This is my holiday list of great gift ideas for people with chronic illnesses. I have made lists of great chronic illness products for gifts before and I will link to those. But this is more a list of things that are not specific to us being ill, that are just good ideas for things we do to cope.

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Gifts for people with chronic illnesses


An excellent gift for people with sensitivities is headphones for a few reasons. One reason is the earbuds can be painful for some of us to wear- as in me, I cannot wear them at all. Secondly, they help us out and about the block out unpleasant noises with things like audiobooks, podcasts, or soothing tunes. Third, they are comfortable if we want to chill and listen to guided meditations.

These are similar to the ones I have and they are perfect for me. I mean, you can go nuts and get some seriously expensive ones but I don’t see that being necessary. And this brand has red ones which I think are cool. JBL LIVE 400BT – On-Ear Wireless Headphones – Green

Art and Creative Hobbies

I am into creative hobbies to distract us and express ourselves. Some hobbies we choose can be Adult Colouring, Adult Diamond Painting, Adult Paint By Numbers. I’ve been trying my hand at drawing and watercolours. I do a visual journal as well. All these are wonderful to do for sure.

Paint-By-Numbers- Winnie’s Picks

I prefer to use Winnie’s Picks for our Paint by Numbers. I tried a few other companies but I love this one which is why affiliate with them. My spouse does these all the time. It helps with his anxiety to focus on something and the harder, more advanced ones, keep him quite occupied.

This is the first one we did together. It is a beginner one.

Diamond Painting

The benefit to these is there is an awesome selection of them online and they do not cost much at all. My spouse likes them for his anxiety because it is very relaxing to do. It is just clicking these small beads into place in the pattern.

This one is a two for one deal that looks cool- ‘Diamond Painting Kits Tree Diamond Painting Kits for Family Wall Decoration’

Colouring Books

You can zen out with colouring. My sister-in-law enjoys this hobby for her anxiety. And there are so very many books to choose from.

I found this one that looked cool: Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs

Or maybe this is more your style: I’m Allergic to Stupidity, I Break Out in Sarcasm: A Snarky Coloring Book for Adults: 51 Funny & Sarcastic Colouring Pages for Stress Relief & Relaxation

Adult Lego

Adult Lego is something I heard about recently and I think is AWESOME. What an Idea! So they have for beginners and their more decently priced ones and a bunch of portrait Lego art you can do. It is such a good idea for a hobby to zen out on. I have noticed on their site they have some seriously cool ones but they are sold for limited time frames.

Check out this one: LEGO Art Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests


Some of us have trouble reading. With vertigo, I can no longer read like I used to and can’t every day either. It has been hard on me. And the same goes for many people with migraine disease. So Audiobooks are a great alternative for us. I know a lot of people that love them. I haven’t been able to get into them myself but I understand the appeal. I have a preference for Podcasts.

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Amazon Prime

We need our distractions. Pain distractions. Bad day distractions. And Amazon Prime adds a lot of bang for its buck in distractions. It has Amazon videos, Twitch access, Music, and…. FREE books to read. That last one I love a whole lot. But also the videos because sometimes I just need to lay down and the best thing I can do is watch something and they have a great selection, so much so, I have pretty much gotten rid of cable.

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My book: The Chronic Pain Manual: The really, real manual to pain

I mention my book because it is not a serious chronic pain or chronic illness book. And this post isn’t about serious gifts but more gifts that help us cope in various ways but Also are still great gifts. So this is chronic pain Related but is a humour book- deeply sarcastic and making jokes about pretty much everything book.

Or, hey, I also have a selection of fiction under my pen name… just saying, a book is an awesome gift.

Backpack Purse

For the women in your life a backpack purse, if they like them, is an awesome gift. For one thing, it reduces strain on the shoulders which for me is quite painful so this sort of purse is really helpful. Also, lately, with my vertigo and balance issues, I use a cane and it is tricky to have a normal purse this way so having it on both shoulders keeps it out of the way so I can use my cane effectively.

There are some awesome styles. Some small ones and larger ones. I like a decent sized one so I can carry things like a book or laptop if needed with no addition strain on my shoulders.

This one for example is rather nice for all uses: Laptop Backpack Women Teacher Backpack Nurse Bag 15.6 Inch Womens Work Bag Purse Water-Resistant Business Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port

Stuff for some serious relaxation

Stuff for just nice relaxation and stress relief

Bath salts

I always use Epsom Salts. But a great gift is some special bath salts of some sort.

Like this one here: Kneipp Dream Away Valerian & Hops Mineral Bath Salt Soak

Magnesium oil spray

Another nice way to boost our magnesium and can also help with muscle craps and Restless Leg Syndrome.

Magnesium Oil Spray 100% Pure From the Dead Sea

Live Clean Body lotion

Frankly, all their products are awesome. I am allergic, or Sensitive to SLS, so SLS-free shampoo and products are the way to go for me. And for people with fibromaylgia it is a good idea to go with sensitive skin products. Anyway, they have great lotions and even bubble baths. So I can have all the products I would want and desire… without the itchiness.

Live Clean Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion

Snazzy Cane

If you need a mobility device might as well choose a snazzy one. I got myself a real nice, simple wooden cane dyed blue from Fashionable Canes for a gift one year. I like sleek and simple designs. But you can go as snazzy as you want. It seems like a weird gift but I tell you the cane I got from the pharmacy was a Tool… the one I bought suited me personally and I rather like it.

A Journal

A journal or a visual journal or a gratitude journal are all great things to pick up. Depending on what you like to do a day when you think about your day, really. And they make a fine small gift.

Tree of Life Journal 


PJs are always a welcome gift for someone with a chronic illness. Because having more than a few pairs is great when you can get laid out for days at time, or longer, or Much longer.

I like this snazzy set: Ekouaer Pajamas Set Long Sleeve Sleepwear Womens Button Down Nightwear Soft Pj Lounge Sets

Board games

I put this on the list because I don’t get out and about often but I do like to socialize every so often. And this is my compromise. Game nights. And man, so many games you can choose from. Classic games. Card games. Adult games. I’m into like strategy games lately.

Three Dragon Ante: Legendary Edition

Huntress Vs Tactician – Dice Throne: Season Two Board Game

A Game of Thrones Boardgame Second Edition

There can be a lot of creative ideas for your friend or family member with a chronic illness. It just depends on what they enjoy to do on their good days or for a pain distraction. Things they do to relax and for self-care.

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13 thoughts on “Chronically ill Christmas gift ideas

  1. HI Nikki
    Sorry I’m writing again but I’ve heard of a device called BAUD through a friend. Apparently it’s good for depression and chronic pain. That would be a nice Christmas present. I wonder if you have tried it?

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  2. It’s made in Texas and it works like biofeedback. It’s meant to calm down your amygdala. It’s basically sounds which are adjusted at different frequency.

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    1. I like biofeedback… I did it with a pain psychologist once. Sort of taught my brain how to meditate effectively. I like the idea of having something at home to do that.


  3. A friend is lending me this device. I’ll try it and let you know. It’s much cheaper in America because we have to pay duty. I would also like to try Oska pulse but again it’s pricey and you’re not guaranteed pain relief.

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    1. Let me know what you think for sure! I am always looking for new devices to try out. I love the Oska Pulse but, as usual, I broke it because I am clumsy and dropped it. So that sucked. I always to that with things past the warranty. lol Like my brain is keenly aware it is right past the warranty and then yep now I can do something insanely clumsy with it.


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