The Best Gifts for People with Migraine

Written by Lorene Alba | December 22, 2022

If you are a last minute kind of person, are you still looking for that perfect gift this holiday season? Are you wondering which migraine-friendly gifts are on your loved one’s wishlist? Or what could you give someone else, like yourself, who lives with migraine? We asked our community members what they would like to find in their migraine gift basket, and here’s what they asked for. 

1. Migraine Hat

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This was at the top of almost everyone’s list! Migraine caps/hats come in many different styles, such as a beanie or hat, but they all work in similar ways.

  • The gel inside the hats can be used for hot and/or cold therapy. Store it in the freezer when cold therapy is preferred, or pop it in the microwave for warm therapy
  • The hats can be placed over the head in the way that is most comfortable for the user. They provide easy-to-wear, full coverage to reduce migraine attack symptoms
  • Migraine hats are available without a prescription and are easy to purchase online
  • Some community members shared that having several of these hats is helpful to ensure one is always ready and available when needed

2. All things warm and comfy.

No surprise here, but coming in second place is the gift of warmth and comfort.

  • Soft and heated blankets for comfortable rest
  • Heating pads and neck wraps to relax neck and shoulder muscles
  • Squishy socks and slippers to keep feet warm in and out of bed

3. Cleaning and food delivery services.

For people with migraine attacks, it can be difficult to manage daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping. Here’s an opportunity to relieve some of the pressure of daily (and holiday) tasks, allowing time for much-needed rest. The good news is, it’s easier than ever to gift helpful services to your loved one.

  • Pay for a cleaning service, a light cleaning service will be just as appreciated as deep cleaning
  • Order groceries online and have them delivered. Ask which foods are best to support their health and not trigger migraine attacks
  • Order pre-made meals that are delivered to their doorstep. Again, remember to ask which foods are migraine-friendly, choose meals that are easy and quick to prepare, or give a gift card for a meal service so your loved one can select their own meal

4. Miscellaneous

Looking for the perfect stocking or migraine gift basket stuffers? Here are a few other items our community members added to their lists.

  • Gift certificate for a massage
  • Unscented personal care items like lotions and lip balm. Even fragrance-free products can have a scent that triggers migraines, so look for products that are labeled unscented
  • Light-filtering glasses made for people with migraine to wear inside and/or outside. Some of these can also be made with a prescription, so you may even want to consider a gift certificate to a company such as Axon Optics, Theraspecs or Avulux
  • Tea can be relaxing, but may also trigger migraines. Ask which teas are their favorite and safest for them to drink, or which “comfort foods” they might like Remember, everyone with migraine has different triggers, so what brings a smile to one person’s face might cause a migraine for another, and vice versa
  • Battery-operated candles, especially those in attractive glass vases, can be calming since scented candles can trigger or make migraine attacks worse
  • Art therapy activities like adult painting, jigsaw puzzles, 3D puzzles, crafts, a book, or even a Kindle Unlimited subscription

So remember: If you are wondering what gifts to get this year, use this list when shopping for people with migraine. These thoughtful gifts will be appreciated throughout the year and will bring a smile to the face of your loved one.

Let Us Know

Do you receive holiday gifts that trigger your migraine attacks? Or, do you know which gifts are best for people with migraine? If you live with migraine, what is the BEST gift that you have received? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

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