While many of these items could be used in anyone’s stocking, I wanted to create a list of spoonie stocking stuffers others who live with chronic illnesses. These small gifts could make a huge difference in the life of your loved one!
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I’m absolutely lost without a lip balm on hand. Not only is it a soothing product in general, but it makes a big difference with anxiety, for me.
Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to cook a legitimate meal. A healthy snack is a great way to make sure I’m still getting the necessary nutrients!
They’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but if your loved one would appreciate some essential oils, the would make a great stocking stuffer!
This one’s not only fairly easy, but it’s incredibly versatile! Whether it’s for Amazon, their favourite coffee shop, or a well-deserved massage, you could go so many routes with this gift.
This doesn’t need to be something fancy, but a piece of jewellery that they can wear to feel close to you is a great gift! I have a few pieces of jewellery that I’ve received from friends and family over the years that instantly remind me that they care.
Bonus points if it’s a tea they particularly like or one that will especially help them with a symptom. I’m a fan of Yogi’s teas for the latter.
I got my current pop socket while working with Her Campus and it’s seriously been a lifesaver. I can’t tell you how many times I would have dropped my phone (or wouldn’t have been able to use it) without the pop socket holding it up!
I find sudoku, crosswords, or word searches to be especially nice! They serve as an excellent distraction from pain or other symptoms while not wearing me out in the process.
A muscle rub or other sort of pain relief cream is a welcome addition to most spoonies’ arsenals. Just be sure that they aren’t allergic to an ingredient!
Sometimes blocking out the world is a necessity. Headphones or earbuds are a great way to do just that!
My feet are almost always cold (as I write this, I’m wearing fuzzy socks under an electric blanket and my toes still aren’t quite warm!), so I can’t have enough fuzzy socks, especially in the winter. But they’re also just a great comfort!
When I’m up all night from nightmares or painsomnia, coffee is a must-have. Because of this, I like to keep a good coffee on hand!
When my symptoms flare up but I still need to be a person, scarves become my best friend. In the wintertime, cosy blanket scarves are perfect, but lighter scarves can work year-round!
Not only are these wonderful gifts for anyone who just wants a good night’s sleep, but you can also get versions that are infused with calming oils or that can be heated or cooled for ultimate soothing ability.
Ice packs, a microwavable plush, a heating pad. . . there are countless options available to help your loved one to be more comfortable.
Lotion can help as a comforting item and to soothe the skin. Just be careful or any sensitivities to scents or ingredients!
This is especially good if you’ve already got the coffee and/or tea from earlier in the list! Still, even on its own, I will never turn down a nice mug.
Whether it’s some new tools for my bullet journal or something like a new embroidery set, craft supplies are another great pastime–and an effective distraction from troublesome symptoms.
I recently found my old Nintendo DS and have been reminiscing over Nintendogs and Zoo Tycoon 2. Games like this are a great distraction, and a pretty easy stocking stuffer if your recipient has a gaming system already. Plus, they can work in bed or on the go!
Teenagers may have over-popularised fidget spinners and their counterparts, but these tools really do have benefits. I like fidget cubes and Tangle toys, myself, but there are so many options!
Are you at all surprised that I consider hydration to be crucial? A water bottle with a built-in filter makes it even easier to stay hydrated.
This would be especially great with the extra-long cords you can buy! When I’m stuck in bed, my phone and other electronics keep me at least somewhat connected to the outside world. With an extra-long phone charger, it’s even easier to stay connected!
If your loved one takes any kind of medication for their chronic illness, a new pill organiser could be a welcome gift!
Prints or photos
If your recipient is often stuck in bed or on the couch, a nice print or some beloved photos can be a wonderful touch to brighten their worst sick days!