Chronic Illness & Beyond : Gift Guide for All Budgets

Welcome to December! I’m still ready to file a theft complaint for the rest of the year. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the generously kind comments left on my last post. I’m not taking a break from blogging, I’m just a bit behind and very much on a ‘go slow’. I’m still more poorly than usual, but it matches my current outfit : Grinch chic.

Despite feeling less than festive, I’m having to admit that it’s coming up to Christmas and there’s no stopping it now. So, without further do, here’s a mini round-up of a gifting ideas, not just for the chronically ill, for all budgets. And self-gifting is also encouraged as a means of self-care 😉

Are you buying presents this year, and if so, have you started your shopping yet or are you leaving for a last-minute festive frenzy? Enjoy!

Stocking Fillers : Under £10

Also, for those in the UK but without Amazon Prime, just a heads up that it’s free delivery on Amazon at the moment without any minimum spend (usually £20) until 5th December, as long as it’s sold by Amazon (not 3rd party), just enter ‘FREEDELIVERY’ in the discount box at the checkout.

Sleep Aids

Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Point Roller Ball

Amazon UK  /  Similar at Amazon US

Make Your Own Hamper

Wicker hamper basket set with cellophane, wood wool filling & bow.

The Works (UK) £4

You could theme your hamper (such as ‘retro’ and include all sorts of retro & nostalgic sweets & treats) or just mix and match a few things you think the recipient may like, from massage oils, mini jars of jams, make-up and facemasks, to art supplies and hand made gifts. The Works have a few sizes of these, but even the small one I think is perfect for several small trinkets or foodie gifts.

Notebooks & Organisers

A6 Rainbow raindrops organiser.

The Works (UK) £3

Arty gifts

Staedtler Noris 20 Fibre Tip Pens 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Staedtler 24 Colouring Pencils

Amazon UK

Amazon US 

Staedtler Aquarell 24 watercolour pencils & paintbrush.

These can be used wet or dry. You can check out YouTube for a video of an artist using these for inspiration here.

Turn a pencil drawing into a watercolour.

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Kindle or Tablet Case

There are some lovely designs available as close-tab cases or with magnetic closures for all tablets and Kindle devices. Just make sure it fits the right model as some can vary slightly by size (ie. old Paperwhite vs new version).

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US  /  eBay

Bookmark

Lollipop Tree Bookmark (very pretty bookmark, I’ve bought this previously for my mum)

Amazon UK

Shoot For The Moon Inspirational Quote Bookmark

Amazon UK

Eye Mask

Therapearl Hot or Cold Eye Mask (microwavable & freezable)

Amazon UK

Microwavable Heat Pad

Zhu-Zhu Unscented Wheat Bag Body Wrap

Amazon UK  /  eBay

Novelty Mugs

For Fox Sake Mug

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Thumbs Up Colour Changing Heat Unicorn Mug

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Snuggly Goodies

There are a few other ideas for Winter Warmers in my earlier post.

Heat Holders Men’s & Women’s Thermal Gloves

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Oddsocks Armwarmers (various designs)

I love mine, very comfy, warm & funky.

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Something for Giggles

Calendar for keeping on track of 2019 & a reminder that yoga doesn’t discriminate.

Amazon UK

Amazon US


Budget Friendly : Under £20

Electric Heat Pad

Amazon UK

Similar at Amazon US

Basic Laptop Tray / Book Stand

Mind Reader adjustable laptop desk with cushion. Perfect for not getting a pain in the neck looking at your laptop or sore joints holding your favourite book.

Amazon US

Oil Diffuser

Tenswall Wood Grain LED Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Amazon UK

InnoGear Diffuser

Amazon US

Essential Oil

Essential Survival Kit of Aromatherapy Rollerballs (Containing De-Stress, Sweet Dreams & Energy)

Amazon UK

Aromatherapy Necklace

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US


Mid-Range : Under £40

Blender

Amazon UK

Similar on Amazon US

Lap Tray

Andrew James Bamboo Lap Tray

Amazon UK

Electric Toothbrush

Oral B Pro 2 2500N

After much deliberation (and a nightmare dental appointment recently), this is the one I’m going to invest in, just be aware you need to pick up a cheapy (around £5) adapter wall plug if you don’t have a 2 pin bathroom socket to charge it. Works with various Oral B replacement brush heads.

