When purchasing Christmas gifts for teens with disabilities it’s important to note that more often than not, they would enjoy gifts that a lot of other teenagers would enjoy as well. It’s easy to overthink things, but these 13 gift ideas should help you out a lot with your holiday shopping for your loved one with a disability.
13 Christmas Gifts for Teens with Disabilities:
When looking for gifts keep the individuals’ needs and interests in mind. What are their favorite colors? Do they like things that a lot of “typical” teens enjoy? Do they have niche interests and hobbies like a specific TV show or hobby? If you know something they specifically love, lean into that. If you’re unsure of their interests and hobbies, one of these 14 gift options are sure to be something that they would enjoy this holiday season.
These lights are very popular this year. They’re essentially a thin strip of lights that can stick around the ceiling of a room, door frames, etc… and they have a remote that you can adjust them to any color you would like. They’re very inexpensive and really fun for all teens.
These Raycon noise canceling headphones have amazing reviews and are only $99 which is a huge deal compared to other more expensive products from Sony, Apple, or Bose. These are great for listening to music or to have the noise canceling benefit for when the user needs a listening break.
Everyone is very into their water bottles right now and there are a lot of great options on the market. My favorite option for individuals with disabilities is this Stanley bottle. It has a handle that makes it easy to carry, has a flip-top straw so it’s spillproof, but easy to maneuver, and is under $40 so it’s not outrageously priced. It also comes in a lot of patterns and colors so there is an option for everyone.
Everyone loves putting their favorite stickers on their water bottles right now. Simply search for the individual’s niche interests and hobbies on Amazon such as “horse water bottle stickers” or whatever the interest might be, and you’ll get tons of inexpensive options to choose from.
Weighted blankets are a great option for anyone and are especially cozy in the winter months. Weighted blankets can help provide deep sensory input, calm anxiety, and just provide a comforting overall experience.
Does the person you’re shopping for love Target? Chick-Fil-A? Get them a gift card to that place they LOVE going to and they’ll be your best friend for life.
Ukuleles are a great instrument even if you don’t know how to play. It sounds great even when you’re just strumming it and it can be relaxing for individuals with disabilities.
RC Cars are a great thrill gift to give because they’re just inherently FUN even if you cannot control them very well. Your baseboard will for sure be in immediate danger, but it’s a small price to pay for the laughter and joy the car will bring. (Note if you are a noise-sensitive parent, also purchase noise canceling headphones above).
These hoodie blankets are a popular gift this year for teens and are one that teens of all abilities can enjoy. If you have a child that loves having a blanket 24/7, this is a great option!
An Amazon Alexa is a great gift because it can have so many purposes. You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker, and you can ask it questions about the weather, or whatever other tidbits of information you might be looking for. It can be an easy way for individuals with disabilities to access the information they’re looking for if they struggle to type or search the web independently.
Digital cameras are a great way for individuals with disabilities to express their creativity, have fun, and capture things in their lives that are important to them. Digital cameras are accessible these days and come at great price points, like this one on Amazon for $40.
Star projectors are a great option for individuals who are sensory seekers when it comes to light and other visual objects. These are a super fun way to make their bedroom pop in the dark with all the stars that project on the walls and ceiling.
These tie-dye shirt kits are a lot of fun and easy to use. Simply buy the kit and a white shirt in their size. The kits are great because the dye is in squeeze bottles and they just have to squirt the dye in whatever manner they would like. Super simple and easy to use, but also a lot of fun too!
These are just a few great gift ideas for teens with disabilities, but we would love to hear your recommendations in the comments as well.