Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a friend, family member or coworker who is blind or visually impaired? We’ve compiled a list of creative, thoughtful and useful gift ideas that fit a variety of budgets, interests and ages!
After realizing the need for creative greeting cards for the blind and visually impaired community, Blind Rehab Specialist MadelineSpencer launched “FeelMyDots” – an Etsy shop featuring a wonderful selection of Braille and embossed greeting cards.
Not only are the Swarovski crystal Braille ornaments from EmesArmy on Etsy beautiful and unique, but they serve a wonderful purpose. The ornaments are created by the extended family of a 9 year old girl named Emerie, who is losing her vision from Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis. Inspired to help the roughly 300 other kids in America diagnosed with the same disease, the family donates proceeds from every sale go to help fund an investigational treatment for LCA.
Gift Ideas for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids
When buying a gift for a blind or visually impaired child, you can’t go wrong with traditional toys and games that are adaptive in design. Here’s a few of our favorite ideas!
Adaptive audible balls are a great gift for active kids and teens who want to get in the game. From basketball to baseball, there are a wide range of beep balls that enable the blind and visually impaired to fully participate in sports.
Raised line coloring books are a huge hit, particularly among kids who have recently lost their vision. The Raised Line Art & Braille series has a nice variety of adaptive coloring books. Maxi-Aids also carries a nice line of coloring books, as well as Do-A-Dot Art Braille markers.
Board games are a fun way to spend quality time with your family, and many classic board games have Braille alternatives. Some of our favorites include Braille Scrabble and its fast-paced counterpart, Bananagrams. Of course, no household would be complete without a Monopoly board, which is also available in Braille!
Gift Ideas for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults
Travel-themed subscription boxes are a fun way to “travel” the world through food. Companies like Try the World and Universal Yums feature a different country each month, giving recipients the opportunity to explore new cultures and flavors.
Talking color identifiers are a useful gift for anyone – particularly those who pride themselves on their sense of style. The Rainbow II Color Reader and Colorino Talking Color Identifier are two of the more popular devices on the market.
A beautiful Braille necklace with an inspiring message is a fun and thoughtful gift for a blind or visually impaired loved one. The husband and wife team behind “Beadtography” – who also raise and socialize guide dog puppies in training – create and sell beautiful Braille necklaces, cuff bracelets, keychains, and even Braille art!
Audio books are always a wonderful gift idea for book lovers. Audible.com offers a fantastic gift membership, which will allow your loved one to download one book per month for the duration of their membership. Of course, if you’re familiar with the recipient’s taste in books, you can also purchase a specific audio book as a gift.
Kitchen supplies are always a welcome gift for anyone who’s in the process of stocking up their first home or simply someone who loves to cook. There are a wide range of useful adaptive kitchen supplies on the market, from talking measuring cups to low vision cutting boards.
There’s nothing worse than losing your keys, wallet or cell phone… particularly when you’re already running late! Click ‘n Dig F6 Key Finder is a brilliant little gadget that helps you locate your most important items via sound. The kit comes with three key ring receivers, three flat receivers that can be used on items like cell phones or T.V. remotes, and one transmitter.
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