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A chronic illness such as an autoimmune disorder, Crohn’s, fibromyalgia, Lyme, lupus, IBS, Addison’s, and many others can be a truly life-altering condition. If you’re looking for gift ideas for people with chronic illness, you’re in the right place.

It’s great that you’re trying to think carefully about your gift. Chronic conditions are often misunderstood, and so those who suffer from a chronic illness can often feel the same way. A thoughful gift can be just the trick to cheer them up, help them out, and show how much you care.

TIPS FROM THOSE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS

My wife lives with two chronic conditions (Lyme and Addison’s), both of which are very trying, elusive, and draining while often remaining “invisible” to the outside world. We worked on this list together, so take these as suggestions from two people with different yet similar experiences of life with chronic illness – her living and fighting it, myself watching and helping with it.

A few tips on gift ideas to avoid; remember, this person is battling against something that causes negative reactions in their body and also drains their energy. So be sure to stay away from:

  • Most food items (since they will often have allergies or specific dietary requirements)
  • Cologne or perfume (most have ingredients that will irritate their skin)
  • Sporting goods (excercise is difficult, this type of thing can sometimes make them feel like a failure)
  • Heavy items (they will want to conserve whatever energy they have)
  • Noisy, repetitive, or flashing items (anything that will over-stimulate)
  • Things requiring maintenance (lack of energy makes these kinds of things a burden)

We hope that these suggestions inspire you towards generosity towards someone special in your life living with and fighting against a chronic condition.

Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness: Under $25

PRESCRIPTION COFFEE MUG

Chronic Illness Gift Ideas

When a condition is chronic, the prescriptions tend to pile up. Make a good clean joke out of it with this clever pill-bottle-shaped coffee mug.

COMPRESSION SOCKS

Chronic Illness Gift Ideas

One of my wife’s favorite gifts. Maintaining circulation and staying warm are important parts of proper health, and these compression socks help with both.

AROMATHERAPY ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER

Essential oil diffuser - aromatherapy for chronic conditionsChronic conditions can be helped in a small but soothing way through essential oils and aromatherapy. This essential oil diffuser is one of the most popular and well-reviewed, and a bargain to boot. Even if they already have one, fatigue may make it difficult to transfer from room to room so a second diffuser will be welcome.

DELICIOUS ORGANIC SNACKS & TREATS

Gift ideas for those with chronic conditions

People with chronic conditions are often required to have restrictive diets. A healthy diet that avoids a wide range of allergens, irritants, hormones, and pesticides is almost always expensive. So that $6 bag of healthy chips or an $8 chocolate bar or a $12 bakery treat mix can be a huge splurge.

Find out what the person can and can’t have or some of their favorite treats, then visit a natural and organic grocery store and buy those way overpriced treats. They’ll love you for it, and you can still get a nice little gift with a few choice items for about $20, or even a grocery bag full for $50.

HEATED BOOTIES

Warm Slippers for People with Chronic Illness

No more cold feet! Just pop these slippers into the microwave – yup! – and enjoy the comforting warmth of a new favorite heat source. The Snookiz Microwave Heated Booties are the perfect gift for those who just can’t seem to keep warm.

STRESS RELIEF COLORING BOOK w/ COLORED PENCILS

Gift ideas for people with chronic illnesses

This set of 50 coloring pencils will be much loved and appreciated by someone who needs to spend a lot of time resting. Not many people will understand just how important rest is to someone with a chronic illness, or how difficult it actually is to get and stay properly rested. There’s the boredom, the guilt, the pressing needs of the family and the pressure from friends to do things. A gift of coloring pencils plus a lovely adult coloring book with stress-relief patterns will show your friend that you value their need for quality downtime.

HONEY & GREEN TEA SPA GIFT SET

Gift Ideas

This lovely indugent spa gift set is just the thing for someone dealing with sensitive skin, chronic pain, and high stress. Made from pure, natural ingredients, this luxury bath set comes in gift-ready packaging.

