When you’re shopping for gifts, it’s best not to take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, you should focus on finding presents that the recipient will actually use and appreciate. When you’re shopping for people with disabilities, for example, you’ll want to keep their disability in mind as you shop.
Luckily, finding thoughtful gifts for people in wheelchairs is easier than you might think. These items, which I selected based on my experience as a custom wheelchair specialist, range from practical to fun.
Whether you’re shopping for a friend or family member, a man or a woman, young or old, the gifts below are sure to be a big hit.
Recommended Gifts for People in Wheelchairs
It's important to stay hydrated throughout the day, and with this gift, it'll be easier for anyone in a wheelchair to have a beverage with them at all times. This universal cup holder is compatible with virtually all cups, mugs, bottles and cans. With this device, drinks will remain upright at all times. If you know someone that's spilled drinks before, consider giving them this thoughtful gift!
This secure, easy release lap cushion can be an effective positioning device for someone that struggles to stay in an upright position when sitting. It can keep users securely in their wheelchair and can even provide anterior posture support. It can even make self-feeding easier, which means it can help someone in a wheelchair maintain their independence.
It's important to make sure that people are able to stay comfortable when they're in a wheelchair all day, especially if they only recently started using a wheelchair. This deluxe cushion is incredibly plush and can be secured to a chair's left or right armrest. For the ultimate in comfort, you can buy a cushion for both armrests!
If cushioned armrests aren't enough for you, you can opt for the ultimate in comfort with this full-coverage cushion. Once secured, the cushion can make a wheelchair feel like it's covered in pillows! Of course, the cushion does more than offer comfort. It can also improve circulation, reduce soreness, and even lower blood pressure, making it a wonderful gift for anyone you love that's in a wheelchair.
When temperatures cool, it's important to find ways to stay warm. This wheelchair blanket, which features a beautiful embroidered floral design, can comfortably fit most wheelchairs. It even includes lap pockets, which means the user will be able to keep their hands warm. The blanket is machine washable and made from a cozy fleece. The design isn't for everyone, but this is a premium-quality blanket that was specifically designed for wheelchair users.
Many seniors can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscriptions: from active seniors who like to exercise to elderly people who are homebound or even bedridden. Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment, education and enlightenment. Plus, they keep seniors minds busy as they pass the time.
With this gift, it's possible to use laptops, write letters, and even engage in crafts while sitting in a wheelchair. This lapdesk is comfortable to use thanks to the built-in cushion, which conforms to the shape of the user's lap. It's available in a range of styles and colors, allowing you to select the perfect style for the person you're shopping for.
The Wearable2 is a simple health tracker and fall detection device. As such, it has a myriad of features. For fall detection, users have access to GreatCall's 5Star Urgent Response. The watch connects immediately with the call center when it detects a fall.
Users also have access to other emergency services, roadside assistance, locksmith, or their caregiver by merely pressing the 5Star button. For fitness tracking, users have to pair the device with the iOS or Andriod app.
Enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started? Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you.
Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and they tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve too for the puzzle lover.
Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports ans such).
This well made jewelry features a hidden panic button that you can press when you need any kind of assistance from friends, family, or even the authorities. Once received, the jewelry syncs up to an app on your cell phone. Then, once the panic button is pressed, your cell phone will notify the people that your designate.
Magazine subscriptions provide a ton of benefits for seniors: education, entertainment, a way to pass some time. They can also be a great link to the outside world. Look for large print magazines like Reader's Digest for seniors with vision problems.
Are you or a senior in your life a coffee nut? Yeah, me too. And I know I would love receiving this subscription service as a gift.
For a low monthly subscription, Peet’s coffee will ship a different coffee each month – within 24 hours of roasting it! Their service is flexible too. You can chose which coffee you want, how much you get and how often you get it. You can pause or cancel at anytime.
Don’t know for sure what type to order? Then let their curated service choose for you.
Perfect for heating, massaging, and relaxing sore back and neck muscles, this is a great gift that can provide much needed relief to muscle soreness, muscle tightness, or even pain resulting from these issues. All without having to book an appointment, go across town, and deal with the uncomfortable aspects of getting a massage from a professional.
For lonely seniors, check out Crate Joy's TheraBox Self Care Box. Each box has healthy ways to spend your time by concentrating on your self and your own care. You get a happiness activity and several self care wellness products to try out. The best part? Each box’s selections are chose by therapists!
This affordable subscription box ships internationally and is a good choice for those who have dietary restrictions.
It is a box of treats that includes ‘free from’ goodies. There are lots of options for those who need to avoid wheat, gluten, common allergens, and even dairy products. They offer lots of Organic and All Natural snacks too!
This box is a nice way for someone who has to avoid common snacks for the elderly to treat themselves.
