The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes loved ones’ requests to tell them what gifts you’d like to receive. The wish list of a person with migraine may look a bit different than the average person’s — while a migraineur might not ask for things like concert tickets or treats, which can be triggering, they may appreciate things that help them deal with the migraine pain, like pillows, eye masks and premade meals.
We partnered with The Daily Migraine to ask people with migraine what they’d love to receive for the holidays this year. Share this “migraine wish list” with your loved ones and add to it in the comments. And if you’re reading this because you have someone with migraine in your life, we hope this offers some some gift inspiration.
Here’s what they told us:
1. “Something that distracts me from the migraine cycle… books, music, crafty stuff. Stuff not necessarily directly related to my migraines but stuff that reminds me I’m still a person with hobbies and interests. And definitely no candles, wine, cheese of the month clubs or tickets to events (because I’ll probably have a migraine).”
2. “Large eye-covering sunglasses, nice pillows, quiet maid service [and] a dog walking service.”
3. “A daith piercing and some peppermint oil.”
4. “Family and friends coming to visit even though it may just be to sit in the dark with me for a while. This life can get lonely, especially around the holidays.”
5. “Quick and easy meals for times when you have an appetite but no energy to cook anything.”
6. “Cefaly and migraine glasses would be nice!”
7. “Audiobooks on CD, so I can distract myself during an attack.”
8. “A service dog! I have hemiplegic migraines, and mobility has been a big issue for me.”
9. “Memory foam with cooling gel pillow.”
10. “Blackout curtains and a quiet fan to move the air around.”
11. “It would be nice to get a ‘designer basket’ with things in it such as gel eye mask you can put in freezer, something like an essential oil, sachet, or candle that was lightly scented with one of the soothing, calming, stress relieving scents, wireless ear buds you can block out the noise with, slipper socks with aloe, and a gift certificate for a spa visit or massage, facial, manicure, pedi.”
12. “Ice pouches and herbal rice packs to heat up in microwave.”
13. “New pillows, a Migraine Hat, blackout curtains and maybe nice new coloring pencils for when I feel OK and not swamped with homework.”
14. “A year of unlimited massages.”
15. “A Labradoodle puppy. OK, [that] one has nothing to do with migraines you may think. Ah, but it would make me really happy and stress/anxiety levels would go way down, therefore it would help.”
16. “I’m hoping for a Himalayan salt lamp and a back massager!”
17. “Love, compassion and understanding from those who are fortunate enough to not have this debilitating condition.”
Editor’s note: This list was curated by our community. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.
What gifts would you add to this list? Share in the comments below.