There are always people within any family or group of friends who are always very difficult to buy for, irrespective of their age or physical health. I know people, as an example, who simply have everything. I also have a relative who, as a result of poor health, does little other than watch sports on television all day. Buying for a blind person shouldn't be particularly hard, particularly if they know how to read Braille; although admittedly there are a limited number of higher budget products designed specifically for the severely visual impaired. You should perhaps consider, before reading any further, whether the gift that you buy your blind friend needs to differ from the gifts that you buy others?
10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Blind People
Buying a gift for a blind person this Christmas? Consider something which would give them real enjoyment or improve their quality of life.
This list will focus upon items which would otherwise be out of reach for the blind, and each would make a tremendously thoughtful and valued gift. Rather than buying them clothing, or household appliances, or audio tapes, why not invest in something which is truly new and exciting to them? After all, we all get completely underwhelmed when discovering that somebody has bought you socks or slippers for the fourth year in a row. Below is my top ten list of great Christmas present ideas to suit any budget....
1. Uno Cards With Braille
Uno has long been one of the world's most popular family card games, and now it is available in braille! A fantastically sociable game which the severely visually impaired can play with family and friends, whether visually impaired themselves or with perfect vision. A great stocking filler!
2. Casino Special Braille Playing Cards
Again, just like the Uno cards, these casino standard playing cards will provide hours of entertainment - whether playing alone or with friends. No cheating your blind friend though, especially when there is money on the table!
3. Wenger® Men's Swiss Braille Watch
For those looking to buy a more significant gift, and with a larger budget, my personal pick is this top quality Swiss Braille watch by the well respected brand Wenger®. Currently retailing at far below the RRP of $275, a truly stunning watch for the blind!
|Wenger Men's 72345 TerraGraph Braille White Dial Black Leather Strap Watch|
The Wenger(r) Braille watch offers the added option of a push-button opening crystal that reveals raised markers and reinforced hands. This watch is crafted with a mineral cryst...Only $325.00
4. Braille Silver Heart Bracelet (Tiffany Style)
For women, I really like this silver braille heart bracelet which has the word 'love' inscribed in braille. This chain is 7-8 inches long and can be adjusted to fit almost any adult wrist.
5. REIZEN Braille Womens Watch
Of course, I couldn't recommend a braille watch for men without recommending a braille watch for women! And this expandable band watch by REIZEN is the bestselling braille watch for ladies on Amazon.com! A great looking watch at a great price.
|Reizen Mens Bi Color Square Braille Watch Exp Band|
The Reizen Mens Bi-Color Square Braille Watch is a 6 o'clock opening elegant quartz watch that's as attractive as it is functional. It features 3 tactile dots at the 12 o'clock ...
6. Brailled Monopoly Board
I touched upon the entertainment value attached to the first two items on this list, but no braille product is more fun than this fantastic brailled monopoly board! The set comes with brailled instructions, brailled game dice, and brailled game cards. An excellent gift for any blind individual, it certainly beats socks!
7. Mens Pocket Braille Watch
If your gentleman friend prefers the elegance of a fine pocket watch, well they do these in Braille too! And none more finer than this battery powered watch by braille specialists Maxi-Aids. This pocket watch is Swiss made and is finished in chrome.
8. Big Button Braille Phone
It can perhaps be assumed that the vast majority of blind people already possess a braille phone, although if they don't then this device will open up a lot of doors! Also suited for the partially sighted who would benefit from the extra large numbers.
9. VIP Talking Thermostat For The Blind or Low Vision
If your blind person lives alone, then this could be a really important gadget for them. It's a talking thermostat which will tell them the temperature and the temperature setting, and has audio instructions to talk them through setting up the timer settings. This talking thermostat could really help them manage their energy bills and make life generally easier.
|VIP Talking Thermostat For The Blind or Low Vision|
The VIP Series is the first digital thermostat with audio playback of day, time, indoor temperature, temperature setting and programming instructions so blind and visually impai...Only $199.95
10. Computer Screen Reader
As an absolute Internet addict who considers it essential to almost all aspects of my life, this top range screen reader software is precisely what I would want somebody to buy me if I were to go blind. Compatible with any machine running with a windows operating system! Another true life changer.