Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Psoriatic Arthritis
The joys of gift-giving. Knowing the perfect thing to give on holidays or just because can bring great pleasure and massive anxiety to the giver. The stress can be even more amplified when the person we’re shopping for has PsA.
There are plenty of gift ideas for those with PsA
Below are some thought-starter ideas of gifts that keep on giving. Please remember all people affected with PsA are not affected equally. What may be a dream come true for one person may not be good for another.
The list below should at least get your wheels turning for great ideas!
Weighted blankets are known to help with anxiety and insomnia. Many psoriatic arthritis patients have trouble sleeping. The blankets can be a little pricey, but they’re worth every penny! ·
Who doesn’t love a good binge watch? Plus, for many affected by severe joint pain sometimes going to the movies isn’t a feasible option. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others all offer great deals and viewing options to suck you in for hours on end.
Monthly subscription box
The subscription craze is taking over shopping as we know it and who doesn’t look forward to a new surprise arriving each month? Find out what they love and look into a box that fits their passions. There’s everything from flowers to books to comic books and beauty products. Even the most painful day will feel lighter with a great present in the mail.
Tea and mug
The mug game is slaying these days with everything from quippy phrases to beloved characters. Find the definitive one that speaks to your loved one. They can use it at the office or at home and feel soothed with the warmth of the delicious tea.
Comfy pajamas or sweats
Finding something cozy to wear that’s easy to put on is key on rough days. Look for something that is easy to put on and take off, ideally without buttons. Pay attention to drawstrings and necklines to make sure they are easy to maneuver even when riddled with pain. And, of course, don’t forget to make sure they’re stylish too!
A great pair of slippers with skids can be a lifesaver on days when socks and shoes are just too much to manage. Plus, there are a slew of great options that can actually be worn outside if necessary. The ease of sliding the foot in compared to shoes is key. Be wary of anything backless or sock-like.
Worry beads have had a reputation for centuries as a great solution to help relieve stress and boost energy. Plus, you can never have too many sets. These make a great "just because" gift, stocking stuffer or hostess gift any time of the year.
Often patients with PsA are asked to jot down bad days, pain, struggles they face but how about something dedicated only to the good things. A spot where they can document their victories, good days, accomplishments and more. Some journals are even pre-structured now to ask for five things of gratitude and five goals for the day.
Who doesn’t want to curl up in a warm bath to relax and de-stress? Yes, gents, we know you do too! Why not create a customized bath set with flameless candles, calming scents, hypo-allergenic bubble bath, bath pillow, and a killer playlist? Be aware of any scents that could cause reactions and maybe even throw in a bottle of wine, if the person partakes.
A great book and a great laugh are never out of style. Some of the world’s greatest comedians have written hilarious books on life and their observations. What better way to make a day sidelined go by than a great laugh.
Warm paraffin wax bath
These at-home wax treatments soothe aching joints in feet and hands, improve circulation and soften skin. Use caution with psoriasis.
Don't put yourself into a flare! Gift giving doesn't have to be stressful
Each of the items in this gift guide has brought can bring improvements to a loved one with psoriatic arthritis. Living with chronic arthritis pain can be stressful, but gift-giving and receiving shouldn’t be. See if these gift ideas help bring some cheer this holiday season.
Have any great gift ideas to share? Please send them our way!
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