If someone on your holiday gift list has inflammatory bowel disease, have you ever thought of getting them a gift specific to their condition?
As an IBD patient I have always appreciated when someone goes out of their way to find a special gift for me that addresses a symptom or a need that is IBD related. It is a way for people to show their support and acknowledge what I have been going through with my disease.
Items that can make tasks like taking medicine, getting an infusion, or dealing with symptoms feel a little less mundane can really make a difference in an IBD sufferer’s mood. In addition, it is even more impactful if you can purchase a gift from a company that is owned or created by an IBD or chronic illness patient. This shows you support the community as a whole and can help raise awareness of chronic conditions.
Don’t know where to start? I’ve pulled together a list of items that will show your loved one that you went the extra mile in thinking of them this holiday season.
1. IV Zip Hoodie From BeWell
This is the perfect gift for someone who frequently receives IV infusions. This hoodie was specifically designed for infusion day to be both accessible and comfortable. It is designed with zippers placed on the sleeves to allow access for IV placement while still allowing the rest of your arms to remain covered.
The BeWell IV Zip Hoodie comes in 10 different colors and is fashionable enough to wear in or out of the doctor’s office. The founder of BeWell has Crohn’s Disease which inspired her to create her IBD friendly product line that caters specifically to the needs of the chronic illness community.
2. Wrap Around Heat Pack From the Spoonie Society
Chances are if your loved one is living with IBD they are no stranger to painful flare-ups that involve GI discomfort, joint pain, or muscle fatigue. Treat them to a little extra TLC this year with a hot and cold pack that conveniently wraps around the waist for optimal comfort and mobility. Spoonie Society heat packs were designed by two chronic illness warriors so they were careful to ensure the product is user-friendly and made specifically for the needs of the chronic illness community. The heat packs come in a variety of fun colors and patterns so there is something to put a smile on any recipient’s face.
3. The Cheeky Collection Hoodies and Sweatpants From Lazypants
Lazypants is known for their incredibly comfortable loungewear, so their partnership with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada was an exciting collaboration for those in the IBD community. The Lazypants Cheeky Collection has a lineup of pieces designed by The Crohn’s and Colitis Collective features cheeky phrases relevant to life with IBD including “Just Peachy,” “Over It,” and some more sassy sayings that will encourage a chuckle.
Additionally, Lazypants donates 25 percent of the proceeds from this collection to Crohn’s and Colitis research so not only are you purchasing a thoughtful gift, you are also contributing to the cause.
4. Beer Discovery Pack From Partake Brewing
Alcohol can be hard on the digestive system so it is common for some people with IBD to opt for nonalcoholic libations. Partake Brewing specializes in delicious nonalcoholic beers and gives those abstaining a selection of fun beverages. Partake Brewing’s creator has Crohn’s disease which was part of the inspiration for developing the brand focused around nonalcoholic options. Those with IBD will appreciate the taste and the sentiment of the beverages in the Parktake Brewing Beer Discovery Pack, along with the opportunity to support a business created by someone with IBD. Some of their offerings include Hazy IPA, Blonde, and Peach Gose.
5. Health and Symptom Tracker Journal From The Flarey Tales
One of the most stressful parts of dealing with IBD is keeping tracking of all that you have to manage: doctors appointments, medications, symptoms, potential triggers … the list goes on. The Flarey Tales Health and Symptom Tracker Journal is a one-stop shop for managing everything chronic illness related. The journal was created by a member of the chronic illness community with an occupational therapy background who set out to create a tracking method that would help improve quality of life for those who use it. This journal has areas to track everything from diagnoses, to treatment options, to day to day routines like hydration, sleep, and exercise. This is helpful for patients to bring this data back to their providers to help identify triggers and suggested changes. This is a much appreciated gift to help decrease the stress of managing a chronic condition like IBD.
I encourage you to keep these options in mind as you do your holiday shopping this year! As someone with IBD I know how much I appreciate the extra thought that goes into a gift that acknowledges something that is such a big part of my day to day. Happy Holidays!