Gift Ideas for Those with Vision Loss

inbraille_holiday_webimage.jpgThe holiday season is here, and you might be unsure about what to give your loved ones who are blind or visually impaired. Just as with everyone else on your list, you want to give them something that is both enjoyable and useful. The Tools for Living Store at the Chicago Lighthouse has over 900 products to choose from for people of all ages. From stocking stuffers to the latest in technology, you’ll be sure to find something for that special someone on your list!


The little ones will both enjoy and even benefit from the many toys and games available. A variety of auditory and tactile books and puzzles are the ideal gifts for younger children. Young students who are blind or visually impaired will enjoy the Braille Talking USA Jigsaw puzzle. At just $23, each state on the puzzle is accessible to both auditory and Braille learners. A variety of large print, tactile and Braille cards are also available for the game enthusiasts. Adapted Braille and large print versions of games like Bingo, Uno, Scrabble and Checkers are also available.


The wide selection of Braille, low vision and talking watches will help your loved one keep track of time! Ranging in prices from $25-$65, the watches have many features, such as alarm, stopwatch, calendar and thermometer. With all the different styles of watches available, you’ll be sure to find something that’s just right for your loved one.


Besides watches, the store also sells many other talking, large print and Braille products. These include calculators, telephones and thermometers. Of course, there are also many products for the technology geek on your list. The Tools for Living Store carries a wide selection of assistive devices including hand-held magnifiers, digital players and recorders, screen-reading and magnification software, portable note-taking devices, etc.


If you simply want to get a stocking stuffer, you can choose from Chicago Lighthouse mugs, shirts, tote bags, holiday ornaments and more. The Braille readers on your list will surely appreciate a Braille holiday or greeting card along with their gift! Other small items, like sunglasses and pocket flashlights are also available. In other words, the Tools for Living Store at the Chicago Lighthouse has something for everyone on the list!


To find out more or purchase any of the products offered at the Tools for Living Store, you may stop in person at our main location at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago or at our Glenview facility at 222 N. Waukegan Road. You may also call toll free at 800-919-3375 Or email To order online, visit our Tools for Living store. Please note that we suggest you place your order before or on December 11 in order to ensure delivery before the holidays. Proceeds from all products support the programs offered at the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.


For more ideas on gifts for your loved ones with vision loss, check out AccessWorld’s holiday edition. Happy holidays, and happy shopping to all!


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