Christmas · Chronic Illness

Blogmas Day 4 – Spoonie Gift Guide

Four days in already, eek! Sometimes it can be hard to know what to buy for your chronically ill friend at Christmas, finding something useful and enjoyable can be a tough task. This Christmas take a look at this spoonie gift guide and find out what other spoonies have said they’d love to receive.

  • Pyjamas! I feel this is an obvious one, but I always appreciate another pair of pyjamas. Christmas themed, funny or just cute, I’ll always love them

    These PJ pants are my favourite at the minute, matched with a hidden support vest top. Primark does some damn cute pyjamas!
  • Blankets, another thing that you can never have enough of. I’ve seen many this year and would love to be gifted many of them, this Next fleece check throw in particular.
  • Fun water bottles. I can’t be trusted with actual glasses, and just find it easier to keep track of how much I’ve had to drink when it comes out of a bottle. The cuter the bottle, the better!
  • Travel cup. Shaking hands, or clumsiness, and hot drinks just don’t mix. A travel cup is a gift that can be enjoyed over and over again, and is extremely practical. This Sainsbury’s ‘I Can’t Adult Today’ travel mug is extremely appropriate.
  • Colouring, quiz or puzzle books. Find out what kind of thing your friend likes to pass their time doing. Losing yourself in a colouring book can help pass a lot of time on a day where moving too much isn’t possible. There are millions of different colouring books and puzzles to keep your friend’s brain active.
  • Neck hot water bottle. This is a great invention; it’s a support pillow and pain reliever all in one. You can pick up an extremely soft neck and shoulder hot water bottle, in an extra soft cover, for only £7 in Dunelm.
  • A cleaning service. Keeping your house clean can be an impossible task when you’re sick, so paying for a couple of cleans from a service like Molly Maid could be the best gift you could give this christmas.
  • Food hampers. You could put a hamper together of your friend’s favourite snacks and drinks or purchase one online. You can even order dietary requirement suitable hamper, for example diabetic or gluten free. It doesn’t just have to include treats, you can put day to day foods in, maybe some items you know your friend loves but would only rarely treat themselves to normally.
  • Your time. Take some time out to visit a housebound friend, sit with them, help them out with small tasks, anything that involves just the two of you. Being chronically ill can leave you feeling extremely lonely, particularly if you’re too unwell to leave the house or your bed, and a friend taking time out to visit you can mean the world.

Is there anything else you think should be on this list? What would you be asking for for Christmas?

Amie xxx

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