10 Dos and Don'ts of Gifts for Those with Migraines

Teri Robert Sep 28, 2012 (updated Oct 6, 2014)
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Do consider the old fashioned ice bag
Do consider the old fashioned ice bag
The old favorites never die! An old fashioned ice bag makes a great gift for someone with Migraines. Online, you can find plain ones at drugstore.com or pretty ones like these at beauty.com.
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Do consider good teas
Do consider good teas
Not only do teas taste good, some can help relive Migraine symptoms. Mint or ginger are helpful for nausea. Chamomile is helpful for trying to relax while waiting for medications to work and for the Migraine to pass.
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Do keep massage in mind
Do keep massage in mind
Massage sessions make great gifts. Massages not only feels good, but it can have some great health benefits. Some people find it helps relieve a Migraine.
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Do take a look at bath pillows
Do take a look at bath pillows
Soaking in a hot tub is a great reliever for some Migraineurs. A luxurious bath pillow adds to the comfort and the therapeutic effects.
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Do consider donations
Do consider donations
One of our biggest problems is the lack of adequate research funding. Consider making a donation as a gift. The American Migraine Foundation, Migraine Research Foundation, and National Headache Foundation are good choices for donations.
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Do remember the gift of your time
Do remember the gift of your time
Giving your time can be a great gift! Why not give someone a gift certificate promising your time to do something with them or for them? I've prepared a gift certificate for that purpose. Just fill it in and it's ready! Download the gift certificate.
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Do consider a bed buddy
Do consider a bed buddy
Many of us find our hands and feet get cold during a Migraine. Add a cold winter night, and Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! A bed buddy makes a great gift. Pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and put it in the bed, and it will warm our feet for hours.
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Don't give foods that can trigger migraines
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Unless you're certain about whether someone's Migraines are triggered by foods and which ones, gifts of food aren't the best ideas. Some commonly given foods - coffees, chocolate, cheeses, and sausages are possible trigger foods. Not the way you want to go.
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Don't go too bright
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Busy stripes and overly bright or complex patterns can trigger Migraines. Considering a soft blanket or scarf for your Migraineur friend? Observe what they have to get clues for their color preferences.
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Don't fall back on fragrance
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Perfume, scented candles, perfumed lotions, and other scented products are great gifts for some people, but for many people with Migraines, they're instant Migraine triggers. If you're considering fragranced gifts, observe or get some inside information on the preference and tolerance of the Migraineur first.