Help someone to ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis with one of these thoughtful and comforting gifts.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes painful swelling, stiffness and inflammation in the joints, especially in the hands, wrists, feet, elbows, knees and ankles.
And this stiffness and inflammation can make everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning a real struggle.
As simple things like gripping, twisting and applying force with your hands can feel really difficult and borderline impossible at times.
And seeing that it affects around 1.5 million people in the United States alone it's a big problem that a lot of people have to live with.
So if you have a loved one that suffers from rheumatoid arthritis why not get them a little something that can make their lives a bit easier?
Because there are plenty of useful items on the market that can assist them in their daily tasks and make things more manageable.
You could also get them something that can apply heat to their chronically stiff and sore joints to give them some comforting pain relief.
Or something that can apply ice cold therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation in the joints during an acute pain flare.
Because while getting someone a gift for their pain condition isn't particularly sexy (and may not always be well received - make sure you know how they'll react beforehand!).
A gift along these lines can actually be a really thoughtful and kind gesture and be something that they'll use on a daily basis for a long time to come.
So take a look at the following gift ideas which are all items that a person with rheumatoid arthritis might appreciate receiving.
A Pair Of Compression Gloves
The mild compression your hands get when wearing compression gloves brings a soothing warmth to your joints and is a great way of relieving aches, pains and stiffness in the hands and fingers.
This compression also helps to reduce swelling in the hands and fingers which is common among people with rheumatoid arthritis.
And it can also increase circulation to your hands which helps to deliver the oxygen and nutrients your joints need to heal and stay healthy.
So a pair of compression gloves is an essential item for anyone living with RA and this is what makes them an awesome gift.
And the only pair that has been given an ease of use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation are the IMAK Compression Gloves.
These are especially good as they are comfortable to wear and lightweight so you can wear them for hours at a time.
And being finger-less means they won't get in the way when you are going about your daily business.
So if you want a gift that can reduce swelling, provide soothing warmth, and encourage a loved one to continue with the hobbies and activities they enjoy in spite of their arthritic pain and stiffness, then these gloves are a great choice.
An Electric Heating Pad
A great way to manage chronic rheumatoid arthritis pain is to get some heat into your sore and stiff joints.
As this heat can reduce stiffness as well as increasing circulation to the area.
And it just feels comforting and soothing which can help you to relax and release any tension you are holding within you.
This is why most people who have rheumatoid arthritis are big fans of electric heating pads.
As you can wrap one of these pads around whichever joint is feeling stiff and sore and immediately get some hot relief.
So why not treat your loved one to a new electric heating pad such as the Sunbeam Heating Pad?
This one is great as it's large enough to cover big areas when needed and has 3 different heat settings so you can find the temperature one for you.
It also comes with a long electric cord so you don't need to sit on top of the plug socket to use it!
A Heated Foot Bath
It's not just your hands and fingers that suffer when you have rheumatoid arthritis.
As your feet, toes and ankles can also suffer badly too, feeling stiff, sore and painful.
So when you are feeling that pain in your feet it can be a great idea to apply some heat to them to try and reduce the stiffness.
Now you can do this with heated socks or warm slippers but another way and one that makes a great gift idea is with a heated foot bath.
As resting your feet in the continuously warm water will help your aching muscles and joints to relax and bring you pain relief.
And a great choice is the Wahl Therapeutic Extra Deep Foot & Ankle Heated Bath Spa.
As this one has an extra deep tub meaning you can get your ankles in there too.
And it has bubble jets that provide a jacuzzi like effect that stimulates blood flow to the feet.
Plus there are massage rollers in there too which can give your sore feet a nice little going over at the same time.
So all in all it's a gift that they'll appreciate and not something that's too obviously related to their rheumatoid arthritis either (I wouldn't mind one of these myself!).
An Ice Pack
While applying heat to chronically sore and stiff joints is a great way to help to relieve pain and reduce stiffness, it's not the way to go for fresh pain.
Because when you have a new acute flare of rheumatoid arthritis this is usually caused by swelling and inflammation.
And when this is the case you need to apply ice rather than heat to reduce this swelling and fight the inflammation.
As this will help your joints to heal faster from the flare and get you back to a more manageable level of pain.
So a nice gift idea to help people with rheumatoid arthritis to fight back against pain flares is an ice pack such as the Chattanooga ColPac Reusable Gel Ice Pack.
This one is good as it's extra large, meaning you can ice a bigger area than many other ice packs.
Plus it's pliable too so you can wrap it around whichever joint is causing you problems and allow the cold to do it's work.
Just keep it in the freezer until you need to use it and it'll stay ice cold for up to 30 minutes when removed.
So it's a great gift that a person with rheumatoid arthritis to help them reduce painful inflammation in their joints.
Cold Therapy Socks
A great way to get ice cold therapy that is specific to the feet is with a pair of these NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks.
These socks make a really nice gift as they are really comfortable to slip on and wear.
And they have pockets into which you can put gel packs that you've kept ice cold in the freezer.
So there's a space to place a gel pack in the base of the sock that covers the whole length of the sole of your foot.
This will really help to cool your whole foot down and send the cold signals radiating upwards.
And there are two extra pockets to place smaller gel packs, one behind the heel and one over the toes.
Which is perfect when your toes are swollen and feeling inflamed.
So these cold therapy socks are a great thing for someone with rheumatoid arthritis to have around to help manage acute flares in their feet and ankles.
And as such they make a really nice gift to give.
An Automatic Jar Opener
As I mentioned in the introduction, gripping, twisting and applying pressure with the hands, fingers and wrists can be really problematic for people living with rheumatoid arthritis.
So one of the biggest gripes for any RA sufferer is not being able to open jars and lids at times.
