I’ve organized this gift guide for disability into three categories to make your shopping a little easier, according to who you most want to support.
In This Post You Will Find:
1. Gifts Made by People with Disabilities
Haley Brown –I adore Haley. She has this awesome tee for the badasses in your life (including you!), beautiful drawings, cards, prints and this “Coping Calendar” which I have ordered for the past 4 years and can’t speak highly enough of.
The Nth Degree : Thoughtful, thought-provoking clothes, bumper stickers, pins and posters representing the disability spectrum (like this t-shirt that model Christina Mills wears, saying “Feel the Power of the Disability Vote!”
Allie Art: Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.
Oliver Hellowell Photography – Gorgeous photos. Lots of nature-shots.
Disability Visibility Project Swag! This is stuff that is made by someone with a disability and it’s all going to support the Disability Visibility Project which is awesome-sauce.
Alana Designs: Lovely prints and cards that she made. Her drawing is amazing in its delicacy and detail.
Creativity Explored: a disabled artists collective website, with multiple artists featured and opportunities to shop their work (this is a site you want to bookmark, it’s so comprehensive and brilliant).
Blind Mice Mega Mall: a site designed specifically for blind/low vision people that has tons of blind-owned stores within.
Gateway Arts: another disabled artists collective website, with multiple artists featured and opportunities to shop their work – definitely another bookmark-worthy place!
My Imagiville, DJ Svobada is autistic. He creates this alternate-world, “Imagiville” with different kinds of people in it. He sells all kinds of super-cool things on his site.
Christian Royal Pottery: Oh. My. Lord. Wait till my mom sees his stuff!! Ma, you are going to LOVE THIS!!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous pottery. Those leaves?! The designs? Brilliant! I think his slogan should be, “Stoneware with Impeccable Charm.”
Mindie Lind – Musician with photography and videos on her site as well as music for purchase
Tazia Fawley – She makes cut-outs and paintings that are simply vibrant and bursting with energy. She is also the famous artist who gave Prince George one of her paintings, which was displayed in his nursery.
Suzy Norris- Powerful art. Suzy’s stuff comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee, and most of her art is available in any form: phone case, t-shirt, print, poster, etc.
Artlifting – Dreamy, often abstract art from the brilliant Andrew Weatherly. He has a wide collection of everything from rainbow swirls to sunrises.
Megalogy – Megan Bomgaars is one of my favorites from the hit series, “Born This Way,” because she reminds me a lot of my daughter, Moxie. She is also a total rockstar of creative awesomeness, selling everything from her hand-dyed silk scarves to yoga pants. Also! She has a new collection in collaboration with Sanrio (- Hello Kitty!!) which is super exciting. Be sure to check it out.
Sophiola: vibrant, colorful prints, cards and paintings
MVB Printmaker – Truly lovely handbound journals, sketchbooks and books. Neat clasps, cords and ways to close them. Also, mini-books.
Sweet Heat Jams – Pineapple and Jalepano jam?! Don’t mind if I do. This stuff sounds divine. If that’s not your cuppa tea, there’s a lot more for ya on the site shop.
Healing Boxes – Remember when I interviewed Grace Quantock? 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.
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.
- 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
- Heather Rivera: she writes books (see them all on Amazon) and makes jewelry on Etsy!
- Downright Charming: lovely quilts made by Sarah
- The Latest Kate: positive, cute, feel-good stuff
- Knotty Boy Crochet: weird, wild and whack!
Wendy Elliott-Vandivier: absolutely lovely “cartoons” – I feel weird calling them cartoons because they are more like gorgeous illustrations about things that are very disability-specific. This is art that is about us, by us, and I love it.
- By Mara – cool-ass Deaf love t-shirts
- Tee-Public, by Mike Mort – super awesome t-shirts that go across the disability spectrum, something for everyone
- Group Hug Apparel – t-shirt company run by Andrew, who has Down syndrome
- “My Other Disability is A Bad Attitude” – play on inspiration porn by Criptique – buy it here
- Seanese – Sean, from “Born This Way” has his own line of bad-ass shirts (I want them all!)
- Autistic Viking – I love the “Here’s Your Quiet Hands” shirt!
- Human Needs Are Not “Special”
2. Gifts Made by Allies, Friends and Family of People with Disabilities
Small businesses that are run by allies of the disabled – namely, friends and family of the disabled
- Adaptions by Adrian: This came very highly recommended by wheelchair-using people who use adaptive clothing. The goods look so cool: functional, cute, with lots of accessories!
- 4Peace Art: Two little girls – sisters of a young boy with Down syndrome – sell cards on Etsy and a portion of profit is donated to NDSC.
- Kroc Co Paper Shop: All things paper! Super fun
- Mighty Moose Alters: Very exciting shop: the mom modifies backpacks, purses, and diaper bags to accommodate feeding tubes, and is slowly getting into adaptive clothing as well – YESSSSS!
- Cristina’s Tortina Shop: cupcakes, cakes & speciality treats made by a mom of an individual with Down syndrome, and who hires people with Down syndrome.
- Reason to Bake: gluten free morsels of cookie deliciousness
- Dreamer’s Coffee: Coffee distribution company run mostly by parents of individuals with Down syndrome, selling coffee & coffee-accompanying products. Here’s a link to Crumley Dreamer’s Coffee and here is one to Dawn’s Dreamer’s Coffee
- Loving Memories Floral and Repurposed Designs: Lovely shadow boxes, wind chimes, repurposed art.
- Beccability Bakery: Handmade marshmallows, shipped anywhere. Yum.
- 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 (including things like unicorn embroidered shirts!!!).
- Handmade Weighted Blankets: all kinds of handmade weighted blankets, with all kinds of fabrics.
- Designer Do Over: E-bay store selling used/new clothing and shoes
- Cloth Diaper Outlet: all your cloth diapering needs (including gently used diaper covers!) and more
- Creekside Cookies: fruit and cookies!
- Waggies by Maggie & Friends – dog treats made by people with Intellectual Disabilities
- Imperfect Creations: quilts and embroidery
- 321Joy: apparel for babies, kids and adults
- Ry’s Ties: socks and ties; pretty cool!
3. Gifts by Businesses That Hire People with Disabilities
I’ve been buying this stuff for my kids for a while now, so imagine my delight when I found out that Aaron is a large employer of people with disabilities?! Rock on. Moxie’s favorite is the neon pink. Of course.
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 the Return on Disability Group.
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.
If you know of more great entrepreneurs with disabilities or ally businesses to bookmark, know about and/or support, PLEASE leave the link in the comments of this post so that everyone can benefit.
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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.