Christmas gift guide for people with chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, ME/CS and Lyme disease. Click to read or pin to save for later.
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Today is the 1st of December. For me, that means it’s time to get organised and start my Christmas shopping (I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to think about Christmas until we hit December). These days I do all of my shopping online as it saves me time, energy and stress.

Internet shopping can have its own challenges, though. Sometimes buying for someone is easy as you know exactly what you are looking for. But for others, it can be more challenging. Knowing what to buy can feel frustrating and it sucks to be endlessly scouring the internet looking for ideas and inspiration.

To save you from the stress of this, I’ve put together a gift guide that I hope will give you a few ideas on what Christmas gift to buy for someone with a chronic illness. It might even give you some inspiration for your own wish list.

I’ve tried my best to accommodate different budgets and I’ve split this gift guide into a UK and US version. I live in the UK but I know that a lot of you who read my blog are from the US, so I wanted to help you out too. I’ll start with the UK gift guide, but if you want to skip to the US gift guide simply click here.

UK Christmas Gift Guide

For fox sake mug1. “For Fox Sake” Mug
Made by TheWallStickerComp on Esty who are based in Manchester. I don’t know if it’s just me but life with chronic illness always makes me say “oh for fox *ahem* sake, not something else to deal with.” It can feel like one thing after the other so this mug made me giggle. It costs £6.99, plus £2.99 postage.

 

A carnelian bracelet makes a lovely Christmas gift2. Carnelian crystal healing bracelet
I have a similar bracelet myself and wear it every day. It is made by SanitasMagicalScents on Etsy. Carnelian is meant to help with fatigue and stimulates motivation, creativity and promotes positivity. It’s priced at £3.75, plus £1.50 postage.

 

3. Sloth To Do Later Notepad
I don’t know about you but I feel like a sloth is my spirit animal! I love this illustrated to do later notepad by Gemma Correll. I think it’s great for those of us who suffer from energy problems as it will help us to prioritise tasks and remind us of what we can leave until later. It costs £5.99, plus £1.95 postage.

 

An amethyst bullet necklace4. Amethyst Necklace
This stunning amethyst necklace is by Aubergine Fox on Etsy. The amethyst crystal is gold plated and suspended on a gold plated chain. Amethyst is a meditative and calming crystal to promote balance, calm and peace. This necklace costs £8.50, plus £1.50 postage.

 

Green People's artichoke shampoo and conditioner5. Green People Organic Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo & Conditioner
Green People are an ethical company who produce organic, chemical-free products and I personally love this shampoo and conditioner. It smells amazing and leaves your hair feeling clean and nourished. Best of all, it’s good for your health. It costs £23.99 for both with free delivery.
Too tired to function t-shirt6. Too Tired to Function T-shirt
I think everyone with a chronic illness can relate to this t-shirt. It’s made by TheKingConcept on Etsy and is has the slogan “this is my too tired to function t-shirt”. It comes in 7 different colours and 3 sizes. It’s priced at £6.99, plus £1.99 postage.

 

7. Suffered Long Enough by Dr. Bill Rawls
This is a great read for anyone suffering from Lyme disease, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Dr. Rawls shares his story of recovering from Lyme disease and fibromyalgia and sets out the steps of how he achieved it. You can read my full review on this book here. It costs £12.28 for the paperback version.

 

8. Dreamland Thermo Therapy Heat pad
I’ve had this heat pad for years now and I love it. It helps to soothe and ease aching muscles and I find it very comforting. In my opinion, it’s a must-have for chronic pain sufferers. You can read my review of the ‘Dreamland Thermo Therapy Heat pad’ here. It costs £29.99 and is available for free delivery.

 

9. Eye mask with free ear plugs
Getting a good night’s sleep can be tough and any little bit of light can be disruptive, which is why an eye mask can be so helpful. This eye mask has a soft, comfortable organic bamboo and cotton lining and comes with a carry case and a set of free ear plugs. It costs £8.90 and is eligible for free delivery.

 

10. Lightstim for Pain
The Lightstim for Pain is my luxury item for this gift guide. It uses patented LED light therapy to ease pain and reduce inflammation in the body. I have and use this gadget and think it’s wonderful. You can read my full review here. It costs £209.00 and is eligible for free delivery.

US Gift Guide

Sloth Not To Do List1. Sloth Not To Do List
As I said above, I feel like a sloth is my spirit animal. I, therefore, think that this “not to do list” notepad by Susie Ghahremani is super cute. It includes 50 sheets and is printed on recycled paper, making it eco-friendly too. Keeping organised helps to reduce stress so this is a very handy gift. It costs $8.00.

 

2. Bite Me by Amy Hilfiger
Ally Hilfiger spent years not knowing what was wrong with her. She reached breaking point aged 18 and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. This turned out to be the best thing for her and lead to her being diagnosed with Lyme disease. “Bite Me” shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Hardcover costs $14.70, with the paperback version costing $9.51.

 

3. Rose Quartz Bracelet
Rose Quartz is a heart stone and carries an energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It’s a happy stone, promoting calmness and happiness. This beautiful stretchy bracelet costs $2.99.

 

Fleece blanket4. Fleece blanket
There is nothing better than wrapping up on the sofa in a soft, snuggly blanket. This zig-zag patterns fleece blanket comes in two colours (grey and blue) and is available in 3 different sizes. Price: $26.99.

 

5. The PillSuite
This handy little gadget makes pill boxes obsolete and it’s particularly handy for travelling. Organise your pills into separate inexpensive packets that you can label and carry with you. It makes weekly or monthly organisation so much easier. The PillSuite is priced at $39.95

 

6. Kindle E-reader
The Kindle is a must-have gadget. It’s super easy to read and you can adjust the text to suit your needs. Plus, it means instant access to loads of books; you can download them straight after purchase. It’s perfect for curling up with and getting some relaxation and chill-out time. This e-reader is priced at $79.99

 

7. Sunbeam Xpress Heat Microplush Heating PadThis heating pad heats up in just 30 seconds and, as I said above, I feel a heating pad is an essential item for all chronic pain sufferers. They are very soothing and provide both pain relief and comfort. I personally wouldn’t be without mine. This one costs $33.14

 

Permanently Tired T-shirt8. Permanently Tired T-shirt
I think this t-shirt, with its “permanently tired” slogan, sums up how those of us with a chronic illness feel. Anyone with a sense of humour will appreciate this t-shirt. It’s available in black or grey and in 4 sizes. Sold by AMOXTLILA on Etsy, it looks super comfy and is priced at $22.00

 

9. The Quell
The Quell is a wearable pain-relief device that is worn 1-2″ below the knee. It can truly help to improve a chronic pain sufferer’s quality of life. It’s my luxury item on this list and costs $249 for the starter kit. It’s absolutely worth the price! It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee but trust me when I say it won’t be going back.

I hope you have enjoyed this gift list. I’d love to hear what you think down in the comments below.

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5 Comments

  1. I love the “permanently tired” tee shirt and the “for fox sake” mug. It’s great that you included both US and U.K. gift ideas.

    • I love those too 🙂 Thank you, for some reason, I have more readers from the US than the UK so I didn’t want to neglect you guys!

  2. Wonderful suggestions! I love that you have something by Susie Ghahremani on your list, her illustrations always make me smile. So adorable!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like the list. I’ll have to check out more of Susie’s illustrations, I think the sloth is super cute 🙂

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