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There is no time like the present (is that a pun?!) to utilize this ultimate gift guide for disability – that is, the ultimate gift guide for supporting businesses with a positive connection to disability.
This list is called the “Ultimate Gift Guide” and while it’s all of that, it’s far from complete. There are a lot of fantastic businesses that should be mentioned but I didn’t have the links or I didn’t know about them. So please, do me a favor and leave the links to artists and businesses that I’ve missed in the comment section of this post.
I’ve organized this into three categories to make your shopping a little easier, according to who you most want to support – Disabled Entrepreneurs, Allies of the Disabled, or Businesses that Work with the Disabled and/or Give Back to the Disability Community.
Gift Guide for Disability: Supporting Businesses with a Connection to Disability
1. Businesses that are run by disabled artists/entrepreneurs.
Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.
My Imagiville, by DJ Svoboda
Remember when I interviewed Grace Quantock over on Two Thirds of the Planet? Of course you do! She’s the driving force behind the rad “Healing Boxes”, which offer “delightful, practical and ethically filled gift boxes for people dealing with illness or tough times.” They have all kinds of boxes – from “Hospital Boxes” to boxes for those recently engaged in Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Caprice Scott Pottery: lovely works from a deaf potter. Custom and made-to-order pieces are available.
- DuncanAnnas: ‘Gimp Girls/Dances With Wheels co-op store where proceeds go towards maintenance of chairs for those who professions are made possible through the independence of their equipment.’
- Michaela’s Things Cross Stitch Shoppe: cross-stitch art
- Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates: chocolate, coffee, tea, even granola and nuts!
- DK Arts: greeting cards and prints
- Florida Keys Art by Cinnamon – photographs and watercolors
- Bernadette Resha: prints, mugs, t-shirts, you name it, she has it covered with her art
- Tee-Public, by Mike Mort – super awesome t-shirts that go across the disability spectrum, something for everyone
- “I Love My Life” by The Love Chromosome (Derrik & Julie)
- Group Hug Apparel – very popular t-shirt company run by Andrew, who has Down syndrome
2. Small businesses that are run by allies of the disabled – namely, friends and family of the disabled
- F & F Enterprises: Family-run small business that sells name brand clothing at discount prices on e-bay.
- Julie Anderson Design: Lovely jewelry made of sea-glass.
- Dreamer’s Coffee: Coffee distribution company run mostly by parents of individuals with Down syndrome, selling coffee & coffee-accompanying products.
- Loving Memories Floral and Repurposed Designs: Lovely shadow boxes, wind chimes, repurposed art.
- Beccability Bakery: Handmade marshmallows, shipped anywhere. Yum.
- Jude & Fi: Hair stuff. I ordered a bunch of hair clips from them before for Moxie (- think, handmade little rainbows! horses!) and was extremely pleased with the quality.
- Mom & Me Designer Wreaths: Beautiful wreaths for every occasion and season.
Gracie’s Doggie Delights: healthy dog treats. No additives ever.
- Jack’s Bar and Grill & Steamer’s Coffeehouse: jam, jelly, pie filling and gift baskets. This stuff looks delicious.
- Sassy Fras Design: vinyl, embroidery and handcrafted design.
- Handmade Weighted Blankets: all kinds of handmade weighted blankets, with all kinds of fabrics.
- Design by MRS: hand-stamped jewelry and wood signs – quirky, fun and lovely: many of the designs have a Down syndrome Awareness focus
- Simply Adorable Blankets : handmade blankets made by people with Intellectual Disabilities
- Creekside Cookies: fruit and cookies!
- Waggies by Maggie & Friends – dog treats made by people with Intellectual Disabilities
- Imperfect Creations: quilts and embroidery
3. Businesses that work with the disabled and/or give back to the disability community
This is an organization that helps empower youth and others with disabilities. They have a fantastic online gift shop, chock-full of great stuff like books related to the disability rights movement, disability pride and power. Check it out.
The Big Guns:
Ever want to know what businesses have a good track record with disability? That is, that recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities, that support accommodation and more? Check out Return on Disability’s 2016 Annual Report. They have deeply analyzed almost every aspect of employment and disability within major firms, and make it easy for you to decide where you want your money to go. Added to that, they cover both the United States and Canada.