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17 Thoughtful Gifts For Rheumatoid Arthritis

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27 Feb 2024
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Gifts for rheumatoid arthritis can be a thoughtful and practical way to show a loved one that you’re thinking of them.

We've put together a list of 17 of the best gifts for someone with rheumatoid arthritis so that you can show your support, enhance their comfort, and bring a smile to their face with thoughtful and practical presents designed to make each day a little easier and more enjoyable.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

There are many types of arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is perhaps one of the more common varieties.

It is a chronic disorder that is thought to impact over 18 million people worldwide, 70% of these being women. The condition mostly affects the joints and causes swelling, discomfort and limited mobility, often in the hands, wrists and feet.

Individuals with RA typically experience symmetrical joint pain, meaning it affects both sides of the body simultaneously. The joints of the hands and feet are commonly affected, but RA can also impact larger joints and other organs. 

Morning stiffness and fatigue are hallmark symptoms that make daily activities challenging for those with the condition.

It’s important to show both emotional and physical support to a loved one with rheumatoid arthritis, and gifts can be an excellent way to show you’re thinking of them.

17 Gifts For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Good gifts for rheumatoid arthritis tend to be things that can have a lasting impact on day-to-day activities or can remove discomfort. 

Here are some of our top recommendations:

1. Springrose Adaptive Bra

A close up of the Springrose arthritis bra as a woman hooks her finger through a ring at the end of a velcro strap.

    The Springrose Adaptive Bra, designed for easy wear with its front-fastening velcro straps, soft fabric, and adjustable design, is an ideal choice for those with rheumatoid arthritis. It prioritizes comfort and convenience in dressing.

    If you don’t feel like you can buy an adaptive bra for a friend or loved one, you could also look into gift cards to help them buy an arthritis bra themselves.

    Shop the Springrose Easy on Mobility Bra

    2. Heated Blanket

    A heated blanket can be the perfect option for targeted warmth that offers relief to joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Heat can help to relieve stiffness and heated blankets, hot water bottles or even heated jackets can offer targeted relief. They also create a cozy and soothing environment for relaxation and sleep.

    3. eReader or Kindle

    Book lovers with rheumatoid arthritis can find it difficult to hold heavy books and turn pages. An eReader or Kindle eliminates the physical strain and allows for a more comfortable reading experience. There are also options for bigger fonts for a more accessible way to take in those exciting stories.

    4. Thick Pens and Stationary

    Thick pens and stationery with ergonomic designs make writing more accessible for those with arthritis. They reduce strain on the hands and provide a comfortable grip.

    5. Ergonomic Mouse

    An ergonomic mouse is designed to minimize hand and wrist strain during computer use. It's a thoughtful gift for those with rheumatoid arthritis who spend extended periods on the computer. There are lots of different options to choose from in different shapes to suit those with specific problem areas.

    6. Hand Warmers

    Gifts For Rheumatoid Arthritis: a close up of a woman's hands holding a hand warmer

    Hands are often the source of discomfort for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Electric hand warmers can offer relief to achy joints. They are compact and portable, making them convenient for use in various settings. They’re also perfect for gifting because they come in so many styles and colors. 

    7. Massage Tools

    Massage tools provide targeted relief to sore muscles and joints. They are particularly useful for easing tension and promoting relaxation in areas affected by rheumatoid arthritis. There are manual options but if you’re looking to splash out on a gift for a loved one, it might be worth exploring electric massagers.

    8. Touch Padlock

    Padlocks can be one of those smaller household items that become really time-consuming if you need to use them regularly with limited dexterity. A touch padlock with keyless entry is the perfect security option for those with limited mobility or arthritis.

    There are lots of different options available for smart locks that are ideal for accessibility.

    9. Ergonomic Gardening Tools

    Gardening becomes more enjoyable with ergonomic tools designed for ease of use. These tools and supports reduce strain on joints, allowing those with rheumatoid arthritis to pursue their passion for gardening comfortably.

    10. Lid Opener

    An electric lid opener is a handy tool for easily opening jars and bottles if your loved one likes to cook. These devices reduce the strain on fingers and wrists and can remove discomfort to make cooking and baking more enjoyable. 

    11. Ergonomic Kitchen Utensils

    Gifts For Rheumatoid Arthritis: a collection of kitchen items

    Similarly, adaptive kitchen utensils with ergonomic designs make cooking and meal preparation more accessible for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Things with improved grip are especially useful for those who struggle with hand and wrist mobility.

    12. Muscle and Joint Balm

    A muscle and joint balm can provide localized relief for areas affected by arthritis. Try including it in a pamper and relaxation kits with essential oils, lotions and candles to help your loved one truly relax.

    13. Streaming Subscriptions

    Streaming subscriptions can be the perfect option for a tailored and thoughtful gift that appeals to a loved one’s interests but doesn’t require extensive use of areas impacted by arthritis. You could look into music, sport, movie or game subscriptions or even explore options like audiobooks.

    14. Steering Wheel Cover

    Massage steering wheel covers can add grip and enhance comfort for drivers. Car accessories that improve the driving experience can make great gifts for those with rheumatoid arthritis.

    15. Jewelry Assistant

    Gifts For Rheumatoid Arthritis: a close up of an older woman's neck and her gold necklace

    A jewelry assistant tool simplifies the process of putting on and removing jewelry. If you’d like to buy a loved one with rheumatoid arthritis a bracelet or jewelry as a gift, it can be a good idea to also get a tool that means they can put on the gift independently.

    16. Smart Watch

    A smartwatch can be a convenient way to access notifications and keep tabs on health and wellbeing. Smart watches often allow for hands-free messaging which can be useful if typing or texting is difficult.

    17. Anti-Fatigue Mats

    Anti-fatigue mats offer comfort for joints in areas where individuals with arthritis stand for extended periods, such as the kitchen or a workspace. There are options available in a number of sizes and they can be very effective in reducing discomfort.

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