Gifts For Diabetics: The Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids Who Have Type 1 Diabetes
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Coming up with gift ideas and the ideal gift for your child or any other family member that has type 1 diabetes can be tough.
You don’t know if what you are going to get them is going to make them feel sad in some way.
That is why I have come up with some unique diabetes-friendly that are thoughtful and practical gifts that your child will love! They are perfect for the holiday season, any special occasion, and even Valentine’s day.
If you are low on cash, then check out my post of where you can get free diabetic things for type 1 diabetic children.
Lauren’s Hope Jewelry
As a mom, you might often worry about your child being away from you. What if there is an emergency? You certainly want another person to know that your child has type 1 diabetes, so he/she can get the appropriate assistance he/she needs.
Here is when Lauren’s medical IDs alert bracelets come into play!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rose tone magnetic bracelet and the blue magnetic bracelet.
As an added bonus, you can engrave your child’s medical alert bracelet! How cute is that?!
Lauren’s Hope Jewelry
Rose Gold Medical Alert Bracelet
Urban Medical Alert in Rose Tone is a stainless steel medical ID bracelet with a rose gold-tone finish.
Urban Blue Medical Bracelet
With an affixed ID tag and an adjustable, magnetic closure, our Urban Med IDs are as easy to put on and take off!
Notebooks and Sketchbooks
Does your child have an artistic or poetic skill? These notebooks and sketchbooks are perfect for that job! Living with diabetes is no easy task. These notebooks and sketchbooks can help your child decompress his/her feelings via writing or just drawing their thoughts down when feeling overwhelmed when things are not going well.
Funny Diabetes Shirts
In the Diabetes Community, there are a lot of us that have a funny sense of humor! We LOVE when our kids have a 100 mg/dL blood sugar level (hello unicorns!), or when we joke about our child being an insulin junkie or just loving a funny dabbing unicorn. Whichever your child’s humor is there is no wrong choice with either of these T-shirts.
Funny Diabetes Shirts
Type Onederful Shirt Type 1 Diabetes
Show off your diabetes humor with this funny type onederful tee that’s perfect for Diabetes Awareness Month.
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness T-Shirts
For a more cool teenager, that wants to show that Diabetes does not stop him/her, then these stylish T-shirts will do the trick! They will be in the “in-crowd” in no time.
Type 1 Diabetic Hoodie
This hoodie is perfect for those cold College dorms, rainy days and Fall/Autumn Season. Match this hoodie with one of the T-shirt above and it will be a winning combo!
Diabetes Supply Cases for Kids
Is your child’s diabetes supply case boring? Not anymore! Take a look at these fashionable diabetes cases. These would make a great gift for your child, from the purple diabetes case to a funny one that says “dead pancreas club“, have your child carry his/her diabetes management supplies in style!
Diabetic Supply Cases
Purple Diabetic Travel Bag
Thick padding sandwiched between layers of material, which helps keep the diabetic supplies in good condition.
Dead Pancreas Club Case
Your child’s diabetes supplies should be stored in a case as fun and funny as this one!
Harry Potter Theme: Type 1 Diabetic Bag
If your child is a die-hard Harry Potter fan, then he/she will love this adorable bag to carry their insulin supplies. He/she can carry his/her insulin pens, test strips, and any other candy to raise his/her glucose levels!
Harry Potter Diabetic Case
Harry Potter Themed Bag
Harry Potter themed bag for Type 1 Diabetes awareness. Perfect for kids and Harry Potter fans!
Adorable Type 1 Diabetic Gift Box For Kids
Another thoughtful gift for the newly diagnosed or the more seasoned one is to get a ready-made diabetes gift basket. It’s not a basket, per se, but I liked this gift box , which I feel will be a great hit!
You can pick a character between: a chameleon, basal plant, and an adorable bear. Perfect birthday gift for that child that you love so much.
Type 1 Diabetic Gift Box
I grew up in a household where some of my gifts were chocolate! Yup! I was a lucky girl! I always waited for that sweet treat as a gift.
So, why should we limit our kiddos of this delight? Two of our favorites are the milk chocolate, and the dark chocolate.
These UnReal Chocolate bags can make the perfect addition to a gift basket for your child! They are not sugar-free but they have less sugar than the commercial chocolates. Can you say yum?
If your child is a Dexcom CGM user, consider an Apple Watch as a gift so he/she can monitor his/her blood glucose! If the recommendations suggested are not in your price range, read Dexcom’s compatibility recommendations for other options. The most affordable series are the oldest ones. Look into the Apple Watch Series 3.
Going into the sense of humor again, and also some bedroom decor, your child will love these adorable pancreas plushes! Here are two of the most adorable pancreas plushes! The I Heart Pancreas Plush and the nerdbugs Pancreas Plush. These plushes will also make a great addition to a gift basket!
Design pins are the craze right now. These pins can be placed anywhere: on a skirt, shirt, bookbag, hat, cap, etc. Another great addition to that gift basket. Take a look into the I Heart Guts Insulin Design Lapel Pin and the Pancreas Pin, I bet these pins would be the talk of the party!
Although personally, we are not Omnipod users, I have seen in numerous diabetes Facebook groups about kids placing stickers on their Omnipods. It does not affect the connectivity with the PDM at all. Have your child be in style with these cute stickers. You can get them here, here and here.
Stickers for Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)
Continuing with the sticker craze, Dexcom G6 CGM can be decorated as well! Our daughter personally loves Grif Grips Extremely Pretty stickers. Look how cute they are! Boys can have some fashionable Dexcom G6 Transmitter stickers as well with the ones from ExpressionMed!
Insulin Pump Bands
If your child has an insulin pump, you can get him/her an insulin pump band. I recently got my daughter an insulin pump band from this store. We love the simplicity of these insulin pump bands, they are a great way for my daughter to show her personality.
As you can see, there are a lot of great diabetes-related gifts for your type 1 diabetic child. There is no reason to have a boring gift. Just have fun looking for that unique and perfect gift. I am sure your child will love it!
Are any of these gifts free.
This is a list of recommended gifts for a person to buy. I am going to be working on a post of free things that some companies give out to newly diagnosed kiddos. Hope that helps!
Have you found found freebie list for newly diagnosed?
You can start at the JDRF where you get a teddy bear called Rufus: https://www.jdrf.org/t1d-resources/newly-diagnosed/children/bag-of-hope/
You can also visit T1D Everyday Magic for some worksheets and activities: https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/10-fun-and-useful-diabetes-printables/ and here https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/lilly-and-disneys-type-1-diabetes-bookshelf/
Hope these help!
Hi my nephew was just diagnosed with type 1. I’d love to hear about any free things companies are giving for kids. (He just turned 8)
Hi Wendy. I am so sorry to hear about your nephew’s recent diagnosis. My heart goes out to your family. Check my other post about some of the places I was able to find. Take care!