After a year of sickness, death and political and economic upheaval, I am so glad 2020 is coming to an end. Christmas will be here in just a few days, and then the final countdown to New Year’s begins. Hopefully, 2021 will bring a fresh start for all of us.
Because of world events, I wrestled with the idea of even publishing a gift guide this year. It’s hard to think about gifts under the tree when so many have lost loved ones and/or their livelihoods this year.
In the end, I decided to keep up the tradition of an annual gift guide since so many of my fellow bloggers opted to do theirs. I guess the show much go on, as the saying goes.
Even so, I publish this year’s guide with an extra large helping of melancholy; it’s hard to catch the holiday spirit when there is so much division and pain in our world right now. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.
So without further ado, I give you the 2020 Fed Up with Fatigue gift guide! I pray next year will be better for every one of us.
If you’re feeling festive, I’d love to hear what’s on your holiday wish list this year or tell me about a recent chronic illness-related gift you’ve received or gifted yourself in the comments section below.
(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)
Healthyline has recently come out with a new series of far infrared and PEMF mats! The Cocoon line provides a full-body, 360-degree sauna experience – without the sauna and without the huge price tag of cocoon products by other brands. If being wrapped up like a burrito isn’t your thing, Healthyline also sells regular PEMF mats and photon mats. Use the code fwf10 at checkout and receive 10% off plus free shipping.
Disrupted sleep is typically one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions. I haven’t had a chance yet to try out MediFlow’s water pillow but it’s definitely on my wish list this year since it’s clinically proven to improve sleep quality and reduce neck pain.
Where have these been hiding all my life? Until recently, I had no idea heated gloves even existed! This is the perfect gift for those of us who always have cold hands! If you don’t like this particular pair, Amazon has lots of others to consider priced at $30 and up.
If you’ve been with me for very long, then you know how much I’ve raved about the Quell pain relief device. At my very worst, the Quell was one of the only things that provided pain relief for me. While it doesn’t work for everyone – nothing does that, unfortunately – I do still regularly hear from readers who are getting good results with it.
As I write this, Neuromedix, the creator of the Quell pain relief device, is offering the original version of the device for just $99. That’s a steal compared to the initial $300 price tag.
Neuromedix released the 2.0 version of Quell a couple of years ago. I’ve used both the original and the 2.0, and the only real difference is that the 2.0 is smaller, and it’s exclusively operated using a smartphone app. The original device is slightly larger and can be operated using the app or manually by tapping the device is certain ways. Since the devices essentially work the same, I’d choose the cheaper one – especially since so many are on tight budgets this year.
Gifts that keep giving
I’ve really enjoyed Simply Earth’s monthly essential oil subscription box since I signed up over the summer. I’ve always been interested in incorporating essential oils into my treatment and day-to-day life, but was scared off by the prices of the two most well-known oil companies. Through Simply Earth, I’ve been able to grow my essential oil collection at a reasonable cost.
Each month, the subscription box includes four 15-milliliter essential oil, six recipes using the oils from that month’s box and a few supplies to make the recipes. It’s an amazing deal at $39.99 per month.
If you’re interested in trying Simply Earth, use this link, enter the code FEDUPFREE at checkout and you’ll receive a $40 gift card when you subscribe to the monthly box. You can’t use the gift card on your first box, but you can apply it toward your second box, so it’s like getting a box for free! You can also apply the gift card toward $40 worth of goodies from the Simply Earth website!
Just FYI: I will be publishing a review on the Simply Earth essential oil subscription box within the next month.
I subscribed to Great Courses Plus about a year ago and have loved my membership! It’s a perfect distraction for those days when I’m too tired or in too much pain to do much beyond watching TV and playing online games.
Great Courses Plus actually includes several courses in its catalogue that are useful for those of us who are living with chronic illnesses. A few examples include “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief,” “Tai Chi for Aging with Strength and Tranquility,” “iRest: Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation,” “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life” and “The Everyday Gourmet: Cooking with Vegetables.”
I will be posting a product review on this new pain-relieving cream from Resonant Botanicals in the near future. However, if you’ve followed FedUpwithFatigue.com for a bit of time, then you know much I love Resonant Botanicals’ products, and this one is no different!
