As promised here’s the ‘D’ List of gifts for someone with a disability and under £50, both useful, fashionable and fun. We already produced the expensive list of ‘Go Faster’ Gadgets!! Happily for the buyer, most of this list can be bought on the high street or on line:
1st The Oliver Bonas phone holder which we found when trying to meet the demand for something that can attach to a wheelchair and hold a smartphone ‘handsfree’. This is for a bike but it equally fits a wheelchair/scooter. At £12 it’s a great stocking filler.
Another similar attachment can also be found on line from Mobile Fun at £24.99 and it’s waterproof.
2nd is a Cross Body Bag always useful if you’ve got your hands occupied with wheels or sticks and still ‘on trend’ for men or women. This one for women is from Zara and is real suede, it has a really long, adjustable strap and lots of room for the necessities. It’s very reasonable at £22.99.
Another that follows the catwalk trend for embroidery is from Topshop. It’s leather with studs, a chain and is big enough to hold a tablet and at £36 the quality is good.
For men the original ‘messenger’ bag can be found at Selfridge’s. It’s from Eastpac and costs £49, with a
‘detachable padded shoulder strap, Eastpak’s Authentic Delegate bag is a stylish and adaptable shoulder bag. Its expandable interior is roomy enough to accommodate unexpected extras, while the front flap hides two pockets and features buckle closures.’
With all those features it will satisfy the fussiest of men!
If you need something with a more soft & tactile feel, this small pouch made of sheepskin is from Jigsaw will please and costs £39. If you shop around you can find cheaper versions but we like the quality of this one.
3rd is The HandyBar, ever useful for helping you in and out of cars by providing a sturdy handle. This one is from designed2enable at £23.29. We always take ours abroad for getting in and out of unfamiliar taxis and hire cars, not very stylish but extremely useful.
4th for some cheap luxury why not go for the very ‘2016’ fur stole. This one from Miss Selfridge won’t break the bank at the reduced price of £10 and comes in a variety of colours. It will please both young and older ladies!
5th and finally, a hip flask for the man or woman who likes outdoor activities with a ‘wee dram’. This one is very elegant from Aspinal and costs £49, just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drop of the good stuff.
Hopefully this has given you and your present givers some ideas for Xmas and if any of my family are reading this please take note!! Remember to enjoy the shopping experience, a good lunch half way through usually helps and whatever you get under the Xmas tree, we hope you enjoy!!