Great Gifts for Visually Impaired Teenagers
Need a gift for a teenager who is blind? Let me help!
My 16 year old daughter is totally blind, and most of her friends are too. I have my fingers on the pulse of what blind teenagers want for Christmas this year.
My daughter and her friends are helping me with these recommendations., so you don't have to guess. You can get your gift ideas straight from the source: girls and boys who are blind and visually impaired. They are giving me tips about what they like best, and I am passing that information straight on to you.
Don't take the risk of giving something the recipient cannot use. Give a gift that they will love! I will let you know what it is that visually impaired middle and high schoolers are asking for for Christmas. You won't have to guess!
Here are some of their most asked for gifts for Christmas 2014!
My Daughter with Her iPod Touch
First Things First
If possible, find out your teens interests before shopping. Not everyone likes the same things. People have different interests, and this is even more true as the individual matures.
If you can find out the person's particular interests, it will point you in the right direction. You will know whether to focus on music, electronics, books or something else.
Finding out which electronic devices the teen uses can be very helpful as well. For example, many blind teenagers use iPhones, because of their advanced accessibility features. If your teen uses this Apple device, then an iTunes gift card can be a very welcomed gift. But, without an iPod, iPad or iPhone, that gift card may go unused.
A little detective work can go a long way when it comes to buying a gift for a blind teen. So do your homework, if you can.
A Blind Teenager, Living with Vision
The Main Thing to Keep in Mind
When considering a gift, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the recipient is first of all a teenager like every other teen. He or she has some needs that are different due to impaired vision, but most of all is like other adolescents all over the world.
She wants to explore her interests and develop as a human being. He wants to become independent and is looking forward to adulthood. She wants to discover her place in the world. He wants to connect with friends and realize he will not be alone when he leaves the comfort and safety of his childhood home.
You can find gifts to help your teen meet these goals and develop as a person. As you keep in mind the tasks of adolescence, it will help you choose a gift that your teen will enjoy and appreciate.
Here is a video that I find to be a strong reminder that even though a young person is blind, that is not the most important thing about her. This blind teenager is first of all a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, with the same concerns that all other teens share.
Blind Teen Playing Bop It Extreme
A Fun Game
Bop It is an electronic game that has been around for a while. It is a fun, active game that can be enjoyed by both sighted and blind people, and can be played alone or in a group.
Teens can practice when home alone, and improve their skills. Then they can challenge their friends or play with family members.
The kids at my daughter's school love this game. This toy is in high demand in the dorm and recreation building.
If your teen already has this basic version, which is generally available for under $15, then why not branch out to one of the other variations? Some of these sell for over $100, but others are more affordable. You are sure to find one to meet your budget. Just read the description carefully to make sure it does not have visual cues, which some do.
If I Stay
Favorite Gift Poll
If your teen is the literary type, they may enjoy an audio book. I recommend checking the young adult best sellers list to see what their peers are reading. These books are most likely to be popular.
However, if you know that your teen is interested in science fiction, mystery, goth or some other genre, this can be helpful in choosing a book for him or her.
If you are unsure, you can always provide a membership to Audible.com or another site where audio books can be downloaded.
If I Stay - One of This Season's Most Popular Books for Teens
Do you have any additional suggestions as to a good gift for a blind teenager?
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on August 28, 2014:
A wealth of helpful info and great suggestions!