New and Unique Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Chronic Pain

PPM’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide


When shopping for holiday gifts, sometimes the standards just won’t cut it when someone on your list suffers from chronic pain.  We found ways to think outside the well-wrapped box with ideas that might even make the elves jealous!

This year, let your friends and loved ones know you understand their needs with thoughtful gifts that are helpful and comforting.  We’ve selected some great ideas to fit any budget.

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One of the biggest struggles for those living with pain is often getting a great night’s sleep. Gravity Blankets don’t just feel amazing, but they also provide “deep touch pressure stimulation” to mimic the feeling of a hug or being held. The idea is to increase levels of serotonin and melatonin, the hormones that help to aid sleep while also reducing stress and anxiety.  The blankets come in many styles and begin at 15 pounds of evenly distributed weight to help loved ones fall asleep faster and enjoy longer, deeper sleep. If you can’t spring for the blanket, consider a weighted sleep mask for under $30.

Price: Sleep Masks $29.99, Blankets starting at $249.99
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As much as we’d all like to be on vacation right now, at least part of us can feel as though we are! The simplicity and comfort of a restful hammock made just for soothing chronic neck pain. This cervical traction device is portable and designed for use at home or work, and promises to provide relief in 10 minutes or less. The Neck Hammock was designed to focus on neck pain and tension headaches by a physical therapist who believes cervical traction is just as, if not more effective than strengthening and stretching exercises. Sold alone or bundled with other pain relief products. Tropical beverages not included!

Price: $49.99
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We’ve all heard that staring at screens for long periods of time can cause neck and shoulder pain, or headaches, but did you know that misalignment of vision can also cause those symptoms? Neurolens was designed to bring the eyes to their proper alignment, putting less stress on the nerve leading to the brain, and alleviating eyestrain when using a digital device or doing closeup work. They are designed to replace existing prescription lenses and require a 3-minute measurement exam.

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Meditation as a form of pain and stress relief has been around for centuries, but to ensure that you reach that peak state of relaxation, consider MUSE headbands which measure brain activity during a meditation session. These thin, lightweight bands provide appropriate weather sounds to help achieve focus and calm more efficiently. Upgraded MUSE models offer feedback on heartbeat and breathing rates to help customize a meditation routine. If your loved one is just beginning to try meditation but needs a little help getting started, Headspace can help to point them in the right direction. The mobile app, designed by a sports science major turned Buddhist monk, offers guided sessions to help improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety.  Users can customize the length and goals of guided sessions, or select an “emergency” session during sudden bouts of pain or discomfort.  

Muse Price: starts at $199
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Headspace Price: plans start at $12.99/month or $95.88/year
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Brighten the room of someone with limited mobility with images of loved ones! The digital picture frame you remember from years ago has evolved into an innovative new version so cool that you’ll want one for yourself.  The Skylight Frame is simply the best way to share photos with a homebound friend or relative while also making them feel more connected.  The concept is simple. Plug in the frame, connect it to Wi-Fi, send photos to a dedicated email address, and they appear on the frame. The images appear as a slideshow or can be edited or scrolled by the recipient at any time. The frame fits perfectly on a mantel or desk, and features a 10-inch color touchscreen. It has 8 GB of memory, which can store up to 8,000 photos.

Price: $159
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This new take on a cool mist humidifier not only looks good, smells good, sounds good, and helps relieve tension, but it also sells for under $30! This InnoGear essential oil diffuser sends cleansing particles into any room, helping to reduce impurities and mold. It has a built-in Bluetooth speaker, that can be synched with any media player to set the mood.  The modern profile fits any décor and includes LED lights that work as a nightlight or can cycle through multiple colors. All functions can be set to a timer, and the diffuser shuts off automatically when the water runs out.

Price $29.99
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Ugly plastic splints are a thing of the past! These fashionable pieces of jewelry are more than pleasing to the eye; they also provide comfort and stabilization to hand joints, soothe pain, and help to prevent further injury. Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or other conditions with hypermobility would love ring splints that not only look great, but ease hypermobility by keeping joints in place. Styles are made from many materials, and each touts a unique look with stones and other details to match anyone’s style. Some manufacturers suggest working with a doctor to choose the right piece for a proper fit.

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Individuals living with chronic pain often have to juggle multiple medications and still may not feel complete relief. Quell offers a drug-free pain management system that fits right into daily routines. Designed to resemble a sports band, the device is lightweight, worn below the knee, and stimulates the nervous system to help block pain. It can be used during the day or while sleeping and works with a companion mobile app that helps users personalize and adjust therapy, and track effectiveness.

Price: $249.99 for a starter kit
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Still looking for more options? Consider a food delivery service like Peapod or Amazon Fresh.  Monthly gift subscriptions such as fresh flowers from Bouqs, beauty gifts from Birchbox, or even a My Coffee and Book Club can give loved ones something to look forward to every month. Adult coloring books, colorful compression socks, or luxury hand lotions make great mini-gifts or stocking stuffers, too!  Or check out our 2017 gift guide.

Also, check out our list of pain relief products to suit specialized needs. And, always be sure to check with your doctor about using a home, self-care device to ensure it fits with your treatment plan.


Updated on: 11/13/19
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