25 Unique Sympathy Gift Ideas for Grieving Friends and Families in 2020

  • BY Editorial Staff
  • October 1, 2020
25 Unique Sympathy Gift Ideas for Grieving Friends and Families in 2020

When the people in your life lose a loved one, it is time to show your love and care. Offering sympathy gifts comforts the bereaved. They’re reminded that they’re not alone in their grieving.

If you were only familiar with the deceased, you could still offer memorial gifts to the family. Let them feel your presence at this difficult time when they’ve lost their kin.

Here, we have curated 25 gifts of sympathy that help you share your condolences. Plus, we answer some of the most asked questions about sympathy gift etiquette: when, whom, and how.

Sympathy Gift Etiquette

When Should You Send Condolence Gifts?

Some will send condolence gifts as soon as they hear of the death.
While this is still thoughtful, the gift is hardly given attention then. The bereaved family is bust hosting visitors and planning for the funeral. Therefore, you can still send the gift much later to let the loved ones know you’re thinking of them.

Is It Appropriate To Send Sympathy Gifts On The Anniversary Of The Death?

You can definitely send memorial gifts on the anniversary of the death. Anniversaries bring memories to the bereaved, making it an incredibly difficult time.
Consider holidays as well. A time when families come together, holidays become a stark reminder that one of them is gone. Such a gift will remind them of your care and concern. 

To Whom Should I Send The Sympathy Gift?

Ideally, you should send your bereavement gifts to the family member that you’re closest to.
If that particular person happens to be the deceased, address the gift to the closest family member. Remember to introduce yourself and mention your relationship with the deceased.  

Is It Appropriate To Give Money Instead Of A Gift?

Monetary sympathy gifts would definitely come in handy for the grieving family. They can use it for the funeral or to offset medical bills, if any. Maybe the deceased was the breadwinner, and the money will contribute to the family’s upkeep.
One thing that you should keep in mind is that you should place the money in an envelope and mention the gift to the recipient so they can open it on time. 

Personalized Sympathy Gifts

If you want to customize your gift to suit the bereaved, you can pick from these personalized memorial gifts. The recipient will be pleased that you went that extra mile to get a special gift for the occasion.

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a custom photo canvas print as a sympathy gift for loss of mother

‘My Mom Taught Me Everything Except How To Live Without Her’ Canvas Print

From $46.95

This one evokes joy and sadness all at once. Most importantly, this sympathy gift for the loss of a mother will evoke fond memories and leave the bereaved smiling.

This canvas print is available in different sizes and can be offered as a gift after death, for the anniversary, or even on Mother’s Day.

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I’ll Hold You In My Heart Until I Can Hold You In Heaven Photo Plaque - mom memorial gift

‘I’ll Hold You In My Heart Until I Can Hold You In Heaven’ Photo Plaque


Consider this personalized memorial gift for the loss of mom to comfort a mourning friend.

Losing a mother hits hard, no matter how old you are. This message bears poignant words of encouragement to the bereaved. It reminds them that though gone, mom’s memories are here to stay.

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a sympathy gift for the loss of grandpa - custom canvas wall art

‘Heaven Needed a Hero God Picked My Papa’ Wall Art

From $46.95

Grandfathers are the pillars of the extended family. Losing grandpa can be devastating for anyone, from the adults who relied on him for advice to the kids.

This canvas is a comforting grandpa memorial gift. Hung on the wall, it reminds the grieving of the strong man that grandpa was and the memories they shared.

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‘Remembering You is Easy’ Custom Photo Desktop Plaque

‘Remembering You is Easy’ Custom Photo Desktop Plaque


Grandmas hold the family together with their love, warmth, and often, food. This condolence gift carries an uplifting message for anyone going through the loss of a grandmother. The fond memories will be just a glance away with grandma smiling on their desk.

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Tree of Life Cremation Urn Locket - sympathy gifts

Tree of Life Cremation Urn Locket

From $24.99

How about a bronze urn necklace with a fillable glass ash orb? This is one of the best sympathy gifts for families that conduct cremation.

The glass orb comes in a variety of colors so you can choose a significant one, perhaps the favorite color of the deceased.

Wearing the ashes as a pendant symbolically shows that the deceased will always be close to the heart.

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men's cremation ring

Men’s Cremation Ring

From $135.00

Here is yet another befitting gift for those who prefer to wear the ashes of their loved ones.

The ring contains a glass layer through which the ashes are partly visible. These black rings are appropriate sympathy gifts for men who do not otherwise like jewelry.

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ash urn ring as a memorial gift for women

Ash Urn Ring


This thoughtful sympathy gift makes a significant impact on the grieving. The silver ring has double faces, which act as ash urns. The stones can be customized into various colors by adding shells, flowers, or gravel.

Unique Sympathy Gifts

These unique condolence gifts are versatile enough for any situation. You can offer them as consolation for the loss of anyone: husband, wife, sibling, brother, children, friend, etc. 

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Those We Love Don’t Go Away They Walk Beside Us Every Day – Canvas Print

‘Those We Love Don’t Go Away They Walk Beside Us Every Day’ Canvas Sign


Are you looking for sympathy gift ideas other than flowers? This canvas print will definitely come in handy. Since it does not include a photo, it is versatile enough for any grieving person.

At a time of loss, it’s a perfect reminder that the departed is only physically gone. Their presence remains through the memories they shared.

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cracked but not broken heart necklace

Cracked But Not Broken Heart Necklace


The loss of a husband or wife causes pain, yet the memories of the good times hold us together.

This sympathy gift idea is a wonderful, unique symbol of perseverance. The bold and colorful pendant bears significant fractures, yet is still whole.

This charming necklace will evoke a grieving person’s resilient spirit and carry them through the grieving process.

