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19 (Life-enhancing) Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Pain

Shopping for one of the 36 million people who suffer from chronic pain worldwide? Then you’re probably looking for a gift that will make their life a bit easier. Choose a present to help them manage their condition or opt for something to simply distract them from their discomfort.

Gifts for people in pain

Top Pain-Relieving Picks

Help your loved one live with their condition by choosing one of our quick top picks below, or read on for even more innovative products.

The Good Body’s guide to the most thoughtful chronic pain gifts

1. Shakti Mat Premium Acupressure Mat

A spiky way to soothe their pain

Buying someone a mat covered in spikes when they’re living with pain might seem a little strange.

However acupressure therapy has been shown to be a great natural pain relief option for many types of discomfort.

Covered in 6,000 spikes, it helps to increase blood flow and circulation, encouraging the release of endorphins.

These endorphins help to reduce pain and evoke a sense of calm and relaxation.

Worried it looks painful?

Here at The Good Body we’ve been reviewing acupressure mats for years, and we’ve found they can be at first.

However you quickly get used to the sensation and the results are more than worth it.

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2. Bloom Daily Chronic Illness Planner

Journaling about daily pain can really help someone struggling to make sense of their condition.

This chronic illness planner is ideal as it provides them with space to track their good days and bad days, and record activities to see what triggers their condition.

Plus there are practical tools for tracking expenses and logging appointments.

With an inspiring quote on the cover, there are even coloring pages inside that are sure to be a welcome distraction.

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3. Theragun mini

Pain relief that powers into the muscles

Wrap up the Theragun mini and you’re giving your loved one a powerful way to treat their pain at home.

This mighty device delivers percussion massage therapy deep into the muscle tissue, loosening knots and promoting relaxation.

We reviewed the Theragun mini in detail after months of testing and found it to be a powerful tool for pain relief.

Available in a range of stylish colors, it offers three levels of intensity and 150 minutes of battery life when fully charged.

Theragun are renowned for creating some of the best massage guns on the market. Their mini combines their signature power with portability to create the ultimate on-the-go pain relief tool.

If you like the sound of percussion therapy, but want to spend a little less, then there are a number of highly-rated Theragun alternatives to consider.

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4. iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager

A massage pillow that will fit seamlessly into their home

Slip this pillow massager onto the sofa of someone special and they have a masseuse on hand when they need it.

iReliev have really hit the mark with this massager — it even made our best massage cushion shortlist.

With two-way kneading massage nodes that move in a circular motion it’s a great tool for someone who is struggling.

Complete with infrared ceramic bulbs it can also deliver penetrating heat, making it a solid alternative to a hot water bottle for soothing discomfort.

Don’t just think of it as just a back pain relief product either, this can be used anywhere on your body (we find it particularly good for tight calf muscles!).

Available in four stylish colors, it will fit seamlessly into their home and also makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

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5. Near Infrared Red Light Therapy Device

Light therapy that penetrates straight to your joints

Near infrared red light therapy is proven to help reduce pain, so what better gift could you wrap up than this nifty little device?

It delivers therapy through two specific wavelengths, both of which are shown through research to reduce inflammation.

100mw/cm2 is thought to be the optimum reach for red light therapy and this device surpasses that, allowing the user to tailor their treatment depending on the level and location of their pain.

It’s easy to operate and has rave reviews, making it the ideal gift for someone who is struggling with daily pain.

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6. Mission Farms Relieve CBD Roll-On

Roll on the healing benefits of CBD

Over the last few years the CBD market has exploded, as people realize how powerful it can be for pain, so why not purchase a CBD Roll-On?

It’s a great pain relief option that anyone can just throw in their bag and use on the go.

As a simple roll-on, it’s also a good introduction if the person you’re buying for is interested in CBD but doesn’t want to ingest it.

Mission Farms was formed by a group of families who wanted to grow the purest hemp. In their fields in Oregon, the hemp plants are grown without any chemicals or pesticides, instead simply fed by sunlight and water.

