Holiday gift giving is naturally complicated. Finding a gift for someone with a visual impairment can add another degree of difficulty. Here are 7 great gifts to give and get. The list includes gifts from under $10 to over $300, depending on how generous you’re feeling.
GoGo Grandparent Account
Price depends on how often service is used.
Set up this account for your loved one and they’ll be able to call a Lyft or an Uber without the hassle of the app. Professional Grandchildren monitor the rides from start to finish and nobody gets left out in the cold. See our post with all the details.
Amazon Echo from $119
The voice-controlled smart speaker connects to the intelligent assistant Alexa. Ask for news, weather, sports scores, trivia. It will read you a book or order your groceries, and that’s just the beginning. This item has been widely adopted by people with low vision and blindness. It’s good for everyone!
iPhone / iPad from $329
The gifts that keep giving. Apple’s Accessibility is second to none. Ask anyone who’s experienced it and they’ll tell you — these mobile devices can open up an entire world that once seemed lost. Read our posts about iPhone and iPad.
Optelec Compact MINI Magnifier $295
An electronic magnifier for low vision with contrast settings and magnification to 11x. Small and light, fits easily into a pocket.
- Gifts We Love Under $10
Multi LED Magnifier $9.99
A simple illuminated magnifier for everyone. Slips into a pocket. Magnifies up to 6x.
Jumbo Playing Cards $9.99
Easy to see, whimsical and fun for any age.
20/20 Pens by Paper Mate $7.95
For people living with low vision, these pens are simply the best. The dense black line that won’t bleed through the page.
About the Author
Dorrie Rush is a Visual Accessibility Expert and progressive proponent for Universal Access and Inclusive Design. She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.