Christmas is coming, and with it, the same question I’m asked every year without fail: “Where can I get a nice box of Diabetic chocolates from for my Nan who’s Diabetic?” Please please please DO NOT under ANY circumstances, buy Diabetic food products! It’s honestly such a lovely caring thought, but they cause more harm than good. Food products labelled ‘For Diabetics’, including chocolates, sweets and ice cream, tend to contain as much, if not more fat than normal chocolate, which is bad news in the long run. They contain artificial sweeteners which can still affect blood sugar levels, and can also cause a laxative effect, so Nan will unfortunately be spending her Christmas on the loo. Diabetic products are also expensive, so save yourself some money.
This year however, has got me thinking. What would be a nice gift to buy a Diabetic? Something thoughtful, something helpful, and not something that’s just as an after thought from not knowing what else to buy? I’ve spent the last month hunting and I’ve discovered some nice products. Read on to find the perfect gift for your Diabetic loved ones…
1. Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co – 7 inch Crunchy Munchy Chocolate Pizza | £11.01
As I mentioned above, Diabetic chocolates are an absolute no-no, so if you are set on giving chocolates as a gift, normal chocolates are fine! Type 1 Diabetics can eat normal chocolate, we just work it into our diet, ensuring we correctly carb count so that we can calculate exactly how much insulin is needed to cover it. In fact, it’s actually pizza (and pasta!) that many Type 1 Diabetics struggle with rather than chocolate, I know I do! So perhaps this 7″ chocolate pizza would be a better option for me? A great alternative to the traditional box of chocolates too!
2. Pimp Your Pump – Insulin Pump Cases and Pouches | Prices from £11.99
Since I started pumping 4 months ago, I’ve hunted everywhere for UK-based accessories to pretty it up. I’ve finally found the perfect brand! Pimp Your Pump create high quality diabetes products, lovingly handmade by a clever designer with a BND in Art and a degree in Fashion & Textiles. As well as pump pouches/cases, they also sell blood glucose test kit carry cases, CGM pouches and lots of other fun accessories. I adore their The Little Mermaid pouch, and I know Cici would be impressed if I received this in my stocking on Christmas Morning! There are so many designs to choose from in their online store, there are even ones to match with school uniforms!
3. Livy Rae Designs – Hypo Treats Box | £17.00
Cici is a sweet fiend and seems to be able to sniff out the mini packs of Haribos I keep specially for hypos with ease. So this box would be the perfect solution for me, and anyone else who may be in a similar situation. Claire, the brains behind Livy Rae Designs, set her business up as a new mum looking to make a little pocket money to pay for her childcare fees. She creates some stunning unique gifts offering a bespoke service. As a Type 1 Diabetic herself, Claire knows how easy it is to over, or under treat a hypo, and was inspired by a friend to create her hypo treats box to help her – and others – reduce the chances of it happening. The thing I love about this box is that it comes filled with a selection of hypo treats, and that’s not all! It also comes with a printed pre-calculated carb count sheet, so the need to do sums when your brain is in power-saving mode is removed!
4. Treasure Island Sweets – Giant Jelly Sweet Hamper | £24.99
Now that your Diabuddy has the perfect ready stocked hiding place for their hypos, why not keep them topped up for even longer with a giant sweet hamper! This hamper, containing 2.5kg of sweets, comes in a festive red box. The sweets are a range of pick & mix favourites (mine are fizzy cola bottles!), all wrapped up in individual paper bags like you used to get at the store as kids.
5. KD Jewellery – Personalised Macramé Medical Alert Bracelet | From £2.00
K.D Jewellery is a small home-based business operating in South Devon, specialising in handmade, macramé jewellery suitable for all uses and occasions. I think this colourful medical alert bracelet would make a funky accessory for those with diabetes, or any other medical condition requiring consideration in an emergency situation. Each is traditionally handmade with acrylic beads and a nylon thread, making them both durable and comfortable. They are available in 16 colours and 6 sizes options, ranging from 3 years to adult. You can also upgrade to a double bracelet, to feature an emergency contact number.
6. Mijubeauty – Jelly Baby Soaps | £5.00 for 4 soaps
Type 1 Diabetics must carry something sugary with them at all times to treat hypos, and the item of choice for many of us are Jelly Babies. When I came across these jelly baby soaps I just had to add them to my gift guide! Handmade in the UK, they smell exactly like the real thing so try not to eat them during bathtime!
