How do you help a family grieve about a loved one whose passing is difficult to accept? Here’s what to put in a sympathy gift basket.

Three names, same focus

It takes a sympathetic heart to provide comfort and care to a husband, wife, or another family member when a relationship is severed by death. Great designers know this all too well.

The first step, after knowing the basic how to make a gift basket details, is choosing the most-recognizable title that customers identify with in-person or online to find the right gift. That gift basket or gift box title will include any of the following:

  • Bereavement
  • Condolences
  • Sympathy

All of them are synonymous, and you will probably create a unique name for these heartfelt designs. Still, title selection is critical for this gift category to be easily found by friends and family needing to console others.

Food and gifts, too

Bereavement gift baskets and boxes are most known for including fruit and nuts, but gifts are also appropriate as keepsakes.

It can be difficult, at first, to determine which types of gifts are universal for most arrangements. However, the list below contains safe options, cutting through religious and cultural preferences.

When shopping for gifts at wholesale suppliers, you’ll usually find condolence items grouped together in one section. This makes your purchase decisions easier, as you can see all at an instant to determine what will be best for customers.

Sympathy gift basket containers

  • Silver-plated tray
  • Hand-painted bowl
  • Memory box
  • Wood tray
  • Tote bag

What to put in a sympathy gift basket

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Book of poems
  • Memory stone
  • Keychain charm
  • Plush animal
  • Eye pillow/mask/pads
  • Photo album
  • Tissues
  • Battery-operated candles
  • Soaps
  • Individually-wrapped candies
  • Picture frame

Partial content list from the book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, by Shirley George Frazier. Sympathy gift basket photograph featured in the book, The Gift Basket Design Book, by Shirley George Frazier.