Danna Bowman, Founder
Here are some holiday gift ideas for that thyroid sufferer in your life.
The holiday season always awakens wonderful memories for me. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. All the warm wishes, family gatherings, cozy fireplaces and wondrous smells instantly transport me to the places I remember most fondly. Not to mention that I love the act of gift-giving… seeing the recipients faces when they open the item that I chose just for them, is priceless. Even receiving phone calls and emails from thankful friends and family members, after they’ve opened that special present or card, is a wonderful experience. Thinking of others, by sending your heart-felt gift, is, in my opinion, one fabulous way to show your support and gratitude.
So, when it comes to shopping for that loved one who suffers from thyroid, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid or autoimmune disease, I have the gift list to end all gift lists. Take a few deep breaths and let this shopping guide for thyroid patients ease your mind while your fingers do some stress-free online holiday buying. It’s the sure-fire way to evoke feelings of wellness and health throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Oh, and if the thyroid sufferer is you, then do your loved ones a favor and share this list with them! (and if you celebrate Christmas, don’t forget to print off a copy for Santa)
Let’s Thyroid gift shop….
1). The Siamese Slanket
Perfect for cold days and Hypothyroid sufferers. Turn on a movie, start a fire, get the hot cocoa going and wrap up in this amazing blanket. The Slanket is the original blanket with sleeves and the Siamese Slanket offers room enough for two! This blanket is made of warm fleece materials and allows each party in your couple to insert his or her arms for comfort.
Thyroid patients are always implementing new lifestyle and diet plans. Some sufferers need to go all in with the AIP, others are simply gluten, dairy and soy free. Whichever nutrition plan you follow, The Total Blender Classic, is a must have in the kitchen. It is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milk shakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with 1 fast, easy-to-use machine.
3). Hair Mineral Analysis Test
A hair mineral analysis test reveals your mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity. But many people don’t realize that it also provides a blueprint to increase your performance, banish brain fog, improve energy and become Bulletproof. Hair mineral analysis reveals and explains the causes of many health symptoms and disease, whose underlying causes are largely related to nutritional deficiencies, mineral imbalances and heavy metal and chemical toxicity. Your hair can be tested because it is one of many places the body eliminates minerals and heavy metals. The individual mineral levels, ratios of minerals to each other and patterns of minerals deposited in the hair reveal all kinds of things about your body chemistry and health conditions.
4.) Manicure or pedicure with non toxic polish
Suffering with Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism can wreak havoc on your nails. Nothing looks better than clean well-maintained fingernails and freshly painted toenails (with non toxic polish). Regular manicures and pedicures will enhance the health of your fingernails and toenails, promoting faster growth and maintaining well moisturised cuticles.
High on my ‘happy’ list, is making others merry. Sometimes, just spending quality time goes a long way. Other times, lending a non-judgemental and loving ear can be reward enough. Now go, visit or call the thyroid love in your life.
6). Thyroid Nation Essentials
Thyroid patients are always looking for great ways to thrive with this disease. Essential oils are natural, aromatic liquids found in plants that have been used, (one way or another), for thousands of years by people all across the world. Thyroid essential oils, used safely and consciously, are a wonderful, effective way to support a healthy lifestyle, help maintain physical and emotional wellness, clean and purify your home, care for your hair and skin, and promote spirituality. Additionally, essential oils can help to promote balance, offer benefits for your thyroid and is one of the main reasons it was created….for the thyroid patient. They are synthetic, preservative, paraben, soy, gluten, plastic and synthetic FREE, keeping the health of your endocrine system a top priority! Hand made with intention of love, light and healing vibes, just for you. (Check out Speak Your Truth for some serious Thyroid & Thymus love)
One of my favorite thyroid books from an amazing innovator in the thyroid community having suffered Hashimoto’s herself. What’s Really Going on in Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism. Most patients with Hashimoto’s will present with acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, intestinal permeability, food sensitivities, gum disorders and hypoglycemia in addition to the “typical” hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, cold intolerance, hair loss, fatigue and constipation. The body becomes stuck in a vicious cycle of immune system overload, adrenal insufficiency, gut dysbiosis, impaired digestion, inflammation, and thyroid hormone release abnormalities. This cycle is self-sustaining and will continue causing more and more symptoms until an external factor intervenes and breaks the cycle apart. The lifestyle interventions discussed in this book aim to dismantle the vicious cycle piece by piece. We start with the simplest modifications, by removing triggers, and follow with repairing the other broken systems to restore equilibrium, allowing the body to rebuild itself.
