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As the holidays are approaching, it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. I know what you are thinking. It’s not even Thanksgiving and we are talking about holiday shopping?! Ugh. All of the ‘experts’ in retail sales are recommending shopping early this year due to the supply chain issues many of us are facing.
Many people, especially those of us with migraine or other chronic illnesses find holiday shopping overwhelming and stressful. And that’s without having issues with finding gifts or getting them delivered on time. We have assembled some options for the person with migraine on your gift list (or perhaps yourself)!
Here is an easy guide full of Migraine Strong favorites that would make the perfect gifts for people with migraine. If you or your loved one has migraine, we hope that this list of top 10 gift ideas will make your shopping experience easier!
1. Migraine Shields
Is light sensitivity with migraine an issue for you or a friend or family member? Then you know how painful it can be to spend any time in stores or offices with fluorescent lights. And that’s not even including the time spent on computers and devices! We love our migraine glasses!
Migraine Shields can help reduce migraine symptoms and prevent attacks. They can be worn during the day or night, indoor or outdoor. They also specifically block blue light at 455nm where it is especially harmful which is why they help with screens: computers, phones, tablets, TV, etc. You can purchase Migraine Shields HERE. You can receive 20% off your order with the code MIGRAINESTRONG!!
2. Allay Lamp
To continue with the light sensitivity theme, the Allay Lamp and the Allay Desk Light are two of the most exciting products we use to manage migraine. Either one is a great gift for people with migraine.
The Lamp and Desk Light both offer narrow band green light therapy to reduce light sensitivity. They not only reduce the overall migraine symptoms during attacks, they help to reduce the frequency of attacks!! Read about how this new therapy works in our blogs about light sensitivity and vestibular migraine and our blog that compares the Allay Lamp and The Allay Desk Light.
This is a wonderful way to help someone with migraine that does not involve a prescription, medication or co-pay.
(To receive 10% off of the Allay Lamp use this link!!)
3. A Gift Basket For Someone With Migraine
Perfect for any occasion, gift baskets make a thoughtful and meaningful gift. To avoid a basket with migraine triggers, people with migraine may appreciate a basket specific to their needs.
To make it easier, we have compiled a list of some of the best gifts for migraine sufferers that they would love to discover in their gift basket:
- Forces of Nature Migraine Rollerball (20% off with code: NATUREMS19)
- Forces of Nature “Sleep Well” Rollerball (20% off with code: NATUREMS19)
- Migraine Stick by Migrastil (10% off, follow link)
- Migrastil Soothing Neck and Shoulder Cream (10% off, follow link)
- Migrastil Migraine Nausea Inhaler (10% off, follow link)
- Face Jade Roller
- Be Kool soft gel sheets
- The Wand by PureWine (15% off with code: migrainestrong)
- Angel Mints peppermints
- The Headache Hat
- Ginger chews
- Ear plugs
- Sleep mask
- NodPod Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask
- Aculief Wearable Acupressure
- Salt lamp
- Water Bottle
- Pillbox keychain
- Magnesium Glycinate by Pure Encapsulations – purchase at discount in Migraine Strong supplement dispensary.
For more ideas, check out our Favorites page for our entire list of migraine friendly products!
Harry and David gifts
If you have ever had a box of Harry and David pears or apples, you know how amazing they are. They are also generally well tolerated by people with migraine so it makes a great gift. We look forward to getting boxes of fruit every year!
4. Audible and Kindle Subscription
Reading books is a great distraction for pain. But many of us have trouble focusing on the written word in the midst of a migraine attack. A subscription to Audible would make a great gift for someone whose migraine symptoms or busy lifestyle prevent them from sitting down and reading a physical book. Instead, audio books can be downloaded from Audible.com. Audible offers 30 days of membership free to get you started. Then you can decide if you wish to cancel, purchase a monthly subscription or pay for individual audio books.
Adding an Amazon Echo Dot Speaker makes listening to books on audible hands free.
Similarly you can get audio books through Kindle Unlimited. There is also a 30 day trial! However, with Kindle Unlimited you can read e-books which is an extra bonus. If you or your loved one prefers reading e-books, Kindle Paperwhite is one of the better e-readers for those of us with migraine. It does not emit blue light, so it does not affect migraine or interfere with sleep.
Here is a blog with additional tips to make the reading experience with a chronic illness a pleasant one!
5. Hot and cold soothing products
The Huggaroo brand has beautifully made products that we have fallen in love with. These products are a surefire way how to help someone with migraine. Here are only a few of our favorites, but you can find a lot more on their website. Products are available in scented and unscented.
- Huggaroo Microwaveable Neck Wrap – this can serve as a microwavable heating pad or a cold compress.
- Huggaroo Migraine Hat – this is a microwaveable hat which is mainly used for hot therapy. It’s made of ultra plush minky fabric and filled with clay beads, flaxseeds, and 100% natural dried herbs (lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and lemongrass).
- Huggaroo Ice Head Wrap – this wrap is used for cold therapy only. If ice provides relief during a migraine attack, this is a product for you. The hat contains 9 gel ice packs which provide long-lasting cooling action and remain flexible even when frozen. The hat is made from soft and plush fabric.
