9 Holiday Gift Ideas for People Living With Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s for the Holidays
‘Tis the season of giving, and giving a thoughtful gift to a loved one can be the perfect way to show that you care. For friends and family who suffer from Crohn’s disease, choose a present that can help ease their discomfort and make daily life a little easier.
Crohn’s disease can cause abdominal pain from inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract. Cramping, diarrhea, and intestinal ulcers are among the challenging symptoms that patients face.
Click through the slideshow for some great gift ideas—inspired by people with Crohn’s—on what they’d most like to find under the tree this year.
Cookbooks and Coping Books
Certain foods can trigger pain and flare-ups for Crohn’s patients. Take the challenge out of preparing healthy and delicious food with a Crohn’s-specific cookbook.
We suggest: Crohn’s Disease Diet and Cookbook by Joseph Newburg, available for Kindle, and a Kindle e-reader. Living with Crohn’s Disease by Dr. Joan Gomez is also a great read on diet issues, eating habits, and general lifestyle changes for Crohn’s patients.
Comfy Care Package
The Mayo Clinic reports that stress can exacerbate Crohn’s symptoms, such as diarrhea and stomach cramping.
Give the gift of relaxation, and help ease your loved one’s stress and tension. Create a comfy care package, and include their favorite scented candle or bubble bath.
We suggest: Pajamas, comfy socks, and a Snuggie. Or prep your package for a stress-reducing soak in the tub, with nice-smelling bath soap, a giant soft towel, and Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution.
Dealing with Crohn’s can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Give your loved one a respite and pick-me-up from the disease’s discomfort with the gift of a pampering day out at a spa or salon.
We suggest: A gift certificate for a massage, a day at the spa, a haircut and facial, or a mani-pedi through a local spa provider or SalonSpa.com.
Anything that can effectively help someone with Crohn’s disease manage their stress is the perfect gift. Get creative with your stress-busting solutions by creating an original "joy box" for your friend or family member with Crohn’s.
We suggest: Coloring books, small games for one player, a deck of cards, paper to draw on, and old-time radio shows or comedy movies for tablet or DVD. Since regular exercise and relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can help mitigate Crohn’s symptoms, throw in Jon Kabat-Zin’s classic Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, available in paperback or as an audiobook.
Help at Home
Daily chores, like cooking and cleaning, can be difficult during a Crohn’s flare-up. A helping hand around the house is just what the doctor ordered. Give your loved one a weekly or monthly cleaning service, or sign them up for regular grocery deliveries through Peapod or your local grocery store.
We suggest: Hiring a one-day maid service to help freshen up the household. Or, make yourself available and offer to spend one day cooking a Crohn’s-friendly meal, grocery shopping, or doing yard work for your loved one.
When you suffer from symptoms like abdominal pain, stomach cramping, and diarrhea, it’s important to have tools on hand to provide quick, soothing relief. There are a number of symptom soothers that Crohn’s patients would love to receive this holiday season.
- a hot water bottle, an ice pack, and Drive Medical Therma Moist Heating Pad
- big soft pillow, extra large cozy blanket, clean sheets, and a down comforter
- toilet paper and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with aloe
- a flare-up care package of Salonpas patches, Bengay, witch hazel, nice-smelling room spray, Ensure, and Gatorade
Give the gift of creativity this holiday season, and help your loved one take their mind off of the painful symptoms of Crohn’s.
Personal Portable Bidet
Frequent trips to the bathroom can make daily life uncomfortable for those with Crohn’s disease. A portable bidet can help with comfort and hygiene, particularly while traveling.
We suggest: North American Healthcare Personal Portable Bidet - ActiveForever, a compact, lightweight, and affordable option at under $10, the device features “gentle water flow” that’s designed either for travel (fits in a carry-on bag) or indoor use.
Donation to Find a Cure
Perhaps the best gift of all is a gift for the future: a gift to help find a cure. Give a donation in your loved one’s name to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease. You can help support not only your loved one, but everyone who lives with Crohn’s disease and colitis.
We suggest: Making a tax-deductible donation to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. This non-profit organization works to advance research to improve treatment and find a cure for these painful inflammatory bowel diseases.
Crohn’s disease is a difficult condition for sufferers that can lead to anxiety, embarrassment, and isolation. Help your loved one with Crohn’s feel better this holiday season with a truly thoughtful gift that soothes their symptoms, keeps their diet healthy, or lowers their stress level to avoid flare-ups.
There’s nothing better than a gift from someone who understands what you’re going through. Take the time to get educated on Crohn’s disease, and give a gift this year that makes a difference.
- Crohn’s disease: Definition. (2011, August 9). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 31, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104
- Crohn’s disease: Lifestyle and home remedies. (2011, August 9). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 31, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies
- Crohn’s disease: Symptoms. (2011, August 9). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 31, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104/DSECTION=symptoms