17 Gift Ideas for Those With Type 2 Diabetes

November 23, 2022

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By The Reversing T2D Team

Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a life-long burden. Studies have shown that those with pre- and type 2 diabetes can reach non-diabetic blood sugar levels after adopting favorable dietary and lifestyle modifications. If you’re interested in learning what these modifications are, we have an entire post on the matter titled “Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed? What the Science Shows.

Here at Reversing T2D, we help people achieve this type of reversal each and every day. Our team is made up of registered dietitians, an exercise physiologist, and an endocrinologist, and we’ve all come together to share some gift ideas that are great for anyone trying to manage or reverse their type 2 diabetes through lifestyle modifications.


Our Team's Picks

1. Instant Pot

Instant Pot

“Diabetes management starts in the kitchen. An Instant Pot is an especially great gift for busy people who don’t have time to meal plan or spend hours cooking. It can whip up everything from whole grain-packed lunches to decadent desserts in a fraction of the time compared to traditional cooking methods.”

- Diana, Reversing T2D Co-Founder & Registered Dietitian


2. Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands

“One of the best ways to improve glycemic control is exercise. But do you know what's even better? Working out your muscles with resistance training. No need to go to an expensive gym or get out of the house—resistance bands are the best way to get a proper muscle-building workout to improve blood glucose clearance and insulin sensitivity.”

- Jose, Reversing T2D Co-Founder & Exercise Physiologist


3. Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags

Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags

“These come in handy when packing fruit, vegetables, and more healthy snacks on the go. They also have such a tight seal that when I freeze food (such as bananas), it never gets freezer burn. They're dishwasher safe and come in a variety of sizes.”

- Gia, Reversing T2D Nutrition Team


4. OXO Salad Dressing Shaker

OXO Salad Dressing Shaker


“Salads are a great option for lunch or dinner when following a plant-based diet. This salad dressing maker is perfect for making your own oil-free dressings!”

- Cara, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian

For more information on plant-based diets and why we recommend this eating pattern for reversing type 2 diabetes, check out our blog post titled “The Effects of Plant-Based Diets on Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes.”


5. Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

“This sleek fitness tracker makes reaching one's step goals fun and easy! For those with type 2 diabetes, walking is great for managing blood sugar levels. For example, walking for just 15 minutes after a meal can considerably lower your blood sugar levels. Walking is also great for getting restful sleep and managing stress, which is important for diabetes management.”

- Gia, Reversing T2D Nutrition Team


6. Takeya Insulated Water Jug

Takeya Insulated Water Jug

“Proper hydration is important for people with diabetes. Opting for water instead of drinks such as soda or juice can substantially help those with type 2 diabetes manage blood sugar levels and weight. Keeping a water jug nearby can help you remember to drink water throughout the day. This version is insulated to keep your water cold and refreshing all day long!”

- Cara, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


7. Fora 6 Connect Ultimate Testing Kit

Fora 6 Connect Ultimate Testing Kit

10% off with code REVERSING10

Glucose monitors are a powerful tool for making sure your blood sugar levels are within your target range. ForaCare offers a great testing kit that comes with everything one could need to check their levels. Use code “REVERSING10” for 10% off your purchase!


8. Instant Pot Air Fryer

Air Fryer

“An air fryer is a fabulous way to prepare foods for that delicious crisp and crunchiness without the deep frying or added oils! Having this in your kitchen can help to cut down your overall calorie intake.”

- Cara, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


“Switch up how you prepare vegetables with the air fryer. Make crunchy, crispy vegetables easily and quickly without any oil — spiced roasted chickpeas are a personal favorite!”

- Amy, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


If you’re interested in learning why we recommend limiting your oil consumption, feel free to check out our post titled “Reasons to Limit Oil if You Have Type 2 Diabetes.”


9. Mini Dumbells

Mini Dumbell Set

“Believe it or not, you can get a full body workout with a pair of dumbbells. Muscles are like glucose vacuums when they are activated, and the best way to do it is through resistance training. Lifting weights against the force of gravity challenges your muscles to grow bigger and stronger, which is the perfect combination to keep them hungry for glucose.”

- Jose, Reversing T2D Co-Founder & Exercise Physiologist


10. Vitamix VM0197 Explorian Blender

Vitamix VM0197

“I swear by my Vitamix! For those looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet, a high-power blender is such a great tool. From smoothies, to soups, to sauces, there are so many things you can make in a blender like this. The VM0197 is a great budget and entry-level option!”

- Xavier, Reversing T2D Nutrition Team


11. Vegetable Chopper

Vegetable Chopper 

“The vegetable chopper is a timesaver. The speed and ease of the vegetable chopper inspire me to add more vegetables to every dish!”

- Amy, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


These make it so easy to prep veggies ahead of time and cut down on overall cook time.”

- Lauren, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


12. Handheld Running Water Bottle

Handheld Water Bottle 

“This is so great for staying hydrated while walking, running, or exercising. The handheld water bottle is easy to hold and carry, and the case easily fits your car or house keys.”

- Amy, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian



13. Clear Glass Storage Containers


Glass Food Containers

“Storing food in clear containers allows you to see the contents and makes meal prep easier when you have the containers ready to go.”

- Lauren, Reversing T2D Team Dietitian


14. Gaiam Extra-Thick Yoga & Exercise Mat with Non-Slip Texture and Easy Carry Strap


Gaiam Extra-Thick Yoga & Exercise Mat

Stress increases cortisol levels; over time, high cortisol levels contribute to increased glucose levels. Practicing yoga is a very effective tool for managing stress and, therefore, managing healthy glucose levels.

“This Gaiam extra thick yoga mat gives you the grounding you need to reach deep meditation while also providing an adequate amount of cushioning for maximum comfort. It is suitable for new and seasoned yogis, and it even comes with a carrying strap for convenient transport.”

- Gia, Reversing T2D Nutrition Team


15. Ninja Foodi NeverStick Premium 3-Piece Cookware Set

Ninja Foodi Cookware

“I recently discovered the Ninja Foodi NeverStick cookware line, and I love it! Good nonstick cookware is a great thing to have for those trying to limit their oil consumption. Although this cookware line has many different pots and pans, I feel like this 3-piece set, in particular, is a great starting point!”

- Xavier, Reversing T2D Nutrition Team


16. Orgain Protein Powder

Orgain Protein

30% off with code REVERSING30
Orgain Protein Powder


Orgain offers a number of affordable, plant-based protein powders with no added sugar. From naturally unsweetened, to chocolate, to chocolate coconut, there are so many flavors to choose from. To get 30% off your purchase, use code “REVERSING30”


17. Reversing T2D 10-Week Program

Reversing T2D Program

Reversing T2D 10-Week Program

If you know someone ready to achieve long-term diabetes remission, consider giving them the money to enroll in our program! Our Signature 10-Week Program has helped hundreds improve their health for the better. You can learn more about our approach by reading our post on the matter titled “How Plant-Based Programs Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes.”



Living with type 2 diabetes can be demanding on a person’s life—so help make things a little easier by getting them an item from this list or something else that will help them improve their health.

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