- Huggaroo Eye Mask– This is a soothing warm or cold compress for the eyes. It’s super soft, a little weighted and the removable gel insert can be frozen for comforting relief.
(Receive 10% off all products with this LINK)
- Koldtec Ice HALO– Targeted cold therapy for migraine is hard not to love. The material is thin, soft and stretchy. It’s super lightweight to wear. The engineered ice inserts are soft and comfortable even to lay down on. The ice inserts start as powder that you soak and then freeze so you’re also in control of the thickness of the ice. It’s sleep approved and can slide down over your eyes. It’s also glasses friendly with a very low profile velcro closure for an adjustable fit. It includes many ice inserts and inside pockets so you can adjust “the coldness” based on your personal preference. And you can switch packets out if it gets too warm. Get $10 off with code MIGRAINESTRONG10.
- Koldtec Ice towel– This towel is SO lovely. If you are sensitive to the heat it’s a must have. It also includes engineered ice inserts that start as powder. You soak (the longer you soak the thicker they get) and freeze them. Then insert them into a pocket that wraps the back of your neck keeping you cool on even the hottest days. It comes with extra packs you can keep in your cooler and switch out when it becomes too warm. Get $10 off with code MIGRAINESTRONG10.
- Headache Hattie – This is a brand new wearable ice hat! Sign up on their website to be added to their pre-launch list and be eligible for early bird pricing. Get $10 off with code MIGRAINESTRONG10.
The ReLeaf pack is weighted cold therapy. It’s an eco friendly vegan product, made with locally sourced, all-natural dried bean-blend filler and does not contain chemicals or gels. This flexible cold pack comes in two sizes and in a variety of fun fabrics to choose from. It’s high on the list of best gifts for migraine suffers. (Get 20% off with code Migrainestrong.)
6. Natural Wellness Products
Migrastil is a line of products created by migraine sufferers for migraine sufferers. Their goal is to help you be stronger than your migraine attacks. We love these products and are excited to tell you about them!!
Migraine Stick by Migrastil – This bottle contains cooling relief in the form of peppermint and lavender in fractionated coconut oil.
Migrastil Soothing Neck and Shoulder Cream – This cream is made with deep penetrating plant extracts to gently soothe neck and shoulder pain and tension. It is a non-greasy, moisturizing formula which has a very light, pleasing ginger mint scent. This feels wonderful on neck pain and shoulder tension that can accompany a migraine attack.
Migrastil Migraine Nausea Inhaler – This aromatherapy inhaler works for nausea from multiple causes, but is specially formulated to be gentle for migraine sufferers who may be sensitive to strong odors. It is really convenient and helpful for my migraine nausea.
Migrastil Travel Kit – If you would like to try several of the Migrastil products at one time, check out their handy travel kit. This kit contains the Migraine Stick, Soothing Neck and Shoulder Cream, Migraine Nausea Inhaler, Anti-dehydration Electrolyte Drops, Eye Mask and Ear Plugs. (Get 10% off any product with this LINK and code MSTRAVEL10)
Peace Love Rally
The most delightful topical magnesium roller balls with or without essential oils. These magnesium rollers help to ease muscle pain and inflammation. They are also very calming to use during an attack. We recommend the Intro Bundle so that you can try all three types! (Save 10% with this LINK and promo code MIGRAINESTRONG)
The Ginger People
Organic ginger juice from The Ginger People is a wonderful way to use ginger in drinks, recipes, teas etc. We love ginger for treating migraine attacks. The ginger candies are also very portable and can be enjoyed on the go. Our favorite is the Spicy Apple!
One of our favorite tea is Biodynamic Ginger from Republic of Tea. We use this tea at the beginning of a migraine attack to help us feel better and treat symptoms. Read our article on ginger for migraine to get the scoop on how and why that works.
Forces Of Nature
We have been using the Forces of Nature product line for quite some time. When the symptoms of migraine start creeping up my neck, I immediately reach for the Migraine Rollerball or Back Pain Rollerball applicator and use it on my neck and temples. I even have my daughter using it with great success as well. The light fresh scent is very discreet and can easily be used at work or school. Check out the entire product line. You won’t be disappointed!!
(Get 20% off with code NatureMS19)
7. Professional Migraine Services
Having your own personal team is important for managing migraine. A headache specialist, support group and specialized exercise and migraine coaching can all be resources for helping us manage migraine.
Online headache specialist
Access to a headache specialist or a doctor trained specifically to treat headache disorders can be hard to find. Several states have no headache specialists and others have only one. You can now have access to a board certified headache specialist or neurologist (trained in headache protocol) from the comfort of your home (via video) for just $28 a month! The first week is just $1!!
This new service, called Neura Health, is an effort to provide patients with chronic headache and migraine access to quality care, without having to travel long distances or wait months for an appointment. Read our Neura Health review for more information.
Migraine Strong offers personalized migraine coaching with Danielle Aberman, RD and Eileen Zollinger. Specialized food sensitivity testing (MRT Mediator Release Testing), LEAP protocol (elimination diet based on MRT results) and/or individualized coaching in migraine management can help you reduce the severity and frequency of your migraine attacks. Reach out to us at [email protected] to talk with us about your goals.
