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

By: Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

People in wheelchairs have different needs and wants than others. Of course, they appreciate jewelry, electronics, and other standard gifts too. But, if you are looking for something more practical, here are some great gifts for people in wheelchairs.

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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.

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Recommended Gifts for People in Wheelchairs

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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Summary

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.

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2 thoughts on “43+ Great Gifts for People in Wheelchairs You’d Never Think Of!”

  1. I am a wheelchair user and prefer to purchase anything wheelchair related, such as a bag, for myself, as I know what I need, and wheelchair cushions have to be chosen in conjunction with providers who know what they are doing. For gifts, I want stuff like clothes (if someone knows what I like and it definitely is nothing wheelchair related), jewelry, household items, gift certificates and books. I am sure some people would appreciate getting some of these things as gifts!

    • Hello Shannon – thanks for your thoughts and gift ideas you shared. Maybe I should record this article a little bit. In my job as an ATP, I have had people ask me what they can get their parent in a wheelchair to make it easier, better, more comfortable, etc. These are the types of things I usually tell them. You are right, though. The best gifts come from people who know what you want and need and like! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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