Holiday Gifts for People with Migraines
Do you find it difficult to know what to buy as gifts for people who have Migraines? Yeah, me too! So, I thought I’d share some ideas with you — not only suggestions of items they might like, but a short list of things you might want to avoid as well.
I find that knowing what to avoid can save me a lot of time and grief. After all, we don’t want to give someone a gift that could actually trigger a Migraine. Right? So, here are some things you might want to either avoid or find out if they could be a Migraine trigger for those Migraineurs on your list:
- Perfumes, colognes, scented bath and body products. Fragrances are fairly common Migraine triggers. On the other hand, it can be hard to find unscented bath and body products, so if you know of a good source for those, they might be great gifts.
- Scented candles. Candles can be great gifts, but for some Migraineurs, scented candles can be a trigger.
- Chocolates and food items. Some Migraineurs have food triggers; some don’t. It’s a good idea to avoid food items if you don’t know if they’re a trigger for the Migraineurs on your list.
Now, on to some ideas for the Migraineurs on your shopping list. I’m including gifts at varying price ranges so you can find something for everyone:
- Be Koool Soft Gel Sheets and similar products. There are a few different brands of these sheets for you to choose from. Applied to the forehead, they cool something like an ice pack would, but there’s no freezing required, and they stick to the forehead and don’t restrain movement. These are probably available in your local pharmacy. If not, check the resources link below for web site addresses. (approximately $5.00)
- The Bed Buddy and similar items. Whether used hot or cold, the Bed Buddy is can offer comfort and possibly some symptomatic relief. Heated in microwave or placed in freezer, depending on the person’s need. Works great on sore muscles, Migraines, headaches, backaches, cramps, arthritis, cold feet, and more. Handles make this reusable hot/cold pack easy to hold. Measures 21" L x 4" W x 1" D. If you don’t see these in your stores, check the resources link below for web site addresses. (approximately $10)
- A nice cup of tea. Teas can be great for several reasons. Some people like a nice cup of “regular” black tea because the caffeine helps relieve their Migraine by helping their medications work more quickly. Since nausea is one of my worst Migraine symptoms, I love a cup of good peppermint tea to help relieve the nausea. Some people find that ginger tea is better for their nausea. More and more grocery stores are carrying different types of tea, including my favorite peppermint tea from Revolution Tea (pictured). If you have trouble finding these teas, there are quite a few web sites where you can find them. Check the resources link below for web site addresses.)
- A small, soft blanket or throw. For travel or being cozy at home, small blankets and throws are helpful. A smaller size makes them easy to take with us for travel or to curl up somewhere dark and quiet at home. Some of us tend to be first too warm, then too cold, and a small size is easier to handle when we pull it over us one minute, and throw it off the next.
- Assemble a Migraine comfort pack. Get a tote bag or back pack and fill it with comfort and relief items. These packs can be kept in a closet or other convenient place so Migraineurs have what they need (other than medications) all in one spot. When they travel, it’s easy to grab the pack, add medications, and have what they need if they get a Migraine while traveling. These packs come in handy for Migraineurs AND for those who try to help them when they have Migraines. This can be a very special gift because you’re also showing your support and understanding. Check the resources link below for an article about assembling a pack.
- Goodnighties Sleepwear. Comfort is a big issue for me when I have a Migraine. I’m one of the people I mentioned above — too cold one minute, too warm the next — and I hate the way that makes me feel damp and sticky. The people who make Goodnighties sleepwear asked me to try a gown or pair of pajamas and do a review. I was skeptical, but my Goodnighties gown keeps me dry and comfortable through the chills and hot flashes. They’re offering a 25% discount through the end of November to anyone who enters the code MIGRAINE at checkout, and they’re offering free shipping through December 23. Check the resources link below for their web site address. (prices, before discount, range from $65 - $85)
- The SootheAway Continuous Thermal Therapy System. Many Migraineurs find that cold or hot packs help with comfort and even a bit of pain relief. Many of us have times when we want hot packs and time when we want cold packs. It seems that hot packs are too warm at first, then cool down too quickly. Cold packs tend to be too cold against the skin when they come out of the freezer, but in no time, we’re stumbling back to the freezer for a fresh one. The SootheAway cycles distilled water through tubing in different shaped pads to give us hot or cold therapy — at a consistent, adjustable temperature. With a prescription, some insurance companies cover the device as medical equipment. Check the resources link below for their web site address. (Regular price, $349; introductory price, $299)
- Donating to Migraine research. It seems there are always people on my list for whom I simply don’t know what to buy. Of course, people say the same thing about me at times. There are only so many gift options, and sometimes our creative thinking fails us. Right? Something I’ve done for some of the Migraineurs in my lives is to make donations to Migraine research in their names. They appreciate it, and I know I’ve appreciated it when people have done that for me as a gift. In addition to government and industry, there are nonprofit organizations that fund Migraine research. You can find information about and links to those organizations on the resources link below.
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