Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Looking for Some Good Gift Ideas?

Let's face it.

Shopping can be hard.

Finding the perfect gift at the perfect price is challenging for everyone.

So shopping for a child with special needs can seem near impossible.

This time of year, family members are usually asking me for gift ideas for the Bird and sometimes, I honestly cannot think of a single thing that child would like.

So this is the time of year that I'm especially thankful for the internet and all those lovely parents out there who share wonderful lists of things their special kiddos enjoy.  There are several such lists circulating around Twitter right now.

If you are in the same boat as myself, never fear!  Check out these sites for some gifts that any child is sure to love.

Ellen, over at Love That Max, always puts together a great gift guide.  But this year, it's even better than usual.  She enlisted the help of actual special needs kiddos and their parents in testing out toys.  So not only do you get great gift ideas, you get helpful reviews from fellow special needs parents.  Good job, Ellen!

Click here to see Ellen's Best Toys for Kids with Special Needs: Holiday 2011 Guide.

Shannon Des Roches Rosa of Squidalicious wrote a great gift guide that's published over on BlogHer.  Click here to see the Very Necessary Holiday Gifts for Kids with Special Needs.

The Coffee Klatch has a helpful list of businesses that create products specially created with special needs children in mind.  Click TCK Special Needs Children's Wish List to check it out.

And don't forget that Toy's R Us puts out a toy guide for differently-abled kids every year.  Click here to see this year's guide.

Looking to gift a child with some fun apps for Christmas?  Read Finding Good Apps for Children with Autism for some great advice and suggestions.

Last but not least, click The Holiday Book Wish List put out by The Coffee Klatch, a list of books for the parents of kids with special needs.

Of course, if you buy one of these gifts and it turns out to be the "perfect present of Christmas", I expect to receive full credit...

After gushing about me and my gift-purchasing wisdom to your family and friends, a nice "Thank you, Lana" comment left on the blog will suffice.

You're welcome.


  1. Lana, thank you for that nice shout out—and for this great roundup! I am off to check out the othr guides, because you can never have too many suggestions for gifts for our kids.

  2. Thanks for this list, I read a couple but did not save them, now they are in one handy place. Happy gift hunting

  3. The other day Cam's therapist brought over her son's marble run and I realized then that I had finally found something that really got his interest. Finally! Aside from numbers and letters, there isn't much he just goes crazy over. He's content to sit around all day and read this one Hardy Boy's book that he carries around.

  4. See? This is why I love your blog! You have so many good ideas and you share them so freely! Thank you Lana!

  5. Yay! Thanks Lana. I will be checking out these great sites for ideas. But now that little T has the ability to write, he's pretty good at listing things for Santa...Wonder where he gets that from? ;)

    PS - Hope to see a picture of Lily with fake Santa soon!! xoxo

  6. You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Couldn't have better timing!

  7. I love this list, thank you!!!


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