Do you have a special someone in your life who is living with a chronic illness? Let Lyme Warrior help you find the perfect gift! We gathered some of our favorite ideas for the holiday season, and we hope you find the inspiration you need to treat your “chronically awesome” friends and family this season.
- Hot/Cold Face Mask- You can freeze it or heat it in a microwave to help soothe headaches and other facial discomfort. We suggest avoiding purchasing masks that are scented or give of a chemical odor as these can be harmful to the chronically ill. One of our favorites is the plush “Recharging Hot Cold Mask” from www.lymewarrior.us.
- Throw Blankets- When you aren’t feeling well, a cozy blanket can bring soothing comfort and warmth. Because many bedding items contain chemicals that can trigger allergy responses, we suggest looking for ones that are chemical, resin, and pesticide free. The 100% Organic Cotton Throw Blanket available from www.nofeathersplease.com meets these criteria.
- Cleaning Service- It becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with housework when you’re constantly sick. Contact your local cleaning services to arrange a one-time or reoccurring home cleaning.
- Snow Removal or Yard Maintenance- If you can’t afford to pay someone to shovel, plow, or landscape you could also sign up family and friends to take turns helping out.
- Monthly Subscription Box of Goodies- Who doesn’t love to get fun packages in the mail? You can sign up for a single month or a reoccurring subscription. A couple of our favorites are:
- Caring Crate- You’ll receive 4-5 full size items aimed at improving your mental and physical well-being. Items range from motivational books to essential oils and much more.
- ChronicAlly Box – Every month, you can expect a treasure box full of 3-6 full sized health and beauty products to make your beauty routine possible in a pinch, with little effort. Health products for your body and mind, giving you the ability to unwind.
- Sock It To Me- 2 pairs of funky socks delivered to your door.
- Inspirational Jewelry- A simple message of encouragement can make a difference in someone’s day. Some of our favorites are the “Never Give Up Bracelet” from www.lymewarrior.us. Mantraband necklaces and bracelets are available at www.Nordstrom.com.
- Detox and De-Stress gift sets- Many chronic illness warriors have a daily detox game to help purge toxins from their system. Bath salts, charcoal masks, essential oils, soothing natural lotions and soaps, and soft organic cotton robes or towels can bring the spa feeling right to their home. Beauty Counter and L’Bri offer natural, safer beauty care products and Angel Face Botanicals offers a gorgeous Detox gift set with Rockstar bath salts, cleanser, mask, and soap bar. Remember to avoid strong fragrances and products full of chemicals and toxins or ask what sensitivities they have.
- Art Therapy- Something as simple as coloring or crocheting can improve mood and provide stress relief. Choose a craft or hobby suitable to your friend or loved one’s abilities. If they have arthritis, maybe colored pencils will be too hard to hold. Try a Pentel Aquash watercolor brush instead! It holds water in its barrel, is light weight, and the gentle sweeping of the brush isn’t as hard on joints and muscles. One of our favorite craft stores is www.PaperSource.com because they offer prepackaged kits for crafting- wreaths, flowers, garlands, paper dolls, and more! Each kit lets you know the crafting level required and any additional materials needed like adhesive or scissors.
- Full Body Contoured U-shaped Pillow- We fell in love with this body pillow by BlueStone! Although it’s marketed as a pregnancy pillow, it’s perfect for people with chronic pain. It helps support the belly, back, and neck while sleeping to help keep proper alignment. So comfy, everyone will want one!
- Essential Oil Diffuser- Did you know the average can of air freshener, scented candle, and plug-in oil warmer can fill your homes with harmful toxic chemicals? That’s why chronic illness warriors turn to alternative, natural scents like high quality essential oils. There are many types to choose from, but I find the nebulizer and ultrasonic/humidifying diffusers work the best.
- Greeting cards- It can become isolating when you’re confined to your home, so sending a personal note or card is a great way to brighten someone’s day. My favorite line of empathy cards comes from www.emilymcdowell.com. It can be difficult to know what to say when “getting better soon” isn’t the right fit for the illness. One of her cards reads: “How about the next non-doctor who thinks they can cure you gets smoothered in kale?” Give the gift of laughter this holiday!
- Gift Certificate for massage or Infrared Sauna- Check out your local Groupon listing for deals in your area. Massages and Infrared Saunas are a luxury some people can’t afford, but they’re so beneficial to healing. Pamper someone today!
We hope we were able to help you with your holiday shopping list! Remember, it’s the thought that counts and showing someone you took time to understand their needs during chronic illness means the world to them.
Since her diagnosis in May of 2016, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness and educating the community about Lyme disease and coinfections. She started the #lymeawarenessMKE campaign, volunteers with Lyme Warrior, runs a support group on FaceBook, and uses Instagram to blog about her daily life with chronic illness. She currently resides in WI with her boyfriend and two cat children, and uses her illness as motivation for change. She may be tiny in stature, but her passion for fighting Lyme disease is a force to be reckoned with.