8 Great Gifts for People with Arthritisby The HealthCentral Editorial Team
Holidays are a time for giving
It's that time of year when we begin to look in shop windows and on websites for the perfect gift for the special people in our lives. And if you have a loved one with arthritis, you know it can be a challenge to find a gift that's both personal and useful for someone living with this often disabling condition.
Fear not! Here we list 8 gifts that are perfect for the arthritis sufferers on your holiday gift list.
An ergonomic mouse
For the computer user on your list, an ergonomic mouse is a great solution to the aches and pains that can accompany computer use by helping take pressure off the hand and wrist.
They're also great for people with carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries.
A moist heating pad
Moist heat is one of the best ways to relieve arthritis, and an electric moist heating pad can provide this to people living with arthritis without requiring constant reheating. They're great for cold winter nights, too!
A cutting board with spikes
For the cook with arthritis in your life, try a cutting board that has spikes in the center to hold the food being sliced and diced in place.
These cutting boards with spikes are an inexpensive and surprisingly helpful way to make sure arthritis patients can keep doing this activity they love!
A set of jewelry helpers
People who have arthritis in their hands often have a hard time fastening bracelets and putting on necklaces and earrings.
A jewelry helper kit can contain such items bracelet fasteners, magnetic jewelry clasps, earring stabilizers, and other tools that can help getting dressed up for the holidays easier for people living with arthritis pain.
A gift certificate to a spa
Providing people with arthritis the chance to be treated to a massage or other spa experience is an excellent way to give a gift that's personal, special, and helpful at easing their condition.
After all, who doesn't want to feel pampered during this special time of year? And it can ease the stress that often accompanies the holidays, too!
E-readers are an amazing way to carry many books, magazines, and newspapers in a small, light package. Books are wonderful, but holding them can make your hands and wrists ache if you have arthritis.
Some of these devices--including Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire--can also stream movies and television shows, making them an easy way for people who may have trouble standing or walking to have everything they need in one portable device.
A pullover sweater or fleece top
Buttons and zippers can be very difficult for people who have arthritis in their hands.
That's what makes a fleece top or a sweater that can be pulled over the head a thoughtful--and warm!--gift for arthritis sufferers.
A homemade gift certificate
Did you know that walking can be one of the best ways to improve the symptoms of knee arthritis?
Making a gift certificate committing to take these walks with someone living with arthritis pain is a great way to motivate them to do it. And if walks aren't your friend or loved one's thing, try making a gift certificate to share some other special activity with them.