Thoughtful gift ideas for a loved one who’s chronically ill

Little things can mean the most when living with a rare condition like PH

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by Jen Cueva |

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Are you looking for the perfect present for a loved one managing a rare or chronic condition? As someone with pulmonary hypertension (PH), I often find myself contemplating what’s on my Christmas wish list.

And you know what instantly comes to mind? Comfy pajamas that make me feel at ease. Oh, and let’s not forget the delightfully fuzzy socks that add an extra touch of coziness!

Little things can make a big difference when managing a rare disease, and thoughtful gifts are truly appreciated. In addition to comfy PJs and fuzzy socks, let me share some other gift ideas for the person in your life who’s chronically ill.

Your time and support

The most valuable gift you can give someone with a condition like PH is your time and support. Offer to accompany them to an appointment, help with tasks like cleaning and shopping, or just spend quality time together. PJs and movies on a rest and recharge day are the best!

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Self-care gifts

Living with a chronic condition can be stressful and overwhelming. Consider giving self-care items such as bath bombs, scented candles, or essential oils to help your loved one relax. Just be cautious, as some individuals with lung conditions are sensitive to certain scents. The lighter, fresh scents are a favorite of mine.

You could also treat your loved one to a massage or spa day to help them unwind. I’ve learned that a gentle massage helps me relax, and my favorite type involves hot stones. Communicating often with the masseuse about pressure and other preferences is important.

A comfortable and soft blanket can provide much-needed comfort when your loved one feels under the weather. Look for blankets made from soft materials like fleece or cashmere. I have a few favorite throws, but a heated blanket helps with my chronic pain. This blanket on Amazon is similar to mine. Those who know me know I use a blanket almost daily because I tend to stay cold.

Managing a rare disease often means keeping track of symptoms, appointments, and medications. A journal or notebook designed explicitly for chronic illness management can be a valuable and thoughtful gift. While I love old-school paper journals, others may prefer to use an online app like CareZone.

Entertainment options

On days when your loved one doesn’t feel well enough to leave the house, having access to entertainment can make a huge difference. Consider gifting them a subscription to a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, audiobooks, or a selection of their favorite movies and TV shows. Comedies are wonderful because laughter is a mood-booster.

Personalized care packages

Another idea is to create a care package tailored to your loved one’s needs. This could include items like their favorite snacks, self-care products, and small gifts to brighten their day.

I’ve received care packages when I was hospitalized or having a difficult season. Magazines, my favorite candy and snacks, cozy socks, body lotions and sprays, and a coffee mug have often been included in the basket. They certainly brighten my day and are appreciated so much. The simple things bring me joy and become especially comforting when homebound or hospitalized.

Cute and decorative pillboxes are also a great item to include in care packages. I love this one from Nordstrom, but it has only one compartment per day, and I take medications four times a day. I also found some cute options while browsing Etsy for a gift for a friend.

Sometimes, the best gift is the ability to choose what you need or want. Consider giving your loved one gift cards to their favorite stores or restaurants. Starbucks, DoorDash, Grubhub, Target, and Amazon are a few popular ones I’ve enjoyed.

Remember, your love and understanding can make a world of difference. Taking the time to choose thoughtful gifts is a great way to show care and compassion for someone who’s chronically ill. Knowing that you support us is the best present.

Besides the above, my greatest wish is a cure for PH. Our community is hopeful about the new opportunities and medical advancements in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond!

Note: Pulmonary Hypertension News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Pulmonary Hypertension News or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to pulmonary hypertension.


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