Do you have a friend or family member that is just so hard to shop for?
With Christmas just around the corner, we often get enquiries about what to buy for loved ones. Some people want a practical and useful gift for their grandparent, or a functional and accessible gift for their niece or nephew who has special needs. Here are some gift ideas from our team:
Gift Idea 1 – e-Reader
Technology and gadgets are often popular Christmas gifts. Have you considered an e-Reader like the Kindle? We often meet clients who require large print due to a vision difficulty and have exhausted all the large print books in their local library. Many eReaders can resize the text of any book with just the click of a button. To turn the page often only requires a click or swipe. This can be great for those that have difficulty using their hands. Often an e-Reader is lighter than a heavy novel and easy to carry and hold, plus they can hold hundreds of books! Some eReaders can also read the text aloud which is a great feature for someone with literacy difficulties. Remember, books that meet the reader’s interest will need to be loaded on the eReader. Keep this in mind and have a think about the technical support that your relative or friend might need.
Gift Idea 2 – Garden Work Seat
If your loved one is a keen gardener then a garden work seat may be a perfect gift for them. It will allow them to sit in the garden while pruning, planting or weeding, reducing back pain and fatigue and increasing safety while gardening. They are lightweight or on wheels for easy moving around the garden.
Gift Idea 3 – iPad Accessories
Lots of our clients are using iPads, for a range of reasons – communication, education, organisation or just for fun! A durable case can be a great additional accessory to protect these expensive gadgets. It’s a very practical gift but they will thank you for it the next time they bump or drop their device. Check out this iPad accessories list for more ideas
Gift Idea 4 – Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Is your loved one having trouble managing the vacuuming or would they rather spend this time doing things they enjoy? Then a Robot Vacuum Cleaner may be another gift worth considering for Christmas this year. It automatically cleans the floors of the home reducing the amount of time and energy someone has to spend on cleaning.
Gift Idea 5 – iTunes or Google Play gift vouchers
Have you thought about purchasing an iTunes (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices) gift voucher? The person can then choose to buy something they love on their tablet device, like music, movies, games, books or other apps.
Gift Idea 6 – Jar Openers
If opening jars is becoming difficult for a loved one, there are lots of gadgets that can make this much easier. Automatic jar openers or openers that offer a handle for more leverage can be a very useful gift for someone with reduced strength in their wrists and hands.
Gift Idea 7 – Mobile Phones
Simple mobile phones are a great gift idea for those who aren’t so tech savvy. With accessible features including bigger buttons, bigger display, hearing aid compatibility and an SOS (help) button these items are practical and make life easier.
Happy shopping and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at ILC!