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Cancer Care Parcel Review : Gift Boxes Made With Love

by InvisiblyMe

The Cancer Care Parcel is a heartfelt small UK business that provides lifestyle products and care packages, whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one with cancer. As I’ll explain in this post, I think the care packages themselves and some other products sold can be well-suited to those with other chronic illness conditions. The company kindly gifted me one of their popular care packages so that I can share it here with you. I think this is a brilliant initiative and I’d highly recommend taking a look at what the Cancer Care Parcel offer. 

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What Is The Cancer Care Parcel?

The Cancer Care Parcel was founded by Dr Shara Cohen, who was a breast cancer patient herself in 2013. Her experience of the overwhelm after diagnosis and of friends avoiding her due to awkwardness is what got her to thinking about how to make a difference in this situation for others in future. She started up the Cancer Care Parcel to do just that and give patients back a little me-time calmness in their lives when they need it the most. 

The products provided, including their variety of fabulous care boxes, can be suitable for a range of buyers and recipients. Adults and children. All genders. Those with cancer. Friends, colleagues, partners and family of someone with cancer. The products and care packages can be practical, thoughtful and comforting in equal measure. 

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The Website

Cancer, similarly to other chronic illnesses and disabilities, can be a lonely experience capable of affecting all areas of life. It be as physically challenging as it is emotionally vicious.

What I love here is that the Cancer Care Parcel isn’t just a shop, it’s a home-base for all sorts of information and resources. This, combined with their social media, cultivates a community spirit and provides users with a support network. 

It’s a simple to use, intuitive website. When everything else in life is too hectic, you don’t need a site to add to the overwhelm. 

You’ll see a main navigation bar that showcases what you can find :

  • Gifts – Searchable by age, gender, stage/treatment, and product type
  • ‘Living With’ Products – Items for different needs and situations, from fatigue, empathy cards, bedridden products and hair loss help, to sleep, surgery, lip care, and nausea, and just about everything in between, in addition to a variety of books
  • Care Parcels – A box-full of thoughtfully-selected goodies. There are currently 34 box types, ranging in content and price points from just £45.00 up to £199.00
  • Support & Resources – An array of articles, advice, tips by email, posts to help friends and loved ones, quotes, cartoons, international directory, blogs and even an abbreviation dictionary
  • Freebies – A collection of free services, products, support centres and more

Prices 

The Care Cancer Parcel is a registered limited company; it’s not a charity, nor is it government funded. 

The company does need to turn a profit, just like any for-profit company does. They have overheads, they need to cover their outlay and pay their staff. On top of that, they turn some profit into more good deeds, like putting it towards awareness campaigns, charity initiatives and gift box donations. It’s a cycle of goodness and compassion. 

“Our profit is used to support the cancer community and many people donate funds to us so that we can provide more gift packages to those who need them.”

Product Selection

While Shara’s experience kickstarted this company, the products aren’t based on just one person’s suggestions. They put a lot of time, thought and effort into selecting products and putting together their care parcels through liaising with their advisory board of cancer patients, as well as those in receipt of parcels to obtain their feedback. It’s always good to know a company wants to hear your thoughts and suggestions so they can use them for making what they offer even better where possible. 

What’s more, the gifts they sell here are “created and sold exclusively by us. You won’t find any other company selling our presents.” 

Payment Options

Payment methods accepted include: Visa (credit/debit), Mastercard (credit/debit), American Express & Paypal. Payments are made through a secure server. 

Their parcels and products can be purchased directly through their website. They can also be found and purchased on Etsy and Amazon. 

Delivery 

The care parcel packages can be delivered to the UK and the USA. 

All other gift products can be delivered Worldwide! 

A photo of the large brown Cancer Care Parcel box for this review on the grass in my garden. There's bright blue text on the box, and on the top it says "someone thinking of you sent this gift".

The company aims to dispatch all orders placed before 2pm Monday to Friday the same day. Shipping costs depends on the items ordered and the country of delivery, which will be calculated during checkout.