Vestibular Migraine and Migraine Exercise Program
Vestibular Group Fit is a virtual exercise program designed by Madison Oak, PT, DPT, for those with vestibular migraine (or any sort of migraine) to help you exercise without dizziness, pain, or heightened anxiety. There are opportunities for 6 workouts per week complete with a warmup and cool down, and other resources for you to better understand and strengthen your vestibular system. These include how to manage & treat visual vertigo, how to navigate social situations with a vestibular disorder, how to manage fatigue, and more! People from around the world are welcome to join, and time zones should not be an issue. All classes are recorded and placed in a ‘vault’ of every exercise class we have ever done, and you have access to it all!
For the holidays, Vestibular Group Fit is giving away the first week free and 1 free mini class using this link! All you need to do is sign up for the email list using this link and the first week will be free & I’ll send you a mini-class you can take free of charge!
8. The Gift of Books & Migraine Education
The End Of Migraines: 150 Ways to Stop Your Pain is a new book by headache specialist Dr. Alexander Mauskop. There are so many great suggestions in this book and we can’t recommend it enough.
Managing Your Migraine is a new book by headache specialist, Dr. Katy Munro. She offers so many practical solutions to managing migraine. Get this book right now (on Kindle) and start managing your migraine. This could be THE best gift for migraine suffers especially is they have been dealing with migraine for a long time.
A Pass to The Migraine World Summit– could honestly be life changing for anyone who suffers from migraine. When joining the migraine world summit you’ll have access to the world-leading migraine experts, doctors and specialists where you’ll learn what they do to treat migraine disease.
9. App Subscription
Meditation or mindfulness apps
Meditation can be an effective tool when dealing with migraine. We often recommend Calm to the members in our Migraine Strong Facebook group. It’s an app for sleep, meditation, focus and relaxation. You can even fall asleep to a bedtime story, some of them read by well known artists. Additional popular guided meditation subscriptions are Insight Timer, Headspace and Breethe.
Curable helps you understand why you have pain, why it persists, and guides you through science-backed strategies to help you heal. We have received a lot of great feedback on this app and how it has helped many people with chronic migraine learn how to manage their pain. They frequently offer deals as well. Check out this app and add it to your migraine toolkit.
10. Crafts and hobbies
Crafting and hobbies can be a powerful distraction from the pain and discomfort of migraine. We have compiled a list of some of our favorites.
- National Parks Puzzle
- Paint by numbers kit for adults
- Adult Coloring Book – Stress relieving
- Crayola Colored Pencils
- Self Care Cards
- Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Bands
Bonus! Support Migraine Strong Members!!
Migraine Strong is a community of people who have pulled together over the past 4 years to support each other and help lift each other up. In keeping with that tradition, we’d like to mention a couple of small businesses owned and operated by Migraine Strong members. Supporting them is supporting one of our own! And their products are perfect gifts for others with migraine as well!!
Studio Ilana Creations
Ilana Radin Segall is a long time member of Migraine Strong. She has some lovely creations in her Etsy shop. Explore her custom bedding, art, clothing and mugs and other decor. It is soothing and beautiful!
Custom Creations Boutique is owned by long time member of Migraine Strong, Lauren Granato. This is a custom design shop that works hard to create unique, high-quality event stationery for you! They design everything from save-the-dates to wedding invitations and place cards. They also design for baby showers, graduations, special birthdays, thank-you notes, and more! Check out their website for options and see their beautiful work.
Water processed decaf coffee
The most recommended type of decaf is Swiss Water-Processed coffee. It is highly regulated to be 99.9% caffeine free.
Farm House Coffee Roasters has a great selection of water-processed decaf coffee and it is delicious! It is owned by Migraine Strong’s very own, Andrew Newell. Farm House Coffee Roasters is a certified organic micro-roastery located in Winterport, Maine. (To receive 15% off your purchase, enter code: #migrainestrong.)
And don’t forget to grab a coffee mug or this awesome Yeti Rambler to give together as a complete gift.
Hand Crafted CBD Products
Primal Botanical is owned by a long time Migraine Strong group member, Annika McCann, who lives in Vermont and suffers from migraine herself. She is a Registered Nurse and clinical herbalist who handcrafts these certified organic CBD products.
Not sure about gift ideas for someone with migraine? The Head and Neck CBD Rub is particularly lovely and I love the UPLIFT – CBD Mineral Soak and Lavender. (To receive 10% off your purchase enter code: STRONG10.)
Gift Ideas Not To Give People With Migraine
If you are shopping for a gift for someone with migraine keep in mind that some things can actually trigger an attack. Although triggers are individual, it is better to avoid the following:
- Products with scents and fragrances such as perfume, candles, and scented lotions;
- Tickets to events which could cause sound or light sensitivities;
- Products that create flashing lights and noise
We hope that this holiday season will allow you and your loved ones to spend quality time and enjoy each other. Although gifts are part of the long time tradition, nothing says “I care about you” like a phone call or a random act of kindness. We also hope that these gift ideas will make the shopping process easier for you when you are shopping for someone with migraine.
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