gift ideas for a Type 1 Diabetic

5 + 1 Great gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic

Are you thinking about gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic friend? Coming up with gift ideas for our loved ones is always hard! But for us type 1 diabetics, there is hope! We made a list of five + one gift ideas that can delight or be of use to a fellow type 1 diabetic.

1. All things Withings & Fitbit

The first item is actually a bunch of items that all work with our free Dottli app. Just about every Withings and Fitbit product will sync with Dottli and help us to automate our daily value logging. Their selection includes a blood pressure meter, a weight scale, activity trackers/smart watches, thermometers and so on. A blood pressure meter in particular is an important item for every diabetic to have, because long term high BP is damaging for our veins, kidneys and eyes. Steady monitoring can alert us in time if the pressure levels have climbed too high. These benefits make them very good gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic friend.

Next up are some affordable accessories and other goods that make for great gift ideas.

2. The cookbook for diabetics

Of course there is no longer  a need for “diabetic diet”. But having a cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes with calculated at-a-glance nutritional information is very helpful. It means that you don’t have to estimate the carbs in your meals. You know it exactly and just like that your diabetes management gets easier! Get it from Diabetes UK!

3. The Spibelt

This elastic belt goes with me on every jog. It feels good against my skin, doesn’t cause chafing and I can fit my insulin pump and carb gels in it. When you don’t have suitable pockets, spibelt works great.

4. Keeping your insulins cool

When you need to keep your insulins chilled, Frio helps. The manufacturer promises Frio will keep your insulin cool for a minimum of 45 hours. So for those hot days, this product will help. A lot of users are also reporting that when exposed to warm water instead of cold, the Frio can prevent your insulins from freezing. It works both ways!

5. Myabetic diabetes cases and purses

Nothing beats a good case for diabetic supplies! A lot of diabetics like to craft their own diabetic supply purses, but Myabetic makes great cases for diabetic supplies too! Their main target audience seems to be female, but their assortment has some options for manlier taste too!

+1. Diabetes Wall Calendar for 2017

And the plus one! A Finnish non profit diabetes community called “Diabetesseura Plasma” made a wall calendar for next year. The calendar is in Finnish and the weeks start from Monday, but other than that, it is very usable for all languages. The calendar was made for raising awareness of what it’s like to live with t1d, what are the differences of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and proper first aid for unconscious diabetics. Oh and all the calendar models are nude and type 1 diabetics, much like the t1dexposed project which inspired the calendar. All proceeds go to the non profit association behind the calendar. Find it here.

That’s it! If you’d like, leave a comment with your own recommendations of gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic friend!