Christmas Gift Ideas

By Jill McChesney

Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes but all too often they end up unused as they’re not fit for purpose.

Here is a small selection of affordable and useful products that make excellent gifts at any time of the year, any of which definitely would be a welcome inclusion in Christmas stockings this year!

These and many other practical items are available from the Aspire Shop or their online store.

The Aspire Shop operates from the same premises as the Society and is open weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.


9a - Book SeatBook Buddies – $45

These are filled with polystyrene balls so that they can rest on an uneven surface such as a bed. The plastic strip holds the base of the book in place, allowing for hands-free reading. There is also a phone pocket at the back of the book rest. Add a book for an ideal Christmas gift!



9a - Wheat bagsWheat Bags – From $19

Wheat bags provide gentle heat for those aches and pains, and heat rapidly in the microwave (remember to place a half mug of water in the microwave). You can choose between two- and four-section bags; there is also a neck bag.




9a - Humphrey Law SocksHumphrey Law Socks – From $15

These cotton and merino socks contain no elastic at the top of the leg so are useful for diabetics and people who have circulation problems. The range caters for both men and women.




9a - Suction Foot BrushSuction Foot Brush – $33.15

The perfect gift for people who have difficulty bending! The suction foot brush has a suction base for fixing to a shower cubicle, providing a gentle, effective and safe way to clean feet.




There are many online places to shop these days but the Internet is beset with scams and security is an obvious concern for anyone considering shopping online. If you’re thinking of buying online or are already doing so, find out how to stay safe online by downloading the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment Get Online Savvy guide to protecting yourself online and offline.

Although published with older people in mind, it is a useful guide for anyone active on the internet and it also includes a section on the neighbourhood scams that plague today’s society.

Jill McChesney is the Disability Information Service Co-ordinator at Aspire Shop.