If the remainder of this year goes as fast as the rest of 2020 already has, we’re going to need to start thinking about getting those gifts in pronto! But we all know that’s not always as easy as it sounds. Generally children are pretty easy to sort out. The magic of Santa delivering surprises is almost enough for most children! But what about when it comes to teenagers and adults, especially those who have a disability or sensory needs. What do we buy them? Finding something that is both suitable and age appropriate can be a big challenge.
Feel the relief with an extensive list of ideas for the perfect present for that special someone. There is a collection of options that will be a hit this festive season. From stylish ear buds to trendy fidgets, we’ve catered for all budgets.
Our perfect pressies
Vibes ear buds
The Vibes ear buds were originally designed for concert goers, who wanted some protection without sacrificing sound quality. Turns out they are perfect for any individuals sensitive to sound, who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and ADHD.
The great thing about the Vibes is that they reduce background noise in busy environments but you can still hear people talking. What’s more, they are reusable and specifically designed for teenagers and adults. Being mostly clear in colour, they are super discreet when placed in the ear and if you opt for the cordless ones you can barely notice them at all!
Verishield Noise Reduction Earmuffs
Ear buds aren’t for all of us, and if you’ve been after noise reduction earmuffs instead then these are the ones to get. Designed specifically for adults, the Verishield Noise reduction earmuffs are light weight, sturdy and easily adjustable.
We have tried these ourselves in store and have been super impressed at how effective they are at blocking out noise and how comfortable they are!
With a noise reduction rating of 27dB they are very effective at blocking out noise as well as protecting the auditory system. Perfect for teenagers and adults who are sensitive to certain sounds or find loud situations overwhelming.
Is it a cushion? Is it a shirt? It’s both! The Flannelette cushion is a stylish yet comfortable sensory accessory for any teenagers bedroom. But there’s more. The Flannelette offers a gentle sensation when it is squeezed or sat upon so can be used as a calming, soothing or relaxing tool for those with sensory disorders.
Specifically designed as an age appropriate vibrating pillow for older kids, teenagers and adolescents, however the vibration device inside can be turned off and on as desired and is simply powered by two AA batteries.
Looking for something a bit different and totally out there? The Plasma Ball is a captivating accessory that will have any budding science geek jumping for joy!
A fun lighting option for the older child, teenagers or adults in a sensory space, bedroom or in the classroom. The Plasma ball demonstrates the properties of electrical discharges, which you can control with your fingers as you touch the lamp.
Just try to keep your hands off this dramatic display of electrical light!
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Giant Ooze Tube
Looking for another science-y and visually captivating gift? Try keeping your gaze of the Ooze tube! Honestly, you could spend hours watching this, it’s quite addictive!
The “ooze” slowly seeps and winds its way down while you watch on fascinated. The tube is made from a solid plastic, and they come in a variety of colours.
The Ooze tube is perfect for providing calming, visual input and would be a captivating and exciting focal point for any sensory room or setting.
It’s an oldie but a goldie. Pin Art remains ever popular and is a great gift for those seeking calming, tactile input.
Make art in seconds! Just push the object you want to make a 3D impression of into the fine metal pins at the back. When you want to change it, just flip the pin art over and start all over again! Easy.
A sensory tool that is great for older children, teenagers and adults.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a new game! We love these ones, and they are perfect for all the family to get involved too.
A good mix between cooperative and competitive games is always healthy. Competitive games can be good for improving motor skills and social/behavioural development, but too much can damage self esteem if an individual loses often.
Where competitive games focus on having a sole winner, Cooperative games emphasise play, fun, and cooperation. They are games where everyone works together to win.
Finding sensory games for our teenagers and adults is an extra challenge in itself, so we’ve tried to include games that are stimulating as well as fun!
Score to win in this popular football game, where the action is fast and furious. Just blow the ball and go for goal using your skill to beat the goal keepers.
Blow football is great for developing oral motor skills and breath control.
This small indoor table top game is fun for all ages and a perfect sensory tool for those footy fanatic teenages and adults out there!
This is a fast paced visual spatial game where players race to create the “stack” that is on the picture card turned.
The BLLOX game is all quality, and the blocks are just gorgeous. The game can be played by up to 4 players and develops visual perception skills, processing speed, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and spatial visualisation.
Often visual spatial skills are a strength, so BLLOX is a really good option if you are after a game. It is easy to modify this game to suit someone with disabilities or it can also be a solo activity!
The Fat Brain Coggy puzzle will get your fingers turning and brain cells burning! A manipulative visual logic puzzle and fidget all in one, well suited to older children, teenagers and adults for extra sensory input.
It gradually gets more difficult as you progress through the levels. Bend, rotate and shape the Coggy to match the challenge card you have chosen.
I’m not terribly good at logic puzzles, but I love the Coggy and worked my way through all the levels whenever I had a few spare minutes! This is a gift that will have them busy for hours!
This game is such fun.
Just One is a fantastic language based game for a group of between 4 to 7 players, though it is easy to play with larger teams.
It is a cooperative game, so everyone needs to work collaboratively to achieve the highest group score!
We love cooperative games. It makes a pleasant change from competitive single players trying to win on their own and creates a wonderful atmosphere where you can all win together.
