With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about what to get the special folks in your life. For those who have loved ones in wheelchairs, or for those who use wheelchairs themselves, thinking of creative, out-of-the-box gift ideas isn’t always easy.
Since we are Wheelchair Getaways, we are going to focus on gifts that help you make the most of traveling. That’s why we curated some gift ideas that are not only great for wheelchair users but for people who are looking to do some traveling during 2022. (because who doesn’t want to get out and travel after these past couple of years!)
#1: A trip!
Did you know that once someone receives an item their satisfaction with it immediately starts to decrease? An experience, though, people report having increasingly better thoughts about as time goes on. What better present than that of a trip?
Sometimes the very best gift you can give someone is an experience and what better way to do that than by gifting a vacation to their favorite destination! With over 197 locations around the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, you can start your trip-planning process with Wheelchair Getaways. We make traveling where you want and when you want with all of our popular destinations.
All you have to do is pick the location and we’ll help you get set up with a wheelchair-accessible rental vehicle.
#2: A lap tray/desk.
Finding extra table space as a wheelchair user can be tricky when you’re on the go. If you or your loved one enjoy traveling but need a way to get some things done while you’re on the move, a lap tray is a perfect solution.
Whether you need a spot to enjoy a meal, do your makeup, or even pop open a laptop and get some work done, a lap tray can help. These versatile tools are made by a variety of manufacturers and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials.
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#3: Wireless headphones.
There are so many advantages of wireless headphones, especially for wheelchair users. First of all, someone in a wheelchair will never have to worry about cords getting snagged, caught, or tangled up in any of their equipment. They’re also easy to charge, last for hours, and can easily be connected to any device via bluetooth, making them perfect for travel.
If you or your loved one flies frequently, you can even find noise-canceling wireless headphones (ANR) to help drown out the sound of plane engines on long flights. Finally, they’re very cost-efficient, as you can find a great set of wireless headphones online for as little as around $25.
#4: Wheelchair bags/pouches
If you are or know a wheelchair user, you probably know what a struggle it can be to keep all of your belongings organized and accessible. A simple Amazon search will show you that there are plenty of solutions to this problem, in the form of pouches that attach to the arms and bags that attach to the rear of your chair.
These bags are especially useful while traveling, as you might need to carry around a few more items than you usually would. They’re also typically easy to put on and take off, making transportation a breeze.
#5: Universal camera/phone mounts
There’s so much to see and do when traveling, and almost always too little time. Make sure you remember the memories you created on your trip by recording them! Companies like GoPro and RAM Camera Mounts make a whole slew of universal camera mounts that you can easily attach to your chair.
Purchasing these for yourself or your loved one will not only allow them to record precious memories on their next vacation but help them put their phones down and enjoy the moment without having to worry about snapping pics or filming.
#6: An umbrella.
Whenever you’re traveling, it’s always wise to plan ahead for the various types of weather you may encounter. Whether you’re visiting a particularly hot climate or a rainy one, it’s almost always a good idea to carry an umbrella.
All you have to do is search amazon for an umbrella with a universal clamp, and you’ll find plenty of options to meet your needs, like this Sport-Brella Versa-Brella. With an umbrella conveniently clamped to your chair, you’ll get extra shade, UV protection, and a means of protecting yourself from the rain, no matter where you’re traveling.
#7: An audiobook subscription.
Oftentimes the most frustrating part about traveling is waiting. Waiting in airports, waiting at train stations, waiting through long car rides… There's always plenty of waiting to do. To help yourself or your loved one pass the time, why not pick up a good book? Or, better yet, have someone read a book to you.
Audio subscriptions are a great way to pass the time while traveling, and subscriptions are usually very affordable. For example, you can sign up for Audible for as little as $7.95/month. Plus, even if you can’t travel, you should never underestimate how a good book can take you to new places.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our gift guide for wheelchair users who love to travel! Remember, if you’re planning a holiday trip or would like to give someone the gift of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle rental this holiday season, get in touch with Wheelchair Getaways.