True, we make up a rather small niche — organ donors who are spending the holidays either anticipating our upcoming transplant surgeries, or celebrating with our loved ones, or grieving over our loss and suffering despite our deepest gifts and hopes. But still, we love presents! And this year, perhaps more than ever, there are a lot of great themed items you could buy for us! (Hint, hint.) Some of my personal favorites, most of which I have purchased and can vouch for, are highlighted here.
- An “I heart guts” stuffed, plush organ doll. These little suckers are too cute for words, and you can get a kidney, liver, heart, brain, even a gallbladder! They are soft and cozy for post-op comforting, or for kids whose mom or dad is often explaining about that scar on his or her tummy. I heart guts ships off your gift with one of their adorable little stickers. Their tees are great too!
- Living donor Christy has created a whole store full of living donor merchandise of her own design, on sale at her page on Zazzle.com. How about a “Kidney Donors are Sexy” baby doll T for your wife, or “LIVING DONOR” keychain in pink collegiate letters?
- Great organ donation awareness T-shirts and other items are available at Angel Cove, including this great hoodie I’m a fan of.
- I recently wrote about this I “heart” organ transplants T-shirt that’s sold on The Cotton Factory Web site, and ever since mine arrived in the mail (reliably, flawlessly), this shirt has been sparking marvelous conversations with strangers who want to know why I’m wearing it.
- There are some handsome gold and silver “gift of life” ribbon pendants, with a genuine or Chatham emerald (your choice), available at a Web site called “Generous Gems.” The infinity bracelets at the Miracles of Life store are also beautiful — they are available in different sizes, all in sterling silver.
Ideas? I got ’em! Write if you want more… I hope all of you find something special to place under your living donor’s tree this year. If any one is deserving of a special gift this holiday season, it is them, our courageous, special friends and family who have given so generously of themselves.