As we get fully into the holiday season, that has us thinking about gifts. While IC patients have all sorts of unique hobbies, likes and dislikes, there are some items that most IC patients would love to have show up in shining wrapping paper this holiday season! This is a great time to save some $$ too. Everything in the ICN shop is 15% off through December 2, 2019.

#1 – A Massage or Spa Day

One of the kindest gifts that an IC patient can receive is an opportunity to spend an hour or two at a local spa where they can receive some much needed comfort. A simple massage to relax tight muscles, a facial, pedicure or haircut can brighten the day of many patients. If you don’t have a local spa that you trust, look for national businesses like ME SPA or MASSAGE ENVY.

#2 – The Gift Of Something Funny

Did you know that laughter can help minimize pain levels? It’s true. The brain processes pain levels by context. If pain is accompanied by tears, the pain is intensified by the brain. If pain is accompanied by laughter, the brain acts to reduce and/or minimize pain intensity. Thus, how about giving your IC’er the gift of laughter. How about a monthly game night? Movie nights that focus on comedies?? Or some funny videos or books? Fifteen minutes of laughter a day is a must for any pain patient and a great source of distraction too,

#3 – A Lap Desk

IC patients sometimes need to spend a lot of time sitting somewhere comfy like the couch. A lap desk can come in handy for many things, including working on a laptop, doing a craft, painting nails and eating food. You can get a lap desk with legs or a lap desk with a cushion underneath.

#4 – A New Supplement

With many medications now linked to serious side effects or simply unaffordable, there are some supplements that might bring some relief. Bladder Builder and PEAORA are the first bladder health supplements that contains PEA which, in studies, has been shown to significantly reduce pain in IC patients. You can’t go wrong with a gift of Prelief, which has helped thousands of IC’er eat more acidic foods.

#5 – A Bladder or Prostate Friendly Chair Cushion

Having somewhere soft and comfortable to sit during flares helps tremendously. A chair cushion designed for bladder patients would be ideal for any IC patient. A soft waffle chair cushion is also great for sensitive IC pelvic floors and bladders.

#6 – A Streaming Service

If you’ve got to be down to rest during a flare, having something fun to watch can be a good distraction. A streaming service like Netflix is a great gift idea for IC patients. Even if she already has a Netflix account, she can apply the gift card to her current account.

#7 – Comfy Clothes

If you know him or her well enough to know their size, then comfy clothes are something that IC patients can always use. Look for soft clothing (cotton, rayon, spandex) with an elastic waist to lounge in, such as yoga pants, leggings, dresses or other clothes that don’t fit tightly in the pelvis.

#8 – An IC Cookbook

Figuring out recipes can be a challenge for IC patients. An IC cookbook like the IC Chef Cookbook or Confident Choices: A Cookbook for IC and OAB have wonderful recipes and will be a great resource.

#9 – An IC Friendly White Hot Chocolate

In the cold days of winter, having something warm to drink by the fire brings comfort. Consider gifting some seasonally fun mixes such as Stephen’s gourmet white hot chocolate or Stephen’s gourmet pumpkin spice white hot chocolate.

#10 – A Gift Basket of IC Friendly Foods

From low acid coffees and herbal teas to yummy jams and carob bars, gift your IC friend with some treats to enjoy. We particularly like our bladder friendly Missy J’s candy!

#11 – Heat or Cold pads

Heat and/or cold can help alleviate IC and pelvic floor pain and discomfort. Consider these hot and cold packs that can be warmed or cooled. An electric heating pad can also be great for IC patients. Be sure to look for one with an automatic shut-off for safety.

#12 – Something to Read

The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jennifer Gunter is the PERFECT gift for every woman on your gift list. From puberty to menopause, menstrual products to intimacy, she offers sound and practical advice for women’s intimate issues. Her discussion of soaps, various products as well as debunked items like the dangers of various “cleansing” methods and douches are insightful and may explain why some women struggle with more pain and discomfort.

#13 – Gift Certificates To Go Out

Having a chronic health condition comes with extra costs, so sometimes fun things just aren’t in the budget. Gift cards for restaurants that you know she can eat are always great. Gift cards to the local movie theater also work well. And consider gift cards for fun experiences. Anything that can be done seated or with minimal impact is ideal for IC patients.

#14 – A Membership to the IC Network

It’s important for patients to stay current with the latest information about IC treatments, diet, self-care, flare management and more! The IC Optimist patient magazine is a wonderful gift for an IC patient and will help empower them in their fight to find relief! Give them the gift of a Guardian, Champion or Hero Membership to the ICN!

#15 – A Gift Certificate to the ICN Shop

With everything from food to personal hygiene to books to supplements to DVDs, the ICN Shop is full of all sorts of stuff IC patients will use and love. If you’re still not sure what to buy, go with an ICN Shop gift certificate and let him or her pick!