Monday, December 14, 2009

Fibro-Friendly Holidays: 10 More Thoughtful Gifts for Fibromites

Stef's Present with Handmade WrappingImage by ex.libris via Flickr

After I completed my first post about helpful holiday gifts for people living with fibromyalgia, other ideas kept popping into my head. I realized I needed to devote another post to this topic. So here are more thoughtful gifts that any fibromite would appreciate.

Here is a picture carousel of the gift ideas I am going to highlight in this post:

Carex Bed Buddy Wraps

Not your average heating pad, a Carex Bed Buddy wrap can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer for hot or cold relief. Coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, Bed Buddy wraps just work better to combat the aches and pains of fibromyalgia. Look for warming mittens and booties, a mask for headaches and sinus pain and a wrap for the neck and shoulders. These wraps are great pain-relieving presents for your friend with fibro.

Knifty Knitter

This is my favorite fibro-friendly craft. I find using a Knifty Knitting loom to be a hand friendly activity. Knifty Knitting involves wrapping the yarn around pegs and then lifting it up and over with a crochet hook. I used foam tubing to build up the handle of my crochet hook to make it easier to hold. Easy to learn, the Knifty Knitter makes it possible to knit hats, scarves, socks, gloves, mittens and even a dog sweater. Give your favorite fibromite the gift of a fibro-friendly way to knit.

Cool-Jams Sleepwear

Due to fibromyalgia and dysautonomia, I find that my brain has some difficulty regulating my body temperature. This can be problematic, especially at night--one minute I am huddled under the covers freezing and the next minute I am hot and throwing the covers off. Then I discovered moisture-wicking sleepwear like Cool-Jams. A comfortable night's sleep no matter what your body temperature is what you get when you wear Cool-Jams to bed.

Acorn Slippers

When you have diabetes like I do, waking around the house barefoot is a no-no. After trying several different brands of house slippers, I stumbled upon Acorn about a year ago. Not only are these slippers durable, cushioned and comfortable, they are made to last. Put a pair of Acorn slippers under the tree for your loved one and be sure to treat yourself to a pair too.

I Love Lucy or other comedy DVDs

They say laughter is the best medicine, so why not give the gift of laughter to your friend with fibromyalgia? Perfect for those bad days spent in bed, help them get their mind off their pain and put a little smile on their face with the gift of their favorite comedy TV show or movie on DVD. My favorite is I Love Lucy.

Hooded Robe

I recently discovered that using a bathrobe to dry off when I get out of the shower is a huge energy saver. A hooded robe has the benefit of drying off both body and hair. Be sure to get one made of a thick, absorbent terry cloth and put a little note in the box with this fibro-friendly suggestion for its use. Your fibromite will love it!

Decorative Pill Box

Treating fibromyalgia can mean taking a lot of medication. Make it more colorful for your loved one with fibromyalgia with the gift of a decorative pill box.

Casio Baby G Watch

Speaking of medication, sometimes a reminder is key to taking pills on time. Enter the Casio Baby G watch, with models that have up to 5 different daily alarms. Using an alarm watch also helps when trying to pace oneself to conserve energy and allows the wearer to set a countdown timer wherever they happen to be. In so many stylish variations, a Baby G watch is a cute and fun way to manage time.


This clock helps those with fibro-fog keep track of both the time and day. This is one present I wish I had and one that your stay-at-home fibromite will definitely appreciate.

Backpack Purse

With neck and shoulder pain, slinging a purse over one shoulder or carrying one in hand can make pain worse. A smart and polished backpack purse distributes the weight over both shoulders and keep hands free, which can help minimize pain flare-ups. That makes this present very fibro-friendly.

Please leave me a comment because I would love to hear what you think about my suggestions for fibro-friendly gifts for fibromites.

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