How did this happen? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking around in shorts and flipflops, swatting away the mosquitoes and complaining about the humidity. Somehow, someway, “the most wonderful time of the year” is here! With Christmas just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to create a fibromyalgia gift guide with some of my favorite products just in case you or your loved ones are looking for some holiday shopping inspiration. So, here are my top picks this year…
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Morton Epsom lotion – We’ve probably all heard about the benefits of Epsom salt baths for fibromyalgia. Well, I’m a shower girl. I haven’t taken a bath since 2005 when my ex was trying to convince that he was a nice person by running me a bath with candlelight and rose petals. (His romantic gesture didn’t work, by the way.) This lotion gives me the benefits of using Epsom salts without the time and energy investment of a tub bath. I love it – especially on those evenings when I’m achy all over and just need something to ease the pain so I can fall asleep. Also, it’s fragrance-free, so it works for anyone who is sensitive to strong scents.
Village Naturals Therapy Aches and Pains Tension Relief Foaming Bath Oil and Body Wash – I’ve fallen in love with this body wash over the past few months. It smells delicious, produces lots of suds and there’s a cooling sensation from the menthol that feels nice in the shower.
Two Old Goats Foot Balm Lotion – I’ve been battling a nasty case of plantar fasciitis for the past few months, and this foot cream has really helped to bring me some relief when my feet are burning and throbbing. I slather this on at bedtime and then put on a soft, cozy pair of socks. The menthol helps to cool and soothe my feet, so I can fall sleep. Since foot pain is so common among those of us with fibro, I thought I’d share it in this year’s gift guide. Two Old Goats also makes a body lotion that’s loved by many in the fibromyalgia community.
OXO Good Grips Jar Opener – So, onto something more practical … My grip isn’t as strong as it used to be thanks to fibro and too many hours typing on the computer keyboard. This OXO jar opener comes to the rescue when I struggle to open jars while cooking. When I bought it, I thought it might end up collecting dust in my utensils drawer, but it really comes in handy when hubby isn’t around to lend a hand.
A little more …
Brielle Sateen Pure Beech Sheets – Hubby and I bought a set of these sheets from Bed Bath & Beyond about a month ago. (They’re sold under the Pure Beech brand at BBB.) These have to be the softest sheets I’ve ever owned. They are perfect right out of the package and don’t require multiple washings for softening. We love them so much we’re planning to buy another set and retire our old cotton sheets.
Jason Maxwell Women’s Military Parka Jacket with Faux Fur Trim Hood – Those of us with fibro are often temperature challenged. We’re either burning up or freezing to death. This year, I was looking for a new winter coat that was warm without being stiffling, and this Jason Maxwell jacket works perfect. It’s lighter than most winter coats, but still cozy with a sherpa lining. I bought it in grey.
Crock-pot slow cooker – I wouldn’t get dinner on the table some days without my slow cooker. I tend to have more energy in the morning and less as the day goes by. It’s a real lifesaver to be able to throw a few ingredients in the slower cooker and have dinner ready a few hours later when I’m completely dragging butt. (Check out “Three slow cooker meals for when you’re too sick and tired to cook.”)
Audible.com membership – I don’t know about you, but it’s harder for me to read books these days because of that wretched brain fog. With Audible.com, I can still enjoy the latest book releases without having to re-read the same page over and over and over again. I just load my audio books onto my smartphone or computer and listen while I do other tasks.
A super soft blanket – I’m definitely a blanket snob. Only the softest will do! I couldn’t find my favorite blanket online because it was purchased years ago, but this one looks like a possible contender for the Softest Blanket Ever title! I wish I was sitting in front of that fireplace with that blanket and a warm mug of tea right now!
Splurges worth every dollar …
Roomba 770 – As a proud owner of a retired greyhound and several kitties, I could not even begin to keep my house clean without my Roomba. I love this little robot almost as much as birthday cake and the beach (and that’s A LOT)! Thanks to my Roomba, I only have to pull out my heavy, clunky upright vacuum about once a month to clean behind the dog’s crate and get hubby’s Cheeze-its out from under the sofa cushions. If my Roomba dies tomorrow, I will have another one ordered and on the way to my house by the end of the day.
ChiliPAD Cooling & Heating Mattress Pad – When my hubby told me he wanted to buy this, I thought it was a frivolous use of money, but after using the ChiliPAD for three years, I have seen the error in my thinking. This product isn’t just a glorified heating pad. If I wake up at the night sweating, I can push a button on the ChiliPAD remote, and the pad has the capability of cooling my side of the bed down to a low of 55 degrees. If I have the winter chills, I can set it up to 110 degrees. My hubby has a separate remote, so he can adjust the temperature on his side of the bed to whatever is comfortable for him.
More gift suggestions …
I’ve seen a couple of other chronic illness bloggers also do gift lists this year, so I thought I’d share their top picks, too:
9 Gift Ideas for Spoonies @ Counting My Spoons
10 Gifts for Someone with Chronic Illness this Year @ Chronic Mom
What’s on your holiday wish list this year? I’d love to hear in the comments below!