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I love holiday shopping. I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping and it’s barely December. But for those of you still looking for gift ideas for your loved one with inflammatory bowel disease (or other chronic illness), here are some ideas.
Coloring books. During times when I’ve been home sick, coloring has been a fun way to relieve stress or distract myself from needing to use the bathroom 20 times a day. I love this Jane Austen coloring book I bought myself a few years ago, and my sister got me this Sherlock coloring book a few years ago.
A Yoga Download subscription. Yoga has always been so helpful to me in coping with stress and anxiety, but when I’m in a flare, the idea of going to a yoga class is daunting. I love being able to do gentle yoga at home when I’m sick, and Yoga Download has a great selection of classes of varying lengths and levels.
A vegetable steamer. Many of us with ulcerative colitis try to stick to cooked vegetables to avoid exacerbating our symptoms. My mom bought me this microwave vegetable steamer a few years ago and I love it. It’s great for quickly cooking things like green beans or carrots.
A cozy blanket. Last year, my sister got me this cozy snowflake blanket for Christmas. It’s so warm and soft – perfect for those days when you’re curled up on the couch.
A good blender. I started making smoothies for breakfast a few years ago. They’re healthy and delicious and you can customize the ingredients to whatever you can tolerate. I may or may not be getting a NutriBullet blender for Christmas this year, and I can’t wait to try it out.
An inspirational bracelet. When I got really sick a few years ago, I bought myself a bracelet with a quote from my favorite Emily Dickinson poem. I also love this Moana-inspired bracelet from Lillian & Co., a company that makes jewelry inspired by Disney. Wearing them is a reminder that I am stronger than my illness.
A good book. Reading has always been an escape for me. I love Kate Atkinson’s books and am about to start reading Transcription, her latest novel. I also love reading memoirs that make me laugh when I’m not feeling well. The last one I enjoyed was Geraldine DeRuiter’s All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft.
Flannel sheets. I’ve loved using flannel sheets in the winter ever since my mom bought me my first set as a kid. Last year I bought a set of grey snowflake ones from Target similar to these.
What would you add to this list?