As the holiday season revs into high gear, sometimes we struggle with gift ideas.  We found some unique gifts that might be of interest:

1. Artwork from United Cerebral Palsy of Fresno.  UCP of Central California’s Center for the Arts & Technology serves adults with a broad range of disabilities and special needs including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and developmental disabilities. From watercolors to ceramics to canvas and mosaics, visual art students have an assortment of classes to choose from. Art created is available for purchase with proceeds going directly to each student artist. For many, the sale of their art enables them to receive a paycheck which they would not receive otherwise.  They have watercolors, mosaics, etc.  Click here for their online store.

2. Give a stranger a gift!  We recently went to www.gofundme.com, which is fundraising sit, and found there are almost 3000 people that are trying to raise money to purchase a wheelchair van.  Maybe find someone who lives nearby and is in need and make a small donation.

GoFundMe_050115B3. The Wright Stuff offers health care products that make life a little easier. Know a fishing fanatic who uses a wheelchair? How about getting them a fishing pole holder for their wheelchair.  Do you have someone who just needs a little help getting in and out of chairs?  This up-lift seat assist would be perfect.  The UP-Lift Seat Assist seat lifting aid easily raises or lowers a person to or from most any chair.  Check out the website for hundreds of cool ideas.

4. Books! There are many inspirational and educational books out there that make wonderful gifts.  For kids, “Hank, not your average chair”.  A young girl named Allie, a wheelchair named Hank and a discovery that will educate and amaze!  “Just an Accident” by Amy Montgomery who draws you into the essence of living with a spinal cord injury through Scott Remington’s moving story.  Amy donates 10% of her $9.38 per-book royalties to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

5. Exercise equipment – all of us, regardless of our level of mobility, can always exercise more. Something as small as exercise bands, stress balls, to maybe a gym membership could help someone start off the new year on a positive note.

6. Calendars are available from many organizations so not only can you give someone a great gift, you can also help a non-profit organization. Here’s an adorable one: Canine Companions Puppy Calendar