The holidays are right around the corner and parents are starting to think about what their children want for Christmas. If you have a kid living with type 1 diabetes, you may want to get them a gift or two that would enhance their life with T1D. This post offers some good holiday gift suggestions for the type 1 warriors in your life. Some might be great as a stocking stuffer and others as a wrapped present. You decide!
The I Heart Guts Plush Pancreas
I mean, who doesn't love a stuffed, plush organ?! And what better gift for your child with diabetes than replacing the organ that isn't working with one they can snuggle with? Check out this adorable Plush Pancreas. So cute.
The I Heart Guts Plush Insulin Droplet
Same company as above, different adorable plush item. This one is a stuffed insulin droplet. Sure, it may look like a tear drop, but we shed plenty of those as parents of T1Ds, too.
If you have an older type 1 kid who loves to write about their T1D journey or life, in general, gift them a pretty journal or diary so they can put their feelings and emotions down on paper. Bonus if the journal or diary comes with a lock or key of some sort. Kids seem to think those are super awesome!
Type 1 Diabetes is hard, y'all. Real Hard. But you know what helps? Pretty and fun decals for their continuous glucose monitor (CGM)! If your child is wearing a CGM such as the Dexcom G6 or the Freestyle Libre, then what a great way to brighten up their holiday and make life with T1D more colorful.
Pump Decals or Covers
If your type 1 diabetic has transitioned to an insulin pump, there's a way to dress those up, too! Pumps don't have to be drab and boring! Jazz them up with a little color!
A Type 1 Diabetes Christmas Shirt
These make a great stocking stuffer and are sure to put a smile on your kid's face this Christmas morning. Have multiple T1D kids in your family? Mix and match these designs to create a festive set of matching family Christmas pajamas.
A Mini Trampoline or a Yoga Ball
A mini trampoline or a yoga ball are two great ways to bring down stubborn high blood sugars and get out extra wiggles and energy. Your kid can bounce their way to an in-range number with these fun toys and not even realize their are helping to manage their diabetes. Plus, makes a great indoor option for a little movement on rainy, stormy days.
Bath Bombs or Bath Foam
One of my favorite tricks to treat a stubborn high is to draw a nice, warm bubble bath for my type 1 kiddo. Perhaps it's the warn water that improves circulation and gets insulin moving. Or maybe a nice bath brings stress levels down which can decrease insulin resistance. It's probably both working together! Regardless, I find it works like a charm every time! Take their bubble bath to the next level this year by stuffing a can of bath foam or a few bath bombs in their stocking.
*If your child has insulin on board and is going to take a bath, make sure you monitor them very closely with the help of a continuous glucose monitor or frequent finger sticks. Warm water can drop blood sugar levels quickly especially when there is already insulin flowing through their system.
A New Go Bag
Diabetes goes everywhere with us so having a good go-bag to hold all your supplies is key. Maybe your kid's current one needs an update or an upgrade? Maybe they've grown out of their old one? Either way, a new, fun or fancy go-bag makes a great holiday gift for the type 1 warrior in your life.
A New Supply Organizer Case
Of course their going to need a new supply case to go with that new go-bag. You know what they say... you can never have too many bags within bags (within bags) to hold stuff. And, as we're all aware, type 1 diabetics have to lug around A LOT of stuff.
A Type 1 Book
There are so many cute type 1 diabetes books out there for children! Pick one or two and wrap it up with a few other non-T1D books they would like.
Novelty Pancreas Items
I can't imagine managing T1D without a sense of humor. These random, novelty pancreas items make hilarious stocking stuffer ideas and are sure to make the family laugh a little about a disease that is otherwise not so funny.
Now the doll lover in your life can have a constant companion with all the same T1D gadgets as them! I love that this company, Deck My Diabetes, is helping to normalize T1D for young children. So far they offer the Dexcom G6, the Omnipod pump and PDM, and the Tandem T-slim Pump accessories. These doll accessories are pretty life-like and would be such a great addition to your holiday gift ideas list. Bonus: they can also be placed on a stuffed animal!
Stuff their Stockings with their Favorite Low Treats and Free Snacks
Low treats (for when your T1D is having a low blood sugar) and "free" snacks (for when your kids just wants to eat without bolusing) disappear like water around these parts. Shove a few of their favorites into their stocking or wrap them up as a surprise. Some of our favorites include Skittles and Craisins (for lows) as well as zero carb beef jerky as a "free" item.
Nice Medical ID Bracelet
Whatever you do, don't let T1D steal your Christmas joy! I hope these gift ideas help to make your holiday with Type 1 Diabetes a little merrier and brighter this year. Always remember, kid first... diabetes second.