Gifts for Diabetics, Tips
to Help Them Stay
Healthy on the
If you have a friend or relative who is diabetic, of
course you would not want to buy gifts for diabetics that could cause
health problems. The diabetic diet is a rather specialized one and even
though the American Diabetes Association
Diet allows some sugar and refined flour
foods, it is still best to avoid these.
How can you as a giver of a diabetic gift
basket get around this to give the right gifts for diabetics? First of all, consider the
glycemic index and
protein content of the foods you want to give.
With consideration to the glycemic index or a
diabetic diet, you could focus your gifts for diabetics on tasty
high protein foods such as low sodium smoked salmon, water-packed sardines, unsalted
anchovies, smoked oysters, low fat low salt cheeses, low salt olives,
fancy olive oil and seasoned vinegar (tarragon is a good one).
Many fresh fruits like apples, tangerines, pears and grapefruit as
well as most vegetables are relatively low on the glycemic index.
So bottled artichoke hearts, mushrooms and red bell peppers might be
good vegetable choices.
Here are Some Especially
Food Gifts for Diabetics
One of the best gifts for diabetics is raw nuts
(especially organically grown/pesticide free ones), which have healthy
oils in them as well as vitamins and minerals. Recent research studies
have shown that people who eat nuts regularly have a lower rate of
Because people who are diabetic are particularly subject
to heart disease, raw nuts are an ideal “health food”. A selection of
nuts might include raw walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazel nuts,
pistachios, pine nuts and Brazil nuts. Roasted peanuts, sesame
tahini, peanut butter or almond butter are additional choices.
substitutes might be excellent gifts for diabetics, in fact a
sampling of several such as Stevia,
xylitol, aspartame (brand name
Equal), sucralose (brand name Splenda) and/or saccharine would be
interesting gifts for diabetics.
Gifts for Diabetics Don't Have to Be Food!
You might also give a diabetic gift that did not
include food at all. Instead, you could give fancy soap,
shampoo, or other bath accessories including bath salts
and bubble bath. You could also consider potpourri, essential
oils and natural creams for the skin. There are also,
and necklaces to identify someone as diabetic as well as
the ones that are sold for
diabetes research fundraising
In fact, the list
of possible gifts that could be given as a gift for
your diabetic friend or relative is only limited by your