Gift Ideas for Migraine Sufferers: The Dos and the Don’ts
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With the holiday season around the corner, it’s time to start making lists. Should the kids get the game system they’ve been clamoring for? Will your partner actually wear that sweater? Well, if you have a migraine sufferer in the family, the choice of what to get them is even more difficult. You want to avoid giving them something that makes an already difficult situation—onset of terribly debilitating headaches, nausea and other symptoms—worse. Simply put: Not every gift is appropriate; however, there are many things that are the perfect fit for the migraineur in your life.
To help with the seasonal list-making, we’ve rounded up some of the dos and don’ts of gifts for migraine sufferers.
One of the tricky things about migraine is that it can be triggered by different kinds of stimuli. Every sufferer has his or her own set of these, but some things are more likely to be triggers than others. This is why certain gifts are probably a bad idea. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to avoid:
- Triggering Foods: As nice as certain food and drink items can be to give, some aren’t a good fit for a migraine sufferer because there’s a good chance they’re triggers. These include red wine, chocolate, cheese, and cured meats.
- Scented Oils, Lotions, or Soaps: Oftentimes certain scents can trigger onset of migraine, so scented toiletries may not be a good idea as a stocking stuffer. Opt for something that is scent-free to avoid an inadvertently antagonizing gift.
- Scented Candles: These are popular to give, but, as with the toiletries, they can be triggering to migraine sufferers. Choose or craft your own beeswax or soy candles instead.
- Perfume: Clearly, perfumes or colognes aren’t going to be great gifts because the scents they carry can be triggering.
If you’re not worried about the element of surprise as much, it’s not a bad idea to ask your loved one about his or her triggers.
With a sense of what not to get, here are some gift ideas that aren’t triggering and can even be helpful for those with migraine. Let’s take a quick look at the gift-idea “dos:”
- Tinted Sunglasses: In some forms of migraine, certain kinds of light can cause migraine attacks to set in. Tinted sunglasses, therefore, can be the perfect gift. With a little research, you can even find pairs that are specifically designed for migraineurs. For instance, one company, Axon Optics, specializes in making glasses for those that are light-sensitive.
- Pillows: As any migraineur can tell you, when attacks are at their worst, it’s time to lie down in a dark room. A good pillow, then, will always be welcomed by the migraine sufferer in your life.
- Calming Music: While certain kinds of music may be triggering for the migraineur, soothing and gentle sounds are not only graceful in their own right, but may even help prevent and allay attacks. Soundscapes and more ambient works can certainly help, and, for some, guided meditation CDs are truly instrumental.
- Window Tints: The gift of improving a migraineur’s home environment could be priceless. Since some migraine sufferers experience light sensitivity, it might make sense to get them window tints for their home. Unlike heavy curtains, these will still allow some light in.
- Home Cleaning: Thinking outside the box a little, another great gift could be a coupon for home-cleaning services. In the midst of an attack, the sufferer won’t be willing or able to do necessary home-maintenance, so professional work during this time will be truly appreciated.
- Eye Covers: A perfect stocking stuffer for the migraine sufferer, eye covers will help block out triggering or inflaming light before and during attack. Something comfortable and attractive would be perfect to fit the bill.
- A Spa Day: Relaxation can help with migraine, so a gift-certificate for a massage, facial, and sauna session would be a perfect way to bring a smile to a migraine sufferers face.
Clearly, there’s a lot you can get for the migraineur in your life. The right gift will not only be cherished for years to come but can potentially serve an instrumental and beneficial role in taking on the condition.
‘Tis the Season for Better
It’s important to remember just how difficult and debilitating migraine can be; it’s unpredictable, incredibly painful and can arise seemingly from nowhere. As a loved one of a migraineur, then, perhaps the greatest gift of all would be your own empathy and understanding. Be there for the sufferer in your life and try to understand where they’re coming from. There’s no present like your positive presence!
The team at Migraine Treatment Centers of America excels in providing dedicated and effective treatment for those with chronic migraine. To learn more about their groundbreaking approach, call a Patient Care Manager at (855) 300-6822 today!