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18 Thoughtful Gifts for People with Diabetes

Updated: 11/19/21 2:00 pmPublished: 11/19/21
By Lindsay Modglin

Looking for the right gift for a loved one with diabetes? Here’s a helpful list to get your holiday shopping started – from helpful gadgets to food plan subscriptions and more.

Finding the right gift for someone with diabetes can feel like a challenge. We want our loved ones to know how grateful we are for them, but many of us worry about choosing the wrong items.

Everyone with diabetes is unique. Some follow a strict diet, others use insulin pumps, and some just want to enjoy life without thinking about their condition 24/7. Despite these individual preferences, there’s one thing we all have in common: We love a thoughtful gift!

With the help of this simple guide on gifts for diabetes, you won't be struggling with ideas this holiday season!

[Editor’s note: We did not receive any incentive for promoting these products and we receive no benefits from any purchases made using this gift guide.]

1) Vivo Diabetes Program Gift Certificate, from $139.00

Vivo Fitness, an interactive fitness program tailored to people 55 and over, is launching a brand new Vivo Diabetes Program in January. This comprehensive program runs for 12 weeks and includes two Vivo Fitness sessions each week. Another selling factor is the program's weekly group nutrition education sessions taught by a dietician expert in diabetes management.

Participants can be as active as their bodies will allow, and Vivo's high-tech fitness platform is safe for those with diabetes-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, and retinopathy. You can buy a gift certificate for users to put toward their program here.

2) The Wellness Planner from Life & Apples, $24.99

This daily motivational planner focuses on healthy living, body, and mind. It features a one-of-a-kind layout for tracking foods, exercise, meal planning, and habits. The planner also includes daily gratitude and affirmations for ongoing inspiration, which are perfect for those living with a chronic illness.

The weekly and monthly planning pages help keep track of important dates, with room for daily notes. It includes a convenient pen holder and an inner pocket for storing important documents. This simple tool can make all the difference in keeping busy people on track with their health goals!

3) Myabetic Bag for Diabetes Supplies, from $48.00

These beautifully crafted bags are designed specifically for people living with diabetes. Myabetic has created a bag that is stylish, discreet, and great for keeping the necessary diabetes essentials close at hand. With a variety of styles, colors, and patterns to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect fit – regardless of age or gender.

Each bag is made from premium materials with plenty of room for snacks, medications, and much more. Most also feature an insulated compartment for insulin. Myabetic bags are an ideal gift for those living with diabetes.

4) Insulin Pump Belt from Glucology, $29.95

Know someone who uses an insulin pump? Glucology has you covered with sleek pump belts designed specifically for people using insulin pumps. Made from a high-performance fabric, the belt is lightweight, soft to the touch, and breathable.

Designed with comfort in mind, these pump belts are free of zippers, clips, and any other bulky hardware that may irritate the skin. With their slim and functional design,  Glucology pump belts are the perfect accessory for people who use insulin pumps.

5) Winter Socks by HeatHolders, from $9.99

Curated for diabetes, heat holders socks are an ideal gift this holiday season. Beautifully crafted with premium thermal heat technology, these socks provide warmth, comfort, and durability for everyday wear.

Even better, they come in styles for both men and women, with both ankle and crew sock options. They're also non-binding, making them a diabetes-friendly winter sock option.

6) BistroMD Diabetic-Friendly Meal Plan, varies

Everyone needs a little help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to meal planning. BistroMD offers a diabetes-friendly meal program that delivers all the ingredients you'll need right to your door.

A registered dietician carefully plans each menu, which includes 25 grams or less of net carbs for healthy blood sugar control. The meals are easy to prepare and customizable to individual needs. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner options like Peanut Butter Crepe With Strawberry Compote and Beef And Vegetable Stew With Burgundy Wine— your taste buds will never be bored.

7) Custom Engraved Diabetes Medical ID Bracelet by Lauren’s Hope, from $16.99

Medical alert jewelry is often necessary for people living with diabetes, but the options aren't always stylish. That's where Lauren's Hope comes in. Their customizable medical bracelets are crafted with beautiful engraving options for men, women, and children.

Whether you're looking for an elegant design or something with a bit more flash, you'll find what you need at Lauren's Hope. They also offer engraving for up to 5 conditions or allergies, making them ideal for people living with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

8) Sugar Smart Snack Box by CrateJoy, $27.95/month

This snack box compiles a variety of low-carb, keto, and diabetes-friendly goodies into one convenient package. With more than seven low sugar snacks in each box, you'll never be without a satisfying treat.

Each included snack has no more than 5 grams of sugar per serving. And since all snacks are low in carbs, they won't cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Protein bars, drink mixes, cookies, and more are included in each box – with different snacks changing with each season.

9) Indoor and Outdoor Cozy Diabetes-Friendly Slippers from Silverts, $46.48

These cozy slippers from Silverts make a wonderful gift for anyone living with diabetes. They're especially good for people who spend a lot of time both indoors and outdoors.

Each pair is slip-resistant with adjustable closures for accommodating swelling. They're also waterproof and feature an Easy Touch adjustable hook and loop fastener system. So whether you like to wander around the house or run an errand, these slippers provide comfort and security.

