2020 Holiday Gift Guide
2020, what a year, right? I've always loved supporting small businesses, but I believe this year is even more important. I've carefully selected small shops that sell inclusive toys or other products that somehow support individuals with a disability. I hope you love them as much as I do!
1. MiniLand USA
For the last 6 years, since I've had Eli, I've searched for an affordable doll with Down syndrome. They are finally here!
MiniLand's inclusive line of dolls help to raise kids' awareness of diversity and inclusion, promoting values of equality, integration and acceptance.
Every child should own dolls that look different than them. Acceptance and inclusion begins at home :)
2. No Such Thing Co.
No Such Thing is a new children's book that needs to belong in every home library. This would make a great gift for any child!
Megan DeJarnett was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affects motor neurons in the spinal cord causing progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. With a tremendous faith in God and the love and support of her family, Megan lives life determined to experience life to the fullest and choose joy over despair.
Megan’s passion is motivating others to approach life with an ‘I can do this!’ attitude. Her ability to share her story and encourage others to look at life through a new lens is only one of her tremendous gifts.
Megan is the founder of No Such Thing, a company with a mission to help others redefine purpose by removing defining labels. As an author, she is currently producing a series of children’s books, including No Such Thing as Normal.
3. Sheltered Co.
We all know weighted blankets feel amazing, but who says weighted blankets can't look amazing too? Plus we love their tagline #hugslikeamother
Sheltered Co is owned by Pamela Hunter, a mother of three. When her daughter Ransom was 2.5 years old she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Out of desperation and with a very strong recommendation from multiple therapists for weighted objects, she accidentally created a weighted blanket while she was attempting to crochet a rag-rug out of fabric from a yard sale.
From the moment she placed the blanket on her daughter, she could immediately see her entire body relax and from then on she has been able to sleep through the night.
Eli loves his compression vest! All PunkinFutz products are made in the USA by adults with disabilities. They create award-winning products today and adaptive jobs for your children’s future.
The owner's daughter Maddie has Ataxia, Crohn’s Disease, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Seizures and Developmental and Learning Differences. When her brother Buster was born 13 years later, Lisa, the owner of PunkinFutz, decided that there needed to be a change in therapeutic products for children.
"Our decision to start PunkinFutz was made when fitting Buster for orthotics. I could not understand why they had to be so scary and sterile looking. They could have easily been made to look like super hero gear – something every kid would want. When I mentioned this to the orthopedist, he responded, ‘You’re right. Someone should do that.’ And so our journey began."
5. Meg Apperson's New Book: Sky Full of Stars
Who doesn't love a good book?
In her book, Sky Full of Stars, Meg Apperson shares with you her journey of recognizing the light even as darkness is all around. A story of letting go of dreams and embracing hope and healing that any mom who has a child with differences can understand.
6. John's Crazy Socks
You're probably going to give someone socks this year, right? Why not shop with purpose?
John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. John’s affinity for crazy socks paired with his love of making people smile made their mission clear: to spread happiness.
They have a social mission and a retail mission, and they are indivisible. They want to show what is possible when you give someone a chance. Every day, they demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do. And they believe in giving back: they donate 5 percent of their earnings to the Special Olympics as they’ve played a vital role in John’s development. They continue to expand charity partners by offering and creating socks with specific awareness themes, such as Autism Awareness Socks and Down Syndrome Awareness Socks.
7. The Grace Effect Candles
Non-Toxic candles are always a great gift choice! The Grace Effect Candles is run by Katie Driscoll and her daughter Grace who has Down syndrome.
Our candle company give us the opportunity to share her light with all of you. We have big hopes and dreams for all our children and are looking forward to watching this little dream we have had since shortly after her birth come alive. Giving our daughter and boys the opportunity to live their best life has always been our goal. We believe by creating a product that is 100% toxin free for families around the world to enjoy is just one little step in a more inclusive future for our kids.
8. Littlest Warrior
And lastly, check out our gift guides from 2019
. Happy Shopping!