They don’t advise you send a parcel directly to a hospital as there’s a chance it could get lost, and there are more stringent rules now around deliveries to patients on wards in light of the Covid19 pandemic. They note that hospices are a bit easier, but it’s best to check with the hospice first and let them know to expect a parcel delivery. 

Given how cancer is a very personal thing to go through, the Cancer Care Company have been careful to ensure parcels are delivered in a sensitive manner. They’ll come in a nondescript bag, and the box inside features the text “Someone thinking of you sent you this gift”. Only the packing paperwork will show it’s from the Cancer Care Parcel. There’s no mention of “cancer” for anyone picking up the package on delivery. There’s also no mention of any prices on the internal paperwork so that parcels  can be gifted directly to the recipient with peace of mind. 

Products & Gifts 

They have a fantastic range of items for different tastes, budgets, needs and requirements. While the products sold are aimed at cancer patients, many I’ve seen are actually well suited to those with other illnesses, conditions and disabilities. 

Gifts – 

Many of the gifts, such as clothing or stationery, are specific for cancer as they’re uniquely customised in the text used. Others, including some great wall art, are more widely applicable. The range is a great mix of empathetic, encouraging, caring and humorous. 

Living With Products – 

I love the range of products here as they’ve thought of everything, from shampoos to bed trays. The same applies here as with the gifts above in the sense that some will be more specific to cancer, and others could be equally useful for those with other health conditions and disabilities. For those undergoing chemo and experiencing hair loss, they have some brilliant headwear, caps and head scarves. There are seatbelt pillows for post-mastectomy to make being in a vehicle more comfortable. For those with other conditions, you’ll find the likes of pain rubs, colouring books, hand warmers, walking sticks, eco cotton buds, metal straws, dry skin creams, ginger nausea chews and even vomit bags, the latter of which I’ve wished I had to hand many times! 

Care Parcels –

The variety is such that there’s something for everyone and products are selected for convenient, practicality, usefulness, calming and comfort. You’ll find a full list of the content in each box on the relevant parcel page, along with photographs to get a good feel for what you’re getting.

A photo of me backdropped by a green leafy tree in the garden. I'm holding the Care Cancer Parcel box for this review.

My Experience of The Care Cancer Parcel 

To be clear, I’m not a cancer patient and nor am I a carer for someone with cancer. I’ve known people with cancer and cancer is in my extended family. I think many of us will have been touched by cancer in some way in our lifetime, even if we’re fortunate enough to be on the far reaches of it by knowing someone who has been through it. I can appreciate how important all of the products this company sells are. For loved ones, it allows us to show our care, concern and love for that person by giving them something that will both be useful and enjoyable. For those perhaps buying for themselves, it gives you the chance to take back some degree of control and to treat yourself a little.

The Company

I’ve been pleased with the communication with The Cancer Care Parcel, who’ve been kind and open in their messaging with me. I like that they make themselves easily contactable online, through email and social media, whether it’s for product and purchasing enquiries, or more general cancer-related support. Their ethos and what they stand for is heartening, and what they bring to people is very important. 

Ordering & Delivery 

The website was easy to navigate, select an item/package, go through checkout and purchase. I received an order confirmation email, then one to say the item had been dispatched, followed by  a DPD update email to advise of the delivery timeframe and finally a confirmation of successful delivery, so it all felt very structured and well-controlled for minimal stress and fuss. Mine was dispatched and delivered within 2 days, which was incredibly fast. After this, they’ve sent the odd follow-up email to let me know they’re here if I need any support, which is a wonderful way to reach out to people. 

The range is good, spanning different product types and price points. Prices may perhaps be a little higher on some things than you might be able to get elsewhere for similar products, but they won’t be the same items and you won’t get the same experience. With The Care Cancer Parcel, I like knowing that money is going to good places and causes, and it’s supporting a small business so that they can keep helping those that need it on their cancer journeys. 

