And so this is Christmas…

What should I buy?...
It is that time of the year again?
That went waaaay too quick!

Are you one of those people who have trouble buying for your loved one with a disability at Christmas? 

Or worse, having to give suggestions to grandparents and others?

Here is a few tips:

Purchase gifts around what skills your loved one may be learning at the time, such as;


  • Cook Books
  • Cooking tools, such as; measuring cups, electric beaters, customised equipment for those with limited motor skills, baking tools, knife sets that are safe for learners
  • Cooking kits; groovy sets with all the ingredients to just put together, cup cake and slice mixes and decorations
  • The list is endless.

NB: Give them their own cupboard for their equipment


  • Gardening tools such as; rakes, shovels or basic equipment like gloves or a water can
  • Easy growing plants such as; herbs or pot based vegetables.

Empower through experiences:

Either something they love doing like:

  • A footie membership
  • Train rides to country
  • Going to live theatre
  • Concerts
  • Gold pass movie tickets
  • Attending a chocolate cooking class ( or any other cooking class).

Or things they may never have experienced like:

  • Yarra river boat cruise
  • Hot air ballooning
  • High tea.


  • Make the most of the companion card (if they have one)
  • Actively use your free rural/regional train travel with the pension card
  • Sign up to Living Social or Scoopon Daily deals (there are many daily deals sites), these have great experiences at great prices
  • Get a few people to go in for a bigger present.
Here is hoping these ideas are helpful!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and peaceful Christmas, from all at iDareU.

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