Best Sympathy Gifts for Men

Best Sympathy Gifts for Men

Under normal circumstances, men are difficult to buy gifts for. Add grief to the mix and it’s downright impossible. Most sympathy gifts are marketed towards women, especially for the loss of a child. Mothers are often the ones who receive the most support, and rightly so, but bereaved dads also need comforting even if they don’t show it. These bereavement gifts are a thoughtful way to let a grieving man know that his pain isn’t forgotten.

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Gift Ideas for Men

  • A Simple Sympathy Card. I LOVE these empathy cards from Emily McDowell. Loss sucks, and these cards have a knack for telling it like it is without the sugar coating or cliched lines. Many men don’t want any attention, so this is a great way to let him know you are thinking of him without making a big deal.
  • A Leather Bracelet. These bracelets are a clean and classic piece of jewelry that any man could be comfortable wearing.
    Each bracelet comes with an uncomplicated stainless steel charm and an easy to use magnetic clasp. Even women loves these bracelets for their timeless look. I also love this Morse Code bracelet on Etsy.
  • A Personalized Pocket Token. This beautiful Pocket Token is hand stamped with your message, name of the loved one, or any other words you would like. About the size of a quarter, this token can be carried everywhere, and held whenever some comfort is needed. This candle has a pocket token inside the wax that is found as the wax burns down, leaving a keepsake to cherish forever.

  • A Key Chain. He can carry his loved one everywhere with these keychains that have a modest round pendant and optional leather strap. You can completely customize the pendant with a picture, saying, or name.

    Wood keychains are a unique option that can be personalized with a name and dates on the back.  This hand-stamped dog tag key chain is another good option for a simple yet meaningful gift.

  • A Remembrance Plaque or Stone. These memorial tiles make great gifts because they can be placed anywhere he spends time: office, bedroom, or living room. There are many different saying options and each tile comes with the display stand. Personalization is always included.

  • Make a donation in his loved one’s name. For bereaved dads, you can donate to an infant loss charity like Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that takes hospital photos for stillborn babies, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For men who have lost a parent, sibling, spouse, or friend, you can contribute to a cancer research foundation or a cause that was meaningful to the one who passed.

It’s important to recognize that men grieve too, though they many not show it. Holidays like Father’s Day and Christmas can be especially hard, so a small gift can offer a large comfort during these times. 

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