Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for People With Diabetes


Valentine’s Day is upon us, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that PWD in your life, we have some ideas.  A thoughtful gift goes a long way this time of year, and the point is to show someone that they’re loved, not necessarily that they’re “diabetic.”  These are just suggestions with a diabetes twist, letting your loved one know that you love them entirely, from head to toe, including that busted pancreas in between. 

Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth?  We have some delicious options in our A Sweet Life database that are decadent without the blood sugar destruction powers.  Bake up some brownie batter truffles, or our turtle brownie bites, or don’t bake these no-bake chocolate brownie energy bars as a gift.  Check them all out!

Jewelry is always a good go-to gift for any Valentine, but you can add a special spin by adding the gift of protection for your PWD.  A medical alert bracelet or necklace is a beautiful gift for your loved one and also helps them stay safe in case of an emergency.  The folks at StickyJ Medical and Lauren’s Hope have designs for men, women, and children that say, “I love you” while simultaneously saying, “And I want to help protect you.”

And if your loved one already has medical alert jewelry, you can go one step further with a diabetes-themed piece of jewelry.  Like this glucose molecule necklace – a great way to keep glucose on you at all times!  (But please make sure you include a jar of Glucolift or other glucose tabs, so they’ll have a glucose source they can actually eat.)  You can also purchase an anatomically correct, sterling silver pancreas pendant, if that’s your thing, or a pancreas lapel pin

The Internet’s t-shirt game is strong when it comes to diabetes themed shirts, and on Valentine’s Day, these fashion statements could be the perfect gift.  There’s a shirt for pancreas-eating zombies, or maybe a T-Rex ate your pancreas, or perhaps your pancreas chose the dark side?  Whatever your preference, there’s a shirt for that.

Mugs are always popular gifts for your eco-conscious, caffeine swigging Valentine.  There are mugs for full time blood sugar ninjas, carb-counters, and those who keep calm and diabetes on.  Double down with some of your loved one’s favorite teas or coffees and you have a gift fit for your favorite friend. 

Since people with diabetes are always reading their glucose meter or their insulin pump screen, it might be nice to take a break from all those numbers and focus on some words.  Empowering, inspiring words make for a great gift, and we have a long list of books perfect for the person with diabetes in your life.  Check out our low-carb book list, or this list from SixUntilMe, and you’ll have a library of inspirational choices at your fingertips. 

If you’re still at a loss for how to show your love, you can make a beautiful and immeasurably powerful statement by support the Spare a Rose campaign.  Spare a Rose is about making a small donation to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which provides life-saving insulin and diabetes resources for children in developing countries.  The idea is to send 11 roses and spare one rose – valued at $5 USD – as a donation to Life for a Child.  Nothing says “I love you” like saving a life, and this Valentine’s Day, you can make a difference that far outlasts the holiday. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

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