5 Spoonie-Run Shops for Great Christmas Shopping


Thanksgiving has passed, and December is upon us, which means….time to do some Christmas shopping!

And I can think of no better place to buy Christmas gifts than from shops around the web that are run by some amazing people fighting chronic pain, chronic illness, and disability.

Check them out!

Jewelry by Kathy Alderfer at Artful Accents 


(Picture from Kathy’s Etsy Page.)

Kathy makes the most beautiful jewelry, some of which is inspired by her “favorite places in the world.” Check out her etsy shop, website, and facebook page.  

In Kathy’s own words: “I have been making jewelry since 2006. Although my creative style has evolved over the years, I continue to strive to make pieces that are unique and affordable. Typically I work with antiqued silver and antiqued brass, but if you see a piece that you would like me to rework in sterling silver, I will be happy to give you an estimate. My favorite beads to use are Czech glass and gemstones.”

Chronic Pain Calendar by Anna Eidt at The Migraine Brainstorm Shop 


(Picture from Anna’s blog)

Anna writes about living with chronic migraines and the career changes she has had to make over the past year to help manage her pain. As part of this endeavor, she created a chronic pain calendar to sell, and it looks awesome. You can find it on her blog.

In Anna’s own words: “This labour of love includes twelve written pieces based on my experiences living with chronic pain, paired with watercolours by Jamie Ashforth that she created in response to my musings. The result is an art calendar that we hope will inspire people to recognize their own strength and courage while also reminding us – all 365 days of the year – that we are not alone.”

Bonus! Anna also has a great Etsy shop where she sells altered vintage plates.

T-Shirt Designs by Mary Mattio at MixiePixie


(Picture from Mary’s MixiePixie page)

Mary has created some awesome t-shirt designs that bring awareness for chronic pain and RSD/CRPS. Check them out here!

In Mary’s own words: “MixyPixie donates a portion of all proceeds to RSDSA to help fund research for chronic pain disorders. That was very important to me in opening the shop. While there is nothing fun or light about chronic illness, there is plenty to laugh at! And I find people respond better to serious disease information if you or your t-shirt can make them first smile.”

Mary also blogs at aBodyofHope.

Awareness Jewelry by Jessi Chval at The Hopeful Spoon 


(Picture from Jessi’s Etsy page)

Jessi has created a diverse and creative range of awareness jewelry. She recently opened up her shop as a means of supporting herself from home. Check out her etsy shop and facebook page.

In Jessi’s own words: “The Hopeful Spoon sells one-of-a-kind beaded gemstone and glass creations, as well as original artwork. Jewelry spans both original boho designs for stylish free spirits, as well as Awareness Jewelry for spoonies and anyone living with a chronic condition.”

Jessi also blogs about living with chronic pain at Finding Out Fibro.

 Books by Jane Gonzales


(Picture from Jane’s website)

Jane Gonzales write about her experience with chronic pain and illness to bring hope and encouragement to others. She has a diverse range of books to choose from including her memoir, In the Blink of an Eye, and a book of poetry entitled, Poetry and Praise. You can find them on her website.

In Jane’s own words: “Though I was once normal, all that changed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (re-named Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome), a debilitating disease/syndrome involving the nervous system, for which there is no cure…and that was the start of an altered life. With chronic pain and debilitation, came a greater dependence on God and learning new ways of doing things. Somewhere along the way, a poet was born and I realized, at some point, that God had not only given me the gift of poetry but my own prayer language, as well.”


  1. Oh my goodness, I cannot thank you enough for including me with all these other fabulous artists and creative people!!! Thank you so much, Esther! I keep meaning to post about my new shop in the group but am too shy for self-promotion, so this means the literal world to me. I can’t think of anything nicer someone could do for another spoonie entrepreneur! Thank you so much my dear. This community is so amazing. I have such deep respect for the ways we find to lift each other up, and have seen first hand that a network of hard working friends who want to see each other do well is more valuable than being healthy and going it alone.

    People like you make accepting illness a whole lot easier, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way about you and all the work you have done for the community. Thank you for being at the center of a movement that is so empowering and rooted in finding ways to live well with chronic pain and illness. The support network you have built for everyone who needs it is a beautiful thing.

    I will be proudly sharing this post around until the holidays are over! Also, I made a couple secret coupon codes just for spoonies that are better than those advertised on my Etsy shop page, they are 10spoonie for 10% off of any order and 20spoonie for 20% off of $50 or more, and they do not expire until January 31’st!

    Thank you again for including me!!! Wishing you an above average day with less pain than usual. <3

    1. Yes, you should definitely post in the group about your shop! I totally understand the difficulty with self-promotion, and often feel the same way.

      Your encouragement means so much to me, coming from you and everything that you do in the spoonie community! Thank you so much for sharing the special spoonie codes as well. I hope that people see them in the comment and can use them 🙂

  2. Thank you so much, Esther, for including me in this list with such gifted artists and amazing people. I’m truly humbled to be included! Like Jessi, it blesses me the way we, in the pain community, support each other. And this is a prime example of that. Thank you, truly! I so appreciate it!

  3. What a fantastic post! I love that you chose to highlight spoonie-run shops; we can use all the help we can get! It’s lovely to see such love and support for each other ? I’m friends with Mary and Jessi so I was especially happy to see their shops listed and I will be checking out the rest! Thanks for doing this! ?

  4. Thank you so much for including me in your list! I am so honored and humbled to be included with all of these wonderful talents who work so hard and create such beautiful products.
    You have such a generous heart to send your readers in the direction of those who are chronically ill or disabled for holiday shopping. Thank you for bringing awareness to the community in this way. You are awesome!

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