The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

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We’ve all been there before. You’re on a (mind-boggling) quest to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. It can be a bit frustrating, right? Or, maybe you’re shopping for one of the 133 million Americans who is dealing with a chronic illness and you don’t have a clue what they would like.

To help us better understand the unique needs of this group of people here is a quick review of different chronic diseases and conditions:

  • chronic Lyme disease
  • cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • migraines
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • hypertension
  • bipolar mood disorder
  • depression
  • hypothyroidism
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • asthma
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Crohn’s
  • epilepsy
  • schizophrenia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

…and others

If you are chronically ill yourself you likely have some excellent ideas for what your friend or family member might need or want.

The gift guide below has ideas that will show your loved ones just how much you care. They range from the practical to the funny and everything in between. And, best of all, getting them something that they really want or need will show them your support them and empathize with what they are going through.

Many of the items below are things that have helped me throughout my battle with chronic Lyme disease.

So, here we go…

The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

1. Radiant Saunas Rejuvenator Portable FAR Infrared Sauna

This is the one I have and I absolutely love it. When I’m cold it makes my pain worse. This sauna is perfect for warming up and detoxing.

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2. Pay them a visit.

Having someone visit you when you’re home-bound can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That is…if you keep some things in mind.

Always call ahead; never drop by unannounced because when you have a chronic illness some days you feel better than others. And dropping by to see someone when they aren’t up for a visit isn’t helpful or considerate.

Also, keep the visit short. Some people are so chronically tired and in pain from fighting their health battles that a visit, even from someone they dearly love, can be exhausting.

3. Chocolate Superfoods Detox Organics

This is not your average superfood powder. Why? Because it is 100% organic and it actually tastes delicious…like chocolate milk!

Use the code healthylife to get 15% off Detox Organics.

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4. Essential Oil Set

 

 

 

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5. Essential Oil Diffuser

This works great with the essential oils above.

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6. Offer to drive them to doctor’s appointments or treatments.

7. Warming Neck and Shoulder Wrap

This is awesome for warming the body and relieving pain.

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8. Shiatsu Pillow Massager With Heat For Back, Neck And Shoulders

Who doesn’t love a great massage?

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9. Take them a meal.

Our family always appreciated when friends or family brought us a meal because for several months I was bed-bound and unable to cook. And when you have 4 teenagers living under your roof and a husband with many commitments at work this can be extremely challenging.

Again, remember to call ahead. Ask when it would be the best day and time to bring the meal. Also, be sure to ask if there are any allergies or special diets you should be aware of. Many people with chronic illness have to eat specific foods and avoid others.

10. Color Me Calm Coloring Book

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11. All Natural Calm Supplement

This high-quality supplement helps you relax, eases muscle aches and helps you sleep better.

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12. Get them out of the house.

If your loved one is able to get away, even for a short time, it often helps raise their spirits by having a change of scenery. If the weather is nice you could sit with them outside in the sunshine. Or you might take them on a drive, to the movies, a concert or sporting event.

13. The Prescription Coffee Mug

Give them something to laugh about with this quirky mug.

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 14. Offer to babysit or take their kids to activities.

Managing a family from bed it quite difficult. I don’t know what I would have done without David when I was at my lowest point health-wise. He picked up the slack so many times when I was in no shape to drive our kids to all of their practices, lessons and activities.

Babysitting or playing chauffeur is a huge blessing to anyone with a chronic illness.

15.  Netflix Gift Card

Enough said.

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16. Compression Socks

These help with circulation and are great for keeping warm (not to mention all the great colors and designs).

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17. Calming Guitar Music With Nature Sounds CD

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18. Migraine & Headache Pain Relief Magnesium Essential Oil Spray

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19. Super Soft Sherpa Blanket

Comfy, cozy and warm!

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20. Amazon.com Gift Card In A Greeting Card

As you probably know, gift cards are great because people can use them to buy whatever they want or need, such as comfy p.j.’s, books or healthy snacks.

Also consider purchasing gift cards to their favorite local restaurants that offer carry-out or delivery services.

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21. Gratitude Journal

Journaling helps you focus on all the good in your life and takes your mind off your illness. Being grateful can actually make you a happier person!

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So there you have it…this ultimate gift guide for people with chronic illness is chock full of ideas to help you make your loved ones feel super special and loved.

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  1. I love that these ideas really show that you took the time to think about what the person could use. That is my favorite type of gift.

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