2020 Gift Guide
As with everything else in 2020, the holidays will no doubt be different – providing opportunities for new ways of connecting with our friends and extended family.
One thing we can focus on this year is the power of gift giving. Gift-giving guru, Stephanie Pappas, writes that a scientifically proven way to make gifts meaningful is to get something that shows how well you know the person. And, what says “I know you” more than a gift specific to your loved-ones needs.
Gifts for someone with Arthritis
Arthritis causes pain and discomfort as the disease impacts the joints, and sometimes limits mobility. Many times, you’ll hear a friend with the condition talk about hot and cold therapy and other anti-inflammatory interventions including therapeutic exercise, essential oils, turmeric teas, and special diets.
If you have a friend or family member who suffers from arthritis pain, think of comforting gifts like a gift card to your local spa or yoga studio. If you know them well enough to ask, you may want to inquire as to which joints affect them the most and offer to help them search for new therapies.
Gifts for someone with Bunions
Bunions can be extremely painful, and are relieved when the big toe is pulled away from the next toe and cushioned. This can be done with bunion splints, bunion socks, adding shoe inserts, and medical intervention.
Gifts for someone with Elbow Pain
If you play pickle ball, tennis, baseball, golf, or softball, you probably know someone who experiences elbow pain either from previous injuries or from conditions caused by over-use. Among stretching, heat therapy, and physical therapy, it is recommended to use elbow compression in order to reduce swelling and increase support. The bonus of a lightweight elbow brace or sleeve, is that it can easily fit in an equipment bag and worn under regular clothing.
Gifts for someone with Knee Pain
If you know someone who played any sport in their youth, chances are they have knee pain. If you know someone who’s recently had knee surgery because of that pain, then you still know someone who has knee pain.
Basically, our knees receive a lot of wear and tear throughout our lives and it is very common for active adults to experience discomfort or pain. Along with medical treatment and therapy, knee compression can help reduce swelling and strengthen muscles helping to relieve knee pain.
Gifts for someone with Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that usually presents as debilitating heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch. If you have a loved one with this condition, chances are you’ll know because of the excruciating pain it can cause.
There are many treatments for Plantar Fasciitis including stretches targeted at the plantar fascia, night time Plantar Fasciitis treatments that keep the foot flexed during rest, Plantar Fasciitis compression that strengthens the ligament, and Plantar Fasciitis socks that support the ligament and create pain-relieving cushion around the heel.
Giving the Gift of Pain Relief
These may not be the most glamorous gift ideas, but they are something that your loved ones may need, and will have them feeling seen and their pain acknowledged. Not to mention the “thank you” you’ll receive from a gift of life-changing pain relief and prevention.