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Whether it's for Christmas, a birthday or any other occasion; buying gifts for diabetics can often seem daunting.
First up, would your diabetic friend or relative even want a diabetic-related present?
Well, truth be told everyone is different, and not every diabetic likes being reminded of their illness.
For me, I don't mind the odd diabetic gift, but prefer them to be either a little humerous or highly practical.
Insulin travel cases come in particularly handy for me because I travel so much, so will never judge someone for buying me one!
So below I take you through these, as well as a whole other host of (what I believe to be) great gifts for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
If you're looking for a gift that could actually be quite useful for a diabetic, then these ones are a great choice.
Us diabetics need to carry a lot of stuff, and in the past, there wasn’t really anything stylish that was built for our needs. Well, thankfully the awesome team at Myabetic created an amazing range of functional bags and backpacks that are customised to hold our pens, needs, monitors and more.
An awesome choice for diabetic moms and dads. This stylish piece will keep your equipment all in one place, and with a variety of colours, there is something to suit everyone. It includes a Velcro pocket, three interior elastics, one mesh zipper pocket, and a removable waist pouch for used supplies such as insulin or test strips. The inside of the case is big enough to hold a CGM including the Omnipod’s PDM or a Dexcom Receiver.
This is the perfect gift for diabetics who are of a younger age. This myabetic love bug case is super cute! This versatile case has two separate compartments. One side features two Velcro-removable pockets, two larger net pockets and two elastic loops which can hold insulin pens, a meter, syringe, pump infusion sets and anything else you need to test.
The opposite compartment can hold other necessary items such as emergency sugar/snacks, a FRIO cooling case, or whatever else you may need. It also has a detachable strap making it great for days on the go. A great little bag to make a child feel in control of their t1d supplies.
Those stylish guys and gals will LOVE this amazing and cute backpack from Myactic. The perfect gift for all diabetics! It definitely doesn’t look like a diabetes supply bag and I think that’s the point. It’s super stylish and can hold your diabetes supplies, makeup and purse, so that you can use it daily when out with friends. If you want to feel like a dia-celebrity then this one's for you! Comes in a wonderful choice of shades, but I think this pink frost is super cute.
Perfect for travelling with diabetes. If you like to travel on city breaks or holidays often, then you’ll know how annoying it is when your diabetes supplies take up space. Well, did you know that 99% of airlines allow you to take an extra bag to hold your diabetic supplies? This Thompson bag is the perfect size and will hold lots of supplies for a holiday lasting a couple of weeks, or your quick city break! I own a purple one and I think it’s super useful and I take it with me on my city breaks.
It has four separate compartments that literally fits everything from pump supplies, test strips, extra monitors, and even a Frio bag!
I couldn’t possibly travel without my Frio bag and now they’ve got super stylish ones with their Lifestyle Range which means they’re actually cute to carry around. Here’s the one I have been using for years:
You can find out more about Frio & other insulin cooling cases here.
Often us diabetics forget to wear ID’s or we don’t find ones we like. It’s easier to wear one when someone buys it for you! So get your diabuddy a great ID to keep them safe (and stylish).
The Miao Miao has exploded onto the scene this year and it would make an awesome gift for a diabetic, especially since it’s a one time purchase. Also, you can get $10 off when you purchase via my link here.
If you’re hoping to make your t1d friend, family member or partner giggle, then check out these random, fun and sometimes slightly weird gifts for diabetics.
We gotta laugh at diabetes sometimes (or else we will just cry), so what better way than a novelty t-shirt or jumper. You can get classic ones, or one's for family and friends! These are my favourites:
I love a good novelty item...so here are some of my favourite! These make great “secret santa” gifts for diabetics!
The awesome Chessie King created these awesome wall prints that radiate motivation and awesomeness for all the t1d warriors out there.
Her boyfriend, Matt, is diabetic and these wall prints reflect the courage and nature of t1d.
I think they’re an awesome gift for diabetics.
There are actually some great books for diabetics on the internet, some are inspirational, motivational and some are just practical! Either way, they make great gifts for diabetics.
So there you have it, my guide to awesome gifts for diabetics! Hopefully you can find something unique here to gift your favourite T1D.
Do you have any other gift ideas to recommend? Great, just let me know below!