2017 Disability Gift Guide!
Christmas shopping is easily one of the best parts of the year. I’m obsessed with gift giving to the point where it’s almost a sickness. I get it from my mom, and I didn’t stand a chance. Few things beat the feeling you get when you find the perfect something to make someone happy! Sometimes people are easy to shop for, and other times they can be super tricky.
I like to think that I’m easy to shop for, but over the years I’ve been given some pretty iffy gifts. Things like clothing I’ll never be able to wear or giant books I can’t even lift. It’s the thought that counts, and I always appreciate whenever anyone spends their money to get me a present. I get that sometimes my disability might make an otherwise great gift… not so great.
I do the same thing, too! I’ve bought my friend a few things that looking back I realized she probably didn’t want because of her disability. She’s prone to headaches, especially after looking at screens too long. And I got her a video game. Whoops!
So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with a 2017 disability gift guide! These are all things that I think would be great for a friend or family member who is disabled, uses a wheelchair, or spends a lot of time at home or in bed. If you’re in need of ideas, I hope this helps you find the perfect gift!
There are a lot of really cool accessories for wheelchairs that can make life so much easier. Things like cupholders or sidebags are a huge help. You could also look for things like lights (you could use bike lights) or mountable phone clips. They’re also not always easy to find, so they could be a really nice surprise for someone!
Personalizing a wheelchair is a great way to get used to being in one, and also just a fun way to express yourself. To me, my wheelchair is just an extension of me, so I want it to look and feel like it’s mine and not just some hunk of metal that I happen to be sitting in. It can be as simple as a fun backpack!
There are tons of options, though. If you know someone in a wheelchair, you could buy them custom wheel covers, stickers, or cushion covers! I’ve seen people wrap their chairs in twinkle lights and flowers. You can get really creative with it, and the great thing about it is you could definitely go the DIY route!
A little more budget restrictive, but a good option if you can swing it! I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a few free months of their favorite streaming subscription. You could also pick up a new game! The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs just released and it’s pretty great.
If they’re creative, you can get a drawing tablet for a decent price! They’re also much easier to use for a lot of people than pen and paper.
Monthly box subscriptions
There’s a box subscription for pretty much any interest, whether that be food, stationery, makeup, or whatever! If the person you’re shopping for is homebound, this could be a really cool way to not only celebrate Christmas but also to keep their spirits up for a few months or even all year!
Never underestimate the joy that is a brand new soft, cozy blanket or a cute new pair of PJ’s. Something warm and comforting is always a good idea for someone who might get sick a lot or has chronic pain, but let’s be honest, I think it’s a safe bet for pretty much anyone!
Adaptive clothing is hard to come by and it’s usually EXPENSIVE. If you’re looking to splurge, Tommy Hilfiger has a line called Tommy Adaptive! Fashion isn’t always super accessible, and disabled people want to wear nice clothes, too.
I know that Target recently came out with an affordable adaptive clothing line, but it’s only for kids as far as I know.
I’ve always loved going to concerts and movies because it’s a social event that I can participate in the exact same way that my friends can. Some of my very favorite presents I’ve ever received have been tickets to an upcoming show!
If you do decide to go this route, make 1000% sure that the person will be able to go. Check that the venue is accessible! Scope it out in person if you aren’t positive.
Disability pride clothing
There are a lot of really incredible shirts available online from disabled creators. I’d definitely recommend checking out Annie Segarra! Her ‘The Future is Accessible’ design has an amazing message, it’s a cute shirt, and I’ve heard they’re super comfy! I’m going to buy one for myself ASAP. You could also opt for a mug, tote bag, or a few other goodies with the same design through her teepublic shop.
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The best thing about these shops is that the funds support some really cool people!