Hypermobility Holiday Gift Guide

by Jeannie Di Bon, December 7th, 2023

Hypermobility Holiday Gift Guide

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes We have compiled this massive Hypermobility gift guide! Hopefully, you can find something for yourself or the hypermobile people in your life. These suggestions have been recommended by The Zebra Club Community members and team.

Please do shop around – provided links are used as examples, many members tend to find acceptable and often cheaper alternatives on Amazon. Pro tip from Ambassador Bethany: If buying from Amazon, make sure they are returnable! You can find a few variations to get it right.

Comfort Gifts

We all deserve to feel comfortable! Here are some community favourites to find comfort and soothing in our day-to-day. 

1. Earplugs

US: Loops
UK: Loops

2. Noise Cancelling Headphones

US: Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones
UK: Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones

3. Seat Cushion

US: Cushion Lab Seat Cushion (So many fun colours!) 

4. Adjustable Phone Stand

US: Adjustable Gooseneck Phone Stand
UK: Adjustable Gooseneck Phone Stand

5. Heated Vest

US: Ororo Heated Vest
UK: Ororo Heated Gilet

6. Cozy Gripper Slippers

US: Bombas Gripper Slippers
UK: Cozyshoe Slippers

7. Compression Gloves

US: Grace & Able Compression Gloves
UK: Hotcakes Compression Gloves

8. Body Braid

US (ships worldwide): Body Braid

9. Pillow Pad

US: Ontel Pillow Pad Ultra Multi-Angle Soft Tablet Stand
UK: Pill-O-Pad Foldaway – Multi-angle, foldable, soft tablet stand

Movement Gifts

These are tools to help support the movement. These are all used by Jeannie in different The Zebra Club classes. For example, check out the community favorite Fascial Release class in Mindful and Stress to use the Franklin Balls. Or try Sit Fit Fun in Stability to get a whole-body workout with the Sit Fit! 

1. Bolster

You can use either the round version or the more rectangular version, whatever you prefer. 

US: Sol Living Rectangular Bolster
UK: Buckwheat Yoga Bolster

2. Small Pilates Ball

US: 9” Pilates Ball
UK: 23 cm Pilates Soft Ball

3. Magic Circle

US: 14” Pilates Ring
UK: 66 Fit 36 cm Magic Circle

4. Foam Roller

US: OPTP Soft Foam Roller
UK: Sissel Soft Foam Roller

5. Franklin Balls

US: Smooth Franklin Balls
UK: Smooth Franklin Balls 

6. Sit Fit

US: Sissel Sit Fit
UK: Sissel Sit Fit

7. Resistance Bands

US: Theraband Set (These have a non-latex option)
UK: Theraband Set

8. Extra Thick Pilates Mat

Many find these more comfortable than typical yoga mats.

US: Retrospec 1” Thick Pilates Mat
UK: Kingdom Supreme 20mm Pilates Mat 

9. A subscription to The Zebra Club to use all of these tools! www.thezebra.club

Gifts For Pain Relief

These are tried and true suggestions from our Zebra Club community forum. Tip: Combine your pain relief methods – if you get 20% relief from the TENS, 20% from a heating pad, 10% from an Epsom salt bath, and another 30% from a Zebra Club pain relief class – you are up to 80% relief! 

1. Tens Unit

US: TENS 7000 Digital TENS Unit with Accessories
UK: Med-Fit 3 Plus Dual Channel TENS

2. Ring Splints

Here is a fantastic guide about ring splints by the Ehlers-Danlos Society, including where to buy them in the Australia, US, UK and some other European countries.

Silver Ring Splint Company and Zebra Splints are two popular brands.

3. Ice hat

US: TheraICE Headache Relief Cap
UK: ACWOO Migraine Relief Cap

4. Acupressure mat

US: Prosource Fit Acupressure Mat
UK: Supportiback Acupressure Mat

5. Wireless Heating Pad

US: UPHEAT Weighted Pad
UK: Stoov Heating Pads

6. Neck/Shoulders Heating pads

US: Comfytemp Electric Shoulder Heating Pad
UK: Comfytemp Electric Shoulder Heating Pad

7. SI Belt

US: Serola SI Belt (Search for additional sizes)
UK: Serola SI Belt (Search for additional sizes)

8. Topical CBD

Mission Farms is a favourite brand among club members.

9. Epsom Salts

Saves so much $ to buy them in bulk!

US: 24 Lbs Total of Epsom Salt Soak – This one is unscented.
UK: 10Kg Pure Epsom Salts

Sleep Gifts

We all know how hard it can be to get comfortable at night, here are some of our favorite tools to help. Many of us like to rotate pillows in and out depending on how we are feeling that day. These are some great options to include in your pillow arsenal!

1. Squishmallows

Our members rave about Squishmallows of all sizes for sleep and comfort, plus they come in so many fun designs. The larger ones are a particular favorite.

US: Squishmallows
UK: Squishmallows

2. Padded Eye Mask

US: Manta Sleep Mask
Jeannie’s Fave: Drowsy Mask

3. Buckwheat Pillow

Have you seen Jeannie’s video talking about pillows?  Buckwheat pillows have become a favourite of many in the The Zebra Club community. Our members recommend finding one that you can remove the hulls from so you can further adjust to your comfort.

US: Comfy Comfy Buckwheat Pillow
UK: Organic Buckwheat Hull Pillow

4. Knee pillow

US: Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow with strap
UK: Contour Legacy Leg Pillow

5. Leg Pillow

US: Sleep Yoga Leg Pillow
UK: Sleep Yoga Leg Pillow

6. Large Heating Pad

US: Heating Pad for Back Pain Relief, Extra Large 33” x 17”
UK: 45 cm X 85 Cm Heating Pad

7. Weighted Blanket

US: YnM Weighted Blanket
UK: The Oodie Weighted Blanket

8. Pregnancy Pillow

Not just for pregnant people! We suggest using the U-shaped pillows upside down so you can still use your pillow of choice for your neck. The Snoogle is also a popular US brand.

