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Last Minute Gift Ideas for People with Fibromyalgia

Last Minute Gift Ideas for People with Fibromyalgia

It's that time of the year again to buy that special someone a gift. But, with Christmas around the corner, people are still scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved one. Here are some ideas!

This is known as the shopping season in most counties of the world, and starting from Black Friday, people either take their time or rush to choose a great gift for their relatives and friends. It is a positive fact that the market is constantly updating and increasing the number of options that can possibly be a great choice for a holiday gift.

In some cases, people can have a relative or a friend who suffers from a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, which may make finding a suitable gift a little more difficult. But, finding something that they can actually use to help them cope with their condition on a daily basis may just be the best decision. Although fibromyalgia can be a disease that affects various areas of someone's life, it is also true that there are many different tools and devices in the current market capable of making daily routines easier for people suffering from it.

Here are just some of the ideas of the gifts that you can get for fibromyalgia patients!

Books are always a great option for the holidays

Gifting books is like gifting knowledge in a compressed and accessible way. Books are suitable gifts for most occasions and holidays are not an exception to this rule. Nevertheless, it is important to understand what may or may not be a good option for someone suffering from fibromyalgia.

However, it also needs to be taken into account that books are a source of entertainment as well. In case the person who will receive the gift is known to have certain sagas of interest or is a lover of some kind of genre such as science fiction or romance, these may be a better option. But, the following books are considered useful for anyone with any kind of chronic illness, taking into account the changes in lifestyle are essential when looking to cope with any disease in a proper way:

The End of Alzheimer’s 

The first book in the list is The End of Alzheimer’s. Although this book written by Dale Bredesen MD aims for helping people with Alzheimer’s disease (as the name suggests), reviewing the studies carried out by Dr. Bredesen and the approaches of functional medicine to Alzheimer’s, it can also be useful for anyone with a cognitive condition. Taking into account fibromyalgia may have a cognitive impact, this book can be an important source of information and a really suitable gift. It is also very well written and can be hilarious at times.


The second book on the list is Unrest by Jen Brea. This book became extremely popular, making it to other areas of media in the form of a documentary. The author, Jennifer, who is a Harvard PhD student, focuses on conveying the idea of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and other conditions of the like such as fibromyalgia.

Wired to Eat

The last book on this list is Wired to Eat written by Robb Wolf, which is a book that focuses on the importance of food for the body and how to avoid problems such as being overweight, having excessive weight loss and recovering any appetite. The best aspect about this book is that it focuses on helping people align their diets to their personal physiology.

Tools and devices that may be helpful

Some people just do not enjoy reading that much, if that is the case, then there are many other alternatives that can be useful as well.

A Bed of Nails for Better Sleep

It may be surprising and a bit weird,  but the bed of nails do not use nails per se but hard plastic sticks aligned to help someone with fibromyalgia. These beds mainly are used to help people with tender points in their bodies. Studies unveil that these mats may be able to reduce heart beats during sleep, and they may also slow breathing and improve blood circulation.

Portable Radiant Infrared Sauna

Saunas have always been recognized as spaces where people can detoxify their bodies using heat, this helps them relax and eliminate toxins that may cause adverse symptoms in their bodies such as pain and fatigue. What is so innovating about a portable radiant infrared sauna is that people can take them anywhere, since it uses infrared light to provide people with heat that will increase muscle support and promote cardiovascular healing. This is a perfect tool for relaxing therapies that will reduce the effect of fibromyalgia symptoms.

The Instant Pot

This device is an avant-garde innovation in the cooking field. It features many different functions into only one appliance, which is a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer and can even work to make cakes. This appliance features 12 different programs so people can easily make cakes, eggs, stews and other simple dishes in just some minutes.

Knowing how exhausting cooking can be and how it can trigger back pain in people suffering from certain conditions, this item right here is the best option to avoid buying junk food when fatigue is too intense and there are no intentions of spending a lot of time cooking.

Infrared Heating Pads

This option is the best choice for people who are afraid of infrared saunas and their intensity. With a heating pad people can relax and detox any part of the body in a practical and accessible way.

Heart Rate Variability Monitor

Monitoring the heart rate variability is essential for people suffering from a condition that triggers fatigue. An excellent way to determine the kind of activities that may be too demanding or harmful for someone with fibromyalgia. Also, a low heart rate variability can hint at nervous system activity and even some conditions such as diabetes, strokes and different types of internal pain.

The Sit Anywhere Chair

For someone with a chronic pain condition, resting is an extremely important part of their daily routine. From time to time people with fibromyalgia need to sit down and relax a bit. This chair consists of a hollow aluminium frame that can be folded and unfolded and is very light and resilient. It only weighs 2.5 lbs, which can hold up to 250 lbs.

Don't forget the lights!

Lights are popular in the holidays. Walking down any square in the world, anyone would easily know what time of the year is it. Luminous boulevards, malls and houses are anywhere as well as Christmas trees. For this reason, lights, although they are not quite useful for someone with fibromyalgia, can be a very good gift. They help cheering up people and putting them in the mood for Christmas which is a time to share and be grateful about life.

Though these gifts may be useful for daily routines and to enlighten the weight of fibromyalgia's most bothersome symptoms, there are always many different things that can be perfect gifts for the holidays. Netflix subscriptions, tablets, videogames and other things that can entertain and make people forget about their condition are just some of these examples.

Have a happy holiday!