My favorite Gifts for Migraine Sufferers is getting an update for 2021 and it's a combination of things that will either bring a little bit of joy, make life easier, or help ease dizzy or painful days.
Whether you're gifting to yourself or to someone you know who is struggling with a migraine or vestibular disorder, it's important to take into account our limitations. Doing so can prevent the dreaded candle gift that is just too overwhelming for someone with a scent sensitivity.
I cannot express the gratitude we feel when we get a migraine care package of food that actually fits our diet plan, versus a box of chocolates or roasted nuts! Here are a few of the things I own that make life with vestibular migraine a little bit easier.
Gifts for the Foodie
These gifts for people with migraine are perfect for those who love to cook or are just getting into cooking as a way to help them in their journey to healing.
- The Wand by PureWine - I have a post on how to use wine wands, but they actually work. What makes these different from the drops you might fine elsewhere is they’re the only product that removes both sulfites and histamines from the wine without adding anything to it or changing the flavor. In fact, even if you don’t have migraine, these work by restoring your wine to the original flavor even if it’s been open a few days. If you are like me and have trouble drinking certain wines, especially reds, you may want to give this a try. 20% off with code SAVE20 direct or available on Amazon without the discount.
- The Dizzy Cook Cookbook - This is my best selling cookbook and it brings you natural treatments, my story with vestibular migraine, and lots of comfort food recipes that fit a migraine diet. Endorsed by leading neurologists, like Dr. David Buchholz of Heal Your Headache and Dr. Shin Beh of Victory Over Vestibular Migraine, it's well-rounded with lots of tips to get you cooking meals the whole family will love. And even if you're vegetarian, over 70 recipes of the 90+ can be made veggie-friendly. If you order directly from me at The Dizzy Cook Shop, which supports this website vs. Amazon, I'll sign it directly to you or a friend. You can also sign up for private consultations and cooking classes there as well.
- The Mediterranean Migraine Diet Cookbook - Written in partnership with my neurologist, Dr. Shin Beh, we discuss this popular diet and how it can be used to improve brain health by incorporating key food groups. This is not elimination based, but if you are following an elimination diet, the recipes have edits for them. You can get signed copies for a special gift.
- A Good Dutch Oven - This is an investment piece, but there are some really reasonable brands like Lodge, which is a great way to start. If you're looking for something that you can keep for years (and pass down to other family), consider investing in a classic Le Creuset. I've had mine for 6-10 years and it's still beautiful. A dutch oven is a heavy cast iron pot that has a tight fitting lid that can move easily from the stove top to the oven, so it's ideal for pot roast, pulled pork, and other items that require braising. I even love it for soups and oven-baked rice pilaf.
- Non-toxic Pans- Throw out the coated pans and switch to stainless steel, cast iron or anodized non-stick. For stainless steel, I use Made In. For cast iron I use Le Crueset and Lodge, and for anodized, I like Sur La Table!
- FishFixe Subscription - A lot of us struggle to find quality seafood in the middle of the country, and that's where FishFixe is great to help! A box of frozen, fresh seafood that gets delivered to your door, it's a great way to get in your omega-3's for brain health. Use code THEDIZZYCOOK15 for a discount.
- Air Fryer Lid or Air Fryer - If you already own a 6qt instant pot, this air fryer lid is a natural add on that doesn't require a ton of extra space for a full air fryer. It's good for 2 people. And I love my Cosori now that my family has grown. Air fryers are great at cooking weeknight meals quickly and easily, as well as crisping up potatoes or vegetables without extra oil. Here are some of my favorite air fryer recipes. Also if you're highly sensitive to strong smelling food, this tends to be less noticeable than a slow cooker.
- Onion Glasses - Or for those on a migraine diet - shallot glasses. These nerdy specs shield your eyes from chopping anything that might make you tear up and potentially trigger an attack.
