Your holiday guide to holiday gift guides

Recursive as it may be,, consider this your holiday guide to holiday gift guides. At this time of year, gift guides are plentiful, as every retailer is vying for your gift-buying dollars. this guide, though, is a bit different, in that these businesses offer fantastic products that are inclusive of everyone, and in some cases, are even offered by resellers with disabilities. Some are also connected to charitable organizations, and your gifts can be a “two-fer,” as it benefits the charity as well as your gift recipient. So, please check out the list of gift guides below, and shop til you drop this holiday season!

Patti and Ricky:

This is a one-stop shop for all things fashion, apparel, and accessories for people with disabilities. Here you’ll find clever ideas disguised as hot fashion. From kids to adults, you’ll discover great gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

This is the link to Patti and Ricky

Holiday gift guide by Emily Ladau:

Emily is one of my favorite disability advocates. Each year for the past few years, she has created a holiday gift guide featuring entrepreneurs with disabilities. You can find it at:

Go here for Words I Wheel By

Love that Max:

This gift guide is specifically for teens and tweens with disabilities. You’ll find some great items sure to please any young person, with or without a disability.

This is the link for Love That Max

Gifts for the guys by Luke Sam Sowden:

Luke is a visually impaired luxury and lifestyle blogger who reviews tons of products from fabulous food to posh scented candles to bath and body products. This year, he posted a gift guide for gentlemen.

Get to Luke’s site here

Elegant Insights:

No holiday gift guide would be complete without my mention of my own enterprise, Elegant Insights. And, since this is my blog, if I can’t shill for my own business, what’s the point? Anyway, if you have struggled to find a gift for a loved one with vision loss, you’ll find great gifts of braille jewelry and accessories at Elegant Insights. Sure, tech gadgets and daily living aids are nice, but when you want a gift that’s beautiful, fashionable, personal, or romantic, you’ll find the perfect present at Elegant Insights Braille Creations. We have items from stocking-stuffers to full jewelry suites for that “wow” gift.

Find my Elegant Insights Jewelry and Accessories here!

The Fashionability Channel podcast:

While I’m at it, I may as well remind you about the podcast that I co-founded with UK fashion blogger, Emily Davison. This holiday season, Emily, our contributors and I are posting a non-stop series of style programs that will take you from desk to dinner to holiday office party to rocking in the New Year. Subscribe via itunes, Google Play, listen on Tune In Radio, or enable the AnyPod skill on your amazon Echo and tell Alexa to ask AnyPod to play the Fashionability Channel. We’re your guide to accessible style!

Please subscribe to the Fashionability Channel podcast here

Need more ideas? On December 7, I hosted my own holiday gift ideas program on my radio show, Legendary Insights, which airs on ACB Radio Mainstream. the show focused mainly on monthly subscription boxes, and I had several guests on the program who shared their experiences with their own subscriptions. Want to know whether or not a subscription box would make a great gift? Check out the show, and get the scoop on FabFitFun, GlossyBox, Play by Sephora, Love With Food, Degusta Box, and Stitch Fix.

Here is how you get to the ACB Radio Mainstream channel

Here are links to the boxes mentioned during the show:

Glossy Box
Here’s a referral link for GlossyBox

FabFitFun
Use this referral link for FabFitFun

Play by Sephora
This link gets you to the Sephora main page

Love with Food:
Get yummy Love with Food snacks by going here

Degusta:
This is the link for the Degusta Box site in the US

Stitch Fix:
Get your Stitch Fix by heading here

In addition to those mentioned during the show, listed above, here are a few more that my guest Caitlin recommended. I didn’t hyperlink these because they are not US-based sites, and for safety, I thought you might prefer to cut and paste the URL’s into your browser:

Japan Crate
Website: http://www.japancrate.com
Types of Crates:
PREMIUM JAPAN CRATE
$30/mo.
A care package of 15 full-size Japanese candy & snacks, collectible bonus item, a Japan-exclusive drink, and a custom manga-zine with translations, contests
and more.
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

DOKI DOKI CRATE
$30/mo.

Bring more cuteness to your month with a crate full of kawaii goodies you can use everyday, plus plushies, exclusive wearables, household items and more.
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

KIRA KIRA CRATE
$29/mo.
Explore the world of Japanese beauty through 6-8 full size items from cosmetics to daily care and more.

umai
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE
UMAI CRATE
$25/mo.
Your monthly supply of rare & delicious instant noodles from ramen to udon. Try 7-8 premium quality noodles + a collectible bonus item.

Tokyo Treat
Website: http://www.tokyotreat.com
Types of Crates:
Premium for $31.50
Classic: $22.50
Ships free worldwide.

Wishing you happy shopping, joyful holidays, and your heart’s desire this season. As always, thank you for your readership, your kind words, and your support and encouragement throughout the year as we persevere together.

LL

Help bridge the gap of holiday hardship

I really struggled with finding the right tone for this post, fearing hyper sentimentality, offensive chastisements or a thinly-veiled projection of my own feelings of vulnerability.  Really, what I want to do is to find ways to bridge the gap for those reluctant to reach out.

 

Not to belabor the obvious, but many are struggling these days.  Our economic woes may affect us both physically and emotionally.  What more depressing notion, for example, than to be turned out of your home just prior to the holidays, be unable to afford gifts for your children, or even be able to put a Thanksgiving feast on the table?  To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, when life is going well, you may have a few problems, but when you have no food, you only have one problem.

 

Yes, there are charities and food banks and soup kitchens, but with so many people struggling with poverty, perhaps for the first time, taking advantage of these services may feel humiliating , and that feeling may keep many away.  Besides, it might be pretty hard to gather the family around to give thanks when you feel as though you have failed as a provider.  I believe we have paid too little attention to the emotional fallout of our recent economic decline.

 

Perhaps someone is forced to make the tough cuts in their budget, making it impossible for them to fly home for the holidays, and they will be alone, possibly for the first time.  I have spent several holidays alone, and the first time you have to face it, you may feel like it’s the end of the world.  I did.  If that’s you this year, my best advice is to do whatever you have to do…and I do mean whatever…in order to get through it.  If that means you simply regain consciousness on the other side, far be it from me to judge.  Or, you can do what I’ve done, and make a holiday just for yourself.  This can include decorations, a special meal, and yes…even gifts.  Hey, if I don’t take care of myself, who will?  This year I’ll be alone for Thanksgiving, and I have big plans.  You may think that’s pathetic, but if anyone out there has survived it, then you may have some important advice to impart.  Comment here and share your own tips for coping with  tough holiday times.

 

Posted below are some links to past holiday related articles that I hope prove useful to anyone seeking ways to reach out and lift the spirits of struggling friends, family members, or neighbors.  Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?  Share your story of hardship and healing, give us the gift of you.

      

 

How to Bring Home the Season for Seniors

Great Gifting Ideas for Your Donation Dollars

Holiday Tunes that will Make You Laugh

Tips for Giving Assistive Technology Gifts

 

Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

 

LL