It's that time of year again. The time when everyone starts hunting for that perfect gift. People with chronic illness often feel overlooked. 'Tis the season to make them feel special with a gift that brings comfort and happiness.
Here are 20 ideas for your that person in your life who could use a little extra tlc this time of year:
Holiday Gift Guide for People with Chronic Illness:
1. Woolrich Soft Wool Jacquard Scarf
This scarf can be worn outside or inside to keep warm anytime. It's made out of soft wool, which will keep you cozy without all the itching. The colors go with just about any coat or outfit.
2. KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender in Contour Silver
People with chronic illness make a lot of homemade soup, because they want to avoid the unwanted ingredients in canned soup. An immersion blender like this one, make the process much quicker. In addition, this blender comes with a electric whisk, which can help those with arthritis in the joints of their hands.
3. Mercier Leak Proof Premium Bento Lunch Box with Cutlery
Since many people with chronic illness make food from scratch, this bento box is an easy way to eat on the go. Because it is microwave safe and BPA-free, health conscious people can feel comfortable eating from it. The lunch box even comes with a fork, knife, and spoon.
4. Viniyoga Therapy Complete Back Set
This yoga for the back was recommended to me by my doctor, because of my limited ability to workout. You can order a set with poses for both the low and upper back.
5. Fitbit Alta HR
A person with chronic illness may not use a fitness tracker like most people, but it is huge a benefit to measure heart rate and sleep cycles, two things are greatly impacted by illness. It can also be used to set small exercise goals for good days.
6. Power of the Five Elements: The Chinese Medicine Path to Healthy Aging and Stress Resistance by Charles A. Moss M.D.
The Five Elements are important in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and can give a person struggling with illness some insight into how to heal.
7. Fun Cat Socks
I'm not even a cat person, but these sock are too cute. People with chronic illness always need cozy things to wear around the house.
8. Organic Bath Bombs
People with chronic illness take a lot of baths to sooth aching muscles and detoxify. Usually it involves Epsom salts, but these beautiful bath bombs would provide a nice relaxing diversion.
9. Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate
Sugar is a no-no for people with chronic illness, because it causes inflammation. That's where 90% dark chocolate comes in. It has very little sugar, but tons of rich flavor.
10. Disney's Moana
This charming tale of a girl who overcomes limitations to change the world reminds me of what people with chronic illness do every day. Complete with catchy and melodic music by Hamilton's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
11. Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid
Yolanda Hadid has been a strong voice for the Lyme community and many of us were looking forward to the release of this book. It would make a great present for anyone with invisible illness.
These plants are easy to care for and bring calming greenery to any space—a perfect gift for someone with little energy who needs a pick-me-up.
13. Aromatherapy candle
This soy candle is eco friendly and made with essential oils. The lavender scent is relaxing and perfect for aromatherapy.
14. LazyOne "Ruff Night" Pajama Pants
It's important to note that people with chronic illness are not lazy, which is an unfortunate brand name for these pajama pants. However, I love this brand, because they are comfy, have a cell phone pocket, and have cute sayings. These "ruff night" pants are perfect for people with insomnia.
15. Chronic Coloring: Stress-Relieving Coloring Pages and Activities to Encourage Healing from Chronic Illness and Inspire Rebuilding Wellness
Who knew there was an adult coloring book just for people with chronic illness? Well there is one and it's only $6.99 on Amazon.
16. 100% Pure French Lavender Nourishing Body Cream
With 100% Pure you can be confident that the ingredients are non-toxic and won't irritate sensitive skin. It also have a soothing lavender scent.
17. KitchenAid Electric Kettle
Electric kettles make it easy to boil water for tea or a hot water bottle. This one looks just like a real kettle and would look cute sitting on the kitchen counter. There are multiple colors to match a certain decor.
18. Puppy Bluetooth Speaker
Music is very important for people with chronic illness. This cute puppy bluetooth speaker would liven up any room. Perfect for playing relaxing or upbeat music.
19. Burt's Bees Men's Gift Set
It's difficult to find men's personal care products that are free from toxins. This Burt's Bees gift set is perfect for the man who is concerned about what he puts on his skin.
20. Make a Donation in the Person's Name
If you know someone with chronic illness most likely they have a charity organization they support. In my case, I support the Global Lyme Alliance, because of the research grants they fund to find a cure for Lyme disease. A very meaningful gift would be to donate in a person's name.
Whatever gift you decide to give to someone with chronic illness, remember that this is a very difficult season for people who are sick. It's yet another reminder they can't do everything they used to be able to do. Remember to send some holiday cheer and visit people who cannot leave the house. It would mean so much to someone who could probably use some extra kindness this time of year.
"Some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all." - Tinku Razoria
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.