Finding the Perfect Gift


6 gift ideas for people with diabetes

Remember, it’s the thought that counts!


Most people think that for people with diabetes, everything is limited from food, physical activities, and gifts. Just like other people, people with diabetes have needs, too, and all the more we need to make them happy especially this time of the year.

Got any gifts yet? Here are six cool and useful gift ideas for people with diabetes:


1 Cookbooks – Who says people with diabetes can’t eat carbs, sugar, and desserts anymore? The truth is, there are many Filipino foods that can be eaten by people with diabetes; it only depends on the amount, frequency, type, and preparation.

The Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) published a cookbook featuring easy-to-prepare recipes set in a two-week/14-day meal plan. It catalogues the works of one of the country’s most sought-after chefs, Sau Del Rosario with the expertise of PASOO’s dietitians, Ms. Sanirose Orbeta and Dr. Celeste Tanchoco.

This amazing cookbook dispels the myth that healthy foods can’t also be rich and flavorful. Recipe samples include Roasted Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Red Curry, Pomelo Salad with Crabmeat, Fried Shallots, and Desiccated Coconut, Black Rice Seafood Paella, Silken Tofu Tinola with Squash and Malunggay, among others.

Foot lotions creamsCookbooks are helpful as they serve as instruction manuals. Carefully planned and prepared by PASOO, this cookbook sets every person with diabetes on his/her way to a delicious, delightful experience. Download a copy from or for more information email:

2 Foot lotions/creams – People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, which can lead to serious complications or foot or leg amputation. To prevent this, patients are advised to wash and dry their feet daily. Use mild soaps, warm water and foot lotions/creams to prevent cracking. Apply moisturizer on the tops and soles of the foot (but not between the toes).

Fitness and activity watches

3 Fitness and activity watches – Regular physical activity is important for people with diabetes. Running a marathon, dancing, gardening, playing tennis, and walking with friends are some of the most popular activities. Anything! The goal is to stay active. The type, level, and duration of physical activity depends on what’s suitable for the person according to his/her doctor. To track the person’s activity level, try giving him/her fitness watches or activity monitors (Photos: Apple i-Watch Continuous Glucose Monitor, Polar’s Fitness and Activity Monitor, Misfit Flash, or Jawbone Up2).

4 Pump belts – These are easy-to-wear, comfortable, and lightweight belts that are made from a high quality Lycra/Nylon stretch-fabric which fits snug around your waist. There are three to six pockets in each belt depending for you to carry your insulin pump underneath your clothes. You can even put your mobile phones, money, and hypoglycemia treatment in them.

Pump belts

5 Portable kit bags / carry cases – Keeping insulin and other supplies safe has always been a problem but these bags and carry cases are designed to keep everything together when you need them most. These are convenient for frequent travelers who need to keep their insulin, insulin syringes, insulin pumps, diabetes medications, nutrition, and other supplies handy. Glucose monitoring kits should likewise be easy to carry. Storing them in checked-in baggage is not advised due to the varying temperatures in the holding area.

Portable kit bags carry cases

 Magazine subscription6 Magazine subscription – When Wi-Fi is not available for you to browse online, magazines are the handiest reference about diabetes. Buy him/her a year-long subscription of DiabetEASE magazine so he/she can bring it anywhere and everywhere and read inspiring stories of people living well with diabetes, news and updates on diabetes care, exercise tips, food recipes, etc.

Remember in giving, it’s not about the price, but the quality and thought that counts. Beyond material gifts, people with diabetes need more time, love, understanding, and compassion from the giver – which are more precious and priceless. Generosity is not measured by how much you give, but how much is left for yourself.

Sources: Let’s Face Diabetes, Life Clinic, and Shop Diabetes UK

December 2017 Health and Lifestyle

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