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A Piece Of My Heart Is In Heaven - Memorial Jewelry

‘A Piece Of My Heart Is In Heaven’ Memorial Jewelry


To a grieving person, a part of them has gone with the deceased. This personalized memorial gift offers a refreshing memory with an uplifting message.

The bereaved did not lose a piece of them, it’s just in a different place. A better place. When phrased this way, the loss is a little more bearable.

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Memorial Stepping Stone Kit

Memorial Stepping Stone


This durable stepping stone is one of those heart to heart sympathy gifts. It bears a heartwarming message of love and comfort. It reminds the bereaved that their loved ones never really left. They’re always near through the memories they left behind.

This stepping stone is versatile – it can be used indoors and outdoors. You can display it on a stand or fix it on a walkway/garden.

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Angel Figurines Candle Holder

Angel Figurines Candle Holder


A candle symbolizes continuity as it keeps burning, just like the memories of the departed in those left behind.

The angel figurine represents the prayers of goodwill, peace, and comfort. Such tealight candle holders are befitting gifts for memorial service, and can also be taken home afterward.

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A Father’s Love Is Timeless Wooden Clock - A Sympathy Gift For The Loss Of A Father

‘A Father’s Love Is Timeless’ Wooden Clock

From $54.00

If you’re looking for a memorial gift for the loss of father, look no further.

This wooden clock bears the uplifting reminder of a father’s endless love. You can add details about the deceased for a beautiful, unique present.

Whenever the family looks at the clock, they’ll be reminded that their father’s love still lives on.

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‘When You Go Through Deep Waters I Will Be With You’ Christian Wall Art


This canvas print bears an encouraging Bible verse that will bring comfort to the grieving. For religious people, you cannot go wrong with a Bible-based Christian sympathy gift.

This wall art will always remind those left behind that God will stay with them through the difficult period. It’ll also encourage them to read more of the Good Book and find hope.

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Forever In Our Hearts - christmas memorial gifts

Forever In Our Hearts Ornament

From $18.00

Holidays are a difficult time for the bereaved. Sending them Christmas memorial gifts will help bring back the holiday cheer.

This charming ornament bears a simple yet profound message of comfort. You can add your own quote to make it even more significant.

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No Longer by My Side, Forever in My Heart Carved Locket

‘No Longer by My Side, Forever in My Heart’ Carved Locket

From $16.99

This quote starts on a sad note, then instantly lightens up with hope.

It’s a beautiful memorial gift for the loss of mother, father, husband, wife, child, or any other family member. The pendant bears the title of different family members so you can choose the befitting one.

With the necklace, the grieving will carry the memories wherever they go.

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Corona Sun Metal Wind Spinner

From $90.00

This kinetic art piece spins in the wind and displays a message of your choice. You can make it truly unique with a name, date, or a comforting quote, something like “Feel the Wind and Know I am Near.”

If you’re looking for gifts of sympathy that will last for ages, this is definitely one of them.

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Cardinal Wind Chimes and Red Feathered Soul Poem

Cardinal Wind Chimes


This is a befitting sympathy gift to send to someone who loves the outdoors. The chiming sound symbolizes the virtual presence of the departed.

They can hang it on a tree or a stand in the backyard or garden. The package also includes a beautiful poem to help the healing journey.

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love and prayer surround you Embroidered Throw Blanket

Embroidered Throw Blanket


Dealing with grief is difficult enough for adults, but it’s even harder for children. You may not be in a position to say much to bereaved kids. However, you can send them a token to show that you care.

This throw blanket is the perfect sympathy gift for a child who lost a parent. With the beautifully embroidered message, you can cover them literally and symbolically with your love.

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sympathy gifts - a cutting board with Grandma's Handwriting, Engraved Recipe

Grandma’s Handwritten Recipe Cutting Board

From $59.00

Has a family lost a grandma who was the chef of the family? Whose food they always looked forward to? What better way to preserve her memories and her recipes than to encrypt them on a cutting board? You can send it alongside sympathy food gifts to enhance their dining experiences.

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Baby Footprint Bracelet - miscarriage memorial gifts for a dad

Baby Footprint Bracelet


When a couple suffers a miscarriage, most of the attention goes to the mom. Offering miscarriage memorial gifts for a dad reminds him that you’re thinking of him too.

He can wear this baby footprint bracelet everywhere to preserve the memory of the departed little one.

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Baby Memorial Block


This keepsake block is an excellent miscarriage sympathy gift for a grieving couple. With the baby’s details delicately engraved, the block safeguards the memory of a little angel gone too soon. The block can be placed on a nightstand, on the office desk, or even carried around.

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Memorial Print-Miscarriage Condolence Gift

Memorial Print

From $30.00

The picture here depicts a bird flying away from the family tree. This is one of those baby memorial gifts that evoke sadness and gratitude all at once.

The family has lost one of the children, yet they still have some left. And they still have each other. Having this as a wall hanging will bring fond remembrance and peace.

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Passed and Present- Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive Book

Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive


If you’re sending sympathy gifts to a book lover, this one is a thoughtful fit.

The book dwells not on the sadness, but the happy memories. The manual expounds on the meaningful ways that memories of the departed can be kept alive. Passed and Present will transform a grieving person into one living with joy and hope.

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Guardian Angel Healing Stones Bracelet

Guardian Angel Healing Stones Bracelet


Here’s another alternative to photo memorial gifts. The healing stones are believed to bring a sense of comfort. You can also have the bracelet infused with essential oil for a refreshing aroma.

Final Words

There you have it, we hope you picked the best sympathy gift that will have the most impact on the bereaved.

And remember, the gift is just a token. The objective is to let the grieving know that they’re in your thoughts and prayers, and in that find comfort.



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