Holiday Gift Guide for the Disabled Community

Snow is falling, and the ugly sweaters are making a comeback, and Christmas lights are shimmering everywhere. We cannot deny it, the holiday season is back and with it, the holiday shopping!

We don’t know about you, but we LOVE buying gifts for our loved ones and also splurging a bit on ourselves (after all, why not?). The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to get a thoughtful gift for family and friends that shows how much you care. Or, if we are indulging ourselves… deciding to buy that ONE thing we had our eye on all year long.

“What to give, or not to give?" That’s the question. Don't worry! We know that choosing the perfect gift isn't always easy. That is why Motion Composites is here to help you! We have carefully prepared the best holiday gift guide for the disabled community so that you can sit back and relax.

For the little ones (and the young at heart)

Barbie Fashionista with a wheelchair

Mattel has released a collection with Barbies in wheelchairs, and they are AWESOME!

These Barbie Dolls come with Barbie’s fashionable clothes, a rigid frame wheelchair with rolling wheels and a working brake, and a ramp that works with the Barbie Dreamhouse to ensure accessibility.

We love that companies have become more inclusive in their products!

Where to buy?

Amazon Canada 

Mattel (USA)

Disney x Izzy Wheels

Do you want just a touch of Disney or Marvel on your wheelchair? Look no further!

Izzy Wheels make wheel covers for wheelchairs in super stylish and colorful designs. Since 2021 they launched their latest collaboration, which features an amazing selection of all your favorite Disney and Marvel characters: from Stitch and Olaf to Spider-Man and Captain America, and, of course, we cannot forget Mickey!

Where to buy?

Izzy Wheels website

For the adventurers (and the sports junkies)

Nike FlyEase

In collaboration with people from the disabled community, Nike has designed the FlyEase. The Nike FlyEase technology makes it super simple to get these shoes on and off, with little to no need to use your hands.

This year, Nike has expanded the FlyEase collection, making even more accessible products for different needs, sizes, and ages.

Where to buy?

Nike Canada

Nike USA 

Newton Backpack

To go anywhere and bring everything you need, the one and only Newton Backpack from Motion Composites.

This Newton Backpack is designed specifically for wheelchairs. The Newton backpack offer easy compartment access and is practical, well adapted, strong, and durable. All the features you want for everyday use, plus it’s weather resistant!

Where to buy?

Make sure to contact your closest wheelchair provider, if you don’t know who it is, check here.

Hand Cycles

Exercising is essential to maintaining excellent mental and physical health, but for wheelchair users it is not always easy. Handcycles are the perfect product that makes it easy to stay active, even when it’s challenging to leave home.

This handcycle can help you keep your arm muscles toned, improve blood circulation, and strengthen your shoulders and arms.

This one is the #1 best-seller on Amazon for physiotherapy, but there are many options available in the market, make sure to check online to find one that is perfect for you.

Where to buy?

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

For the colorful spirits (and the fashion icons)

FFORA

We know that accessibility is key! And this is something that FFORA understands perfectly!

FFORA is a company that believes in products designed for disability first and making all their products adaptable but super fashionable.

In their own words, “The disability community moves through a world that oftentimes is inaccessible—we are here to do our part to change that.” We could not agree more!

Where to buy?

*Currently, FFORA is only shipping to the USA and UK. Check their different products here.

Newton Airgrip Handrims

Are you the kind of person who just LOVES to have a splash of color on EVERYTHING? Then the Newton Airgrip Handrims are the perfect addition for you!

The Newton Airgrip Handrims are a great way to add a splash of color to your wheelchair while lightening it up. They only weigh 1 lb (440 g),  are crack and peel-resistant, and come in 11 eye-popping colors.

Where to buy?

Make sure to contact your closest wheelchair provider, if you don’t know who it is, check here.

Rare Beauty Makeup

For anyone who wears makeup, we know that the packaging is not always accessible and easy to use for individuals with dexterity problems.

Although the packaging of this makeup brand owned by Selena Gomez was designed for her own personal preferences, the ball on the top of the tube-shaped components makes it easy to open and use for someone with limited hand function.

The brand has confirmed that they did not test the products to support these claims, but they are thrilled that people with dexterity issues find it more accessible, and they look forward to continuing to test and explore ease of use for everyone. The claim that it featured accessible packaging opened a discussion within the beauty industry about the importance of making packaging more accessible, and we hope brands will start making products with the disabled community in mind.

Where to buy?

Sephora Canada

Sephora USA

For EVERYONE to enjoy!

Heated blankets

Some people within the disabled community have difficulty regulating the temperature of their bodies.  And with the chilly weather coming back, a heated blanked is a perfect item to add to your shopping list.

There are many designs and sizes available, so there is one that matches your specific needs and favorite color.

If you like the one shown,  it is from Sealy, and comes in 5 different colors.

Where to buy?

Amazon Canada

Amazon USA

Newton Multi-Purpose Pouch

What better than to bring all your essentials in the same easy-access bag? You can do that with the one and only Newton Multi-Purpose Pouch.

The Newton Multi-Purpose Pouch is made of fabric and features two compartments: one that you can use for a small water bottle or a hand sanitizer bottle and another enclosed space to carry personal items, such as your phone, wallet, medication, etc.

The pouch is designed to be easily installed on the front part of a wheelchair; this provides you accessibility while staying stylish!

Where to buy?

Make sure to contact your closest wheelchair provider, if you don’t know who that is, check here.

HandiCup

We don’t know about you, but we could not go with our day without a cup of coffee! And this product GETS IT. Whatever your drink of choice, with the HandiCup Wheelchair Cup holder, you can safely bring your drink with you everywhere you go and add a bit of flare to your wheelchair at the same time. The best thing is that you don’t need tools to install it.

This is a Canadian company that is owned by Chris Stigas, a Spinal Cord Injury wheelchair user that designed this product for other wheelchair users that have limited hand function.

Make sure to check out their different designs and special editions with designs of Star Wars and Looney Toons.

Where to buy?

Handicup website

 

These are just a few ideas, but we hope we have inspired you and helped you find the perfect gift! The holiday season is super close, so delay, go out and get your season holiday shopping started.

Motion Composites wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season!

Disclosure: The links above are not affiliated links. Motion Composites does not participate in any affiliate programs.

About Motion Composites

Motion Composites has an international reputation as a leader in the design and manufacture of ultralight manual wheelchairs.