Have you finished up your holiday shopping? Unsure what to buy for a loved one with gastroparesis? Often times when you can’t think of what to get someone for Christmas or a birthday, the gift of food might come to mind. Everyone has to eat! Food isn’t always the best choice for someone with a digestive disorder, however, as each person has different symptoms and tolerances.
Whether you are struggling to come up with a gift for someone with gastroparesis or if you are the one who is creating a Christmas list for yourself, here are eight stress-relieving, health-promoting, GP-friendly gift ideas:
1. Water bottle
Our bodies are made up of about 60-70 percent water, so staying hydrated is very important. Did you know you that on average you can only live about 3 days without water? Choose a fun water bottle that would make anyone excited to drink up! I love my S’ip by S’well bottles because they are double-walled, keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours. It would be perfect for ice water (you don’t have to worry about condensation on the outside of the bottle) or hot tea. Bonus: they come in the cutest patterns and colors!
2. Fuzzy socks
When you aren’t feeling great, you want to be comfortable. Fuzzy socks will keep your loved one’s feet warm. I recommend the shea-infused lounge socks from Bath and Body Works which help keep feet soft and cozy. I have several pairs from the last couple of years and they are the best. Note: they appear to be out of stock online so check them out in store.
3. Heating pad
Putting heat on an upset or crampy stomach helps to ease the pain a bit. I recommend one that shuts off automatically after an hour, like this one by SoftHeat, just in case you fall asleep with it on.
4. Body care items–shower gel, lotion, nail polish, etc.
Sometimes something as simple as taking a shower with some wonderful-smelling shower gel or painting your nails can make you feel more confident and put together, even if you spend the rest of the day in your sweat pants. Some of my favorite products right now include Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap for body wash and coconut and hibiscus lotion by Shea Moisture.
5. A Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card
When GP symptoms flare up, lots of time may be spent on the couch. A person can only watch so much TV so why not give the gift of choosing a new book? Reading can distract the mind from thinking about not feeling well.
Hot tea is great for soothing an upset stomach and for keeping warm throughout the winter months. Some great options for digestion include ginger and peppermint. I also love holiday options like Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings and Harvest Blend Herbal Tea by Trader Joe’s
Everyone needs a good mug for warm beverages. Why not pair some tea with a pretty mug or one with a funny or uplifting phrase on it? These mugs are from Target, but stores like Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx also have a variety of options at discounted prices.
8. Coloring book
Coloring has become a trend for adults over the past couple of years. This fun activity can help reduce stress and make you feel like a kid again. Grab one of the many books designed for adults or even one with cartoon characters in it. I received this Color Me Calm coloring book as a gift a couple of years ago and I love it.
Questions of the day:
What GP-friendly gift ideas do you have? What’s on your Christmas list this year?