With 250mg of full spectrum CBD, essential oils and organic flavorings, it’s one of the purest products on the market.

Plus the packaging is beautiful, making Mission Farm products some of the best gifts for people living with pain.

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7. Stress Less Cards

Give someone you love 50 ways to unwind

Living with daily pain can be really stressful. Give someone you love new ways to unwind with this deck of Stress Less Cards.

It’s a great toolkit, with each card in the pack containing a different exercise to slow the body’s stress response and encourage the mind to relax.

Based on the principles of mindfulness, some cards include guided meditations, a practice which has been shown to help reduce pain, particularly back pain.

Other cards ask you to perform certain actions, such as breaking a routine, to allow you to discover new ways to reduce stress in your everyday life.

Recommended by health care professionals, many bought the pack and shared the cards amongst family and friends.

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8. Turmeric Bliss by adagio teas

Pour a hot tasty cup of pain relief

There are a number of herbal teas considered to be powerful for pain relief, and turmeric is one of them.

However don’t settle for a basic herbal tea. Treat someone to a box of turmeric bliss from adagio teas.

In this blend, turmeric is combined with ginger (another great remedy for pain) and peppercorn to soothe the body and awaken the senses.

Inside the box there are 15 envelopes containing loose leaves that will create the most wonderful flavor.

Many use the tea to fight inflammation within their body, loving how they can drink it before bed to help them unwind.

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9. iReliev Premium TENS + EMS Pain Relief & Recovery

Give them the ultimate control over their pain relief

If your loved one hasn’t tried a TENS machine, then what are they waiting for?!

A TENS unit has many benefits, particularly for pain, and this model really does offer a wide range of features.

With six EMS (which has its own range of health advantages!) and eight TENS modes, it will give them the ultimate control over their pain relief.

One of the best TENS units available, iReliev’s device ships with two different sizes of electrodes, so you can position the pads right at the route of the pain, which made it a hit with those reviewing the product.

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10. Cure Choice Large Electric Heating Pad

Replace their hot water bottle with something much toastier!

If a hot water bottle doesn’t cover their painful area then wrap up the comfort of the Cure Choice Large Electric Heating Pad.

With a substantial size of 12”x24”, it’s ideal for covering a wide area, for example if someone suffers from back pain or menstrual cramps.

Made from soft microplush fibers, the blanket is of a high quality and feels gentle on your skin.

You can enjoy multiple settings, low, medium and high, and it can be used moist or dry.

Users of the mat loved how quickly it heated, making it not just a hit with humans, but cats too!

Many also commented how powerful and reliable the mat was compared to other heating pads they’d tried in the past.

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11. Muse S (Gen 2)

An innovative way to embrace meditation

Research shows that meditation can work wonders for pain — no wonder the statistics show that so many people are embracing the practice!

However if you can’t imagine your loved one sitting cross-legged and burning incense, there is another way.

Treat them to the Muse S headband that they can slip on to understand what’s going on inside their brain.

Real-time brainwave feedback (EEG) will teach them how to focus more effectively when their condition tries to distract them.

With a range of sleep soundscapes, referred to as Digital Sleeping Pills, it’s also a great meditation gift for anyone whose pain is keeping them awake at night.

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12. Overcoming Chronic Pain Through Yoga: The Therapeutic Art of Mindful Movement

Discover the power of yoga for pain relief

This best selling book is the ideal gift for someone who is trying to overcome their chronic pain on both a physical and emotional level.

Qat Wanders is a passionate yogi who used the power of yoga and mindfulness to help her deal with daily debilitating chronic pain.

The benefits of yoga have shown the practice to be an effective treatment for pain, particularly back pain, however this is more than simply a book of poses to try.

The content of the book focuses on changing your mindset, practicing mindful movement techniques and making interesting lifestyle adjustments.

It’s all about changing the way a person looks at their situation, so a thoughtful gift for someone who might be struggling with stress associated with their condition.

