There are countless gifts that you and your loved ones simply do not want. Depending on the person, this list can include things like fruitcakes, Big Mouth Billy Bass (the “singing” fish wall mount), and Eddie Murphy’s album Love’s Alright (at best, it’s “not good”). Too often, gifts like these are selected in a last-minute panic… and then returned or re-gifted shortly after they’ve been given!
Give a Good Gift this Holiday Season
Now, we don’t want you to end up getting a reputation as a “bad gift-giver,” so we’ve prepared a list of podiatric stocking stuffers—and some non-foot-related ones—that are so awesome you won’t even need to include a gift receipt!
- Socks (seriously!). Okay, at first glance this might seem like the lamest choice, but you cannot overstate how wonderful a warm, cozy pair of socks can make your feet feel. Even better, choosing Woolie Boolie or SmartWool are perfect for wicking away moisture and reducing the risk of fungal and bacterial issues for you loved one.
- Moisturizers. Dry skin can be a problem—and moisturizers certainly help to prevent it—but this also allows your loved one or friend the opportunity to pamper themselves. A good foot rub, really working the moisturizer in, feels fantastic. The best moisturizers are urea cream (which you can pick up at our office) and shea butter.
- Ice-circulating pumps. If you are really good to your go-to “surgeon Santa,” you might be treated to an ice-circulating pump to help prevent inflammation and reduce recovery time. After you are done with your recovery, you can re-gift it to a friend or relative who had his or her own procedure performed.
- Selfie-sticks. With almost 1 out of every 10 Americans having diabetes, there is a good chance you have a diabetic friend or loved one on your gift list. Daily foot inspections are an essential part of diabetic foot care, including checking out the bottoms of both feet. This can be tricky if your loved one doesn’t have enough flexibility, so a selfie-stick is actually an ingenious gift idea!
- Classic Christmas movies. We mentioned these aren’t all foot-related, so pick up copies of the DVDs for It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story so those on your gift list can really get into the holiday spirit.
- Tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you have not been fortunate to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in real life, it is an amazing experience. Depending on tour dates and where your friends and loved ones live, you should consider picking them up tickets for their holiday spectacular.
- Holiday treats. Some treats are seasonal, so take advantage of the holiday season to pick up Cranberry 7Up and White Fudge Covered Oreos. Even better, bring them along to holiday parties and share with others!
- Meal prep or culinary classes from Stargazer Inc. I have saved the best for last. Chef Carol Rice created Stargazer to offer prepared healthy meals (each entrée is under 700 calories) and private cooking classes, either of which can be an excellent idea for the hard-to-shop-for on your gift list. Your meals for the week can even be delivered. Sign up your loved ones for an outstanding and unique culinary experience!
Of course, the holiday spirit is one based on generosity. We love giving gifts to people in our lives, but you can also make a big difference for the less-fortunate in our community. If you get new clothes this holiday season, consider donating your older ones (that still have some life in them) to organizations like Crisis Resource Center. Additionally, you might want to find out how you can help the furry friends at Animal Care and Control Foundation.
Now, if you have any questions about podiatric care—including the various conditions we treat at our Indianapolis, IN office—simply give us a call at (317) 545-0505. You can also contact us online, if it’s easier for you.