41+ Best Gift Ideas For Someone With Arthritis

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These gifts for someone with arthritis can help relieve pain or make daily tasks easier to complete without pain. Some will even help them forget they have this condition - even if just for a few moments.

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Arthritis is something that affects nearly 54 million people in the United States alone. Unfortunately, it can be a rather debilitating issue that can lead to chronic joint pain. It’s currently the leading cause of work disability in the US and it can make relatively simple and easy daily activities painful or difficult.

If you are looking for the best gifts for someone with arthritis, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be going over some of the best gifts for the special person in your life that lives with arthritis.

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Best Gifts for Someone With Arthritis

Zeba – Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers

Zeba’s fashionable sneakers are a great choice for seniors because of their patented no-tie system. Instead of dealing with fasteners, they slip right on even from a standing position. This reduces the chance of you losing your balance because you won’t need to bend over to tie your shoes!

Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves

The Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves keep your hands warm, compressed, and comfortable too. These gloves come in a variety of sizes and are made of a copper-infused material that’s perfect for consistent performance. They have a fingerless design so that you can still move your fingers.

Use my discount code GWG20 to save 20% off of regular price.

Orthofeet Asheville & Charlotte Orthopedic Slippers for Men & Women

These Podiatrist-approved slippers for men and women feature a roomy and wide toe box with built-in orthotic insoles. Designed to improve the ease of walking and alleviate pain on the heel and ball of the foot from numerous conditions. These are a great choice for older adults who need arch support without sacrificing style.

Remedic Medicine Bottle Opener with Magnifier and LED Light | Amazon

Personally, I love having one tool that does multiple jobs. This living aid from Remedic solves many problems seniors have. First, it helps open medication bottles by fitting tightly on the lid and giving older adults better grip and more leverage. This is a great idea for seniors with weakness or arthritis in their hands especially. Plus, it also has a built-in magnifying glass with an LED light for reading the tiny print on those bottles. This could help prevent a medication mix-up!

On The Go Snack Cups

This useful snack cup is a great gift for seniors who are on the go or like to snack throughout the day. The best part? It keeps the wet and dry ingredients separate until you are ready. No soggy cereal or granola! BPA-free and dishwasher safe. Multiple color choices.

Brookstone Air and Shiatsu Hand Massager with Heat

This massager uses warm air and gel to simulate a more natural massage for your achy hands. Small and easy to take on trips or to the office. Simple push button controls.

Corningware® French White 20-ounce Meal Mug™ with Lid | Amazon

This stoneware mug is made to go from microwave to table and includes a vented, splatter-free lid. Great for heating up oatmeal, hot chocolate, chilis, and soups and then eating right out of the bowl. Seniors can warm their belly and their achy hands by holding onto this warm mug/bowl combo. Dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe.

Lima Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set | Greenpan

This lightweight cookware with ergonomic handles is a great choice for seniors who are having trouble with heavy cookware. Set Includes: 2QT saucepan, 5” egg pan, 3QT skillet with lid, 9. 5” frypan, solid bamboo turner, slotted bamboo turner, and bamboo fork.

6-Piece SureGrip Utensil Set | Anolon

These SureGrip kitchen utensils feature a large but soft handle covering that is easier for aging or arthritic hands to hold onto and grip. This 6 piece set comes in multiple color choices too.

Heart Ring Holder – Mikasa

This Celebrations by Mikasa® Heart Ring Holder is a safe place to put your rings while washing your hands, the dishes, or sleeping. It’s also a great habit to form to always keep your rings in the same place. Crafted of glass. Heart ring holder measures 3-1/2 inch long.

Silverts Extra Wide Slippers for Swollen Feet

These extra wide adjustable slippers feature Easy Touch Closures and memory foam insoles for the ultimate in comfort! Anti-bacterial to control odor and stains too. Terrific for those with arthritis, lowered hand dexterity & people with diabetes.

Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

This senior meal delivery service send chef-prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online or via phone and set your delivery schedule. Rest assured knowing your loved one is easting well.

SMPL Simple Senior TV Remote Control

This simple and senior friendly remote control is just that – simple! Only 5 buttons for favorite channels and an up/down channel button. The remaining 3 buttons are for volume, on-off & mute. Works with almost every TV.

Beurer 10-piece Professional Manicure & Pedicure Kit | Amazon.com

When the weather is too cold or mobility is a problem, this at-home kit is an ideal solution. Trimming in-grown toenails and calluses can be dealt with from the comfort and privacy of the home. The kit has all of the pieces needed for a manicure or pedicure. Plus, it includes an instructional guide that explains when/where to use each of the attachments. An LED light is built in to see the nails better. Consider adding to this gift with a small set of nail polishes, nail polish remover, and toe separators so that they can paint their nails too.

Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle

Does your loved one have a green thumb? Why not upgrade their gardening tools with a complete set of tools and carrying case? Everything needed to tend to plants, inside or out, is included here. These tools have large ergonomic slip-free handles for people with arthritis or hand or wrist pain. Even if the senior doesn’t have a garden or plants to take care of, why not spark a potential new hobby with this gift?

Fire HD 8 Tablet and E-Reader | Amazon.com

Amazon Kindle is a reliable electronic reader that is available in many sizes and weights plus the fonts can be enlarged for easier reading. Set it up to have some of their favorite books ahead of time. Take it one step further and load an app like Skype onto a newer Kindle version so that they can sign in and chat with family when you are apart.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Wireless headphones will let your loved one enjoy their TV viewing, audiobook listening experience, or just shut the world out for a little while. These headphones fit right over the ear and cancel out the noise around them in an otherwise noisy common area. This model has a 30 hour battery life and can be synced to a wide range of devices via Bluetooth. Check out my guide to buying headphones for seniors and the elderly in this article.

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light | Amazon.com

This book reading light charges in a USB port so it can be plugged right into a tablet or kindle device while elderly owners are reading or working. There are multiple color modes and brightness levels including a night light setting. The best part is that it slips easily around the neck – no difficult to use clamps to cause pain for arthritic hands.

Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set | Amazon.com

Everyone loves Burt’s Bees hand care products – from young to the old. It’s a great gift for senior men and women who suffer from dry, cracked, and painful hands including gardeners and travelers. This gift set includes 2 hand creams, a cuticle cream and a set of cotton gloves.

Vive Neck and Back Shiatsu Massager with Heat

Perfect for heating, massaging, and relaxing sore back and neck muscles, this is a great gift that can provide much needed relief to muscle soreness, muscle tightness, or even pain resulting from these issues. All without having to book an appointment, go across town, and deal with the uncomfortable aspects of getting a massage from a professional.

ORE International Touch-on Table Lamp | Amazon.com

The touch-on table lamp is a great lighting option for the living or bedroom of your loved one with arthritis. The light is easily turned on or off thanks to the “touch on” feature. It means that your loved one does not even need to crank a switch to turn it on or off, which is incredibly convenient.

Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller | Amazon.com

I have found that using a waiter’s corkscrew can be complicated even though I don’t have arthritis. If your loved one loves his/her wine, an automatic wine opener can be the perfect gift. The wine opener is electric and does all the work of opening wine bottles without the need for turning and twisting, which can make it a difficult task for a person with arthritis.

Tempthera Reusable Hot and Cold Gel Packs | Amazon.com

Cold therapy may help reduce arthritis-related soreness while heat therapy helps stimulate blood circulation. Heat therapy is also a great way to warm up stiff or tight muscles especially in the morning. The gel pack featured here provides both cold and hot therapy. It can cover a large surface on the body and is incredibly easy to use. It is one of the best gifts you can get for your loved one with arthritis.

Wahl Hot and Cold Therapy Therapeutic Massager | Amazon.com

Hot and cold therapy probably won’t prevent arthritis-related flares but it can help reduce inflammation and provide some relief. A cold compress can help reduce swelling and joint inflammation. Hot therapy can help reduce muscle tension that usually accompanies pain. The hot-cold massager from Wahl featured here can be an excellent gift idea for a person with arthritis that’s physically active.

HandyBar Car Transfer Handle by Stander

If you have arthritis, it can be difficult to get in and out of a vehicle. The car cane featured here provides a non-slip grip as well as the leverage needed to lift themselves up from the car seat. It is capable of supporting up to 350-pounds.

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse | Amazon.com

This trackball from Logitech features an ergonomic design to provide maximum comfort. It is wireless which means that your loved one with arthritis can control their desktop, laptop, or even home theater from up to 30 feet away. You can connect up to 6 compatible wireless devices. See More Arthritis Friendly Mice Here

The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler | Amazon.com

Peeling eggs can even frustrate people who don’t have arthritis. This simple egg peeler helps break up the egg shell with a few simple shakes and a little bit of water. Then, the shell slips right off – often in one piece!

LOCK LACES No-Tie Elastic Shoe Laces | Amazon.com

Tying shoes is often impossible impossible with arthritic hands. These elastic no-tie shoe laces are so much easier on arthritic hands. Just slip your feet in your shoes and lock the laces with one simple pull.

PureRelief Deluxe Foot Warmer | Amazon.com

These super warm foot warming slippers have 4 therapeutic heat settings for relieving arthritic foot pain or just warming up cold feet. Inside is a plush machine-washable sherpa micromink lining. Automatic shutoff.