The care parcels come in a plastic bag, as I mentioned above for keeping delivery private so nobody knows what’s inside. The box the products come in is nicely designed to brighten the recipient’s day and it’s also sturdy enough to protect everything inside it. Thanks to a large blanket and the neck pillow in mine, the inside didn’t need additional packing to keep smaller items secure and protected. 

The Deluxe Comfort Care Package For Chemo Patients

The Deluxe Comfort Care Package For Chemo Patients is what I was kindly gifted for this review.

I mentioned above about pricing, so the cost of this package at £99 plus delivery may seem a little pricey at first blush. The additional thing to consider here is if you were to create a parcel yourself, the costs really do add up quite quickly. I realised this on making little parcels for people before, including my dad for his birthday on a couple of occasions, where the big and small things can rack up costs more rapidly than you might first think. You’ll also need to either travel to various stores or order on various websites with their respective delivery charges to get the variety you need to fill a box. 

With a pre-made box, everything is well thought out so as to be relevant, enjoyable, practical and comforting. It’s incredibly convenient, you only pay one P&P charge for a box, and you can send it straight to your recipient. It’s a win-win and a worthwhile investment, especially when you think of what it’ll mean to the person you’re sending it to.

The products in this parcel have been carefully curated to ensure they’re suitable for most people, they’re soft and gentle, practical, and generally just well-suited to a person’s needs who has cancer and/or is going through chemo. 

I think the actual brands and designs can vary between boxes and over time, but the general gist of product types remains roughly the same so each box type is well defined. The box itself is recyclable and they pop a letter inside for the recipient.

My box included : 

Snuggly grey blanket / 550ml water bottle with flip straw / Reusable hand warmer / Anti-nausea wrist band / Anti-nausea ginger chews / Pencils for colouring / Adult colouring book / White in-ear earphones / Lip balm / Magic gloves / Peppermint herbal tea / Unisex black thermal socks / Neck travel cushion / Food cooler bag

A photo of the large brown Cancer Care Parcel box for this review on the grass in my garden. The box is open showing all the items spread out so everything is visible.

The products in this particular box are good quality, nicely varied and are actually spot on for someone like me with chronic illness of a non-cancer kind. This is why I say that The Cancer Care products and parcels might be more widely applicable. I could see this being self-gifted to bring yourself some comfort, or gifted to another spoonie to put a smile on their face when they need it. 

If someone gifted this box to me, I’d be over the moon. If I gifted it to myself, I’d likewise be very pleased. I think the versatility here of both products and potential recipients is brilliant. 

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The Cancer Care Parcel Review : Compassion In A Box

When I first heard about the Cancer Care Parcel, I thought what a brilliant idea it was. Then I learned more about the company, the passion behind it, the donations they make, the support they provide and it gave me a better insight into the heart behind the brand. Their box ingredients are selected with care, delivery is prompt and the products are spot-on for those with cancer, and even those with other chronic conditions. 

I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the Cancer Care Parcel website to see what they do and what they offer. If you or a loved one has cancer, the support they offer alongside the products is priceless. 

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36 comments

Rachel Duerden May 9, 2022 - 5:11 pm

What a beautiful idea.

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:06 pm

I agree ????

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Ashley May 9, 2022 - 5:14 pm

Looks like a fabulous box!

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:08 pm

It really is! ????

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Sandee May 9, 2022 - 5:17 pm

What a fabulous was to say you care. Wonderful review as always.

Have a fabulous day and week, Caz. Big hug. ♥

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:10 pm

I agree, it’s a lovely way to show you care, with products that are both practical and enjoyable. I’m glad you like the review – thanks, Sandee! I hope the rest of the week is fantastic for you with some brighter weather! ???? xx

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Janet Gogerty May 9, 2022 - 5:46 pm

That would have been ideal last year when my friend 300 miles away was having breast cancer treatment at the same time as me! Just getting a parcel is cheering and I was pleased to get a bag of goodies from a friend. I was lucky and didn’t get the impression anyone felt awkward with me.

