Posted in Awareness

My Favorite Things Gift Guide Adults

Gift Guide at all price points

My Favorite Things

Under 100.00

Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box

Gift them something that gives back with Tory Burch’s annual Seed Box. The limited-edition box features a curated selection of products made by female entrepreneurs—including a scarf designed by Tory Burch—all packaged in a pretty floral box so you can skip the wrapping paper. The box includes bath salts, tea, a barrette, a multipurpose body salve, a monthly journal, and a rose quartz facial roller. 


SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine – Real Fan Inside for Non-Looping White Noise Sounds – App-Based Remote Control, Sleep Timer, and Night Light – Cloud


The cheese lover gift set

Maytag Dairy Farm

Prices vary from 20.00 – up

Unique Gifts The Grommet

This collection of unique gifts under $100 has gift ideas for everyone

Have a friend that’s always stressed out?

Gifting your friend a subscription to meditation app Headspace means potentially giving the gift of better sleep, more relaxed A yearlong subscription comes in right at the $100 limit, but one month of Headspace only costs $12.9

Build your own Gift box choose one thing or many at BoxFox

Premium Jane – Pain Cream with CBD

Los Angeles based company, Premium Jane offer a wealth of knowledge and industry expertise to bring high quality, super sourced CBD products to the market. Their CBD Topical Salve is a real one-of-a-kind product.


Under 50.00

Giving Shawl for that friend that is always chilled – Giving Shawl By Demdaco like a giftable hug created and beautifully packaged for a close friend, a sister, aunt, or family member who is walking through tough times and can be reminded of how much they are loved. Shawl is 27 inch x 70 inch



Treat your special someone to the surprise of our personalized tea subscription service that matches them with premium teas they’ll enjoy from different brands around the world.  45.00

Premium Jane – CBD Gummies – 750mg [25mg CBD per Gummy Bear]

No animal products,Non-GMO

Organic,Laboratory tested for safety, purity, and potency

Free from pesticides, solvents, and chemical fertilizers,25mg CBD per gummie normally 65.00 but have found for 50.00

Gamer In Your Life?


Headphone Stand with USB Charger KAFRI Desk Gaming Headset Holder Hanger Rack with 3 USB Charging Port and 2 Outlet Suitable for Gamer Desktop Table Earphone Accessories Boyfriend Gift under 30.00 on Amazon

Trunk Organizer

FORTEM Car Trunk Organizer, Collapsible Storage, Non Slip Bottom, Securing Straps under 36.00 Amazon

Under 25.00

Mighty Mug Go – When placed on a flat surface, proprietary Smartgrip technology creates an airlock, which makes it almost impossible to tip the cup over

Brita 20 Oz Sport Water Bottle with Filter – overall great buy


RIPT GEAR Gloves for arthritis High Quality Materials, Comfortable Compression,Helps Stabilize Joints,Reduces Swelling and Pain

Great Muscle and Joint Support For Men or Women


Have a coffee lover in your group?

Coffee from around the world – try the The 12 Coffees of Christmas Gift Set comes with TWELVE different, delicious coffees at one astounding price under 25.00

Fat Witch Bakery

The perfect gift to say thank you.  The box is tied with ribbon and filled with 8 delicious individually wrapped all chocolate brownies.  Small things come in good packages!


Just pizzelles – gourmet pizzelles with a variety of flavors.

Starts out from 10.00 and up plus shipping

The Republic of Tea

They have cool stuff all prices

Posted in Christmas

Jolabokaflod, or the Christmas Book Flood

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, shoppers in Iceland spend a lot of their time browsing real and virtual bookstore shelves, searching for the perfect tomes (books) to gift to their friends and families. Then when all the paper comes off and books are unwrapped on Christmas Eve, everyone settles down with a warm drink and they relax and  dive into their new books.

I love this idea !! Whats cool is I always give someone a book at the holiday.


The tradition is called “jolabokaflod,” or the Christmas Book Flood.


“The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday,” Kristjan B. Jonasson, president of the Iceland Publishers Association, tells NPR. “Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading. In many ways, it’s the backbone of the publishing sector here in Iceland.”

Maybe it’s because the weather isn’t conducive to spending a ton of time outdoors, but the people in Iceland are generally big readers. According to a study conducted by Bifröst University in 2013, 50 percent of Icelanders read at least eight books per year, while 93 percent read at least one.

Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world except the U.K., according to the International Publishers Association 2015-2016 annual report. The Iceland publishing industry receives about 80 percent of its annual revenues in the two months or so leading up to Christmas reports Guide to Iceland.

The history of the Book Flood

The flood’s tradition dates back to World War II, writes Hildur Knutsdottir in The Reykjavik Grapevine. Due to strict restrictions on currency, there wasn’t a lot of imported giftware. Icelanders had money to spend and the restrictions on paper were more lenient, so books became the Christmas present of choice.

Long after the war, books stuck around during the holidays.

“This tradition stayed despite many flattering products that have arrived on the market in the past decades. The Clairol foot fixer, the Soda Stream-machine or even the iPad haven‘t managed to change the preference for the book as a good gift,” writes Icelandic poet and novelist Gerður Kristný. “I have always been given books for Christmas. I remember vividly being an 11-year-old getting nine books that year! Looking at the pile I felt very grown up.”


The tradition keeps reading alive and it thrills the writers who create the books, says Icelandic-born author, painter and broadcaster Hallgrímur Helgason.

“Thanks to the Jolabokaflod, books still matter in Iceland, they get read and talked about. Excitement fills the air. Every reading is crowded, every print-run is sold. Being a writer in Iceland you get rewarded all the time: People really do read our books, and they have opinions, they love them or they hate them. At the average Christmas party, people push politics and the Kardashians aside and discuss literature,” Helgason writes.