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US


Splurge Gifting : Over £40

Circulation Booster

Revitive Circulation Booster

Amazon UK – More advanced option also available  /  Best price US on eBay 

Wake Up Light & Alarm

Lumie Bodyclock

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Smart Device

Amazon Echo & Echo Dot

Both of these are currently reduced on Amazon. For those who like tech and those with illnesses who find it can help make things a little easier, these are great gift ideas (Dot for lower budget, echo for splurge).

Echo :  Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Dot : Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Air Purifier

Levoit LH132 HEPA Filter Air Purifer

Previously reviewed and recommended here.

Amazon UK  /  Amazon US



Something A Little Different?

❊  Try something personalised, like a cushion, mug, pen or wall calendar. It’s the thought that counts, and having a name or photo added to a small gift makes a big impact.

❊  DIY gifting. Google is a haven for crafting ideas, so if you’re having to be thrifty this year you could check out hand made ideas. Like to draw or paint? Try something you think the recipient will like and pick up a frame cheaply in a homeware store to give it a finishing touch.

❊  Think experiences. If they have chronic illness, it’s usually best to not pre-book anything, so try a voucher that they can use when they feel up to it. Perhaps a voucher bought for a local coffee shop or restaurant. A cinema pass for a month. Check out Groupon for lots of variety when it comes to things like spa days, adventure gifts from chocolate making to gin tasting, beauty treatments, massages, or an overnight hotel stay.

❊  Audible – Fancy a discount on audio books? You can get 50% off for 4 months at Audible here, making it £3.99 a month (£7.99 thereafter, cancel anytime).

❊  Adopt something! I got adopted a penguin for my brother last Christmas. These gifts come in a tin so you can still wrap it, but it’s a gift of care and giving, so you’re helping adopt an animal for 12 months, which is a wonderful present for the recipient and the penguin / donkey / giraffe / sloth… you get the picture.  You can find them on Amazon UK (usually a little cheaper than elsewhere).

❊  Consider a subscription if you can afford to splurge a little, either for a month or longer – Amazon Prime for free quick delivery & video, Netflix for chilling out, or a favourite magazine to indulge in.

Caz  

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  1. December 2, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    ALL AMAZING IDEAS
    Sending you tons of love xo
    Cat

    • December 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Thanks lovely, glad you liked them! Have a fab rest of your week =]

  2. December 2, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I have just realised that this new laptop I am working on does not have me logged in on WordPress so I couldn’t like this post! Anyways, I would like to say what a great post. I tried to do a post about how to cope with Christmas financially and it is nothing compared to this (actually that post is on my blog right now – it was posted this morning!). I love reading posts like these and they are especially helpful with all the categories of budgets. I think I’ll stay under £10 please! I am an Amazon Prime customer and they are just a lifesaver for gift getting.
    A lovely post for me to read this evening!
    Other than that, how are you? I have heard you are more unwell now that usual but I wish you all the best in getting better. I hope it doesn’t drain the Christmas spirit out of you too much – if its in there at all xo 😂❤️

    • December 5, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      I really enjoyed your post, you gave some good tips & a reminder about buying wisely for people (and possibly trimming down the list of those to buy for, too)! Prime is pretty good at times like this, you’re right. I’m still not too great but I’ll battle away the Christmas Grinch soon & try to feel more festive. How are you doing? Are you feeling more in the seasonal spirit at the moment? 🙂 xx

  3. December 2, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Excellent suggestions! That Cow Yoga calendar looks hilarious!

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Cow Yoga made me chuckle, whoever game up with those animal yoga calendars is a genius! x

  4. December 2, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Great suggestions. Love the coloring pencils, I’ll have to check out the aromatherapy necklace and the bookmarks. thanks for all of these. Happy Holidays.

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Glad you liked the ideas, Masha. The necklaces are very pretty, and though I’ve never used one I’ve seen others recommend them and rate them highly. Bookmarks are a lovely gift/self-gift idea for book lovers, simple yet practical and thoughtful 🙂
      Have a lovely week xx

  5. ashleyleia
    December 2, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Fabulous ideas!