8). Thyroid Meditation CD (per Mary Shomon)
Get in touch, relax, and experience inner calm by doing an uplifting guided meditation. Demo DiMartile of One Life One Spirit has created an incredible audio CD (and MP3), the “Thyroid Meditation,” specifically designed for thyroid patients. You can read about The Thyroid Meditation in this interview with Demo DiMartile.
9). Mediterranean Paleo Cooking: Over 150 Fresh Coastal Recipes for a Relaxed, Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Have you been wanting to try a paleo diet for autoimmune health. This is a fabulous book with amazing paleo-friendly recipes that are free of gluten, grains, inflammatory oils, dairy, or refined sweeteners. Many people assume that eating better—whether to lose weight, alleviate health problems, or simply improve how they feel—means eating low-fat, boring, and tasteless food. Professional chef Nabil Boumrar and Certified Nutrition Consultant Caitlin Weeks blow that myth out of the water with their vibrant and healthy coastal cuisine. Listen to Caitlin Weeks on Thyroid Nation Radio.
10). Stacey Robbins Girlfriends Guide to Hashimoto’s 30 day Coaching
Feeling crazy, depressed and alone? Like no one understands how difficult your thyroid journey is? Join Author and Hashimoto’s Life Coach, Stacey Robbins, in a 30-day online coaching experience. It’s about getting your Hashimoto’s mind game on so you can “Find Your Power, and Love Your Life”. Not only do I feel grateful to call Stacey a friend, but I just finished the series and I was floored. Her voice is soothing and uplifting, she breaks things down so that you can understand them and she is always giving fantastic analogies that you can apply to every day life. If you give on gift, this should be it. Included in the course: 4 Coaching videos addressing key topics – The Power of Food, Choices, Forgiveness & Listening (to your intuition), 1 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) video from the Girlfriend’s Guide to Hashimoto’s Facebook group, 4 Self-reflection videos and downloadable coaching worksheets and 30 days of loving, inspiring and helpful coaching emails delivered straight to your inbox. Gift your family member, friend, or yourself with the “Girlfriends’ Guide to Hashimoto’s Coaching Series”. A thyroid sufferer will thank you!
11). Heated Hand Warmers (another great one from the amazing Mary Shomon)
This is one of my favorites and I just had to include it. For those of us with an underactive thyroid problem, winter can be particularly miserable, because sometimes, we just can’t get our hands and feet warm. A wonderful solution…handwarmers and footwarmers that you can take anywhere with you. These are an especially great gift for someone who also has Raynaud’s autoimmune disease, which makes fingers and toes especially susceptible to the cold. Warmers are disposable, portable hand and foot warmers.Just break open one of these handy, self-contained packets, tuck them into your mittens or boots, and they generate heat for as long as 8 hours! No more frosty fingers or popsicle toes. Mary Shomon recommends: Grabber Hand and Foot Warmers. They are single use air-activated heat packs that provide everyday warmth and are ideal for keeping your hands warm when the temperature gets cold.
A cozy scarf, mittens or hat is always a thoughtful gift. A special present that you don’t often remember to buy for yourself. Keep those thyroid hands and toe toes warm this winter.
13). Blue light
Bright light therapy with a light box can help banish winter blues, and may even improve your mood, help your energy level, and perk up your metabolism during colder, darker days of winter. Thyroid patients are at greater risk than others of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and may find that bright light therapy is just what’s needed to help maximize energy levels. Mary Shomon recommends for you to consider getting a fairly portable light box lamp that you can put right on your desk, for home, office, studies and crafting.
14). Dry Skin Brush
Per Wendy Myers of Liveto110.com, the lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally. Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Bonus! One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Double bonus for thyroid patients.
15). Heated Mattress Pad
How many thyroid patients do you know that want to jump into a cold bed, with cold sheets in the cold of winter? The heated mattress pad eliminates the irritating feeling of crawling into a freezing bed at night. The pad is a comfortable and convenient way to keep your bed warm during the coldest of winter nights. Features include low-voltage technology, a ten hour safety shutoff, and easy care machine washable fabric. Luxurious ultra-soft and supportive Micro-Velour fabric top is designed to rejuvenate and warm your bed. Sleep better in a cooler room.
