It is that time of year again, it honestly feels like we just rang in the new year. As a wife and mother, I spend my energies trying to figure out the perfect gift for everyone. In all honesty, I am told by many friends and family that they never know what to buy for me and I am sure you also have the hard to shop for people in your life.
If you have a loved one who suffers from Misophonia, there are so many great gift ideas that they will greatly appreciate. Let me begin with the obvious, Noise Canceling Headphones/ Earbuds which can be life-changing.
Noise–cancelling reduces unwanted ambient sounds using active noise control. Noise-canceling headphones are probably one of the top coping tools for a Misophonia sufferer. It is also an item that many people do not normally purchase for themselves. They can be very spendy, but can you put a price on your sanity or well being? Before you go into cardiac arrest when you see the price tags, please keep a few things in mind. First of all, as I said this is an investment in their well- being, can you really put a price on that? Secondly, noise-canceling headphones range in price and brands so you will be able to find a pair that fit your budget.
A solid piece of advice to offer is that you get what you pay for, so keeping that in mind, a $20 pair of headphones will probably not provide the relief that is needed and chances are they may not last that long. It is just my opinion but I think it is better to buy a quality item so you are not replacing them. In the long run, you will end up spending more replacing them when they break than to spend it all at once. I would also suggest purchasing the extended warranty offered since this is an item that will be used very frequently.
I highly recommend that you purchase these from Amazon or at least check the store return policy. One feature that I really like about Amazon is when you look at the review section you can click on certain words. There is a section that says, “Read Reviews that mention”; aside from the standard topics consumers are reviewing them based on noise-canceling, sound sensitivity, SPD and Autism. Do your research! Reading reviews can really help you when making your purchasing decision.
The products below are priced from Amazon but feel free to search them on other websites to find a lower price. You can also find some of them on QVC or HSN which will typically offer easy payment options so you do not have to pay the full price at one time.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling are amazing. 9.9/10 rating with over 2900 reviews. These are available with a few color choices,
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones are listed in 2nd place with 9.6 ratings out of 1300 reviews
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone with Touch Sensitive Control and 30-Hour Battery Life is another quality brand
With an 8.9/10 out of 1100 reviews
If you are looking for more of an earbud, Bose has you covered.
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
There are less expensive options available in case you need to purchase them for a child or teenager and you may have concerns about care and loss. Who can blame you there? Just make sure they are compatible with their device and look for the noise-canceling feature as well as battery life.
What are some other items that you can give without breaking the bank?
Earplugs make a great stocking stuffer. Every Misophone should always keep at least a pair on them al all times. You never know when you may put in a trigger situation. Of course, we all have them, but this is one item that you can never have too many, we drop them or lose them very often, at least I do. You can make a little gift bag with them and throw in a package of alcohol wipes and maybe a keychain with an earplug holder so your Misophone will have them handy when they need to grab them quickly. Believe me, there is nothing worse than being triggered and digging through your purse frantically looking for a pair. I love Moldex sparkplugs. Pairs of 35db earplugs are individually packed in fun colors. They are very comfortable and lightweight. The individual packing is great to leave in your car or purse. You can also buy them in larger quantities (yes they do sell them in bulk!).
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now for a reason. When you’re stressed, it’s really hard to get a good night sleep. There’s actually science behind why they can help (proprioceptive pressure is excellent for calming/regulating). Also, it’s winter, so these blankets are sure to keep your loved one warm.
A Sound Machine
Sound machines are a device that can play sounds such as white, pink, brown noise or even ambient sounds like nature sounds that can help block out or lessen the severity of triggers. Again these range in price but you can find them almost everywhere. Bed Bath and Beyond has a wide selection and offers coupons.
Gradual Alarm Clocks, instead of being jarred awake but the sudden blaring beep, this clock will not jolt you out of restless sleep.
Some treatments are geared toward sensory relaxation such as a Himalayan Salt Cave, an AquaFloat, which is an hour-long sensory deprivation pool or tank. Why not give the gift of relaxation? You can usually find amazing deals on the Groupon app, although many facilities may offer online holiday specials, check their website.
Relaxation Putty or Fidgets make great stocking stuffers.
Super Soft Blanket to cozy up in snuggly warmth.
A Gift of Silence is always appreciated.
Give your Misophone some coupons for ME TIME, take the kids and give them a break, time that they need to spend doing something relaxing for themselves! Be creative, maybe give the gift of some candles and bubble bath to go with it.
No matter what kind of budget you have, there is a wide choice of Misophonia friendly gifts that will be sure to please. Merry Misophonia!