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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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