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Christmas gift ideas

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? The London Vision team has put together some top suggestions for blind and partially sighted friends and family for Christmas 2020!

Code Jumper

Feeling super flush and want to help your child become the next Steve Jobs? How about the Code Jumper?!

The Code Jumper is an incredible innovation that teaches students who are blind or visually impaired computer coding. By putting the block code tactually in your hands, all students can learn together in an inclusive setting. Originally designed by Microsoft and developed by APH, this educational tool bridges the skills gap and opens up the world of coding to every student.

It’s available through the RNIB Shop, but it’s on the more expensive side, costing £895. However, if your child invents the next unicorn start-up, it’ll probably be worth it.

Games

The RNIB Shop has a range of tactile games for all the family, for a range of ages and interests, such as:

Scrabble

Practise your braille comprehension while aiming for a triple word score with this tactile and easy to see version of the classic game. It’s exclusive to the RNIB – find it on their shop.

Bananagrams

Bananagrams is perfect for high speed wordsmith who loves anagrams. RNIB sells a large print and tactile version that’s perfect for after dinner games. Find it here.

Chess

Have you caught the chess bug after like the rest of the world after watching Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit? Put your family in checkmate with a tactile chess set from the Braille Chess Association.

Audiobooks

Why not purchase an Audible subscription for a friend to give them access to the latest audio books? Audible hosts the largest selection of audiobooks in the UK. If they already have a subscription, you could get some them some credits for a new release.? Subscriptions cost between £7.99 and £69.99 (depending on duration) and the cost of credits varies. Find out more here.

The gift of independence

How about gifting a subscription to Aira? Aira is a service that connects blind and low-vision people to highly trained, remotely-located agents. Through an app on your smartphone, Aira delivers instant access to visual information at the touch of a button – enhancing everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Find out more about gifting an Aira subscription here.

Smart speakers

Both Amazon and Google offer WiFi enabled smart speakers (London Vision reviewed the Amazon Echo and Google Home here), and these smart speakers can be used for an ever-increasing range of tasks. They will tell you the weather, set timers, play music, read books, adjust the heating and turn lights on and off, and more!

Accessible radios

For the retro radio lover in your life, British Wireless Fund for the Blind offer a range of accessible, easy to see and tactile radios. London Vision reviewed the Opus here, which is a DAB/DAB+/FM RDS/Bluetooth portable digital radio. Find out more about the British Wireless Fund for the Blind here.

Sports

Footballer lover in your life that you need to buy for? Or a goalball enthusiast in need of some new eyeshades for the new season? Check out Goalfix which stocks a range of equipment and accessories for ball sports fans.

Braille

Do you have some braille reading friends who would appreciate an accessible Christmas card? Braille Cards make a range of accessible cards (not just for Christmas) that can be embossed with either grade 1 or grade 2 braille. Find out more by visiting the site here.

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