For most of my life my birthday has taken a backseat to everything else happening and other birthdays, so this year after doing some contemplating I've decided for my own sanity I need to spoil myself a bit and a weighted blanket and stuffed animal seemed to appropriately tick both "need" and "want" boxes.
Studies have shown that weighted items (blankets and toys etc) can have positive effect on sleep and anxiety by reducing cortisol (stress hormone) and increasing serotonin (linked to sleep hormone) and oxytocin ("happy" or "hug" hormone), meaning it's good for anyone and helpful for people with autism, ADHD, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, PTSD, and other issues.
I also happen to need a new blanket.
Additionally (also because there is a $250 minimum for fundraising, which surprised me) I wanted a more portable option, so would like to get the weighted Snake from Nana's Weighted Blankets, another Aussie small business. He'll also fit in with Elephant and Bear :)
My birthday is in Autumn, so being able to buy meaningful and useful presents leading into Winter would be incredibly useful and amazing.
I don't know how much I can raise, but if any of my friends sees this please consider funding these products instead of whatever you may (or may not) have considered getting me this year. Also very grateful for any random donations from the kind and sympathetic public!