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14 Gifts People With Migraine Would Love to Receive for the Holidays

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Article Updated on November 20, 2019.

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes loved ones’ requests to tell them what gifts you’d like to receive. The wish list of a person with migraine may look a bit different than the average person’s — while a migraineur might not ask for things like concert tickets or treats, which can be triggering, they may appreciate things that help them deal with the migraine pain, like pillows, eye masks and premade meals.

We partnered with The Daily Migraine to ask people with migraine what they’d love to receive for the holidays this year. Share this “migraine wish list” with your loved ones and add to it in the comments. And if you’re reading this because you have someone with migraine in your life, we hope this offers some some gift inspiration.

Here’s what they told us:

1. Craft Kits

Felt Succulents Craft Kit box with examples of the felt flowers

Crafts are a great way of distraction when you feel physically up for it.

“Something that distracts me from the migraine cycle… books, music, crafty stuff. Stuff not necessarily directly related to my migraine but stuff that reminds me I’m still a person with hobbies and interests. And definitely no candles, wine, cheese of the month clubs or tickets to events (because I’ll probably have a migraine).”

Buy the Craft Crush Felt Succulents Kit for $16.88 on Amazon.

2. A Dog Walking Service

blonde puppy with red collar and a blue bowl

Living with migraine can be difficult when you have a dog. Luckily, there are services out there that can help you with that.

“Large eye-covering sunglasses, nice pillows, quiet maid service [and] a dog walking service.”

Check out the different price options on Rover.

3. Essential Oils

peppermint oil bottle with peppermint leaves next to it

Peppermint oil has been a go-to for many who live with migraine because the menthol in it helps relaxes and calms your muscles and pain.

“A daith piercing and some peppermint oil.”

Buy the Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Essential Oil (1 fluid ounce) for $9.95 from Amazon

4. Visits from Friends and Family

friends sitting and standing around a table with food and wine on it

Sometimes it can be difficult to leave your home when you have a migraine, so it’s nicer when friends and family visit you instead.

“Family and friends coming to visit even though it may just be to sit in the dark with me for a while. This life can get lonely, especially around the holidays.”

If you stay at home a lot due to your illness, check out 26 Gifts to Give a Friend Whose Illness Keeps Them Stuck at Home.

5. Easy-to-Make Meals

hello fresh meal of tacos on table next to wrapped gift

Some delivery services that provide you meals that you only have to heat up, while others require a little bit of prep and cooking.

“Quick and easy meals for times when you have an appetite but no energy to cook anything.”

Buy a variety of meals from HelloFresh.

6. Light Blocking Glasses

light blocking glasses with tortoise frame

Blue light blocking glasses are a great purchase if you are constabtly looking at a screen like a computer or a television.

Cefaly and migraine glasses would be nice!”

Buy the TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses for $16.99 from Amazon.

7. Audio CD’s

Where the Crawdads Sing Audio CD Book Cover

Audiobooks are a great way to distract yourself if you need time alone in the dark with no screens.

“Audiobooks on CD, so I can distract myself during an attack.”

Buy “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens Audio CD for $17.40 from Amazon.

8. Cooling Gel Pillow

cooling gel pillow white and blue with cover on it

Many people with migraine find comfort in a memory foam pillow, especially ones that are cooling when your head is on it.

“Memory foam with cooling gel pillow.”

Buy the wavve Ventilated Gel Cooling Memory Foam Pillow for $49.99 from Amazon.

9. Blackout Curtains

white blackout curtains hung up

Blackout curtains block out any sort of light from the outside, making it easier for you to keep your space completely dark.

“Blackout curtains and a quiet fan to move the air around.”

Buy the NICETOWN 100% Blackout Window Curtain Panels for $38.88 from Amazon.

10. Ice Head Wraps

grey ice pack head wrap

There are some ice packs that will wrap around your head and sit tight, so that way you don’t have to worry about it falling off.

“Ice pouches and herbal rice packs to heat up in microwave.”

Buy the Migraine Ice Pack Head Wrap for $9.99 from Amazon.

11. Migraine Hat

woman with blonde hair wearing a purple migraine hat

A migraine hat has been known to help release the tension that you might be feeling.

“New pillows, a Migraine Hat, blackout curtains and maybe nice new coloring pencils for when I feel OK and not swamped with homework.”

Buy the Headache and Migraine Relief Cap by Magic Gel for $26.99 from Amazon.

12. Massage Gift Card

massagen envy gift card take some me time

There are plenty of massage therapists that have subscription plans if you need to have a massage more frequently.

“A year of unlimited massages.”

Buy a gift card for any amount from Massage Envy.

13. Himalayan Salt Lamp

pink and orange salt lamp

A salt lamp provides a low glow which is great if you want it to be not completely dark, but also not completely bright either.

I’m hoping for a Himalayan salt lamp and a back massager!”

Buy the Himalayan Glow Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp for $16.97 from Amazon.

14. Friends and Family Who are Understanding

man and woman standing on mountain with the man kissing the woman

It’s always nice when friends and family can be more understanding of what you are going through.

“Love, compassion and understanding from those who are fortunate enough to not have this debilitating condition.”

Editor’s note: This list was curated by our community. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.

What gifts would you add to this list? Share in the comments below.

Originally published: December 3, 2016
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