Helpful and Comforting Gifts for a Chronically Ill Loved One

 

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your loved one with chronic illness this holiday season and not quite sure what to get? Look no further than this list to get you started! The best part is that most of these gifts for someone with chronic illness can be purchased from a business owned by someone with a disability or other chronic condition (or a member of their family) so you can support the community.

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Chronic Illness Gifts to Cope with Stress and Promote Relaxation

Living with debilitating chronic pain and other symptoms can be physically and mentally exhausting. Items that promote relaxation and stress relief make great gifts for someone with chronic illness. 

Weighted Blankets

Using a weighted blanket can help reduce anxiety, sensory overload, and chronic pain.

Large Weighted Blanket (50" x 60") - 2 to 20 pounds - Custom Made

Weighted blankets are great for those living with PTSD, ADHD, autism, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, insomnia, and sensory processing disorders. They are also great for a calming ...

Twilight Moths Fleece Weighted Blanket, anxiety relief, autism, insomnia, minky or cooling weighted blanket

This listing is for you to pick the backing fabric of the Twilight Moths Weighted Blanket

Zen Garden

Your loved one may enjoy placing this zen garden on their coffee table or by their bed to assist with calming and meditation.

Nature's Mark Mini Zen Garden Kit for Desk with White Sand, Rake, White Base, Salt Rock and Air Plant (Round)

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Essential Oil Diffuser and Oils

If your loved one enjoys aromatherapy, a diffuser or a new set of essential oils will promote stress relief and help them relax.

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mist Ultrasonic Room Diffuser | 1 diffuser

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Aura Cacia Relaxation Kit | GC/MS Tested for Purity | 4 Bottles 7.4ml (0.25 fl. oz.)

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Bath and Shower Gift Baskets

A hot bath or shower is one of the best remedies for joint pain, bloating, and many other chronic illness symptoms.

Lemon Jasmine Mimosa & Peach Tee Scrub Cold Process Soap Bars Gift Basket Tub with Chocolate and Large Blue Sponge...

This decadent gift tub is a wonderful way to show someone you care. The tub is porcelain and has a floral pattern on the outside. It is beautiful and will be a wonderful way to ...

Hemp Pain and Inflamation Gift Set. Give someone a gift of reduced Pain Levels. All Hand Crafted, Organic, Natural Pain...

You get a 2.2 OZ Painstick, 4 OZ Pain Whip jar, 4 OZ Pain Lotion, 4 OZ Pain Salts, Lg. Pain Whip Bath Bomb and a Headache Roller all Gift Boxed ready to go. Makes a GREAT Gift!

Gifts for Someone with Chronic Illness and Tummy Aches

If your chronically ill family member or friend experiences nausea and digestive issues, they may greatly appreciate these gifts. 

Heated Animal Plushies

Heating pads make great gifts for someone with chronic illness — why not get more creative with these adorable plush animals your loved one can heat up in the microwave and cuddle with in bed or on the couch. 

Kids cuddle up, warmable, plush animals

Oh so soft and perfect for snuggles or any size kiddo! Plush animals can be warmed or chilled to help comfort those little bodies. Infused with lavender essential oils to help ...

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea can soothe an upset tummy, reduce stress, and help with insomnia.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Herbal Tea Variety Gift Box w/ Premium Tea Buddy - Includes Chamomile, Peppermint, Hibiscus, and Roasted Dandelion...

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Chronic Illness Gifts for Temperature Regulation

Many people with chronic illness struggle with temperature regulation because of autonomic dysfunction and circulatory issues — so a gift that helps them stay cool in the summer or warm in the winter can make a big difference in their life. 

Foot Warmer

If your loved one has poor circulation in their extremities, a foot warmer would make a fabulous holiday gift to get them through the cold winter nights ahead.  

Foot Warmer Electric, Heating Pad King Size Ultra Soft Flannel, Extra Large for Bed, Abdomen, Feet, Back, Cramp, Office/Home Under...

1 used from $26.02
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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Cool Gel Packs

For summer gift-giving, choose these cold packs so your loved one can enjoy the warm weather. You might also find ideas in our article about gifts for people with photosensitivity.

20 Sheets Cooling Patches for Fever Discomfort & Pain Relief, Cooling Relief Fever Reducer, Soothe Headache Pain, Pack of 20

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Functional Fashion Gifts for Someone with Chronic Illness

Everyone likes to look good, so fashionable yet functional clothing items make outstanding gifts for someone with chronic illness. 

Compression Socks

Compression socks reduce swelling and improve circulation, but the ones at medical supply stores are usually boring or ugly. Lift your loved one’s spirits with these cute and fun patterned alternatives! 

Mystery Bundle Christmas Compression Socks for Women (3-pair) 20-30 mmhg

For just $20 you will receive 3 holiday compression socks at the sellers pick from any of the socks seen in the provided photos. They are 20-30 mmhg

Comfy, Accessible Clothing

These lounge pants feature side zippers, making them easier to take on and off. Accessible clothing is usually more expensive than average, so buying a present like this for a loved one who is on disability benefits can really help them out.

Slick Chicks Relaxed Lounge Pants Black XL

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Last update was on: February 3, 2023 6:04 PM

Disability Visibility Holiday Apparel

If your loved one enjoys raising awareness through fashion, a holiday-themed chronic illness t-shirt or sweatshirt would make the perfect present. You can find more ideas in our article about chronic illness awareness clothing.

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IMPORTANT... Shirt Color for Baby, Toddler and Youth may change according to availability. We use 3 shirt brand. ( Bella Canvas, Gildan, another) -----HOW TO ORDER?----- ...

Full of Festive Fatigue T-Shirt - Spoonie Christmas Shirt - Xmas Spoonie Chronic Pain - Chronic Illness Holiday Flare Day...

Our holiday shipping deadlines are as follows: UNITED STATES - Dec 11th INTERNATIONAL - Nov 29th AUS/NZ SHOP - Dec 4th Full of Festive Fatigue T-Shirt - Spoonie Christmas ...

Funny Chronic Illness Awareness Pins

Pins are an affordable but thoughtful gift and they make great collectibles. See more in our chronic illness awareness pins post.

Low on Spoons Hard Enamel Lapel Pin

"Low on Spoons" is a hard enamel pin from the "Disability Advocacy Collection" by Morasaurus. This pin features three spoons inside of a ribbon, inspired by a popular phrase for ...

Above all else, consider your loved one and respect their wishes. Medical expenses can take a considerable toll on someone dealing with a chronic illness. If your loved one has voiced something they have to reorder often or have been meaning to purchase, show them you care and that you have been listening by giving them something they need. However, if they would prefer to receive a gift that is not medically related in order to enjoy their holidays, please honor their request and treat them as you would any other friend or family member.

Do you have ideas for the best gifts for someone with chronic illness?

Let us know in the comments. 

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