Just as you would for anyone else in your life, you can give your diabetic loved ones anything that you think they would enjoy. However, there are some considerations you need to make when choosing a gift that supports your loved one's efforts to manage his or her diabetes care. Here are a few things to do - and not to do - when you're picking out a present for the person in your life with diabetes.
Do: Know your loved one
Some people with diabetes may not enjoy gifts that remind them of their condition. If that’s true in your case, there's a whole world of other gifts you can give, so it shouldn't be too much trouble to work around this.
However, what if your diabetic loved one can't get enough chocolate? There are ways to give a gift of sweets that will work well with a diabetic diet, according to Diabetes.co.uk. For example, look for dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa or more. This is healthier than milk chocolate and will have less of an impact on the recipient's blood sugar.
Don't: Give gifts your loved one can't use
It's a good idea to avoid gifts of food that you're not sure about, or of alcohol - many people with diabetes choose not to drink. However, even if you're giving something that can't be eaten, you should be careful. If you want to give your recipient a fun experience, first look into the policies at the place you would like to send him or her to. Some excursions - like scuba diving - can be hard for insulin-dependent diabetics to manage, and some places will specifically exclude people with diabetes for liability reasons, Diabetes.co.uk reported.
Finally, it's usually not a good idea to give your friend or family member medical equipment unless they are unable to afford it themself. A cute pill box is one thing, but a meter or something similar is a very impersonal item - and your recipient could probably get it through his or her insurance.