Gifts for a Friend with the Flu

February 15, 2014    |    By +
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Know someone who’s coughing, achy, feverish and fatigued? Yep, it’s that time of year again—flu season—and February is one of the peak months for this wretched respiratory illness. It’s been a hearty flu season; by the first week of 2014, just over 26 percent of the nation had already tested positive for the flu, according to the Center for Disease Control’s Weekly Report of Flu Activity. And, notes that the dreadful symptoms can last from one to two weeks, which guarantees that the time off from work will be anything but a mini-vacation. So send your feel-good vibes to a flu-ridden friend or family member with one of these thoughtful get well gifts.

Teas and herbs have long been used as alternatives to medicine, and a steaming mug of exquisite tea might be just what the doctor ordered. This gorgeous tea gift set ($59.95) contains four tea tins, rock sugar and just-the-right-size samples of blends like Blueberry Bliss, Pineapple Kona Pop, Maharaja Chai Oolong, Strawberry Rose Champagne and Peach Tranquility.




When fever and chills are fighting one another, her feet will stay toasty warm in these Lavender Aromatherapy Spa Booties ($59.95). Soothing, calming lavender is a time-tested herb especially beneficial for coughs, colds and the flu, and the comfy booties are even better than slippers since they come with lavender-scented inserts, which are removable and microwaveable. An optional gift upgrade includes lavender shower gel, body cream and a bath bar.




Breakfast in bed (and lunch, and dinner) is practically guaranteed when you have the flu (that is, if she even feels like eating at all). Make mealtime a snap with a classic, sturdy bamboo bed tray ($24.89), ideal for a bowl of soup, a few crackers, and room to spare for today’s crossword puzzle. Collapsible legs ensure easy storage.


Not in the mood to cook but want to make sure your friend has something hot and healthy to eat? Send over this “Soup’s On” gift basket ($45.95), filled to the brim with yummy soup and snack options. The basket includes hearty chicken noodle artisan soup mix, rosemary olive oil crackers, roasted garlic and onion dip mix, dried fruit and nuts, English tea, and white cheddar Romano crackers. Two oversized soup bowls and a bamboo soup spoon complete the assortment, sure to brighten anyone’s day.




There’s really only so much sleeping anyone can do, right? Make sure a little intrigue, crisis, and romance awaits in between naps with the original U.K. edition of the Downton Abbey Complete Seasons 1, 2 and 3 DVD set  ($59.99). Surely 25 episodes plus some fun extras will make all that lying around worth it. And, when it’s time to head back out into the cold cruel world, make sure your friend has a purse-sized secret weapon: an essential oil immunity rollerball ($29). Keep future illnesses at bay with this anti-microbial blend of rosewood oil, lavender flower oil, ravintsara leaf oil, and eucalyptus leaf oil, shown to stimulate the immune system and hopefully keep it healthy all winter long.



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Jennifer Glatt is a content strategist, copywriter and travel writer based in Wilmington, North Carolina. She’s also a wife and mom, book club aficionado (her club reads wine labels), serial cross-country mover and lover of good pens. She has never opted to open a gift “on time” if she could open it early without being fussed at.

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