What do you get the friend who has everything…including super heavy periods? If someone on your nice list this year suffers from painful, uncomfortable and annoyingly intense cycles, you can make them feel extra special and appreciated by helping make their period something to look forward to all year round. Have a wonder through our Christmas gift guide and have them feeling a ho ho whole lot better in no time!
We reckon Mrs. Claus totally gets how annoying cramps can be. When they come out in full force, sometimes the only thing that will ease them is a soft hot water bottle rested atop your tummy. If your loved one is used to using an old, grubby hot water bottle, you could treat them to something more festive, fun and cosy, like these huggable heating pads from Urban Outfitters. They're also made with natural buckwheat grains and lavender which gives them extra eco points from us!
It’s that time of the month, and the bottom of your bag is littered with emergency period products, as well as the usual crumpled receipts and half eaten packets of chewing gum. Help keep things tidy in your friend’s handbag with a humorous, handy holder like this ‘Leak Week’ pouch from female-led Etsy business 'Made By Shannon.' Even better, Shannon's shop also promises that with every sale of a pouch she will donate a sanitary towel to the 'Bloody Good Period' charity, who diatribe sanitary products to women who cannot afford them, in an attempt to help end period poverty. A feel-good present that's also handy? Tick!
In the last few years it’s been impossible to ignore the chatter about the all-healing powers of CBD, or cannabidiol – often referred to as cannabis oil – a compound found in cannabis plants. So this Christmas why not treat your loved one to an au natural and luxe herbal remedy that eases away their stress and body aches during that time of the month. One brand in particular that looks divine and that is making a lot of noise is Apothem. Their CBD-infused bath salts or body balms are promise deep relaxation and are enriched with powerful botanicals that deeply penetrate aching muscles.
Research shows that herbal teas like chamomile contain compounds that may help to relieve the cramping and bloating associated with periods. Chamomile tea is also thought to help regulate irregular periods by stimulating blood flow to the uterus, so if your friend has a hard time with her cycle, an organic and ethically sourced pack of Pukka chamomile tea could do the trick.
With better cycle tracking, comes better preparedness. Your friend can say goodbye to unexpected visits by tracking her period, and though there are a number of ways to do this nowadays (hello handy apps!), stationery like this PMS Tracker is always a winning stocking filler. It’s also a great gift idea for any friends who may be trying to get pregnant and want to track their ovulation. For that friend who likes to get a little more nerdy about their health, Maisie Hill’s Period Power is the perfect book that lays out everything women need to know about their periods and how they can affect their hormones and daily life.
If you’re keen to give something more poignant, making a charity donation in your loved one’s name to tackle period poverty could be the perfect gift. It's also the perfect change up from those typically wasteful office Secret Santa gifts. ActionAid allows you to donate as little or as much as you want, and helps fund hygiene kits for girls in poor overseas communities, as well as workshops teaching them about reusable sanitary products. Learn more here and donate to a good cause for Christmas.
What period-related pressies will you be getting your loved ones this year? Let us know in our private Facebook group or drop us a note on Insta @itsyoppie. Don't forget that our personalised period subscription box can get organic tampons (and more) delivered easily and regularly through your letterbox, so that's one less thing to worry about shopping for.
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