Gift ideas for people with eczema
Just when you were thinking that it couldn’t get harder to choose presents for people, you’ve got a friend or family member with eczema.
If you are struggling with what to get someone, or you have left it until the very last minute, your mind might go to some quick failsafe options, such as chocolates, hand cream or alcohol. But you might have to think a bit harder for eczema sufferers; a lot of these fail-safes are not really that safe for them.
Here’s some gifts that you shouldn’t give to people with eczema, and an awesome list of things that you safely buy them.
What not to give people with eczema
Food or alcohol
While a lot of people with eczema have no problem with food, some do. It may be a good idea to check with the person, or someone close to them, to see if there are any allergies or intolerances. Some things which can cause skin flare-ups include:
- Red wine
- Tomatoes (watch out for chutneys or marinades as gifts)
- Seafood (although not a lot of people give prawns as presents)
- Soy products
- Gluten (bread, pasta, baked goods like cakes or donuts)
- Coffee, or caffeinated tea
- Anything high in sugar
If the person you’re buying for has skin conditions, it might be safer to stay away from food altogether as a present. Some safe choices could include a fruit basket containing good skin fruit such as apples, bananas, blueberries or cherries, or allergy-safe foods like those from Divvies or Planet Gift Baskets.
Make-up, bathing or skincare products
There are a lot of things contained in bath products and cosmetics that may cause eczema to flare up, and you never know which one will affect which person. To be safe, generally don’t give anything for the bath or skin, apart from the exceptions that I will discuss below. Anything containing soap can be an irritant, as can bubble bath, bath wash, hand cream, make-up and many more items.
When my first baby was born I had a few incredibly kind people handknit items for him, such as blankets, beanies and even toys. It broke my heart a little bit because he couldn’t have anything wool, it would flare up his eczema and cause more pain that it was worth. Especially for my grandparents’ generation this was hard because that is what you do when someone has a baby; you knit something.
If you are considering giving clothes, there are a few guidelines you need to follow. No wool at all, and probably no synthetic fabrics either. Pure cotton is good, as is bamboo. Look out for seams or tags on the inside that could be irritating.
There are some fantastic clothing brands which are specifically designed for adults and children with skin conditions, check out AD RescueWear as an example.
Top Seven Awesome Gifts for People with Eczema
I always think it’s better to gift an experience than a physical gift. My children literally have thousands of toys, and the last thing I want in my house is something else to have to tidy up or trip over. Experiences are a great gift idea for people with skin conditions, and the sky is the limit with what you can gift these days. Some ideas include:
- Movie tickets
- Theatre shows
- Massage classes
- Dancing lessons
- Dinner at a fancy restaurant
- Driving in a racecar
- Hot air ballooning
Once upon a time, all you could subscribe to were magazines, but even this was a really appreciated gift. There is nothing better than having something a little bit indulgent turn up on your doorstep every month. Now subscription boxes are everywhere, and if you do a bit of research, you are sure to find one that your friend will love. Here are some of the best ones:
- Cooking subscription boxes with fresh ingredients and recipes
- Art or crafting boxes
- Journalling or sticker sets, great for younger recipients
- A murder mystery subscription like ‘Hunt a Killer’, great for crime lovers
- Soap-making, awesome for people who like to know exactly what goes into their bath products
Essential oils and Epsom salts
Epsom salts make a lovely gift, and are the only bath item that you are sure will be safe for people with skin conditions. Natural and high in magnesium, this soak relieves skin irritation, as well as aches and pains, can help sleep and improve energy.
Partner it with some lovely essential oils; not only can people put these on their skin or dribble them in their bath, but also sprinkle them around the house or burn in a diffuser. Give coconut oil as well and your recipient can make their own cream. Some lovely oils that have been shown to reduce inflammation include:
Bamboo products are a glorious exception to the ‘No clothing’ rule. Bamboo feels luxurious, looks wonderful and is safe for people with eczema. You can get gorgeous bath towels or sheets, or even super-cute pajamas for all ages. Check out the ranges from Bamboo Bubby or Bamboo Clothing.
People with food intolerances often have to do a lot of cooking themselves. For this reason, giving them good quality cookware, serving plates or cookbooks can be a stroke of genius. Think of something really beautiful, or of singular quality; something that they may not think to buy for themselves. I was given an excellent vegetable peeler once, as odd as that may sound, and it’s the favourite thing in my kitchen.
Salt lamp or air humidifier
Giving a salt lamp or air humidifier is a considerate present that will be gratefully received. Dry air is the enemy for many people with eczema, so a small humidifier in their bedroom or at their desk can really make a difference to their lives. Salt lamps are a newer trend but some people with skin conditions swear by them. They also look stunning and work as wonderful night lights for children.
Adopt an Animal, or other donations
Gifts with purpose are a very good idea, this is one of my personal favorite gift ideas. Who can say they have adopted an ELEPHANT! Instead of creating more rubbish in the world, you can give a gift with real meaning and heart. Ideas of these include Adopt an animal with the WWF, handmade items supporting struggling communities through the Oxfam Store, or by giving a percentage of sales to a worthy cause through Give As You Live.
With gifts, it really is ‘the thought that counts’. Giving a truly thoughtful gift to your friend with eczema shows that they are not a last-minute purchase for you, but worthy of receiving something that you have carefully considered. There are just so many options available to you these days, including many online, so you don’t really have the excuse of not having enough time to shop anymore. Think creatively and do a bit of research and you are sure to find the perfect gift.
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