Gift-giving is one of the most meaningful and satisfying parts of the holiday season. But some of our loved ones are more difficult to buy for than others – the hard-to-please, the one who has everything, and the one with a chronic illness.
If you have a loved one dealing with a chronic illness, you may be worried that a gift will never be enough to show how much you care in light of all the pain and suffering they experience on a daily basis. Or maybe you’re worried about giving them something they won’t be able to enjoy or that might offend them. But even small gestures can go a long way.
Here are some suggestions to take the guesswork out of buying for those chronic disease warriors on your list. Our top picks for 2017 come from the experience and feedback of some of these warriors themselves and cover everything from practical to fun to creative!
Homeopathic Migraine Relief Remedy by Ausanil
Many people with a chronic illness suffer from migraines or frequent headaches and there’s not much worse than having plans ruined by a migraine coming out of nowhere! Users of this all-natural nasal spray report that it’s highly effective and fast at stopping a headache in its tracks.
Your loved one will certainly appreciate a stocking stuffer they can keep on hand to help ensure they don’t miss out on any holiday gatherings! (note: users report a burning sensation that lasts for a few minutes after administering, so you may want to give your loved one a heads up before they try it!)
The negative health effects of electromagnetic frequency and radiation from cell phones and other electronic devices are becoming more well-known. Many people with chronic illness report being more sensitive than the average person and experience things like fatigue, brain fog, and headaches with extended exposure.
Hedron Life Source makes cell phone protectors, body shield pendants, and entire room shields, proven to reduce radiation by 99.95% and heat by 80%. Since many chronically ill individuals can’t work and/or spend a lot of time at home in bed, electronic devices are often one of the only things keeping them connected to the “outside world.” Help make one of their “lifelines” less detrimental to their health.
Infrared Heating Pad by Therasage
A great way to get the benefits of an infrared sauna without the expense: an infrared heating pad!
Not only are infrared heating pads very effective at relaxing the body, it also is wonderful for aiding in detoxification. Supporting detoxification is often the key to helping chronically ill individuals feel their best.
Portable Air Filter by Air Oasis
Many people with chronic illness are sensitive to molds, fragrances, and other airborne allergens. I can be very difficult to travel because of this. But Air Oasis makes a portable air filter that is perfect for traveling!
Using NASA technology, their filters ionically reduce allergens and odors (and require no filters and very little maintenance).
Portable Berkey Water Filter
Anything that makes traveling easier for someone with a chronic illness is sure to please!
Many avoid traveling since it’s difficult to ensure access to good quality air, food, water, etc – the things they often keep tight control over at home in order to avoid a flare-up. Berkey water filters have a great reputation for being able to filter out any and all impurities. There are a few travel options, including an all-in-one water bottle and filter.
A personalized care package will definitely put a smile on your loved one’s face – fill it with little things like grab-and-go snacks, gift cards to their favorite restaurant or coffee shop, warm socks, or pampering items like bath salts and aromatherapy. The sky’s the limit on this one.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, just thoughtful and made up of things to make their life a little easier or more enjoyable on rough days. If you’re having a hard time thinking of a theme, Pinterest has a quite a few ideas!
Homemade Coupon Book
Many people with a chronic illness say they just need a helping hand with day-to-day tasks. So give the gift of time and service by making a coupon book good for things like a home-cooked meal, house cleaning, yard work, or errands (and a blank one for a task of their choice!).
What better way to show support for your loved one than to purchase a gift through an organization that raises money for the disease they are fighting?
One such organization is the non-profit, Lyme Warrior , which raises money for chronic Lyme disease patients. Proceeds also go to furthering research and bringing awareness. You can also buy your loved ones “Lyme Warrior” apparel and other merchandise through their website.
Adult Coloring Books
Get them a trendy and unique gift that’s also incredibly therapeutic by picking out an adult coloring book that fits their style and maybe some colored pencils to go with it. Perfect for a day where your loved one feels stressed or discouraged or is too sick to leave the house. Coloring is a form of mindfulness meditation, which has many health benefits.
For those who deal with chronic pain and spend a lot of time at home and/or in bed, comfortable clothing is key. And to minimize reactions to chemically treated or synthetic fabrics, 100% organic cotton is hands down the best way to go. Check out these yoga pants and other comfy apparel from PACT.
Many people with a chronic illness have difficulty sleeping due to factors like pain, anxiety, or restless leg syndrome. Blankets always make a nice gift, but why not take it to the next level by buying them a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets have been proven to help individuals achieve more restful sleep. Good, reparative sleep is important for everyone, but especially for those struggling to get healthy!
Meal Planning Made Easy
Cooking is hard enough with a chronic illness….but add in meal-planning and grocery shopping and it’s nearly impossible!
Simplify meal planning for them with a subscription to Plan to Eat, which has many cool features that help streamline the process. For example, the site allows you to easily take a recipe link from the web and carry it over to your calendar; it also automatically adds the items from the recipe to your shopping list.
Blue-light Blocking Glasses
We’re learning more and more about the harmful effects of too much blue light from T.V., electronic devices, and other forms of artificial light. Blue-light (especially before bed) disrupts sleep by interfering with the production of melatonin. Dave Asprey’s website (the Bulletproof coffee guy!) offers a good selection of blue-light blocking glasses, based on the individual’s need.
Subscription to Thrive Market
Shopping online is a great option for someone with a chronic illness. Thrive Market is an online grocer that offers a great selection of organic and natural pantry-item type foods at discounted prices, making eating healthy more affordable for your loved one.
A yearly subscription to Thrive Market would be great for the practical person on your list because it will save them time, energy, and money while making it easier for them to eat healthily and find foods that are compliant with special dietary needs.
Anything that will make your loved one laugh, like a funny book or movie or gag gift (like those plush microbes or organs, if they have a sense of humor about their body not cooperating!). They’ll be thankful for a little comic relief! Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.
Hopefully after perusing this list, you will have the perfect gift in mind that fits both your budget and your loved ones needs. And remember, people who struggle with chronic illness need care and support all throughout the year, not just during the holidays. Sometimes just a listening ear or a text to ask how they’re doing is enough to lift their spirits and show them that someone cares. We know your thoughtfulness will make them feel extra special this holiday season.
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