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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.
I remember when Haley wanted to get set up as an artist, so I can’t even begin to tell you how THRILLED I was to see her site!!! It is amazing. 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 3 years and never been disappointed with.
Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.
My Imagiville, by DJ Svoboda
Truly lovely handbound journals, sketchbooks and books. Neat clasps, cords and ways to close them. Also, mini-books.
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.
- Support the Disability Visibility Project by purchasing some swag! There are t-shirts, mugs and more – linked here
- 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
- 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!)
No Specific Products, But Rad Websites, Free Content & Kickstarters/Ways to Contribute:
- Sins Invalid: startling, thought provoking performances by artists with disabilities
- The Deaf Poet’s Society: my homies doing poetry and art. You gotta check it out.
2. Small businesses that are run by allies of the disabled – namely, friends and family of the disabled
- 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
3. Businesses that work with the disabled and/or give back to the disability community
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.