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2011 Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Diabetes
Your friend or family member with diabetes never gets to take a vacation or a holiday from their diabetes. So, every once in awhile, it’s nice to acknowledge that you remember they are battling a disease with a gift that provides help, support, comfort or even a little whimsy.
Screen time seems an inevitable part of modern life. The Entertainment software Association reports a whopping 50% of American homes own a gaming system. So, if you can’t beat them, join them by purchasing a system that allows you to play active games.
Both Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect offer systems that allow full body movement and have some fun active games like Dance Revolution 3, Boxing, bowling, golf and many more. Both systems could help keep you active during those cold winter months and share some family time, too!
Exercise is good for everyone and especially important for your loved one with diabetes. You can give them a gentle nudge by getting them an MP3 player so they can listen to tunes while they walk or work out.
Comfortable and chic active wear will make them look stylish and feel good while being physically active. To make exercise easier you could give a pedometer, outdoor gear (for inclement weather), a fanny pack for emergency supplies or an eco-friendly water container.
You could also nudge them by giving them a gift certificate for a dance, water aerobics or fun exercise class. Go one step further and offer to be their exercise buddy and join them – it will be good for you too!
Custom Gift Baskets
Food baskets are always a nice gift. But many, while containing many yummy items, might not be diabetic friendly. Not your normal gift baskets – these companies feature diabetes friendly food and other goodies.
Gourmet Sugar Free Candy
People with diabetes experience lots of temptations during the holidays. Why not buy a gourmet gift that allows the diabetic in your life to enjoy the ultimate holiday treat - chocolate anyone?
Diabetes Themed T-shirts, Hoodies and Pins
Some are funny, some inspirational, all will get you thinking.
Foot care is an ongoing issue with diabetics. Put together a foot care basket featuring diabetic-friendly socks that are soft, quickly wick moisture away, and do not constrict the ankles. Pair them up with foot lotion, exfoliating cream, and other foot-care goodies. Be sure to include a hand mirror to aid examining the bottom of the feet.
Food and proper eating is central to a diabetic’s good health. Learning what to eat and cook can be hard for someone who is recently diagnosed with diabetes. Cooking can also become boring for someone has been a diabetic for several years. People with diabetes need to up their intake of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. They also need to limit carbohydrates, fat and sodium in their diets.
Unfortunately, all “diabetic” cook books are not created equal. Before buying a diabetic cookbook, read several reviews and if you can, read reviews from people who actually have diabetes. Also, look for cookbooks that state the nutritional information for each recipe. This will make is easier for the cook to prepare meals that work into their own diet.
Medical Alert Bracelets
In an emergency, when you can’t speak for yourself, a medical alert bracelet can speak for you. It provides emergency professionals immediate information about your condition that could save your life! Nearly 95% of emergency responders look for a medical ID.
Groovy Patches™ is a stylish way to show your personality while wearing an insulin pump. Instead of a white sterile pad, show off your injection site with funky patches that show everyone your sense of style! Reclaim a part of your individuality and independence and wear it with confidence! Perfect for children and teen diabetics.
Pump Bands will keep your pump stable and comfortable. You can wear them on your calf, leg or thigh. Insulin pump bands are a great way to keep an insulin pump secure during sports, and everyday wear, also great for sleeping.
Updated November 22, 2011
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