I don’t know about you guys, but I spend soooo much of time during the holidays counting carbs and trying to justify indulging in just one more dessert. Food is love, and our family loves to cook (and by that I mean I love to cook) and I love dessert. But by the time Christmas rolls around I’m often feeling slightly guilty (and/or high) over some of my choices.
Stocking stuffers are are real problem for me, because my own go to stocking stuffer is…candy. Chocolate. Nothing says “christmas time” like some delicious chocolate, foil-wrapped treat. But those add up, so this year in an attempt to save myself some blood sugar grief, I’ve made a quick reference guide for anyone wanting to get a last minute gift that won’t offend the pancreas.
1. Egyptian magic–a miracle cure for dry diabetic feet, and also just the greatest ever all around moisturizer. love.
2. More Sugar coffee mug, by Ashley Brooke Designs. I may be drinking my coffee black to save carbs, but I cannot resist a super cute sugar reference.
3. Burt’s Bees Sugar scrub— because you can find it at Target and drugstores, so it’s the perfect last minute sugar rush for those of us who shouldn’t actually be eating it.
4. Sugar lip gloss , by Fresh Beauty. I heart these. Again, I love a sugar reference. My pancreas may not process it, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to coat myself in it.
5. iPhone cover (Diabetes Sucks) from CafePress. I mean, any technology friendly gift is always welcome in the stocking, but this feisty number shows that you feel my pain. A sure way to win favor with your diabetic loved one.
6. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream — the best stuff ever. great for moisturizing and general happiness. I believe in the power of coconut. I love it so much I try to work it into all the online shopping guides I’ve ever made. #Loyal.
7. Klein Tools Canvas Pouch — this seems random, I know. But I love bags–total bag lady–and I’d argue that most diabetics have to be. There are so many blood sugar test strips, glucose meters, glucose tablets, syringes, log books, etc to keep up with I’m always looking for a cute new pouch to load everything up in and throw in my purse, or use for travel. This one I love because it’s out of the box and different. It’s inexpensive, and since it’s made for tools it’s sure to be durable enough for all the sharps I have floating around. If you’re not into this specific one, I highly recommend checking out other brands/styles because every diabetic needs a good carrying case!
8. Simply Balanced Fruit Strips –I get mine at Target, but apparently you can get a sweet deal on these with amazon prime. I adore these, not only because they’re tasty, but they are so so handy to carry around for low blood sugar. This isn’t just superfluous candy, this is a legit way to raise blood sugar, sure to satisfy the glucose-tablet-hating-diabetic in your life (aka All Diabetics Ever) Plus BONUS! they’re so slim they take up virtually no room in bags/purses/pockets. Should you want to fill the pouch above with diabetic friendly doo-dads, this is a great place to start.
9. Lancets! This might require intimate knowledge of the recipient, as many of us use different lancets or prefer a specific kind–but work it into conversation, or steal one from the bottom of their purse or the floor of the car (where these things always end up), and get a diabetic something they have to have, but absolutely hate to buy. Do you know how lame it is to go to Walgreens and spend your budget on torturous medical supplies?! It’s not fun. Help them get a head start on the stockpile that every diabetic secretly longs for in order to avoid yet another trip to the drugstore (or..sorry..maybe that’s just me).
Hope that helps!
Happy Last Minute Shopping To All….
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