Top 20 Gifts for Someone with Fibromyalgia
With approximately 5 million fibromyalgia sufferers in the U.S. alone – and another 25 million American adults who have experienced daily pain lasting longer than three months – there’s a good chance you know someone who suffers from fibromyalgia or another form of chronic pain.
If so, you may be wondering what gift or gifts you can get them this holiday season that they’ll truly appreciate! Well – wonder no more! We asked our 150k + Facebook page followers what gifts would help make their lives with fibromyalgia a little easier, better or brighter. We got tons of responses. We’ve put the most popular ones together in a list you can use to help get that perfect gift for your friend or loved one with fibromyalgia:
#1: Healthy Meal Subscription Service
Meal subscriptions make for a great gift for anyone – but especially for someone who suffers from chronic pain. Meal time can be a great burden, especially if you’re preparing meals for the whole family. A meal subscription can help ease some of that burden. Additionally, it can help introduce new, healthier foods into your diet. Here are a few subscription services to consider:
#2: House cleaning service
Again, who wouldn’t like a little help around the house. Consider paying for (or giving a gift card for) a house cleaning service to help clean or tidy up your friend or loved one’s house. Or, if you’re the spouse of someone with fibromyalgia, ask what household chores or responsibilities you can start taking over to help ease your spouse’s burden.
#3: Gift certificate for massage or acupuncture
Gift certificates for therapeutic services like a massage or acupuncture make a perfect gift for someone with chronic pain. Massages can help relieve tense and aching muscles. They also help improve circulation, which allows the blood to deliver much needed oxygen and nutrients to the entire body. So give your friend or loved one a short escape with a gift certificate for a massage or acupuncture.
#4: Comfortable recliner (with heat and/or massage)
If you have a bigger budget to spend, a comfortable recliner with a heat and/or massage feature would be a godsend for your friend or loved one with fibromyalgia. A comfortable place to rest is a must for those of us suffering from chronic pain. While we’d prefer to be able to go 100 miles per hour all day every day, our condition simply doesn’t permit it most days.
#5: Massaging seat cushion
If a recliner is out of your budget, consider giving a seat cushion with heat/massage capabilities that they can place on an existing chair or recliner. Here are some of the top rated massaging seat cushions on Amazon:
#6: Neck pillow or shoulder wrap
Neck pillows can help us avoid those annoying kinks from sleeping the wrong way! They make a great (and affordable) gift for someone with chronic pain. Shoulder wraps can help relieve the pain and tension that often builds up in the neck and shoulder area of those with chronic pain.
Microwaveable Neck Pillow | $20 on Amazon.com
Massaging Neck Pillow | $26 on Amazon.com
Neck & Shoulder Wrap | $20 on Amazon.com
#7: Heated body wrap
The Honeywell Soft Heat Mind & Body Care Whole Body Wrap provides pain relief for the whole body! Your friend or loved one will melt (not literally), when they open it! Heats up in the microwave and provides approximately 30 mins of pain relief and comfort.
#8: Heated slippers
A lot of people with fibromyalgia also suffer from poor circulation, which can leave our hands and feet cold. A pair of heated slippers make a wonderful gift to keep us warm and comfortable.
Microwaveable Slippers | $10 on Amazon.com
Hot Socks Heated Slippers | $12.99 on Amazon.com
#9: Heated shawl
Another great gift to help us stay warm around the house!
Heated Shawl | $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
#10: Heated Blanket
Heated Blanket | $47.80 on Amazon.com
#11: A pair of comfy, warm socks (heated or aloe infused)
A pair of comfortable socks to keep our feet warm is another great gift. Socks that are heated or aloe infused are even better!
#12: Heated Floor Mat
Have you ever had to stand on a cold, hard kitchen floor for an extended period of time? It’s not comfortable. And for those with fibromyalgia, the cold can be exacerbated by our poor circulation! Try getting your friend or loved one heated floor mat for the kitchen, under the desk, and more.
Heated Floor Mat | $25.75 on Amazon.com
#13: Purple mattress, pillow or seat cushion
If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Purple mattress is making the rounds on the internet as one of the best new mattresses on the market. Designed by two brothers (one of which is an actual rocket scientist), the Purple mattress uses a unique hyper-elastic polymer to provide the ultimate support without being too soft or too hard. It even passes the egg test with flying colors!
#14: Soft bunny wrap
Filled with aroma therapeutic Cinnamon, Clove and Eucalyptus, this is a bunny to love! Just microwave the removable insert and then slip it into the soft bunny cover for heated relief along with a calming scent! It even lasts up to an hour!
Soft Bunny Wrap | $49.95 on Softsurroundings.com
#15: Relaxation essentials (i.e. Epsom salts, essential oils, Chamomile tea, etc)
Anything to help us relax, unwind and recharge would make a great gift. Things like Epsom salts, bath accessories, spa related items, essential oils, tea and more.
#16: Stick on heat relief pads
These little guys come in handy, especially on bad days. You can usually find them in the pharmacy section of your local grocery store.
When you’re in constant, widespread pain – the last thing you want is to wear tight, uncomfortable and restrictive clothing. Cuddlduds has perfected the science of making clothes comfortable and cute. If you’re feeling confident, by your friend or loved one something from cuddlduds on your own. Or, if you’re not exactly sure what they’d want – you can send them a gift certificate as well.
Learn more at Cuddlduds.com
#18: Things to help us take our mind off the pain (i.e. Audio books, coloring books, etc.)
A good distraction can do wonders for both the mind and the body. Audiobooks, adult coloring books, a Netflix subscription, etc. all make for good “distraction” gifts to help us escape and take our mind off of the pain and discomfort.
#19: Walking buddy or yoga buddy
If your friend or loved one is capable of doing low impact exercises like walking or yoga, being their workout buddy can make a great gift. You can support one another (without guilting each other) as you work to achieve your health and fitness goals. Walking buddies also make for a great social escape to help take our minds off the pain.
#20: Love, understanding, and support
Last – but certainly not least, we treasure your love, understanding and support above all else. Just looking for ways to show this to your friend or loved one with fibromyalgia would be worth more than any other gift in the world.