Plus Snack Nation donates a meal to needy families for every box sold!
These washable wheelchair bags are made of a soft fleece, which can protect the skin and give arms a comfortable place to rest. They can also be used to store all kinds of essential items, from phones and tablets to hand lotion to gloves. Storage is an issue for many wheelchair users, which is why a gift like this is practical and thoughtful.
Many wheelchair users need to wear gloves to protect their hands. These stylish men's gloves aren't just waterproof. They also feature touchtip technology, allowing them to be used with touchscreen devices. If someone on your shopping list needs a new pair of gloves, this is an excellent option.
These closed-heel slippers look like normal shoes at a glance, but they're designed to provide incredible warmth and comfort. The slippers are made from natural wool and are available in many sizes and colors. If you gift someone a pair of these slippers, you can expect to see them wearing them all the time.
It's important that people in wheelchairs can see clearly -- and be seen -- at any time, day or night. This mountable flashlight was designed for barbecue grills, but it can easily be secured to a wheelchair. If you're shopping for someone that likes to go out at night, this gift could be lifesaving. A flashlight is an incredibly useful item to have around the house, which is why this wheelchair-friendly flashlight is such a thoughtful and useful present.
People with limited mobility often find it hard to pick up both essentials and luxury items. With a beautiful gift basket, like the ones sold at GiftBasket.com, you can treat someone to all kinds of amazing goodies. There are fresh fruit baskets, spa baskets, and many more options to choose from.
You can't always be there to assist your loved ones, but with monitoring devices from MobileHealth, you can ensure that the people you care about are always protected. These medical alert systems make it possible to receive help with just a push of a button. This will transmit the user's location and information to MobileHealth operators.
Wheelchair ramps aren't always available, but with a portable ramp, your loved one will be able to safely access areas with stamps. These ramps are available in a range of sizes and are specifically designed to be as portable as possible. Many ramps even feature built-in handles, which makes them easier to carry around.
Studies have shown that light therapy can elevate mood and reduce the risk of dementia. This UV-free lamp is able to simulate natural sunshine. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and a lamp like this is a way to remedy that. It's common for wheelchair users to spend time cooped up indoors, but with a gift like this, they'll be able to soak up the sun even when they're stuck at home.
Being out in the sun all day can lead to a sunburn and skin damage, but thankfully, this umbrella provides excellent protection. The umbrella, which can be securely fastened to a wheelchair, can block out 99.5% of UVA rays. The umbrella is fully adjustable and easy to transport, which means the person you're shopping for will be able to use it whenever they spend time outside.
This HD video doorbell makes it possible to see who's at your door from a phone or tablet. It can also record video footage of your porch. It's a lovely gift for someone that might struggle to answer their door or for anyone that has concerns about how security. If the user authorizes you to use their account, you can also use Ring to check in on them throughout the day.
A lack of lumbar support can lead to lower back pain and feelings of stiffness. Wheelchairs don't always provide ample support, which is why this comfortable memory foam cushion is such a thoughtful present. The pillow comes in a variety of colors and can easily be used with a wheelchair. Once someone starts using this cushion, they'll be able to feel the difference right away.
When people lose mobility, they often struggle to type. With Dragon's speech recognition software, however, it's possible to dictate and record messages without lifting a finger. This is a great way to send out emails and messages to loved ones, and it can also be a thoughtful gift for someone that's always wanted to write a novel.
When people have limited mobility, many basic tasks, like tying shoelaces, can be a challenge. Thankfully, with these shoelaces from Xpand, it's possible to avoid tying your shoes. These laces can used with all kinds of shoes and consistently provide a great fit. A present like this could make for a great stocking stuffer.
General Gift Ideas for Someone in a Wheelchair
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, wheelchair gloves, etc. But many of these types of items would make being in the wheelchair easier.
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Many users of wheelchairs will appreciate the thought of a practical gift that will help them in their daily life. But, many won’t specifically ask for what they need. Using a gift guide like this will help get the right gift for a person in a wheelchair.
Selecting gifts can be a stressful process. Thankfully, if you look at the suggestions above, you’ll find that it’s easier to find great gifts for people in wheelchairs. Even if you have a limited budget, you’ll be able to choose a thoughful gift that will be used and appreciated.
If you’re willing to spend more, the wireless headphones are one of my favorite options on the list. If you pair this gift with an audiobook subscription, it can provide hour after hour of entertainment. If you have a tighter budget, wheelchair bags are affordable and useful.
You can find more gift ideas for seniors and the elderly here if you would like more ideas.
What gift do you recommend for someone using a wheelchair? Have you given a gift that was a hit? Or maybe even a flop? Share your advice and experience in the comments below. Oh! If you found this information helpful, I’d appreciate a quick share with your friends.