The holiday season is officially here, which means that most people are browsing store shelves and online shops for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. This is usually a pretty straightforward process if you know the person well, but what happens when you need to shop for someone with allergies?
Does shopping for someone with food allergies leave you scratching your head? Do you stop and wonder if an item will end up triggering your loved one’s allergies? In these cases it can be tough to decide on the perfect gift – but luckily for you we’ve gathered a few holiday gift ideas for people with allergies. Here are some of our favorites:
Movie or concert tickets. Most people are interested in movies and music, so passes to a movie theater or tickets to a concert they’ll enjoy are allergy-friendly gifts to give to almost anyone during the holidays. With the rising price of movie tickets and theater concessions, we bet this gift would be especially well received.
“Experience” gifts. Think outside of material gifts and give your gift recipient something they’ll be able to remember forever. For example, if they’re an adrenaline junkie you can buy them skydiving lessons, or if they’re a creative type you can purchase a series of art classes for them to take. Take a moment to think about your loved one’s personality and find an experience that’s tailored to them – you’ll likely find an “experience” gift they’ll love to go along with it.
Media and games. In the same vein as movie and concert tickets, you can give your allergic friend or family member a media gift, such as an iTunes gift card or get them the latest release from their favorite author, musician, or actor. For games you can either pick up a video game they’ve had their eye on or go the “old fashioned” way and get them a board game you think they’d enjoy playing.
A subscription box. The subscription box industry has exploded in recent years and it seems like there’s now a box for everyone – foodies, geeks, crafters, travelers, pet lovers, and more. You can pre-pay for a subscription box that’s relevant to their interests to be delivered right to their front door for a few months or even a whole year. Each month they’ll receive a curated box filled with items they’re guaranteed to love. (Since your gift recipient has allergies, avoid giving them a subscription to food or snack boxes and makeup boxes.)
Professional cleaning. If your loved one is short on time and suffers from seasonal or environmental allergies, you can get them a gift certificate for a professional cleaning service to clean their home or apartment. Not only will their living space get a nice sprucing up, it will also eliminate many indoor allergens from their home.
A charity donation. If your loved one would appreciate something good done in their name and you’re aware of a certain cause that’s important to them, you can make a donation in their name to a charity they support.
And as a bonus, here are two things we recommend you avoid giving as gifts if your loved one has allergies:
Food. Unless you absolutely intimately know the details of your gift recipient’s allergies, it’s best to entirely avoid any food gifts. If the person you’re buying for likes to cook, get them a kitchen gadget or kitchen accessories (utensils, serving platters, dishware, etc.) instead.
Beauty products. Ingredients and fragrances in beauty products can aggravate allergies and cause rashes and other allergy symptoms to appear.
If you have questions about resources available to people with allergies, give us a call. Or, if you are looking for an allergist, we’d love to meet you. We can be reached at 212-729-1283 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.