When you don’t have arthritis yourself, it can be a challenge to recognize which products will be difficult for a loved one with arthritis to use. Opening a pickle jar or using a computer seems straightforward enough to most of us, but for someone with arthritis these and many other tasks can often feel insurmountable.
This holiday season, don’t make a faux pas and get your loved one a gift that will cause them pain to use, pick out a gift that will make living with arthritis easier.
If you have a hard time thinking of what that might be on your own, here are fifteen gift ideas for people with arthritis to help you out.
- Automatic Wine Opener
To be honest, using a waiter’s corkscrew can be complicated for lots of us without arthritis, but even winged and levered corkscrews can cause difficulties for people with arthritis. If your loved one with arthritis is a wine lover, then a nice automatic wine opener could be the perfect gift.
Automatic wine openers are electric and do all the work of opening a wine bottle for you without requiring the twisting and turning that makes the task hard for arthritis patients. Your loved one can go back to enjoying wine without having to face pain each time they go for a new bottle.
- OXO Good Grip Appliances
Oxo provides a whole line of kitchen appliances designed specifically with the needs of arthritis patients in mind. Their products have easy grips and quick-snap lids to make day-to-day use easier. Whether your loved one’s a chef, or just occasionally takes on simple tasks in the kitchen, these appliances can put those kitchen tasks back within reach.
- Jar and Bottle Opener
So many of the foods we love are sealed tight in jars that make them a mini-battle for people with arthritis to access. As good as that salsa or those pickles look – if you can’t get to them without an unreasonable amount of pain and effort, they may start to look a lot less appetizing.
Luckily, a number of products are available that make opening jars easier for anyone that has a hard time of it. By giving your loved one a jar opener, you’re giving them back access to all those jars of salsas, pickles, and jam that seemed out of reach before.
- Arthritis Gloves
Arthritis gloves are designed to provide a little bit of warmth and compression to help relieve pain in arthritic hands. If your loved one’s hands hurt throughout the day, these gloves can help ease some of that.
- Muscle Relief Bath Soak
Sometimes one of the best things for joints and muscles that ache is a soak in a warm bath. Add some mineral bath with ingredients like eucalyptus and chamomile that further help relieve pain and encourage relaxation and the bath can be that much more soothing, making this a great additional gift to consider for the arthritis patient you love.
- Easy Hold Fingernail Clippers
Another task most of us take for granted that arthritis patients often struggle with is clipping our nails and toenails. The little toenail clippers most of us use are hard to get a good grip on and use effectively with arthritic hands. These easy hold nail clippers take care of that problem and make the everyday task simpler for someone with arthritis.
- Easy Grip Pens
Most pens are not designed for the arthritic. They’re thin and hard to get a good grip on. These big fat pens, on the other hand, are designed specifically for the arthritic. They’re easy to hold and write with and even come with a detachable lanyard for those who have a hard time keeping up with items.
- Hot and Cold Gel Packs and Knee Wrap
Temperature is the not-so-secret ingredient in helping ease joint and muscle pain. Reusable and cold gel packs are therefore a useful and practical gift for anyone dealing with arthritis. For arthritis patients who also experience pain in their knee joints, a thermal arthritic knee wrap can make a big difference in easing that pain.
- Massaging Heating Pad
We already established that heat can help with the pain, add some massaging capability and the gift becomes just a little more indulgent and helpful. A massaging heating pad is another useful gift and one your loved one might be less likely to buy for themselves.
- Paraffin Wax Bath
A paraffin wax bath is another way to use heat to soothe the pain of arthritis. Once an arthritis patient has warmed up the wax, they can soak their hands in the warmth in order to both relieve pain and soften their hands. The warm wax provides a pleasant sensation beyond providing pain relief, so this is a gift your loved one can enjoy beyond its primary utility.
- Car Cane
One of the inconvenient truths of arthritis that many people wouldn’t expect is that the simple act of getting in and out of a car becomes difficult. The car cane gives your loved one something stable to hold onto as they get in and out of the car to make the process much easier and reduce the likelihood of a fall.
- Sock Aid
When it’s cold and their joints are already hurting, the idea of just slipping a sock on becomes a frustrating chore. The easy on/off sock aid makes the task faster and minimizes the need to bend any joints. Your loved one can count on warm feet without any painful effort.
- Arthritis-Friendly Mouse
No one can avoid the need to use a computer in our modern culture, but for some of us it’s harder than others. The convenient little mouse most of us use is difficult to grip and move around with arthritic hands. Several different mouse options exist that are ergonomic for arthritis patients and simplify the process of using a computer.
- Cosmonaut Stylus
The arthritis-friendly mouse is good for computer-savvy arthritis patients; the cosmonaut stylus is a good gift for those who love their tablets. Like the easy grip pens, the stylus is thick so arthritis patients can easily hold onto it while using it. If your loved one regularly uses an iPad, Kindle Fire, or any other type of tablet, this gift will make their life easier.
- Heated Blanket
Finally, for a gift that provides both comfort and pain relief throughout the night, a heated blanket will keep your loved one cozy on cold nights while also providing the warmth that’s so useful in easing their arthritis pain.
Every individual with arthritis is different, so you’ll have to use your judgment to figure out the best gift for your loved one. Giving them a gift that’s clearly arthritis friendly shows you’re thinking of them and their needs, which they’ll be sure to appreciate.