Gift Ideas for Bariatric Patients

Coming up with gift ideas for someone that has had bariatric surgery can be difficult. You want to purchase something that will be helpful, but also try to avoid offending someone with your gesture. 

Everyone experiences their own weight loss journey. So, how do you choose the right gift? If you are unsure, it's always good to ask for help by reaching out to the individual's support group or workout buddy. 

In this article, we will talk about some of the best gift ideas to give someone after weight loss surgery. 

 

Comfort

Slimpressions

Bariatric surgery patients experience many different changes to the body. Recovery can be slightly uncomfortable when surgical sites are healing.

Compression garments are a great gift for bariatric surgery recovery. The garments will help with circulation by stimulating blood flow to the surgical site to improve healing and skin elasticity. They will reduce fluid build up and swelling, keep the skin tight, reduce infection by keeping surgical sites covered, and minimize scarring.

They can also help during the weight loss journey as rapid weight loss occurs and excess skin becomes visible. Compression garments can hide excess skin, prevent chafing and irritation. They can even be used to improve posture and provide support to the back. 

Amazon/Clothing Gift Card

After bariatric surgery, the entire wardrobe changes. Gift cards to clothing stores are a great gift for a weight loss surgery patient.

With a gift card, new activewear, formal wear, footwear and every day comfort clothes can be purchased. 

Slippers

Slippers can be a great gift before or after surgery. Before surgery, the bariatric surgery hospital checklist usually includes slippers to offer comfort and footwear for walking around the hospital. 

After surgery, easy footwear is essential to limit bending over in order to promote recovery. Slippers are a great option for comfort and easy slip on access. 

Rapid weight loss can also decrease foot size. Slippers can be a great comfort option while looking for new footwear. 

 

Kitchen Essentials

Recipe Book

Adjusting to lifestyle changes can be difficult after weight loss surgery. Trying to figure out meals after bariatric surgery can be overwhelming with smaller portions, aversions, intolerances, and taste changes. A bariatric surgery recipe book is a great addition to a bariatric patient's kitchen. 

Shaker Cup

If you don't already know, protein is a huge priority after weight loss surgery. Maintaining and building muscle after surgery is essential for the healing process, metabolism, and successful weight loss. 

For those in the full liquid phase after surgery, bariatric protein meal replacement shakes will be consumed daily. A shaker cup is a reliable, on the go option. This is a kitchen essential after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch bariatric surgery. 

Blender

A blender is a kitchen staple for a bariatric patient throughout all bariatric food phases. When bariatric food phases start getting a little bit more advanced, smoothies and pureed foods can be made in a high power blender. 

Some options to check out would be a Ninja, Nutribullet blender or Magic bullet

Portion Control Dinnerware

Portion control can make or break successful weight loss after bariatric surgery. Bariatric portion plates are a tool that assist with better understanding of

moderation and portion size.

A bariatric portion plate, meal prep containers, bariatric portion bowls, and smaller silverware will come in handy. Smaller size meal prep containers that would be suitable for a bariatric patient should hold up to 1.5 - 2 cups of food. 

Food Scale

Along with bariatric portion control dinnerware, measuring will be a big part of moderation and portion control. In order to measure different protein portions and such, a bariatric food scale can help. 

Water Bottle

Dehydration is one of the most common complications after bariatric surgery. It can be very hard to consume anything, even moderate amounts of fluid after weight loss surgery. Gifting a water bottle will help provide a reminder of how important hydration is after surgery. 

Being able to carry around a water bottle at all times will help to easily remember the importance of hydration. 

 

Fitness Support

Journal

Some people use bariatric surgery apps, while others like the traditional method of writing down daily food intake. A journal can be great for daily calorie and water tracking. 

A bariatric journal can also be a great option for someone looking for encouragement to reflect on their bariatric journey. 

Activity/Fitness Tracker

Who doesn't like a fitness tracker! There's something satisfying about seeing the amount of daily steps you took or even a little innocent competition with a workout buddy. 

A fitness tracker, such as a Fitbit, can increase motivation, offer competition to reach new goals, and promote an all around healthy lifestyle. 

A smart scale is another option that many people have been looking into. This digital scale can connect to your phone through an app and track more than just weight loss. A smart scale can show more behind the scenes if someone is experiencing a weight plateau, which is fairly common during the weight loss journey. 

Headphones

Listening to music is a great way to get someone up and moving. New headphones can provide motivation to go out for a walk, workout, or even have your own little dance party

 

Gifts to Avoid

Some things to avoid gifting a bariatric patient would be food gifts, such as cookies, cakes, or pastries.

In that sense, it's also better to avoid gifting restaurant gift cards, as eating out can be difficult after weight loss surgery.