- Good Decaf Coffee - A small business I love is Farm House Coffee Roasters, which makes Swiss Water Decaf that many Dizzy Cook readers including myself tolerate really well. If you miss really good coffee while eliminating caffeine, definitely look into ordering a bag from Andrew, who is a fellow vestibular migraine friend. He understands good coffee and the importance of avoiding migraine attacks to bring the perfect pairing to us! Get 15% off with the code #dizzycook.
- Instant Pot - This usually goes on sale around the holidays and is one of my top suggestions for anyone cooking with a chronic illness. It easily makes homemade stocks and broths in about 30-40 minutes, versus the 4-12 hours it normally can take. It can help you whip up a healthy soup in just one cooking pan in under 20 minutes. And it can make great shredded meat like this Chicken Tinga filling or Pulled Pork in less than an hour. Although I do think the flavor is better when slow cooked, it is also great for anyone who struggles with a quick build up of tyramine.
- 88 Acres Seed Butters and Seed Bars - A great company that makes great quality seed butters like pumpkin seed, watermelon seed, and sunflower seed. They also have really delicious cinnamon seed bars. If you are sensitive to nuts like myself, you'll really love this alternative. I also love Gratisfied for one that considers blood sugar balance!
- Immersion Blender - Instead of transferring heavy, hot soups from a pot to a blender to get them smooth, this handy tool can help you whip up homemade mayo or blend a soup right in it's cooking pot. I also find it to be less loud and noisy for those who are sound sensitive.
- Pretty Thai Sweet Chili Sauce - Another favorite small business, this Texas company makes the best sweet chili sauce that all my Dizzy Cook friends rave about. Made with minimal ingredients, it's best to order directly from their site for a good price.
- Fun Towels and Aprons - Yes following a migraine diet is hard, but you might as well make it fun while you're doing it. With funny towels and cheeky aprons that remind the family to kiss the dizzy cook, you're guaranteed to get more love while you make great changes in your life!
- Private Consult - I don't really advertise this, but offer these online consults and cooking classes to people who want to make a specific meal or need help with meal planning ideas, or who just want to talk about vestibular migraine!
Gifts for Migraine Relief
These gifts for migraine sufferers help to relieve pain, headaches, vertigo, dizziness, anxiety and other uncomfortable symptoms or they help make life a little bit easier!
- Branch Basics Cleaner and Laundry - This plant and mineral based cleaner uses one master concentrate that's mixed with water for a non-toxic everyday cleaner. I use a little bit in the sink with lots of water to wash my fruits and vegetables before putting away in the grocery bin. It's also really great for laundry. What makes this perfect for migraine, beyond it being all-natural, is there is no strong scent. Especially when it comes to laundry, it's a great way to clean your clothes without having any lingering smell. Get 15% off with code DIZZY.
- Allay Lamp - The Allay Lamp was featured at this years Migraine World Summit and emits a narrow band of light that helps with light sensitivity and can reduce the severity of migraine symptoms. I'm currently still trialing, but they do give a 40 day trial period just to be sure you love it. Overall it's helped me with light sensitivity and anxiety as I find it incredibly calming, especially before bed. If you're trying to cook through an attack, take it in the kitchen with you to cut down on additional light sensitivity. Get $25 off with my coupon which is already applied when you click the link.
- Blisslets - Nausea relief...but make it fashion. These are the cutest new product I've come across for migraine symptom relief, and especially those that deal with vestibular-induced motion sickness. Blisslets come in all kinds of fun patterns and colors, and can blend in with your outfit seamlessly. They work by applying consistent pressure to the P6 (Nei-Kuan) pressure point which has been used for thousands of years to relieve nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy and motion sickness. Some find it also promotes relaxation by having a soothing effect, as well as a more restful sleep. This is an especially great gift for my vestibular migraine buddies who need to be out and about, but don't want to be too obvious that they're wearing sea sickness bands. Get 15% off Blisslets with code dizzycook
- Axon Glasses and Avulux Glasses - When my Vestibular Migraine first started, I had severe light sensitivity, Working in an open floor plan at my old office was pure torture. My neurologist recommended FL-41 lenses to me to help with the environment. Now instead of using FL-41 lenses, Axon uses the latest technology through Avulux! I find migraine glasses to be an incredibly personal thing, so I love that they give you a 30 day trial period to see how they work for you. If you don't find relief, just send them back! Get $25 off with code THEDIZZYCOOK.
