December 7, 2021

Gift Ideas for Youth with Vision Loss

- Stephanie Hurd, Assistive Technology/Activities Specialist

presents under a christmas tree

The list below truly isn’t that different from what all kids want.  Find what they are interested in and tap into those gift ideas.  Throw in a couple of new things to try and discover new interests as well.

Birth-1 year:

  • A baby teething with a toy in her mouthRattle
  • Clothes, snowsuits, Bibs, Socks, etc.
  • Walker
  • Push toy
  • Activity Table
  • Teething Ring
  • Musical Toy
  • Fisher Price Linkimals– Music and lights educational toy for ages 9 months and up.
  • Kick and Play Piano
  • First sled- Buckle them in and pull the baby around in the snow.
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Books to Read to your Baby

Toddlers 1-3 years:

Preschoolers 3-5 years:

Elementary School 6-9 years:

Tweens 10-12:

  • Nintendo Switch A girl jumping into the snow with showshoes on
  • Karaoke Machine
  • Fun Slippers and Matching Robe
  • Pajamas
  • A New Pet and Supplies
  • Hair and Bath and Body Products
  • Boots, Hats, Mittens, Winter Jackets
  • Gift Cards to go Skiing
  • Minecraft Builders and Biomes Board Game
  • First cell phone
  • Snowshoes
  • Books Large Print/Braille

Teens 13-18:

  • Microsoft or PSN or iTunes Gift Cards
  • Clothes and Hoodies with Favorite Band or MovieTwo teenage girls sitting in a movie theater
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tablet, Smart Phone, Laptop, or Braille Note Taker
  • New Music Instrument and Carrying Case
  • Luggage or Overnight Bag
  • Perfume
  • Gift Cards to the Movies
  • Gift Cards to a Concert or Sporting Event
  • Room Decorations: Twinkle Lights, Lamps with Tactile Base, Bulletin Board
  • Ice skates
  • Braille Jewelry
  • Games for the whole family like Giant Jenga, Apples to Apples, or Trivial Pursuit.
  • Smart Speaker
  • Wireless Smart Ear Buds
  • Books Large Print/Braille

Ways to Engage

  • Bake cookies together.Mother and child baking cookies together
  • Let your child wrap some empty boxes or wrap their own gifts-love counts not the neatness of the package.
  • Learn some fun holiday songs.
  • Decorate the tree together-talk about the ornaments, what they are the stories behind them, and allow all members of the family to take turns hanging some of the special ornaments.
  • Share the spirit of giving, help your youth with shopping for a nonprofit such as Toys for Tots or a local nursing home. Pick out items together and take your youth to drop them off and talk about the experience.
  • Have your youth make place tags for everyone eating at the holiday meal. They can print or Braille the place tags and decorate them by coloring or using tactile stickers and then have them set them out as well as helping to set the table.

Websites Resources for Gifts

For more information, contact Future In Sight’s Parent Connect coordinator, Susan LaVenture at [email protected].