Great Christmas Gift Ideas for IBS Sufferers
This article is for those who know someone with IBS or is an IBS sufferer looking to get something for him or herself during the holidays.
Christmas is right around the corner, and honestly I couldn’t be any more excited! Mainly because I get to spend time with my family, listen to my holiday playlist, and watch old Christmas movies while reminiscing about my childhood. This time of year can be tough though because people always ask me what I want as a gift, and I never know what to say. I’ve never been a picky guy, and I always appreciate the thought behind any gift, so it never mattered to me before. However, now that I have IBS, I’m starting to realize there’s a number of things that I’m sure could make my life, and other sufferers’ lives, easier.
IBS holiday gift guide
I have come up with a list of great Christmas gift ideas that I think any IBS sufferer would appreciate…
- Motivational/health books related to what the person is dealing with. For example, digestive health books, mental health books, or motivational books that could help the person to pursue their dreams and better health no matter how tough the road is for them.
- Back-support pillows for sleeping and/or sitting. Due to IBS-related circumstances, many of us tend to suffer from severe back pain, and having support pillows can be very beneficial for our posture and comfortability.
- A standing desk for their computer/laptop so that they don’t have to deal with horrible posture while sitting all the time. They can have the option to switch from sitting or standing when he/she works on the computer.
- Comfortable out-going pants and/or shirts (preferably fashionable). For instance, sweatpants, tracksuits, sweatshirts, or loose shirts to help cover up the bloating or distension. I say ‘preferably fashionable’ because we want the IBS sufferer to not only feel comfortable, but confident as well when they step foot outside of their comfort zone.
- Low FODMAP friendly and/or IBS friendly cookbooks. This would be great because it could serve as a kitchen-guide to help manage IBS symptoms more effectively.
- If you want to get tech-savvy, then a downloadable/transferrable mobile music playlist that consists of soothing music for toilet-time. For instance, listening to meditation music, smooth jazz or classical music could help the sufferer feel at ease while on the porcelain throne. Personally, I know it helps me because I can block out all of the unnecessary racing thoughts that my anxiety creates for me, which makes it easier to have a bowel movement.
- Poop emoji coffee/tea mugs with funny quotes that could brighten up their day. Feel free to also add herbal tea that helps in relaxing and/or boosting the digestive system. This will show how thoughtful you are and how cheerful you’re trying to be.
- A gift card to a restaurant that caters to people with food allergies and/or restrictions. This could make going out easier for the person with IBS and essentially they can also take their partner out on a date, which aids in improving their quality of life.
- A gift card to the movies would also be nice so that the person with IBS can have a reason to get out of the house but on their terms. For instance, they can conveniently choose what time to watch the movie and can also sit next to the exit in case they need to urgently use the restroom. Getting the person suffering with IBS to get out of their home on their terms also helps improve their quality of life.
- Foot stool or toilet cushion to help with comfortability while sitting on the toilet.
- Scented candles or incense that cater to positive moods and can also provide a soothing aroma around their home.
- A microwavable heating pad to help sooth stomach pain, cramps, and backaches.
Benefits of IBS gift ideas
I believe these are great gift ideas for any IBS sufferer because we can benefit from each and every one of these things. I work from home and I tend to sit at my desk for hours upon hours without even realizing it sometimes, so a standing desk would be perfect for someone like me. Also, scented candles or incense can bring a sense of calmness with the right aroma, and as a person who suffers from high-anxiety from time to time, this would also be a great gift for someone like me. All in all, if any of you have ever had a tough time getting someone with IBS a gift, then I hope you’ll take these ideas into consideration and make shopping easy on yourselves, and life easier for him/her.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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