10) Diabetes Awareness Shirt from Etsy, varies

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For those who choose to wear their heart on their sleeve, Etsy offers a large selection of diabetes awareness shirts and sweatshirts. Since Etsy is a seller’s platform, you're sure to find something for every size and style.

Most Etsy sellers also customize their products, so each item comes personalized according to your specifications. Your diabetes awareness shirt is guaranteed to be unique and will help support the cause.

11) Insulin Pump Pocket Clothes from Revel Wear, from $24.99

Another wonderful option for those with insulin pumps, Revel Wear delivers both convenience and comfort with their line of insulin pump pocket clothes. Each piece is made to accommodate traditional insulin pumps z- so it's always secure.

Revel Wear makes a variety of pocket clothes for children and adults, each crafted from high-quality fabrics that are moisture-wicking and breathable. This ensures comfort no matter what the weather is like outside.

12) Cookbook from the American Diabetes Association, $29.95

We love the American Diabetes Association's cookbooks, and anyone living with diabetes will too. Not only do they offer a variety of delicious recipes, but each one is also easy to follow, making them accessible no matter what your skill level.

The ADA has been publishing cookbooks for over 25 years – which gives it ample time to perfect its craft. Loaded with a complete month of recipes tailored to the dietary recommendation of people with diabetes, this cookbook will be a welcome addition to their library.

13) Fitbit Charge 5 Smart Watch, $179.95

While not directly related to diabetes, Fitbit's Charge 5 is worth the mention. This smartwatch can help create healthier habits and routines with exercise modes, sleep tracking, and silent alarms that can help those with diabetes manage their medication routines and more!

Beyond the health benefits, this watch boasts many great features in an attractive package. It offers interchangeable wristbands in a variety of colors and styles to suit every taste – making it a practical gift for many.

14) Diabetes Awareness Water Bottle from 64Hydro, from 29.95

Drink water in style with these helpful water bottles from 64Hydro. This BPA-free reusable water bottle holds up to 32 ounces of your favorite beverage. It's also dishwasher safe, so each time you refill it—it looks just as great!

We love that these water bottles have a time marker to help measure how much water you've consumed during the day. This is an important aspect of staying hydrated since they recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Not only is 64Hydro great for keeping all beverages cool, but it's also a wonderful way to support diabetes awareness and prevention!

15) Diabetics’ Dry Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream from CeraVe, from $9.97

Protect your loved one's delicate skin with a few easy applications of this wonderful lotion from CeraVe. This non-greasy formula soothes dry, irritated skin by deeply penetrating the surface. It can be applied as often as needed, making it a practical gift idea to add to your list.

CeraVe understands the importance of knowing what goes into the products you use every day. That's why every product is made with ceramides to strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier and ingredients like niacinamide, known for its moisturizing properties. This ensures that those living with diabetes can keep their skin healthy and smooth – without a lot of work! We think this product would make a great stocking stuffer or gift basket addition.

16) TruEats Brownie Mix, $9.95

Coping with a sweet tooth can be a challenging aspect of living with diabetes – but it doesn't have to be. With TruEats, they can make delicious brownies in just minutes with this simple mix! Not only do they taste great, but they're also packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied longer. Plus, they're made with plant-based, natural ingredients that are also low glycemic and gluten-free!

These brownies embody the spirit of healthy convenience – they're easy to make and you can feel good about the ingredients. For the person who never met chocolate they didn't like, TruEats is a wonderful gift to give them this year!

17) OKRA Care’s Subscription Service for Diabetes Management Supplies, $29.99

We know that diabetes supplies aren't always affordable, which is why we're highlighting this subscription from OKRA. OKRA Care has designed a subscription service that cuts out the middleman, ensuring that essential diabetes supplies are more accessible to those who need them. Their well-designed packaging is sleek and makes for a smart choice to give someone who may be seeking a better way to manage their health.

The starter kit includes the OKRA glucometer, 150 test strips, 150 30G lancets, one OKRA pouch, control solution, battery, an OKRA guide, and all-in-one progress tracking log book. No insurance is required, and the subscription box ships for free directly to the customer.

18. Digital Kitchen Scale from Etekcity, $16.99

This smart kitchen scale from Etekcity is not only practical, but it's also stylish. This digital scale weighs up to 11 pounds and automatically adjusts the weight measurements based on what’s placed on it. It can measure in grams (g), ounces (oz), pounds (lb), and milliliters (ml). The included bowl is the perfect tool for measuring liquids and smaller foods.

It's a great gift for those who love to cook and bake – and it's also ideal for those with dietary restrictions. No matter what they're whipping up in the kitchen, this scale will help them track their progress and ensure that they're not going overboard on any one ingredient.

About Lindsay Modglin

Lindsay Modglin is a nurse, writer, and digital marketing expert for the healthcare industry. She holds a professional certificate in Scientific Writing from Stanford University School of Medicine. As a passionate advocate for science-backed content, she loves to help others create captivating material that supports scientific research and education. Learn more about Lindsay and connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Lindsay Modglin is a nurse, writer, and digital marketing expert for the healthcare industry. She holds a professional certificate in Scientific Writing from Stanford University School of Medicine. As a... Read the full bio »