The season of giving is here! If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a loved one with Parkinson’s, we’ve rounded up a list of ideas from our program advisors, who are living with the disease. Here are the top five most requested items this year:
- Think exercise! Any kind of exercise equipment like a yoga mat, fitness tracker or reflective gear can make thoughtful gifts with many inexpensive options available. Or if you’re looking for something bigger, exercise machinery like a rower or recumbent bike helps your loved one get aerobic activity from the comfort of their home.
- Comfort is key! Easy to wear clothing like slip on shoes, no button/zipper shirts, or faux jean, slip-on pants can help your loved one be comfortable. Or go for luxury with items like satin pajamas and sheets.
- Self-care is a must have. Gift certificates for a massage or acupuncture can help your loved one unwind. Food delivery services, like a Hello Fresh subscription, can support a healthy diet while saving time in the grocery store and kitchen. Or if your loved one likes to engage in a little retail therapy, give them a gift certificate to their favorite store.
- Practical is appreciated. Easy to use everyday gear like a pill box, shoehorn, fanny pack or sling bag can provide practical support to your loved one with Parkinson’s. There is also adaptive equipment to make eating and cooking a little easier. Check out our videos on eating and cooking to learn more about what’s available.
- And the number 1, most requested item this holiday season, trekking poles! Often thought of as a hiking accessory, trekking poles can be used any time you go for a walk. They can also provide stability with at home exercises, such as static lunges. Trekking poles are a great way to increase aerobic activity while encouraging upright posture.
A donation to the Brian Grant Foundation in honor of your loved one will help us give you – and many others – the gift of living well with Parkinson’s all year long. And this holiday season, you can send an ecard to your loved one to let them know that you gave a donation in their honor.