These days, almost everyone knows of a high-sensory-needs child, due to autism, Aspergers, or another special need. Oftentimes, they can be a bit harder to shop for as their needs are different. There are other neurotypical children who crave sensory experiences too.
The thing is, sensory toys and products can be enjoyed and beneficial to everyone! (For example, I have started using a weighted blanket and I LOVE it!) So to help, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for sensory kids in our Sensory Kids Holiday Gift Guide! Check it out and be sure to let us know if there’s anything we missed that you would love to see included.
Best Gifts For Sensory Kids
Best Sensory Kids Gifts
We've rounded up some of the best gift ideas for the high sensory needs kids in your life! Check it out and let us know what you'd add.
The perfect toy for sensory-craving kids to engage their senses while learning!
This sensory bin was developed with the aid of an occupational therapist, and offers two ways to play! The lid of the bin includes a zen sand garden where sensory kids can work through sand-based writing and drawing activity cards - it even includes a special card storage compartment.
Upon opening the bin, kids will find a multisensory exploration experience with paper filling and water beads. There is so much to do with 50 learn & play activities on 25 double-sided cards!
With over 92 things to find and tools including toy bugs, toy coins, toy gems, 62 letters & numbers, a scoop, tweezers, a bowl, a die, and more, your child will have hours and hours of sensory fun!
Lottie Dolls are designed to look like kids, not like adults (like other dolls like this). This doll in particular is inspired by a real-life boy, Hayden, age 8, who is passionate about outer space and just happens to have autism. He comes wearing an astronaut training jumpsuit with headphones & sunglasses accompanied by his dog, Cookie.
I'm loving the diversity that Lottie Dolls has brought to the doll space!
We've found THE must-have padded play set that sparks kids’ imaginations while helping adults avoid having their entire house destroyed, couch cushions confiscated, and blankets missing! It's The Figgy!
What's A Figgy?
The Figgy is a padded play set that comes with two double-stacked squares, and two rectangular bolsters – that’s fancy talk for long, thick pillows. The best part is that kids LOVE them!
CertiPUR-US Foam Inserts– Firm enough to stand up to all-day play and soft enough to plop down on and relax.
Uniform Pad Thickness – For easier and more predictable building, each square pad has the same depth.
Superior Cover Material – Comfortable for kids to play on, water-resistant and machine washable.
Waterproof Liners – An extra layer of protection, like a mattress pad for your Figgy cushions.
Covered Zippers – Protects your walls and floors, not mention kids’ skin.
Velcro Connecting Strips – Helps keep the cushions together, which is key for keeping creations together.
Get yours ordered today on Kickstarter and leave a note under the tree letting the kids know they'll be getting a late gift in January!
Get ready to make the next bath night a little less stressful with the help of the Bath Buddy from Starlux Games.
Everyone should be excited about getting clean and this toy helps by providing a unique light up experience.
Kids can use the Bath Buddy in so many ways! They can pretend it's a boat, stack other toys in it, use it to pour water out, and more! It's safe for small children as it's one large piece. No setup required and the batteries are replaceable.
Do you have a child that struggles with anxiety, stress, restlessness, or difficulty sleeping? Have you heard of the benefits of a weighted blanket? Gravity Blankets makes a weighted blanket designed specifically for kids ages 7 years old and up. This blanket/duvet cover is the perfect weight and size for kids and even comes with a 3 pound weighted dog for extra snuggles. Kids can benefit from weight blankets just like adults, as long as it is the proper size.
The washable duvet is made out of 100% polyester cooling fabric which is designed to wick away moisture making it perfect for any climate. It also has 2 types of internal clasps to make sure it stays securely connected to the weighted blanket inside.
Gravity Blankets makes high quality, built to last products. This is the only weighted blanket your child will ever need. Check them out and be sure to look at their options for adults, too!
Give your sensory kiddo some to do with their hands as they can work to transform airy, fluffy clay into a world of seriously squishy, textured fun with the Mixy Squish Tabletop Creativity Desk!
With 5 oz. of pre-made, pre-textured Mixy Squish colors — including crunchy, glittery add-ins — plus 14 sculpting tools and 3 double-sided molds, creative sensory fun takes on a whole new meaning.
Bring out the magic in your Mixy Squish by kneading it with your hands for a minute or two — softening the clay to make it easier for your child to use. Then, hand it over and allow them to jump right in and start creating and exploring.
Bombas socks are the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season, but are especially perfect for sensory sensitive kids.
These socks are made with no annoying toe seam. They have a Honeycomb Support System that cradles the arch of your child's foot, giving them a firm but comfortable compression.
Along with that, they have their Stay Up Technology. Bombas tested over 97 different tension levels when trying to find the perfect one for their socks. Through this process, they were able to find the perfect balancing act between tight enough to never-ever slip down during everyday wear, while free enough to never feel tight or leave any kind of imprint. Making these the perfect socks for any kid, really!