The Perfect Gift Guide for Relapsing MS By the LEMTRADA Team • December 4, 2018
What’s a good gift for someone with relapsing MS? We get that question a lot this time of year. So, we put together a Holiday Gift Guide and we invite you to make it even better! Whether you’re someone with relapsing MS who has received a gift that helped you in any way or the lovely giver, we want a variety of ideas—because no two people experience relapsing MS the same way. These gifts shouldn’t be centered around MS, but may be helpful for people who have it. That said, we hope the list below helps spread some joy.
Minions Digital Assistants
These devices can be set up to do things around the house with less “doing,” and that’s good because some days people with relapsing MS may not have energy to spare. Some MSers also experience “cog fog” (cognition fog) at times and having an “assistant” to keep track of the grocery list, and verbal appointment reminders can be helpful. These devices are also good for more fun stuff—like creating a new playlist for whatever your MSer’s exercise routine is. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention robot vacuums, electronic readers, and other useful items in the tech aisle.
Adaptive Gadgets with a Holiday Touch
There are all kinds of items that have been adapted to make everyday tasks easier or safer when you’re experiencing things like numbness in your hands. We especially like adaptive kitchen gadgets, like an easy can opener, or a knife with a cushioned handle. We like to include something seasonal with them like a simple holiday recipe and/or the ingredients in a basket.
The Cool and the Cozy
- Heat is not an MSer’s best friend because warm temps may aggravate symptoms. Cooling scarves or vests may mean the difference between participating in an activity or sitting it out. Scarves are less expensive than vests and come in many colors.
- Rest is everyone’s friend. Lack of it can aggravate symptoms. Research on insomnia has shown that weighted blankets can have a positive effect and result in a calmer night’s sleep.
Healthy Snack of the Month/Other Recurring Services
There are “of the month” gifts for every taste. We like ones that make eating healthier a little easier with delicious snacks. Other repeat treats include things like cleaning services because they can allow someone with relapsing MS to use their energy elsewhere.
Movie Passes and Restaurant Gift Certificates
Relapsing MS can be isolating when you’re not feeling well. Movies and restaurants are social and, unlike concerts or plays, you can make these plans last-minute if you’re in the mood to. They can also be done early or late which can be helpful for people who feel their best at certain times of the day.
Homemade Gift Certificates
Maybe your gift idea isn’t sold in stores. Or maybe the person you care about feels uncomfortable asking for help. This is where homemade gift certificates come in handy. For example, you may want to give someone:
- Four Saturday nights of babysitting
- A day of errands
- A picnic in the park
- Adventure of __________ (a favorite activity here)
And, if you’d prefer to do this “semi” homemade, here are a few templates you can print and fill out.
Spa and Beyond
Massages can be wonderful for many people and may be a great treat for your loved one. But there is also a whole world of wellness knowledge that may be beneficial as well, such as classes on nutrition, relaxation techniques, and developing healthy habits.
The Gift of Possibilities
Think about your loved one’s hobbies and passions. What would make it more possible for them to do more often? Or enjoy in a different way if need be? There’s also related accessories (adapted if need be), books (audio or large print if need be), and more. LEMTRADA patient bloggers often write about activities they love most like horseback riding, yoga, and barbecuing to name a few.
When all is said and done, it’s the thought that counts. And reading up on how to give a thoughtful gift to the person you care about with relapsing MS is certainly part of that.
Please share your gift ideas!
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