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Great Gifts for People in Wheelchairs You’d Never Think Of!

gifts for people in wheelchairs

I get asked about this subject a lot in my position as a provider of manual and power wheelchairs. People know that users of wheelchairs need things but they just aren't sure what those "things" are. Many wheelchair users I work with are also too proud to ask. So, I thought I'd put together some ideas for gifts for people in wheelchairs - ones that they will want and will be thrilled to receive.

​General Gift Ideas for Wheelchair Users

Like I discussed in my recommendations for comfortable wheelchairs, insurance companies only pay for items that are medically necessary. Many of the accessories that would improve the function of a wheelchair user don't meet their criteria. You know, things like cup holders, wheelchair bags, etc. But many of these type of items would make being in the wheelchair easier.

Gifts Under $25.00

​Pembrook Wheelchair Side Bag

Did you know that wheelchairs do not typically come with anywhere to put "stuff"? If the wheelchair user has loose items, they usually use a purse or backpack and hang it on the back of their chair. This makes reaching items difficult. Especially items like cell phones that they may want to get in a hurry. That's why this wheelchair bag is a great gift idea. It straps to the arm of the wheelchair keeping the items close and easily accessible. This will definitely be appreciated​.

Pembrook Wheelchair Side Bag - Blue - Great Accessory for your mobility devices. Fits most Scooters,...
  • 5 POCKET DESIGN - Allows options and flexibility for organizing your life
  • SIZE - The entire wheelchair Bag is 12.5 inches wide X 7 inches tall and is designed to expand an...
  • DURABLE - Double-stitched seams and reinforced stress points. Designed to last a lifetime
  • WATER RESISTANT - The bag is crafted from 70-Denier DuroTec Nylon fabric and resistant to water....
  • REFLECTIVE - Two reflective stripes makes you visible from up to 100 meters at night.

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Vive Wheelchair Accessory Bag

The wheelchair accessory bag mounts to the back canes of a wheelchair or the arms with two universal buckle straps. It also works well with walkers, rollators, scooters, and other medical equipment. One large compartment in the center with 2 outside pockets for quick access. Includes a carrying strap. Available in black and 2 floral patterns.

Wheelchair Bag by Vive - Accessory Storage Bag for Carrying Lose Items & Accessories - Travel...
  • FITS ALL STANDARD WHEELCHAIRS: Durable wheelchair bag attaches with two easily adjustable straps,...
  • HANDS FREE GRAB AND GO BAG: Easily keep essentials at hand with the large inner pocket measuring...
  • EASY TO INSTALL ADJUSTABLE STRAPS: Easily attach and remove the carry bag with the durable...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT WATERPROOF AND MACHINE WASHABLE: Constructed with a durable, lightweight nylon material,...
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: 60 day unconditional guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.

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Universal Mount Wheelchair Light

This would make an awesome gift for someone in a wheelchair. Especially for the ones who have to get up a lot during the night. This bright LED light mounts to the wheelchair and lights the way for the users handsfree. All of this in a device that is only 3" high x 3.5" long x 1.5" wide and weighs only 3.4oz

Life Mounts LED Wheelchair / Walker / Cane Light with Patented Universal Flex Mount - Hands-free...
  • Improves Quality of Life and Increases Visibility and Safety
  • Easy and Convenient Hands-free Lighting, Day or Night
  • Lifetime Money-Back Guarantee!
  • Water Resistant and Shockproof 300 Lumen Mini CREE LED Light Powered by a Single AA Battery and...
  • Fully Adjustable 360 Degree Rotation Silicone Rubber Mount with Easy-to-Use Attachment Straps

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Gifts Between $25.00 and $50.00

GRIP Lap Board

This textured non-slip tray keeps plates, glasses, and other items from sliding off the tray. Even if tilted. Wheelchair users often propel their chairs while trying to balance trays of food on their lap. This tray reduces the chance of a spill. It also does this without being tacky or sticky to the touch.

GRIP Solutions, GRIP Lap Board, 11" x 14", Blue
  • Blue, 11" x 14"
  • Texture: Pebble
  • Non-slip multi-use pad useful for transporting a variety of items and preventing spills
  • A stable platform with non-slip material on both sides
  • Easy to clean - dishwasher safe

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Total Chair Cushion

Here is another great gift idea for a person in a wheelchair. This cushion covers the entire seating surface of the wheelchair with soft, pillowy comfort. Cushion wraps to cover armrests too. The user is completely hugged by the cushion and it could even help them sit up straighter too. Machine washable for easy cleaning.

Total Chair Cushion
  • Imported or made in the U.S.A.
  • Sit Comfortably for Hours! Our cozy cushion relieves pain caused by long periods of sitting This...
  • It reduces stress on pressure-sensitive areas
  • Fits standard wheelchairs and armchairs
  • USA

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Secure, Easy Release Wheelchair Lap Cushion

I like the idea of this cushion as a gift especially for people who lean forward or are having problems falling out of the chair. While its real design is to keep people from falling forward, it can also double as a soft place to rest the hands and as a wheelchair tray. Easy to wipe down and clean.

