Holiday Gift Guide for People with Disabilities
Posted on November 23, 2014
There are holiday shopping guides for men and women. Catalogs filled with children’s toys. There are tech guides. Lists for the cooks in our lives. Don’t forget the travel and reading and music and sport holiday guides. But there is one holiday guide I have never seen. And I am so thrilled to bring it to you. This is the very first Holiday Gift Guide for People with Disabilities. I believe assistive devices have the potential to be just as covetable as that shiny new bike or a cashmere sweater. I truly hope this list gets a little bit longer next holiday season.
My alter-ego is The Girl with the Purple Cane, I obviously believe canes make great gifts. And these are the two best canes on the market. One has a birch (skateboard) handle and a bicycle grade aluminum shaft. The other has a silicone covered aluminum handle and a walnut shaft. Both are incredibly beautiful.
The eOne Bradley Tactile Watch [$275 – $315]
This watch was initially designed and produced for people with impaired vision. But it’s so beautiful that both the visually impaired and/or stylish have invested in this time piece. Best feature? It’s a great way to discreetly check the time. This item is on my Christmas list.
MagnaReady Oxford Shirts [$63 & $65]
These dress shirts have magnetically infused buttons that ease dressing for those with limited mobility or dexterity. They’re actually just well made shirts that are a little easier to put on. Who says you need to have a disability to wear one of these? Options available for both men and women.
The Roth is just one of many beautiful prosthetic covers Alleles has to offer. Alleles deserves accolades for creating a giftable prosthetic piece. Some covers are delicate as lace, others strong and tough. The best part about browsing Alleles is the moment you think to yourself ‘if I ever had a prosthetic, this is the cover I would want’.
I found these cards during a search for ‘candy cane’ on Etsy. Sarha from Darveelicious is exceptionally kind and a lot of fun to chat with. She was more than happy to customize these cards at my request. I don’t know who these cards were intended for, but they’re original, amusing and inclusive.
I would buy these for my sister, a Speech Language Pathologist who relies on ASL to communicate with her patients… but she’s terrible at Scrabble. So I will probably be buying her this instead.
Sabi Hold [$150]
This circular aluminum grab bar was initially constructed to provide a modern option to those of us who need a little extra stability in our homes. But imagine lining a wall with these to practice your rock climbing skills. Imagine your childhood self visiting grandma’s house to find some amazing monkey bars in the bathroom.
I’m a fidgeter. I scratch and itch and pick and poke. I bite the inside of my lip. I do these things because I’m human. Many people with Autism and other Sensory Integration Disorders struggle to take the world in around them. So they cope through a variety of behaviors that can often be redirected. Most notably, through Stim devices. There are all sorts of Stim toys. These highlighters are my personal favorite, mainly because I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t enjoy having these at their desk. Stimtastic is run for and by adults with Autism.
Walnut Studio ‘Cane Belts’
Walnut Studio makes the most beautiful leather bicycle goods on the market. I got in touch with them over the summer, asking if they could help me find a way to affix my cane to my bike, hence the creation of the Walnut Studio Cane Belt. I have learned that I’m not the only paradoxical bike riding cane user out there. If you are interested in purchasing your own pair of ‘Cane Belts’ please contact Walnut Studio.
Po Sum On [$10 give or take]
Just do as it says and pour some on. This oil has been produced in Hong Kong since 1907. Po Sum oil reliably relieves my most stubborn aches and pains. It may help with yours too. You can read more about Po Sum On here.
Ok, this is just one of the best things I own. Unfortunately it works spectacularly for hospital bills. This is the one thing I am including on this list that is not intended for and does not nod to people with differing abilities. But it’s something I can’t live without.
FUTURE GIFT LIST ITEMS
There are actually a lot of incredible products designed for people with differing abilities. Unfortunately, there is no path to production and it is incredibly difficult to raise the capital needed to get these troths of beautiful products off the ground. I wanted to take a moment to point out two products I hope to feature in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
I don’t know much about this bowl (and mug?) other than the fact that it is made for people with arthritic hands and dexterity issues. I have reached out to Small Giants and will update once I hear back. I believe there will be a Kickstarter in the near future.
After seeing the above photo, I was disappointed to find there are currently no braille dreidels for sale. Since braille dreidels would probably be very easy to 3D print, I propositioned my friends at BoeTech. Brittney from BoeTech responded immediately and enthusiastically. “I LOVE BEING PUBLICLY HARASSED! We could totally do braille dreidels next year!” I then responded by saying I think J. Crew could learn a thing or two from her about responding to my inclusive product requests. Which leads me to my next point: