Still searching for the right gift to give your friends and family on the “nice” list this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up some of this year’s best diabetes-friendly stocking stuffers. Start spreading the holiday cheer with these fun and practical presents, all of which cost less than $35. (Or, sneak them onto your wish list. After all, you’ve been good this year, too.)
Pedometer – Studies have shown that taking 10,000 steps each day can help promote weight loss and lower blood sugar levels. A step-counting pedometer helps meeting that goal a little easier.
Diabetes organizer bag – Who says staying organized has to be drab and boring? Your friends can say goodbye to misplaced lancets and MIA glucose meters with a chic and sophisticated organizer. Stick Me Designs offers sparkly clutches for women, while Adorn Designs features cool canvas pouches for a more masculine look.
Hand and foot cream – Keeping feet protected and dry goes a long way toward good diabetes foot health. But adding a rich, soothing lotion into the regimen can help make your toes smooth, soft, and well-nourished. Check out some of these pharmacist-recommended creams from Eucerin.
Food diary – A recent study from the National Institutes of Health showed that keeping a regular food diary can double a person’s weight loss efforts. Get your loved ones started with a pretty journal or stationery set.
Nutrition reference book – It’s no secret: Counting carbs can be a pain. This pocket-sized book from CalorieKing features the calorie, fat, and carbohydrate counts for hundreds of common foods. The organized index in the back of the book makes searching a breeze.
Healthy food of the month club – Eating better gets a little easier when good-for-you treats get delivered right to your door. For just $33 a box, Healthy Surprise will send your loved one a package teeming with all-natural, vegan, gluten-, and soy-free goodies. Past boxed have included spiced kale chips, sunflower seeds, and organic fruit leather.
Charitable donation – Wondering what to give the friend who has everything? Try a donation to a cause that helps fight diabetes. JDRF, the American Diabetes Association, and the International Diabetes Federation will accept donations in your loved one’s name.
My Diabetes Home membership – Give the gift of good health for the New Year. Help your loved ones start 2015 off on the right track with a premium My Diabetes Home membership. Features include an online blood sugar log with high and low sugar alerts, a medication reminder app, and a printable report to bring to the doctor’s office.
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