US: Queen Rose Pregnancy Pillow
UK: AWESLING Pregnancy Pillow

9. Large Hot Water Bottle

US: Bearaby Heated Water Bottle
UK: YuYu Bottle

Dysautonomia Gifts

It’s no secret Dysautonomia is common in the EDS/hypermobile population. In a recent survey in our community forum, over 90% had some form of dysautonomia! Here are some gift ideas for the dysautonomia life.

1. Big Water Bottle

US: Trek Tumbler
UK: One Green Bottle – Water Bottle With Straw 

2. Fun Compression Socks

We know there are so many brands of compression socks! These are some recommended by our members.

US: Vim & Vigr Compression Socks
UK: SockWell Compression Socks

3. Compression leggings with Abdominal Compression

US: Shapermint Compression Leggings
UK: Shapermint Compression Leggings

4. Sea Salt Dark Chocolate

US: Dark Almond Sea Salt Chocolate
UK: Tony’s Chocolonely

5. TriceraPOTS Sweater

They also have a sticker version along with other awareness stickers!
US: Embroidered crewneck

6. Collapsible Portable Stool

US: Fishboy Collapsible Folding Stool
UK: Luxjet Portable Folding Stool

7. Salt On The Go!

US: Real SaltPocket Shaker (6 pack)
UK: Small Salt Shakers

8. Visible Subscription

Developed for people with Long-COVID and ME, this app and heart rate monitor can help track tachycardia as well as symptoms, HRV, and energy expenditure.

Available In the US & UK: Make Visible 

9. So You Have POTS Subscription Box or Starter Pack

Favorite Books

This collection includes some of Jeannie’s favorites about EDS and hypermobility; romance fantasy featuring dragons and a heroine with EDS; polyvagal theory; and Moving Mountains which is a beautiful anthology on nature by disabled and chronically ill writers.

1. Moving Mountains by Louise Kenward

US:  Moving Mountains
UK: Moving Mountains

2. Disjointed: Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

US: Disjointed
UK: Disjointed

3. Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory, by Deb Dana

US: Anchored
UK: Anchored

4. A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type), by Isobel Knight

US: A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
UK: A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

5. Hypermobility Without Tears, by Jeannie Di Bon

US: Hypermobility Without Tears
UK: Hypermobility Without Tears

6. And for the Romantasy (Romance Fantasy) Lovers – Fourth Wing and Iron Flame by Zebra Rebecca Yarros.

Starring a heroine with EDS. There is some spicy content not suitable for younger readers.

US: Fourth Wing
UK: Fourth Wing

7. Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness, by Alan Fogel

US: Body Sense
UK: Body Sense

8. Understanding Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Spectrum Disord, by Claire Smith

UK: Understanding Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Spectrum Disord

Zebra Gifts

Here are a variety of fun zebra-themed gifts to show some zebra pride!

1. Adopt a Zebra to support WWF conservation efforts and get a Zebra stuffed animal.

Adopt a Zebra

2. Zebra Tree Ornament

US: Wooden Acacia Zebra
UK: Pink or Gold Shiny Zebra Ornament

3. Socks That Protect Zebras (US only)

US: Socks that Protect Zebras

4. Zebra Succulents (Haworthia fasciata)

US: Zebra Garden Succulents 
UK: Zebra Succulent

5. Corkcicle 24oz Hot and Cold Tumbler (US only)

US: Exotic Tumbler

6. Zebra Planner (US/GB/AU)

US: Zebra Print Spiral 2024 Planner
UK: Zebra Print Spiral 2024 Diary
Aus: Zebra Print Spiral 2024 Diary

7. Zebra Mug

US: BigNoseDeer Zebra Mug Cute Mugs with 3D Zebra Inside
UK: Gifts for Women Cute Zebra Coffee Mug Tea Cup with Spoon Lid

8. Zebra Wall Décor

US: Going Into the Wild Limited Edition Art
UK: Framed Zebra Prints

9. Zebra Stationary Set

US: Zebra Stationery Set
UK: Personalised Writing Paper Set, Zebra Stationery

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Marion - 18th June 2024

This is so useful to have everything gathered here with links, thank you Jeannie!

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    Jeannie Di Bon - 20th June 2024

    Thank you – so glad it is helpful. Look out for our 2024 gift guide this December.

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Marnie - 2nd January 2024

This is brilliant – thanks so much for sharing this list. I’m gradually building up my “equipment” and this will be a huge help.

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    jeannie-admin - 5th January 2024

    I’m so happy you found our hypermobility gift list useful.

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Veronica - 18th December 2023

This is GLORIOUS! What an incredible resource. Thank you so much for putting it together

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    jeannie-admin - 19th December 2023

    Thank you – I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I think it is a great resource for any time of the year too! Happy Holidays!

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Margaret Yova - 18th December 2023

This is an amazing list – thank you! I was shocked at how many items I already have, but then again, I’ve been dealing with EDS for awhile now!! 🙂

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    jeannie-admin - 19th December 2023

    I’m so glad you liked it. It was fun collecting all these ideas.

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Donna Anderson - 18th December 2023

This is the most thoughtful gift guide ever.
Thank you so much! I’m so glad to be a member of the Zebra Club. It has helped me so much.

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    jeannie-admin - 18th December 2023

    Thank you for being a valued member. I’m so happy you enjoyed the gift guide – I hope it is useful any time of the year!