Sensory Stocking Surprises
Looking for a couple of extra bits to bulk out the stockings this Christmas? We’ve had a think about some of our favourite products that are not only effective sensory tools but also small enough to hide in your bag or pocket.
We can’t stress enough how great fidgets and chews are. Kids, teenagers and adults with special or sensory needs can hugely benefit from these little gems, and they come in all shapes and colours so you can find the perfect gift, whatever their style.
Kaiko are just great. The products AND that they are a family run company that were first created by 13 year old Kai, who is both on the spectrum and Dyslexic. Kai found himself being teased in school for his kiddie-like fidgets he needed to use daily, so he set to creating something more age appropriate and cool. Not only did his peers no longer tease him…they wanted their own fidgets! And so Kaiko was born.
Kaiko’s range of discreet and noiseless sensory fidgets are for kids, teenagers and adults to assist with mental health, anxiety and focus. They are super high quality, made by Kai and his family in Australia. These aren’t the kind of fidgets that will fall apart after a few weeks.
Something special? Kaiko ‘The Works’. Every fidget a teen could ever need!
The guys at Ark have created a fabulous, family run company who have driven all their experience in therapy and engineering to bring you a whole range of chews that cater for absolutely everyone.
Oral motor chew tools are an excellent way to provide oral stimulation, exercise the mouth muscles and build oral tone. They can also be used as oral fidgets, redirecting finger nail biting or chewing on shirts etc.
These sensory gems come in a range of shapes, colours and sizes including trendy ‘chewelry’ for teenagers and adults.
Aaron’s SCENTsory putty
No ordinary putty, Aaron’s SCENTsory putty invokes a total sensory experience in its unique colours and scents, inspired by our ever changing and fascinating world.
Stretch it, bounce it, pop it, tear it and sculpt it! It’s extra soft texture is perfect for sensory needs.
Employing people with both intellectual and physical disabilities, Crazy Aarons’s aims to create sensory putty aimed at older kids, teenagers and adults with its interesting and creative scents.
What’s more, you can also purchase a handy little key ring so you can take your SCENTsory putty anywhere you go!
Can’t quite think of that main pressie you know they’ll love and need but they just don’t know it yet? We reckon you might just find it here.
We’ve got a selection of pressies that might be a little heaver on the investment side but we’re sure they will LOVE them. All of the products we feature are of the highest quality and super durable so if you are looking to spend a bit more you can rest assured it will last them.
From stylish sunnies to timeless watches, give that special something this Christmas.
Ugly Fish Unbreakable Sunglasses
Unbreakable you say? Yep. You heard it!
These stylish sensory sunnies are not only the perfect accessory for teenagers or adults, they are also pretty darn indestructible! They feature a ‘TPEE frame’ which is a rubber like material that is extremely flexible and lightweight. Perfect for any outdoor adventure.
The polarised, high quality lenses offer a Category 3 maximum UV protection, so you know that you’ll not only be looking good but most importantly your eyes are fully protected.
These Ugly’s come in a range of styles and colours so you can be sure to find the perfect match.
Vuly Nest Swing
If you can find the space, you’ve got yourself hours of relaxation and fun with the Vuly Nest Swing.
Set up your very own swing where you can easily retreat to curl up and read a book, or if you are simply looking to create a calm space for some quality me-time, the Vuly Swing is the perfect investment for you.
This super sensory swing is designed large enough to fit teenagers and adults and hold a weight of up to 80kg (even though we’ve tried and tested more!)
Consider it another pice of furniture in the house that also provides great vestibular input by gently rocking forwards and backwards or side to side.
Time Timer Plus
If needing an easy way to keep a daily routine on track is essential, the Time Timer Plus makes a fantastic gift.
What makes this watch fab is the ability to tailor it to suit individual needs thanks to its many features, from timing exercise routines to collage classes to chillout time.
The sporty design and extra sensory features make this watch a great accessory for students, teenagers and adults or even budding athletes.
Featuring a backlight and vibrating alert function as well as being water resistant, we’re sure the Time Timer Plus will have anyone sailing through their day.
Rediscover your comfort zone with the revolutionised bean bag from Kloudsac.
An Australian owned and operated family business, the guys at Kloudsac are dedicated to producing the best quality foam filled furniture.
With its comfortable, supportive foam replacing traditional noisy beans, it is perfect for teenagers and adults who are sensitive to noise and a great option for those who find deep pressure helpful for calming and sensory regulation.
What’s more, you can custom chose your Kloudsac to suit your needs. They come in a variety of sizes and cover options, all with differing tactile feels.
This isn’t just any lighting device sitting in the corner. The bubble tube provides a captivating and exciting focal point for any sensory space, whether that’s in a bed room, at school or in a therapy room.
Watch the bubble tube change colour as it sends the balls and bubbles up and down the column encouraging visual tracking, focusing, and concentration.
The bubble tube is the ultimate sensory product for toddlers, kids, teenagers and adults…anyone! We love them. And we guaruntee you will too.
So there you have it, our tip top pressies for teenagers and adults that are sure to please this Christmas!
For extra advice or information on this blog or any of our Starfish products, please do get in touch! We love hearing from you and we’re always super happy to chat about any of the items we stock!
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