Migraine Key’s Holiday Gift Guide
Whether you’re buying holiday gifts for yourself or a loved one, the items on our gift guide will bring much-needed relaxation and relief to any migraine sufferer this holiday season. Keep reading to see a list of our favorite products.
1. Headache Hat
Instant cold relief that is comfortable, hands-free, and lasts for hours. Regular ice packs are just awkward. This is one of the only headache hats that looks and feels like you’re wearing a comfy hat. It’s a top-rated migraine product on Amazon for a reason, with high ratings from over a thousand thankful migraine sufferers.
2. Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil
Price: Starting at $49.95
CBD oil is a powerful way to both relieve and prevent migraines. Bluebird Botanicals is an award-winning CBD that has helped many migraine sufferers. This is the same CBD that I mentioned in my book Hemp for Migraine. We’ve also sent their products to a lab to test for purity and found they are legit. Our favorite product is their Hemp Classic 6X Concentrated CBD Oil. Check out our reviews of Bluebird Botanicals products and other top CBD oils here.
3. Ossur Cold Rush Therapy System with Universal Pad
Cold therapy systems are lifesavers. They provide next-level cold relief that is unmatched by ice packs. The universal pad can wrap around the head or neck for serious relief. You could also place this around the neck for about 20 minutes per day for migraine prevention. See the science behind cold therapy and migraine here.
4. SaltStick Caps Electrolyte Pills for Hydration
Price: $21.95 on Amazon
Sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are also essential for migraine prevention. And SaltStick Caps have all of these minerals. SaltStick Caps were initially designed to hydrate triathlon athletes. Now, many migraine sufferers are finding relief from the superior hydration of these natural minerals.
5. IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask
Every migraine sufferer needs an eye mask pillow to block out all light, which becomes painful during a migraine. This one was designed by an orthopedic surgeon specifically for migraine relief. It relieves eye and sinus pressure and you can chill it for added relief. Just take a peek at the reviews. Migraine sufferers love it.
6. Coop Home Goods Adjustable Hypoallergenic Pillow
Allergens can wreak havoc on a migraine sufferer. An excellent hypoallergenic pillow is a must. But do you get a slim, regular, or super big pillow? There’s no one-size-fits-all in the pillow world. Lucky for us, COOP makes this adjustable pillow with memory foam and cooling gel. It’s perfect for any migraine sufferer. Migraine sufferers love pillows and they are sure to love you too if you get this one as a gift.
7. BluBlocker Sunglasses
Blue light can trigger migraines and it’s also what causes vision pain during a migraine. Blue light physically damages your eyes with a migraine trigger called oxidative stress. NASA developed blue blockers to protect the eyes of astronauts. Expensive migraine glasses also work by blocking the blue light spectrum, but these stylish sunnies do the same job at a fraction of the cost.
8. TheraSpecs Audrey Migraine Glasses
If you’re looking for migraine prevention glasses that are proven by peer-reviewed research, look no further than TheraSpecs. They block blue light and use patented FL-41 lenses, which reduce migraine frequency and sensitivity. TheraSpecs were explicitly designed for migraine sufferers and are great for indoor migraine triggers such as fluorescent light or computer screens. These are premium migraine glasses that are backed by a leading study on migraine prevention through “spectacle coatings.”
9. Stopain Migraine Topical
Stopain is currently the top-rated migraine topical gel for pain relief. One Amazon reviewer writes, “It performs about 100 times better than an OTC painkiller (no exaggeration).” Its secret sauce is not much of a secret: menthol. Menthol is derived from peppermint and has been used by migraine sufferers for generations. This topical is applied to the neck, which directly soothes the nerves involved in the pain process and development of a migraine. It’s no cure, but every bit of relief helps during a dreadful migraine.
10. Essential Oils Peppermint, Lavender, and Eucalyptus
Price: $20.36 on Amazon
NOW has a long-standing reputation for providing the best essential oils. This 3-pack should be called the migraine pack. Peppermint provides powerful pain and anti-nausea relief in migraine research. It’s even used for anti-nausea relief for chemotherapy patients. Lavender is best known for its relaxation effects and has several studies suggesting it provides pain relief during migraine attacks. Eucalyptus oil helps with inflammation and sinus pressure that are synonymous with migraines. Get a diffuser with these essential oils or apply directly to the neck and behind the ears for migraine relief and prevention.
11. PUREWAVE Massager
There are several studies that show massage is equally effective as migraine prevention medications. The trigeminal and occipital nerves are located throughout the face and neck. These nerves release a peptide that both triggers migraines and is responsible for the pain associated with migraines. There’s a whole bunch of ways that migraine treatments target these nerves to reduce inflammation around them. PUREWAVE is an excellent choice for getting the job done. It even has an attachment for facial massages, which can directly target that trigeminal nerve. Massages are just one more tool for migraine prevention, and PUREWAVE is a heck of a lot cheaper than paying a masseuse every day. This thing feels so good.
12. Hemp for Migraine book
My book Hemp for Migraine is a perfect stocking stuffer—I know, I’m completely biased on this gift idea. In the book, you’ll learn how hemp and the endocannabinoid system fight the underlying trigger of migraine, everything you need to know about using hemp for migraine prevention and relief, and multiple ways to boost the endocannabinoid system—with or without the help of hemp. Plus, it’s a fun and easy (and illustrated!) read.
Price: $12.99/month or $69.99/year (after 1-2 week free trial)
Relaxation exercises such as slow breathing, biofeedback, and meditation have proven to be just as effective as the strongest medications at reducing pain as well as preventing migraines and chronic headaches. The Headspace meditation mobile app is our favorite for guided meditations. The app features great lessons in meditation, cute cartoon characters to make it approachable, and the soothing voice of founder Andy Puddicombe (a former monk) to guide you into peaceful bliss and migraine relief. Stress is the #1 most common migraine trigger and there are over 1 million people using Headspace for stress reduction. Headspace provides a modern science-based approach that may help stop your loved one’s next migraine before it starts.
14. Ketogenic Diet Books
The ketogenic diet is extremely successful at reducing migraine, but the diet can be difficult to start and maintain. Bestselling health and nutrition author, Mark Sisson, makes keto easy with the 21-day program in his Keto Reset book series. His plan is easy to follow, the recipes are delicious, and the books look good on a bookshelf, making them a perfect gift. When you give this gift, add a little note that says, “Research shows that the ketogenic diet is up to 90% successful at reducing or eliminating migraines. This is a great book if you want to give it a try.”