Appropriate Sympathy Gifts That Will Do Well for 2022

by Robert Canning on January 21, 2022

When we experience the loss of a loved one, friend, colleague, or any other acquaintance for whom we feel empathy and sympathy, times are tough. It can be a struggle to know what to do. We'd like to show support and do what we can to ease their pain. That said, it can be tricky to find the best gift to send as a show of sympathy. 

Expressing your sorrow and showing that you care can make a huge difference. The best sympathy gifts are those that are thoughtful and meaningful. It’s important to remember that sending sympathy gifts to anyone who has experienced a loss can help both the sender and the receiver. Remember the old saying, “A kind gesture is its own reward.”

Here are some of the most appropriate sympathy gifts to send out!


A book can be a great way to immediately unwind when a person is stressed out. They can also serve as a temporary escape from dealing with all the grief and stress.

Fiction books can be great for avid readers, and nonfiction books might be a good fit for others who need to process tough emotions. It’s also important to consider your relationship with the person you’re gifting to: some people like coffee table books simply to display, while others love to read a new book by their favourite author. 


The best thing about flowers is that they're universal and versatile, but there are also particular messages and uses for certain kinds. White flowers are a lovely choice, as they signify purity and remembrance. Consider the following:

  • Carnations - With their ruffled petals and distinct scent, they are traditionally used for memorial arrangements and funeral wreaths. 
  • Chrysanthemums/Mums - For Asian countries, they symbolize grief. For European countries, they are only used for graves and memorial services. Overall, they honour the life of those who have passed on.
  • Orchids - Eternal love is displayed through this flower. Sympathy can be conveyed best through the white and pink ones.
  • Tulips - These are great for encouraging the person/s who are navigating grief. It's a lovely way of cheering them up to brighten the mood.

Personalized Memorial Candle

This gift is incredibly tasteful. The candles can be personalized with a name or a date to create a thoughtful remembrance of someone's life or death. This memorial keepsake can be used to honour and acknowledge someone's life, as well as a significant date on the calendar.


Aside from symbolizing life, they're also great at serving as a memorial of the loved one who passed on. Funeral home professionals also recommend sending potted plants to friends and family who are grieving because the plant can be kept in the pot or planted outdoors.


Loss and grief are tricky things to navigate, even if the loss was a friend's. Supporting a friend through kindness is ideal, made better by a simple gesture of an appropriate sympathy gift. Flowers are the best choice. This is followed by the likes of a personalized memorial candle, books and plants.

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