EZ OFF JAR OPENER

Gifts for People with Autoimmune Disorders

With the extreme fatigue and joint pains that accompany many long-lasting health conditions, a simple act such as opening a jar can become an obstacle. The EZ Off Jar Opener makes opening anything from fingernail polish to 6″ lids a breeze.

WINE BOTTLE OPENER

Easy wine opener for people with chronic conditions

Take away the chore from opening a bottle of wine with this electric wine bottle opener. Or, if they’re more into craft beer, how about a personalized wall mounted opener with a magnetic cap catcher?

COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY BRACELET

Magnetic Copper Therapy for People with Chronic Conditions

Not everyone will feel the positive effects of wearing a Copper Magnetic Therapy Bracelet, but many find that it helps relieve aches and pains. With so many other medical bills and prescriptions to pay for, someone with a chronic illness may have the extra funds to try this out, especially if they’re skeptical about it. Those who do and feel a difference, however, tend to rave about it!

CAITLIN WHITE SUPER SOFT PLUSH THROW BLANKET

Caitlin White Super Soft Throw Blanket

Choose from hot pink, lovely gray, earthy khaki, striped gray, or leopard print. People with chronic conditions will often have a low supply of body heat, and simply can’t have enough soft and cozy blankets. Any gift that includes or comes wrapped in a plush snuggly like this will be treasured, remembered, and of course used always.

Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness: Under $50

HANDHELD FULL-BODY ELECTRIC MASSAGER

Electric massager gift for someone with chronic illness

Pain, stiffness, and soreness often accompany a chronic illness. Massage therapy is very, very much appreciated by someone battling a chronic condition. You can certainly give a gift certificate to a professional masseuse for a single or series of massages. There’s nothing like a good deep-tissue massage done by a professional.

But that can get to be expensive pretty quickly. So for a more enduring yet still under-$50 gift option, get your friend this handheld electric full-body massager. Highly reviewed and with a variety of options for head, shoulders, back, legs, and more.

DEEP KNEADING HEAT MASSAGE

Chronic Illness Gift Ideas

Heat and massage therapy in one, and not a bad price either. For help with stress and muscle strain, this massager provides deep-kneading and relaxing heated massages for your neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs. Great for after sports, exercise, and especially a long workday.

ERGONOMIC GARDEN TOOLS

Garden tool set for easy gardening

Gardening is a low-impact form of excercise, ideal for anyone with a chronic condition as a hobby that gets them moving and takes them outside. The Radius 4-Piece Ergonomic Gardening Tool Set is the perfect gift for a gardening enthusiast, the lightweight tools feature a patented ergonomic Natural Radius Grip which provides extra leverage, reducing hand and wrist stress.

HANDMADE FOX HEAT/COLD BAG

Gift ideas for people with chronic illness

These fox and cat heating bags can also be used for cooling, and are available in a ton of adorable designs! Handmade and filled with rice, these are longer so that you can wrap them around your neck with cotton and wool fabrics. People with chronic conditions are notoriously sensitive to temperature, and may love to receive a fun heating bag.

Bonus gift idea: if this person is already has plenty of heating bags, consider giving them a box of those little hand-warmer packets.

LUXURIOUS BATH PILLOW

Gift ideas for people with autoimmune disorders

Baths are wonderful. Baths with a bath pillow are even better. Get some organic artisinal bath salts while you’re at it, like these bath salts which were created by someone battling chronic illness and are perfect for people with sensitive skin.

TREATMINT GIFT BOXES

Gift boxes for someone fighting a chronic condition

Treatmint gift boxes are specifically designed to give to someone combating major health issues. Filled with cute supplies such as journals, coffee mugs, notecards, soap, lip balm, and more, these fun boxes are meant to provide a healthy dose of cheer in the midst of a battle against chronic illness. Choose from several box styles, and send one or a monthly subscription to keep the fun coming.

