2012 Autism Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

As the season’s holidays kick off, we are thrilled to share with you our first autism friendly holiday gift-shopping list. All of the items on the list have been suggested by the GR staff and members of the community and provide a great starting point for anyone shopping for a child, young adult or family affected by autism. 

 

Please feel free to contribute to this list in the comments! Sharing items on your list may spark new ideas for shoppers still on the hunt. 

 

 

Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls – Ages 3 to 5+

Balance Bikes (helps with fine motor skills, balance, core strength and more)

Strider or Green Glider

 

Trains – toys, DVDs, games and books 

Thomas & Friends

 

Toy cars, trucks, planes and helicopters

Hot Wheels

 

Music listening devices (helps with sensory issues, hyperactivity, non verbal & more)

Sweetpea3 MP3 Player (extremely durable)

Listening Program (sound therapy for sensory sensitive listeners)

 

Pets such as beta or goldfish 

 

Picture Books 

– Guinness world records, sports history, trains, cars, buses, tractors, heavy equipment

 

Tablets (helps with sensory issues, learning, hyperactivity and more)

– iPad

 

Skype with Santa (A great way to avoid long lines at the mall & give kids a chance to meet Santa!) 

 

Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls – Ages 5 to 8+

 

Balance Bikes (helps with fine motor skills, balance, core strength and more)

 

Music listening devices (helps with sensory issues, hyperactivity, non verbal & more)

Sweetpea3 MP3 Player (extremely durable)

Listening Program (sound therapy for sensory sensitive listeners)

 

Pets such as beta or goldfish 

 

Tablets (helps with sensory issues, learning, hyperactivity and more)

– iPad

 

Books

– Remote Control Monster Trucks, Planes and Helicopters

Toy cars, trucks, planes and helicopters

Hot Wheels

 

Bowling Items (pins, balls, etc.)

 

Video Games (Helps with motor control)

– Wii – Sports and Sports Resort, Toy Story Mania, MarioKart, Just Dance

 

Sports Equipment (appropriate to motor development skills)

– Scooter, skateboard or bikes

 

Kid friendly digital cameras

 

Art Supplies

Crayola Glow station or Crayola Digital light designer

– Paper, oil pastels, colored pencils

– A diary to write

 

Stuffed animals

 

Personalized Autism CD 

 

Games

webkinz – online games

– Chess board

– Puzzles

– Role-playing games – playmobil or dress up

 

Legos and building blocks – Duplo

 

 

Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls – Ages 8+

Music listening devices (helps with sensory issues, hyperactivity, non verbal & more)

– Sweetpea3 MP3 Player (extremely durable)

– Listening Program (sound therapy for sensory sensitive listeners)

 

Books (need some examples)

 

Interactive Video Games (Helps with motor control)

– Sports and Sports Resort, Toy Story Mania, MarioKart, Just Dance, Dance Party

 

Sports Equipment (appropriate to motor development skills)

– Scooter, skateboard or bikes

 

Art Supplies

– Crayola Glow station or Crayola Digital light designer

– Paper, oil pastels, colored pencils

– A diary to write

 

Games

– webkinz – online game

– Chess board

– Puzzles

– Headbandz

– Traffic Jam

– Go Fish

– Guess Who

 

Role-playing games

– Dress up

playmobil

 

Legos and building blocks

 

Model airplanes (great for fine motor skills)

 

Yoga mat (great for stability, relaxation and more)

 

 

Gifts the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Gift certificates to restaurants that have gluten and dairy free menus

 

Books, such as Healing and Preventing Autism and The Kitchen Classroom

 

An Infrared Sauna (includes a variety of health benefits and a great tool for detoxification)

 

 Personalized autism greeting cards

 

Handmade jewelry that supports autism awareness

Silpada

Generation Necks

Designs by Ja9

 

 

Apps for Tablets (and Phones)

AutismTrack 

iPrompts 

– Sort It Out

– Match it up

– PCS™Bingo

– PCS™ Memory

 

 

Please feel free to contribute to this list in the comments! Sharing items on your list may spark new ideas for shoppers still on the hunt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Presents.jpg. Dec. 5, 2012. Mummy Whisper Blog

 

Note: Please note that all items are suggestions made by families in our community and are for various ages and abilities. Please take into consideration the individual needs of the recipient when reviewing the list.  

 

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