Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids in a Wheelchair
Buying Christmas gifts for children has to be some of the most fun you can have during this time of the year. Picturing their excitement on Christmas morning takes you back to when you were their age, arguing with your siblings about who got to open a gift first and waiting in anticipation to see if you had gotten THE gift you wanted more than anything.
But what are the best gift ideas for children in a wheelchair?
It’s not as difficult as you may expect. Just keep in mind that some gifts may be inappropriate for their age, for their dexterity level, and for their wheelchair to navigate. From there, there are boundless numbers of great Christmas gifts for kids in a wheelchair.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Board Games
Not every kid loves holding still – we remember that phase. But that’s why Pictionary Air is such an exciting breakthrough in the board game sphere. Work in teams and “draw” pictures in the air. The opposing team uses a smartphone to see the drawing in real-time. We also love these new braille versions of Uno and braille Lego build instructions.
A Minnesota mom created A Doll Like Me about four years ago for her friend's child. She wanted to create a doll that looked like them to tell them “You are perfect the way you are.” Over 300 dolls have now been created and include custom look-a-like features like a birthmark, a tracheotomy, or limb differences. A Doll Like Me is now part of Amazon Smile, too. Choose the cause from the drop-down as you Christmas shop and a small percentage of your purchase will benefit the building and shipping of these one-of-a-kind dolls to kids around the world.
Preschoolers can care for their baby dolls with the Doc McStuffins Baby All-In-One Nursery. Give your child the chance to play doctor with a portable patient laptop to help diagnose and soothe babies to sleep with lullaby music. Other check-up tools are available, and the kit even includes a sticker Band-Aid dispenser for all your boo-boo needs. We like it because it sits at pediatric wheelchair height, allowing kids in wheelchairs to access the weigh scale and rock the babies to sleep with ease. One adjustment would be to keep the tools in a lower carrier versus attached to the play frame for easier access.
Rothy’s has created a line of kids’ shoes designed by animator Pete Oswald. Machine washable, easy to slip on and off, and cute as they come, you can choose from elephants, flamingos, orangutans, or cats. This list from Red Tricycle includes brands for kids with a range of needs, from compression to weighted clothing, Velcro to magnets, easy-on socks and shoes to clothes that offer abdominal access.
There is nothing quite as thrilling as seeing your name on something. Even as adults, having our Starbucks order spelled correctly on our cup is a small thrill in our morning routines. These personalized books put your kid’s look-a-like in search-and-find worlds that let them be everything from an intergalactic vet that cares for alien pets to an explorer, seeking out a new adventure. The great part is that you can preview all 36 pages before buying so you can be sure your kid’s likeness is perfect.
The popular Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot has now been redesigned for kids. The Echo Dot Kids Edition was designed with young ears in mind so when asked to play music, it automatically filters explicit songs from popular apps like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora. Kids can ask Alexa to hear stories, call approved friends and family, and get answers to their burning questions like “Why is the sky blue?” “Where did the dinosaurs go?” and “Why do we need sleep?”
Color-coded with interlocking grooves instead of snapping, Playstix contraptions are easy to create, deconstruct, and start over again. These brightly-colored logs resemble the Lincoln Logs of our day and help to improve dexterity and imagination. Many parents say they love them so much, they often opt for the larger box.
This adorable sheep doubles as a sound machine so even when you travel, a child’s sleep won’t suffer. Featuring eight soothing sounds and songs, the Sleep Sheep comes with a Velcro tab to connect to a crib, stroller or car seat and has sleep timers to automatically shut off during the night. The design won several industry awards, including the National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval and the iParenting Media Award. In a study of 20 newborns, it was found that they were more likely to fall asleep within five minutes in response to the white noise features.
9. Monthly Subscription Boxes
Subscription boxes make for awesome Christmas gifts because they give all year long. This list of kids' subscription boxes ranges from a travel box with maps and activity booklets to a cooking kit for little foodies with step-by-step recipes and cooking tools.
10. A Trip to Disney
Be it land or world, Disney is known as the “Happiest Place on Earth” for a reason. Disney has provided many accessible accommodations for Disney World and Disney Land visitors that list the various rides that are appropriate for guests who can transfer versus those who can’t, stimulus warnings for certain experiences, and parking and pass information to make your visit easier. And for families who need transportation to the park, BraunAbility offers rental vehicles by the weekend, week, or longer year-round to make your trip a reality. Learn more about our rental options here or look up your nearest dealer to ask about their rental availability.