Holiday Gifts for People Who Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
On your holiday gift list this year, there may be someone who has rheumatoid arthritis who could really benefit from and appreciate a gift that helps them better cope with any limitations they experience with this disease. Here are a few ideas to help you shop for that special someone on your list who has rheumatoid arthritis.
Your holiday gift could be extra special
Two types of people are difficult to buy gifts for: people who have everything, and individuals who live with physical limitations. Some individuals who have rheumatoid arthritis experience challenges with everyday activities or certain tasks that could be greatly improved if they had some assistance that still allowed them to be independent.
The gift you choose for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis should address the type or severity of the limitations they live with every day. For example, some individuals have little or no problem using regular utensils to prepare meals and to eat, but reaching for items in their kitchen cupboards is a challenge.
A number of online and brick-and-mortar stores have items especially for people with rheumatoid arthritis and similar physical challenges (see end of this article). Some of the items they offer that you might consider giving as a gift include the following:
- Eating utensils with special grip handles that make them easier to hold and use
- Knives that work with a rocking motion, greatly reducing stress on the hands and wrist
- Gardening tools with special grips or extra-long handles, for gardening enthusiasts
- Reachers or grabbers which allow people with arthritis to pick up or extend their reach and retrieve items
- Door knob grippers, which make it easier to turn regular door knobs. You may also consider offering to replace or having a maintenance person replace regular door knobs with a lever-style door handle, which does not require a hand grip.
- Special cushions that can be put on pens and pencils. These make great stocking stuffers.
- Dressing aids, such as button hooks, zipper pulls, and shoe horns
If your gift recipient is having difficulty buttoning clothing and has items he or she can no longer put on themselves easily, you might get a gift certificate for them to have the clothing altered by a professional tailor or seamstress. If you are handy with a needle and thread, you might offer to do the alterations yourself. In either case, the use of Velcro brand fasteners can be used to modify clothing without the need to remove the buttons.
Other gift ideas
Sometimes the best gift for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis and who needs some extra help around the house is a gift certificate for some type of service. For example, you might consider buying a gift certificate for:
- Mowing the lawn or other lawn services
- A cleaning service to come once a month to help with challenging chores such as washing windows, waxing floors, or cleaning out closets
- A handyman to come in periodically to do maintenance, install safety grips in the bathroom, or to replace regular door knobs!
- Grocery delivery service
- A catered or home-cooked meal once a month
Personal services are also a great gift idea. You might consider giving a gift certificate for: