Ultimate Neurodiverse Gift Guide

Top 20 ADHD Gift Ideas

The ultimate shopping guide for your neurodiverse loved ones.

 

FIDGETS

Unisex Spinner Ring

$10.99 | Helps with: Fidgeting/Anxiety

★★★★ 3.8/5 stars on Amazon

Spinner ring

Why I love it:
  • Super-subtle + quiet way to fidget in public
  • Repetitive motion helps relieve anxiety
  • Hypoallergenic, lead, and nickel-free (for people like me, who are allergic to everything)

Buy on Amazon


 

Metal Fidget Spinner

$15.99 $18.99 | Helps with: Fidgeting/Anxiety

★★★★★ 4.3/5 stars on Amazon

Fidget spinner

Why I love it:
  • Super quiet
  • Spins SO LONG (my record is 6 minutes straight)
  • The metal feels expensive and nice to hold (vs. plastic spinners)
  • Different color options (I have pink)

Buy on Amazon


 

Infinity Cube

$19.99 | Helps with: Fidgeting/Anxiety

★★★★★ 4.7/5 stars on Amazon

Infinity Cube

Why I love it:
  • It’s my overall favorite fidget
  • Lots of different color options
  • Can be rotated in different directions/angles
  • Heavy, sturdy, feels expensive

Buy on Amazon

PRODUCTIVITY

Visual Analog Timer

$12.91 $18.99 | Helps with: Time blindness

★★★★★ 4.6/5 stars on Amazon

Visual timer

Why I love it:
  • 60-minute visual timer
  • I use it with the pomodoro technique (25 min work, 5 min break)
  • Silent ticking (unlike Time Timer)
  • Small, cute, and super-useful

Buy on Amazon


 

The Bullet Journal Collector’s Set

$45.00 | Helps with: Prioritizing

Bullet Journal

Why I love it:
  • I’ve been using the Bullet Journal system since 2017
  • Created by Ryder Carroll, a fellow ADHDer
  • Collectors Set contains:
    • NYT Best-Seller Book
    • Stealth Edition Notebook

Buy on BulletJournal.com

HOME DECOR

Gravity Weighted Blanket (20 lbs)

$132.30 $189.99 | Helps with: Anxiety

★★★★★ 4.3/5 stars on Amazon

Why I love it:
  • One of the best things I own
  • Calms me down instantly
  • I use this on the couch DAILY
  • Super soft
  • They also have ‘cooling’ versions for sleepytime

Buy on Amazon


 

Fake Plants

$19.99 | Helps with: Keeping plants alive

★★★★★ 4.5/5 stars on Amazon

Why I love it:
  • I was tired of murdering plants
  • Super low-maintenance
  • Don’t get mad if you don’t water them
  • Cute decor without the hassle

Buy on Amazon


 

Sunrise Alarm Clock

$39.99 | Helps with: Waking up on time

★★★★★ 4.3/5 stars on Amazon

LED alarm

Why I love it:
  • Slowly lights/dims your room to wake you up slowly
  • Color-changing options
  • Tons of ringtone options
  • Can set 2 separate alarms

Buy on Amazon


 

LED Star Projector

$38.99 $59.99 | Helps with: Mindfulness

★★★★★ 4.6/5 stars on Amazon

star projector

Why I love it:
  • My husband and I like to turn on this star projector, put our phones away, put a fireplace YouTube video on the TV, lay on the couches, and look up at the stars while we talk
  • Instant ambiance
  • Different lighting moods/effects

Buy on Amazon


 

Philips Hue Starter Kit

$179.99 | Helps with: Delayed sleep/wake cycles

★★★★★ 4.6/5 stars on Amazon

Hue lights

Why I love it:
  • Expensive but totally worth it
  • Instant mood lighting
  • I use ours to auto-dim on/off in the mornings/evenings
  • Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit & Google Assistant

Buy on Amazon

 

ELECTRONICS

LARQ UV Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

$76.00 $95.00 | Helps with: Cleaning dishes

★★★★★ 4.5/5 stars on Amazon

Why I love it:
  • I have the pink version
  • I never realized how pure water could taste. It’s noticeably different.
  • Uses UV light to purify water and clean inside of the bottle
  • Self-cleans every 2 hours
  • Keeps water cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12)
    • Not sure who drinks hot water

Buy on Amazon


 

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

$149.99 | Helps with: Forgetting coffee exists until it’s room temperature

★★★★★ 4.4/5 stars on Amazon

Ember mug

Why I love it:
  • Self-heating coffee mug
  • App-controlled heat
  • 80-minute battery life (or all-day on charging coaster)
  • I haven’t tried it, but asked for it for Christmas
  • F’ing expensive, but a worthy splurge if you’re tired of lukewarm coffee every day

Buy on Amazon

 

