The holidays are upon us my friends, and tis’ the season to start shopping for the ones you love! If you are shopping for someone with a chronic illness like lupus, that can sometimes be a challenging endeavor. But, have no fear, your little holiday Elf, Kelli, has compiled the ULTIMATE LUPUS HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE to help you along the way! And, the best thing about this list is that EVERY item can be purchased online through smile.amazon.com!
Here is a list of her top holiday items that are sure to be a big hit this time of year for anyone with lupus or a lupus overlap disease.
GLOVES, SNUGGIES, HEATED BLANKETS:
The lupus overlap disease, Raynaud’s Syndrome, can leave a person’s hands, feet, ears, and nose bluer than Jack Frost! That is why heated blankets, Snuggies, and gloves are a must!
The MaxKare Electric Heated Blanket is the #1 TOP Seller on smile.amazon.com and is machine washable!
The Pavilia Premium Fleece Wearable Throw Blanket is an extra soft, microplush, cozy blanket that votes amazon’s choice this year!
The Global Vasion Electric Heated Gloves are awesome gloves to keep your hands warm when you are walking, traveling, or driving. They come with rechargeable batteries and you don’t have to remove them to use a touchscreen!
The Luna Weighted Blanket is an awesome choice to keep you comfortable at night and give you a restful nights sleep. People swear that weighted blankets create a calming effect!
Essential oils or “aromatherapy” have been used for hundreds of years. A 2016 article by Lupus News Today stated how using essential oils may help give symptomatic relief with sleep, joint mobility, relaxation, and overall well-being.
The Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Humidifier with Essential Oil Gift Set, is a smile.amazon.com top seller! It also comes with an auto-off button and 7 color LED lights.
Regarding the oils themselves, you might want to reach out to someone who sells DoTerra or another similar brand. If you want amazon’s top pick, it is GuruNanda. They have a Top 6 Singles Essential Oils Set - that includes 100% Pure and Natural Therapeutic Grade Oil - Lavender - Peppermint - Eucalyptus - Lemongrass - Orange - Cedarwood.
Here are some top essential oil suggestions for those with inflammatory
conditions like lupus: For Pain/stress/sleep: peppermint, frankincense,
ginger, black pepper, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German
chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, and marjoram.
SLEEP MASKS & PILLOWS:
Need a little assistance to get some restful zzzzzz’s? Here is the top rated sleep mask from amazon!
The HOMMINI Sleep Mask has breathable 3D memory foam and a contoured shape.
While you’re at it, throw in a Side Sleeper Pro Air Neck Pillow which helps with neck pain, and aligns your cervical spine for a more comfortable position while sleeping!
When you have a chronic illness, you want your kitchen to be a place of convenience and efficiency! Here are a few great holiday gift ideas to get you there!
The INSTANT POT! This heaven sent device is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer, all-in-one and prepares dishes up to 70% faster!
The Hamilton Beach Soft-Touch Can Opener, is a MUST! I use mine almost every day! Comes in black/chrome, it is an effortless appliance that removes lids without leaving a sharp edge!
The Good Jar Opener with Base Pad is great as well, especially for pickle and tomato sauce jars.
Here is a great list of lupus and inspirational books that everyone needs in their collection!
The Lupus Encyclopedia: The Lupus Encyclopedia by Dr. Donald E. Thomas is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about coping. People with lupus, their loved ones, caregivers, and medical professionals—all will find here an invaluable resource.
When Lupus Throws You for a Loop: When Lupus Throws You for a Loop is a handbook for those newly diagnosed, lupus veterans, and those who love them. It takes you on a journey to acceptance acknowledging the difficulty of incorporating lupus into your life.
The Lupus Diet Plan: The Lupus Diet Plan by Laura Relihan is a must-have addition to your cooking and lifestyle book collection.
Thank you Adversity for Yet Another Test by Dr. Stephen Grinstead. Fantastic read if you live with chronic pain!
Daring Greatly: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: By Paul Donohue Ph.D. and Mary Siegel Ph.D. This is a great book for anyone who deals with a chronic illness.
If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize. The authors share a collection of deeply personal stories and poetry to describe their journey from illness to health, well-being, and fruitful living.
Becoming: By Michelle Obama - In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
The Mindfulness Journal: The Mindfulness Journal provides 365 daily writing prompts divided into 52 weekly mindfulness topics building stress reducing habits for each day.
OTHER GREAT IDEAS:
SUBSCRIPTION TO APPLE MUSIC - Music is great therapy. It is also a great motivator to get walking! With Apple Music, you can stream any album, anytime on your Apple device!
IT COSMETICS - By far one of the BEST cosmetic lines for covering a malar rash, or cutaneous rash. This line was developed by a woman with severe rosacea, and offers full-coverage foundation, and a fabulous moisturizer.
ACUPRESSURE FOOT SLIPPERS - These slippers offer a magnetic massage AND acupressure on your feet!
COOLIBAR SPF CLOTHING - If you suffer from lupus related photo-sensitivity, it is important to protect your skin from harmful SPF rays.
STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS:
Sugar free candy (Russell Stovers is the BEST)