The perfect gift makes it easy to show your support for your loved ones as they manage their diabetes. Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or just because–wrap up one of these 20 great gifts for people with diabetes and make their day a little easier!
A diabetes diagnosis can completely change a person’s lifestyle. But, the right supplies, tools, and fun gadgets can make it a little easier and less of a burden.
If you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for your family member or friend with diabetes, look no further. These gifts will be useful and appreciated as they manage their day-to-day and make things easier, more stylish, and fun!
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To stay active
Have someone in mind to loves to keep active? Physical activity can help to lower blood sugar, manage weight, and release feel-good endorphins. Support your loved on in feeling their best with these gifts for active people with diabetes.
Yoga is a great way to exercise and reduce stress for anyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Research has found that regular yoga practice may increase the number of insulin receptors in cells and the percentage of insulin binding to those cells to lower blood sugar. Yoga is also associated with lower fasting blood sugar, postprandial blood sugar, and hemoglobin A1c.
This wearable Identification bracelet is compatible with Fitbit, Garmin, and other wearable activity trackers. There are options to engrave a name, phone number of emergency contact, and an alert that they have diabetes. If something should go wrong while they’re out and about, having this information accessible and visible can be life-saving.
With an activity tracker like the Fitbit Versa, they can keep track of physical activity, sleep and monitor their heart rate. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to managing diabetes.
A side effect of high blood sugar–neuropathy–can lead to decreased feeling in the feet, so protecting them is a must. These socks are comfortable and perfectly designed to keep the toes and heels protected. The ankle design and moisture-wicking material makes these a great choice for day to day wear or for walking and exercise.
To eat well
What you eat plays a major role in blood sugar management. Changing diet patterns can be incredibly overwhelming, so help support someone with the gift of knowledge, supplies, and delicious food to eat well with diabetes.
If carb-counting is causing significant stress for someone with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, then this book could be the answer! The approach takes a 2 day a week power-burn followed by 5 days of a healthy mediterranian-style diet to help with weight loss and blood sugar management. Included are meal plans, restaurant suggestions, and 50 recipes to try.
For someone in a diabetes meal rut, this book will inspire fun in the kitchen! The recipes are easy, come together quickly, and will help anyone with diabetes eat healthy at home.
Counting carbs and measuring food can be tedious work, and not necessary for everyone who has diabetes. This portion plate makes getting a balanced meal easy with dedicated spots for starches, vegetables, and protein.
Skip the sugar-free hard candies and tasteless chocolates and get them something they acutally want to eat. This box of keto-approved snack foods are all low-carb and delicious so they can snack without spiking their blood sugar.
For someone with diabetes who is extra busy or has a difficult time cooking, a meal delivery kit is a must! Bistro MD is a doctor-designed meal delivery program that has over 100 rotating diabetes-friendly meals that all have 25 grams of carbohydrate or less. The meals come in microwave and oven-safe trays that just have to be heated and enjoyed!
To relax and sleep better
Mental health, sleep, and skincare are all essential parts of managing a healthy life with diabetes. Make it easier on the ones you love to relax, sleep, and pamper themselves with these spa-like gifts.
Improve circulation in your legs and feet while relaxing after a long day. Leg and foot massages can help improve pain caused by neuropathy and potentially reduce the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers.
Aromatherapy is the perfect way to end a long stressful day. Researchers even found that people with diabetes and insomnia had better sleep and improved mood after regularly inhaling lavender for 4 weeks. This essential oil kit comes with 3 different oil blends to support sleep and relaxation.
While you can add esential oils to carrier oils or lotions, a diffuser makes it easy to create a spa-like experience at home. Pair this with the stress-free essential oil blends to help them create an at home oasis.
While many people can just pack up and go, traveling is not so easy for people with diabetes. Packing supplies, medical information, emergency snacks, and more is essentail for even the shortest of trips. Gift some of these diabetes travel goods to make leaving the house an easier experience.
Staying organized is essential when you have diabetes, so why not make it fun? They can pack everything they need in a bag that makes a statement or matche their personal style.
This TSA-approved case is vacuum sealed and capable of keeping your insulin cool for up to 27 hours. The compact cooler can hold 3 insulin pens at a time without taking up precious luggage space.
Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. This water bottle has time markers for reminders to keep drinking throughout the day. Make it easy for them to fight dehydration, which can make blood sugars run higher.
Toting around essentials like glucose monitors, hard candies, cell phones, and other essential supplies doesn’t have to be a burden. This cute crossbody bag makes it easy to stay prepared in style.
Just for fun
Why not have a little fun? These gifts may bring a smile to their face and let them express themselves as a unique person who happens to have diabetes.
For the person with a continuous glucose monitor, fun tape can make staying healthy a little more fashionable. Instead of clear, white, or black tape, these fun patterns add self-expression to a diabetes essential.
For the one who loves a good pun, there’s no shortage of funny diabetes-wear or shirts to support the cause. Find a shirt that matches their style and let’s them express who they and what’s important to them.
Knowledge is power when it comes to diabetes management. Keeping track of how different eating patterns and insulin doses affect blood sugar can help a person with diabetes and their management team figure out what’s working and what isn’t. A fun log book and food journal makes it easy to keep track of all the essentials.
The bottom line on gifts for people with diabetes
Diabetes doesn’t make a person who they are, but it does play a significant role in their life. When it comes to traveling, eating, exercising, and just having fun, their needs are a little different than what they were before diabetes.
Buying a gift to support your loved ones in living their healthiest and happiest life with diabetes is a great idea for Christmas, Birthdays, or just because!