HYDRO FLASK WATER BOTTLE

Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness

Maintaining proper hydration is very important for everyone’s health, and especially so for someone dealing with a chronic condition. A good-quality Hydro Flask water bottle in a fun color will make a lovely gift. The double-walled vacuum insulation will keep their drinks cool all day long so they don’t have to constantly be getting up for refills.

PERSONALIZED TUMBLER

Perfect for healthy shakes and smoothies!

Personalized tumblers are very popular right now. These keep drinks cool or hot for long periods of time, without the obnoxious outside sweating towards which other types of glasses and mugs are prone. Proper hydration is very important for everyone, and doubly so for anyone with health issues. These tumblers are perfect for keeping your water ice cold, your green smoothies tasting fresh, and your herbal teas toasty hot. Plus, it’s customized!

Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness: Under $100

FOOT SPA MASSAGER

Gift Ideas for People with a Chronic Condition

Our feet have a fascinating relationship with our overall health. There are many benefits to taking care of your feet, and what better way than a daily foot spa and massage? Pretty much anyone with an enduring health condition will find great benefits from receiving this as a gift.

HEATED BLANKET

Plush Heated Blanket - Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness

As we mentioned above, chronic health conditions will often result in the person not being able to retain body heat. Thus, a quality heated throw blanket – comfy, soft, cozy, and always, always warm – is the perfect gift idea.

Premium Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness

Here are the nice, premium-quality gift ideas for someone you love who suffers from a chronic condition. Of course, a check to help with medical bills will often be a huge help. However, there are plenty of other nice, helpful, and healing gifts you can give that they may never purchase for themselves. Here are a few ideas.

(Prices are totally subject to change. This will give you a good ballpark range.)

PORTABLE MASSAGE TABLE ($145)

Massage Table - Gift Ideas for Chronic Illness

A massage table will be a great gift idea for a person with a chronic condition – especially if you’re willling to come over and give massages!

You will want find out if their spouse or someone close to them is able and willing to give massages on a regular basis. Or you can spring for a mobile masseuse to come for in-home sessions. In any case, because a massage requires another person, make sure beforehand that this is something that can be used. If you’re the spouse, commit to giving daily massages! Maybe get a book on massage and learn. Here are a few suggestions:

FITBIT HEART RATE MONITOR & FITNESS WRISTBAND ($150)

Gift Ideas for People With Chronic Illness

The Fitbit with Heart Rate Monitor is a perfect gift idea for someone with a chronic health condition, as it provides continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking all day long. Plus it includes all the other functions that make Fitbit a popular smartwatch: time, date, notifications for calls, texts, and calandar items, tracks your workouts and sleep, guided breathing sessions, and more.

DREAMPAD MUSIC RELAXATION PILLOW ($150)

Gifts for people with chronic illness

The Dreampad Music Relaxation Pillow is truly a unique gift for someone with a chronic illness. Using patented “intrasound” technology, this pillow conducts music into the inner ear via vibrations.  It’s supposed to help reduce stress, induce relaxation, and help you achieve and maintain a longer, higher-quality sleep. Includes the music app which comes with sleep-inducing music. Check it out here.

PORTABLE SAUNA ($200)

Chronic Condition Gift Ideas

Portable and affordable, this Rejuvenator Portable Sauna from Radiant Saunas is the real deal. Energy efficient and made with premium quality materials, you’ll find that the health benefits of regular use include weight loss, improved skin tone, joint pain relief, increased blood circulation, enhanced immune system, reduced stress and fatigue, and increased overall energy levels.

HEAT THERAPY HOT TUB ($350)

Hot Tub Therapy Gift for People With Chronic Illness

An inflatable hot tub is surprisingly affordable these days, and can provide the incredible benefits of heat therapy to someone with chronic pain.

INFRARED SAUNA ($1100)

Chronic Illness Gift Guide

Here’s the ultimate premium gift idea for people with chronic illness: an Infrared Sauna. These saunas use infrared light combined with heat to provide a wide array of health benefits, which can include detoxification, pain relief (including arthritic), weight loss, improved circulation and heart function, and of course relaxation.

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Gift Ideas for a Chronic Illness

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