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Introduction to the Thoughtful Christmas Gift Guide for Those with Chronic Illness and Disability

Welcome to our 2023 Christmas gift guide! The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness. But for those living with chronic illness and disabilities, it can also bring unique challenges. Choosing gifts with care and consideration can bring joy and comfort to recipients during the festive season and beyond. In this guide, we focus on individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities by offering a curated selection of thoughtful gifts that cater to their unique needs and interests. The guide is organised into five themes with a wide range of ideas. Partnering with brands who stand out for the quality of their products and their brand ethos. At RR we champion sustainability and social enterprise. Items have been gifted by brands in exchange for honest reviews and social media PR. We also have some exclusive discount codes. We hope this guide inspires you to find the perfect gifts!

The gift of Self Care

Self-care is a trend which isn’t waning post-Covid. It’s especially vital for those with chronic illness and disability because it serves as a lifeline to manage symptoms, reduce stress, and maintain overall well-being. It empowers individuals to regain control over their lives, fostering resilience and improved quality of life despite the challenges they face.

Self care incorporates a huge variety of practices, with popular options including relaxing with a face mask or mindful colouring. Here, we bring you two unique options: breathwork cards and worry dolls. Both are distinctive for their many health benefits and are beautifully made to boot.

Breath Practice Cards by Rebecca Moore

Breathwork offers a multitude of physical benefits, including improved oxygen flow, reduced tension, and enhanced lung capacity. Mentally, it’s a powerful stress-reduction tool, promoting relaxation, focus, and emotional balance, making it a valuable practice for overall well-being.

Why I love this gift:

If you have never tried breathwork then these cards are the perfect introduction. If your a regular practitioner, you’ll enjoy them because they freshen your routine and spark new ideas. The box contains a small book with background to every card and 50 unique breath practice cards. Each card has a different style of practice and is also beautifully illustrated. Whether you’d like to focus, relax, elevate, release, connect, and more, there’s a card for you. Priced at £16 and available from all good bookshops.

Worry Dolls from Rex London

Worry dolls, originating from Mayan Guatemalan culture, have a rich tradition of providing comfort through storytelling. When the Mayan people of Guatemala have worries, they tell them to worry dolls and then put these under their pillow at night. By morning, the worry dolls have taken all the worries away. This provides a cathartic release, reducing emotional strain. For those housebound or isolated due to chronic illness or disability, this practice fosters mental well-being, offering relief and solace during challenging times.

Why I love this gift:

Rex London has a wide variety of worry dolls which cater for all concerns. Each one is handmade in Guatemala and they are gorgeous. My favourites are the self affirmation dolls, which come in six varieties at £2.95 each, and the Love Yourself doll at £5.95. Self affirmation boosts self-esteem and self-confidence which is ideal for those challenging days. The Love Yourself doll is a lovely pick me up when symptoms are making life difficult and helps with resilience and self acceptance.

The gift of Personal Security

Personal security is vital for those with chronic illness or disability, ensuring their safety, peace of mind, and independence. It empowers them to navigate daily life with confidence, especially in situations where they are more vulnerable or additional support may be required. We feature two great items; a personal alarm for use outside the home and a door handle lock for use at home.

Ashley Personal Safety Alarm

A personal alarm is designed to deter attackers and provide security. Alarms are also invaluable for individuals with chronic illness or disability. They offer immediate assistance, a sense of security in emergencies, and enhance safety and well-being. The Ashley alarms are reliable, durable, small and stylish. Ashley donates 5% of profits to Operation Underground Railroad and other charitable causes to accelerate the rate of change in the world.

Why I love this gift:

The Ashley alarm features a loud 130db siren and a 200-lumen strobing LED light. This guarantees it’ll attract attention! Once activated they can run for an hour (unless you switch them off before then). I often clip mine to my mobility scooter key, in case I get into difficulties out and about. It can also be clipped to a wheelchair or worn on a lanyard so that if a disabled person needs assistance, they just pull the alarm. You can attach them anywhere that’s handy. Priced £24.95 each, they’re available in 4 colours and have a 2-year warranty. We’ve obtained an exclusive 15% discount with the code SABINAROSE15

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Julie

    Lovely range of gifts and I love how they’re themed.

  2. Jono

    I love the moon set for my gf she’s really into new age stuff

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