Best Sympathy Gifts for Men

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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 an grieving man know that their pain isn’t forgotten.

A Simple Symapthy 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 this key chain that has a modest round pendant and leather strap. You can completely customize the pendant with a picture, saying, or name. There are also several other pendant styles available, with more being added every day. You can request a custom order too! This hand-stamped dog tag key chain is another good option for a simple yet meaningful gift.

A Custom Sculpture of their Loved One. A Thread Runs Thru It has some amazing sculptures that would be perfect for his desk at work or dresser at home. The owner is also a bereaved mom and takes incredible care to be sure every piece is perfect. I am in awe of her detailed work. Another amazing sculptor is The Midnight Orange. Her father and child sculpture is simple and elegant.

A Remembrance Plaque or Stone. These make great gifts because they can be placed anywhere; office, bedroom, even in the garden. I love this one from Words of Wisdom NH on Etsy, since cardinals are our sign from heaven. You can also get personalized signs from many sellers on Etsy as well.

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. Share your gift ideas in the comments.

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