Secure Easy Release Wheelchair and Geri Chair Lap Cushion - One Year Warranty
  • Secure SLC-1 Easy-Release Lap Cushion is designed to provide anterior posture support while safely...
  • Fits 16" - 22" wheelchairs & most geriatric recliner chairs - 20"W x 4"H x 11"-8"D
  • Medium density foam for patient comfort - Meets CA# 117 flame retardant standards
  • Easy-Release non-restriant Velcro straps - Mildew Resistant Ultra Soft Vinyl is Easy To Clean and...
  • Provides Elbow Rest & Work/Read Surface - One Year Warranty

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All Weather Wheelchair Ponchos

There are times that wheelchair users are forced to go outside in the rain and bad weather. This poncho is designed specially for people in wheelchairs and will not get tangled in their wheels. Keeps their hands free to propel themselves. It is made of a waterproof material with a soft lining on the inside. Also reusable and machine washable!

CareActive Wheelchair Rain Poncho, Navy
  • Ultra durable and waterproof Supplex shell
  • Soft poly cotton plaid lining
  • Machine washable
  • Will not get tangled in wheels
  • Made in USA

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Wheelchair Hand Grip Extensions

Ok, really this gift is more for the caregiver! A frequent complaint of family members is that the wheelchair is too low. This means the caregiver has to bend over to push the chair. Back pain is the result. By raising the height of the push handles, the caregiver is at a height to reduce back pain but nothing has changed for the patient. A win-win!

Wheelchair Hand Grip Extensions
  • Help staff maintain a more upright position when transporting residents

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Quilted Pouch for Wheelchair

People in wheelchairs often have trouble finding a place to put small items while in wheelchairs. This product solves that problem. It mounts easily and securely to the wheelchair handrims with velcro straps. It has a large inner pocket with a small outer pocket. Great idea for storing reading material or a cell phone.

Quilted Wheel Pouch for Wheelchair
  • Outer pouch for larger items
  • Secure inner pouches for valuables
  • Quilted, machine washable fabric
  • Easily attaches to most wheelchairs
  • Color: Blue

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Heavyweight Wheelchair Blanket

Many of the medical problems that cause people to use wheelchairs also make them cold often. This ultra-soft dual layered fleece blanket can really help with that. Even includes a pocket on the front for keeping the patient's hands warm. Attaches to the wheelchair with small velcro straps to keep it from getting in the wheels or getting run over by the chair. Machine Washable

Granny Jo Products Heavyweight Wheelchair Blanket, Navy Face/Grey Back
  • WRAP YOURSELF IN WARMTH: Granny Jo Products' HEAVYWEIGHT Wheelchair Blanket features two layers of...
  • PERFECT FOR THOSE COLD DAYS: Winter, spring, or fall this super soft fleece will be your every-day...
  • ATTACHES TO ANY CHAIR: Attaches to the wheelchair with four hook and loop fastener straps (two on...
  • PERFECT SIZE: Measures 36" wide by 42" long.
  • NO-HASSLE CLEANING: machine wash, cold wash with like colors only non-chlorine bleach when needed....

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Gifts Over $50.00

DMI Clear Wheelchair Tray

Wheelchair trays are a tremendous help to those in wheelchairs. They help with eating, writing, crafts and other activities and make them easier to do from the wheelchair. Another good idea is to use them as a desk for a laptop! The tray attaches to most standard wheelchairs with velcro straps that wrap around the arms. This tray stays pretty secure unless the wheelchair user moves a lot.

DMI Clear Wheelchair Tray, Acrylic Wheelchair Lap Tray
  • CLEAR WHEELCHAIR TRAY WITH CONTOURED semi-circle cutout significantly increases your wheelchair's...
  • ACRYLIC WHEELCHAIR LAP TRAY HAS A RAISED STRIP to prevent items from slipping and rolling off. ...
  • CONVENIENT HOOK AND LOOP STRAPS secure the tray around the wheelchair armrests.
  • WHEELCHAIR TRAY fits most standard wheelchairs, measures 23 by 19 by 1/4 inches.  PLUS, it's very...
  • WARRANTY AND GUARANTEE: Amazon Exclusive Limited warranty may apply.  Please see product for...

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SkilCare Wheelchair Leg Pads

A common pain point for people in wheelchairs is their legs. The legs and feet often rest against the cold metal of the legrests and footplates. These leg pads comfort and protect the feet from possible injury. They also keep the feet on footrests so they will not fall off. Easy to install and care for.

Skil-Care Wheelchair Leg Pad 16" - 18" wide Wheelchairs - Model 926596
  • Protects legs against contact with metal wheelchair parts.
  • New E-Z clip buckles and straps simplify attachment.
  • Prevents residents feet from slipping off footrests.
  • Foam-padded, rigid-backed leg pad.
  • Serves as leg pad when footrests are in the raised position.

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Wondergel Original Gel Seat Cushion

This seat cushion is made of a unique elastic gel material that is comfortable, soft, strong, and maintains its shape. It makes sitting in a wheelchair for long periods of time much more comfortable. It remains cool even with hours of use and reduces sweating and uncomfortable moisture.

WonderGel Support Cushion- 18in * 14in * 2in
  • Engineered to the human comfort threshold, adjusting to any individual's body shape or weight
  • Ultra-soft, ultra-strong, solid rubber-like Gelastic material provides cradling relief for bony...
  • Measures 18in* 14in* 2in thick for excellent seat coverage
  • Durable elastic gel consistency immediately returns to its original shape, with no permanent...
  • Gel fill breathes, so it stays cool while in use

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