Care Package Ideas for a Sick Friend

WHAT DO YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO FEELS SICK?

The Cookie Joint Get Well Soon Gift Basket
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Nothing fights sickness faster than a special delivery from a loved one. While cards and flowers are traditional get well soon gift ideas, a creative care package can be a more thoughtful gift. Care packages give the recipient nourishment that is needed to get better.

From convenient heat-and-eat meals to soothing hot tea and honey to savory and sweet snacks for a Netflix binge, share some TLC with our care package ideas. Whether your nearby friend or long distance loved one is battling through cold and flu season, quarantining with COVID-19, or recovering from an injury or illness, show how much you care with these care package ideas. Then, treat yourself with your own self-care sick kit.

What Do You Put in a Care Package for a Sick Friend?

No matter the reason or the season some of the most popular care package items are:

Soup: a Spoonful of Comfort

Soups are full of soup-er ingredients like veggies, beans, and high-fiber whole grains. Soups help hydrate and boost the immune system. 

Factor's Famous Deli Chicken Soup

Heartwarming Homemade Chicken Soup: Factor’s Famous Deli

Nothing beats chicken soup when it comes to fighting off illness. Factor’s Famous Deli’s Homemade Chicken Soup is like a warm, comforting hug and tastes just like Grandma’s. The chicken soup from this Los Angeles Jewish deli includes handmade Matzo Balls and Kreplachs (dumplings).

Lido Kosher Deli Soup Sampler

Sensational Souper Douper Soup Sampler: Lido Kosher Deli

Chicken soup isn’t the only cure for sickness. Long Island, New York’s Lido Kosher Deli offers a quartet of soups in its Souper Douper Soup Sampler, which includes:

  • Matzah Ball Soup
  • Split Pea Soup
  • Mushroom Barley Soup
  • Vegetable Soup

Read More: Best Soups For a Cold

Vitamin C-Rich Fruits & Veggies

It’s important to eat fruits and veggies every day, but even more so when you’re under the weather. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, so eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C can boost recovery.

Frog Hollow Farm Organic Mixed Fruit Box

Outstanding Organic Mixed Fruit Box: Frog Hollow Farm

Boost your mood with mixed seasonal fresh fruit from Brentwood, California’s Frog Hollow Farm. The farm’s Organic Mixed Fruit Box includes five pounds of two different ripe fruits.

Melissa’s Produce’s Variety Fruit Basket

Excellent Exotic Fruit Gift Basket: Melissa’s Produce

Take your tastebuds on a trip when you can’t. Melissa’s Produce’s Exotic Fruit Gift Basket includes the season’s best fruits. Options depend on the season.

Soothing Tea Set

Tea and its steamy vapors are a natural decongestant. Plus, tea is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, so stock up on black tea, green tea, and herbal tea. To soothe a sore throat, add honey, which has antibacterial properties. To relieve nausea, add ginger.

Madame ZuZu's Emporium Artisanal Tea

Awesome Artisanal Tea: Madame ZuZu’s Emporium

Have a tea taste test with Madame Zuzu’s Emporium’s Artisanal Tea – Choose Your Own Pack. Be the teamaster and pick four of your favorites from the Chicago mon & pop shop. From Crema Earl Grey and Lemon Berry Meritage to Bourbon Vanilla Chai to Soothing Sunshine Ginger Turmeric and French Kissed Moroccan Mint, they have the perfect brew.

Aloha Island Coffee Gift Set

Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee and Tea: Aloha Island Coffee

Say aloha to island vibes and to feeling better with Aloha Island Coffee’s Hawaiian Coffee and Tea Gift Set. Sip on Highland Select Signature Tea. Then, once recovered, savor a trio of Kona Hawaiian coffees in dark roast, medium roast, and breakfast blend.

Healthy Treats

Fruits and vegetables are healthy treats packed with germ-fighting, immunity-boosting vitamins. Enjoy the fruits sliced, in juices, blended in a smoothie, or as a refreshing popsicle.

Chelan Fresh Farms Sugarbee Apple

Superlative SugarBee® Apples: Chelan Fresh Farms

As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Chelan, Washington’s Chelan Fresh Farm ships its legendary SugarBee® Apples nationwide. The unique apple was born on a sunny day when one bee collected pollen from an unknown apple blossom and landed on a Honeycrisp blossom.

Maui Gold Pineapple

Marvelous Maui Gold® Pineapple: Maui Gold® Pineapple

Sweet, juicy pineapples bring brightness and cheer when feeling sick. Hawaii’s Maui Gold® Pineapple’s famous Maui Gold® Pineapples were developed in 1973 after years of experimentation and crossbreeding by Dr. David Williams at the Pineapple Research Institute. Maui Gold® Pineapples have low acidity, high levels of vitamin C, and superior sweetness.

Something Sweet

Struggling to pick the perfect pick-me-ups for your sick friend? How about a little something sweet for your get well soon care package?