“In Iceland book lives matter in every sense of that phrase: The shelf-life of the book, the lives in the book, the life of the writer and the life of the reader. God bless the Jolabokaflod.”

The flood starts with the November release of Bokatidindi (roughly translated into “Journal of Books”), a catalog of nearly every book published in Iceland.

“It is delivered to each and every home in the country, and for many it is a sign that Christmas is officially upon us,” Knutsdottir writes. “And for Icelanders, Christmas is the time where you snuggle up and read your presents.”

Once the catalog is released, Icelanders start shopping. Typically, people get at least one book for a Christmas gift and often they get many more. Presents are unwrapped on Christmas Eve, and that’s when everyone curls up under blankets, often with a cup of warm chocolate or a non-alcohol ale seasonal ale called jolabland, reports

Flooding worldwide

As book lovers outside of Iceland began to hear about jolabokaflod, the idea began to spread. Publishers in the U.K. and the U.S. hopped on the bandwagon because well … obviously they thought it was a good idea to sell a whole bunch of books in time for the holidays.

But word of giving books and reading books spread on social media too.

What will you be giving (or reading) on Dec. 24?   I’m doing both this year


If your shopping for books this should help Best Books 2017-18




Posted in Blessed, Uncategorized

Gifts For People With Chronic Conditions

With the holidays approaching, many of you have started shopping for your friends and loved ones. Coming up with gift ideas for a chronic pain sufferer is challenging, but I’m here to help…..Some don’t even cost money

Offer your services– Offer to do their grocery shopping, run errands, do their laundry or clean their house. Most of us chronic pain patients can do the small stuff, but things like deep cleaning our house is what gets us and can make our pain worse (ask to wash windows, mop, scrub toilets, sinks, tubs). Running to the grocery store or doing much-needed errands for us will help a ton! When we don’t feel good and pain is high, going out and facing the world is a very tough task and sometimes impossible. Yard work is also a huge help. Make a coupon book

Make meals – Make ahead freezer meals, something simple and all we have to do is put it in the oven is a huge help. Make sure to include the directions, temperature, and cooking time on the meal. Try to find out what kind of meals the family likes and make sure your recipe is enough to feed the whole family.

Awareness items for both of you – Something that both of you can wear or have. It shows you care, support us, and that we are in this fight together. There are many options like bracelets, necklaces, and awareness clothing. I recommend checking out Tracy Jordan at

Tell her Deb or avn Deb sent ya.

Or find her on Etsy.

rock your cause jewelry

She sells a couple of my Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis designs just type avn in her search .

And all awareness of chronic conditions and also just fabulous jewelry.

Babysit – If they have smaller kids offer to take them out, sometimes just having that quite break while the kids are gone can help us feel better. If you can’t babysit, making a basket for the kids (coloring books, craft stuff, puzzles, a new movie) to keep them occupied will help us too.

Make a donation in their name – Find a non-profit that associates with your loved ones chronic illness and make a small donation in their name. Sometimes the non-profit will even send something out like a certificate after a donation to your loved one.

Personalized gift– Anything from a coffee mug to a pictured blanket, there are so many options and you can personalize just about anything. It not to expensive, but they are probably one of the most thoughtful gifts .

Things to keep them comfortable – Things like a heated blanket, body pillow, fuzzy socks, soft music CD, neck pillow, soft blanket, comfortable robe or PJ’s, good smelling lotions and soaps (make sure nothing triggers headaches) are all great ideas.

These are just a few suggestions, get creative and see what the need is.

Just remember thoughtful gifts come from the heart and not always your wallet.


Now if you want to buy a gift here’s some ideas as well.

A simple collection of gift ideas who deal with chronic illness and pain.

An electric heating pad, heating throw or heating blanket. Helps bones

Loose, fuzzy socks. Great for those who’s ankles swell a lot but fuzzy socks are always comfortable and never hurt.

Soft, loose, comfortable pajamas soft and not constricting.

A towel material, hooded robe. Many of my chronic illness friends have a difficult time showering. Sometimes they are so exhausted after showering that it can be heaven to wrap up in an absorbent robe, lay on the bed and dry as they lay there.

Comfortable pillows. Chronic pain patients often need to spend a lot of time in bed or on the couch, and extra pillows that are soft and comfy are always handy!

Coloring books and items to color with. I recommend water color pen brushes.  They look like markers, but have a brush on the end. Going out of the lines if you have tremors still looks pretty, because it’s water colors, and you don’t have to press down and hurt your hand, if you have severe arthritis or any painful muscle or joint conditions.

How about an acupuncture pen? Yep they have them and a variety of others see link. ….

Got a golfer on your list? If he or she has limited their tee time due to chronic pain, consider getting them special grips to help. These grips are larger and have extra nubs and grippy material so that the golfer can use less strength. For arthritic hands, this can be a way to stay in the game.

Along with adaptive jewelry comes adaptive clothing. This can be anything that doesn’t have a million tricky buttons, clasps, or zippers. A pair of luxurious gloves or a scarf provides soothing warmth in cold weather, or try a beautiful, fluffy robe and slippers for comfort at home. Winter is a time of gorgeous knits, and easy dressing needn’t mean unfashionable dressing..

CBD oil for helping pain in joints

Here is a cool way to sport a medical ID bracelet

Gifts for Kids with chronic pain

Play Doh

Crayons and coloring books

Video games

Educational Toys

Always check with parents to see about allergies etc…

What are some thoughtful gifts for someone with chronic pain that you would like?

Or have you given your loved one? Please leave a comment in the section below.

Thank You