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones

$199.00 $299.00 | Helps with: Focus

★★★★★ 4.7/5 stars on Amazon

Bose headphones

Why I love it:
  • Worth every penny
  • I got mine back in 2016, and it’s been one of the best investments ever
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Noise-canceling is better than any other headphones I’ve tried
  • Bluetooth + microphone
  • Supa comfy

Buy on Amazon


 

Tile Starter Pack

$39.99 $49.99 | Helps with: Forgetfulness

★★★★★ 4.6/5 stars on Amazon

Tile

Why I love it:
  • My husband and I could not live without these
  • Find your keys, wallet, and phone within seconds
  • You can also get little buttons (we put them on our remotes)
  • Perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time searching for things they’ve misplaced

Buy on Amazon

 

Shiatsu Heated Back + Neck Massager

$55.99 | Helps with: Anxiety

★★★★★ 4.4/5 stars on Amazon

Massager

Why I love it:
  • Jessica McCabe (How to ADHD) recommended this to me, so I had to try it out
  • I use it a lot while sitting at my desk
  • Relieves all kind of back pain
  • Adjustable intensity

Buy on Amazon


 

Apple Watch SE (GPS)

$259.99 $279.99 | Helps with: Time blindness

★★★★★ 4.8/5 stars on Amazon

Apple watch

Why I love it:

  • Calendar reminders going off on my wrist actually remind me of appointments and calls
  • I use the waterproof mode in the shower and can look down to see what time it is
  • It does a ton ton ton of stuff but I won’t list it here

Buy on Amazon

 

GAMES

The Fair Play Deck

$19.80 $29.80 | Helps with: Housework

★★★★★ 4.4./5 stars on Amazon

Fair play deck

Why I love it:
  • Conversation deck for couples
  • Game-ify splitting up household tasks
  • Helps us figure out who is responsible for what
  • Adaptable and surprisingly fun
  • Based on the New York Times best-seller Fair Play

Buy on Amazon


 

“Off-Topic” Party Game

$29.99 | Uses: Quick associative thinking

★★★★★ 4.6/5 stars on Amazon

Off-Topic card game

Why I love it:
  • Kind of like Scattergories, but better
  • 2-8 players
  • Good for those with short attention spans (like me)

Buy on Amazon

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Kindle Unlimited

$47.86 for 6 months | Helps with: Difficulty finishing books

Kindle Unlimited

Why I love it:
  • I waste a lot of money buying books I never finish
  • Now, I can try out tons of books without guilt of not finishing
  • Essentially like Netflix, but for books
  • Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million titles
  • Listen to thousands of books with Audible narration
  • Works on any device with the free Kindle app

Buy on Amazon


 

Headspace

$69.99 $95.80 for 1 year | Helps with: Mindfulness

Headspace logo

Why I love it:
  • I used to think meditation wasn’t something I would enjoy, but now I’ve been using Headspace for 7 years
  • Beautiful educational animations
  • Lots of different types of theme packs, sleepcasts, focus music
  • Andy’s voice is super-soothing

Buy on Headspace.com

 

GIFT CARDS

YouTube Premium: https://amzn.to/39eaI1l
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Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/digitalgiftcards/selectgiftcard

Getting over “first post” anxiety

Blogs are hard to keep up with. (Or at least, my brain assumes they are.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about making a blog. For YEARS. I love writing, and I have a lot to say. I wrote a semi-popular Medium article called “Fuck New Year’s Resolutions: Challenge Yourself to Take Back 1% of Your Day” and had a lot of fun doing it. But the idea of maintaining a blog was really intimidating for me… mostly because the nagging voice in my head is a real asshole.

What if I don’t write in it very often? Will people be disappointed? Angry? Will they even care? Will anyone read it? What if I post once and never post again? My brain expects failure before I even START.

So what can you expect to find on my ADHD blog?

Well, here are some of my ideas (for now):

    • Longer posts about my comics
    • Tips + advice
    • Listicles (“Top 10 ____”)
    • App reviews
    • Product recommendations
    • Popular tweet threads
    • Rants about my struggles + feelings
    • Personal anecdotes
    • Creative writing (poems, short stories)
    • Whatever the hell I feel like

We’ll see how this goes.

I have ADHD, so consistency isn’t my strong suit. This post is an experiment. I’m just trying it out. Some months I might post a lot; others I might not post at all. But at least I’ll have a place to capture my ideas that are longer than 280 characters.

 

per·se·vere (verb).
to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

I’m not going to put a ton of pressure on myself to make a content schedule or any kind of rigid structure. I know as soon as I do that, this whole thing is already over before it begins.

So… here’s to ripping off the Band-Aid.

 

Yours in perpetual distraction,
Love, Dani

 

 

 

P.S. This post was originally intended to say “Testing 123,” because I just wanted to practice some of the formatting options. And it somehow turned into an actual post LOL
P.P.S. In case you were wondering… yes, I am writing this post to procrastinate doing something else.

 

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