2022 Diabetes Holiday Gift Guide

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission.

By Liz Cambron-Kopco

Gone are the days of gifting sugar-free candies that sit untouched until next year. This year give your loved ones with diabetes (or yourself!) a gift that can make living with diabetes a bit easier and cooler! Check out our recommendations for this holiday season.

Clothing & Accessories

Every person with diabetes (PWD) could use some fun clothing and accessories, especially ones that help keep them safe and healthy!

Viasox: Compression and non-binding fun socks designed for foot pain relief for PWD
Smiling Pancreas: Fun keychains, socks, pins, and more
Myabetic and KYT bags: stylish purses designed to hold all your diabetic supplies
SugarMedical: stylish and functional diabetes accessories, from bags to silicone cases for insulin vials
SPIbelt: belt designed to hold insulin pumps & continuous glucose monitors (CGMs)
Medical IDs: jewelry and more from Lauren’s HopeRoadID and Universal Medical ID
Diabetes Tees: empowering and witty t-shirts from Diabetes Strong TeeMyabetic TeesBlack Diabetic Girl

Health + Fitness Tech

You can help support a PWD reach their health goals by gifting them health accessories to track their progress.

Activity Trackers: wearable fitness trackers like Fitbit and smart watches from Apple and Garmin can even connect with some models of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs)
Withings: health devices including smart scales, smartwatches, activity trackers, blood pressure monitors and more


Books make great gifts for everyone, including those with diabetes and the even the ones who care for them! Here is a great selection of books to gift this year!

Classic Titles

Think Like a Pancreas” by Gary Scheiner
Dealing with Diabetes Burnout” by Ginger Vieira
50 Myths That Can Ruin Your Life—and 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It”  by Riva Greenberg
Sugar Surfing” by Stephen Ponder
Thriving with Diabetes” by Paul Rosman and David Edelman
Pumping Insulin” by John Walsh

For the Newly Diagnosed

The Book of Better” by Chuck Eichten
The Pocket Carbohydrate Counting Guide” by Shelby Kinnaird
Typecast: Amazing Individuals Overcoming Chronic Disease” by Andrew Deutscher
If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?” by Quinn Nystrom
Too Sweet: The Not-So-Serious Side of Diabetes” by Laura Kronen
Sugar Linings” by Sierra Sandison

To Manage Blood Sugar Levels When Exercising

Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook” by Sheri Colberg
Yoga for Diabetes” by Rachel Zinman
Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator” by Daniele Hargenrader
Fit with Diabetes” by Christel Oerum

Special Concerns

Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes” by Ginger Vieira
Balancing Diabetes” by Kerri Sparling
Emotional Eating with Diabetes”  by Ginger Vieira
A Woman’s Guide to Diabetes” by Brandy Barnes and Natalie Strand 

To Laugh and Feel Seen

Rage Bolus & Other Poems” by Kerri Morrone Sparling

For the young ones on your list, check out our recommendations for children’s books about living with type 1 diabetes.

Test Supplies + Subscriptions

Diabetes management requires several supplies like test strips, medical devices, and more. However, diabetes doesn’t have to be boring! Consider a gift to help personalize diabetes equipment or provide monthly supplies straight to your loved one’s home!

Diabetic Dabs: tiny wipes make cleaning up with after checking blood sugar levels a breeze
Glucose Meter and Test Strip Subscription: provide a monthly subscription of diabetes supplies from OneDrop or DiaThrive
CGM + Pump Stickers: personalize and decorate CGMs and insulin pumps with fun stickers from GrifGripsPumpPeelz, or ExpressionMed
FRIO Insulin Cooling Case: protective and cooling cases for insulin pens and vials
EDC Solutions: get a custom designed insulin pump case to protect and personalize your gear

Diabetes Toys + Stickers

Every child (and adult!) can appreciate some plush toys and stickers to keep life fun while living with diabetes.

Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes is a comforting companion for a child diagnosed with diabetes. You can even download Rufus’ coloring pages to accompany the plush toy.
For an American Girl Doll lover, check out the Doll Diabetes Care Kit.
Everyone loves stickers. Check out the diabetes-themed stickers from Diabetic DesignsRachelAnnLettersOrganizing Chaos and Typeonevibes (this artist also creates custom prints based on your photo—she does a beautiful job highlighting diabetes devices!)

Sweets + Treats

Who doesn’t enjoy a good sweet or treat during the holidays? Yes, people with diabetes also can and should enjoy treats this holiday season!

Swoon: from lemonades to margarita mixers, these zero sugar drinks make a fun gift
Sun Basket: a healthy meal plan delivery subscription

Still haven’t found a gift for your loved one with diabetes? Consider making a donation in their name to Beyond Type 1! Donations help fund our mission to support and enhance the lives of those affected by diabetes through our various programs.

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