Best Holiday Gifts for Kids (and adults) with Sensory Needs

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Holiday season is just around the corner! If there are children in your life with unique learning, sensory and motor abilities, now is the time to discover some sensory motor tools that make great gifts.

To help maximize the therapeutic and play value, consider texture, durability, long-term use and benefits. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Solstice, or even just the New Year our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide includes top picks for the upcoming season and you can always check out our Therapist Picks for great recommendations to fit any child and any need.

Ages Birth to 3:

Babies and Toddlers are learning to understand their environment, move and explore. Toys should focus not only on safety but also on exploration. For those with limited abilities, toys should encourage movement within a secure space.

Our top picks for this age:

Bangles Chewy Bracelet Set. Safe for mouthing and a colorful delight for young sensory explorers. If you have a mouther, teether or biter, this is the perfect gift for mom and babe. Ages 6 mos – adult. $18.99

Explorer Vest. Your youngest (and oldest) kids will absolutely love exploring and stuffing items into the pockets of this weighted vest. Perfect for any explorer, chewer or gadget lover. (Weights can be removed.) Ages 2-12. $45.99 – $51.99

Furry Spots. Stuff these with our wiggle cushion or your own soft material. Want them to be more sensory? Stuff with bubble wrap or crinkly paper. Soft texture encourages exploration and movement. Age 2+ $112.99

Gel Tiles. Stomp, jump, crawl or just press down on these mesmerizing floor tiles that encourage exploration and motor control. Magical appeal for babes to adults. Use them at home, school or the gym. Ages 10 mos+ $49.99 – $599.99

Gymbox. Let the little ones climb, tumble, roll and play with this all-inclusive soft play gym. Encourages milestone progression and physical development. A holiday favorite for home, school or clinics. Birth – 4. $1099.99

 

Ages 4-9

So now your kids are on the go. And they need to go with confidence. This age needs sensory motor challenges that encourage eye-hand coordination, balance reactions and age appropriate sensory solutions. Let’s take a look.

ABC Look and Feel Bag. It’s colorful, slightly weighted and educational! Kids love to find the letters that they are learning and to toss this beanbag-like bag around. Hide it, find it and toss it around. Age 3+ $19.99

Air-lite™ Barrel Roll. Your kids will love this barrel! It’s soft, flexible and portable. Crawl through, around or sit down inside. Turn on the side and fill with ball pit balls or push across the room. Roll a partner or yourself for a great vestibular workout. Inflates with a hand or electric pump. This is a rainy day lifesaver and a sensory delight! Age 4+ $169.99

Textured Foam Roller. Get a core workout by rolling the pin across the floor or massage a partner’s back for a great sensory integration session. Push and pull to use both sides of the body. Use it on a wall, floor or desk top for a sensory break! Ages 4 – adult. $26.99

Plush Pickle This cute weighted plush friend goes perfectly with our In a Pickle Game or alone as a fun play companion. Take him on a car ride, to read a book or to snuggle with at night. Kids of all ages and adults love Mr. Pickle! Age 4+ $45.99

Raindrop Swing. Climb in, walk or jump around and swing in circles as the soft stretch material provides the perfect air-ride and workout. It’s a sensory motor delight and wake up call for sleepy muscles. And once you get in, you can chill out as the Raindrop Swing calms and relaxes you. Age 4+ $259.99

 

Ages 10-12

Independence is what this age is all about. Be different but don’t stick out. Learn to advocate for your own needs and respect the different needs of others. For this phase, we chose items that are simply yet subtly fun and therapeutic.

