Spoil your favorite spoonie


By Emily Delzell

Published On: Nov 18, 2019

Last Updated On: Nov 4, 2020

Based on the “spoon theory” by Christine Miserandino, “spoonie” is a term commonly used in the chronic illness community to refer to those who have limited amounts — or “spoons” — of energy each day due to their illness.

Presents that help pamper sensitive skin or that can be enjoyed without fear of an allergic flare are a thoughtful option for adults and children with eczema. Here are some suggestions:

  • “Experience” gifts. Tickets to a special show or concert, gift certificates for spa services or workshops, and passes to a zoo, museum, or game center deliver fun and lasting memories.
  • A basket of eczema-friendly products, such the Honest Company’s Soothing Therapy Body Wash and Eczema Balm (these carry the NEA Seal of Acceptance™) and KeaBabies’ organic bamboo, dye-free baby washcloth pack. Check out our Product Directory for additional suggestions.
  • Silk pillowcases are a luxurious present that eases friction on skin and hair. Slip’s pure silk pillowcases are highly rated.
  • An organic cotton or silk scarf or pajamas or “flare ware,” like Skinnies line of seamless eczema clothing that helps prevent irritation and regulate body temperature. (Skinnies clothes for children and adults also carry the NEA Seal of Acceptance™.)
  • Allergy-friendly chocolates. Amanda’s Own Confections makes holiday-themed chocolates and other treats, like chocolate chip cookie dough, free of the 14 most common food allergens in an allergy-free facility. The chocolates and the facility where they’re produced are kosher and free of gluten, soy, dairy and nuts.
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