Sympathy Gift Ideas to Help Soothe the Heart

Sympathy gift ideas are a good way to ease the pain of loss that can occur at the loss of a loved one or beloved pet. It is a very sensitive time and care must be taken when purchasing a sympathy gift due to the pain that is involved in these situations.

Given the right way, and with the right intention, sympathy gifts can be soothing and give the recipient a way to start healing as well as remembering a special person or pet in a special way.

Remember that there is no easy way to handle grief and sometimes it is hard to know what to say. The right sympathy gift can take the place of the word you may not know how to say.  Sympathy gifts are a private occasion and it is better to give them privately, one on one if possible or even to send them rather than in a group.

It is also important to note that your sympathy gift may cause there to be tears on the part of the recipient but that is perfectly normal.

Use compassion and consideration when choosing these types of gifts and also offer to be there if they need a shoulder or ear. Sometimes, that can be even more important than just a compassionate gift alone.

Best Sympathy Gift Ideas

Customers love the detail and beauty of this beautiful angel memorial statue.

This touching and beautiful garden memorial contains a soothing and consoling verse and a beautiful angel. It lights up in the evenings and is powered by a built in solar panel.

It has a stone finished resin construction along with metal and plastic details.

It runs on a rechargeable AA battery and has an on/off switch to save battery power.  This beautiful statue measures 8 ¾” high.

Customers love the care and love that these figurines are created with. This is a wonderful way to remember someone special.

This elegant angel figurine is a beautiful sculpture that makes a beautiful sympathy gift for anyone that has experienced a loss.   This figurine is hand carved in the USA and measures 5” tall.

If you know someone close to you that has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or loved one, this is a beautiful item that they can look at and feel comfort and healing beginning.

The simple yet beautiful design of the angel is a perfect way to express your sorrow at their loss.  It comes in a gift box with an enclosure card as well.

Customers love the quality and beauty of this thoughtful way to remember your beloved furry friend.

Almost everyone has experienced the loss of a beloved pet at some time in their life.  This gorgeous photo frame is a beautiful and touching way to remember a beloved furry friend.

This frame is made of ceramic and has a wonderful saying on the frame that says “No longer by my side, Forever in my heart”.   The sweet paw prints along the bottom add to the sweetness of the frame.

The memorial photo frame measure 8” x 7 ¼” and hold a 6” x 4” photo of your beloved pet.  This is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for someone that you know has lost their pet.

Customers love the simple and elegant way to honor the memory of someone dear.

This touching candle holder is a heartfelt way to honor a loved one that is gone.  The round shape and sentimental saying on the outside is just what the heart needs to start finding healing while honoring the memory of the special loved one.

On the side of the candle holder is the phrase “Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart your spirit lives within me forever in my heart.

Tea lights are the perfect candle for this holder and are not included with the holder.  A beautiful way to think of loved ones.  This item comes in an attractive gift box, ready to give.

Customers love the elegant trio of stacked candle holders that coordinate with each other in a beautiful way.

This unique and beautiful tea light candle holder is a wonderful way to honor the memory of someone special or help soothe someone through a bad breakup or divorce as well.

The beautiful stacked design has a trio of coordinating candle holders that are the perfect size for tea lights. They are stacked on top of one another.

Crushed mosaic on the bottom, hand painted cracked glass and other designs are incorporated into each trio of tea light holders.  The uplifting and soothing messages on the side are meant to soothe and inspire.

Customers love the well made, elegant jewelry box that is perfect for remembering someone special.

The pretty music jewelry box is constructed in a rich walnut finish and has a rose gold trim.  The music mechanism is on the inside of the jewelry box where you can also keep jewelry or other keepsakes as well.

The music box plays Wind Beneath my Wings. There is a photo frame lid that holds a 2” x 4” photo of whatever you choose.  It is a wonderful keepsake or memorial for a special loved one that has passed away.

The lid has a beautiful poem on the top, in memory of the special person. The inside of the box is lined in black velvet. This elegant box is a soothing reminder that although the special person may be gone, they are never forgotten.

Customers love the beautiful chimes sounds this pewter chime memorial sends out.

This delicate and exquisite pewter memorial wind chime is about 9” long and comes in a silver box that has beautiful midnight blue lining.  The wind chime top is a heart and ribbon and is engraved with the “Gift from Heaven” Poem.

It doesn’t matter if this is a memorial to a lost pregnancy, a loved one that has passed away or something else, these delicate wind chimes hung outside the window where they will catch the breeze will remind you of the special someone that you are honoring with this memorial chimes.

