Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone With IBD

by Mandy Patterson Patient Expert

Wondering what to get that someone on your holiday shopping list who has IBD? Believe it or not, IBD-ers really enjoy IBD-related gifts, for the most part. There is a ton of stuff out there, so I compiled a Top 10 list of gifts that are sure to please someone you know with IBD.

  1. Squatty Potty. I just recently got one of these for a birthday gift myself, and they are wonderful. The stool fits around your toilet when you aren’t using it, so it doesn’t compromise any space. Plus, it helps you get in that perfect poop squat formation. Squatty Potty offers lots of different styles and models of their stools, so you can find something that’s perfect for the IBD-er in your life. For those of us who are constantly going, anything to help make it easier is a plus.

  2. Tushy. They make the most incredible bidet attachments for your toilet. The Tushy is compatible with all toilet types, so you don’t have to worry about what brand/make/model someone's toilet is. Tushy offers the Classic and the Spa version. The Classic comes in a variety of colors, and offers your standard clean stream of water. The Tushy Spa also comes in a variety of colors, and offers either warm or cold water. They’re also super easy to install, taking about 10 minutes, and require no plumbing. These bidets are great and help keep you clean, while helping your IBD-er avoid the chafing of toilet paper.

  3. Calmoseptine. This stuff is amazing in protecting the bottom of an active toilet user. You can buy small tubes of calmoseptine at CVS and other pharmacies. They make a great stocking stuffer! Nothing shows you care more than helping to protect and heal a raw booty.

  4. PJs. Those of us with IBD appreciate a nice set of PJs. Especially if we’re heading to the hospital for a while, having our own comfy pajamas is a treat. For women, the PJ sets from Victoria’s Secret are a crowd pleaser. For men, any two-piece I’d recommend. (Steer away from the onesies. While adorable and fun, they really aren’t practical for IBD.)

  5. Pill Boxes. We carry around a lot of pills. For the longest time, I’d always store mine in a pocket of my pants, and wind up losing some. Pill boxes are a great way for us to keep our meds with us, and not be blatantly obvious about what we’re carrying around. Etsy has a multitude of cute and custom pill boxes, so you can get one that fits the personality of your IBD-er.

  6. Gift Cards. Everyone loves gift cards. But for those of us with IBD, we do appreciate a practical one. Gift cards for food delivery, restaurant delivery, or Amazon are always great. That way, when we’re not feeling too well, we can still get a hold of the items we need without leaving our couch.

  7. Streaming subscriptions. Think Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, anything that we can use to find our new favorite show and binge through the nastiest of flares.

  8. Home spa kit. Candles, Epsom salts (good for both regular baths, and sitz baths), a bath bomb or two, and maybe some tea bags (especially ginger). When we’re tired and our bodies are sore, taking a bath at home with all the fixings is a great way for us to feel better and relieve stress.

  9. Blankets. I cannot stress the importance of a good blanket. Whether the blanket has our favorite cartoon, sports team, or musical artist, we love blankets. The softer, the better. I know some people have turned to the weighted blankets and have had a lot of luck with those, too.

  10. A poo emoji pillow, gut pillow, colon pillow. Honestly, I love my poo emoji pillow. It is one of my favorite things in the entire world. People with IBD typically appreciate some kind of poo emoji keychain, blanket, slippers, stuffed animal, keychain, etc. It’s a way for us to embrace our IBD a little more, while laughing about it, too. The Awkward Yeti also offers an Irritable Bowel pillow that’s pretty adorable.

Mandy Patterson
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Mandy Patterson

Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010. She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field. Mandy is a Social Ambassador for the IBD HealthCentral Facebook page.