When you look good, you feel good. Whether able-bodied or living with a disability, we all want to “dress to impress”. Having a disability can present unique challenges when it comes to dressing, but it doesn’t have to mean settling for outfits that leave you feeling less than fabulous. If you’re wondering what to buy a loved one, or perhaps what to include on your own wish list, here are 7 gift ideas that will infuse a bit of style into any closet this holiday season!
1. A gift card for their favourite adaptive clothing
Whether it’s for an adaptive clothing brand, like Canada’s IZ Adaptive or a conventional brand with an adaptive line, like Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy Adaptive, giving the gift of a mini shopping spree is always a safe bet. With adaptive clothing and accessible fashion becoming more mainstream, people of all abilities can find clothing to suit almost any style.
MagnaReady offers business casual menswear; Reboundwear offers fashionable athleisure that can accommodate medical devices and wound sites, and adapt to almost any need; and check out Kintsugi for an amazing women’s clothing line that holds inclusivity at their core. Their Kintsugi A-Line Skirt with deep pockets and velcro fastening is the epitome of function meets style!
2. A Button Zipper Tool from Kikigoal
Give the gift of access this holiday season; entire wardrobe access, that is. Chances are, the person you’re shopping for has a closet full of amazing clothes gathering dust because they struggle to snap, button or zip. Just because abilities change, doesn’t mean favourite clothing pieces have to. A Button Zipper Tool can give them back their favourite pair of jeans, cardigan or peacoat.
KIKIGOAL Button Hook with Zipper Pull is an ideal daily living tool for anyone suffering from limited dexterity caused by Arthritis. The Comfort and Wide Grip Handle and Snag Free Wire Loop make buttoning clothing an easy
and pain free process. The Zipper Puller adds additional benefit to help zip clothing and jackets easily.
3. A stylish mobility aid
Don’t think of a cane or walking stick as, “just a tool”, think of it as a really useful accessory! Mobility aids are emerging as a fun fashion statement piece. Check out NeoWalk for a selection of colourful and stylish walking sticks. Their Tutti Fruitti design is perfect for people whose favourite colour is every colour! Or for a made-in-Canada option, check out JBS Clothing’s Rhinestone Sugar Cane for a piece that will announce their entrance into any room!
4. A fresh pair of kicks
Clothing brands aren’t the only ones jumping on the accessibility train. Big shoe brands like Nike and Converse have recently released high performance and super stylish step in/out and slip on/off shoes. Billy Footwear is another big name in the adaptive shoe market. They offer fun and funky shoes for the whole family; using a dual zipper design they, too, have made struggling with laces, a thing of the past.
5. A Personalized Long Metal Shoe Horn by Comfy Clothiers
Any self-proclaimed style guru will confirm, shoes can make or break one’s outfit. This often means trying on several pairs of shoes before finding the right pair for the job. If you have someone on your list who loves shoes but struggles to bend or reach, a personalized Comfy Clothiers Long Metal Shoe Horn is the perfect gift idea.
This shoe horn is made of HEAVY DUTY STAINLESS STEEL to never let you down when you need it most! Our long-handled shoe horn is thicker (and heavier) than every other comparable shoehorn on the market today, weighing in approximately 200 grams – whereas most other 18-inch shoe horns weigh between 100 and 120 grams.
6. FFORA Elevated Personal Accessories
For the manual wheelchair users in your life, check out FFORA for beautiful and stylish high-end wheelchair accessories. Every FFORA accessory attaches to almost any manual chair via their universal FFORA attachment- a magnetic clamp and open dock. Users can swap out accessories to suit their needs as they transition from day to night or from casual to formal activities.Head over to FFORA.com to see their line of hand bags, purses, active bags, and tumblers.
7. A Sunu Band
Perfect for people with impaired vision, the Sunu Band is a stylish haptic mobility device that allows wearers to walk and travel with confidence. The device combines a vibrating watch with built in obstacle detection and voice guidance technology. The entire safety system is contained within a sleek, black watch-like design, and complements almost any outfit or style.
8. Adaptive Jewelry
Jewelry can be a challenge for people with limited hand and finger movement, but there are still ways to give them the gift of sparkly things! Don’t hold back on the beautiful necklace or bracelet they’ve been eyeing, just make sure you include a magnetic lobster clasp, perfect for transforming any necklace or bracelet into a more functional piece. If rings are more their thing, check out Etsy’s wide range of sterling silver finger splints which will not only blend in to their elaborate ring collection, but can actually help improve function!
We hope this guide has given you a few fresh ideas on what gift (or ask for) this holiday season. Click over to evika.io for more assistive devices to help with dressing and grooming!