It’s that time of year where a lot is happening and we’re thinking about what gifts to get our friends and family. Maybe there is someone in your life that is super “crunchy” by nature, or a chronic illness has forced them to use more natural product alternatives to reduce some of their symptoms.
Either way, I hope these gift ideas help you find the perfect gift for that special person in your life!
1. A Jade Roller or a Gua Sha
Don’t worry – I didn’t know what these were either until recently!
A jade, or rose quartz, roller are polished stones that you roll across your face or your body. The gua sha is the same concept, but you brush it against your face, rather than roll it. Adding these to your skincare routine stimulates lymphatic drainage, detoxifies skin tissues, and boosts blood flow.
This can decrease face puffiness, wrinkles, and even help improve acne. It’s an affordable, holistic tool to add to someone’s skincare routine that they’ll love!
2. A Non-Toxic Skincare Set
Generic face washes and exfoliators are filled with harsh chemicals and irritants like sulfates, parabens, and alcohols. Believe it or not – this can actually exacerbate someone’s symptoms with chronic illness – especially in those with high chemical sensitivities.
Over the years, I’ve tried a few different skincare routines, but by FAR my favorite brand has to be Cocokind. They have such affordable and high quality ingredients that last a long time! If someone in your life is looking for a new skincare routine, this is the perfect set to get them. If you want to REALLY splurge on them, another brand I’ve only heard raving reviews about, but haven’t tried myself, is Beautycounter’s Countertime collection.
3. Non-Toxic Makeup
Did you know the EU has banned over 1400 harmful ingredients in their personal care products – like makeup? Want to know how many the US has banned?
A whopping 30.
Give someone the gift of health this year. There are tons of different lower-toxic makeup companies out there that follow the same standards. Here are some of my favorites.
4. Non-Toxic Nail Polish
Just because you’re more sensitive to harsh, toxic chemicals, doesn’t mean you still don’t want to enjoy the finer things in life – like getting together with your girlfriends and doing your nails!
Sometimes a small thing like this can just cheer you up or be a part of a relaxing, self-care routine. Here are some of my favorite less-toxic nail polish brands that are 7 or 10-free.
5. Cozy Attire
When you have a chronic illness, you may spend a lot of time in bed on certain days. On these days, it REALLY helps to have a cozy set of PJs, house slippers, and a good blanket.
Anything that’s cozy – we’ll appreciate it. We don’t care where it’s from as long as it gets the job done.
6. Nicer Clothing
On the flip side, when you have chronic illness, you spend so much time in bed, or money on healthcare, that you don’t get to spend as much fun money!
It’s nice to have nicer clothes to put on when we are feeling better. Here are some of my favorite women’s clothing stores and boutiques to shop at as a 25-year-old.
7. A Spa or Salon Gift Card
Sometimes you just need a day to pamper yourself. A haircut, eyebrow threading, or a nice massage can help anyone, but especially someone with chronic illness, feel like they’re doing something for themselves that’s fun, instead of trying to just survive each day.
This is a sweet and thoughtful gift – even if you have to ask where they like to go so it’s not a surprise – they’ll appreciate getting to pamper themselves with their gift.
8. Essential Oils
Essential oils are nature’s medicine! They’re aromatic compounds that can help with all sorts of things from chronic pain to poor digestion.
I have a whole page dedicated to essential oils and the highest quality ones I have found on this website.
9. A Yoga Mat
Yoga is a gentle way for those with chronic illness to get exercise in (when they otherwise may not be allowed to do higher-intensity workouts).
I’ve been loving having a yoga mat and getting to just have a time of stretching and relaxing each day. This would make a great and affordable gift for someone that has been wanting to get more gentle movement in their routine.
GET IT //
→ My Yoga Mat
10. A Shower Filter
Things like flouride, heavy metals, and iron in our water supply can be irritating our scalp or our skin. Exposure to these neurotoxins and heavy metals can also have negative impacts on our health. You can vastly improve things like dandruff and dry skin just by filtering your shower water!
This gift is a personal favorite because it can benefit someone’s health, but also their confidence.
GET IT //
→ Shower Water Filter
11. Instant Pot
When you have a chronic illness, it’s hard to do a lot. The most daunting thing for me, personally, is to cook dinner. After a long day, it’s the last thing I want to do, but my body NEEDS the nutrients of a good meal, and it does NOT need takeout.
That’s why an Instant Pot is a God send for anyone with chronic fatigue. My doctor even recommended I get one! I may have to gift myself with this kitchen appliance soon… doctor’s orders. 😉
GET IT //
→ Instant Pot
12. A Good Blender
Smoothies and soups are GREAT ways to get tons of nutrition in your body. You just throw a bunch of stuff in + drink!
It’s important to have a high quality blender to make smoothies and process your food, though. Two options that I’ve used with good results are the Nutribullet and a Vitamix. The Vitamix is the top-of-top blender you can get (with the average price coming in around $300-$500), but the Nutribullet is WAY easier to clean up and much more affordable for the average person (coming in under $100).
13. A Subscription to a Streaming Service
On those flare-up days, it’s great to have some sort of streaming service to take your mind off of the pain or discomfort a chronic illness brings.
Gifting a subscription to something like Disney+, Netflix, or Hulu is a really thoughtful gift that will definitely get a lot of use out of the person in your life with chronic illness!
14. A Book Series or Book Box Subscription
They’ve got subscription boxes for just about everything these days! One of my favorite things I’ve actually subscribed to is a book subscription box. It’s usually a surprise – you’re not sure what book you’re going to get, but 1x a month, a company will send you a book and trinkets like candles, bookmarks, coffee, Pop Funkos, etc. that tie in with the theme of the book.
They have these for all ages – so if someone in your life is a reader – this is the PERFECT gift for them.
15. Non-Toxic Candles
I love me some candles!
But lead in candle wicks and carcinogenic wax is NOT something I’m messing with in my house. Instead, I found some more natural candle alternatives that I can feel good about having in my home.
I hope one of these gift ideas stands out to you and helps you pick the best gift for the more holistic person in your life!
Would you add anything to this list? Let me know in the comments below!