Your holiday gift list is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, particularly your friends and family living with limb loss and limb difference. Choosing thoughtfully crafted presents with their needs and preferences in mind, you showcase your awareness of their distinct experiences and convey a profound sense of care and understanding. Tailoring your gifts to resonate with their individuality amplifies the season’s joy and reinforces the importance of inclusivity in your festive gestures. So, this holiday season, let your presents speak volumes about your consideration for the rich tapestry of human experiences, including those navigating life with limb loss or limb difference.
We have compiled a list of gifts that will resonate with the limb loss and limb difference community.
Gifts for Kids
- Hillary Sussman authored the Adventures of Roxy book series, which teaches lessons about limb difference awareness, anti-bullying, acceptance of differences, kindness, the power of words, and inclusion.
Roxy and Maliboo: It’s Okay to Be Different
Roxy and Tully; Words Matter
- Drawing from her life experiences, Katie Wells Price has written two children’s books to empower kids to pursue their dreams.
I Can Still Do Everything with One Arm
I Can Still Work at the White House with One Arm
- Seeing themselves reflected in a toy is truly special for a child with a limb loss or limb difference. That’s why Vermont Teddy Bear created a line in partnership with the Amputee Coalition to put a smile on their face with a bear just as unique as they are! Each bear is fully customizable for upper or lower limb loss to match the teddy bear’s new owner, and 20% of each purchase is donated directly to the Amputee Coalition. https://www.amputee-coalition.org/ways-to-give/limb-loss-teddy-bears/
- Firefighter and American Ninja Warrior, Gary Weiland has a series of books that aim to help young readers see that people may look different but that’s ok! Our differences are what make us human. The message to the older readers is that no matter what happens to you in life, you can adapt and overcome.
Gifts for people of all ages
- Individuals who rely on wheelchairs frequently often carry personal items on their laps. Ffora offers a vital bag set designed for wheelchair users, allowing convenient attachment to the wheelchair’s side. Additionally, the company produces various wheelchair accessories, including cupholders. The price for the essential bag set is $90. https://liveffora.com/
- A sleeve cover for a prosthetic leg ($27 and up): Kurt Pauloz, a prosthetist who is an amputee, founded Fred’s Legs more than 20 years ago. You can order sleeves in specific sizes to match prostheses, and they come in decorative patterns that allow for self-expression. https://fredslegs.com/collections/prosthetic-sleeve-covers
- inMotion Magazine is focused on people with a limb difference. After Jason Koger was injured, the best gift he received, he says, was a subscription to these magazines. To get or give a free subscription, visit https://www.amputee-coalition.org/limb-loss-resource-center/publications/inmotion/
- Gaining a new perspective after limb loss or from a wheelchair fundamentally alters how one perceives the world. An indispensable tool for daily life can include a reacher. Amazon offers a variety of options.
- Amputee Sock Prints offers designs that include inspirational sayings, holiday designs, sports themes, and more. You can even create your own designs using pictures of family, pets, art, and so much more.
As you select gifts for your friends and family living with limb loss or difference, remember that your choices extend beyond material items. Each carefully chosen present expresses your understanding, empathy, and commitment to inclusivity. By embracing the diversity of experiences within the limb loss and limb difference community, you bring joy to your loved ones and contribute to a more compassionate and aware society.