Holidays have never been easy for me for a variety of reasons. They’re exhausting for me to even think about. As a mom with chronic illness, I often struggle with comparing myself with other moms who are able to keep up the frenzied pace of parenting, appointments and activities. I’m really thankful for an understanding husband and kids who do not make me feel guilty for not being able to do what I was able to do ten years back, or compare me with other moms.
Are you wondering what to get for a mom with chronic illness? My Holiday Gift Guide for Moms with Chronic Illness suggestions are little luxuries that I’ve found over time that help me to cope with being home, struggling with isolation and in pain much of the time.
Heating Pad – Even though I’m over 50 and live in a subtropical climate, I’m always freezing because of the air conditioning everywhere and tile floors. I use it for relief of the frequent muscle spasms I live with because of dystonia and the ongoing pelvic pain from ongoing gyn problems. I’m beginning to think about a heated blanket too. Don’t tell my husband!
Essential Oils – Essential oils are a huge help with managing moods and pain management. I know…there’s lots of essential oil companies with good products. I’m not loyal to any particular one so I’m just going to recommend this starter set.
Beyond Suffering Bible – Being homebound can get depressing, to say the least. The most important thing I can do every day is to check in with God and align my thoughts so that negative thinking doesn’t get out of hand. This Bible is from one of my disability heroes, Joni Earickson Tada and has much to encourage those who struggling with chronic pain and disability.
Streams in The Desert devotional – I’ve had this for years and never get tired of it. It’s fantastic encouragement for those who are going through trials and hard times.
Yoga pants – I live in these, no apologies. I usually buy from Old Navy because the sizing works with my long legs.
Ipad – It’s a splurge, I know. But it’s been my sanity saver since my diagnosis in 2010 and couldn’t sit at a computer for a year. I use it for social media, checking email and the Kindle app for reading and the She Reads Truth app for Bible Study.
Headphones – I enjoy listening to music and podcasts when I’m too tired to read or watch anything. A nice set is a huge treat!
Kindle Paperwhite – I got one this year even though I already had an iPad. I like to use it when I’m sitting around doctor’s offices with spotty wifi and at the beach when the glare is too strong to use a tablet.
Gift certificate for a massage – I can’t afford to have one often but it’s such a luxury when I do. Be sure to research the place that you’re booking from so that you can ask for the type of massage best suited to your needs.
Gift certificate for Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. – Hobbies like crocheting and knitting are great therapy for those who are at home a lot. If your family is on a tight budget, you might feel guilty about spending money on craft supplies but holidays are always a great time to ask.
Magazine Subscriptions – depending on your interests. I like Yoga Journal and photography magazines.
Amazon Prime or Shopping Service Subscription – There’s nothing more physically exhausting for me that weekly grocery shopping plus the time I need to recoup afterwards. If you need something very practical you can’t go wrong with this.
Do you have any great suggestions to add to this gift guide for moms with chronic illness? I’d love to hear them!
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