It's not fair that any child should have to go through the ordeal of a stay in hospital. But if they do, treating them to something nice will make the whole experience a little bit easier.
The thought of our kids getting sick and needing hospital treatment is every parents worst nightmare.
As not only are we worried sick at the thought of our little ones going through something so terrible.
We feel totally helpless, when as parents our instincts are to protect them.
And it's really not fair that they are having health issues at their age.
When they should be outside having fun with their friends without a care in the world.
But as heart breaking as it can be to see them in there, kids are tough and resilient characters.
So if your children, or those of your friends and family, have to stay in the hospital, it's a nice idea to treat them to something that will make their stay a little easier.
And also to give them something that they'll enjoy using too.
Now we will assume that you've already thought of the obvious things to get for your child during their hospital stay, such as:
And instead we'll focus our list of gift ideas for kids in hospital on the non-essentials.
But while not being essential, these gifts are all extremely useful.
And will play their part in helping your child to get better as quickly as possible.
Gifts That Kids In Hospital Will Absolutely Love
It's important that children feel safe, secure and comfortable when they are in the hospital.
And you also need to keep them entertained and occupied.
So take a look at the following gift ideas that will do all those things and more.
(If you'd like to see our gift ideas for men and women in hospital instead, click on the link).
Young kids love to get the crayons and pencils out and colour things in.
So colouring books are a fantastic gift idea for kids in the hospital.
As it will give them a fun activity to get absorbed in for a couple of hours.
A couple of colouring books and some crayons or coloured pencils like the ones below will make a really nice present.
But there are also a whole range of themed colouring books you can go for, depending on their age and interests.
So you have loads of choice, from dinosaurs and Peppa Pig to Super Mario and Minecraft.
And colouring in has also been shown to be a very relaxing, satisfying and calming activity for both children and adults alike.
So it may help to calm them down if they are feeling a bit nervous or frightened at being in the hospital.
Something To Draw On
As well as colouring in, children also love to draw.
So buying them a drawing pad and some pencils is another top choice for a gift that will keep them entertained in the hospital.
And if you have a toddler in hospital, you could get them a doodle board instead.
This way they can use their imagination to draw whatever they like over and over again.
With no mess or crayons and paper all over the place!
Popular book series for kids that like to read
If you know a kid that loves to read, then a series of books can be a great gift to keep them occupied as they recuperate.
And there are plenty to choose from depending on their interests and how old they are.
For instance, you could get them books from the Harry Potter series if they haven't already got them, which are pretty good for kids of all ages.
Or there is the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Collifer, which follows the adventures of a 12 year old criminal mastermind that gets himself into plenty of mischief.
Perfect for any little rascals!
The books in Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men series on the other hand are a fantastic journey into a fantasy world seen through the eyes of a young witch called Tiffany Aching.
And these will really get their imaginations going.
While Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Castle series of books are also full of adventure, magic, wizards and witches.
And with important messages and lessons to be learnt inside them.
So a great gift idea is to get them the first book in any series that you think they'll enjoy.
And if they like it, they'll be desperate to get their hands on the next one in the set.
Which will make your next gift an easy one!
A handheld games machine
If your kid is an avid gamer, they will really miss their PS4 or Xbox while they are in the hospital.
So a gift they will absolutely adore is a handheld games machine that they could play while laying in bed.
This way they can still get their gaming fix.
And these devices are brilliant for keeping them occupied and in good spirits.
Now it's best to check with them which one they would love to play before they go in, as all kids will have their own preferences.
But one such as the Nintendo Switch would always be a really popular choice.
Games they can play with the other kids
Kids are great at making new friends easily.
And the one benefit of being in hospital is that they will be surrounded by other kids on their hospital ward that they can befriend and play with.
So why not get them something that they can share and play with their new friends?
As something like a new board game or a game involving a pack of cards is perfect for bringing them all together.
We've given you a few ideas below that will be great choices for kids in the hospital.
Some modelling clay
A good gift that will give younger kids something to do with their hands while laid up in hospital is to get them some modelling putty.
As they can create their own shapes and figures to display at their hospital bedside.
And it's really fun, absorbing and satisfying to use.
So it's a great thing for them to fiddle around with and pass a couple of hours.
A set such as the Crayola Model Magic is a good choice, as the modelling clay doesn't stain or stick to their skin or the hospital beds.
Hospital can be a frightening and lonely place, especially for younger kids.
And while they may be fine while you are by their side, once they're alone after visiting hours it can really get them down.
So a gift of a stuffed toy or animal for them to play with and cuddle up to can be invaluable.
As this will provide them with some comfort and company until you return the following day.
And having one of these in bed can also help them to sleep better too.
A comfort blanket
A comfort blanket carries similar benefits to that of a stuffed toy for a baby or toddler.
And they are especially important when in unfamiliar environments and situations such as being in a hospital.
As it gives them something to cling to when they are feeling scared and vulnerable.
And the warmth, security, and comfort one of these provides can't be overlooked.
So a gift of a comfort blanket for your young one to use in the hospital is a great idea, as it'll make them feel a bit more at home and protected.
And it's a good idea to give the blanket to them a few weeks before they go into the hospital.
As then they can get used to it at home in comfortable surroundings.
Which will make it easier for them to transition into the hospital when the time comes.
Seeing your child in hospital isn't a nice thing for any parent to go through.
But you can make their time in there a little easier on them by buying them a gift that they'd enjoy using.
And the ideas we've given you here will all prove useful.
As they'll keep them entertained, occupied, comfortable, and feeling secure and protected.
Which will help them to rest, relax, and get back to full health in the quickest time possible.