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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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