- Magnesium Lotion and Soaks -I’m a fan of magnesium chloride bath salts for sore muscles and to relieve any bad attack days, but I’ve been using the MSM cream with melatonin on my neck and feet for a few months now. I think it’s really helped relax some of the tense muscles I get in my neck from traveling and dealing with VM episodes, as well as promote a deeper sleep. I prefer Ancient Minerals because I don’t find their products super itchy! Available on Amazon.
- Huggaroo Eye Mask - Out of all the Huggaroo products, the fluffy, soft eye mask is my favorite. It can be heated or cooled, or you can remove the inner bag to just use it as a regular eye mask. Going through pregnancy, I've used this so often as you're really limited to mostly natural treatments. Since we did IVF, I was still using a lot of hormones to support my 1st trimester while dealing with lots of changes. Often I'd just meditate with this on and found it to be really calming. And if you're doing progesterone shots, I highly recommend their heated pads for the bum! Get $10 off now for Cyber Monday!
- Anxiety Relief - It really doesn't have to be a Calm Subscription, but any meditation guide can be helpful at managing anxiety. For something more, consider enrolling in the Rooted Behavioral Health Breaking the Dizzy Anxious Dizzy Cycle Course.
- S'well Tumbler - Literally the only way I can drink more water is by tracking how many S'well bottles I have in a day (I aim for 4-5). These insulated water bottles are really cute, keep my water ice cold, and make it easy to stay hydrated. One reason I like the tumblers versus other types of bottles is you can easily add fresh fruit to flavor your water.
- Victory Over Vestibular Migraine - I am partial to Dr. Beh's book as a loyal patient (and he gives The Dizzy Cook a cool shoutout in it!), but this book really does have everything you need to know about vestibular migraine. From supplements, to medications, to neuroplasticity, he covers many different treatments and discusses what he sees that works with patients and what doesn't. If you live in an area where the doctors are just clueless, I highly recommend reading through it and perhaps giving them a copy too. For anyone with MDDS, you can try his new book, Disembark.
- Vestibular Fit - Brought to you by vestibular physical therapists from The Vertigo Doctor, this monthly program aims to get you walking, jogging and working out again if you have a vestibular disorder.
- Vestibular 101 - If you're interested in the Rooted Behavioral Course and Vestibular Fit, give Vestibular 101 a try! We combined our expertise for this introduction class that's focuses on meals, movement, and mindset for healing living with vestibular migraine.
- Foam Rolling Kit - If you read my massage for migraine and vestibular disorders post, you know I love using foam rollers to easy back and neck tension. Here's a handy little kit that keeps you from using your dogs slobbery tennis ball to roll out those knots.
- Migrastil Migraine Travel Kit - Perfect to traveling during long flights or car trips. Use code CARD15 for a discount.
- If you're looking for some fun t-shirts for migraine awareness, you can also check out Achy Smile Shop - owned by another fellow migraine advocate!
- Migraine World Summit Pass - For the migraine friend who loves to research, this pass includes expert interviews every year from the top doctors and patients in the migraine world. It's extremely valuable for a look at how to approach migraine holistically and what is on the horizon for new treatments.
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Homemade Gifts for People with Migraine
A migraine-friendly dinner (or breakfast) that everyone will enjoy is a lot easier than you might think, and makes a great gift, even if you just drop it by a friend's house. Here are some ideas, most of which freeze very well, that I've given to many friends over the years.
- French Apple Cake
- Creamy Boursin Pasta
- Boursin Chicken
- Lazy Lasagna
- Pulled Pork (easy freezer meal)
- Crustless Pot Pie (another easy to freeze meal)
- Butternut Squash Soup and Sweet Potato Stew
- Cinnamon Oat Muffins
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