Customers love the beautiful sentiment and handcrafted quality of this beautiful plaque.

This incredibly beautiful wood plaque has a letter From Heaven engraved on it with heart engravings as well.  The plaque is made of solid, quality, natural wood and has beveled edges.

There is a round slot in the back so the plaque can be hung on the wall wherever the recipient wants to put it.

The measurements of this memorial plaque are 7” x 9” and it is ¾” thick.  The sentimental poem carved into the front is a breathtaking reminder that even though the person we have lost is not physically right there, they are always and will forever be in your heart.

There is a gift box included with this plaque so it is ready to wrap and give to someone in need of healing words and soothing comfort.

Customers love the simplicity and durability of this stone and the message it has on the front.

This bereavement stone can be placed in the garden in memorial to a special loved one, or can be placed at the cemetery next to the gravestone of desired. The purpose of the stone is to memorialize any loved one that has passed away.

The stone is made from a resin, cement and metal mix and has a metal butterfly on top of the rock.  The message on the rock reads

“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before…they are now forever in our hearts.”It comes in a paper gift box ready for giving. Measurements are 6 x 8.3 x 5.3 inches.

Customers love the design of the beautiful Celtic Cross on this yard stone.

If you love Celtic Crosses or you are purchasing a sympathy gift for someone of Irish decent, this Celtic Cross stone is a beautiful way to express your condolences for someone’s loss.  On the front of the stone is this Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shone warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

This is a perfect gift for someone who is moving away or for you to give a special friend or family member if you are the one moving away.  Can be used outdoors or indoors.  This stone measures 7” x 9” and makes a beautiful addition to any yard or garden.

Choosing the Right Sympathy Gift

Sympathy gifts are not gifts that people think of to send very often, not due to not being compassionate but because many worry that it makes things harder by “reminding” the person of a sad time.  There is another way to look at this that may help you understand what purchasing a sympathy gift can provide for someone grieving.

Giving someone special a sympathy gift when they have experienced a loss of a loved one or beloved pet is a way to help them start healing and also provides them with something to remember and/or hoor the special person or animal in their life that they have lost.

We have provided some tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to purchasing a sympathy gift for someone in your life. These tips will make choosing the right gift and knowing how to present it to them much easier.

Dos and Don’ts to Remember


  • Remember that loss is a very emotional time. There are no perfect words to say or the absolute perfect gift. Loss is hard to deal with no matter when it happens.  A thoughtfully chosen sympathy gift is not going to take away the pain but what it can do is give the person something tangible to look at and hold onto during this difficult time.
  • Look for sympathy gifts that are appropriate for the situation. If the person is having a hard time because of a divorce, that would warrant a very different sympathy gift than someone who had lost a baby.  Look for gifts that match what they are going through and that help with those situations.
  • Be prepared for there to be a lot of emotion when giving your sympathy gift to the intended recipient. This is an emotional time, so understand that there may be tears when they see what you have presented to them.  It’s okay that they cry…this can be very healing and allows them to not bottle things up inside.
  • Remember that it is just as important, if not more so, to offer your time along with the sympathy gift you have picked out. Sometimes it is just knowing that they are not alone that helps them through the process.


  • Be afraid to offer your condolences to someone that has experienced a loss. There are some great sympathy gifts available that can be a soothing reminder that even though they are hurting, there are people around that love and support them.
  • Avoid a friend of family member that has experienced a loss of some kind. Because people often don’t know what to do, it feels easier to avoid them than risk not knowing what to say.  Giving them a beautiful sympathy gift that says it for you is one way to offer your support without feeling like you have to come up with something witty to say that will make them feel better.
  • Try to “fix” things. Grief is a natural part of loss and although it doesn’t feel good, it is a process that most people go through when they go through loss whether that loss is a spouse, child, parent, friend or even a pet. Many people consider their pets, family, and losing a beloved dog or cat can be horrible and difficult to get over.   Offering a sympathy gift that gives them a way to honor their loved one or pet really does start the healing process.

Choosing the right sympathy gift is not difficult if you don’t set unrealistic expectations on the gift you are giving.  The person you give it to may even cry when they open it. Don’t feel guilty for that, it is a natural reaction. If the person going through a crisis is a close friend or family member, remember to offer them an ear or shoulder if they need it.  You can also offer to go to a movie, or even have them stay with you for a couple of days while things are settling down.  Knowing they are not by themselves having to work through this is the best gift of all.