Use the code FEDUP10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order!
Earlier this year, I reviewed Aromalief’s hemp-based pain relief cream in the lavender scent, and I still use it several times a week for chronic neck and lower back pain. Over the past few months, it’s become a workhorse in my treatment protocol!
I was happy to see this Aromalief Day and Night Gift Set is still in stock for the holidays. It even comes in a pretty gift box!
Super soft clothing
I happened upon this bamboo pajama set while looking at another blogger’s gift guide. Since I love, love, love bamboo sheets due to their softness, I knew I had to include these pajamas in this year’s gift guide. They come in fun holiday prints, too!
I’ve been a huge fan of the Tek Gear clothing line at Kohl’s for many years! I swear about half of the clothing in my closet is from Tek Gear, but that didn’t stop me from ordering one of their ultrasoft fleece hoodies this year. Once I felt how soft and warm it was, I went back and ordered more colors. I usually pair my hoodies with fleece leggings (see below) for a super comfy outfit.
As I mentioned above, my winter “uniform” for running errands is a hoodie and fleece leggings. These leggings from Amazon have more than 5,000 five-star reviews, so they are loved by many!
Sometimes you can also find fleece leggings at Walmart for a very reasonable price. I recently bought a two-pack in store for around $10.
I recently ordered several of these bed jackets for lounging around the house. The first one arrived in the mail yesterday, and OMG, these are so wonderfully soft and warm. It’s like wearing your favorite sherpa throw blanket!
I’m no fashionista but I think they’re cute enough to wear out. I actually donned mine with a graphic tee and cropped skinny jeans to a medical appointment yesterday. I can’t wait to get the other colors and prints I ordered!
“The Holistic Fibromyalgia Treatment Plan” is one of several new fibromyalgia-related books to come out during 2020. I haven’t personally read it yet, but I’m planning to! It looks like one of the better fibro books based on what I can see from the table of contents.
Speaking of better fibro books, Dr. Ginevra Liptan’s “The FibroManual” is the best fibromyalgia book on the market, IMO. I know I’ve recommended this book numerous times, including an appearance in my 2016 gift guide, but it really is that good!
I think “The FibroManual” should be required reading for everyone with fibromyalgia – especially those who are newly diagnosed.
And while you’re ordering your copy, order one for your doctor, too. Dr. Liptan included sections in the book to aid physicians in treating fibromyalgia.
I stumbled on this wonderful pill organizer for my purse earlier this year. I just love everything about it! It has lots of compartments, is easy to fill and has a folding latch so it always stays securely closed.
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves scraping the skin with a flat tool (usually made from stone or metal) to improve circulation. I just recently bought my first gua sha tool and have been watching YouTube videos on gua sha to figure out how to use it. It seems like it would be a good alternative to foam rolling or lymphatic massage – especially since you’re in control of the pressure.
As many of you know, I’ve suffered from chronic daily headaches since 2018. As a result, my scalp has become so sensitive that it’s painful to use regular elastics or scrunchies to put my hair up.
The members from one of my online headache support groups recommended these hair coils, and I’m so glad I took their advice! These little coils don’t pull or tug my hair or cause hair loss. They allow me to put my hair up without the ouchies!!! I would not be without them! No more painful, hair-pulling elastics for me!
Like the hair coils mentioned above, the Headache Hat is another tool I use almost daily to help chronic daily headaches. My headaches are likely originating from a recently diagnosed chiari malformation and craniocervical instability, and icing helps reduce the inflammation, burning pain and swelling that I live with every day now.
I’m actually the proud owner of TWO Headache Hats so I have a spare headband and ice packs in the freezer if I need them! I can’t recommend this product highly enough for those with chronic headaches. Like the hair coils above, I wouldn’t be without my Headache Hat.
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Fed Up with Fatigue’s annual gift guides…
(Note: There is no 2018 guide because I was bedbound that year due to a spinal fluid leak. I haven’t had a chance to check the accuracy of the links in my past gift guides so I apologize ahead of time if there are any broken links.)
Need more gift inspiration?
Here are the links to some of the gift guides from my fellow chronic illness bloggers!