‘Tis the season for gift giving, and as many shoppers look for Black Friday deals this week to complete their holiday shopping, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for the chronic illness patient in your life.
1. Scented Heating Pad
When I first developed Sjogren’s Syndrome, I had debilitating joint pain that was only relieved by one thing: heat. I had a cheap little heating pad that I bought from a local pharmacy that I could use on my joints to ease some of my aches and pains. That cheap little heating pad broke, but fortunately, I was gifted a much nicer, lavender-scented heating pad that is perfect for not only my joints, but menstrual cramps and everyday aches and pains as well. Plus, this aromatic device can be quickly heated in your Microwave in under two minutes.
2. Compression Gloves
On the topic of joint pain, one of my friends from college has rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating autoimmune condition affecting his joints. To relieve some of his joint pain, he wears compression gloves when completing everyday activities, like work or going to the gym. These compression gloves are made out of a lightweight fabric that makes everyday movement easy while still providing relief for painful, inflamed joints. Plus, we like that these gloves are fingerless at the tips, making it easy to still type, text, or grip objects.
3. Home Office Humidifier
With the dry winter air and many people working from home, a great holiday gift would be a home office humidifier. I can tell you as a Sjogren’s patient, there’s nothing worse than having to put eyedrops in up to 15 times per day! With a humidifier, however, your environment stays comfortably humid so your eyes and skin don’t get overly dried out. I like this model because it’s small enough for a home office, but large enough that it doesn’t have to be constantly refilled.
4. Moisturizing Cream Gift Set
On the theme of moisture, any chronic illness patient dealing with dryness and skin sensitivity can appreciate a good skin moisturizer. Plus, with all of us constantly sanitizing our hands, they’re bound to be drier than ever. We love anything by Burt’s Bees, but we especially love this gift set of moisturizing skincare products, formulated specifically for dry, sensitive skin. Their all-natural products are made from beeswax, giving each product a delicate scent of honey.
5. Weighted Blanket
Every chronic illness patient knows the importance of sleep and the impact quality sleep can have on one’s overall health and wellbeing. That’s why when insomnia hits, a quality weighted blanket can help. My husband purchased a 15-pound weighted blanket for me when I was having difficulty staying asleep, and it definitely did the trick! We love that this particular blanket comes in a variety of weights and mattress sizes, so you can find the one that will work best.
Are you a chronic illness patient, and if so, what do you have on your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below!