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13. Rose Essential Oil 100% Pure Organic Therapeutic Grade

Treat someone to the soothing scents of rose

Not only does rose oil smell wonderful, but research has also found it can be effective in managing pain.

This small bottle of Rose Essential Oil from Rainbow Abby makes the perfect little stocking stuffer.

Made from 100% pure organic and undiluted oil, it’s a high quality product that can be dabbed on a pillow before bed or bathed in.

You could also choose to add a diffuser to your cart and they can fill their room with this beautiful scent.

Shoppers struggled to put the fragrance into words, loving how long-lasting it was, particularly when used with a diffuser.

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14. The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress

Two simple squishy balls that can perform a miracle

Has your someone special tried the Miracle Ball Method for their pain?

The Miracle Ball Method was developed by dancer Elaine Petrone, who experienced a back and leg injury and had exhausted every treatment option.

After experimenting with two simple squishy balls she began to heal herself and is now sharing her technique with others.

The Miracle Ball Method kit ships with two balls and a detailed book that helps you understand how to use them for different conditions.

Many who purchased the miracle balls, claimed they performed an actual miracle! People also loved that it was a gentle method of treating pain that was easy to master.

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15. iReliev Leg & Foot Air Compression System

Experience an air compression massage

You might take one look at the iReliev Leg & Foot Air Compression System and wonder how space boots can help someone with chronic pain!

However if your loved one is struggling with leg or foot pain in particular, it might be just what they need.

All they have to do is put on the compression boots and air bags inside the product start inflating and deflating to deliver an air massage.

The system is designed to relieve tired and achy muscles, and boost your circulation.

Pain warriors couldn’t believe how much the boots had helped, with the heat providing welcome relaxation.

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16. ComfortSpa Reading Pillow Bed Wedge

For resting, reading and rejuvenating

Shopping for someone with back pain? Then treat them to the ComfortSpa Bed Pillow.

Though it looks like a simple cushion, it actually helps to support your neck and back, encouraging a more natural alignment.

Containing shredded foam and with a velour cover, it’s a high quality pillow they can use in bed or on the couch when they want to relax.

It even has handy storage pockets for their phone, glasses or tv remote!

Many people suffering with discomfort in their back loved how this pillow offered them real support so they could relax fully in their favorite spot.

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17. CrateJoy House Plant Box

Fresh plants delivered to your door

When you live with daily pain it can get you down and sometimes you just need a distraction to help lift your mood.

Give someone special a new house plant each month from Crate Joy!

Each house plant delivered is grown in California and ships with advice from a plant expert on its origins and how to take care of it.

They might also get a little surprise like a planter or display stand, so it’s certainly a gift they’ll look forward to receiving each month.

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18. Calming Lavender Heat Pillow

A toasty little stocking stuffer

We know heat has a positive impact on pain and we’re sure gifts probably do too!

So combine both by gifting this Calming Lavender Heat Pillow.

With a 100% cotton exterior it contains a mix of locally sourced barley and lavender.

Place it in the microwave for one or two minutes and the pillow will ooze muscle-relaxing warmth.

Not just that, but the lavender will ensure it also smells wonderful — what a treat for someone who needs to unwind.

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19. Home Chef Meal Kit Service

Create delicious meals from prepared ingredients delivered to your door

Remembering to eat healthy when you’re exhausted from your pain can be really difficult, so why not give the gift of a Home Chef Meal Kit?

Home Chef deliver menu cards and prepared ingredients right to their door, so they can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal with minimal effort.

Each week they can shortlist the meals they’d like to try, so they can still enjoy their favorites.

You can pick the amount that you want to spend and email across the voucher so they can start using your present straightaway.

Plus there are lots of healthy meals to choose from, so ideal if you’re shopping for a health nut.

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Give their mental health a boost

Living with pain doesn’t just take its toll on your physical health, it can be draining mentally, too.

If you’re still looking for gift ideas why not take a look at our list of positive energy gifts to give their mood a boost!

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.