It's that time of year again, and what a perfect opportunity to share the gift of literacy with children who are blind or visually impaired! We often get questions about ideas for holiday giving and we're happy to share some of our favorite ideas.
Books in Braille and Large Print
Their annual holiday sale always has a variety of items at bargain prices. They offer many books for readers of all ages, from board books to the latest best seller. In addition, they have items other than books, such as this charm bracelet (left) which allows you to create any 6-dot braille symbol.
How about these braille magnetic letters for that young reader on your list?
Seedlings offers books for readers at all levels, from beginners through advanced readers. A full range of subjects are available, from picture books to poetry to non-fiction and biographies.
Tactile Materials and Craft Ideas
Wikki Stix are made of wax and can be used for art projects, concept development, and many other educational and fun ideas!
Scented Markers are available from many sources and help to make coloring a more multi-sensory experience.
This book is an activity guide for creating tactile drawings.
Recordable Story Books
Record your voice, so that a child can follow along while listening to a familiar person read aloud.
Talking Picture Frames
Record the voice of the loved one on this talking picture frame.
Novelty Items in Braille
Braille Boutique Gifts from National Braille Press
Find everything from braille jewelry to braille refrigerator magnets!
Braille Gifts and Learning Aids from Seedlings
More braille jewelry and other fun gift ideas
Specializing in braille embroidery and gifts, including this braille chocolate mold!
Toys and Games
Braille and Large Print Playing Cards
These large print cards have braille on them too.
Crazee Braille Ball
Similar to a Rubick's cube, this ball-shape puzzle game has braille markings.
The names of the shapes are written in print and braille.
Uncle Goose Braille Blocks
These wooden blocks have braille and ASL. Available with numbers or alphabet.
Perkins Scout has a long list of resources for choosing toys for children who are blind, including those with additional disabilities.
Gifts for Teachers
We shared ideas with our friends at WonderBaby.org for gifts for TVIs.
Let us know what other ideas you have!