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Thoughtful, helpful gift ideas for pain sufferers


The holidays are upon us, and you’ve likely started shopping for your friends and loved ones. Gift ideas for pain sufferers that show compassion, thought and most of all benefit can be a challenge. But we’re here to help with some ideas that primarily have come from our readers and Facebook Fans! For some products, the fans mentioned specific brands. In other cases, our fans simply recommended types of products – and we did the research on some of the best brands. We hope you find some ideas here!

Soft Surroundings Loungeware

Who it’s good for Women with sensitivity to clothing and in need of comfortable, non-binding loungeware

What it does: The goal of Soft Surroundings is to provide flattering clothes that are also extremely comfortable. From so soft to heavenly soft to ultimate softness, all fabrics are rated for softness – guaranteed! Plus, the fabrics are made and the apparel and bedding are designed at their headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri giving Soft Surroundings complete control of quality and fit. The company receives letters from Fibro sufferers thanking them for their comfortable clothes.

Price point: $25 and up

Suggested by: Facebook fan, Missy Brenton

Where to buy it: Soft Surroundings website

UTK Far Infrared Electric Heat Therapy 15 by 19-Inch Jade Pad

Who it’s good for People with back/lower back/neck/shoulder pain, needing muscle relaxation or suffering from conditions like arthritis and sciatica

What it does: Conventional heating pads use electric heating coils and emit high levels of electromagnetic radiation. They only heat your skin, while far-infrared pads with enhanced therapeutic benefits penetrate 200-300 times deeper into your body without exposure to electromagnetic radiation. This pad features far-infrared heat, negative ions, and natural jade. When the jade is heated, it emits far-infrared heat that penetrates deep into the body, relieves pain, improves blood circulation, reduces tension and stress, and improves flexibility.

Price point: $129

Suggested by: Facebook fan, Zarifa Megan

Where to buy it: Amazon

Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad

Who it’s good for People looking for pain relief and muscle relaxation as they rest in bed

What it does: The mattress pad targets heat were needed by zone (neck and shoulders, full back or legs and feet) and offers ten temperature settings. Users can preheat their bed to ensure a warm, cozy bed at bedtime. The dual-side control is wireless and allows each bed partner to customize the heat for their side of the bed.

Price point: Varies by size but starts at $69

Suggested by: Facebook fan, Kay Sadowsky

Where to buy it: Amazon

TheraPAQ Compression Gel Pack

Who it’s good for Any pain sufferer needing heat or cold for pain relief

What it does: The TheraPAQ hot and cold therapy ice gel pack can be used for many different purposes. Its size and high-quality construction allow you to wrap it around your shoulder, knee, hip, thigh, calves, shins, and any other body part you wish to relieve. The carefully designed wrap is bound to keep you relaxed and happy while boosting the therapy pack’s effectiveness. The elastic hook-and-loop straps can be easily adjusted, while the extra-large size can assure the perfect fit for any body type. Just microwave or freeze as needed.

Price point: Comes in different sizes but the large is $28.70

Suggested by: Multiple Facebook fans

Where to buy it: Amazon

Vivonic Slippers 

Who it’s good for People with diabetes, sensitive feet, recovering from foot surgery, or who have other foot pain concerns

What it does: Vivonic slippers were mentioned in our slipper article from last year. This brand comes recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association. In general, podiatrists advise people with any kind of foot pain to have slippers that provide the right kind of support for not only your feet, but also your knees, hips, and back, since they provide cushioning for your entire body. If you already have a pain condition, slippers are instrumental in making sure that pain doesn’t return or get worse. Slippers make a great gift for both men and women with foot pain!

Price point: Starting at $59.95

Where to buy it: Vivonic website

Sorensen’s Natural Pain Relief Rub

Who it’s good for Anyone suffering from inflammation, tendonitis, overused muscles, or neurological pain

What it does: This natural rub is specifically formulated for pain relief of sore muscles, joints, tendons, old/new injuries, minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises and neuropathic pain (Fibromyalgia). It’s also amazingly effective against sunburn, bug bites, and bee stings. Made from all-natural ingredients, Arnica being one of its primary ingredients and Palmitoylethanolamide being its “secret sauce” ingredient. It can be applied up to every four hours with relief experienced within 5-10 minutes.

Price point: $20

Suggested by: Facebook fan, Brandi Clevinger

Where to buy it: Sorensen’s website

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