Not sure what gifts for parents of special needs kids actually want? Look no further! Sharing 11 amazing gifts sure to be both helpful and appreciated.
When you’re parenting a child with special needs, everything you need or want is secondary. Yeah, I know that’s true for most parents, but it’s especially true for those of us with extra awesome kids.
You want to go to the gym, but your child can’t tolerate the lights in the child care room…. so you don’t go.
You need to get groceries, but the smells and sounds are triggers for an immediate meltdown, so you order take out instead.
See what I mean? There are unique challenges that come with parenting a child with a disability that many families don’t need to consider.
That’s why, when it comes to gifts, it’s especially thoughtful to consider giving gifts that will make life easier or more simple.
Focus on helpful gifts for special needs parents. Not sure what those might be? Here are some ideas:
Our RoboVac changed my life.
Neither of my children can tolerate the loud noise a vacuum creates, so it was incredibly difficult to vacuum our house.
Unitl I got this RoboVac.
Now I can set the vaccuum to run while we're sleeping upstairs or out running errands and the chore gets DONE.
Offer to help your friend out.
Gift your TIME. Babysitting, bringing dinner over, anything that would give her a break would be welcome and most appreciated.
If you're inredibly busy (aren't we all), perhaps offer to pay for an evening of babysitting so that your friend can go on a date night, get a pedicure, or even just sit in a coffee shop alone.
If your friend doesn't have a regular sitter, you could even help find one. Care.com is one of our favorite places to find quality childcare.
Noticing a trend with any of those helpful gifts for special needs families? They all either eliminated or simplified a task that needs to get done on a regular basis.
That’s the big secret when thinking about a helpful and useful gift.
The other main gift category is self-care gifts.
Self-Care Gift Ideas
As special needs parents, we’re notoriously terrible at self-care. It’s not because we don’t want to prioritize ourselves, we do, I promise.
It’s simply that we can’t ever nail down the logistics to do it.
These self care gift ideas eliminate the logistical struggle because they’re things that can be done without ever leaving the house!
Adult Coloring Book
Yes. A coloring book.
But not just any coloring book, a color by numbers coloring book.
I love to color as a stress reliever, but I don't like thinking about which color to use where.
Color by numbers takes away the guesswork of deciding which color to use where.
The Office: The Complete Series
The Office is getting kicked off of Netflix, and that makes many of us sad. Getting the complete series would be so awesome!
Maybe the gift recipient is not an Office fan (*gasp*).
Gifting someone a season (or whole series) of a show they love is a fantastic gift idea!
Watching TV mindlessly after the kids go to bed may not seem like self-care, but I promise you, it is.
Beauty Pie Membership
A friend shared Beauty Pie with me recently and I'm in LOVE.
It's a monthly 'club' where you get a set limit to spend on discounted full size products. It's a pretty neat concept.
I stopped my ipsy bags last year because I kept getting things I just couldn't use.
If your gift recipeient enjoys make-up, consider gifting a Beauty Pie Membership!
Which of these gifts do you think the special needs parent in your life would love to recieve?