Inside: With the holidays in a month or so, choose from this list of the best Christmas gifts for kids with special needs, and you will be able to finish your shopping soon to prevent the overwhelm when Christmas is close.
On that Christmas morning some years back, my son almost tripped on his dad, who was still sleeping in the bed. He knew that Santa had something in his stockings and he still had lots of gifts to open.
He hurried down the bed, tiptoed the stairs, and went directly to the Christmas tree. His attention was caught by something and without hesitation, grabbed the Christmas stocking dangling in the wall.
At four, he was grinning from ear to ear counting the chocolates and his eyes sparkled looking at the little Thomas train and the matchbox cars amongst the goodies.
He then begged me if he can open his gifts from us and from other relatives. Before hitting the bed the night before, from the party, he unwrapped some of the presents from his grandparents and only stopped when I told him to wait the next morning on Christmas day, for the others.
Just before midnight, one of the dads in a Santa costume, marched into the living room of the host house and called each family ( we are about 12-15 families ) for a photo and gave a big bag of presents for the kid who is 12 and below.
Boy oh boy, the kiddos screamed with delight and compared the sizes of their gifts with each other and how full their bags were. Without asking their parents, some tore the wrappers as fast as they could and seeing clothes, put them aside. They guessed and hoped there are toys beneath those boxes.
You, as parents of children with special needs, hope to get the best gifts for them. They are usually easy to please and appreciate even the simplest things.
Of course, Christmas is a once-a-year special event and you prepare to get the keepsakes that will get your special one delighted.
These presents will bring cheer to your little ones, as well, help them maximize their potential and develop their skills.
Here we go…
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Your kids will squeak with delight the first time they open a toy that is talking, emitting sounds, or with flickering lights.
Like this baby hammer toy that triggers light and sound when pounded.
Purchase toys that are educational to enhance their creative minds and develop their communication skills.
This farm wooden puzzle teaches your child to identify farm animals and improve his fine motor skills and imagination.
Surprise your child with a monthly subscription that he will enjoy making with you or with older siblings. This will develop his creativity and imagination.
I love giving books as gifts to my nephews and nieces. I believe that books are the best gifts if you want them to enjoy reading as they grow up.
Reading to your special child is a very good bonding time as well, next to playing with them.
Before going to sleep, when you lie side by side in bed, reading to them their favorite book enhances their imagination and encourages them to be inquisitive.
Even if they are non-verbal, I’m sure they are able to understand in their own little way what you are reading to them, especially if you make your reading more enjoyable by acting out the story, like voicing out animals’ sounds.
First word books or alphabet books like these are informative and with beautiful images, they will inspire your kids to read them a million times.
Storybooks that impart moral values about the love of God and family, respect, sharing, and empathy are good sources of positive values that your kids can emulate.
For older kids, these storybooks would be a hit.
Love You Forever is my most favorite kids’ book.
It tells the story of a mother’s love for her son from birth to forever. This publication truly touches a mom’s heart, makes her recall with fondness his growing up years, and lets her beam with pride when he became a caring dad.
It’s so beautiful! I treasure this book and I don’t mind reading it every. single. time.
Your special kid becomes jolly, more focused, and developShops his language skills by playing music.
A single musical instrument that he loves and plays daily will improve everyone’s mood around the house.
These harmonicas are so easy to play, your special child just needs to blow through it and voila, there will be beautiful music that she can create. And she will never put it down even in her sleep.
This xylophone comes with two sheets of music ( Twinkle, twinkle little star and Mary had a little lamb) which an older kid can easily follow.
Writing and Coloring Materials
Discover the creative imagination of your special kid by giving him materials that he can use to draw and doodle.
Give him lots of crayons and colored pencils with paper. Let your special child practice to grip the writing materials and encourage him to just scribble those lines and circles.
Let him use all the colors so he can explore his writing and artistic skills, likewise identify colors.
Appreciate him and display his works of art – put them in your fridge or in the wall in his room.
For older kids, a coloring book is an awesome present.
These doodle pads are the right sizes for those small hands. They are also essentials for any travel to fight boredom.
Shoes and Clothes
What is Christmas for kids without new shoes and clothes?
They usually want to show off their beautiful outfits when they go to church or go to their godparents and grandparents asking for their presents.
These girls’ sandals will fit nicely on their feet and will hold on even though they have mobility issues. I bet they can’t wait for summer to use them. Might use them at home, lol!
This flashing sneaker will be a hit with your special child paired with an awesome
These squeaky shoes for your little girl will amuse her as she walks.
Awesome shirts will make your kids’ Christmas more enjoyable! Check them out. The boys’ shirts come in three colors- red, blue, and black.
Bags and backpacks
Some beautiful bags or backpacks to bring around at doctor or therapist visits to put your special kids’ toys and other essentials would be a nice gift idea as well.
Think of how the designs will give them joy.
Your little girl will love carrying this unicorn kids’ backpack anywhere she goes. It comes with a lunch bag as well, which is very useful when going out to doctor’s visits or to school.
This weighted huggy bear backpack will surely give comfort to your special one, being so huggable and soft. Click the image to see the price.
Toys that will calm their anxieties are those that they can hug, like this weighted teddy bear. They will enjoy carrying this and showing to their playmates, as well.
Our Special Kids Deserve the Best Gifts for Christmas!
When we think of gifts for Christmas, the kids are always the most excited.
They would even trade money for chocolates and toys. They love getting something that gives them enjoyment and lots of perks when they open the boxes.
They even wake up really early on Christmas day to start opening their presents first thing in the morning.
As parents, we are also excited shopping for them, even small items for their Christmas stockings.
Their belief that Santa Claus is there to give them surprises as long as they’re nice gives them more enthusiasm during the holidays.
Even your children with special needs feel the excitement, so start buying those memorable gifts for them.
Let the Christmas countdown begin!
Always remember though it’s not those material presents that are important, rather, your PRESENCE in their lives is the most valuable gift you can give your children with special needs, not only during Christmas but every day.
After all, you are the Santa in their lives- constantly giving, forever watchful of their ways, and doing endless cheering of their accomplishments.
Originally published: November 25, 2018 Updated: November 16, 2020
Do you recall the time when your special kid jumped with joy when he opened a Christmas present from you?
When is your most memorable Christmas with your little one? Did you have a gift that until now is still precious to him?