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Gifts for People With IBD

Holiday Gifts That Would Be Welcomed By Anyone Who Has IBD


Updated November 30, 2013

You may wonder what would be a good gift for someone with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anything that would help them live more comfortably, and maybe ease a symptom such as pain or fatigue. Here are some gift ideas for people who have IBD.

1. Flowering Tea Kit

Numi Tea Gift Set
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IBDers love a good cup of tea. After all, it's the better half of the "tea and toast" diet, and some teas are allowed on the clear liquid diet that might be used after surgery or before a colonoscopy. This tea kit will really be a hit. You get several varieties of flowering tea, and a glass teapot. The tea opens up as it steeps, and you'll watch it turn into a lovely flower. It's a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the experience of the tea.
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2. Back Massager

Back Massager
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A back massager is a good gift for anyone, but it will be especially welcome for anyone who has IBD. Arthritis is a common complication of IBD, affecting about 25% of patients. Aches and pains can really get you down, but applying a little heat and some massage can really do wonders.
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3. Foot Massager

Foot Massager
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And while getting a massage for that aching back, why not pay attention to the feet, which can also be affected by arthritis. When your feet hurt, the rest of your body can feel great, but you just can't get past those tired dogs. Foot massagers -- dry or wet -- really work well to make you feel better all over.
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4. Chillow

Chillow Pillow
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IBD can sometimes cause fevers, which may lead to night sweats. Night sweats pretty much make you miserable all night and then tired all day from lack of sleep. Being able to cool down quickly will help in being comfortable. This pillow contains water, so it stays cool.
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5. Bath Massage Mat

Bath Massage Mat
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If you can't afford a hot tub or a whirlpool bath, a massaging bath mat is the next best thing. It can turn your bathtub into a muscle-relaxing experience that can was the day off and help take some of the muscle pain of IBD away. Moist heat is recommended for easing the peripheral arthritis that plagues some people with IBD.
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6. Toiletry Kit

Toiletry Kit
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It's a good idea for people with IBD to carry some essentials with them at all times, such as hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and medication. A travel kit is a great way to store all these items and have them handy. When you have IBD, you can't always wait for a clean bathroom -- sometimes you have to use what's available and it may be missing toilet paper or soap. Kits that hang from a hook or doorknob are especially useful.
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7. Boscia Body Cream

Boscia Whipped Body Cream
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IBD can leave you dehydrated from diarrhea and vomiting. You need a good moisturizer, especially in the winter. This body cream is the best I've ever used. It is more expensive than those you'll find at the drugstore, but it's still a bargain because a little bit goes a long way.
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8. Portable DVD Player

Portable DVD Player
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Sometimes having IBD can mean a lot of waiting around at doctor's appointments and hospitals. When I was hospitalized for flares or for surgery, I could never pay attention to a book, and the TVs cost several dollars a day. A portable DVD player is great because it can go anywhere with you: doctor's office, hospital, even on vacation. A great companion gift would be a set of headphones or a mail-order DVD subscription.
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9. Mini Refrigerator

Mini Refrigerator
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If an IBDer is in a bad flare or has had surgery, it can mean resting in bed for several days. Having a mini fridge nearby was a lifesaver for me when I could not easily navigate the stairs to go down to the kitchen after surgery. Water and healthy snacks were close at hand in my little fridge in my room. These little refrigerators are remarkably affordable and will fit just about anywhere.
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10. Donation to the CCFA

A donation on someone else's behalf is always a thoughtful gift. A donation to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (or one of the many sister organizations throughout the world) supports the many programs that benefit people with IBD. You can also purchase gifts from the CCFA store.
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