November 28th, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Autistic people aren’t fundamentally different enough from the rest of humanity to justify the gift guides specifically for Autistic children that always circulate around this time of year. This isn’t that kind of gift guide. Instead, it’s designed to help you shop for the active, Neurodiversity-minded people on your list. Almost all links in this post are affiliate links, and your clicks and purchases are appreciated. They help this blog pay its bills and will bring you more posts in 2017.

Small Gifts

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Do you need to buy stocking stuffers or inexpensive tokens for coworkers or acquaintances? There are options beyond gift cards, alcohol, and food.
Fidget toys are always a thoughtful gift, and they’re a great addition to gift baskets.

Your Autistic friend or coworker who never sleeps could always use more coffee mugs. This one is particularly fun:


Fill a mug with fidget toys and coffee, tea, or holiday treats for a larger gift:



To Read

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2016 hasn’t been the kind of remarkable year in books on neurodivergent people that 2015 was, but we did get a new apocalypse novel with an Autistic protagonist:

Some of the great nonfiction published in previous years would also make good gifts:





To Use

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This elegant solution can help anyone keep up with keys, even those of us who struggle with misplacing things. It comes in several colors:

The bloggers and social media people in your life probably have a lot of cables. Give the gift of a 2017 without untangling with this pack of magnetic cable ties:

Blogs run on caffeine, electricity, and WiFi. If you support the work of a blogger in your life, give the gift of a bottomless power supply that will feed small devices even where there isn’t an outlet:

This affordable but well-reviewed pair of noise-canceling headphones would please music lovers and people with sensory issues:

Think beyond tangible items, too. Blogging is at the heart of Autistic culture and the Neurodiversity movement. You may have people in your life whose blogs are very important to them, and we live in uncertain times. If there were ever a moment to consider the security of one’s blog’s future, it is now. If a blogger you know relies on a free service, their work could be destroyed in an instant by an uncaring middle manager at a vast corporation. The only real security is owning a piece of the internet oneself. If you know of someone on your shopping list getting ready to make the leap to more control, peace of mind would be a lovely gift. This site’s host, SiteGround, has been reasonably priced and very reliable. The autism or Neurodiversity blogger in your life might benefit from some blog beautification. Fiverr can be a good place to get things like logo designweb design, and site building.

To Wear

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Manufacturers are recognizing that chewable jewelry isn’t just for children. A variety of elegant styles are now available, and you can purchase most of them in different consistencies.

Be sure you also check out this gift list from Words I Wheel By and support disabled-owned businesses with your shopping (not an affiliate link). Thank you, and happy holidays.

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