Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

12/04/2016

colorful gift bags and boxes

It's that time of year again, when we're all searching for gift-giving ideas. If you have close friends or family members who are blind, visually impaired, or losing their sight, you may want to explore these updated gift guides from the American Foundation for the Blind. From young children to working-age adults to seniors who are gradually losing their vision, AFB has you covered.

Before you start shopping, learn how you can help AFB every time you shop online! Would you like to be able to donate to AFB quickly and easily, without increasing the cost of your online shopping? Check out our Other Ways to Give page for details on how to add a charitable bent to your online gift purchases year-round.

2017 Peanuts-themed 16-month calendar, with Snoopy and the entire on the cover. Includes 120 fun stickers!

FamilyConnect® has pulled together a number of suggestions for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired who are looking for fun, accessible games, books, and toys to give for the holidays—as well as gifts and gadgets for their teenagers! Visit the FamilyConnect Toy and Gift Ideas for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired for great gift ideas, as well as helpful articles and links to other sites' holiday guides and sales.

colorful array of books set between a pair of headphones

VisionAware™ has many ideas to choose from, especially for friends and loved ones who are new to vision loss. Some of them are specially adapted for people with vision loss, and others are inexpensive mainstream products. Visit VisionAware's Holiday Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired as well as Holly Bonner's Gift Suggestions for Kids of Blind Parents, and our Anthology of Holiday Picks for People with Vision Loss.

Helen kneels with four children who are all holding toys

You can send a free, accessible, large print eCard featuring a Helen Keller quotation and a beautiful archival photo to a friend or loved one.

"Nothing of value can be done without joy."
- Helen Keller

Helen Keller mug with photo and quotation And for teachers and parents, the AFB Store now offers some wonderful presents, including a beautiful Helen Keller mug with the quote "We are never truly happy until we try to brighten the lives of others." Visit our gifts for friends page for more ideas. You can also honor a special teacher in your life by making a donation in their name to the Helen Keller Archives.
Happy Holidays message with holly AccessWorld® brings you its annual 2016 AccessWorld Gift Guide for Recipients with Visual Impairments, as well as Janet Ingber's look at the accessibility of holiday shopping at Best Buy and QVC. You can also browse a wide variety of products for people who are blind or visually impaired in the AFB product database.

And finally, we are proud to remind you of our partnership with the Chicago Lighthouse Tools for Living Store™, which carries beautiful print/braille cards, adaptive technology, independent living aids, lighting products, games, toys, kitchen gadgets, and more. The Chicago Lighthouse will donate a portion of your eligible purchases back to AFB when you shop using our affiliate links.

Please share your ideas below! What have been some of your best stocking stuffers, games, or big-ticket items, for loved ones who are blind or visually impaired?