I know that some people throw up their Christmas lights and start listening to holiday playlists as soon as Halloween is over. Others…barely remember the holidays are coming just a week before. When you only have a few days left and still haven’t found the perfect gift for your loved one with a chronic illness, look no further than this chronic illness gift guide.
Most of these items can be found in general or speciality stores, and can be ordered on online with express shipping.
Chronic Illness Holiday Gift Guide
Who doesn’t love getting lost in a good book? Your loved ones with a chronic illness need to spend more time resting than most, so finding them a new favourite author is one of the best holiday gifts you can give. Since brain fog can strike at any time, I often love reading young adult or teen books when I’m feeling down. Or, to build their health book library, check out my favourite books on Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue.
Cozy days snuggled under a blanket watching your favourite holiday movies, reading books, and watching the snow fall outside. Find me a spoonie who doesn’t love a good blanket, and I’ll eat my matching slippers. Consider an artisanal blanket from your local market or Amazon or a weighted blanket to help your loved one get the perfect night’s sleep.
There’s no better feeling than rolling out of bed to dip your feet in a warm furry cocoon of a slipper. A locally handcrafted slipper or moccasin makes an excellent holiday gift.
I admit it; I’m a tea fanatic. I drink at least 3-4 cups a day. Spending all that time drinking tea, I enjoy using beautiful, colourful, or hilarious mugs. Every time they take a sip of their favourite brew, they’ll think of you.
Journals and colouring books
Creativity is a healthy way to express feelings around illness. Also, colouring is fun! Pick out a journal or colouring book for your loved one to provide hours of entertainment they can do from under their cozy new blanket in bed.
Essential oils, CBD cream, incense, and natural bath products are also all excellent gifts to help add a bit of luxury to your loved one's life.
Time gifts are incredibly valuable to someone living with a chronic illness. Can you offer to make dinner once a week? Watch the kids one day so they can rest? Clean the dishes after the big holiday meal your loved one has prepared? Pick up groceries? Your loved one with a chronic illness has limited energy, think about how you can help them conserve that energy for healing.
Many holistic and complementary therapies aren’t covered by insurance. Ironically, these are often the therapies that provide the most support and relief to people living with chronic illnesses. Consider purchasing a spot in a yoga course, booking a massage session, or buying a therapy package to help your loved one manage their health.
Perhaps the best gift you can give to your loved one with chronic illness is love and understanding. The shipping is free and immediate, and your loved one will appreciate having your emotional support to lean on during their healing journey.