Christmas gift ideas for the visually impaired person in your life
I’m Elin, a 21-year-old student, blogger and self-confessed shopaholic. I’m registered blind/severely sight impaired due to a degenerative condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I’ve been documenting my experiences, thoughts and feelings towards sight loss on my blog, My Blurred World, for the past four and a half years.
As I write this, a veil of ice covers the car windscreens outside and a jingle of bells opens every other advert on the telly, this can only mean one thing - Christmas is upon us!
Many have already started, or maybe even finished, your Christmas shopping. But if you’re anything like me, you’re left scratching your head at the last minute, pondering over what to invest your pennies in for your loved ones. Perhaps that head scratching becomes even more vigorous when wondering what to buy a visually impaired person in your life. Fear not, because I’m here to share a few ideas with you.
These ideas won’t apply to every blind or vision impaired person as everyone’s preferences differ, but I hope they help to inspire a few extra scribbles on your Christmas buying list.
Is it even Christmas if there are no bath or shower products under the tree? These classic gifts are perfect for those of us who can’t see as you don’t need to see them to appreciate it. I always have a nice perfume on my Christmas list as I love an extra addition to my collection. If the person you’re buying for loves anything home related, then how about a reed diffuser? It’s the perfect way to fill a room with a gorgeous scent without the worry that they might burn the house down with a candle!
If you’re one of those families who like to overcome the food coma with a good old board game, then why not invest in an accessible one which ensures the vision impaired person in your life can get involved too? If you know they love their board games, then a large print or braille classic could be right up their street.
Most jewellery is tactile and makes for a great Christmas gift, but if you’re after something a little more unique then some braille jewellery might be just what you’re looking for. It’s possible to buy accessories with braille markings on them these days. This will add more of a personal touch to any piece of jewellery you might like to give your loved one this festive season.
If your friend or family member is a bookworm like me, then how about gifting them with an Audible membership or iTunes voucher? This means they can invest in the titles on their reading list. It might sound like something so simple but if you know that’s what they like, it could really make their day.
The final touches
One last thing, when wrapping and labelling your gifts, why not consider adding a braille or large print label to the present? If you’re with the person when they open their gift and you know they appreciate a description of the item, some details about what they’re holding once it has been unwrapped will never go a miss.
Whilst buying gifts for blind or vision impaired people might seem like a minefield, it doesn’t have to bring you any unnecessary stress or worry. At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong option and it’s the thought that counts every single time.
Do you have any Christmas gift recommendations for blind and vision impaired people? How are you finding Christmas shopping? We’d love to hear your suggestions below!