The holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another wheelchair user in your life, it can often feel like you’re stuck choosing between something practical or something unique. This year, why not find a gift that covers both? If you need some ideas, we put together this list of holiday gift ideas that are cozy, useful, or just plain fun!
1. A Cozy Blanket Designed for Both Manual and Power Wheelchairs
Typical blankets that are long and bulky can often be a pain for wheelchair users, as the extra fabric can get caught under your wheels, making it difficult to move around. Cozy covers from companies like BundleBean provide a universal fit for almost any wheelchair. They’re waterproof, fleece-lined, and come in a variety of designs to reflect your personality! Available in both child and adult sizes, these blankets are sure to keep you comfortable this winter.
2. Fingerless Gloves Perfect for Manual Wheelchair Users
The constant contact between your palms and your wheelchair can lead to blisters and calluses, especially if you’re frequently traveling across rough terrain. Fingerless gloves serve as a barrier between your skin and your wheels to protect your hands. These gloves from RIMSports are designed first and foremost as workout gloves, making them a durable and breathable option for wheelchair users. They also come in multiple colors and sizes!
3. An Umbrella Holder to Protect You from the Elements
Whether you’re out in the hot sun or caught off-guard by a rainstorm, it’s always a good idea to have an umbrella nearby to keep you covered. Holding onto an umbrella handle, however, can be a challenge when you’re also trying to move your wheelchair. With an adjustable umbrella holder, you can quickly attach your umbrella to your wheelchair, leaving your hands free.
4. This Manual Handcycle that Attaches Right to Your Wheelchair
Handcycling is a great method of exercise for wheelchair users. The concept is similar to riding a bike, using your arms to pedal. Attachments like the Dragonfly 2.0 from Rio Mobility fit right onto most wheelchairs and easily latch on or off your wheelchair once installed. The Dragonfly 2.0 even has eight speeds built in to help users conquer any road.
5. A Multi-Use Wheelchair Tray for a Flat Surface When You Need It
If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to balance items on your lap or using your arm rest as a surface to sign documents, then this convenient wheelchair tray might be for you. It attaches to your chair using hook and loop straps, leaving you with a flat area to use for reading, writing, eating, and so much more. This design from DMI also includes raised molding to help contain spills and prevent smaller items from falling off!
6. Wheel Covers to Show Off Your Personality
Who says your manual wheelchair can’t have personality? These wheel covers from Izzy Wheels are available in tons of colorful patterns, with many designed by world-famous artists and fashion designers! The covers are lightweight, waterproof, scratch-proof, and easy to install. Each cover comes with Velcro strips that fasten to the spokes of each wheel. With interesting designs and collaborations from Disney and Marvel, you’re sure to find a pair of covers that showcase your personality.
7. This 2-in-1 Cup Holder for Your Drink and Your Phone
A cup holder is a must-have for any wheelchair user looking for an easy way to take their drink from room to room, but why stop there? This cup holder from Accmor also includes a space for your cell phone, as well. This clip-on cup holder is designed with a rubber pad that helps prevent it from sliding or spilling. Extra space to accommodate beverages with handles sets this design apart, making it a great wheelchair accessory for you or your loved one!
8. A Tablet Mount for Hands-Free Entertainment
This sturdy tablet stand allows you to adjust your device to a comfortable height for a more enjoyable experience. Not only can you attach this mount to your wheelchair, but it can also fit most tables or beds that are between .5 to 2 inches thick. Made for devices between 6 and 14 inches in diagonal length, it is ideal for those who are tired of holding their device to watch a full movie or read a book.
9. A Storage Bag for Everyday Items
Wheelchair bags are an essential accessory for those who travel with loose belongings like keys, cellphones, and wallets. This tote from Vibe attaches to the back of the wheelchair using two adjustable straps. It comes with a large inner pocket that can hold bigger items like a change of clothes or medical supplies. The outer pockets provide easy access to items like snacks and sunglasses. With many styles and colors to choose from, these bags are another great way to personalize your wheelchair!
10. Wheelchair “Slippers” to Keep Your Carpets Clean
Wheelchair tire covers, also known as wheelchair slippers, are an easy way to keep your floors clean from any dirt your tires may have collected outside throughout the day. They slip onto your tires easily and are designed with a special inner lining to keep them from sliding off. These covers from RehaDesign are machine washable and come in many colors.
Hopefully this list was able to spark a gift idea or two for you or someone else on your list! From all of us at MobilityWorks, we’re wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.
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