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 holiday shopping a little easier.

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 a great way to get into Apple’s world of accessibility for $199 or less for the base 32 GB model. 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 HD is an accessible and affordable tablet your loved one could really enjoy. Read a review of the product from visually impaired users.
  • 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.
  • Is a friend or family member having trouble telling colors apart? Try the Rainbow Color Reader, a Talking Color Identifier.
  • 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.
  • The Google Home, a newer electronic digital assistant, would also be a good gift. Read Steve Kelley's article The Pros and Cons of Digital Personal Assistants 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 the Grandparents

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  • Give the gift of time with homemade coupons for assisting a loved one with transportation, paperwork, home chores or repairs, safety modifications to reduce fall risks, or whatever else your grandparent might need. This is a great gift from the grandkids! Read Peer Advisor Mary's other suggestions for spending time with the grandkids during the holidays.

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 a 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.

Gifts for Children of Blind Parents

Chicago Lighthouse Special Deals

Note: The Chicago Lighthouse will donate a portion of your eligible purchases back to AFB.

Finding Products

You can find these products and much more through VisionAware's Helpful Products section, which has links to the AFB product database as well as to specialty catalogs. Read AccessWorld to learn more about accessible products.

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

The VisionAware "Getting Started" Kit

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The VisionAware™ Getting Started kit provides hope and help to people experiencing vision loss by assisting them in handling challenges caused by visual impairments. Make a gift of $30 to VisionAware, and we will send you a Getting Started booklet.

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