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Glad you thought so! =]

  6. December 2, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Great ideas in all price ranges…for those who haven’t gotten an Echo yet, and don’t know “Alexa”, trust me, it changes everything!

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:10 am

      I used to be so ‘up’ on technology & now I’m pretty far behind, so much so that I had to Google what the Echo & Echo Dot actually do the other day before this post. It was hard getting my head around how it works and whether you have to constantly have a connected device on Bluetooth for it to work (ie. to tell you what the weather is). I have a Macbook and an iPod Nano and wasn’t sure whether the Echo could play my music on both of these or not. Maybe I’ll have to get your hands-on experience and expertise to clarify! Thanks for the comment, John 🙂

  7. December 2, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    These are great ideas! I enjoyed reading this post!

    • December 5, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Glad you liked the post, thanks for the comment, Rose! Have a lovely rest of your week xx

  8. December 2, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    great job, Caz — truly something for everyone & every budget here, all wrapped in ribbon of your lovely prose <3

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Aw, what a lovely thing to say, thanks!  ♥ I’m glad you liked the ideas, and I hope you’re doing well this week xx

  9. December 2, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Okay if I had that lap tray you better believe I wouldn’t move an inch all weekend! I love your bookmark idea though, although most of my friends will use ANYTHING as a bookmark, it’s nice to have a beautiful one. And you could even get those fancy ones with sparkling lights or something. Thanks for the ideas 🙂

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Hah, nothing wrong with a relaxed weekend as long as you have plenty of drinks & snacks to hand! It is nice to have more special bookmark, I hadn’t thought of one with sparkling lights, that sounds awesome! Glad you liked the ideas & thanks for the great comment. Have a lovely week, Jess =]

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:04 am

      Thanks Heather, glad you liked the ideas! Hope you are keeping well this week xx

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Thanks, glad you liked them! 🙂

  10. December 3, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Wow what great gifts. very similar to my post. I need one of those eye masks for the migraines and I also love those thermal gloves. never see any of them in Australia. I do like the aromatherapy necklaces except t they have a magnetic closure so people with pacemakers, defibs or ports (Most people living with heart disease and many living with Dysautonomia or POTS or people receiving chemotherapy via a port) cannot wear them. which is a shame. 🙁 Aromatherapy would be very beneficial for this population so they should make ones which have a hinge which click close rather than a magnet.

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:44 am

      That’s a good point worth noting, maybe you should invent the alternative aromatherapy necklace 😉

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:44 am

      I hope others can find more inspiration from your post 🙂

  11. December 3, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Great gift ideas here, Caz, whether for others or ourselves… 🙂
    xoxoxo

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thanks Carolyn, just a few things for a little inspiration and I agree that self-gifting is certainly acceptable 😉
      I hope you’re doing well this week.xx

  12. December 3, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Caz,

    wow, I did not know you were selling things online, which is great. You have a wide range of products , something for everybody.That is great Caz. I wish you the best in your job 🙂
    I hope you are fine

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thanks Ben. They’re not my products, just things I’ve either used before and would recommend, or that I think others may like. I just link from other websites so people can find them. Now, if I could have my own products and an online store and actually make money, that would be great but I wouldn’t know where to start! I hope you’re doing well and that this week is kind to you 🙂
      x

  13. December 3, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    I love this a lot! I have already put down the aroma diffuser on my Christmas list. We’re also trying to be really frugal so thank you so much for the great range of goodies. I’m so sorry that you still aren’t feeling well, well done on managing to write a blog post! xxxx

    • December 5, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Aroma diffusers seem to be loved by a lot of bloggers. I’m having to be more frugal too, but perhaps because I’m so stingy with myself all year and very budget-conscious, I end up spending more at Christmas than I ever intended! Thanks for the comment Jen, I hope you’re doing okay…  ♥ xx

  14. December 3, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Thank you Caz for sharing so many things I am adding to my “want list” for Christmas!!! There are a few things I already added to my Amazon shopping list that might not wait until Christmas!! I am SO sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you are getting LOTS of rest and feel better soon. I sincerely wish there was something I could do to make you feel better now. I think I need a magic wand that could make everyone feel 100% better:(. Sending you lots of love, comfort and healing vibes sweetie!

