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The Hottest Low Vision Gifts

Nov 21, 2018

The Hottest Low Vision Gifts

The holiday season is upon us, which means for many of us, the flurry of gift shopping has begun.

For those seeking inspiration, we’ve put together a guide of favorite gifts to give our loved ones with low vision — for the health-conscious, the fun-seeking traveler, or the tech-savvy.


A wrapped present with red and white wrapping paper on a table.

A wrapped present with red and white wrapping paper on a table.

Handy and Healthy

BoldWriter Pens

$15.00 for 20 pens

A must-have stocking stuffer. This is the most coveted and appreciated writing tool for low vision users. Its dark bold line never bleeds through paper. Buy on Amazon.



Another great stocking stuffer that everyone will thank you for. This guide for getting the drops into the eye, not all over the face, is inexpensive enough to give in multiples. 

Learn more about this in our article, AutoDrop Is A Real Eye Opener.

A Case of Oranges

Citrus is getting a lot of good press, and oranges are always a crowd pleaser. We are learning that an orange a day, may keep the vision loss at bay, particularly in the case of age-related macular degeneration. Send someone you love a case and help them get into the regular habit of enjoying the benefits.

For more on that, go to 5 Sight Saving Habits to Start Now.



Lights on NYC Radio City music hall.

Lights on NYC Radio City music hall.

Entertainment and Travel


$14.00 a month

Treat someone you love to a subscription and they’ll get to enjoy 1 new audiobook, of their choosing, each month. Visit the Audible website and you might even find a special deal.

Movie Gift Card

$25.00 and up

Give a movie gift card for the neighborhood theater because all movie theaters now offer audio description devices that ensure movie fans with vision loss don’t miss a thing.

To learn more, read Descriptive Audio Brings Back The Detail.

Broadway Show

There’s nothing holding us back from the theater now that New York’s Great White Way has an accessibility mandate.  Visit the kiosk in the theater’s lobby to borrow audio description, closed captioning, or translation devices.

For more about all this, read Inclusivity Takes The Stage On Broadway.

GoGo Grandparent

Give the gift of transportation with a ride-sharing service that requires no app. Open an account for someone you love or upgrade them to GoGo Gold. Here’s how it works: GoGo Grandparent Adds Premium Services.



ipad and apple products on a gray mat

Apple iPad and AirPods on a gray mat.

Tech and Gadgets

iPhone or iPad

Starting at $499 and up

Tops in terms of accessibility, these are big gifts that keep giving in more ways that we can possibly count.



Apple AirPods


A most desirable gift for anyone, but particularly sweet and thoughtful for someone with vision loss who depends on the audible features of their mobile devices. Pairs with Apple devices without needing even a click. Find on the Apple website


From $119

At this point, the Amazon Kindle is a classic and an old favorite among people needing a boost in contrast or font size, and one of the truly easy electronics to operate. Visit the Kindle website

Smart Speakers

From $50.00 up

Alexa, Google, Siri, it’s your pick, we love them all! A variety of models to choose from, with something for everyone. This is the most desirable gift of the season and it’s perfectly fine to have more than one around the house.

Here’s why they’re great for people with low vision: Smart Speakers You Ask They Answer.


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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

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.



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