Tie Dye Hug Tee. This favorite hug tee says, “hey I’ve got color!” But if you prefer blending in, go for the solid white or black hug tees. We happen to love this short sleeve tie dye tee, which can be worn over a long sleeve hug tee or any long sleeve shirt. After all, every day should be filled with hugs. Ages 6-15. $19.99

Fidget Balls. Toss em, juggle em or squish them in your hands. Each one has it’s own texture and different tactile sensations. Everyone loves these Fidget Balls. Colorful, engaging and a perfect stand alone gift or stocking stuffer. Age 3+ $32.99

Discovery Putty. Pick, pull, stretch and find the pieces hidden in our Discovery Putty. Each tin has a different theme, from sweets to safaris, and gives a fresh twist to sensory integration, visual motor and fine motor delights. Age 4+ $12.99

Air-liteTire Swing. Up, up and away with this amazing fun ride! Use it alone or with 2-3 kids at once. Spin around and around or back and forth. Suspend from a single point or from 2 points and ride it like a horse. If you can give only one gift, this is it! Age 5+ $227.99

Limelite™ LED Chair. Daytime or nightlight experience! Light up a dark room or provide a sensory corner to sit and relax. It’s so special everyone will want one. Check out the Limelite™ LED Ball, Stool and Spool too. Age 5+ $244.99

 

Teens

Social activity is at the heart of being a teen though they still want a sensory space that is just purely theirs and theirs alone. Aim for items that are truly sensory and yet highly engaging.

Air-lite™ Ball Pit. This is no toddler ball pit. It’s the pit where a teen can solo or hang out with friends. Read, chill out or have one of those long awaited talks. Holds 500 balls. Age 3+ $199.99

Teen Chewy Bracelet. Teens need to chew and de-stress too. This is our chunkiest and boldest chew bracelet. Roll it around like a hockey puck or slap it on a wrist for when a good chew is necessary to organize and calm. Teen-adult $12.99

Busy Fingers Tangram Puzzle. You can take these apart, but can you put them back together? This gel-like, squishy puzzle is a sensory delight and a brain teaser. Included are several designs to follow. A great stocking stuffer. Age 6 – adult. $29.99

Fiber Optic Flex Lights. Drape them across your lap as you engage with these mesmerizing fiber optic strands. Perfect for sensory rooms, closets or dark bedrooms. They encourage interaction, discussion and engagement and may be all the color you need this holiday season. All ages. $399.99 – $459.99

Teen Break Box. Not sure what you need for a sensory break? The Teen Break Box is full of solutions for your teen. A great go-to box for at home or high school. Ages 9 -18. $369.99

 

Adults

Some things we just don’t outgrow. Our need for a sensory break, eye-hand coordination, exercise and overall fitness and well-being are a part of our lives from young adult to senior years. If you know an adult with sensory sensitivities, autism, Asperger, Alzheimers or ADD, look no further.

Denim Pocket Lap Pad. It’s subtle enough yet engaging. The Denim Pocket Lap Pad features places to put your hands, and fidgets to pull on and play with. This is a favorite for senior therapy but loved by all. Age 5+ $59.99

Cozy Canoe. Get inside alone, with a friend or with your kids to read, relax or play. The Cozy Canoe provides a secure hug as well as a gentle rock and bounce. Inflates easily with a power inflator. Choose from 2 sizes. Ages 3 – adult. $98.99 -139.99

Black Bead Chew Necklace. Sometimes a piece of gum just won’t do it. The Black Chew Necklace is soft enough to mouth and yet sophisticated enough to wear to dinner. Ages 6 mos – adult. $22.99

Full Size Weighted Blanket. Lay the weighted blanket right on top of your current comforter or under it. Or, use it alone. Big enough to fit your full size bed or use as a throw. Evenly distributed weight is soothing. Ages 3+. $149.99

Mesh Therapy Swing. It’s our go-to swing as you can sit and pump or lay back and chill. This swing feels like a breath of fresh air for all ages. Don’t be surprised if you find mom asleep in the swing. Age 3+ $79.99

Want more ideas? We’d love to chat and be your sounding board or personal shopper! Just give us a shout at wecare@funandfunction.com or 1.800.231.6329.

From all of us at Fun and Function, our best wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy holiday (Christmas / Hanukkah / Yule / Solstice / New Year) season.

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