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

$20.99 | 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

$10.96 $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
  • 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)

$141.75 $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

$49.99 $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

$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

$129.95 $149.00 | 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

$269.00 $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

$62.99 | 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)

$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

$22.00 $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

$25.48 $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

 

BONUS IDEAS (LOL)

“Also ADHD” Poster

Various size options | Helps with: Self-esteem

★★★★★★ 6.7/5 stars on ADHDDD.com

Why I love it:
  • Super-cool poster made by a super-cool person (me)
  • Lots of different sizes available
  • It’s nice to have reminders on bad days that we are actually pretty awesome

Buy on ADHDDD


 

“Fitting In” Poster

Various size options | Helps with: Solidarity

★★★★★★★ 7.4/5 stars on ADHDDD.com

Why I love it:
  • It was my contribution to the “ADHD Invasion” comic series this ADHD Awareness Month
  • Good reminder that it’s okay to be different
  • Loving and supportive message to stay true to yourself (and forget the haters)

Buy on ADHDDD

 

GIFT CARDS

YouTube Premium: https://amzn.to/39eaI1l
Doordash: https://amzn.to/3nIfdoQ
Grubhub: https://amzn.to/2UMPWxf
Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/digitalgiftcards/selectgiftcard

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13 comments

  • Missy November 28, 2020   Reply →

    First gift list I’ve found that I’m actually excited about and unfamiliar with :). Awesome picks!

  • Sergio December 8, 2020   Reply →

    Great recommendations. Headphones, Sony WH1000-XM3 or XM4 ar waaaaaay better noise cancelling than the Bose QC35 (and MK2). I would really would suggest to buy those instead, specially if you’re in noisy environments, and now that the XM4 are out, the price is lower in the Sony XM3.

    Great blog Dani

    • Tara December 8, 2020   Reply →

      I love my XM3s almost as much as I love my husband. (Sometimes more, now that we’re both working from home 😂)

    • Merps December 8, 2020   Reply →

      Hey! My bf has the Sony ones, I have the Bose QC25 because those were ~$125 and apparently a tad better than QC35 (has wire though) :0 I have hyperacusis (super sensitive hearing) and feel like they’re about the same noise canceling wise overall. The Sony does feel more fancy though! It feels a bit cooler too. So if you’re on a budget, QC25 is a way to go, but Sony is a nice upgrade choice.

  • Lyse December 8, 2020   Reply →

    Found your art awhile ago and glad you’ve started a blog! I enjoyed this post very much. The break down of what the recommendations were for and why you liked them was actually fun and interesting to read. I got a gift card for my birthday recently so I’ll probably use it for one of these! (◠‿・)—☆

  • Astrid December 8, 2020   Reply →

    I love this. I always hate those wishlist ideas because “no I don’t want another cover or stupid candle!” But these are pretty great. I will definitely be adding some of them to my wishlist this year 🙂 Exited for more posts 🙂

    • Astrid December 8, 2020   Reply →

      I did not mean to post that emoji. My mood is more like this one: 😊

  • Grace December 8, 2020   Reply →

    awesome picks. I’m done with my shopping this Christmas but was pleasantly surprised by your list. Thanks for the tried-&-true feedback. Will save for later.

    on another note: could you write a post on what the apple watch does for you?

  • Margaret December 8, 2020   Reply →

    Yeah, I definitely just bought myself a spinner ring. Happy birthday to me! Thanks for all of these recs — that was the one I haven’t been able to get out of my head.

  • Alyssa December 9, 2020   Reply →

    Noise cancelling headphones are an excellent suggestion! I like to wear mine in grocery stores or malls sometimes as I get very overwhelmed, and they do a fantastic job of blocking out the noise around you 🙂 excited to experiment with some of the other gifts in the list!

  • Dawn December 10, 2020   Reply →

    Love this list!!

  • Sarah December 10, 2020   Reply →

    Really helpful and great ideas thank you!

  • Lisa December 10, 2020   Reply →

    Y’all. Take a look at:

    SkullCandy Indy Evo true wireless phone earbuds.

    I never bought wireless earbuds because I was terrified of losing one or the other. These guys come compatible with TILE! And if you do end up legit losing one, you can get single replacements and re-sync.

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