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Gifts for Arthritis Sufferers That Relieve Pain and Make Life Easier!

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Arthritis causes pain and swelling in nearly everyone that it affects. Here are some great gift ideas for arthritis sufferers to make their lives easier with less pain.

Here are my Top Picks:

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If you are like many people, you probably don’t have arthritis and have a tough time knowing what it really feels like. For example, using a computer or opening a pickle jar might seem straightforward to you and I. But these tasks and others like them, can feel impossible for somebody with arthritis.

So, I made this lift of gift suggestions from a list of products that are ideally suited to people that suffer from arthritis. These gifts are practical, fun, make things easier, promote relaxation, offer comfort, and they will be appreciated.

My Top 11 Gifts Suggestions For Arthritis Sufferers

Features

  • Electric jar opener that easily releases vacuum-sealed lids
  • Simple operation, adjustable height, and large release button
  • Ideal for anyone needing a stronger grip
  • Fits jars up to 4-1/2 inches in diameter and 8 inches high
  • Measures 8-1/2 inches wide by 7-3/4 inches deep by 10 inches high

You probably have a difficult time when opening jars even if you don’t have arthritis. Opening jars can be particularly challenging if you have arthritis in your arm or hand. The electric jar opener featured here by Black and Decker operates at the touch of a button. It doesn’t require any hand strength or twisting to open jars of a maximum height of 8 inches and diameter of 4.5 inches.

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Features

  • Available in a variety of colors (Please select color carefully by reading the options. Colors rotate seasonally and not all colors may be available at all times.)
  • Made in the USA--Includes one single tray and two spacers
  • Removable adjustment spacers provide a more stable fit over a wider variety of walkers (walker not included)
  • Opening for a standard sized mug, cup hole, a recessed area for holding utensils and matted surface for less slipping
  • PLEASE SEE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION BELOW FOR DETAILS AND MEASUREMENTS

A walker tray is designed to fit over a walker so that you can carry large print magazines, plates, or other items a person with arthritis might need. The walker tray might be a simple item. But your loved one will love it since it promotes feelings of independence. It also eliminates his/her need to repeatedly ask others to fetch items.

Features

  • Extreme lightweight: Anodized aluminum body provides maximum safety and endurance while remaining lightweight.
  • Easily folded for convenient storage and extended to locking position.
  • Height adjustments in 1 inch increment from 33 inch to 37 inch. Fit 3/4 inch shaft cane tip.
  • Ergonomically designed handle provides maximum comfort while in use.
  • Come with hand strap and pouch for easily carry. Supports up to 250 pounds. Limited lifetime warranty. Please note: Authorized seller: Amazon, Comfytopia, Chang Enterprise.

Is your loved one a cane user? This cane is height-adjustable and folds too for better portability. How cool is that? It is always ready when needed and can be easily put away in a briefcase or purse when not in use.

RELATED GUIDE: The Best Walking Canes for Seniors and the Elderly

Features

  • Perfect lamp for any room
  • Top base is made of brushed Nickle
  • Brings out a futuristic lamp
  • Has a metallic silver finish
  • UL listed

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.

Everybody requires some help unwinding from time to time and people with arthritis are not an exception. The 50 Classics for Relaxation is an array of music in a 2-CD set, which is the ultimate gift of relaxation. Soothing music will provide your loved one with the atmosphere he/she wants. Here are some senior-friendly CD players to go with it.

Features

  • Ergonomic remote control with settings for heat and massage
  • Extra-large to relieve multiple muscle groups
  • 5 different combinations for heat and massage
  • Velcro straps provide storage and travel convenience
  • Multi-functional specially designed to fit a variety of areas on your body

The massage heating pad by Conair is one of the most practical gifts that you can give a person with arthritis. It is the ideal gift for helping soothe away all the aches and pains. You should buy one for your loved one with arthritis and one for yourself too maybe!

Features

  • Cordless operation with recharging base included for convenience and mobility
  • Stylish and ergonomically designed with soft grip handle to fit the palm of your hand for a firm grip
  • Thermal stainless steel wine cooler with durable double wall included
  • Electric wine opener removes corks at the touch of a button
  • Opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge; works with all traditional wine bottles

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.

Features

  • Microwave for heat, or place in Freezer for Ice Cold therapy treatment
  • Easy to use as a cold pack for immediate swelling relief, or as a heat pack for tension relief
  • Signature design keeps gel distributed throughout the entire pack as it forms to your body to provide full coverage around desired area
  • Latex-free nylon packs provide a safe and gentle way to address muscle pain
  • Polyester edging is smooth and leak-resistant for optimal comfort and security

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.

Features

  • Hot and cold settings are heats to 130 degrees fahrenheit and cools to 48 degrees fahrenheit
  • This is a versatile 2 speed unit for gentle or deep massage
  • Comes with multiple attachments to customize massage for different parts of the body
  • The ergonomic design is lightweight and easy to hold

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.

Features

  • Available in a variety of colors (Please select color carefully by reading the options. Colors rotate seasonally and not all colors may be available at all times.)
  • Made in the USA--Includes one single tray and two spacers
  • Removable adjustment spacers provide a more stable fit over a wider variety of walkers (walker not included)
  • Opening for a standard sized mug, cup hole, a recessed area for holding utensils and matted surface for less slipping
  • PLEASE SEE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION BELOW FOR DETAILS AND MEASUREMENTS

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 themself up from the car seat. It is capable of supporting up to 350-pounds.

Features

  • TRACKBALL COMFORT Sculpted shape supports your hand and stays in one place move the cursor without moving your arm
  • CONVENIENT CONTROLS Easy to reach Back/Forward buttons makes moving quickly between documents or browsing your favorite Web sites a breeze
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE With up to 18 months of use from a single AA battery, you might just forget your trackball uses batteries at all
  • EASY TO CLEAN Should you need to clean your trackball, removing the ball is a snap
  • PLUG'N'PLAY CONNECTION Nano sized Logitech wireless unifying receiver stays in your computer plug it in, forget it, even add compatible wireless devices without multiple USB receivers.Wireless operating distance: Approx 10 meters

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.

RELATED GUIDE: Best Computer Mouse for Arthritic Hands

Final Thoughts

I hope that these items help you find a great gift for your loved one with arthritis. Or, at least, gets you thinking of some other ideas.

Of all the 11 items featured here, the automatic wine opener is my favorite because it is unique, practical, and obviously cool. The car cane standing aid and jar opener are other favorites as well.

Do you have other gift ideas for arthritis sufferers? Please share them in the comments below!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

Assistive Technology Professional, Custom Wheelchair Specialist, Medical Equipment Guru, Dad and Grandfather | I am a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not working as a custom wheelchair specialist at a regional home medical equipment company, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's.

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