I’ve been writing a lot more about my personal health recently and it’s seemed to go down really well on here. I do want to be writing positive things around it too though so I’ve been thinking about the small things that keep me going. I thought I’d put together a little post of gift ideas for chronically ill people. Whether it be their birthday, Christmas or just a random act of kindness, these are the things I personally think any chronically ill person would be really grateful to receive. Chances are that they don’t have a lot of money due to their circumstances too so I can guarantee a gift like any of these would be well received and appreciated.
Bath & Bodycare Treats
It’s no surprise that chronically ill people and baths go hand in hand. They’re warm, cleansing and have the ability to seriously alleviate mental and physical discomfort. Personally, baths are one of the only places I feel I can properly unwind and have some “me” time and I’m sure that’s the same for so many people. Although some assume bath products as gifts are unthoughtful, I can guarantee any of Bomb Cosmetics adorable, handmade and cruelty free products would go down a treat. They offer a huge range of dainty delights for dousing in the tub.
A perfect package for the sleep-deprived would be the “Sleepy Head” gift pack. Consisting of 3 bath blasters, all aimed at calming the senses and containing relaxing ingredients like lavender, rosemary and cedarwood. The cuties in this pack are called “Bomb-Jamin Button“, “Night Owl” and “Sky Flower“.
If you’re looking for something a little more masculine, how about the Man Grenade Bath Blaster? With exceptional reviews on the site and pure black pepper and rosemary essential oils, this blue bad boy would be superb – alongside Sir Fizzalot, a mighty minty companion.
If someone is having a lot of baths, they’re also going to need something to apply afterwards to keep their skin moisturised and soft. This is another excuse to go for a gift pack that contains a bit of everything, much like the “A Close Shave” Potted Gift Pack for the grand gentleman. This one contains pots of shave cream, shower gel and body butter with a variety of more fresh and subtle scents such as black pepper and spearmint. Or for the lathering lady, the Passionfruit and Shea Hand Treatment provides hydration and deep conditioning with a sweet and fruity scent.
Chronically ill people have all sorts of aches, pains and issues. Having items to wear that they can fully relax and be comfortable in is a must. You can get gorgeous loungewear and pyjamas from M&S to Tesco to Primark so no matter your budget, there’ll be somewhere with something suitable and lovely for both the sexes. A nice pair of slippers or fluffy socks also wouldn’t go a miss. When asking the Crohns and Colitis forum what their ideal gift would be, the most popular response was a hot water bottle. It relieves pain, tension and of course keeps them nice and warm! All of these things would be perfect hospital gifts too.
These two would be my personal perfect picks – Lavender Musk for a lovely lady as the scent is quite narcotic and dreamy. The notes of it are of course lavender, rosemary and a beautiful dry musk base. Nectarine and Amaretto would be ideal for a gentleman as the scent is zestful but warming containing pure neroli and clary sage essential oils. They have all sorts from Cherry Bakewell to Chilli and Chocolate if these two aren’t your cup of tea.
Taking medication is a huge part of being chronically ill for most people. A lot of medication has some pretty crappy side effects and can affect sleep a lot so anything to make them that bit more comfortable would be ideal. I’d really recommend a sleep balm or cream, I know a lot of people rave about Lush’s “Sleepy” cream but I’ve been using Feather and Downs sleep balm which smells absolutely gorgeous and is so soothing. They also do it in spray form too that you just pop on your pillow. Other sleep aids could be comfortable/cute pillows, herbal teas, ear plugs or fluffy blankets.
Lets be honest, who doesn’t love food? Especially when it’s your favourite comfort food! Why not pick them up a few of their favourite naughty treats and make a mini hamper or even order in some food for them? Some ill people also have strict diets with limited ingredients they have to stick to which certain companies take advantage of and charge extortionate prices for. It would be super thoughtful to grab them some nice food that they’re able to eat.
This is pretty obvious but being ill is BORING. Obviously not all chronically ill people are bed bound all the time but I imagine everyone will have some days where they are and there’s simply nothing they can do about it. They will need something to entertain them to stop them from going stir crazy. You could easily go down the books and magazines route. Or you could opt for something like puzzle or colouring books if they want something a little more interactive. A jigsaw is always fun to spark a bit of brain activity or if they are feeling up to it and can move around okay, a simple baking mix would be a tasty and fun treat. Or for those who are less able, something like a Netflix or Amazon subscription!
Last but not least, for the people that have the “go big or go home” mindset. If you’re planning on going all out, a spa day is never a bad idea. Spending the day in a tranquil, relaxing place where you can swan around as you please and not have to think about much other than ‘steam room, sauna or jacuzzi?’ is bliss. Or even something like a night in a nice hotel just for a change of scenery and a spot of indulgence. Some ill people find it hard to go on proper holidays for all sorts of reasons so a night in a hotel could be a really nice getaway. Or you could even hire a cleaner for a few hours for someone who is less abled just to make their week that little bit easier.
Well I hope this has helped someone, somewhere in finding a nice gift for an unwell loved one. If you like the look of the Bomb Cosmetics products or the comfort foods, I currently have a giveaway running where you can win some similar fabulous bits and bobs. You can check out how to enter on my Facebook page here or on Twitter here!
What would be your favourite gift to receive?