Another little doodle from me: this time just some quick little tips on how to survive this extremely festive/social/party season!🎄
If I’m truly honest I find this particular time of year difficult due to my sensory difficulties and because I am autistic. I find family gatherings quite hard so I like to go hide in the toilet every so often to keep myself calm and stop myself from getting overwhelmed.
I’ve also learnt to say no to a lot more events this festive season (obviously in a nice/ polite way!) so I’ve avoided the work Christmas party and work team party (why so many parties?!). As I result I have been questioned beyond belief (eye roll) by certain colleagues but I’ve stood my ground. I don’t do parties or large social gatherings – never have, never will. And that’s okay.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas / festive season and thank you so much for all your support this year – it’s really meant a lot to me!
A 3-part Christmas Gift Guide courtesy of me @21andsensory!
- Memory / Photobook: Try websites such as Vista Print, Cheerz, Free Prints, SnapFish, Photobox, Papier,
- Tangle: Just such a great fidget, it’s so easy and simple!
- Chewigem Hexichew: Great idea for more moderate-heavier chewers
- Fluffy Socks: Who doesn’t love a pair of super cosy socks?!
- Ear Defenders: Worth looking at the Kidz online store and their store on Amazon (they do adult ear defenders too – don’t let the name put you off!)
- Stationary: Try pound/dollar stores, WHSmith, Target, Kikki K, Ryman, PaperChase, The Works, Flying Tiger, etc
- Fidget cube: This is the official fidget cube from Antsy labs but there’s lots of versions all over Amazon and in toy stores
- Plushies: Worth shopping around on Amazon or looking in toy stores like The Entertainer
- Bubble pop keyring: Again available in toy stores too
- Activity books: HobbyCraft and The Works are great for activity books in the UK. Also again worth shopping around online and looking on Amazon
- Scented candles: Yankee Candles can be quite overpowering sometimes so I recommend trying out candles before buying them or gifting a voucher for a candle store! Also supermarkets and places like TK/TJ Maxx do great more affordable scented candles that usually aren’t as strong.
- Reuseable ear plugs: Worth shopping around for online or even getting fitted for you own pair
- Marble Fidget: Can also be found in pound/dollar stores too
- Weighted jacket: Honestly cannot recommend the Sensory Direct weighted jacket highly enough – I bought my own (not sponsored) and honestly love it. Even the hood is weighted!
- Weighted lap pad: Also worth looking at all the weighted products on the Sensory Direct store.
- Books on Autism: so SO many great books available online on Amazon and in book stores such as Waterstones.
- Books by Autistic people: I only had room to mention 3 above but please Google books by Autistic people further – there are such a wide range of fab books out there to read I couldn’t possibly name them all. Also look back through my blog posts to see which books I’ve read and my reviews on them!
- Retro games / game consoles: Have a look online at CEX, Amazon, Game, HMV, etc
- Music subscription: Worth looking into a Spotify or Apple Music subscription as a gift/voucher
- Vinyl / CD’s: Your best bet is to look online, in local vintage vinyl stores or on sites like Ebay for some good finds
- Lava lamp: Double check you buy one that comes with the bulb as they can be quite specific and hard to find!
- Liquid timer: Also available online in sensory stores!
- Chewigem Eternity necklace: A stylish yet chewable necklace
- Soft toys: again worth looking on Amazon and shopping around different toy stores
- Happiness book and so many happiness journal books are available these days. I would recommend looking online at Amazon reviews and in larger book stores too
- Mindfulness book and again mindfulness journals can be found everywhere these days. I’ve found lots of stationary stores have ranges of them too
- Sunglasses: Vouchers for/towards sunglasses or tinted glasses can be super helpful!
- Sweets / Candy: There are cute subscription boxes that will deliver sweets/candy to your door monthly, or just buy some old fashioned sweets from a local store or pick ‘n’ mix!
- Noise Cancelling headphones: Worth researching into both Sony and Bose noise cancelling headphones. They both seem to be leading the way in terms of NC / ambient sound reduction. Also some great (much more affordable) NC headphones are available on Amazon at different price points – great whatever your budget! Might be worth getting a voucher towards headphones as that allows the person to go into a store and try before they buy.
- Chewigem Chubes: Great for tying to the ends of hoodie drawstrings if you are a nervous biter like I am and end up ruining the strings on all your jumpers
- Peapod keyring: The cutest and most satisfying fidget!
- Chewigem Twister Bangles: So funky and subtle at the same time.
- Arts and Crafts supplies: Again pound/dollar stores are great for Arts and Crafts bits and pieces. Also have a look at stores such as HobbyCraft,
- Puzzles: SO many great puzzles online at Amazon, The Works, Argos, The Entertainer, the list goes on…
- Fairy lights: Battery and mains fairy lights can be bought cheaply from pound/dollar stores, Primark, larger chain supermarkets, etc
PHEW. Hope you found this gift guide helpful, I tried to link as many gifts as physically possible!