Are you looking for healthy gift ideas for someone with autoimmune disease? People with health issues can be tricky to shop for, right? They avoid chemicals, eat “weird” diets, and typically stray away from alcohol. They may or may not spend a lot of time sleeping, avoid normal activities for people their age (ie: bar hopping), and love to snuggle. Wait, is that just me?
They aren’t weird, by any means, but they do operate outside of society’s norms when it comes to diet and lifestyle. It’s for a good reason, too! A recent study showed that diet and lifestyle changes can have a huge impact in the reversal of autoimmune disease (with more to come).
So, before you go shrugging your shoulders and purchasing another gift card to a store they probably won’t shop at, take a peek at my healthy gift list for people with autoimmune disease. Below are items perfect for your friends and family who have embarked on the holistic journey of healing. Side note: if you want to get crazy, you should combine some of these items to make the ultimate healthy gift basket!
Beautycounter – If the person you’re buying for enjoys makeup and skincare, this is the perfect spot to shop. Beautycounter has banned over 1500 potentially harmful ingredients from their products making them safer for people to use. A lovely moisturizer or gorgeous lipstick (click HERE to see my top picks for Beautycounter products under $50).
Manduka Yoga Mat – Exercise can be very theraputic to those with autoimmune disease if it is done gently and gradually. For many of us, gentle exercise can bring back a sense of normalcy. This yoga mat is made from biodegradable, non-Amazon-harvested, natural tree rubber so it’s also a gift for the environmentally conscious people in your life! ($44)
Essential Oils – Essential oils are a great addition to anyone’s healing protocol. Personally, I don’t think you can ever have enough of them! Lavender, bergamont, and neroli are wonderful for stress and anxiety management. I like Nature’s Fusions because they’re committed to sourcing from sustainable farms and only use steam distillation instead of harmful chemicals to extract the oils from plants. ($9-$52)
If you’re gifting essential oils, a great way to make a healthy gift basket is by pairing them with a diffuser. Diffusers disperse the calming smell of essential oils into the air and they’re great in lieu of toxic candles! I love this ceramic diffuser because it’s so pretty and blends right into home decor. ($119)
Air BNB gift card – Air BNB is an online marketplace that lets people rent out their properties. It’s a perfect place to stay while exploring because many hosts leave recommendations for the best things to do in the area.
When you’re living a healthy lifestyle while traveling it helps to have a kitchen where you can prepare your own food. It’s also nice to have a cozy space to relax if you’re too tired to explore. ($25-$200)
Instant Pot – People working on healing their autoimmune disease need to make many of their meals at home. This can be tricky since severe fatigue is a common autoimmune symptom. The Instant Pot makes it possible to cook with very little effort. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer all in one appliance! ($99)
Consider pairing this with this Paleo AIP Instant Pot E-Cookbook. ($17.95)
Thrive Market Membership – This is an AMAZING gift idea. Thrive Market is kind of like Whole Foods meets Costco. There are tons of organic, non-GMO foods that are way less expensive through Thrive than they are in regular grocery stores. You can auto ship items you use regularly or just do your shopping online whenever you need something. It definitely makes life easier and tastier!
Bonus? They have entire sections dedicated to Autoimmune Paleo and Paleo foods. ($59.95)
Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer – Healthy people, or people aspiring to be healthy, love collagen. These creamers have 10 grams of collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. They’d be great as a stocking stuffer!
If you’re buying for someone in the elimination phase of the AIP diet, opt for the vanilla and coconut flavors! ($29.00)
Pendleton Blanket – I’m obsessed with Pendleton blankets. They’re VERY high quality, are super warm and cozy, and are perfect for the autoimmunie who loves to snuggle up with a book. ($99-$299)
My husband bought me one last year and I wish I had one for every room in the house. They’re absolutely stunning. I highly recommend purchasing from their American Indian College Fund selection so your purchase goes towards supporting people from the culture that created these beautiful patterns.
The Nutrient Dense Kitchen – Every person in your life with an autoimmune disease NEEDS THIS BOOK! Even if they don’t have an autoimmune disease and just enjoy delicious, paleo recipes, they will be so excited to have this cookbook. Mickey Trescott creates beautiful, approachable recipes that everyone loves, even the gluten gobblers!
This book comes out in February so you’ll have to get creative about how you gift it over the holidays. It’s a hardcover that will be signed by the goddess chef herself! ($39.95)
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