Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Over the years, the VisionAware peer advisors and contributors have come up with an awesome list of gift suggestions for your loved ones who are blind or visually impaired. Use their gift ideas to make your shopping a little easier.

Want to purchase a gift for someone on your shopping list who is blind or visually impaired? There are lots of things to choose from, some of which are specially adapted for people with vision loss, including simple gifts such as large print or braille games or cards that the two of you can play together. Sometimes the togetherness is the most important part!

Adapted Product Gift Ideas and Solutions

Gifts for Those Who Love to Cook

Gifts for Those Who Enjoy Reading

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Gifts for Those Who Love Arts and Crafts

Gifts for the Tech Enthusiast

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  • The iPod Touch is still a great way to get into Apple’s world of accessibility for about $200 for the base 32 GB model. Add another $100 for 126G. The iPod Touch has all the features of the iPhone except that you can’t make a cellular phone call. Of course, when connected to WiFi, calls can be made with the Facetime app or other apps like Skype.
  • The Kindle Fire tablets are an accessible and affordable tablet your loved one could really enjoy. The Kindle Fire with a 7 inch screen is $49.99 and has Alexa installed! Read a review of the product from users who are visually impaired.
  • Amazon has solar chargers that range from $25 to $65 and work with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Samsung devices. Peer advisor Trina said her husband liked the Ruipu charger the best. This high capacity battery can be charged in multiple ways—by sunlight, USB cable from a computer, any indoor bright lamp, or through a wall adapter. This device is slightly larger than an iPhone, and it stores enough energy to charge a smartphone seven times or a tablet four times before needing to recharge. You can find this product and similar devices on Amazon.
  • A large display or talking calculator, large print address book, or other types of office products are practical gifts.
  • Consider purchasing a Pen Friend for recording instructions, notes, and labels. Audio labels can be used for anything, including managing medications! And speaking of medications, be sure to check out VisionAware's feature on devices that can be used to identify medications for other practical suggestions.
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  • Peer Advisor Audrey also suggests you get your someone special their very own digital assistant, the Amazon Echo. Audrey uses the voice command feature to ask for the time, weather, and news headlines. You can also play games, set alarms and timers, and play music on the Amazon Echo.
  • Read Steve Kelley's latest on smart speakers such as Echo and Google Home to decide which device is the best for your loved one with vision loss.

More Helpful and Useful Gifts

Gifts for the Board Game Player

Gifts for Older Relatives

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  • Give the gift of time with homemade coupons for assisting a loved one with transportation, paperwork, home chores or repairs, or safety modifications to reduce fall risks. This is a great gift from the grandkids!

Gifts for the Person Who Has It All

  • For the person who has it all, how about a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or a donation to a favorite charity?
  • Gift cards for transportation alternatives would be helpful for individuals with vision loss as well. GoGoGrandparent is an affordable option for seniors. This service offers pickups within 15 minutes, sends text alerts to families, and has 24/7 service and support. Give the gift of mobility by purchasing a GoGoGrandparent gift card. The recipient of your GoGo gift card will be able to get a ride with a quick phone call—no apps, no worries.
  • Peer advisor DeAnna recommends hiring a cleaning service to help your loved one with dusting, vacuuming, and other household chores. Last year, DeAnna's daughters gifted her a year of Merry Maid services to help her with spots she might miss during her regular cleaning. DeAnna reported that two energetic young women would come into her home once a month for a few hours to lend a hand.
  • Here are some ideas for homemade gifts.

Finding Products

Read about finding products through the American Printing House for the Blind product catalog and other sources. Also check out AccessWorld to learn more about accessible products.

Tip: Most specialty catalogs or stores have gift certificates, as do many online stores.

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