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Last Minute Gift Ideas for RA Patients

Christmas is almost here, but there is still time to get that perfect gift for friends or family members that struggle with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be very difficult to live with, making simple tasks like opening a jar, or even a door, a challenge.

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If you have been racking your brain trying to think of what to get for someone with RA, don’t fear! We are here to help you pick out a great gift to get them ready for the new year. Below are some of our favorite gift ideas that are sure to be a hit this holiday season.

Paraffin Bath

A paraffin wax bath is a great gift for soothing painful joints in the hands and feet. Paraffin baths come in a wide range of prices and can be fairly inexpensive. It’s like having a hand therapist right in your house! The warm, melted wax coats over swollen joints, providing relaxing relief from the aches and pain caused by RA.

Gifts to Ease Pain

Don’t have a lot of money to spend on a gift? Arthritis sprays and creams can be an excellent cheap gift that provides plenty of joint pain relief. There are a ton of topical lotion options out there, such as Tiger Balm or Biofreeze Topical. These gifts are a great way to stay under budget and make for perfect stocking stuffers.

Heating/Cooling Pads

Hot and cold therapy is great for people suffering from RA joint pain. Providing warmth to painful, stiff joints helps loosen them up and get the blood circulating, allowing for easier movement. On the other hand cold therapy helps relieve pain and soreness caused by RA.

The great news is that you have plenty of choices for gifts when it comes to hot and cold therapy. Heating/cooling gel pads, such as the Deluxe Reusable Hot/Cold Gel Pack or Wahl’s vibrating therapeutic gel pack, provide the benefits of both hot and cold therapy. Just throw the pad in the microwave for a minute, or leave it in the freezer over night, apply to your sore areas and let the soothing sensations begin.

Joint Supports

Joint supports, such as knee, wrist, and ankle braces, make the ideal gift for someone during and RA flare-up. These supports help protect the joints and provide stability. If you feel like getting something even a little more special, the Thermoskin Arthritis Gloves make an excellent gift that not only provide compression to help decrease swelling, but also provide soothing warmth as well.

Reacher/Grabber Tool

Another great holiday gift that can ease the burden of tasks that become difficult with rheumatoid arthritis, like trying to reach something on the top shelf that is out of reach or holding a glass, is a reacher-grabber tool.

If RA has affected the hip joints this can making bending over or reaching up painful. A reacher-grabber tool makes it easy and painless to grab items out of reach without hurting yourself. You could also consider an easy grip mug to make holding a cup of coffee a much easier experience,

Rewarding Gift Certificates

Now we don’t mean a certificate for Amazon or iTunes, although those can be great gifts too, but instead how about getting a unique gift certificate for something that helps them.

Cleaning the house can be a difficult and taxing thing for most people, but especially for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis. This year, consider getting a gift certificate for a free professional house cleaning. Who wouldn’t want to get their house completely cleaned up for free? Or save some money and offer to do the cleaning yourself.

Another gift certificate to get that is perfect for friends and family living with rheumatoid arthritis is a gift certificate for a spa day. There’s nothing like a relaxing day at the spa to help loosen up tight and sore muscles caused by RA.

Speech Recognition Software

Rheumatoid arthritis can make many seemingly easy tasks difficult for those who suffer from this condition. One of those tasks is typing. Arthritis pain in the hands and fingers can make typing a strenuous task. Unfortunately for people with RA, typing has become a pretty essential part of today’s tech driven society. However, there is a solution that makes a great gift.

Speech recognition software, such as Dragon Speech Recognition Software, allows for you to type on your computer without actually typing. Simply speak out loud and watch your computer do the typing for you.

This can make for an expensive gift, so if you are looking for a slightly cheaper option to help your loved one type a little easier, try looking for an ergonomic keyboard.

Giving thoughtful gifts like these can really show that you care for your friends and family and understand the struggle they deal with when living with RA. Just remember it’s not the price of the gift that matters, only the love and thoughtfulness that comes with it.

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