It is that time of the year again where we look to the near future and see nothing but Christmas lights. The pandemic may have changed the way we celebrate, but some things will stay the same.
Like shopping for gifts!
There are probably plenty of people in your life that you will be getting gifts for. There is a good chance that some of them deal with uncomfortable PMS/PMDD symptoms each month. This post will provide you with gift ideas that may make them feel better each month.
If you don’t deal with hormonal symptoms during your menstrual cycles, you may be unaware of all that us unlucky ones go through. If you do deal with hormonal symptoms during your menstrual cycles, you may not even know all the things one can experience.
I am here to tell you that there are an estimated 150 hormonal symptoms that can plague women/non-binary people during their menstrual cycles. Yikes, right? Here are some of them:
- Abdominal cramps before bleeding starts
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Loose stools or constipation
- Moodiness and/or anxiety
- Itchy skin and scalp
- Cold-like symptoms
- Allergy and asthma flare-ups
- Acne flare-ups and/or oiliness
- Aches and pains
- Sensitivity to smells, sounds, touch and light
- Nausea and vomiting
- Insomnia and/or fatigue
- Brain fog
- UTI symptoms
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Cravings and increased appetite
- Increased thirst
- Night sweats
- Being clumsy, prone to injuries
- Breast pain and/or swelling
There are more than this but I think you get the gist!
Who are these gifts the best for
You really should only get these PMS/PMDD gifts for people you know pretty well. Otherwise, you may be at risk for offending a person. You don’t want to ruin anyone’s holiday!
Giving these gifts is a great way to show you aknowledge what the person goes through each month and really care about their wellbeing. It can also help to maintain and even strengthen relationships that are from afar now since the pandemic started.
The gift ideas are also ones that you could consider buying for yourself if you don’t already have them. You could also put them on a list of ideas for things that others can gift you with.
It is important to note that some of these gift ideas include supplements and teas. You must have the gift recipient (and you) check with their doctor first. I am not a medical professional and I am not telling you what to do.
23 great gift ideas for PMS/PMDD sufferers
- Heated blanket – These are comforting for aches and pains.
- Heat pack– These are comforting for aches and pains.
- Period Repair Manual– This is a wonderful book that will provide a lot of great information and possible solutions for people who have PMS/PMDD and just periods in general.
- Daily Planner and Tracker– This book provides 90 days of planning out the things you need to do and tracking any symptoms you may have- all in one place!
- Book light– These are great for when one is having a hard time sleeping due to where they are in the menstrual cycle. They can get some reading in and possibly end up falling asleep that way.
- Eye mask– These eye masks may help with getting to sleep and/or block out light during the day if one is sensitive to it due to hormones.
- Massager– Getting a massage can help with the aches and pains that can occur with PMS. A massager like the one linked, might not be as good as a massage therapist but it still may be able to provide some relief.
- Tea- There are several teas that may help with PMS/PMDD symptoms. They include fennel (GI upset), chamomile (anxiety and GI upset), red raspberry leaf (GI upset and cramps) and sleep/relaxation (insomnia) teas.
- Mighty Patch– These patches can be placed on pimples to heal them. They are great for people who have acne pop up before their periods begin.
- General prevention/reduction supplements- The supplements that may help make hormonal symptoms better include vitamin B6, Claritin, Pepcid, calcium and magnesium.
- Meclizine– This is a great anti-emetic for people who experience bad stomach upset during certain parts of their menstrual cycles.
- Tummydrops– These are great to suck on when one has an upset stomach due to where they are in their menstrual cycle.
- VapoRub– This is great to rub on aches and pains including the ones that some people experience leading up to their periods.
- Cozy socks– These are just a great gift in general when it comes to staying comfortable!
- Itch relief lotion– This type of lotion is great to give to people who get itchy during certain days of their menstrual cycles.
- Variety pack of healthy snacks– Many people get cravings and increased appetite before their periods start. Because of this, a package of healthy snacks may be appreciated.
- DIY Beauty Book– This is a great book to give to PMS/PMDD sufferers who like to pamper themselves. There own homemade products can be part of their self-care routine!
- LED light therapy– The LED light therapy mask product is another thing that can be part of a PMS/PMDD sufferer’s self-care routine. There are seven different colors that do various things for one’s skin. Red LED may also help with one’s mood and pain.
- Motivational water bottle– Drinking enough water is an important thing for everyone. While a water bottle is not really specific to PMS/PMDD, it still makes a great gift and encourages healthy habits.
- Gatorade– Some people have POTS flare-ups a few days before they start there periods. Gatorade is a good gift for them because it really helps lesson the symptoms.
- Vital Protein Chocolate Collagen Powder Supplement– This product is another thing that is not specific to PMS/PMDD but it may have desirable benefits anyways. These benefits include reducing signs of aging and help with joint pain.
- Coffee K-Cups- Many people like receiving coffee K-Cups. If your gift recipient experiences a lot of fatigue and brain fog during their menstrual cycles- they may really appreciate getting some! Starbucks’ Cafe Verona K-Cups are particularly popular with people and ones to consider.
- D-Mannose– This is a powder that has helped prevent and treat a lot of people’s UTIs. A UTI is not specific to people with PMS/PMDD but I still wanted to include it on this list. No one wants to deal with nasty UTIs or antibiotics so D-Mannose might be a good option to try for yourself and/or give as a gift!
Bundling some of these up to give to your wonderful PMS/PMDD sufferer is a great option. Here are some bundle ideas:
- The Comfy Bibliophile (for calming down and relaxation)- A heated blanket and the Period Repair Manual book.
- The Insomniac (for help falling asleep)- Calming teas, book light and an eye mask.
- The Tea Lover ( for various PMS/PMDD symptoms)- Teas from #8 and a nice mug (like these ones).
- The Skincare and Beauty Lover (for treating hormonal skin issues)- Mighty Patch (#9), Vital Protein Chocolate Collagen Powder and DIY Beauty Book (#17).
- Tummy Troubles (for treating bad hormonal stomach issues)- Tea (fennel, chamomile and red raspberry leaf), vitamin B6, Meclizine and Tummydrops.
- The Uncomfy Person (for sensory sensitivity issues and/or aches)- Itch relief lotion, cozy socks, eye mask, heat pack and Vaporub. You could also add in a bottle of Tylenol.
- The “I Must Eat” Person (for helping with hormonal hunger and thirst)- Variety snack pack and Gatorade. You could also throw in coffee K-Cups to this bundle as well.
- Prevention Is Key (for possibly preventing and reducing symptoms)- Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, Claritin and red raspberry leaf tea.
There are other ways you can bundle the gifts. Get creative and have fun with it!
Make the holidays special
I hope that the list I provided helps you come up with gifts that a person in your life who deals with PMS/PMDD will feel pleasantly surprised to receive. If you are buying these things for yourself- I hope they serve you well! I know I sure have my eye on a couple of them.
Are you excited for the holidays (if you celebrate them)? How are you celebrating this year?
Thanks for reading!
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