hamper if wished, choosing products, and making it even more personal to the recipient.

Finally, add your own message and we’ll do the rest. Take a look at our range of hampers here.



These are becoming popular as thoughtful gifts for the bereaved. Containing food treats and pampering treats these are ‘care packages’ and are a touching way of connecting with the grieving. Send directly to your loved one or to yourself to hand over personally.

Lots of great choices out there.



A practical but incredibly kind gesture is providing food for the bereaved. The bereaved often feel they have no time or energy to prepare food and yet they need to keep their strength up.

Pop over with a ready-made meal or arrange to have one delivered. It will be greatly appreciated.



Why are photo frames good?

They preserve memories. So important to us all and particularly at this time.

Maybe put a happy or funny photo in it,  you know the person so you choose. Or leave them to decide.

You can have them personalised too.



Having a gift engraved with the person’s name,  a memory or a message provides a beautiful keepsake for the grieving.

Many things can be engraved….jewellery, stone, photo frames, pens and even furniture.

A warm and thoughtful gift.



Home-made or printed professionally, a photo collage is a beautiful way of remembering a special person.

A heartfelt way of expressing your sympathy.


  1. WINE

If you know the bereaved well and you know they enjoy wine (or whisky) gifting them is a kind gesture and shows your support for them.


  1. SPA DAY

Treat your grieving friend to some much-needed pampering. They won’t have focused on self-care during this sad period and may have even thought it wrong to relax and indulge a little.

A kind and thoughtful gift.



Again, a gift that gives the bereaved the chance to focus on their own well-being, allowing them to relax and unwind.

The grieving process is a long process and this sort of gift will be used and appreciated for many months afterwards.



We hope these gift ideas for the bereaved have inspired you to gift with confidence.

Whether you choose a practical or a sentimental gift, you can be certain it'll be appreciated. 

You've shown you care and that they're not alone.