Gift guide: what to buy for your chronically ill friends, part 3

I'm so excited to share this third part of my spoonie gift guide, I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am! I only planned on 3 parts, but if I think of enough cool gift ideas, I might make more. I know it's Christmas season now, but these gifts would be great for birthdays or house warming too.

If you missed the previous gift guides, click here for part 1 and to catch up on part 2, click here. Happy shopping!

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2017/18 Spoonie Gift Guide, part 3 of 3

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Working in the kitchen can be quite hazardous for many people with chronic illness. Since chronic pain often makes it hard to grip things. 


One solution is to not cook while home alone, but this means we often need to turn to canned or packaged foods which are actually quite tricky to open!  


I know when I was living alone, I had to resort to eating raw veg from my fridge for a while because I couldn't open my cans of mackerel and tuna for protein and I certainly couldn't cook!


An electric can opener would make an excellent gift for anybody suffering with chronic pain.

The one above includes can and bottle openers

Just press the button!

In the previous post I mentioned some creative items, like markers and colouring books, but another of my favourite things to do while stuck in bed or on the sofa is painting!


Painting is very relaxing and therapeutic. It is a very low exertion activity that can be done with very little energy. 


Many people don't know that they can now safely paint in bed without needing a glass of water to clean their brushes! 


My favourites are these Pentel brushes with a built in water barrel! It looks like very little water, but they last quite a while and are easy to refill when they run empty. They self-clean which is great and they won't leak all over your bed.


A lovely set of watercolour paints would go well with these brushes, I'd suggest pan sets for somebody who is bedridden or those who can't spend time at a table. Tube paints might be messy in bed.


If you don't know where to start, these pan sets by Reeves are a great basic set for beginners or you can get these Winsor and Newton sets which are good quality, even used by some professionals.

If your friend is often bedridden or on the sofa and has to use trays or a lap desk like the ones I discussed in part 1 of this series, then I would suggest getting some no-slip placemats


It might sound like a strange gift, but my laptop has actually gone sliding off my lap desk more than once and my dinner has nearly done the same a few times. Non slip mats would be ideal! They come in all shapes, sizes and designs.

Something else that would make days at home alone much safer for people with chronic pain is a jug or kettle tipper!


A jug or kettle full of water is super heavy and really painful to lift, these incredible inventions hold all the weight and we simply have to tip it over to pour. A fantastic gift for those days when you're flaring and simply too weak to even make a cup of tea.


You could add an assortment of teas or flavoured coffee and a beautiful teacup or a cute mug to complete the gift!

One thing that chronically ill people can't have enough of is comfy sets of cosy pyjamas, or lounge wear


They are often too exhausted or weak to get dressed and normal everyday clothes can be quite uncomfortable and even hurt them if they suffer from sensitivity the way I do sometimes!


My staples, if I do get dressed, are leggings and a fitted t-shirt, no buttons or zips and pockets. Otherwise it's pjs all day! 


There's nothing quite like the feeling of getting into a clean set of cute pyjamas!

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In the UK we have a great National Health Service, but many people with chronic illnesses cannot tolerate pharmaceuticals, natural alternatives are life changing! The problem is they cost money that we often don't have and the NHS doesn't pay for supplements.


An excellent gift for your spoonie friends would be an order / discount voucher for supplements! 


There are some great online stores that supply good quality supplements at much better prices than you'd find on the high street.


I've linked some of my favourites with some great deals for my readers!

That's it for part three of my gift guide! I hope you have found this list helpful, I am having so much fun creating this series. I'll add more posts as I discover more great spoonie gift ideas.
Happy shopping! 

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To my spoonie readers, let me know in the comments what your ideal gift would be or share a favourite gift you have received. 

If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here to read it now, or click here to read part 2!

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April Boyer - December 13, 2017 Reply

What a great idea! and a great list! I’d really love to run it on my blog. I enjoy your whole blog, and love the title. Chronically hopeful is way better than just ‘chronic’- which seems to come up too often on my blog.
Thanks, and enjoy your Christmas in the presence of Jesus! +

    Chronically Hopeful - December 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi April, thanks for stopping by. Glad you’ve enjoyed this gift guide series and my blog in general. It’s always lovely to hear feedback from readers. Like you, I want to keep the focus of my blog positive as well as hope-and-faith-filled. I hope your Christmas is joyful and blessed.

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