The best gifts for the autistic and ADHD kids on your list
It can be challenging to know what to buy as a gift for autistic kids and we are here to help. From sensory items they will love all year to fun toys they can play with all day, we have rounded up the best items to add to your cart.
It is always great to also ask their parents about their special interests and get something related to that! These are general suggestions, but anything related to the shows or subjects they love will also make for fantastic gifts they’ll be excited about.
I worked as a special education teacher for years in autism classrooms, so many of these suggestions are toys and sensory items I found to be the most loved by my students or the most useful tools throughout the school days.
Not sure what gift to get the autistic child in your life? Check out this sensory gift guide:
Best Sensory Gifts for Kids
Great for the alphabet and number-loving autistic child! They are super fun to take out and line up before putting back in. These puzzles are also great for practicing identifying numbers and saying letter names and sounds.
There is so much you can do with these tiles throughout a lot of ages and stages of play! The magnets are satisfying to stim off of connecting them together and taking them apart. They are great for working on colors and looking at the room through the blocks. They are great practice for fine motor skills needed to build. And they are fun to integrate into imaginative play, designing castles, garages, and restaurants to integrate into the play scheme.
Marbles mazes are always a huge hit because of how fun it is to watch the marbles race down the course. Even if kids aren’t ready to build their own course, they will enjoy playing with the final product! This is another great toy that will grow with them.
Ball towers are beloved cause-and-effect toys. They are fantastic toys to play with together and work on counting, colors, joint attention, turn-taking, and more!
What I love about these simple rocker boards is how versatile they are. They are great for sensory activities and for playing on with toys.
A compression swing will be a great regulation tool, if your house has the space for one. There is a lot kids can use swings for to regulate their bodies. They can push themselves around or you can help spin and swing them!
If your child loves the vestibular input of spinning, they will love this sit-and-spin. It is an excellent way for your child to give themselves the sensory input their bodies are craving.
Playskool also makes musical versions for music-loving children!
This weighted pillow works like a weighted blanket but is more convenient! It helps provide calming input and will help increase focus and reduce anxiety. It is designed by an ADHD founder, ensuring it is perfect for your ADHD child.
The holidays can get overstimulating quickly. A great way to make them easier is with tools that help reduce the noise and offer a sensory break when needed. This sensory hoodie offers an eye mask and sound reduction in the hood to help with noise sensitivity no matter where they are.
Sensory-friendly clothing that can be put on inside out and backward. Help increase independence and decrease frustration.
For the sensory seeker in your life! Compression is a great way to help give their body the regulating, calming input they need. Compression helps decrease anxiety, increase focus, and help them remain calm.
Pants can be tricky for sensory-sensitive kids. These have soft, elastic waistbands for increased comfort and independence, four large pockets for fidgets and comfort items, are tag-free and made with flat seams, and even have a built-in fidget!
Smunchie (sensory scrunchies)
The fidget and hair accessory in one! They are hair scrunchies that are squishable (like a stress ball!), fashionable, and convenient.
This was a favorite in my special education classroom. They make such satisfying noises and feel incredible. They are an excellent toy for all ages!
These tubes are often called rapper snappers and make fun, easy fidgets/ stim toys. They are also great to play with together! You can build up the suspense of when you are going to pull it apart and create a fun joint attention game.