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The Ultimate Gift Guide – Gift Ideas for Someone with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is hard to explain, let alone understand. It can be a real head scratcher to come up with an ideal gift for someone living with epilepsy, especially if you don’t live with it yourself.

Not to worry! This gift guide is here to lend you a helping hand.

At one time or another, we’ve all received a gift that doesn’t benefit us when in actuality, we would have liked something we could have used.

Keep that in mind when buying a gift for someone with epilepsy.

There’s no question that you care very much for the person you’re buying for and want to go to great lengths to make their life easier. So buying a thoughtful, useful gift for that person is the goal.

As someone living with epilepsy, receiving gifts to help manage epilepsy and seizures is very meaningful. It let’s me know the person gifting me, has listened when I have spoken about my seizures and really cares about helping me manage them.

Those battling epilepsy spend a lot of money on items to help keep them going.

So it’s a loving gesture to help them save a bit of money on things they need or want and will certainly bring about ‘smiles for miles’.

Some things on this list may seem random and others you may have never heard of but trust me, everything is useful.

This gift guide is here to lend you a helping hand but also give you insight into what those with epilepsy go through.

Comfort Clothes & Food Ideas

Self-care is essential, especially for those of us living with epilepsy. Some days, our seizures wear us out and we need time to recover. That’s where comfortable clothes come into play. As we recover, it’s always nice to feel comfortable while doing so.

Another important part of self-care is a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy diet is an incredible way to show our brains and bodies love.

  • Comfortable pajamas
  • Silly fun slippers (Bunny Slippers, novelty slippers)
  • A basket full of herbal teas
  • Silly fun socks (Wonder Woman, neon high socks)
  • Soups. To cook or prepare and freeze.
  • A fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements

Thoughtful Gift Card Ideas

  • An online marketplace with a list of some items you think he/she may be most interested in (Etsy is a must-visit)
  • A Spotify gift card with a list of relaxing, uplifting, upbeat songs to put a smile on his/her face
  • An iTunes gift card with a list of apps you like and think he/she would enjoy
  • A gift card to a local restaurant that delivers
  • A gift card to a local grocery store that delivers
  • A Netflix and/or Hulu gift card and a list of your favorite tv series and movies you like and think he/she would enjoy
  • An Amazon gift card with a list of some items you think he/she may be most interested in (You can even buy one online!)
  • A gift card for prepared meals and services
  • A BetterSleep app gift card with a list of one or more sounds you like and think he/she would find relaxing (The sound of heavy rain and thunderstorms puts me right to sleep!)

Migraine Relief & Relaxation Ideas

After a seizure, many of us experience severe headaches and oftentimes need to sleep to recover.

  • An aromatherapy heating pad (Mighty Relief Pillow)
  • A soft flexible ice pack (ReLeafpack – all-natural, reusable ice pack)
  • Blackout curtains
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Essential oils (lavender & frankincense are very relaxing)
  • Cool gel pillow
  • Weighted blanket
  • Himalayan salt lamp
  • Gel eye mask
  • Calming Shower Steamers Gift Set (Uncommon Goods)

Seizure & Medication Management Ideas

We take medications to manage our seizures. Some of us take more than others and it’s important that we remember to take our medications on time, every time.

  • Fun unique pill case for quick trips and travels (Etsy is a go-to source for me)
  • New weekly pill organizer
  • New stylish vacuum insulated water bottle
  • Notebook/journal with a pack of pens to help log seizure activity
  • Wall calendar to jot down doctor appointments and other important information
  • Fridge calendar to jot down doctor appointments and other important information

How To Help Ideas – Living Nearby

Your thoughtfulness and willingness to want to help is immeasurably beneficial and greatly appreciated.

  • Offer to attend doctors appointments if family is unable to attend
  • Offer to attend fundraisers and events to show your support
  • Play chauffeur to run errands or help grocery shop
  • Offer the option of one or two days when you can come over to tidy the house or do laundry
  • Offer the option of one or two days when you could come over to cook dinner
  • Offer to walk the dog/tidy the cat room

How To Help Ideas – Living From Afar

Making the effort to help even from afar speaks volumes.

  • Offer to be a chief researcher. Are there things that he/she might be interested in learning more about to help with his/her condition? (ex: special diets for epilepsy, medication side effects) this information can be helpful for the doctor to inquire more
  • Offer to create a list of organizations that support his/her diagnosis (End Epilepsy and Cure Epilepsy are two such amazing organizations to visit)
  • Offer your support through social media by sharing posts, liking and commenting

Practical Gift Ideas

These items can make life with epilepsy a bit easier.

  • A juicer for clean eating at home
  • Combine several youtube videos with simple workouts to increase health and energy
  • Buy or make a cozy blanket
  • Donate to a charity in support of his/her condition
  • Pedal exerciser (bike alternative)
  • Kindle with a list of e-books you like and think he/she might enjoy
  • A longer phone charging cord
  • A yearly magazine subscription to something you’re certain they will enjoy

Managing epilepsy isn’t always easy and not to mention can be expensive.

Although you may never fully understand what your loved one or friend with epilepsy is going through, this gift guide gives you the opportunity to show love by helping make their life a little easier.

Use this gift guide to show your loved one or friend that you really care about their wellbeing.

Did you find this gift guide useful? What would you add to the list?

Tiffany Kairos

I am a happily-ever-after wife, an epilepsy diagnosee, advocate for epilepsy awareness (The Epilepsy Network), life lover & Christ inspired! Life is a journey and I'm loving every moment of it. Even the bumps in the road!

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