This was quite tricky to do as there’s not really anything I need as such, but I’ve come up with a few ideas – maybe I’ll treat myself to one or two for surviving Christmas, but hopefully they give you some giving or self-gifting ideas too 🙂
Art, craft & colouring books are a huge tool for those of us with chronic/invisible illnesses in particular. Of course there are Sharpies, which are a must-have. Amazon have a bunch of products on offer at the moment when it comes to colourfully creative goodies, which you can find here.
There are also some PaperMate Flair felt tips which are brilliant, so I wouldn’t say no to getting a whole set of these bad boys.
A Golden Retriever…
Self-help Book With A Difference
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: The bestselling book everyone is talking about (A No F*cks Given Guide) – Sarah Knight
Colour Changing Unicorn Mug
I know unicorns seem to be ‘in fashion’ at the moment, but I can’t help but find some of the novelty quite cute. I also have a bit of an obsession when it comes to collecting mugs, so I’ve gone for this awesome colour changing unicorn mug. I already have a cupboard full of mugs, but as a tea-obsessive, you can never have too many! You can get him on Firebox and also on Amazon but it’s rather pricey for a mug in my humble (budget-friendly) opinion.
Medication without side-effects.
Working Hands Cream
I have Raynaud’s and seem to have perpetually cold hands; the cold and hand washing do a lot of damage to my skin, and as much as I love the creams I currently use, I’m in need of something a little more hardcore to repair them. The pharmacist recommended O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream – she said it’s the best stuff out there, apparently, and there are lots of 5* reviews for it, so I’d say it’s certainly worth a try. I’ve found this in a few places, including Amazon and it’s currently on sale at Superdrug too.
PJs & A 2018 Diary
Confession: I buy my own gift(s) these years to give to myself from my folks. It’s a little sad as I do believe gifting should be about the thought, but it takes the pressure off my mother who says she doesn’t know what to buy me. Last year it was a dressing gown and socks. This year it’s pajama trousers (already bought from Tesco on sale at £6) and maybe a 2018 Diary so I can pretend I’m organised and that I’ve got my shit together. The Works have lots of funky diaries to choose from, and I’m especially liking the look of a £1.50 bargain with a skull design.
Golden Retriever. Oops, already asked for that…
Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
I think I’ll be getting one of these as a house gift this year as lugging around a full-sized, wired, heavy vacuum is really not the best of ideas when you’re ill, in pain, need to avoid lifting etc. A little handheld one for 15 minutes of cleaning here and there, vacuuming the car, dirt that’s been tracked in, cat hairs etc would be incredibly useful.
Good health for us all. Where can we buy this?
A New Coat
My current khaki parka style coat is great for a casual winter look and for keeping me warm – I don’t know what I would have done without it. But alas, I bought it quite cheaply and it’s getting old now, so now I feel like a bit of a mess wearing it as it’s more than a little tatty. I’d love to spot a new coat that’s thick and warm and not too pricey. If anyone has any tips on how to still wear 5 layers of jumpers underneath a coat and not look like the Michelin Man, please do let me know!
Essential oils and a diffuser would go on my list. I’ve never really tried aromatherapy, but I’ve often heard such positive things about it. AnnaLisa has written a brilliant article on the types of essential oils available, which is a great place to get started.
Laughter is the best medicine, so I’d also add a stand-up DVD. Perhaps Sean Lock’s Keep It Light.
What would go on your wishlist this year?