The journey to becoming a parent through fertility treatment can be stressful. And if you are a family member, it can be difficult to know just how you can help. But sometimes it is the little things that can make all the difference and let your loved one know just how much you care.
We look at how to show your support with our top six thoughtful gift ideas for people going through IVF.
Relaxation and self-care are essential for anyone going through IVF or ICSI treatment as it will help them to manage their stress and anxiety. And one of the most effective ways to help them to unwind is with a beautifully scented aromatherapy candle. Lavender oil is one of the most effective candle scents to aid relaxation and it can also help to improve sleep.
Appointments, questions, worries, key dates…with so much going on during fertility treatment, sometimes it can be helpful to write it all down. And a beautiful personal journal – perhaps with a gorgeous pen – is a thoughtful gift for someone going through IVF or ICSI and is looking for a calming way to write it down and make sense of it all.
Personalised care package
When you are in the middle of IVF or ICSI treatment, it is important to spend some quality time on your own self-care and so a personalised care package can be one of the best gifts to receive. Bath salts, warm socks, a facemask, maybe some chocolate and a few other of their favourite things beautifully wrapped together is like a hug in a box, just when they need it the most.
Some parts of the IVF process – particularly egg retrieval – can leave you feeling a little uncomfortable or sore so a heat pad that can help to soothe away any aches would be a welcome gift to give. Look for a heat pad that is quick to warm in the microwave and is large enough to wrap around the tummy for a lovely deep heat relief and relaxation.
We all sometimes need a diversion from the stresses of the day and so what better way to help your loved one take their mind off their IVF experience than with a good book? Funny, uplifting, thought-provoking or a blockbuster drama, a book can be an excellent distraction and even fill their time while waiting for appointments. If you are not sure what they like to read, a book gift token is an excellent solution.
Meal subscription service
Our final top gift for someone going through IVF is one we would all love to receive, especially after a long, tough day of treatments or appointments. And that’s putting a lovely hot meal on their table, with a meal subscription service that also means minimal cooking! Many such subscriptions can be for a week or longer so you can tailor the gift for the times your loved one needs just that little extra support.