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Gift Guide for Autistic Kids & Adults: Presents They Need and Want


Gift Guide for Autistic Kids & Adults: Presents They Need and Want

If you have a child or adult in your household with autism, then you know that gifts can be a challenge during the holidays. You frequently have to avoid presents that can overstimulate and scare the child or adult, but you still want to get something that will make them happy. The following gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for autistic households this season.

Sensory Gifts

If the person who has autism can handle sensory gifts, then you want to put them at the top of your list. For example, the Fidget Toy is loved by children, teens and adults who need a way to express their stress or anger. The Tangle Relax Therapy Toy is another sensory option that can keep adults, teens or kids occupied and help refocus their attention.

Calming Gifts

Households that have members with autism welcome calming gifts capable of creating a more peaceful environment. The Inflatable Calming Stations can be placed anywhere in the home and deflated when they are not being used. These simple and soft stations resemble large cushions and can be used by children, teens or adults throughout the house. 

Social Skill Games

Many children and young adults with autism struggle to develop their social skills. However, games like Blunders can help them work on their social skills, behavior and etiquette in a fun way. This game is appropriate for children who are age 5 and older. The Photo Conversation Cards Game is another option that helps them develop their communication skills without stress.

As you search for the perfect gifts this holiday season, you may want to carefully consider what you will get for autistic households. These adults, teens and children can benefit from specific gifts that will help them work on their skills while providing a fun distraction.

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  1. 1
    kristen visser

    oh i love these ideas !! thank you for sharing. my oldest daughter is autistic and i was googling toys for children with autism to give my family ideas for things to get her that will help her instead of just random toys she will just have fun with. I love the Tangle Relax Therapy toy! I have actually been eying that one so now that you recommended it i have it on the list for us to get her for Christmas 🙂

    1. 1.1

      kristen…so glad you found this list helpful. I know..I want to get a couple for our grandson. Merry Christmas!

  2. 2
    Lori J Pouncey

    I love this post. I have a child with Sensory processing disorder and there are fantastic gift ideas. thank you so much 🙂

  3. 3
    Brandi Cramer

    Thanks for making this gift list. It is always difficult to shop for my autistic nephew and this gives me some great ideas.

    1. 3.1

      I’m so glad this has helped you find ideas 🙂

  4. 4
    Terry Poage

    Wow thanks for this great post. You are the only blogger I have seen that has posted ideas for disable children.

    1. 4.1

      Thank you Terry!

  5. 5
    janie vezina

    awesome list, as my son gets older, will be 10 in feb., i find it hard to shop for him.

  6. 6
    Lynne B

    I think my nephew would like the tangle toy. I like knowing that I could give him a toy that would also help calm him.

    1. 6.1

      Gifts for those on the spectrum is really hard. My grandson who is 8…it is getting harder. He doesn’t play normal or enjoy what others do. He loves the jokes from the Highlights magazines and I was lucky enough to find a book of those joke compilations! He got that and a book on the 50 most notable SuperBowls…he’s 8 and it is a adult book which he loves!! I thought it may be too difficult for him but he’s reading at a very high level.

      1. Lynne B

        I can see why it might be challenging to find something that your grandson would enjoy. Thanks to you, I have better gift ideas for my nephew. He’s almost 3 and I’d love to be able to give him something that will keep him from getting frustrated.

  7. 7

    I don’t have children with autism, but I’m a teacher and have many autistic students. I find that they like quiet activities that don’t overstimulate them.

    1. 7.1

      amazing you are seeing such an increase in autistic students Dianna. I hope they find the cause some day.

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