Brooklyn Blackout Cookies

Craveworthy Cookie Tin: Brooklyn Blackout Company

Is your friend a chocoholic? Send bite-size Brooklyn Blackout Cake with these cute Brooklyn Blackout Cookies from Brooklyn Blackout Company. Each tin contains 18 glazed chocolate cookies sure to bring a smile to your BFF’s face.

Hedy Goldsmith Junk in Da Trunk Cookies

Joyful Junk in Da Trunk Cookies: Hedy Goldsmithy

When you feel down in the dumps sometimes what you need are ooey, gooey cookies. Hedy Goldsmith’s Junk in da Trunk® cookies are loaded with couch potato favorites: chocolate chunks, crushed kettle potato chips, crumbled pretzels, peanut butter, and a touch of Maldon salt.

Read More: The Best Cookies for Sweet Gifts

Something Salty

Sometimes salty, crunchy snacks are what satisfies on a sick day. There’s more to savory snacking than Saltine crackers.

Salume Beddu Gift Box

Satisfying Salami Gift Pack: Salume Beddu

Meat lovers will appreciate the savory, no prep, and easy-to-eat Salume Beddu Gift Pack. It contains three of St. Louis’ Salume Beddu’s best-selling salume: 

  • Spicy Calabrese flavored with dried chiles, smoked paprika, coriander, wine, and garlic
  • Tuscany-style Finocchiona flavored with toasted fennel, black pepper, garlic, and red wine
  • Venetian-style Veneto made with Eastern spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.
Panbury’s Double Crust Hand Pies

Hearty Hand Pies: Panbury’s Double Crust Hand Pies

Is your loved one tired of chicken soup? Switch it up with hand-held savory pies from Atlanta, Georgia’s Panbury’s Double Crust Hand Pies. Choose three of their favorite pies with the Choose Your Own Hand Pack. Pie flavors include:

  • Steak & Stout, Country Chicken
  • Spinach & Feta
  • Pepper Steak “Beef & Brandy”
  • Chicken & Mushroom
  • Veggie Thai Curry.

Gift Baskets

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous gift basket? We’re gifted with a large collection of culinary gift baskets for all tastes and occasions.

Melissa's Produce Veggie Gift Basket

Beautiful Baby Veggie Gift Basket: Melissa’s Produce

Veg out with a beautiful Baby Veggie Gift Basket from Melissa’s Produce in Los Angeles. Depending on the season, the basket may be brimming with artichokes, beets, carrots and more!

Sugaree's Gift Basket

Loveable Large Gift Basket: Sugaree’s

Cookie cravings delivered straight to your couch? Yes, please. Sugaree’s Large Gift Basket is filled with freshly baked:

  • Pecan Tassies
  • Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies
  • Blackberry Thumbprint Cookies
  • Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
  • Wedding Cookies
  • 1 8×8 pan of brownies
  • 1 large Pecan Log

Read More: How to Make a Gift Basket

Gift Cards

Let your imagination scroll with Goldbelly gift cards — perfect for every food explorer. Share Goldbelly love with those who are feeling under the weather.

Goldbelly Gift Cards

Digital E-Gift Card: Goldbelly

Want to instantly share your get well soon sentiments? Send a Goldbelly Digital E-Gift Card and let your favorite food explorers choose their favorite foods, goodies, and gadgets from 900+ food makers.

Goldbelly Physical Gift Card

Physical Gift Card: Goldbelly

Send some snail mail filled with Goldbelly greatness. The Goldbelly Physical Gift Card is the perfect care package, allowing recipients to relive their most loved food experiences and discover new ones!

Read More: Send Goldbelly Without a Shipping Address!

Cheer up your sick friend and show how much you care with care packages filled with soups, teas, fresh fruits and vegetables and tasty treats — all shipping nationwide on Goldbelly! Shop get well gifts for friends or family today!

Lauren-Mack
Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack is a journalist who writes about all things food for Goldbelly. She is passionate about exploring the world one meal at a time. Her favorite things to Goldbelly include cakes, biscuit sandwiches, and ice cream.

Lauren has been a journalist for more than two decades and has specialized in writing about travel and food for much of that time. Her work has appeared in 150+ websites, magazines, apps, and guidebooks, including Cheapflights, CultureTrip, INSIDER, Lonely Planet, Newsweek International, Savory Traveler, Seeker, The Daily Meal, ThoughtCo (formerly About.com), Thrillist, Time Out, TripSavvy, and Zagat.

A lover of Taiwan's night markets, Singapore's hawker centers, and New York City's food trucks, Lauren has never skipped a meal or dessert. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring the world's best food and will try — almost — anything. Her favorite foods are pizza, ice cream, dim sum, sushi, and Taiwanese braised pork rice, and she can't resist a chef's tasting menu.

From backpacking across Europe and Asia to circumnavigating the globe by ship to living like a local in multiple cities, her travels have taken her on food explorations to 60+ countries on five continents. She has called Miami, Beijing, Taipei, and New York home.