7. Bomb Cosmetics Scented Candle Tins – Perfect Gift – Jelly Baby Tin Candle | £7.95
While we’re on the subject, why not go the whole hog and run your Diabetic loved one a relaxing candlelit bubble bath? These Jelly Baby candles smell delicious and look pretty too. They also have a whole range of other scents if jelly baby madness becomes unbearable!
8. Pouch For All – Handcrafted Lycra Insulin Pump Pouches | Prices from £9.99
You can never have too many accessories when it comes to brightening up your Diabetic aids. These pouches are contemporary, bright, fashionable, practical and comfortable! Suitable for Insulin Pumps & CGM Monitors, they can be made for all ages – from adults, children, babies & teens. They even make pouches for toys so that your loved ones’ favourite dolly or teddy bear can be just like them!
9. Cinnamora – Cinnamon Soft Drink, 7 cans | £7.00
I will admit, I was slightly apprehensive when I was offered the opportunity to sample some cans of Cinnamora, I almost said no! As a Type 1 Diabetic, I’ve had many people claim that cinnamon will cure me. However, their website makes no such claims, so I agreed to give them a go. And I’m glad I did! If you fancy a soft drink with a difference, then Cinnamora is your answer! It has a taste I can’t describe… It’s like drinking Christmas! The drinks are available in either sparkling or still (my favourite is the sparkling version), and contain zero carbs. Cinnamon apparently has many associated health benefits including better blood sugar and cholesterol control, so if you have a family member who’s interested in improving their health, this could be a great alternative gift idea!
10. Baylis & Harding – Beauticology Soldier Festive Feet Gift Set | £4.00
Us Diabetics are always warned to take care of our feet. Poor control can cause damage to the nerves, meaning we may not feel any cuts or sores that appear, which in turn could lead to infection. So what better way to show how much you care this Christmas than by helping your loved ones to take care of their feet? This fun gift set by Baylis & Harding won’t break the bank and even comes with a pair of festive socks to keep the tootsies warm during the cold months. I don’t know about you, but I can’t walk around the house barefoot, I live in my fluffy socks and slippers! I can bet the vanilla frosting foot lotion would make your feet smell almost good enough to eat too!
11. Pep Me Up – Freestyle Libre BG Meter & Sensor Stickers | Prices start at £2.25
Steffi, the lovely lady behind Pep Me Up, is a 25 year old fellow Type 1 Diabetic blogger based in Germany. She quite rightly believes that life should be full of colour, and why should life with Type 1 Diabetes be any different? Sick of the drab Diabetes equipment and accessories we’re supplied with, she decided to create her own range of stickers to brighten up her Freestyle Libre meter and sensors, and after receiving lots of compliments, decided to make them available to everyone. I don’t actually use my Freestyle Libre as I unfortunately can’t afford the monthly upkeep of the sensors, but Pep Me Up will be my first port of call for sure when my financial circumstances improve!
12. aabe creative – My Foody Diary: Diabetes | £12.50
I came across aabe creative on Ebay a few months ago whilst browsing for a blogging planner. I was so impressed with their planners that I looked them up on Facebook to follow (I’m a massive planner fan!). Their blogger planner (My Social Media Planner) is now on my Christmas wish list. (Mum, if you’re reading this…) aabe creative are a small family business based in South East Wales, fronted by husband and wife Anna and Anthony. Recently, I noticed they create cute little Diabetes planners, which I personally think would make a helpful little stocking filler for any Diabetic trying to get a grip on their control. Each planner spans 26 weeks, with each week spread over 2 pages, giving plenty of room to record important info. It allows you to track your food, your glucose levels, insulin doses and even your activity levels and moods. They kindly sent me one to sample for myself and I’m finding it really handy while I’m still getting to grips with my pump dosages.
13. Kaija Sofia – Insulin Pump Belts | Prices from £16.50
Kaija Sofia is a small business fronted by Claire Paxton, who creates hand-made insulin pump belts for babies and children, in a range of beautiful patterned 100% cotton fabrics. Claire’s inspiration stems from her two Type 1 Diabetic children, for whom she has been making her pump belts for over six years, meaning they have been thoroughly tested. The thing I love about Claire’s pouches is the fact that they look like bumbags, a nineties trend which have come back into fashion recently. So for any child feeling a bit self conscious about their pump (because it happens to the best of us!), these would make a fashionable accessory to add to their outfit.
Disclaimer: Some of the above products were PR samples sent to me for inclusions, however the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own!