2013 holiday gift guide: don't know what to get that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list? These ideas will help.
Finding the right holiday gift can be as frustrating as trying to find a parking space at the mall the weekend before Christmas. It's tough when you don't know where to look or can't find something all together.
Save yourself the headache and let us offer a helping hand with this gift list, or at least let us help you spur some ideas of your own.
These gift ideas were chosen with the wheelchair user in mind. The gifts range in price and offer ideas that can help make life a little easier or items that are just for pure enjoyment.
1 A Call for Help
Needing emergency help is a scary situation; it's even worse when you don't know where you are or your loved ones can't find you. Anew smartphone app offers a solution for those situations.
React Mobile allows you to quickly activate an SOS system with a touch of your phone to send an alert to friends, family members or the authorities. The "Follow Me" feature allows your GPS location to be sent to your emergency contacts.
$1.99 a month or $19.99 a year, reactmobile.com.
2 Ready, Aim, Fire
We know this gift isn't cheap, but we also know many PN readers like shooting, and this device makes it possible for quadriplegics to enjoy the sport as well.
The Powershooter is designed for individuals with no hand or arm movement to fire a rifle or shotgun completely by mouth and chin. It comes standard with a power trigger operated by very slight suction on a tube. Windage and elevation are controlled by a chin-operated joystick
3 Crash Course
We've all been there--watching your iPhone crash into the unforgiving ground is a moment full of anxiousness, nervousness and pure disappointment. With the iKeep Secure, you never have to be in that position again. Clip it onto your chair or belt loop. The retractable cord plugs into the phone's charging port keeping it always at arm's reach.
This gadget comes in a variety of different colors to match your attitude--or your outfit! The perfect stocking stuffer is available with free shipping to veterans using the promo code "Veteran" until the New Year, and 10% of the profits will be donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
4 Voice Clock
Trying to shut off an alarm clock can become frustrating. Well, forget about reaching over to hit that snooze bar. With the Moshi Voice Control Alarm Clock you can set the alarm and turn it off with only your voice. It can share the time, temperature and date as activated by your voice. It recognizes 12 commands, has three sound alarms, ultra-large numbers and a backlit screen, which makes it easy on the eyes. Even better, you don't have to set multiple alarms--just one.
(5) Clothes With a Cause
Just three days after returning home from Iraq, former Marine Corps Cpl. Noah Currier was in a vehicle accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. In an effort to raise funds for physical therapy, Currier designed and sold T-shirts that stated, "He who sheds blood with me shall forever be my brother."
Today, that one shirt design has morphed into a full clothing line called Oscar Mike. Each item in the Oscar Mike line is made in the U.S. and has a military theme. Buy one for your favorite service member or veteran this season and 10% of the proceeds will help a disabled veteran meet his or her rehab goals.
(6) Game On
The kids, grandkids or even some friends want to play a fun game of Wii Sports bowling, but pushing little buttons and holding a controller isn't always easy for people with spinal-cord injuries. The Nintendo Wii Remote Switch Enabled Accessibility Kit makes it easy.
The kit requires no grasp or finger dexterity. A specially adapted Wii controller attaches to your forearm or hat to play most games with arm or head movement. Operate A and B buttons using adaptive switches with the opposite hand or sip and puff.
Works with most Wii Sports games, including bowling, boxing, tennis, golf, baseball and Wii Play's Shooting Range.
(7) Winter Mobility
Outdoor activities may not be at the top of most people's list of things to do in winter weather, but this gift idea will make any trip on ice and snow much easier.
Wheelblades are small, high-end skis that fit onto the smaller front wheels of a wheelchair or stroller. Swiss inventor Patrick Mayer, a wheelchair user for more than a decade, says the skis help improve mobility during snowy and icy conditions. The wide Wheelblade surface distributes the wheelchair user's pressure evenly onto the ground and prevents the small front wheels from sinking into the snow. The adjustable clamp lock covers all wheel widths from 1.8 to 6 cm.
$652 a pair, U.S. orders call 763-553-9464 or visit wheelblades.chen for more information.
(8) Wheel Clean
Instead of slippers for your feet, get slippers for your wheels. Give them some comfort and say goodbye to dirt and streaks on your floors in the process.
RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Wheel Covers slide right on in less than 10 seconds cover standard wheelchair tires and have a soft artificial suede finish with a special fabric on the inside to grip the tire and prevent slippage.
They come in four colors--beige, black, blue and purple/burgundy--are machinewashable and can even cover the handgrips so your hands stay clean.
(9) Easier Reading
Tired of straining your neck while holding your tablet computer or eReader? Here's a perfect solution: The Tab Grabber.
It has a base clamp, which mounts to a wheelchair frame, a flexible gooseneck arm and a multi-axis rotating head for touch-screen use. If you need to enter or exit the wheelchair, The Tab Grabber easily swings out of the way. It also has retractable clips that fit any size tablet and can be attached to either corner or the device's edges.
(10) Bag It!
When on the go, it's nice to have a place to store all the things you'll need throughout the day--ChapStick, water, a pen, wallet, cell phone, etc. The Stay Put Pouch from Sew Creative by Heidi is the perfect solution.
The weighted top grips onto any surface. Just hang the strap over the side of your wheelchair and you have a handy place to keep all your things. Plus the bag is available in a wide variety of fabrics, including military themes--Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. $20, etsy.com.
(11) Mind & Body
A gift that truly keeps on giving, Beyond Disability is an instructional yoga DVD designed to teach people with disabilities the practice of seated yoga. After a devastating car accident that paralyzed instructor Matthew Sanford from the chest down, he realized how important his body is.
Sanford has created a full-length adapted yoga plan perfect for those living with a disability. The program helps connect the mind and body as a health strategy and a movement of consciousness.
Even more gift ideas such as colorful bling for your wheelchair rims and a unique-looking stand for your iPad can be found at pvamag.com.