Okay, so I am a big fan of gift guides; I love reading them and getting some inspo of what to buy for my friends and family. This year, I thought I’d write a gift guide for people with a chronic illness – what to buy your friends and family who may live with one or multiple chronic conditions!
There are some smaller stocking fillers and then some bigger idea’s as well; one type of thing I haven’t included is any food related things. The reason for this is that for many people, different foods trigger symptoms so it depends on the person you’re buying from. (FYI, if any friends or family are reading this, feel free to still buy me food cause your gal loves food!)
The Chronically Living Gift Guide
All of the things I’m including in the gift guide are either things I would like to receive as a gift OR have actually been gifted by friends/family. I wanted to make it as helpful as possible so yeah, on with the blog post!
Bath & body
Lush is 100% one of my fave bath and body places to shop from. I love the ethos of their company, how natural their products are and they always look so nice!
Their Christmas ranges are always amazing and one of my favourites this year is the Dreaming of Christmas which features some of my favourite sleepy products (which are really good for someone who struggles sleeping). Some other gift sets which have caught my eye are the Hygge Holiday’s and Deck the Halls.
Perfume is another really nice present to give. For me, perfume is something which makes me feel a little bit more together, especially on the bad days, which is why I think it’s a really nice gift idea! My current favourite is the new Michael Buble ‘‘By Invitation’ Peony Noir which has a really luxurious feel without being overly expensive.
I think art/crafty things are a great present. My mum tends to buy be something of this nature every year and I love it. I’ve talked about creative mindfulness on the blog before and how beneficial it can be for people with chronic conditions.
There are so many options, depending on the level of ability of who you’re buying for. I’m a big fan of the Reeves colouring books, which are great for mindfulness, and passing time in hospital, and are super handy and easy to do.
If the person is more of a writer, a journal may be a more appropriate gift. The Nomad Factory have some gorgeous leather bound travel journals which would make a fantastic gift. I’m currently using mine as my bullet journal as it’s so handy to carry around in my bag.
Craft Loft, which is ran by one of my amazing friends, has some great packs you can buy online to make clay models as well as workshops you can book on to which are for all abilities including felting (which is a lot of fun), making jewellery with silver clay and fused glass jewellery.
I always think Jewellery is such a lovely gift to give, regardless of whether someone has a chronic condition or not. For my 21st birthday, I got a Daniel Wellington watch from my parents and it is such a special gift to give to someone.
Joma Jewellery is another great place to get meaningful pieces from. One of my friends got me the gorgeous Happy Turtle bracelet for me when I was in hospital and it meant the world to me. They have little cards which go with them with different sentiments such as good luck, karma, love etc and they’re beautiful.
Another gift I was given by my friends was amethyst bracelet which is meant to be a healing stone. If the person you’re buying for is more spiritual, looking at the effects of different stones may be a really nice, thoughtful touch.
Cosy & useful gift ideas
A life more inspired has some gorgeous gifts which include their affirmation cards which are a great way to start your day off on a positive note.
Candles are another great gift to give. I have two favourite brands; Sand + Fog (from Home Sense) and Isle of Mull soap who do gorgeous soya candles. Candles are such a lovely, cosy gift to give!
SAD lamps are a great gift to give someone who may struggle in the winter months. The lamp I’ve linked to looks like a really good one as it doubles as an alarm clock with a sunrise & sunset feature.
CareCo have a really wide range of living aids which are really practical and useful gift ideas! Something I’ve been loving from there is the Infrared massage hairbrush which is really relaxing but also stimulates hair growth by invigorating the scalp.
Hopefully there are some gift ideas there for you to get someone special this christmas!
Some of the items mentioned in this post were gifted & affiliate links are used. However, all opinions and festive cheer are my own 🙂