Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Holiday Gift Ideas

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

Braille charm


National Braille Press

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. 

Braille magnetic letters


How about these braille magnetic letters for that young reader on your list? 




Girl reading book

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

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

Wikki Stix are made of wax and can be used for art projects, concept development, and many other educational and fun ideas!


Scented markers



Scented Markers are available from many sources and help to make coloring a more multi-sensory experience.


Cover of Drawing with your Perkins BraillerDrawing with Your Perkins Brailler

This book is an activity guide for creating tactile drawings.




Auditory Ideas

Recordable Story Books  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 love pendant

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



Braille chocolate molds
Specializing in braille embroidery and gifts, including this braille chocolate mold!




Toys and Games

Braille and large print playing cards


Braille and Large Print Playing Cards
These large print cards have braille on them too.




Crazee braille ball

Crazee Braille Ball 
Similar to a Rubick's cube, this ball-shape puzzle game has braille markings.




Chunky puzzle
Chunky Shapes Puzzle with Braille

The names of the shapes are written in print and braille.




Uncle Goose Braille Blocks  Braille blocks
These wooden blocks have braille and ASL.  Available with numbers or alphabet.




More toy ideas for children who are blind or visually impaired

Bristle blocksPerkins Scout has a long list of resources for choosing toys for children who are blind, including those with additional disabilities.





Gifts for Teachers

Young child plays with toys in a basket

We shared ideas with our friends at for gifts for TVIs.





Let us know what other ideas you have!


Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids who are blind or visually impaired


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