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:12 pm

I’m glad you didn’t get any awkwardness and that a friend was kind enough to send you some goodies. It’s that thoughtfulness that I can imagine meaning so much to someone living with cancer or going through treatment. I truly do hope your friend got on okay with her treatment too and I hope that you’re keeping as well as possible, Janet ???????? xx

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Lucy P May 9, 2022 - 10:29 pm

I made my friend a gift box that I made myself and gave her just before she had surgery, just lots of different things I thought would make recover better for her and help with any boredom. It was worth every penny of course but I actually got a bit stuck after the first few things, even though it seemed simple enough to begin with and you’re so right on prices adding up, cost a fortune in the end and still didn’t look like much, you know what I mean? She really appreciated though and I can really see the benefit of buying a ready made gift box like the ones here where things are carefully chosen and it’s all done for you. I’ll take a look at their website now. I wouldn’t have expected them to have cancer resources or let people contact them on social media to talk about cancer generally like, so that’s really good of them. Don’t get many businesses like that any more!! Love your review you did it brilliantly!

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:15 pm

It’s lovely of you to have done that for your friend! Yeah, I’ve also found that the initial idea is inspiring but then you can run out of ideas for things that are going to be warmly received/useful/enjoyable. That’s what I love about these gift boxes in how well thought out they are, and the company providing the additional support to those going through cancer is brilliant. You’re right, you don’t get many businesses like that anymore.

Thank you for your kind comment, Lucy, I’m glad you liked my review ! ???? xx

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Carolyn Page May 9, 2022 - 11:20 pm

A great review!
Looks good, Caz; as do you with your nails matching the colour on the box! ????
Lovely to see you. I can understand why some don’t appreciate your health status. You simply look too good… ????
xoxoxo

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:18 pm

I don’t do make-up but I do nail varnish so I’m glad you noticed the colour co-ordination! ???? I actually paint them often because my nails peel (sexy, no?) I think in relation to the autoimmune problems, so I layer on nail strengthener and protector and seal it in with colour. I’m getting all kinds of weirdness on my face lately with broken blood vessels so I might have to start taking photos even further away but thank you for your kindness, it made me feel better about not having put a bag over my head! ????

I hope you & Keith are keeping well – sending love to you both! xx

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The Oceanside Animals May 10, 2022 - 4:03 am

Charlee: “Wait! Wait! Don’t leave us hanging! The suspense is killing us!”
Chaplin: “Yes, we have to know! Did Virgil get to sit in the box? And what did he think of it?”

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 6:23 pm

Sorry guys, I like to pretend I’m the master of suspense but really the answer is obvious, isn’t it? He went in the box (briefly) and he loved sniffing all the goodies! ???? Still, that’s longer in a box than he’s spent on the new fluffy bed I bought him a few weeks ago, which he refuses to get on! Instead he naps on the dirt pile in the greenhouse, or on top of the food recycling caddy on the patio. Why do you cats do that, mmm? x

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Despite Pain May 10, 2022 - 2:39 pm

This sounds like such a lovely, thoughtful gift. Practical, but it could give a little luxury too, at a difficult time. I agree with you that it would be perfect for someone living with chronic illness too.
You’ve written a fantastic review. It sounds like a great company to deal with.
Liz x

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:33 pm

Thanks, Liz, I’m really pleased you like the review. I thought exactly the same with how the items are both practical and enjoyable, which is the perfect mix for someone going through something like cancer or another chronic illness. I think it’s a wonderful thing idea. xx

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Animalcouriers May 10, 2022 - 2:56 pm

Thoroughly lovely idea!

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:37 pm

I concur! ????

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jo (arosetintedworld) May 10, 2022 - 3:50 pm

What a great idea! As you say, making a custom box like this can be hard and soon amounts up, so this takes that stress out of it. Great review Caz!

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:43 pm

Absolutely, it’s less stress for the friend/relative/partner and the recipient is more likely to get goodies suited to practicality and enjoyment. It sounds like a great idea to make your own gift box to begin with but it’s not always as easy as it sounds, especially when the prices mount up so quickly and you start running out of ideas. A gift box for those with cancer, many of which could be applicable for those with other chronic illnesses, is such a fab idea. Glad you like the review – thanks, Jo! Hope the week’s treating you kindly ???? x

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Michelle May 10, 2022 - 8:53 pm

What a sweet and thoughtful gift idea! I can’t believe how much stuff you get in the box. That’s amazing!

