#364 – Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Have Arthritis

I've been blessed to receive many of these gifts over the course of living with this disease for thirty-five years.

If you have someone on your gift list that has rheumatoid arthritis, I've compiled an assortment of gift ideas that will meet budgets of all sizes.


  1. Elastic or curly shoe laces
  2. Bracelet helper
  3. If you're buying clothing, consider the weight of the garments. Also, the ease of opening and closing buttons or using zippers.
  4. Shoes, such as these from L. L. Bean
  5. Light-weight purse or wallet
  6. bathing suit from L.L. Bean
  7. Spray-on pantyhose
  8. Dry-cleaning or laundry service vouchers


  1. Adhesive side view mirrors
  2. Interior rear view mirror


  1. Kitchen and garden tools that are light-weight and have large easy-to-grip handles, such at this Bypass Pruner from Fiskars
  2. Telescoping trowel
  3. Hose connector


  1. Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain
  2. Hula hoop
  3. Rolling back pack for exercise gear
  4. Uplifting reading materials, such as From Chopin and Beyond - Part 1 and Part 2
  5. Light-weight books or an e-reader
  6. Gel pens
  7. Battery-operated eraser
  8. Magazine subscription
  9. Movie gift certificate
  10. Prepare and freeze some meals or goodies to be used on those days when energy is waning


  1. Heavy non-slip floor mat
  2. Small tray
  3. Laundry helper or footstool
  4. Pillows: Feathering My Nest and Not Only for a King
  5. Purchase and install grab bars for the shower or tub area
  6. Rubber bath mat
  7. Install a handicapped toilet
  8. Battery-powered scrubber
  9. Telephone headset
  10. Dictation software
  11. Office chair
  12. Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  13. Shower curtain
  14. Vacuum
  15. Basket
  16. A firm, supportive recliner: Nodding Off and My Perch


  1. China mug and How it's Handled Makes a Difference
  2. Food processor
  3. Pressure cooker
  4. Vegetable peeler, such as this one from Starfrit
  5. Starfrit Mightigrip jar opener or a Boa Constrictor strap wrench
  6. Electric potato peeler from Starfrit
  7. A Starfrit electric salt and pepper mill
  8. Electric juicer
  9. Egg slicer
  10. Apple wedger
  11. Electric can opener or an electric jar opener
  12. Light-weight dishes
  13. Knives
  14. Clothes pins
  15. Scrub brush
  16. Folding stool


  1. Nutcracker
  2. Double duty luggage that Roll In, Roll Out
  3. Shopping bag carriers
  4. Travel mug
  5. Consider contracting a service that can make light of difficult chores such as a housekeeping service such as Capital House Cleaning, a gardening service or car cleaning service.
  6. Prepare and freeze some meals or goodies to be used on those days when energy is waning
  7. A gift of your time to help with whatever needs doing – laundry, clean the windows, vacuum, wash the floors or tidy up.
  8. Arrange an outing; you do the driving!
  9. Do you have an idea for a unique tool? Consider talking over your idea with Maarten Meerman to see if he could make it for you.
  10. emWave ® Personal Stress Reliever from My Givens and a Giveaway. I have these in stock. Please email me at info@auntiestress.ca for further information.
    *emWave and Personal Stress Reliever are registered trademarks of Quantum Intech, Inc.

Personal Care

  1. Long-handled shoe horn
  2. Dental floss wand
  3. Easy-to-use shower curtain
  4. Scalp massage/shampoo tool
  5. If the person is travelling to The Big Island of Hawai'i, book them a session with Sarah-Lynn Joy
  6. Stool or cane
  7. Dosettes: large and small
  8. Anti-Swan Neck Deformity ring
  9. Neck brace
  10. Hot packs or ice packs
  11. Small flashlight: Light the Night or Roll Away Flashlight
  12. Portable John and Jane
  13. Portable toilet seat
  14. Massage tools
  15. Tennis balls
  16. Scalp scrubber
  17. Shoe grips
  18. Heel care cream
  19. Toe nail clipper
  20. Gloves: work or surgical
  21. Reacher
  22. Self-care can be difficult – manicure, pedicure or a massage gift certificates, such as one from The Body Mechanics Massage Therapy
  23. Rolling backpack
  24. Walker


  1. A raised food and water bowl set
  2. Ball launcher


  1. Folding stool
  2. Telephone headset
  3. Dictation software
  4. A second mouse
  5. Office chair
  6. Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  7. Gel pens
  8. Battery-operated eraser

I've been the recipient of many thoughtful gifts, ranging in size and price - all of them imbued with the love and concern of the gift-giver and all of them greatly appreciated!

What else can you add to this list? Do you care to share some gift stories that have made your life easier, better and/or more independent?

One Reply to “#364 – Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Have Arthritis”

  1. This is not exactly what I’d call a gift, but for making things a little easier around the home.

    Have door knobs replaced with levered handles – makes for less twisting of the wrist.

    Great ideas, Marianna. It’s often the common, everday things that we who don’t have RA don’t even think about!

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