6 Last-Minute Gifts for Your Friend with Fibromyalgia
It’s official – there are only three more shopping days left until Christmas. As much as I’d like to believe I’ve taken care of everyone on my list – there are inevitably a few left that I’ve yet to find something for. And if the number of cars in the parking lot at the mall is any indication, I’m not the only one with a little last minute shopping to do.
For those of you looking for a gift for a friend or loved one with fibromyalgia, you may be wondering what you should get. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of six last minute gift ideas that we think someone with chronic pain might appreciate. Lets take a look:
1. Home Spa Kit
A DIY spa kit makes a great gift for anyone – but especially for someone with chronic pain. Finding ways to relax the body is essential for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia and a little at home spa can help provide a much-needed escape. A couple items you might include in the kit could be a Whirpool Spa Massager, luxury spa towels and slippers, and various bath salts or gels.
2. Netflix Subscription
A good distraction – such as a good movie or book – can help take our mind off the pain – even if only temporarily. A subscription to a movie surface like Netflix can be a wonderful gift for someone suffering from chronic pain.
3. Heated Blanket or Cozy Socks
For many of us, the drop in temperatures means an increase in pain. Keeping our bodies and muscles warm is important to minimizing the pain and staying as comfortable as possible. A heated blanket or a cozy pair of socks to keep us warm around the house would both be welcome gifts!
4. Hot Water Bottle
On the same token as the blanket and socks, a hot water bottle is a welcome friend on bad days. Heat helps soothe muscles and promotes the release of pain-blocking endorphins to help ease sore or tender areas. We love this hot water bottle set with matching knitted sweater we found on Amazon.
5. Ready-Made Dinners
When you’re living with chronic pain from a disease like fibromyalgia, even the simplest tasks can leave you feeling completely drained. Tasks like preparing dinner for your family (or even just yourself) can be overwhelming, if not impossible, at times. Look online to see if your city has a business similar to Dream Dinners, where you plan your menu online and then visit the establishment to assemble your dinners. You bring the meals home and place them in the freezer for a ready-made meal at the time of your choosing. A gift certificate to one of these businesses would allow your friend or loved one to preserve his or her energy for other things and take care of one of our most basic needs – food!
6. There’s An App for That
There are a number of apps that could be beneficial for those of us suffering from fibromyalgia. Whether you buy the app for them or give them a gift certificate to one of the app marketplaces and make a few suggestions of apps they may like – this is a gift that they can continue to enjoy and benefit from throughout the year. A few of our favorite apps are:
My Pain Diary – helps us track pain, symptoms and triggers that create detailed reports to help our doctors better understand and treat our situation.
Headspace – an app designed to help us develop skills to cope with stress and emotions.
Lift – a great app for setting and reaching your goals – whatever they may be.
Bonus: A Heartfelt Note
I know we said six, but we had to throw in this bonus idea. Perhaps the greatest gift you can give your friend with fibromyalgia is your love and support. A heartfelt note expressing how much you care about them can do wonders. Fibromyalgia can be an extremely lonely condition. Knowing that others love us and see value in us lifts our spirits and sustains us through trying times. Though this gift is the least expensive of the bunch, its value easily surpasses the rest.
We hope these ideas got your creative juices flowing! Regardless of the gift you choose to give, be sure to let your friend or loved one suffering from fibromyalgia know that you care about them. Now, you’ve only got a few days left, so get out there and finish that shopping!