Do you want to make an endometriosis care package for your loved one with endo? (Or maybe even yourself – no judgement here!) Whether your loved one is recovering from endometriosis surgery, or just struggling through life in an endo flare, a simple care package or gift can actually make a huge difference. So, kudos to you for thinking of them!
Having recently had my second endometriosis surgery, I can say that the gifts my loved ones sent during my recovery were so appreciated. They kept my spirits up during a tough time.
Below I’m sharing suggestions for the perfect endometriosis care package. I hope this list gives you some inspiration!
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25 Gifts to Include in an Endometriosis Care Package
1. Thoughtful Card
A simple card is the most meaningful option for any care package. Even sending a card in the mail in lieu of a whole care package is so supportive. Make a card yourself, or buy one of these cute endometriosis-themed cards:
2. Thinx Period Underwear
This is top of the list for a reason, folks! I started using Thinx period underwear in 2018, after my first endometriosis surgery, and it is literally a game changer. Suddenly my periods were more bearable and my bleeding anxiety vanished.
I highly recommend Thinx to any person with endometriosis. I have six pairs myself, but starting with a gift card or one pair (my favorite are the super hiphuggers) is a great gift idea.
You can book through my Thinx profile for $10 off – that’s 30% off one pair.
Flowers are a classic for a reason! After my second endometriosis surgery, my parents and my boyfriend both gave me flowers. Dan actually sent a huge bouquet of yellow roses (yellow is the color for endometriosis awareness). I dried them and plan to keep them for a long, long time.
Send flowers on their own, or as part of a larger care package. Either way, they will definitely be appreciated.
4. Endometriosis Awareness Shirt
Nothing says Endo Warrior like literally saying it on your shirt! Some endometriosis shirts are a bit cringe, so I rounded up my favorite ones that someone with endo would actually wear in this blog post.
I personally bought this Cure Endo shirt and wore it proudly to my surgery. Some of my other favorite endometriosis awareness shirts are:
5. Jeni’s Ice Cream
Ice cream is the ultimate comfort food, and my girl Jeni takes ice cream to the next level of bougie. One of the BEST gifts I ever received was when my friend Julia and her family sent me a six-pack of Jeni’s ice cream after my last endometriosis surgery.
You can order and ship Jeni’s icecream online. Be aware that a lot of people with endo have dietary restrictions. Jeni’s does carry tons of gluten fee and dairy free ice creams, which you can filter for online.
6. An Endometriosis Book
Some endometriosis-related reading is a great idea for a care package. After my first endometriosis surgery, I read up about the condition voraciously. I wanted to learn everything. This included self-help and informational books, as well as personal memoirs and accounts of life with endometriosis.
My top recommended endometriosis books include:
- How to Endo by Bridget Hustwaite
- Beating Endo by Dr. Iris Orbuch
- The Endometriosis Health and Diet Plan by Dr. Andrew Cook
- Ask me About my Uterus by Abby Norman
- Finding Peace with a Devastating Disease by Amy Corfeli
7. DoTerra Deep Blue Pain Relief Lotion
I swear by DoTerra deep blue pain relief lotion. I’ve been slathering my back and abdomen in this stuff for years now. But compared to how amazing and effective this stuff is, I feel like a lot of people have never heard of it before.
It’s the perfect gift for someone with endometriosis because it will probably surprise them, and they will use it a ton. (I use the 4oz tube, but it’s a bit spenny. These samples are a cheaper option).
8. Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook
Many people with endometriosis adopt an anti-inflammatory diet to manage symptoms. This can be a confusing diet to learn, so a cookbook is a great way to introduce the concepts!
I personally own and use The Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Action Plans: 4-Week Meal Plans to Heal the Immune System and Restore Overall Health. I love a lot of the recipes.
9. Cordless Heating Pad
Most of us with endo are attached to our heating pads. Chances are, your friend already has one. However, why not get them an upgrade?
I love my cordless heating pad because I can move around (and even wear it to work) without being attached to an outlet, or constantly reheating in the microwave. The one I use is no longer available, but I’ve linked to a similar version.
10. Barre3 Gift Card
I love my Barre3 subscription and I think it is a great option for people with endometriosis who want to exercise. When my endo got worse, I had to stop running because it caused such painful flares. This really got to me mentally, but then I discovered Barre3 last year.
Barre3 is a low impact online barre class with hundreds of class options. The teachers go out of their way to give accessible options. Finally I could exercise and not be in an endo flare for days afterward!
11. Gluten Free, Dairy Free Snacks
A lot of us with endometriosis avoid trigger foods like gluten or dairy. Packing your care package with some yummy endo-friendly snacks is a great choice.
