Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team
Hanging up giant stockings filled with whimsical but practical gifts by the fireplace is one of the best traditions of Christmas. Stockings are right up there with Christmas trees, Santa Claus and mistletoes. Guaranteed to have anyone smiling – with the right combination of practical and classic, a thoughtful stocking stuffer is a perfect way to show care and attention.
If you are stuck on what to stock your sister or BFF’s stockings with this holiday, getting an out-of-the-ordinary gift to help make her periods a little easier is a great way to go. Periods are more costly than you’d ever imagined and as a constant part of the average woman’s life, any help got to make a period less ‘sucky’ sounds amazing.
Considering getting something to help with periods? Here are a variety of delightful ideas for stuffing your stockings guaranteed to have your loved ones thankful for you and the season.
LOLA is committed to providing organic products focused on helping women stay prepared for their periods while remaining transparent about the ingredients in sanitary products. Stuff stocking from the variety of tampons, pads, and liners available on LOLA and have your loved one staying organic during her period.
As the world’s first scientifically proven solution for period pain, Livia provides instant, drug-free relief from menstrual cramps. The Livia device is compact and discreet fitting comfortably into a handbag ensuring instant relief without any side effects. With a two-year warranty and 120 days money-back guarantee, stuff the stocking with the Livia device for a pain-free period.
What can be better than period-proof underwear that can hold up to two-tampons worth and still feel so regular? Not much right? With Thinx underwear, you get washable and reusable undies that can save you from any period accident like staining your favorite pair of jeans on a night out with your friends. Thinx also has a collection of period-proof activewear. Stuff stockings with Thinx products as a sustainable solution to your flow.
With menstrual cramps being fairly common, there are a number of reliefs to help soothe that cramping stomach. Certain medicinal herbs could provide comfort during that time of the month. Stuff your stocking with cramp tea or teas such as chamomile, fennel, ginger, red raspberry leaf, peppermint, cinnamon etc for soothing and natural relief.
Period Cravings Essentials
Inexpensive, practical and fun. These are the best words to describe this option. There is nothing like a little sweet snack to pick-you-up from the woes of your period and get you in a better mood to face the world. Consider stuffing your stockings with the favorite snacks and treats of your loved ones. M&MS, Kit-Kats, Maltesers, Dairy Milk, Pringles are just a few of the things to turn this stocking into a goodie bag. You can also get a gift voucher for one of the PMS package subscriptions.
Water Bottles and Heating Pads
Water bottles and heating pads are every girl’s essential in dealing with and soothing pain from menstruation. Studies have shown that applying heat to the abdomen can relieve menstrual cramps as effective as taking an over-the-counter medication. You can lay in bed with a warm water bottle or make use of a heating pad and fill a little better in no time with muscle relaxation and decreased pain from the heat therapy. Stock stockings with this great buy and put a smile on her face.
Looking to have your loved one in charge of their reproductive health? The Bellabeat which can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or brooch, is a wearable technology that gives a full overview of your reproductive health. While tracking your activity, you can stay fully informed on your cycle and ovulation with Bellabeat. Stock stockings for fashionable wellness and spread some informed holiday cheer.
Getting a good night’s sleep during your period is very important. Certain essential oils help you stay calm, relaxed and less stressed during your period. These essential oils like lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, clary-sage and make a great stocking gift in balancing hormones.
An important factor to consider in choosing a stuffing is the personality of the person receiving the stocking. While you can give a variety of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups depending on the stocking recipient’s preferred choice, other gifts might be best suited for certain lifestyles and/or personalities. While some gifts might overlap, here is a curated list of the best stuffing for the different types of ladies.
- Business-Focused and Working: Consider gifts like the Thinx underwear especially to help her stay prepared and confident during long days at work without worrying about getting stained.
- Natural and Organic: An easy choice would be teas and organic products made with 100% cotton. Period care gifts made with chemicals might not be the best choice when dealing with someone who likes to live life au naturale.
- Carefree and Adventurous: Tampons and Thinx underwear will be sure to keep her safe and dry this season. Whether it is rock-climbing or bungee jumping, your stocking will come in handy in making sure the holiday is incident free
- Food-Lover: Stick to your best option with a stocking filled and overflowing with sweets and treats perfect for coping with the ups and downs of being a menstruating woman.
- For any loved one who gets painful cramps during her period, a great gift would be the Livia device suited to stimulate your nerves and stop your body from feeling menstrual pain.
Christmas is the season for giving and showing how much you care about someone else. Why not go the extra mile in making sure your loved one is ready for her next period? You simply can’t go wrong with a stocking filled with these great ideas so get shopping and get stuffing!