Free and Frugal Gifts for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Free and Frugal Gifts for Parents of Kids with Special Needs - jenniferajanes.com

If you’re anything like me, you’re making a list of people you want to remember during the Christmas season, and you’re trying to think of gift ideas that won’t break your budget. It’s easy to buy for some people, but for others, you’re never sure what to get that will really make the event something they will remember and cherish.

For some people, parents of kids with special needs are especially hard to buy for. That doesn’t have to be the case. An informal survey confirmed my ideas about what parents of kids with special needs would love to receive as a gift for Christmas, their birthdays or anniversaries, or just because. (I am one of these parents, and it was encouraging to know that I’m not weird because I want these things too!)

Free and Frugal Gifts for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

  1. Time alone. The number one request of the special needs parents I talked to was having someone help them have time alone or with their spouse by babysitting during a date night or just stopping by for 20-30 minutes and watching the child in another part of the house so the caregiver can take a bubble bath. They really aren’t picky. They just need time to breathe.
  2. Support. The second most requested gift was a for someone to listen without judging. They don’t expect you to solve all their problems or even say anything. Just knowing someone is really listening to them and allowing them to vent so they can process everything that’s going on and how they feel about it is a huge relief.
  3. Gift cards. Yes, we all love gift cards, but the most requested gift cards were smaller ones—to a coffee shop, drive through, or someplace else where they could get a small treat for themselves on the go, between therapy sessions, IEP meetings, or whatever their days hold!

Other good ideas:

  • Send a card. Include a heartfelt note inside to let them know you’re thinking about them. It will give encouragement for a long while after they receive it.
  • Encourage. Life is busy, but taking a moment to offer a small word of encouragement when you see them in passing will help them to survive the day.

What parents of kids with special needs really want is your friendship. It goes a long way toward easing the feelings they struggle with as they deal with the reality of their situation.

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6 Responses to Free and Frugal Gifts for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

  1. Helen Tisdale says:

    I just wanted to compliment you on your lovely blog! It is so encouraging & beautifully & sensitively written! I know that it must help so many! I am a mother of a 40 year old special needs son and have done so as a single parent all of these years by the grace of God! I really want to keep up with you and what you are doing. It is refreshing to me to see so much available now for parents with any challenge! God bless you!

    • Thank you so much for your words of support and encouragement, Helen! I’m so blessed that God has seen you through all these years, just you and His grace and love for you both! I would love to stay in touch. Merry Christmas to you and your son!

  2. I want to say I appreciate this in so many ways. I am constantly trying to come up with gifts that do not include money, but include an experience or memory. I also started homeschooling this year because of my oldest son who was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and needed something different than the public school could provide.

    Thank you for including children that are not “typically” developing in you holiday gift giving guide.
    I look forward to reading more.

    • Congratulations on starting your homeschooling journey, Dayna! I’m glad you found the gift guides for parents and children with special needs (and their siblings) helpful. This is the world we live in too. I look forward to getting to know you better. Thanks for reaching out. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Debbie Thompson says:

    As for me, I wish people would just stop and seriously realize that I for one have friends and family members who know nothing what a day in my shoes is like with my special needs child, especially now with a new baby due coming earlier than expected but even before this pregnancy they donr think or realize how hard it is to e en get a babysitter and my daughter is what is most IMportant in my life, I would rather stay home and play or cuddle with her and go to chur h instead of doing what they do su h as drinking and or going to a bar which they think is fun. My idea of fun is my daughter who needs her momma.

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