Three Seven Ergonomic Heavy Duty Nail Clipper Set

This ergonomic clipper set reduces some of the arthritic hand pain associated with the squeezing motion used with nail clippers. Plus it is heavy duty enough to be used on extra large and thickened nails. See more nail clippers for arthritis here.

PRUNUS Portable Radio | Amazon.com

This basically simple radio for seniors has a very easy and intuitive interface. Large, easy to press buttons are perfect for seniors with arthritis in their hands. Scan for local stations with one touch.

SB SOX Compression Foot Sleeves for Men & Women | Amazon.com

For seniors who suffer from foot pain, these compression foot sleeves provide gentle compression to relieve pain and are FDA-registered. Breathable fabric keeps feet cool. Available in full socks and knee socks as well.

Mahabis Curve Supportive Slippers for Men and Women

Mahabis Curve slippers feature a flexible and grippy rubber sole with a luxurious Italian wool lining. They are made to be durable and easy to care for. Plus, they have the neoprene heel cup to make sure they say secure on your feet reducing the chance of a fall. Available in multiple colors and men’s and women’s sizing.

Snug Safety – Free Daily Check-In Service

Looking for a unique gift idea for a senior or elderly person who lives alone? Here is a great alternative to expensive medical alert systems.

Snug is a free – and friendly – check in service for people living alone. It works via an app on a mobile phone and alerts a senior’s emergency contacts if they don’t check in by their assigned time.

There are free and paid subscription plans available. The free plan sends text messages to the emergency contacts while the paid Dispatch plan takes additional steps including phone calls to make sure the person is safe. If they can’t reach anyone, they will request a Wellness Check to the cell phone’s last location.

The Dispatch Plan is $9.99 per month but Graying With Grace readers can save 15% by using my discount code GWG15.

Orthofeet BioSoft Padded Sole Socks

The BioSoft line of socks from Orthofeet are specifically designed to address foot pain and increase overall foot comfort. They are made of super-soft, moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial bamboo fibers and come with padded soles and super stretchy cuffs to better fit swollen feet, ankle, and calves.

Zeba – Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers

Zeba’s fashionable sneakers are a great choice for seniors because of their patented no-tie system. Instead of dealing with fasteners, they slip right on even from a standing position. This reduces the chance of you losing your balance because you won’t need to bend over to tie your shoes!

General Gift Ideas for Seniors with Arthritis

1. Weighted Blanket

A weighted blanket can be a fantastic gift idea if you are looking for gifts for people in your life suffering from this condition. A lot of people who suffer from severe swelling caused by this condition end up with chronic pain. This chronic pain can lead to having difficulties with falling asleep in certain individuals.

A weighted blanket can be an excellent addition because it can help with joint pain, reduce the swelling they are experiencing, and help them achieve a better night’s rest. This alone can have a positive impact on their arthritis condition because the body can repair itself when it gets sufficient rest at night.

2. E-Reader

Getting someone an E-reader that is relatively lightweight can do wonders for the book lover who suffers from inflammatory conditions like arthritis. An E-reader is much lighter than hardcover and even paperback books.

Likewise, it doesn’t require the same difficult holding that a normal book would. This can make it much easier for them to be able to enjoy themselves with their favorite books without forcing them to exacerbate their arthritic condition.

3. Cold Pads

When you are dealing with any type of inflammation, both hot and cold compresses will make a big difference. If you know someone that experiences pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, cold pads can make a big difference.

They are known to reduce swelling which can help minimize the pain they may be experiencing because of the condition. You can find elastic straps that can be reused with ice packs and you can find disposable ice packs that can provide immediate relief from reduced swelling.

4. Make It Easier To Put On Shoes

There are several different things that you can consider getting someone with arthritis to make it easier to put on shoes. This can include a shoehorn that can make it easy to not only take off shoes but also put on shoes.

Another good pairing gift would be no-tie shoelaces that can make wearing any type of shoe easier than ever. Both of these gift ideas are not only low cost, but they are also very useful.

5. Smart Locks

Another good option would be smart locks for the front door. If you’ve ever had to deal with keys, you likely know how much dexterity you need to have to find the right key and to twist it in the lock.

Nowadays, you can find smart versions of just about everything. By gifting smart locks, you can make it easy to walk around without having to carry and worry about a physical key. Likewise, it can make it easier for them to be able to open doors while carrying groceries and other things because they won’t have to worry about keys at the same time.

Wrapping Up!

As you can tell, many different gift ideas can be perfect for someone in your life that suffers from arthritis. If you know someone that has the condition, you can make their life a lot easier by gifting them some of the gift ideas above.

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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