A box of choccies might be your default Christmas gift when you don’t know what to get for someone, but when that someone has pre- or type 2 diabetes, it’s just about the worst gift you can get. The carbohydrates in chocolate will raise their blood sugars and throw their diabetes management out the window, leaving them feeling tired, cranky and unwell.
So what instead? Compression socks? Essential, but there’s nothing fun about opening those on Christmas morning! Get on the front foot this year and get them something they’ll really love, thanks to our handy guide full of 10 great gift ideas for someone with type 2 diabetes.
All prices were correct at the time of publishing.
Show you care by giving something thoughtful made with your own hands.
Homemade treats are the universal gift that is budget-friendly and guaranteed to put a smile on the dial. Wrap your homemade goodies in parchment paper with a tied ribbon for a thoughtful little handmade gift. The best part? These aren’t just ordinary treats; these treats can help to send type 2 diabetes into remission!
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Make meal planning a breeze with a magnetic whiteboard that lets the whole family know what delicious meals are on the menu.
This magnetic meal planner is the perfect companion to the Defeat Diabetes Program. Plan your week, and avoid being asked “what’s for dinner?” every five minutes with a magnetic whiteboard that lets the household know what delicious meal they’ll be tucking into tonight.
Get it from Kmart. $6.
Pasta schmasta. Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are the carb-free answer to pasta.
Create amazing healthy meals in minutes, including this nutritious, low carb alternative to the classic Italian carbonara with our Zoodle Carbonara. A spiraliser is absolutely essential in any low carb kitchen. Try it on zucchini, carrots – even cucumbers!
Get it from Amazon. $24.
A Defeat Diabetes subscription to help your loved one transform their health and send their type 2 diabetes into remission.
Tina says: “Defeat Diabetes has changed my life and given me hope again. I’m so happy with the support I am receiving and feel like I have a team around me.”
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The Diabetes Plan (by Peter Brukner); a companion book to the Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program.
A one-stop guide to how to avoid diabetes, reverse a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, and reduce (or ditch) the need for diabetes medication.
Anne told us: “I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for years, and my meds have slowly increased as a result. But I have been following the advice in The Diabetes Plan and can honestly say I’ve never once felt hungry, and the weight has melted off.”
Get it from the Defeat Diabetes Shop $36.99 (paperback).
A Fat Lot of Good (by Peter Brukner); a fat-astic book for anyone wanting to lose some post-Christmas kilos and improve their health.
One Amazon reviewer said: “Succinctly addresses the current obesity epidemic and its causes, and offers an easily understood lifestyle plan for the individual to adopt should they wish to improve their health. I can attest to its effectiveness, losing about 1kg most weeks I’ve been following it.”
Get it from the Defeat Diabetes Shop $26.95 (paperback).
Nothing says “ghee you’re the best” better than a giant tub of pure cow’s ghee.
Ghee (clarified butter) is favoured by low carb and keto fans for being the safest and most suitable oil for baking, sautéing, slow cooking, deep-frying, roasting, and any high-temperature cooking. Its higher fat content makes it healthier than regular butter and oil and it’s an excellent option for those living with type 2 diabetes.
Get it from Natural Moreish. 1.8kg for $43.90.
Be ready when hunger strikes with a delicious, fun and guilt-free Keto Snack Box.
Why do we like this one? No weird crackers, sugary pastes and chocolate-covered coffee beans. Just healthy fats and low carb snacks. You’re dreaming if you think they’ll share them with you!
Get it from Snack Proud. $59.95.
Enjoy the silly season without being silly about your food and drink choices!
While alcohol can often derail your health plans, there are now so many options on the market that are lower in carbs and alcohol that even those watching their weight or blood sugar levels can enjoy in moderation. Defeat Diabetes member Rachael is a sucker for these Burleigh Big Head No Carb Beers when the celebration calls for a (healthier) tipple!
Get it from Dan Murphys. $69.99 for a 24-pack.
Say goodbye to finger pricks with real-time blood sugar readings 24 hours a day via a continuous glucose monitor.
Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) track the body’s blood sugar response to food, and the data doesn’t lie. Find out what’s causing your blood sugars to spike, and understand why you need to ditch the so-called healthy bowl of oats for a clever grain-free brekkie instead.
Get it from Freestyle Libre. From $92.50.
Data is a girl’s best friend, not diamonds! So impress them with a FitBit Luxe to help them track their health.
Evidence shows that losing a small percentage of unhealthy weight can help send type 2 diabetes into remission and reduce the risk of developing complications like heart disease, stroke and some cancers. And while we don’t believe in calories in, calories out, a Fitbit can help you increase your activity levels, holding you accountable as well as monitoring other pretty important things like your heart rate.
Get it from Amazon. $179.
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