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
Silverts Extra Wide Warm Foot Protectors
It isn’t necessary to wear shoes in a wheelchair, but it is essential to keep your feet protected. These soft, high-quality slippers offer incredible comfort while keeping feet safe. It’s an especially thoughtful gift if your recipient is also diabetic because they are especially prone to foot injuries.
Self-Leveling Drink Cup Holder for 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!
Silver Cuisine Senior Home Meal Delivery
This senior meal delivery service send chef-prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online or via phone and set your delivery schedule. Rest assured knowing your loved one is easting well!
Comfy Closed Heel Slippers for Men and Women
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. Plus the closed heel will protect the feet from injuries caused by front wheel and legrests. If you gift someone a pair of these slippers, you can expect to see them wearing them all the time.
Secure® Deluxe Wheelchair Armrest Cushion | Secure Safety Solutions
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!
invisaWear Smart Jewelry with Panic Button
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. This is a great gift for wheelchair users who are on the go frequently.
Total Chair Cushion
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.
Classy Pal Stylish Adult Bibs and Clothing Protectors
These superior and stylish bibs and clothing protectors for seniors come in all kinds of fun and classy designs. They are extra large for maximum coverage, a strong but easy to open velcro closure, and a pocket/crumb catcher at the bottom.
Secure® Easy-Release Wheelchair Lap Cushion
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.
Audiobooks.com Monthly Audiobook Club
Many wheelchair riders can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscriptions: from active users 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.
RAZ Easy to Use Memory Cell Phone
This easy to use cell phone for seniors features photo dialing, an emergency button, and displays the time, remaining batter, and signal strength. And, that’s it! Plus caregivers can manage and control the phone settings through a simple portal.
LapGear Designer Lap Desk with Phone Holder and Device Ledge
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.
Sport-Brella All Position Umbrella with Universal Clamp
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.
Classy Pal Wheelchair Blanket with Embroidered Flower
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. Not into flowers, Classy Pal has plain blankets and other designs to choose from too.
QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Smart Headphones by Bose
These high quality noise-cancelling headphones are world renowned for shutting out the world around you. Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant too. Wireless and easily synced to a phone, tablet, or PC.
Lively Wearable2 Medical Alert Watch
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.
Hunt A Killer – Do You Have What It Takes?
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 and such).
Life Mounts All Weather Wheelchair Flashlight with Flex Mount
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 a wheelchair user 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.
Loot Crate Subscription and Gift Boxes
This is the perfect gift for more hip chair users (or those that think they are!) Choose from a general pop culture box or themed boxes like gaming, clothing, comics and more. Can be a one-time gift or a monthly subscription box.
Magazine Subscriptions Everyone Will Love
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.
Peet’s Coffee Coffee Beans Subscriptions
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.
CopperJoint Wrist Sleeve with Thumb Support
The CopperJoint Compression Wrist Sleeve offers a lot of hand pain relief, especially for people who are pushing themselves in wheelchars all day. This wrist sleeve helps to relieve pain from arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, inflammation and more.
The design helps to quickly relieve pain and offers great muscle support to help you stay as active as possible. CopperJoint also offers a guarantee that you will be pain free in 30 days or less and there is even a lifetime warranty on these sleeves.
Dynotag SuperAlert Medical ID Tags
With these medical tags, it’s easy for first responders to get essential information about a patient. The tags are laminated and completely weatherproof, which means they’ll be in great shape for years. The set includes both a keychain tag and a wallet card. It’s a wonderful way to protect the people you love most.
Vive Neck and Back Shiatsu Massager with Heat
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.
All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com
This is probably one of the most useful gifts for any one who uses a wheelchair. There is a lot that Alexa can help with wiithout the person even needing to move their wheelchair. Alexa Echo will tell them the time, date, weather forecast, play them their favorite songs, and also remind them to have their medicines.
Therabox Self-Care Subscription Box
For people in wheelchairs who tend to get a little lonely, 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!
Love With Food Junk-Free Snack Box
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!
Vive Waterproof Wheelchair Bag
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.
Reversible Fashion Rain Poncho
It isn’t always possible to hold an umbrella when you’re in a wheelchair. This colorful and stylish poncho can keep your loved ones comfortable and dry. The poncho is reversible, fully-lined, and can be packed into itself for increased portability. It’s big enough to cover up most of the wheelchair too.
Totes Men’s All Elements Touchtip Gloves
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.
Gift Baskets for Holidays, Birthdays, Baby, Special Occasion
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.
MobileHelp Portable Medical Alert System
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.
Lightweight Portable Wheelchair Ramps
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.
Zinus Deluxe Wood Platform Bed Frame
Getting in and out of bed isn’t always easy for people in a wheelchair. With an affordable platform bed from Zinus, however, it will be a lot easier. Many of these beds also include appealing features like reclining headboards and built-in USB ports.
Ring Video Doorbell
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.
Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow
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.
All-New Dragon Home Speech Recognition Software
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.
Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System
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.
Ancestry Gift Subscription
As we age, it’s not uncommon to begin wondering where we came from and wanting to learn more about our roots. A gift subscription for Ancestry® can help aging adults begin the journey just by plugging in what they do know about their ancestors. A gift like this can also create an opportunity to spend time together by working on the family history together!
TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp
In winter, you could have 16 to 18 hours of darkness. This keeps elders from getting out in the sun which can depress some elders. A light therapy lamp mimics natural outdoor light so that elders don’t feel they are missing out on anything outside.
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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.