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:40 am

      I seem to find things for myself on these gift guides too, even though it starts with the best of intentions to look for other people! Thank you so much for your kindness and best wishes. I may ask Santa for that magic wand and we can share it! I hope you’re managing okay this week, sending hugs xxxx

  15. December 3, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Thank you Caz. These are all great gift ideas. Just got my last presents sorted at the weekend but I like the idea of some of these for me…xx

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:36 am

      You’re very organised, having finished your present buying! I think self-gifting is also allowed this Christmas (I always seem to find things I’d like when I look at other gift guides when I should be looking for other people) 😉
      Have a great rest of your week, Brigid xx

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:35 am

      If I had more time and it was easier to lay out ideas, then I could have kept going for ages. Once you start, it’s hard to stop finding things! 🙂

  16. December 3, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    This list is useful for guys like me who leave it late to do Christmas shopping. Will be printing it off :). Thanks!

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:34 am

      I hope it gives you a few ideas – good luck with the shopping and thanks for the comment! =]

  17. December 3, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    All the coloring pencils and the pens are my favorites. My great granddaughter loves to draw and write. We got her tons of stuff to do just that for Christmas.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:19 am

      Arty stuff is a great way to combine something practical that’ll get used, with something enjoyable – I’m sure your great granddaughter will love her goodies from you both this year!
      Have a good week 🙂
      xx

  18. December 4, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    There’s some lovely items on here. I love the cover of the rainbow notebook.
    Hope you feel a little better soon.

    • December 5, 2018 / 8:17 am

      I love that cover too, it’s definitely got a positive vibe! Think I’m going to invest in that one as I like the fact it’s an organiser rather than a standard notebook. Thanks lovely, I hope the week is treating you well =]
      xx

  19. Lisa
    December 4, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    These are fabulous ideas and how kind to go to so much trouble to help people find gift ideas. Great post 😊 x

    • December 5, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I appreciate that; I hope the post can provide a little inspiration. Your comment is much appreciated – I hope you’re well and that you have a good rest of your week 🙂

  20. December 5, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    These are some fabulous ideas Caz, and you did a wonderful job of making sure there were some great finds for every budget. I have the Echo and a couple of Echo dots (so I can play music in different rooms) and it’s unbelievable how much I use them. They are absolutely the best thing I’ve done to help me keep things straight — you know how brain fog is. I set up reminders, make lists, and even order from Amazon using it. I think I’m going to send my hubby the link for that aromatherapy necklace….😊 Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • December 5, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Maybe you can explain the Echo/Echo Dot to me… I have fallen behind a little with tech (maybe ignorance with not having the energy to keep up any more!) so I had to research for the post, but still can’t quite get my head around how they actually work. If you have a MacBook with music on MP3 files, can you play those via Bluetooth? Or does it have to be on a phone with an app? Do you have to have a device connected to Bluetooth on all the time whenever you want to ask Alexa a question, like what the weather’s like or what time an appointment in your calendar is? So many questions! I think it’s fab you’ve found them to be so helpful! 🙂
      xx

  21. December 6, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Wow all amazing ideas .Thanks for sharing and hope you feel better soon!

    • December 8, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks lovely, and I’m glad you liked the ideas! Take care & have a lovely weekend 🙂
      xx

  22. December 18, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I have a laptop tray/book stand but totally forgot about it! It is so helpful! Thanks for reminding me ahha I know some people who would find that so helpful! Also sleep oils! Such a good idea! I think I am going to put that on my christmas list!

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  23. December 31, 2018 / 12:22 am

    The For Fox Sake mug had me laughing 😀 I rarely swear so it’d be perfect for me, especially since I am zombie without the morning coffee haha! Great ideas here, Caz. I hope you ring in the New Year with a sense of accomplishment at all you’ve done in 2018 here and I look forward to reading more of your great posts in 2019 xo

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