With autism affecting one in 110 children, more and more families are facing the question of what presents to buy and what holiday activities to plan for children with autism, who are often sensitive to over stimulation. MyAutismTeam, the recently launched social network for parents of children with autism, asked their nearly 14,000 parent members for their recommendations.
I am a big fan of the Avery label 5164, 3 1/3 inches by 4 inches, or six to a page. Yes, it sounds weird to be a fan of a mailing label but these are exceptionally useful for:
Labels to stick on personalized gifts
Birthday party invitations; just stick to pretty card (from Paper Source)
Return address labels for packages
Capability:Mom and I are on the home stretch here both for our 12 Days of Shopping posts and for our own holiday shopping. This post lands very close to Christmas and is meant to help you out if you need to dash to the store for one more present whether it’s a quick return gift from someone who unexpectedly gave you a gift or someone you accidentally left off your list. Or maybe you are so efficient that you can do all your shopping in one fell swoop!
Capability:Mom and I found lots of great toys and treats for cats including architectural and cool cardboard scratching posts, high tech chase toys, and seeds to plant a garden for your cat to enjoy.
My husband is not an easy guy to shop for, as are most husbands. They are closet about that; they seem easy to shop for because they are happy and grateful for whatever present they unwrap but the tell tale signs … the sweaters sit in their closet never worn. They ask, several years later, a tad embarrassed, if they can donate those never worn sweaters when they are cleaning out their closet. Other presents seem to just disappear magically, though you know for certain that they were not returned for a refund or a store credit!
It’s no surprise to my husband that I don’t know the etiquette of tipping and holiday gifts for sanitation engineers. He is the one who is in charge of our children’s manners as he thinks that I was raised by wolves. So, I am thinking that it’s probably best that I defer this category entirely to Capability:Mom. Please click here!
For my part, I am compiling a list of gifts that give back in some way but also have a “present component” to the recipient. They’re gifts that keep on giving: knitting kits from Wool and the Gang and Truffles that benefit Darfur victims from Compartes.
For high tech gifts, I have selected: the Kobo eReader from Borders, and several iPad cases since I am buying one for my husband. I have been reading that the iPad is one of the most requested gift items this year from kids. I believe it because the Apple store was packed when I went in last Friday afternoon!
If I have no idea what to get, my fall back is Starbucks, Barnes and Nobles and/or Target. And honestly, there is no shame in buying them at the grocery store. No one can ever tell where you purchased it from!