Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone you know who uses crutches or a gift for someone just leaving hospital after surgery, here are our favourite picks. We think any or all of these would be extremely useful and welcome and none will break the bank….
1. The Hopper
Of course it’s our favourite because we know how useful it is! The Hopper offers a whole heap of independence to anyone on crutches, allowing them to carry a drink, snacks, tablet, magazines, books, phone, papers, laptop, pretty much anything. Designed for crutch users by a crutch user.
Available at thehopper.co.uk/shop
2. Oarsome Grips
An adaptation of a product designed to stop rowers getting blisters from their oars, Oarsome grips tackles another common problem for crutch users – sore, calloused hands. Pop them on the crutch handles for instant relief.
3. Crutch Lock
Anything that stops crutches falling over as soon as you put them aside is a welcome development. These clever little magnets, keep the crutches together and upright.
4. Therapearl Hot and Cold Packs
An ingenious ice pack that stays flexible at freezing temperatures so it can wrap around an injury and can also be heated in a microwave to use for heat treatment. Brilliant and a beautiful design.
Available from thehopper.co.uk/shop
5. The Helping Hand
Brilliant for those just out of reach items, when you just can’t be bothered to get up, get the crutches and hobble around. Also brilliant when you’re not on crutches anymore for much the same reason!