Holiday Gift Guide for Autoimmune Disease & Chronic Illness
Maybe you have a friend, family member or loved one that is on the autoimmune protocol or lives with chronic illness. What should you get them? What would help to make their life a bit more joyful or comfortable? I’ve complied a list here of some of the best holiday gifts around the web. And hey, you don’t need to wait for the holidays to send a gift…these would also be good for birthdays and as thinking-of-you gifts well!
From free to big-ticket items, I’ve listed these from lowest price to highest to help fit your budget.
(Some of these suggestions contains affiliate links.)
No-Purchase Necessary Gifts:
- Take them on a day trip so they can get out of the house.
- Bring a blanket over, cook a meal for them in their kitchen and have lunch with them in the comfort their home.
- Call them and give them your ear. Ask them, “Please tell me all about how you feel and what you are going through.”
- Write them a hand-written letter with all of the things you appreciate about them.
- Clean a bit of their home for them. Just vacuuming, doing a load of dishes or folding laundry for them is stellar.
- Watch their child for an evening so they can have a parent’s night off.
- Give them a scalp massage and brush their hair, or do their makeup and paint their nails for them.
- Hugs, understanding, time. More hugs.
Gifts from $5 to $15
Paleo Magazine – $5 and up
Give the gift of health-related articles and advice as well as recipe inspiration. Paleo magazine is the only print magazine dedicated to the Paleo lifestyle and Ancestral health. A two-month digital subscription is only $5! Print subscriptions start at $24.99/year.
Paleo on The Go – $5.50 and up
Farm-to-table fully prepared meals delivered to you in BPA free, oven safe, microwave safe trays. Just heat and eat. They have an amazing AIP-friendly selections, as well. My personal faves are their Empanadas and Pot Pies!
Paleo Powder Seasoning – AIP blend is $8
This all purpose seasoning is a delicious blend of herbs and spices for the perfect addition to AIP-friendly meals. (There is a pop-up on their main page that gives you 10% OFF your first order when you enter your email.)
These non-skid versatile trivets can also be used as jar openers.
Glasses that block circadian rhythm-disturbing blue lights from devices, and will aid in better sleep when worn a few hours before bedtime.
Anthony’s Goods – $13 and up
Pantry staples are always a gifting-win. Those of us with chronic illness have to prepare so many of our meals from scratch, and having some awesome flours and dry goods makes all the difference between a ho-hum meal and something amazing. Anthony’s has some of the BEST quality food stuffs around. My AIP faves being their Tigernut Flour, Cassava Flour, Tapioca Starch, Arrowroot Powder and Ginger Powder. (Get ’em all five and really make their holiday!) Not sure what to get them? They even offer gift cards.
Headspace – $13 for 1 month membership
Help them to mentally unwind, re-focus and relax with this app that teaches people how to meditate. They even have a FREE 10 day trial version.
Navigating breakfast on the AIP can be a bit daunting on your own…but with this ebook, breakfast ideas are delicious and bountiful!
Powerballs – $15
Delightful superfood paleo tidbits made with coconut, collagen and honey. (Join their VIP list when prompted and receive 10% off your first purchase.)
Gifts from $15 to $30
Sweet Apricity Caramels – $15.50 and up
Luscious AIP-friendly caramels made with just honey, coconut and sea salt. Absolutely delicious. We all need a sweet treat from time to time, especially during a flare!
Do they own an Instant Pot? If so, this ebook will help them prepare nutrient-dense, flavorful meals in a flash.
A community ebook with over 120 freezer-friendly recipes, all of which are 100% compliant with the elimination phase of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
Holistic Hemp Company – $20 and up
This reputable and friendly company sells Hemp and CBD based tinctures, capsules and toiletries to ease pain, anxiety and other ailments associated with chronic illness and daily stressors. I have had the luxury of enjoying their vape juice which helps me during fibromyalgia flares.
Are they missing noodles? This handy gadget will help them to easily make oodles of noodles from nutritious veggies.
Flavor is so important when you are on a restricted diet. Primal Palate’s AIP seasoning 3-pack will conveniently get their taste buds kicking in the kitchen.
Gifts from $30 to $60
One of my personal favorite kitchen tools (I use mine every morning)…this handheld blender will help them to easily make smoothies, sauces, blend soups and whip that coconut cream into delicious fluffy stuff. Sure to make them smile just for the time-saving benefits alone! Super simple to clean and takes up very little drawer space.
Massage aches and pains away and relax with percussion movement and vibrations. This handheld device also has a heated option.
Help them get their very important beauty rest and improve their mood with this portable lamp that helps to regulate circadian rhythms. It’s designed to deliver the benefits of the sun without sun’s harmful UV rays.
Organic Chenille Blanket – $56
An organic and non-GMO cozy chenille blanket will comfort your loved one during those days that require lots of snuggling up on the couch.
Thrive Market Membership – $60 / year
Shop non-gmo and organic brands at a substantial discount with yearly membership. (Apply code FIRST3 at checkout for 20% off your 1st 3 orders! First-time customers only.) Thrive also provides free memberships to low-income families, so if you know someone who is in need, you can contact the company HERE and request a donated membership!
Gifts from $100 and up
Instant Pot – $98
To call this device useful is an understatement. It pressure cooks, slow cooks, steams, makes yogurts, sautes…one of the best kitchen tools you could ever gift to someone who cooks all the time.
Wusthof Chef’s Knives – $100
A chef is only as sharp as his/her knife…or so goes the saying. Get them some of the best knives a chef could ever ask for. Hunni gifted me one of these two years ago and I choose it every time over my other knives. German craftsmanship, sharp, sexy…and useful!
Butcher Box – starting at $129
Quality pastured, grass-fed + grass-finished and heritage meats delivered to you in eco-friendly packaging. Custom monthly subscription boxes are now available so you can choose exactly what you want. Don’t want to sign up for a subscription? Their “Gift Box” is great for a one-time gift!
SaunaSpace – $349 and up
Imagine your loved one as a cute lizard basking in the warmth of one of those heat-rocks. Near-Infrared personal sauna lamp therapy stimulate mitochondria, and provides detoxification benefits as well as cellular regeneration. These lamps are exquisitely rejuvenating and feel soooo amazing.
Vitamix Blender – $530
The 7500 series Vitamix is a beast. It makes smoothies, hot soups right in the blender, and has food processing capabilities too.