Having one or more chronic illnesses and getting through the holiday season can feel like a recipe for disaster. However, with a little planning and creativity, we can get through it without pushing ourselves too far.
Here are a few gift ideas that your friends, family, and body will love!
1. Gift Cards
Gift cards make fantastic gifts when your energy level is non-existent.
Many can be purchased and delivered online, which will save you from having to go out to purchase or send them.
You can also take your gift shopping up a notch by going to stores that you were already going to be going to for your basic needs. For example, for a Pizza Hut Gift Card, you could purchase napkins and paper plates with holiday prints.
Boost your gift of a Red Box code by placing it along with popcorn, flavored seasonings, and candy into a large plastic bowl.
This idea won’t only save you energy during the holidays, but it will also save you money! Give coupons to your friends and family that offer a service like house, pet, or baby sitting!
Personally I wouldn’t offer baby sitting as that would be more exhausting than purchasing a gift, but if that is something you would like to do go for it!!
These gifts are far more valuable than you might realize. Watching and caring for a friend’s house and/or pet while they are on vacation saves them a large chunk of change and puts their mind to ease knowing someone who cares for them is on the job.
3. Host a DIY decorating party
Give the gift of a handmade ornament or a gingerbread house. But instead of you making the gifts, host a party and have your friends create their own masterpieces!
There are a slew of gingerbread decorating kits on Amazon to make prepping easy. For ornaments you may want to purchase kits that have everything you need to make a particular ornament or a bunch of different items to give your guests options.
Whatever gifts you choose to give, remember that wearing yourself down to the point of not being able to function is not what the season is about. Be good to yourself as well as those you love!