‘Tis the season! It may be a strange holiday in 2020, with fewer friends and family than usual, but presents are still much appreciated, whether you have diabetes or not. Here are our top ideas for the person with diabetes in your life (or yourself)—whether silly or serious, inexpensive or exorbitant.
Bacon of the Month Club
The nationally famous Zingerman’s deli of Ann Arbor, Michigan is just one of the many sources sending out bacon on the regular. Each month brings 12-16 ounces of artisan bacon from some of the country’s most hallowed baconmasters.
Silly Diabetes T-Shirts
You might be amazed to see how many goofy diabetes t-shirts there are out there. Redbubble has about a million of them. Enjoy your choice of multiple Wilford Brimley tributes, Rosie the Riveter (wearing a Dexcom), the “Dead Pancreas Society” and so on.
Really Expensive Dark Chocolate
Nothing says Christmas like wildly overpriced chocolate. Bar & Cocoa has an unbelievable selection of fancy craft chocolates, all with tasting notes and origin stories, and features an easy search feature that allows you to find the perfect cacao percentage.
Tonal Smart Home Gym
This extraordinaryat-home gym system is the Peloton of weight training. Okay, it’s nearly $3,000, but people are raving about the package. PC Mag said “it’s like having a weight room’s worth of equipment—and a virtual personal trainer—all in one sleek, streamlined machine that’s mounted to your wall.” There’s no better exercise for people with diabetes than weight training, and no easier way than from the comfort of your home.
Dr. Segal’s Diabetic Socks
Diabetic socks aren’t supposed to be snazzy, but Dr. Segal’s offers socks that are both stylish and cozy for people with neuropathy, or anyone else concerned about food health.
The air fryer was last year’s “it” gadget – this year there’s more choice, and more deals, than ever before. Good food good and crispy at home without the mess and fuss of deep-frying; air fryers are great for searing and roasting too.
Myabetic Diabetes Bags
Tired of lugging your pens, testing strips, and other diabetes equipment in an ugly bag? Myabetic makes super attractive bags, wallets and pouches to carry your gear in style.
Withings Smart Watches and Activity Trackers
I reviewed some of the Withings equipment last year. Withings makes sport and activity trackers that actually look good, and their robust app is just perfect for biohackers and anyone else getting serious about their health.
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution
Pretty much the bible of diabetes care, this doorstopper is required reading for anyone ready to take their diabetes management—Type 1 or Type 2—to the next level. No book has influenced the ASweetLife philosophy more. Haven’t taken the splurge yet? Go for it!
Etsy is the place for diabetes bracelets that don’t look like something they might issue you at the hospital door. Be extra safe, and look good doing it.
Magic Spoon Cereal
When Magic Spoon burst onto the scene with its keto cereals—which look and taste like Froot Loops and other popular brands!—they couldn’t keep up with the demand. Looks like they’re back in stock for last-minute Christmas shopping. I’m not sure how they do it, but people go nuts for this cereal.