16). Near Infrared Sauna
Near infrared light lets off the least amount of harmful rays and is the most beneficial for thyroid and general health. An increasing amount of research shows interesting and positive results for patients who use near infrared light therapy. If you suffer with thyroid disease and symptoms of chronic illness, fatigue, brain fog, light therapy can help resolve these issues. Make your own using Red Heat Lamps, like I did.
We all want to be comfy and these shirts, tanks and pullovers are not only comfortable but also keep you happy. LOOK CLOSER! The design is made entirely from TINY, POSITIVE WORDS! Whatever words jump out at you are your super powers for the day. Bring more mindfulness to those truths and see what happens! Thyroid patients need all the positive happy vibes they can get.
18). Sorel Slippers
No more cold tootsies! Sorel Slippers blend slipper comfort with the protection of a leather shoe. They feature a leather sole and a plush, warm lining. They are perfect for people who wear slippers in their home in place of shoes and they are available in three colors. Perfect for the thyroid fashionista in your life.
20). Warm Buddy products
These are just fun. Keep the whole family warm this year. Warm Buddy has gloves, socks, shoulder wraps, throws, and more. Just perfect for when you’re feeling the cold, blistery air.
21). Stacey Robbins’ Book
Insightful, inspiring and hilarious, Stacey Robbins takes on life with Hashimoto’s at full speed in You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s. It is a wildly informative, laugh out loud, deeply moving, real deal, raw look at yourself, through thyroid disease self-help book. A MUST read.
22). Thyroid Butterfly Jewelry
Show your support for Thyroid Disease by supporting the cause and showing you care. The butterfly is the symbol used to represent the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is actually butterfly shaped gland Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ located in your neck just above your collar bones. It is part of the Endocrine system, a group of glands in the body responsible for hormone secretion. Besides, what girl (or boy) doesn’t love to be doted on with jewelry? Check out this and many more on Etsy.com.
Make every beat count. Manage chronic health conditions like thyroid disease with the wireless wearable. You’ve probably seen them at every magazine and checkout counter known to man. Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones to help you track your health. Monitor your sleep (or no sleep) automatically and wake with a silent alarm. FitBit is perfect for the fitness conscious.
24). Spa Sox
Cold feet. Hypothyroidism. Enough said. Keeping your feet warm makes the list twice. Heat these slippers in the microwave to relax your aching feet, or slip them on after they’ve been in the freezer to help reduce swelling. Savor the plush coolness as it gently drapes over your feet. Hot or cold – these spa sox therapeutic slippers will pamper and coddle your feet.
25). Cast Iron Skillet Set (or ceramic)
Teflon may be easy to clean but it is terrrible for the endocrine system as the coatings breakdown and get absorbed into the foods you are cooking. Give the gift of healthy dishes. Pots and pans are in general, not a fun present to give, but a FABULOUS present to receive.
+ Bonus, Stocking Stuffer Ideas….
-Make or buy a gift certificate from places that your loved one will enjoy. Thyroid patients deserve some “Me” time. So help them out with a self-care day or:
-Or make some wonderful meals that will keep in the freezer and hand deliver.
-Thinning eyebrows is a definite symptom of hypothyroidism. Why not slip a wonderful eye brow pencil in your thyroid patients stocking.
-An iTunes or Amazon gift card can be used for ordering many thyroid books, or just plain fun.
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About the Author
Danna Bowman is the founder of Thyroid Nation. She developed Hashimoto’s after years of unknowinly suffering with hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue. Hypothyroidism runs in her family but it was never discussed, unfortunately. Her husband, 2 kids and her, picked up and moved, sight unseen, from Texas to Costa Rica in 2008. She was accurately diagnosed, however, they only offer Levothyroxine or Thyroidectomy as a solution for the disease. After a year of suffering, she turned to the internet. She found a doctor in Arizona that would consult with her and send Natural Dessicated Thyroid to her. After learning and realizing the misinformation and lack of information in Costa Rica and worldwide, she founded the website to help educate others. In 2015, she launched Thyroid Nation RADIO, a weekly thyroid and health, LIVE radio show with her co-host,Tiffany Mladinich.
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