Because you simply can't grip with the strength needed, let alone then twist to get the thing off!
So getting someone with RA a gift that can do this for them is a really nice idea.
And a great choice that will make a useful addition to any kitchen is the Black & Decker Lids Off Jar Opener.
As all you need to do is put your jar on the turntable, lower the top of the machine to rest on the lid, then push the go button.
And just like magic the lid is off!
So if you want to buy a gift for someone with rheumatoid arthritis that will really help them in their day to day life then an automatic jar opener like this one will do the trick.
An Electric Food Dicer/Chopper
Another problem people with rheumatoid arthritis have in the kitchen in slicing, dicing and chopping vegetables.
As the motor movements and force needed to do this can prove a real struggle.
And while you can get easy grip chopping knives to make it easier, even these can still prove too difficult on bad pain days.
So a useful gift idea is to get them an electric food processor that can do all the dicing and chopping for them.
And a great choice for people with RA is the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap Food Processor.
As unlike many other food processors this one has a stacking construction.
So rather than having to twist to lock things into place, you simply stack each compartment down on top of each other and snap the locks to secure it.
Which is great as it's much easier on the hands and wrists.
And getting chopped vegetables at the push of a button is much better than having to do all the knife work yourself.
A Set Of Easy Grip Cups
If you have a loved one with rheumatoid arthritis you'll probably know that gripping things like cups and mugs can sometimes be difficult for them.
And this can lead to drops and spills that can be dangerous when drinking hot drinks like tea and coffee.
So how about getting them some easy grip cups instead like the Marusya Non-Slip Easy Grip Cups?
As these come with a textured indentation on each side that make them easy to hold and greatly reduce the strain and pressure on your hands and fingers.
And these ones have been designed with the help of rheumatologists, occupational therapists and hand therapists so they're great for people with RA.
So if you know someone with RA who always complains about dropping their cups then a set of these non-slip ones will make a great gift.
A Pain Management Journal
Living with a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis is extremely tough physically but it can also take it's toll mentally and and emotionally too.
As living in constant pain is going to get to even the strongest of people.
And it can lead to serious problems like stress, anxiety and depression that can all contribute to your pain and stiffness.
However, studies have found that one way to manage your pain better and lower stress levels is by keeping a pain journal.
As this allows you to track your pain levels day to day which can help you identify any pain triggers and habits that need changing.
So gifting someone a pain management journal is a great idea if you think they will be the type to make use of it.
And the perfect one for RA sufferers is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Management Journal.
As this one helps you stay in a positive frame of mind by giving you minfulness exercises, gratitude prompts and throwing in the occasional inspiring quote.
Plus you can keep track of your symptoms which can be useful to show your doctor during check ups.
So a pain journal can be a really thoughtful stocking stuffer that will help someone manage their rheumatoid arthritis better.
A Heated Mattress Pad
It's during sleep that your body gets the chance to rest, recover and regenerate itself from the previous days strains and stresses.
And while getting good quality sleep is important for us all, it's even more important for people who suffer from chronic pain.
As not getting this restorative sleep is only going to make their conditions worse.
And unfortunately for people with rheumatoid arthritis the pains and stiffness in their joints can make sleep hard to come by.
So how about giving them a helping hand with the gift of a heated mattress pad such as the Sunbeam Zoned Heated Mattress Pad?
As by sleeping on one of these you can get soothing heat for your joints throughout the night which will help you to relax and drift off.
And the thing that is especially good about this one is it has 6 different zones where you can get heat from.
So you can target only the specific areas where you need the heat and leave the rest at normal temperature.
And this is important if you sleep with a partner as you can tuern their side off ccompletely so they won't overheat during the night.
One of the easiest and most relaxing ways to get some moist heat into your stiff and aching joints is by having a nice warm bath.
As the heat from the bath water can really penetrate deep into your muscles, tissues and joints to relax you.
It'll also stimulate blood flow meaning your body can deliver oxygen and nutrients to any areas of your body that need them to heal and repair.
And the soothing heat will help you to switch off mentally too, slowing your breathing down and putting you into a calm state.
Plus it'll help you get a better night's sleep afterwards too which will also help your body to heal itself.
A real win!
And one way you can make bath times even more effective is by adding some epsom salts like the Epsoak Epsom Bath Salts.
As they contain magnesium sulfate which dissolves into the water and helps to soothe your stiff joints and muscles.
So gift someone with rheumatoid arthritis a soothing and relaxing bath time experience with a pack of these bath salts.
Pay For A Regular House Cleaning Service
Household chores can be a real nightmare for someone with rheumatoid arthritis.
Because the pain and stiffness in your hands, wrists and elbows makes it such an arduous and painful task.
And the big problem is that these chores never go away as there will always be something that needs doing.
Which can be a really daunting thought and one that fills you with dread when you know just what a struggle it's going to be.
So one of the most thoughtful gifts you could buy for someone with RA is to pay for a regular house cleaning service for them.
As this would take a lot off their plate and make their daily life so much easier and more manageable.
However, before buying someone a gift like this you need to make sure you know the person well enough.
As it's a pretty personal gift to give and you need to know it's a gift that they'd be happy to accept without feeling offended.
But if that's not a problem then it's a gift that might just be more helpful than any other.
Getting someone you love a gift related to their rheumatoid arthritis may seem like a strange concept.
But having been around them you will know just what a struggle it can be for them.
As the pain and stiffness in their joints never truly goes away which can make carrying on with their daily tasks so much more difficult.
So buying them a gift that will help to improve their life and make it more manageable can be a really thoughtful thing to do.
And I hope that you've found something among the gift ideas featured here that will suit them and be something they'll appreciate.