Menopause comes with many wondrous symptoms, but chief among them for many women are the hot flashes and mood swings that seem to occur at the most inappropriate times. While the menopausal women in your life will no doubt appreciate whatever thoughtfulness you extend their way come the holidays, here are some out-of-the-box gift ideas that will score high points for addressing the number one question on most of their minds: Is it hot in here or is it just me?
So with good thoughts and good cheer -- and a caution that a toasty cashmere turtleneck might not be fully appreciated at this point in her life -- here are some gift ideas for the menopausal women on your list:
Coldfront are cooling palm packs that come in their own ergonomically designed carrying case. With a package including a re-cooling core and an absorbent cloth, it sure beats putting ice cubes down your bra. $50.
A Desk Fan
Small, discreet, quiet and effective, the <a href="<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Vornado-Zippi-Personal-Fan-Black/dp/B000E19MQ8/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1351191927&sr=1-6" target="_hplink">">Vornado FA1-0007-24 Zippi Desk Fan</a> sells for about $25.
Menopause Gift Basket
Prices start at about $80 for these <a href="<a href="http://www.wellbaskets.com/meheba3.html" target="_hplink">">menopause gift baskets</a> packed with healthy treats that stabilize mood and help the body adjust to hormonal changes.
Cooling Mattress Pad
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cooling-Mattress-Pad-King-Cooler%C2%AE/dp/B004X2FJCU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1583733-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004X2FJCU" target="_hplink">The Feel Cooler Cooling Mattress Pad</a> -- or any of its sister products like the Feel Cooler Cooling Pillow -- works by interacting with your skin temperature, which for most menopausal women ranges from simmering to boiling. Prices for the mattress pad are about $180; $60 for the pillow.
Cool Sensations Moisture Wicking Sheets
Sheets get changed frequently in the home of any menopausal woman. While hot flashes can occur at any time of day, many women report that night sweats can cause flash flood warnings. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Sensations-Moisture-Wicking-Sheet/dp/B000VTGW16%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1583733-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000VTGW16" target="_hplink">Cool Sensations Moisture Wicking Sheets</a> draw the sweat away from the body, much like the design of travel clothing you buy for your trips to the tropics. A thoughtful mate, by the way, changes the sheets while she's taking her fourth shower of the evening. Price: about $175.
Hot Girls Pearls
<a href="http://www.hotgirlspearls.com/" target="_hplink">Hot Girls Pearls </a>is a line of cooling "pearl" necklaces and bracelets that's made it to the set of "The View," into Oprah magazine and onto the "Today Show" -- which means the word "fabulous" got a workout. The oversized pearls are filled with the same nontoxic cooling gel used in ice packs and can be frozen over and over. They come in their own travel case that serves as refrigeration, but unfortunately isn't large enough to encase entire bodies. Bracelets cost about $35; necklaces, $60.
Tickets To Menopause The Musical
Even menopausal women have a sense of humor. <a href="http://www.menopausethemusical.com/" target="_hplink">Menopause The Musical</a> began in 2001 and has entertained audiences in more than 450 U.S. cities and 15 countries. Ticket prices vary by location.
<a href="https://www.haralee.com/shop-here.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=78&category_id=1" target="_hplink">Haralee's Nightsweat nightgowns</a> draw sweat away from the body and into the pajama fabric. Prices range from $30 to $65.