If you’ve got a friend or relative with a disability, it can be difficult to figure out what to get them. Speaking as a blind person, I can’t tell you how many birthdays people have said to me “I got you this but I’m not sure if you can read it …” or “I didn’t want to get you this [thing I would have loved] because I wasn’t sure if you could use it.”
I get it: disabled people are difficult to shop for, especially if you’re not familiar with their specific situation. Sometimes, it’s easier to come right out and ask them “if I got you this gift, would you like it / be able to use it?” but if you want to keep something a complete surprise (and, let’s face it, that’s the fun in giving gifts), you’ll have to do a bit of guesswork.
Here at The Disabled Shop, we can help. We’ve got some great gift ideas for a special person in your life. And we can give you expert advice on idea gifts for specific disabilities.
Give the gift of experiences. I don’t know a single person, disabled or otherwise, who doesn’t enjoy a night out at a nice restaurant, or a great play or comedy show. Look for vouchers and gift cards for local attractions online. You can ring an establishment to check if they have wheelchair access or cater to specific diets.
Many local tourist attractions also offer special tours and open days for people with disabilities. These often give people a behind-the-scenes look not available to the general public. If your friend is a museum, art gallery or theatre buff, a ticket to one of these events might be the perfect present.
Mobility scooter users will love the chance to pimp their ride. Choose from great gift ideas like this arm rest pouch and saddle bag set – perfect for storing cell phones, wallets, shopping lists and small items. A Scooter Seat Fleece keeps the derriere warm and cosy, and this crutch and walking stick scooter bag fits all your bits and pieces with plenty of room to spare.
I love to give gifts of games and entertainment. For avid card players like myself, this funky round card holder keeps my jumbo-sized cards neatly arranged, while puzzles make great gifts for many children with disabilities.
For your wheelchair-bound friend who has everything, I love this Wheelybrella. You can use it to keep off the rain, or as a sunshade. I think it would be great to take along to a picnic or other summer event.
If you feel like splurging, you could book them an adventure with one of the many disabled travel tour companies. Send them off on an adventure they’ll never forget.
If you’re strapped for cash, you could offer an afternoon of your time to help them with a task, take them to the movies, or just sit and have coffee and catch up.
You could buy or make them a special card. Even people with vision difficulties would love to receive a tactile greeting card.