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Looking to find the perfect gift for a family member or friend who is blind or visually impaired? Here is a selection of the best gifts for those with low to no vision. This holiday season give a gift that can enhance a loved one’s life. Visit our gift ideas for visually impaired young children here.  
Kindle Fire 7

Open a world of free books

The Fire 7 Tablet is an affordable way to enjoy our Braille Audio Reading Download (BARD) program offered by our library so patrons can digitally download audio and e-Braille titles for free from an extensive collection.

Not available at Braille Institute

When you shop on Amazon.com through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to Braille Institute at no cost to you.

Assistive technology can change lives

The Echo Dot devices have been described as “life-changing” for the blind and visually impaired. Using voice-commands, you can tell Alexa do a whole host of things such as set a reminder or make a phone call.

Not available at Braille Institute
Echo Dot
Large Print Keyboard

Make using technology easier

A Large Print Keyboard is one of the most-practical gifts anyone with visual impairments can receive and one they will likely use every day.

Carried by Braille Institute’s Vistas Store

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124

Bringing people together

The holidays are all about bringing people together and one of the best ways to do that is playing card games. Large print playing cards enable those who are losing their vision to keeping playing Bridge, Poker and other card games they love, with those they love.

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Large Print Playing Cards
Big button talking clock

Keeping time

Talking clocks allow those who are blind and visually impaired to hear the time with the simple push of a button. A talking watch is a great option for those who want to keep time on the go.

Carried by Braille Institute’s  Vistas Store

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124

Cooking without looking

Large Print Measuring Cups & Spoons or Braille Measuring Cups & Spoons are great for the skilled chef or someone who is just starting to cook who has vision impairment as the large print allows those with low vision to see the numbers. Braille cups and spoons allow them to feel the amounts.

Carried by Braille Institute’s Vistas Store

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124

Large Print Measuring Spoons
Talking Thermometer

Staying Healthy & Safe

Taking one’s temperature has become more common than it used to be in 2020. A Talking Thermometer lets those who are visually impaired take their own temperature and hear the result. Also available in Spanish.

Carried by Braille Institute’s Vistas Store

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124

For youth

UNO Braille
Friends and family can now play the official version of the popular card game together.

Not available at Braille Institute
Braille Uno Cards
Wikki Stix

For younger children

Wikki stix are a fun and constructive gift for younger children because they’re an easy way to make educational and recreational materials accessible for children who are blind or visually impaired.

Carried by Braille Institute’s Vistas Store

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124

Beeping Foam Ball

A Beeping Foam Ball is a fun and interactive way for young children to play and stay active. Soft foam balls such as the one offered by MaxiAIDS.com are also safe to use inside.

Not available at Braille Institute

Chocolate!

Brailled Chocolate Bars: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas in braille! Happy Birthday also available.

Not available at Braille Institute
Brailled Chocolate Bar

Where to buy?

Many of the items featured above are available from Braille Institute’s Vistas Store at our Los Angeles Center. The Vistas Store is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, however, orders can be made over the phone and shipped.

Call Vistas Store: (323) 906-3124