I shared all my favorite gluten free, dairy free snacks in this blog post. Some of my favorites include:
- Hu Kitchen dark chocolate
- GFB gluten free bites
- Madegood granola bars
- This Bar Saves Lives granola bar – pistachio blueberry is the best flavor ever
12. Eye Mask
This eye mask was surprisingly one of the best things I brought to the hospital for my second endometriosis surgery. Eye masks are great for those of us with endo because they help you sleep or relax in a hospital setting where there are always lights on. They are also useful for plane journeys or a cheeky daytime nap.
I particularly love this eye mask because not only is it affordable, but it fully blacks out light and has an adjustable strap.
13. Tens Machine
Tens units, or tens machines, are a pretty affordable over the counter option for pain relief. A lot of people with endo use them. They involve sticking some nodes onto various parts of your body and setting the unit to a certain frequency.
This one is small, competitively priced, and has good reviews.
14. Yellow Nailpolish
Yellow is the official color for endometriosis awareness. If your friend likes painting their nails, then this essie yellow nail polish would be a small, cute addition to their endometriosis care package.
15. Mint Tea
Endometriosis causes major, painful bloating that is often referred to as “endo belly.” Mint tea, particularly spearmint tea, is a tasty remedy for calming this bloating down. Stick a few teabags in your endo care package!
16. Comfy No-Waistband Sweatpants
On the endo belly topic, waist bands (even elastic ones) can be really bothersome for someone in an endo flare. After my first surgery, I discovered the amazing world of waistband free sweatpants.
My favorite no-waistband sweatpants is this pair from Beyond Yoga. They are super soft, have pockets (!), and a rollover top that doesn’t irritate any endo belly or post-surgery soreness.
17. CBD Salve
The endometriosis community raves about CBD salve for abdominal and pelvic pain. CBD has no THC and there is a lot of research on its benefits for pain relief.
I am not a huge fan of most CBD because the industry is largely unregulated. However, I did buy some Simple Solace CBD salve before my endometriosis surgery at the recommendation of a friend and I really love it. I can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner.
This is a small family run company that puts everything into their CBD line. The owner even has endometriosis herself. If you do choose to buy CBD, I can recommend Simple Solace.
18. Endo Warrior Teddy Bear
You don’t have to be five years old for a teddy bear to be sweet and comforting. I’m more than a little obsessed with this “Endometriosis Warrior” teddy bear. It’s adorable and the perfect gift to comfort someone recovering from surgery or going through a rough endo flare.
19. Fuzzy Socks or Slippers
20. Power Bank
This one might seem a bit random, but a power bank is actually a great gift idea for someone who will be having endometriosis surgery.
During all my endo-related hospital stays, I’ve been so grateful for my Anker portable charger. You can keep your phone charged from bed, when you’re unable to get up and charge your phone (plus, lots of hospital rooms actually don’t even have outlets near the bed!).
21. OTC Pain Relief
Well, it’s pretty basic, but this might be THE most useful item on this list! Endometriosis causes a lot of pain, so a restock of your friend’s go-to over-the-counter pain relief drugs is a gift that won’t go unused.
Succulents are a really great addition to an endometriosis care package. After my first endometriosis surgery, one of my best friends gave me a small succulent with a card that said “well that succ’d”. It was punny, made me laugh, and succulents are so easy to care for that even through endo flares and another surgery, I managed to keep the succulent alive years later!
You can buy succulents from most gardening centers and even supermarkets. However I found this cute Etsy shop that sends their own post-surgery succulent care package!
23. Personalized Pill Organizer
Most of us with endometriosis take at least one medication and/or supplement. It can get overwhelming managing them all. A pill organizer is an affordable and super useful addition to your endometriosis care package.
24. Endo Badass Pin
This Endo Badass pin is the best small addition to your care package. It’s empowering, adorable, and something that your friend would actually wear or put on a bag.
25. Cure Endo Bracelet
This Cure Endo bracelet is another cute, small, and affordable addition to your care package. Personally speaking, it is also something a person with endo would actually wear! Check out the whole shop because there are lots of other bracelet design options!
Putting Your Endometriosis Care Package Together
Some of you might prefer to buy a pre-made endometriosis gift box. It’s niche, but YES this actually exists! I found this pre-made endometriosis care package for sale from the artist who designed the Endo Badass buttons. It’s $38 and is full of cute gifts.
There are a lot of endometriosis gift ideas in this post! I’m definitely not suggesting you should stuff all 25 into one care package, haha. A simple card, or just one item from this list will make a big difference.
It really is the thought that counts – especially when you’re living with a chronic illness, it means a lot to know your loved ones are thinking of you.