It's that time of year again—time to start thinking about presents. Writing our holiday gift list can be fun, but can also sometimes be a challenge, especially if we're trying to find just the right gift for a child with a visual impairment.
If your child is blind, you probably know what they like or don't like, but it can still be difficult to find appropriate toys at the mall or department store. And if you're shopping for a child you don't know as well, like a niece or nephew, you may be feeling completely overwhelmed.
Consider this your rescue! I've been talking to people all over the web who create toys, books and other products for blind babies and children and I've asked them to donate some of their best items for this year's Holiday Giveaway. We have a wonderful collection of books, toys and CDs this year, and even if you don't win, this list can serve as the perfect shopping list!
So check out our 14 Giveaways below and enter as many as you like. Entries can either be emailed to me or left as comments on the individual giveaway pages (commenting on this page will not enter you in the contest - you need to comment on the pages for the item(s) you want to win). All giveaways will end on December 10th.
1. Perkins Panda Giveaway
The Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program is a wonderful compilation of materials designed to help you instill a love of books and reading in your child through a set of fun toys and stories. The kit comes complete with three print/braille picture books, three audio cassettes, three activity guides, and a story box. [Enter to Win!]
2. Christmas Book & Music Giveaway
Do you love holiday music and Christmas carols as much as I do? How about reading traditional Christmas stories that you can return to every year? Make Christmas special with this pairing of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in print/braille and Ben Rudnick & Friends' It's Santa Claus music CD. [Enter to Win!]
3. Alphabet Flash Cards & Puzzle Giveaway
Learning braille letters is just like learning print letters—kids need to have constant exposure to braille and if you can make it fun, even better! These print/braille flashcards from CAL are simple to use and include each letter in raised print and braille along with a raised line drawing. Throw in the talking print/braille alphabet puzzle from Melissa & Doug and you're ready to go! [Enter to Win!]
4. Visual SENSEation Bundle Giveaway
Playability Toys, a company that creates "special toys for special kids," has donated a wonderful collection of toys designed specifically for kids with visual impairments. Their Visual SENSEation Bundle includes a big rib-it-ball, a tactile sliding puzzle and eight deeply embossed coloring pages. [Enter to Win!]
5. Board Book Giveaway
Seedlings is giving away three adorable board books all packed into one of their bright red totes! Print/braille board books are a wonderful addition to your child's library. They're sturdy, a great way to introduce braille to a young child, and fun to share with other family members, like sighted siblings or grandparents. This collection includes Mouse's First Christmas, Baby Bunny (with fuzzy ears), and Sam's Speedy Fire Truck. [Enter to Win!]
6. Building Toys Giveaway
Kids love building and pretend play. This giveaway is for two fun building toys: The Melissa & Doug Take Along Tool Kit, a neat way to learn how to twist screws and pound nails, and a Toddler Tote, a foam play set that allows kids to stack pegs and punch out puzzles. [Enter to Win!]
7. Never-Ending Stories Giveaway
Audio stories can be a great way to introduce literacy and story telling to your child. We also love audio stories for long road trips in the car! In this giveaway you can win three original stories from Never-Ending Stories that you can download and play on any mp3 player. [Enter to Win!]
8. Best Music of 2012 Giveaway
A lot of really wonderful CDs for kids came out this year, but some were really spectacular! This is a collection of 5 CDs, all immediate classics and all favorites at our house. If you win this giveaway we will send you one copy of each of these amazing CDs! [Enter to Win!]
9. Sudoku Touch Giveaway
Do you know someone who is a sudoku master? Are you looking for an accessible holiday gift that will get them excited and challenge their skills? Look no further! Sudoku Touch is a sudoku game everyone can play! It's perfect for blind, low vision and sighted players. [Enter to Win!]
10. Gustafer Yellowgold DVD Giveaway
If you haven't heard of Gustafer Yellowgold yet, you're in for a treat. Gustafer is a combination of slow-moving animation and highly-addictive soft rock music. Each Gustafer album comes complete with a DVD and a CD, so you can watch the animation or just listen to the tunes. [Enter to Win!]
11. Print/Braille Book Giveaway
We absolutely love NBP's print/braille books. Each book is wire bound with a thick plastic cover, making it very strong and long lasting. Each book includes both the original print pages with illustrations and clear plastic overlay pages with braille. This giveaway is for Corduroy and The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes. [Enter to Win!]
12. Braille Magnet & Key Chain Giveaway
Sometimes little gifts are just as hard to find as big ones. This giveaway is for a braille magnet and braille keychain. Wouldn't that be great for someone's stocking this year? [Enter to Win!]
13. Funny Braille Book Giveaway
Do you know someone who loves to laugh? How about someone who loves to laugh and read? You could win two really fun books in braille: Totally Silly Jokes and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. [Enter to Win!]
14. Braille Travel & Biography Book Giveaway
The two books in this giveaway are for a bit of an older audience and would make great gifts for older kids who are avid readers. We have two braille books: Sites Unseen: Traveling the World Without Sight and Louise Braille: A Touch of Genius. [Enter to Win!]
If you have any questions about any of these products or about the giveaway rules, please contact me (commenting on this page will not enter you in the contest - you need to comment on the pages for the item(s) you want to win). Good luck!