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:44 pm

It’s awesome, isn’t it? Such a great idea and I love that there are different box types so you can vary the content and budget to suit yourself and your recipient ????

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Katy May 10, 2022 - 11:00 pm

That’s an AMAZING idea!!! Wow. Thank You for sharing this, Caz!!! Sending huge hugs Your way! ????????????

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:53 pm

Thanks, Katy, glad you liked the Cancer Care Parcel brand and gift boxes, too! Really is a fab idea & I love what they offer in terms of support beyond the products. I hope you’re doing okay my friend – I hope the rest of the week is fab for you lovely ???? xxxx

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Priti May 12, 2022 - 3:58 pm

Wow! Good idea! And well reviwed ! Thanks for sharing ! ????????

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InvisiblyMe May 18, 2022 - 10:54 pm

It really is a fab idea. Thanks, Priti, I’m really glad you like the review! ???? x

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Priti May 18, 2022 - 11:51 pm

It’s pleasure of mine stay blessed ❣️????

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Jay May 13, 2022 - 10:10 pm

I agree, this would have been welcome during any hospital stay or recovery period. It’s just nice to receive comfort items.

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InvisiblyMe May 21, 2022 - 4:09 pm

I think when you’ve experienced illness and hospital stays yourself and know what it’s like, you can see just how valuable comfort gifts really are ????

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Lindsay May 15, 2022 - 4:14 am

Great review. All of those items sound wonderful! I’m curious – have you tried the anti-nausea wrist band? Does it really work?

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InvisiblyMe May 21, 2022 - 11:33 pm

I was curious about these, too! I need to try them when I’ve got general nausea rather than what’s caused by migraine, as I never think to put them on as I’m too focused on not jumping out the window. There’s a little instruction card included for the wristbands to show you how best to put them on because they work via acupressure points, so you need to get them positioned just so. I don’t know whether I personally believe in pressure points like this helping with anything but plenty of people feel they experience benefit, and it’s possible these could alleviate nausea of whatever cause. The bands are really small so at first I didn’t realise what they were, but they’re soft and stretch well and they need to be tighter fitting to enable them to have the desired effect. . xx

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Molly | Transatlantic Notes May 17, 2022 - 3:34 pm

This is such a lovely idea and much needed! Cancer is a hard thing to go through as a family so anything thoughtful like this box idea would be so heartfelt. Thanks for sharing!

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InvisiblyMe May 21, 2022 - 11:36 pm

I’m glad you like what the brand offers, too! I think it’s a brilliant idea, both to have a shop of products and gift-boxes, as well as to offer support, for those with cancer and/or their friends and loved ones. ????

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Lucy May 21, 2022 - 10:17 am

What a brilliant company Cancer Care Company sounds like. I love the range of gifts and products they offer that you can purchase. I know how much any small gift means when you’re unwell so receiving a large box with such a wide range of gifts covering so many different needs would really mean the world and, like you said, would be great for anyone not just those with cancer. I love supporting small businesses so thank you for sharing such a detailed review Caz. Take care xx

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InvisiblyMe May 22, 2022 - 9:53 am

I’m glad you like the review, Lucy, and thank you for the great comment ???? You’re right, the smallest of gifts can mean the world. It’s a thoughtful gesture when someone needs it the most. The parcels here go beyond that to add practicality and calm to life, and it’s a fantastic idea. Always good to find a wonderful small business to support, too! xx

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Tressa July 2, 2022 - 6:06 am

I love the idea of these gift baskets! It takes away the awkwardness – how does one show care to a friend or family member who has received such devastating news? I personally never know what to say. I think a care box specifically prepared for those with chronic/serious illnesses is a fantastic solution. It goes far beyond a get well card and shows intentional care.

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